Offbeat

  • Google, Norad Tracking Santa 2011: Claus Forced Down near Wall Street, Must Rally for Final Leg [BREAKING]

    December 24 2011 7:29 PM

    Santa's high-tech sleigh developed significant problems, according to the Claus, when interviewed at the Killarney Rose, in the Wall Street area late tonight. NORAD is covering for him, pretending he's on track, while the elves frantically try to reboot the new system.

  • A New Yorker's Opinion: NORAD Tracks Santa, Naughty or Nice? Find the Latest Here [VIDEO,MAP]

    December 24 2011 5:38 PM

    NORAD, the folks that keep the upper atmosphere safe by tracking everything that is up there so we can shoot down the bad guys, is tracking Santa this year, and you can follow him on his cheerful rounds here. Santa will also be able to tell who has been naughty and who has been nice thanks facial-recognition software tied to the information in the cloud. Ho...Ho...Ho.

  • Rockefeller Center Skating Celebrated 75th Anniversary on Christmas Day

    December 23 2011 1:48 PM

    The famous Midtown ice pond, Rockefeller Center Skating Rink, will turn 75 on Christmas day. Since it was opened, the spot has been popular among New York City skaters as well as visitors from all over the world.

  • A New Yorker's Opinion: Christmas, Character and Andy Rooney

    December 23 2011 1:47 PM

    It often seems these days that in all walks of life, whether in politics, business, sports, arts, and, yes, journalism, character too often gives way to popularity, to fame, to money, or to power. Character is an individual thing.

  • A New Yorker's Opinion: Christmas, Character and Andy Rooney

    December 23 2011 1:47 PM

    It often seems these days that in all walks of life, whether in politics, business, sports, arts, and, yes, journalism, character too often gives way to popularity, to fame, to money, or to power. Character is an individual thing.

  • Bernhard Goetz Victim, Ramseur, Kills Self on Anniversary of 1984 'Subway Vigilante' Shooting

    December 23 2011 12:52 PM

    James Ramseur, 45, a man shot in 1984 by Bernhard Goetz, the subway vigilante, has died of a drug overdose. His death comes on the 27th anniversary of the day he was unlawfully shot by Goetz who claimed he was being mugged. In court, Ramseur claimed his was only panhandling, not mugging.

  • Joshua Rubin, Missing Brooklyn Business Owner, Found Dead in Pennsylvania

    December 23 2011 7:05 AM

    The missing owner of the Whisk Bakery Café in Ditmas Park, Joshua Rubin, 30, was found dead in Pennsylvania. The slain man’s charred remains were found in the woods outside of Allentown, Pennsylvania on Nov. 1, though his body wasn’t identified until this week.

  • iPhone 4S or Wallets: What Do New York Thieves Value More?

    December 22 2011 10:54 PM

    The New York City Police Department has been targeting electronic thefts on the subway. Pickpockets are no longer stealing wallets, cash or credit cards. Now, it appears that iPhones are worth more than currency.

  • Wolf-Dog Hybrid Nabbed in Brooklyn, Illegal Animal Not Claimed

    December 22 2011 10:49 PM

    A cute-but-ferocious beast was caught roaming the streets of Brooklyn--and it wasn't our ex. It was a wolf-dog hybrid, and such an animal is illegal in New York City. The creature was spotted roaming around Elton Street and Vandalia Avenue in East New York according to the New York Post. The animal is currently being held at an animal care and control facility.

  • 2011 New York Events That (Sort of) Shaped the Nation

    December 22 2011 5:21 PM

    The New York events that (somewhat) shaped the United States.

  • 2011 New York Events That (Sort of) Shaped the Nation

    December 22 2011 5:21 PM

    The New York events that (somewhat) shaped the United States.

  • Yellow Cab Hits Three Pedestrians Near Park Ave.

    December 21 2011 9:42 PM

    Three pedestrians were hit by an out-of-control yellow cab that drove over the curb on Park Avenue new East 31st Street. The cab finally came to a complete stop after slamming into the wall of a building.

  • Cheap Cigarette Biz Busted

    December 21 2011 9:39 PM

    Smoke cigarettes, and you'll pay the price--especially if you're in New York City. Island Smokes, a business that allows patrons to roll their own cigarettes, has two locations in New York (one in Long Island, the other in the Lower East Side), but has agreed to shut down its business in order to avoid a lawsuit from the city. The stores will be closed by February 1.

  • Alec Baldwin ‘Lost Appetite’ for 2013 NYC Mayor Race

    December 21 2011 7:19 PM

    Alec Baldwin, the famous 30 Rock star, has said he's lost his appetite for running in the 2013 New York City mayoral race. Baldwin revealed the news on his biweekly podcast at WNYC. The actor had previously claimed he was going to quit his role as Jack Donaghy on NBC's hit comedy show 30 Rock in order to attend Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

  • Rolex Sues Brooklyn Deli

    December 21 2011 7:16 PM

    A Fort Greene Deli is being sued by watchmaker Rolex.

  • Kim Jong-Il: Into the North Korean Leader's Mind

    December 21 2011 5:54 PM

    Kim Jong-Il died on Dec. 17, 2011, ending his brutal reign over North Korea. Experts have determined that he exhibited the so-called big six personality disorders that include being sadistic, antisocial, paranoid, narcissistic, schizoid, and schizotypal. Now they reveal the impact this will have on his son, Kim Jong-Un.

  • Mets for Sale, $20M a Slice

    December 21 2011 1:34 PM

    The New York Mets are looking for minority owners. Twenty-million dollars will get an individual 4 percent ownership of the team.

  • Can We Turn Dog Poop To Energy?

    December 20 2011 3:49 PM

    What's that smell? It's the odor of a new fuel source if you ask Melody Kelemu, an NYU student that wants to convert dog poop into fuel. The 21-year-old student is applying for an NYU grant to have machines placed nearby dog parks that would turn canine waste into energy that would power park lamps.

  • Lori Berenson back in New York after 16 Years

    December 20 2011 12:14 PM

    Lori Berenson, a former political activist, is back in the New York after 16 years.

  • Rats Eat New York Times Editor's Christmas Treats at Manhattan Post Office

    December 19 2011 7:25 PM

    Rats are the grinches of this holiday season at one midtown Manhattan post office. They didn't quite steal Christmas, but they've eaten their way through a number of care packages, according to the New York Times.