New 'Rap Map' Shows Geography of Great Moments in Rap

You gotta hand it to the Rap Genius for fool-proofing the plan to create the Rap Map, an online encyclopedia of reference for anyone who wants to know where an MC hails from (or where he got a cap in his ass). Of course, New York City has the largest concentration of monumental places in rap -- from Notorious B.I.G.'s boyhood home, to the site of Yaki Kadifi's murder, to Jay-Z's favorite inters...

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Author of 'How to Roll a Blunt' Against Legalization of Marijuana

Rashawn Prince, author of "How to Roll a Blunt for Dummies," hails from Harlem, and has peddled his self-published title since the summer of 2006 on the corner of Broadway and Prince in Soho. Business is still booming. "I first envisioned the book's demographic to be ages 17 to 25, but baby boomers became 40 percent of my sales," Prince tells Asylum. "I've met so many people from different back...

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New York Cyber-Cop Says Consequences Will Never Be the Same

Lieutenant Joe Donohue of the New York State Police has been assigned to a special computer crimes unit since 1994 and has had his cuffs rattled by plenty of cyber-bullying; Jessi Slaughter's altercation with the notorious hackers of 4Chan is just one example. In an exclusive interview with Asylum, Lt. Donohue explains that Old Man Slaughter's prophecy may very well be true: Consequences will n...

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Ice Cream Club Brings Pint-Swapping to Brooklyn

Last year, Jonathan Soma (of Brooklyn Brainery fame) was given an ice cream machine as a gift, and, while it was all good fun, he always ended up with about three pints of a single flavor. "A quart and a half of mint chocolate chip might sound like fun," he tells Asylum, "but I think it's only useful during 'Pride and Prejudice' marathons." Thus, the Brooklynite wrangled some sweet teeth together ...

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Jews Get Their Own New York City Subway Map

This morning, the wisenheimers at Heeb magazine put out the MTA New York City Subway for Jews. Though we wonder if a map with train lines omitting places where the kosher kind aren't found was necessary or even makes sense, at least the Internet has provided yet another customized field guide for the well to-do Caucasian. Seriously, who do you think the hipster-friendly subway map was for, anyw...

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'Mad Scientist' Filmmaker Luis Nieto Will Reanimate a Chicken Tonight

As if summer screenings aren't reason enough to hop a rooftop and knock back a pony keg of ice-cold vodka with friends, leave it to Professor Luis Nieto to provide further entertainment with his wackadoo Animal Show. Already having trained Brazilian bugs to play soccer and regenerated mice that had been cut in half, the mad scientist this week is planning to -- no, not create a human centipede ...

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Lifesize Mousetrap Coming to New York This Fall

Remember the board game Mouse Trap, where you had to capture a plastic rodent by building the world's most inefficient machine? Well, the game was re-built to catch mice of epic proportions. Behold, The Lifesize Mousetrap ... possibly coming to the New York Hall of Science in September. The 25-ton kinetic machine is the brainchild of Mark Perez, who uses a bowling ball, a 30-foot-tall crane an...

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Have You Seen Sammy, the East Village's Cutest Pomeranian?

The last time Alana Beck saw her 3-year-old Pomeranian, Sammy, was June 29, on the corner of 21st Street and 1st Avenue, just outside Grill 21, the restaurant she runs. "He was tied up and got loose," Beck tells Asylum. "When he ran up the block, someone stopped him and released him to the wrong person. Ever since then, he's been missing." Beck and her devoted sister have led quite the campa...

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This Sunday -- Two Blog-to-Book Parties, Two Blocks Apart

This weekend, two hate-filled parties are going down in south Williamsburg: The irreverent youth culture Tumblr Stuff Hipsters Hate is throwing its one-year anniversary party, replete with indie act Not Blood Paint, at The Woods. (The SHH book is hitting shelves September 1.) Meanwhile, one-tenth of a mile down the road, the parody blog, Stuff Tushies Hate, is throwing its book-release party at...

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How to Treat Summer Swamp Ass

This time of year, everyone seems to get a chafin' case of the hot and moist wave of undercarriage horror better known as summer swamp ass -- especially in Gotham. That's why Asylum reached out to the working men and women who likely get the nastiest (and most frequent) cases of the thing tushies hate the most, and asked for their remedies. Keep reading for swamp ass cures and let us know in...

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