Long Island Driver's Car Pool Lane Cheat Is a Bust

A 61-year-old woman may have to pay a $135 traffic fine after getting caught using a mannequin as her plus-one in the high-occupancy lane of the Long Island Expressway. A sheriff's deputy became suspicious when he saw the "passenger" wearing sunglasses and using the car's visor on a gross, overcast day. As he suspected, he pulled the car over and found a mannequin's top half wearing a wig,...

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Hill Country's 'Feed Your Face Challenge' Challenges Your Manhood

Got an hour? If you do, you may as well try Hill Country's new Feed Your Face Challenge. The BBQ joint has presented this menu: 1/2 lb. of moist brisket 1/2 lb. of lean brisket 1/2 lb. of beef shoulder 1/2 lb. of prime rib 1 small hot side 1 small cold side 32 oz. soft drink 1 cupcake of your choice Anyone who can eat it all in under 60 minutes with no bathroom break will eat for...

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Boy in Hot Water Over LEGO-Size Gun

Apparently LEGOs aren't nearly as wholesome as we thought they were. A 9-year-old Staten Island student was almost suspended this week after the principal spotted him playing with a tiny yellow LEGO policeman and a 2-inch toy gun during lunch. The city has a no-tolerance policy when it comes to guns in schools -- even imitation weapons. The Department of Education leaves the punishment up to...

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Coney Island Freaks Get a New Home

Good news for freaks and freak oglers -- John Strong's Coney Island freaks will be returning to the beach this summer! (Many?) People were worried about the freaks after their old home, the Astroland site, was sold to the city last season. But all has been righted in the world, and the show will most likely be moving to Surf Avenue, inside Coney's oldest building. All has been righted, that...

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German Man Scales Empire State Building in 10 Minutes, 16 Seconds

Thomas Dold won his fifth-straight "Empire State Building Run-Up" title yesterday, beating more than 300 equally insane racers up 86 flights of stairs to the ESB's Observatory. That's 1,576 individual stairs. While Dold's time was good enough to beat all other men (ranging in age from 18 to 72), he told the NY Daily News that first place wasn't good enough and that he'd be back in 2011 to...

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Bloomberg Solves Unemployment Problems with a Reality Show

New York City's unemployment rate is the highest it's been in nearly 17 years. Mayor Bloomberg's brilliant plan to fix it? Start a reality television show to help locals find work. The show, creatively called 'Job Hunt,' aired last night at 9 (hopefully it didn't impact the 'Lost' premiere too much!) and featured expert advice on resume-writing and interviewing as it tracked the real-life...

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Does This Ad Make You Want to Buy a Calvin Klein Suit?

Not overwhelmingly compelled to buy a Calvin Klein suit all of a sudden? Yeah, we didn't think so. Because this billboard, now filling in their rotating Houston Street space, is freaking creepy. We never thought it would come to this but we actually miss their way-too-feminine orgy billboard from the summer. Here's a novel idea, Calvin Klein. If you want to sell clothes, why don't you, um,...

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NYC No Longer Has Country's Filthiest Hotel, Still Offers Gross Alternative

TripAdvisor uses visitor reviews to rank the best and worst hotels in the U.S. and, after a nice stint at the number one most disgusting spot, New York's Hotel Carter no longer makes the list. Instead, our fair city has secured the sixth crappiest spot, thanks to the New York Inn. Shockingly, there are more horrific hotels in places such as San Francisco, Virginia Beach and Missouri. But...

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The 6 Train Is for Chickens, Literally

Earlier in the week, a man rode (rather, laid on the floor of) the 6 train with a chicken. Seriously. Completely oblivious to any surrounding passengers, the man rolled around and hoisted the fowl above his head, sat it on his chest and let it rest on the ground next to him. Don't believe us? There's video after the jump. The man appears to be wearing an MTA sweater, and Gothamist got the...

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Treat Your Stomach to a Taco Experiment

Consider yourself a bit of a taco aficionado? If so, get thee to The Bell House for the first ever Brooklyn Taco Experiment. Theo Peck and Nick Suarez, masters of the beer and cheese cook-offs, will be leading the charge as a panel of guest judges and audience members eat and vote for the best tacos. And, in a seemingly unrelated plug, a portion of ticket sales will help support ovarian...

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