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Spike Lee Delivers What Amounts to ‘I Had a Nightmare…’

ShutterstockSpikeLeeToday’s must-listen audio [NSFW because of repeated curse words] was very quickly posted last night. New York magazine’s Joe Coscarelli has both embedded and transcribed a fantastically provocative rant by the one and only Mr. Lee.

What’s great about Coscarelli’s twin-barreled approach is that listening to Lee is very different from simply reading the comments. On the page, they come across as more caustic. In the audio air, they amount to an impassioned and deeply felt monologue about the racially-tinged social strata of gentrified neighborhoods. It’s as dramatic and shocking a sequence as that time a garbage can was thrown through the window of a Brooklyn pizza joint.

Lee made his comments last night at the Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn campus during a Black History Month event. He was responding to a question from the audience.

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Chicago Transplant Grapples with NYC Dating Scene ‘Ghosting’

ShutterstockWomanTextingSteve Heisler is a comedian and freelance writer based in Brooklyn who has contributed to GQ, Variety, The AV Club and other outlets. He has also this week, via Time Out New York, stepped on to the battle-of-the-sexes soapbox.

Heisler moved to New York five years ago and even though it happened to him personally as recently again as Christmas 2013, he still can’t quite come to terms with one particular wrinkle of the New York dating scene. A behavior and slang term that muddy the mental picture of Demi Moore crying while navigating a pottery spinwheel:

Have you heard the term ghosting? I hadn’t until moving to New York City from Chicago; now I use it regularly. It’s when you have a bunch of awesome dates with somebody, and then one day, they suddenly stop responding to your texts: They have ghosted you…

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BBC News Profiles Old-School Brooklyn Billboard Company

ColossalMediaLogoThe first sentence of the BBC intro page for Victoria Fritz‘s fun story says it all:

BBC News has been looking at jobs around the world which used to be fairly commonplace but are now vanishing.

Don’t worry, guy at the newspaper printing press. Or… gal at the newspaper classified ads desk. This article isn’t, at least for today, about you. Rather, it’s about Colossal Media,  a Brooklyn operation that has made a go of resurrecting the fine, lost art of hand-painted outdoor advertising.

Colossal VP Paul Lindahl told the BBC that the value of paying for painted illustrations on the side of NYC area buildings begins for clients before the illustration is completed:

“What makes us stand out is that our work is almost like a performance art,” he explained. “The people below get to see the painting unfold over the days that we are out there. They appreciate the creative element in the execution.”

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Guardian Blogger Swims High Above Central Park with ‘Extreme Cougar’

GuardianTheSwimmingBlogLogoJenny Landreth‘s three lanes of swimming journalism set up as follows: there’s Swimming London, a book due this summer; there’s her recently stilled personal blog “Swimming Round London;” and there are contributions to The Guardian‘s “The Swimming Blog,” a vertical currently in beta.

Continuing a recent series that began with a look at “not-for-profit” NYC public swimming pools, Landreth delivers an absolutely fabulous summary of some time recently spent visiting the 42nd floor glass-window encased paradise atop Le Parker Meridien hotel. There, she met a woman with a pool noodle who turned out to have the name to match the playfulness of said flotation device – Hattie Retroage:

A self-described “extreme cougar.” A swimming cougar – a swougar, if you like. She didn’t particularly like being called a cougar, but it is the term by which people have come to understand her preference for sleeping with much younger men. (The youngest, a couple of years ago, was 18; the fact that my son is that age would have added nothing to the conversation.)

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Marc Kaufman Furs Proudly Attaches Its Name to Joe Namath Super Bowl Coat

Exhibit A is the photo below, the default home page slide-show pic at kaufmanfurs.com. Exhibit B is a press release put out this morning additionally reminding everyone that the 104-year-old New York operation provided the “show-stopping hooded coyote fur coat” worn at Super Bowl XLVIII by Joe Namath.

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This despite a firestorm on Twitter in some circles about Namath’s wardrobe choice. A firestorm that at one point had @PETA answering a tweet asking how many animals were killed for Broadway Joe’s outfit with: “Too many.”

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Oklahoma Sports Columnist Enjoys Super Sundae

When you’ve been covering the sport of football for as long as Berry Tramel has, the challenge – and fun – is coming up with new ways of writing about the same old thing. This morning, post-Seattle Bowl I, he succeeds admirably by hanging the first portion of his column on a word coined in 1754 by British author Henry Walpole.

BerryTramelLogoTramel’s first career pigskin assignment, a Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, was completed in 1978 for the Norman Transcript when the writer was all of 17. Over the weekend in NYC, it wasn’t just about which seat he would get in the MetLife Stadium press boxes or where-and-how his wife would enjoy the game. It was also about doubling down on that aforementioned word – serendipity:

Our last Sunday was serendipitous because of Serendipity3, a restaurant on 60th Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues, in the Silk Stocking district. Serendipity3 is famous for its outrageous desserts and its role in the 2001 movie Serendipity, starring John Cusack. I sort of remember the film; I like John Cusack…

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Daily News Beats Competitors to Cuddle Scoop

Oh boy… Where to begin.

For starters, the all-caps EXCLUSIVE Web headline for this New York Daily News article seems largely unnecessary. Without even Google-checking, we’re pretty sure no one else tried to beat the paper to this anti-Super Bowl week punch.

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Mike Lupica: This is Still a New York City Super Bowl

It’s going to be a topic of conversation all the way through Super Bowl XLVIII post-game analysis. For now, Daily News columnist Mike Lupica‘s column about the lapping of New Jersey by New York during the NFL season’s big final week is the most-read article on the newspaper’s website.

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Lupica has no problem terming #48 a “New York Super Bowl.” In fact, when he ran into Seattle TV reporter Eric Johnson in Times Square (re-GPSed starting today with Super Bowl Boulevard) and framed the big game as such, the Pacific Northwest visitor couldn’t agree more. From Lupica’s piece:

The Super Bowl is here because of New York City, even if the game is being played over at the place the late Sonny Werblin, when running the Meadowlands and enticing the Giants across the Hudson, used to call “13th Avenue.”

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Meryl Streep Hangs with 50 Cent

Last night, Charlie Widdoes reminded that sometimes, the best option is to squelch the selfie. There is no CW pose, no CW locale and very few CW cohorts that could top the following tweeted photo from the New York Knicks digital media coordinator:

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If this were a movie, it might be called January: Knicks Country. A rap song: “In Da Oscar Club.” Per a report in the New York Daily News, add in – just for kicks – a five-time NBA champion superstar and it becomes ree-donk-ulous:

“Best ball KOBE, Best Rap 50, Best Actress Meryl Streep,” Fiddy captioned the [Instagram] pic. “TOP THAT.”

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Fans Asked to Light Up Empire State Building with #WhosGonnaWin

Know why most everyone keeps saying the Super Bowl is happening in New York rather than in New Jersey? Because of stuff like this.

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Seriously; kudos to Verizon, the NFL and the operators of the Empire State Building for coming up with the following promotion:

Twitter responses with the hashtag #WhosGonnaWin will be monitored, and lighting guru Marc Brickman will transform the debate “into a spectacular nightly show” atop the iconic Manhattan skyscraper.

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