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11 Not-So-Famous People We Lost in 2012

It’s been a solemn year for the deaths of famous and significant people – and as always, many died who were less famous, but should be saluted nonetheless for their contributions to the world. Here are 11 of the lesser-known greats who passed this year. 1. Murray Lender: Bagel Tycoon Lender’s Bagels Historical Images Murray Lender, son of [...]

Fall, Timelapse, Central Park

Need a dose of tranquility? Watch this three-minute timelapse video shot in New York City’s Central Park. Photographer Jamie Scott selected fifteen locations in the park and returned to them twice a week for six months, from August 2011 through January 2012. And I do mean fifteen extremely specific locations — repeating [...]

Photo: Cop Giving a Homeless Man Shoes

It’s cold in New York City–no time to be without shoes. But one homeless man lacked them…until a cop came by. A visitor from Arizona, also in law enforcement, spotted their encounter: Right when I was about to approach, one of your officers came up behind him. The officer said, ‘I have these size 12 boots [...]

Director Christopher Nolan Discusses Making His First Film, Following

Last night, director Christopher Nolan visited the IFC Center in New York City to screen his own restored print of his first film, Following. After showing the film (as well as one of his early shorts, Doodlebug), Nolan and incoming Village Voice film critic Scott Foundas discussed the film’s restoration, the challenges behind making Following—and [...]

007 Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Skyfall

Getty Images Skyfall — the 23rd entry in the James Bond franchise and the third to star Daniel Craig — hit U.S. theaters today, and critics are awarding it some of the highest marks in the series’ 50-year history. But Skyfall’s four-year production was nearly as convoluted and intriguing as the film that eventually resulted. Here, [...]

The Rolling Jubilee

The Occupy Wall Street movement is trying a new tactic to help folks struggling with debt burdens. Banks and other financial traders buy debts from each other for pennies on the dollar, but still try to collect every bit of it plus interest from the debtor. There’s no reason that those debts can’t be bought [...]

Could This Inflatable Plug Have Prevented New York City’s Subways From Flooding?

The design of this inflatable object was commissioned by the US Department of Homeland Security to be used in response to terrorist attacks against subways. But perhaps it could also be used to prevent future subway floods like those that happened recently in New York City: The plugs can be inflated in about three minutes. But [...]

10 Fake Photos Of Hurricane Sandy

Frankenstorm Sandy has passed over the New York City area on her slow, destructive path north, leaving behind a trail of wreckageand mayhem from North Carolina up to at least Connecticut. The biggest mess, though, is in New York City: The streets and subway tunnels are filled with water, power lines and power stations have erupted [...]

The Last ‘Frankenstorm’: Video of the 1938 Nor’easter That Ravaged New England

Getty Images Hurricane Sandy is making its presence known across the Eastern Seaboard, with powerful winds beginning to lash the coast and rain starting to pour down from North Carolina to New York. And as millions of Americans across the East Coast hunker down, some are turning to history as a guide. In 1938, for instance, a [...]

Unlock the Thor

New York City street artist Hanksy made this cute pun that may get a smile out of even the cantankerous Norse god. At the link, you can view another punning piece: Theodoor Huxtable from The Cosby Show. Link -via Blame It on the Voices | Photo: Rhiannon Platt