As the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks prepare to compete in the first-ever outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl, the question on everyone’s mind, naturally, is: Who exactly will get into trouble in the days ahead? Will Peyton Manning violate the no-touching rule at the Hustler Club? Will Russell Wilson overdose on Molly at a loft party Read More
By Rafi Kohan 1/23 11:00am
The NFL’s reputation as the “No Fun League” was bolstered yet again when word got out last month that tailgating would be banned at MetLife Stadium ahead of this year’s Super Bowl. Fortunately for area visitors, host city East Rutherford, New Jersey’s 258th most populated municipality, is a hotbed of hospitality, and we’ve spent several Read More
By Rafi Kohan 10/15/13 9:05pm
Like so many professional athletes, Carmelo Anthony is often reduced to what he does between the lines. But the NBA’s reigning scoring champ is more than just a win, a loss or a number in the box score, as he made clear in this week’s cover story. Here, once again, the face of the Knicks franchise takes us inside his mind. Read More
By Rafi Kohan 10/15/13 8:45pm
Carmelo Anthony and a Hasidic Jew walk into an elevator. This is not a joke. We are in the lobby of the Jack Resnick & Sons-owned offices at 199 Water Street, and this elevator is going up.
Minutes later, on the 19th floor, Anthony is standing at the spot foreign exchange desk of BGC Partners, a voice and electronic brokerage, holding a landline to his ear, conducting financial transactions.
“Ninety-two bid, 10 euros,” the six-time All-Star says into the phone. “We’re working on it.” Read More
Hit Me With Your Best Scot: Defending U.S. Open Champ Andy Murray Looks to Take His Place in the Pantheon
By Rafi Kohan 8/20/13 7:23pm
Two weeks before the start of the U.S. Open, the first-ever Grand Slam event Andy Murray will enter as defending champion, the No. 2 player in the world was 25 miles from downtown Cincinnati, quietly strolling onto Court No. 5 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center for a noontime practice session ahead of Read More
By Rafi Kohan 6/28/13 11:27am
When the Nets moved to Brooklyn last year, I assumed my days as a Knicks fan were numbered. With their fancy new starship arena—which is home to some of the borough’s best eateries and is conveniently located near Atlantic Terminal’s Target and Guitar Center—the Nets would be like my white knight, whisking me away from the ongoing abusive relationship of rooting for a James Dolan-owned NBA team. Read More
By Rafi Kohan 6/04/13 5:36pm
Bill Cunningham hunched behind his camera last Saturday morning, snapping photos of those lined up at the southern tip of Manhattan waiting to board a ferry to Liberty State Park for the Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic.
“Watch your pedicures,” a ferry hand said.
It wasn’t just the women who were looking sharp, however. New York City’s Read More
Parks and Rap: One Year After Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch’s Death, Brooklyn Renames Palmetto Playground in His Honor
By Rafi Kohan 5/07 7:21pm
Last Friday, one year to the day after the death of the Beastie Boys’ Adam “MCA” Yauch, the Transom stood at the far west end of Atlantic Avenue, in a small but familiar neighborhood park in the shadow of the BQE, for a dedication ceremony in which Palmetto Playground would be renamed Adam Yauch Park. Read More
By Rafi Kohan 4/23/13 6:52pm
When Amar’e Stoudemire took the stage after the screening of his new documentary, In The Moment, last Thursday night at Marquee, he genuinely seemed to appreciate the attention and applause that greeted him from the packed house of athletes, musicians, fashion designers and more than a few men in yarmulkes.
It was less than 24 Read More
By Rafi Kohan 3/19/13 7:23pm
Walking east along Church Avenue from Nostrand last Thursday afternoon, The Observer counted two police officers on every corner. At New York Avenue, there were five cops and two squad cars. From a row house just past East 35th Street, three men in bulletproof vests and black topcoats emerged. And once we reached Albany Avenue Read More