Starting today, thousands of New York’s outer borough residents who work in Manhattan are commuting via ferry instead, because some clever person decided, YEAH IT’S TOTALLY FINE IF WE SHUT DOWN THE R TRAIN FOR A GOOD LITTLE WHILE, BECAUSE NOBODY REALLY USES THAT, RIGHT?!
Thankfully, our good friends at Uber—sensing that San Franciscans might be jealous of New Yorkers’ sweet new aquatic ride—are offering Bay Area users a one-day opportunity to ride a swagged-out boat to work (just in time for all that BART strike talk).
Sundance Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival, perhaps the most sporty/mainstream of all the cinema fests (Cannes more about getting drunk in the sun and being weird, SXSW is more about being the next Lena Dunham), is currently full swing. Which means that all the celebrities have mercifully vacated the premises for a week and are up in Utah, pretending to know what those white, flaky stuff on the ground happens to be. Though we haven’t seen the film selection this year because we’re still not allowed in NC-17-rated films, we do have our own Grand Jury selection awards to hand out for Excellence in Sundancing. Take a look.
Planes Trains & Automobiles
The “I Survived the Frankenstorm” shirts had already hit street corners and Etsy shops within days of the hurricane battering New York. But here’s some Sandy swag that actually goes toward a good cause. The MTA has created a limited edition line of H train memorabilia, including T-shirts, hoodies, pins and magnets, and all proceeds go to the Graybeards, a Rockaways charity that has been helping out with the superstorm recovery. And who better to model the new line than MTA chief Joe Lhota, hero of the storm.
THE NEW MEDIA ECONOMY
Buzzfeed: It’s all the buzz! They have the L. Ron Hubbard of meme-making, Jonah Peretti, at the helm. With him are high-profile poaches from Politico, the Village Voice, Business Insider, Gawker Media and more! And with them are $15.5M shekels from a recent cash infusion to turn every scrap of knowledge and abstraction and news available to the human race into some kind of .GIF image to construct the final link between the complexities of transliterated grunts into hieroglyphs.
So, what are Buzzfeed’s newly minted hundred-thousandaires doing with all that cash? Making it rain…lattes.
The Daily Transom
The publisher of a 10-year-old Jewish periodical that is no longer in print still has plenty of things to worry about.
“Are the knishes kosher?” one partygoer kvetched to Heeb magazine’s David Kelsey last week, before sinking her teeth into the uninviting clump of potato.
“They’re kosher, but not Glatt kosher,” said Kelsey, as the guest scurried off to nosh.
Mr. Kelsey has been running Heeb for the past two years, as it transitioned to a purely digital product. The magazine’s niche has leaned toward young secular Jews since New York Times scribe Jennifer Bleyer founded it in 2002. One year later, publisher Joshua Neuman refashioned it to encompass an entire lifestyle of ironic urban living.
White girl mob boss Kreayshawn is scheduled to “play some music” at the office of The Huffington Post/AOL today, according to a tipster.
AOL Music industry relations rep Adam Horne wrote in an email yesterday:
“Oakland-based, Odd Future-approved, Arby’s-hating rapper Kreayshawn will be coming by the office to play some music and visit the staff tomorrow at Read More