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Bike to Work Day is tomorrow—Here's where to fuel up in the morning
Thu May 16
Transportation Alternatives' annual campaign encourages bikers of all skillsets to get out and ride. It's not secret that we're excited for the launch of Citi Bike on Memorial Day—but we can also understand why novices might be put off by the service. Because, let's be honest: Riding a bike in New York City is slightly terrifying. Though there are more bike lanes in the five boroughs than ever, there's plenty that cyclists need to be aware of: riders who are "salmoning" (going against the flow of traffic), car doors, pedestrians, food-cart dudes in the bike lanes, tourists in the bike lanes, tourists everywhere, and—of course—speeding drivers. So we definitely understand the apprehension—there are numerous obstacles, and if you're not comfortable on the road, it's going to seem scary. But here's the thing: the only way to overcome that fear is to just get out there and ride. And what better time to do it than when a bunch of other bikers—some of whom are probably newbies like you—are...
“Drawn to Water” on the East River Ferry (slide show)
Thu May 16
Art is on a boat (take a good hard look at the motherfucking art). As if the choice views of the skyline weren’t enough, there’s now even more to distract the eye on the East River Ferry. Throughout the summer, H2O-related photographs will be on display aboard three of the ERF’s commuter vessels. The first edition, which debuted this week and is on view through mid-June, features three very different artists’ take on the theme. “Underwater Creatures” is a series of shots of aquatic animals in their natural environs by David Doubilet, whose work has been a fixture in the pages of National Geographic for more than 40 years; Stephen Mallon’s “Next Stop: Atlantic” documents the MTA’s tossing of unused subway cars into the ocean to begin new lives as artificial reefs; and Joni Sternbach’s "SurfLand" comprises portraits of contemporary surfers captured using the 19th-century tintype process. In July, look for works by Andreas Franke, Corey Arnold and Eric Prinvault.Ferries with photo...
TONY's coverage of Cannes 2013 begins
Thu May 16
Our critic gives us his thoughts on three early-in-fest titles We're on the ground in Cannes. Click here to read my thoughts on three early festival offerings: Amat Escalante's Heli, with its cringe-inducing scenes of torture; Francois Ozon's evanescent, but occasionally striking coming-of-age melodrama Young & Beautiful; and Sofia Coppola's off-putting tale of a group of young and vapid L.A. celebrity robbers, The Bling Ring. Read more of our dispatches See more in Film You might also like New York movies: The 100 best films set in New York City From King Kong's spire down to the scummiest subway tunnel, TONY ranks the definitive list of the 100 best New York movies: crime dramas, romantic comedies, documentaries and more. Paradise and prison, bustling metropolis and the loneliest place on earth: New York City has a cinematic identity that infuses all walks of life. Even as we write our own narratives in this most famous of locations, we walk alongside fictional...
Kanye West will not do your SNL skit or kiss your baby (video)
Thu May 16
Watch our favorite part of any Kanye West show—when he starts talking about what's got his goat of late. Someone slipped up and mistakenly invited us to the Adult Swim Upfront party last night. As far as we could tell by the profusion of suits, it was some kind of soiree for people the cartoon channel wants to get money from. But hey, Kanye West was due to perform, and perform he did! Housed in a transparent four-sided tent of screens, West ran through hits and new songs. We're sure you can dig out a thousand videos on the Internet of the songs with blown-out audio, but we thought we'd do that annoying obscure-people's-views-with-our-phone thing during the best part of any West show—the speaking to the audience phase.Below, a snippet where West discusses humanizing SNL skits ("Somebody asked me, 'When you do SNL, you gonna do like a skit about the paparazzi and shit, and like, humanize yourself?' [...] At what point did I become unhuman where I had to turn myself back?"), the perils...
Will Arnett and Jason Bateman gave out frozen bananas in Times Square (photos, video)
Thu May 16
The Bluth Boys stopped by the Arrested Development frozen banana stand, much to the delight of costumed fans. The Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand-a clever promo for the new season of Arrested Development, which premieres on Netflix in ten days-made its final NYC stop in Times Square today. Fans who came to the stand earlier this afternoon were treated to an appearance from Will Arnett and Jason Bateman-or, as we'll always think of them, Gob and Michael Bluth-who handed out the chocolaty goodies for about 15 minutes. Fans were also encouraged to show up in cutoff short-shorts today, for a special gathering of never-nudes, and while only a few came in full costume, those who did ran with the theme-which made for some great photo ops. Check out a couple of videos of Arnett and Bateman handing out bananas below. (We're still a little bummed that neither did the chicken dance, nor did Arnett shout "COME ON!" at varying intervals. Oh well.) You might also like Watch...