As many pet owners in New York can tell you, it can be hard to find a reliable cat-sitter in the city. Turns out, the best option was right in front of this entire time. The Brooklyn Cat Café in Brooklyn Heights has turned to some unusual caretakers for their new herd of orphaned cats: rats! The unusual pairings reportedly began two years ago. At that time—in a story that’s equal parts The Fault in our Stars and Babe—a four-week-old kitten named Ebony at the cat café caught cat leukemia. Since the disease is contagious, the kitty had to be kept in isolation from her fellow felines. As a substitute companion, the staff introduced Ebony to Ivory, a friendly rat who could not catch the disease. The two soon became life-long best friends. OK, stop reading now for a nice story. Good morning, Ivory & Mike! We are open until 7 pm today. #catcafebk #adoptdontshop #ivorytherat #kitten #strangerthingskittens #tuxedokitten #catlife #dailyfluff #kittensofinstagram #ratsofinstagram #brooklyn #nyc #bbawc A post shared by Brooklyn Cat Cafe 🐱☕️ (@catcafebk) on Nov 4, 2016 at 8:28am PDT You’re still here? Oh, well. Ebony soon succumbed to her fatal illness and Ivory followed her to the grave months later. Though the unlikely pair of animal friends may be dead, the tradition of pairing rats with cats at the café remains alive. Currently, you can stop by and see two rats, Remy and Emile, keeping watch over the newborn kittens. [h/t Patch]
New York City praises the quality of its tap water as "world-renowned," but a new trove of data tells a bit of a different story. Earlier this week, nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group released a database detailing the toxic chemicals that are present in drinking water systems across the country. The data, sourced from the Health Department and an assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency, shows that New York's drinking water doesn't quite meet health guidelines. Six different contaminants that are connected to cancer were detected at levels that exceed guidelines established by public health authorities. None of those toxins, which include chloroform, bromodichloromethane and dichloroacetic acid, exceed legal limits but nonetheless pose slight health risks for New Yorkers. The health guideline for chloroform, for example, is one part per billion, which the EWG claims poses a one-in-a-million lifetime risk of cancer. The level for the chemical in New York City's water is 30.9 parts per billion, so that's a bit concerning. At the end of the day, New York's drinking water gives us the world's best bagels and pizza, so it can't be that bad, right?
In April, the new Kosciuszko Bridge opened, providing a new connection between Brooklyn and Queens over Newtown Creek and rendering the adjacent 78-year-old structure of the same name all but useless. Months earlier, the internet was abuzz with the prospect that the old bridge would be demolished by way of explosives, but that excitement was slightly misguided. The first phase of the bridge's demolition took place on Tuesday, and there wasn't an explosion in sight. Instead, the center span of the crossing was separated and lowered onto a barge and schlepped to a recycling facility in New Jersey. Even without the proverbial "boom," the feat of moving a giant hunk of infrastructure is still pretty cool. One YouTuber captured the event by way of a 27-second time-lapse, and it's certainly worth a watch. The demolition of the bridge isn't done yet, and lovers of explosions will get exactly what they're hoping for in coming months. The second phase of demolition is slated for August or September and includes the implosion of the of the two remaining approach sections, according to the Newtown Creek Alliance.
New Yorkers can get just about anything delivered on-demand. Aside from typical requests such as last-minute flowers, froyo and Chipotle burritos, the fashion realm has decided jump on the same-day delivery bandwagon too. And this is a huge win for any Gothamite who gets anxiety from shopping in NYC. Fans of Rent the Runway—a high-end dress rental brand, which also offers accessories for you to rock on loan—just launched a same-day delivery option to remedy any fashion emergencies. Ladies, we've all been there: Spill hot coffee all over your crotch? Rip your dress on the way to work? Forgot to pack a sexy getup for your hot date after work? Thanks to Rent the Runway, you never have to worry about wardrobe malfunctions—or being a messy eater—ever again. All you have to do is go to the Rent the Runway website, select the Same-Day NYC tab, choose one of the many designer dresses, jumpsuits and accessories available, and the loot will be delivered to you anywhere in Manhattan before 5pm that day. The only catch is that you must order before noon to get same-day delivery—and, oh, there's a $9.95 delivery fee. However, since you can rent more than 2,000 damn cute designer dresses, tops, jewels and handbags for as low as $30, we think this is still a pretty decent deal. Plus, it saves you the time and energy of making a trek to a fast-fashion chain store. Call us lazy, but prefer to use the term “efficient.”
This weekend at Panorama take a break from dancing your ass off to some of the world's biggest and most exciting music acts and explore some mind-bending interactive art installations by New York City–based artists. The Randalls Island fest is bringing back its one-of-a-kind digital art experience and large, 360-degree virtual-reality theater, The Lab, and it's promising to be as trippy cool as ever. Conveniently located near the Pavilion stage and a craft beer tent (see the map below), don't miss these Lab installations: Dream Machine by Emilie Baltz Finally, sound you can can smell and see! Created by Baltz, a multi-talented experiential artist, food designer, cookbook author and educator, Dream Machine is a "multi-player, olfactory organ performance" that tickles four different senses in the experience through smell, sound, touch and light. Future Portrait by PRISM Tom Rossano and Elliot Blanchard's Brooklyn-based production company and creative studio is behind this inventive project, which uses the motion of visitors to create dynamic animation that can be remixed and shared. Heartfelt by Ekene Ijeoma Get closer to your fellow festival-goers with this project from artist and designer Ijeoma, which calls on visitors to hold hands and allow their bodies to be used as conductors for electricity that powers lights and play sounds. Right Passage by Windmill Factory Step right up into a sublime new world with this room scale installation. Visitors are invited to
It's happened. The wildly inflated cost of just being in the city has spread wast to the tip of Long Island. What could get you a halfway decent pad anywhere else in the country affords you an NYC fifth floor walk-up where the kitchen, bathroom and living room are all one grim space. It's pretty hard to stay in the city without giving away all your money, and now the trend is hitting New York's beaches. Cheaphotels.com compiled the 20 most expensive summer beach destinations in the United States. The travel site looked at the average rates for the cheapest beach-accessible hotel rooms this August. Montauk, the easternmost point of Long Island's South Shore, takes the number-one spot with a $312-a-night minimum. Anyone who has tried to crash for a weekend with seven people crammed into their friend's three-bedroom on Napeague Stretch knows that it's expensive (if not impossible) to book a room in Montauk. The town hosts a seasonal crowd of surfers, celebs and investment banking interns looking to spend their weekend getting trashed at The Sloppy Tuna. With multiple casual bars like The Point and nighttime destinations like Surf Lodge, Montauk is certainly the rowdiest of the Hamptons towns. But being crowned the most expensive beach spot in the entire country seems more than a little surprising for Montauk, given that the North Atlantic is still positively freezing compared to its southern counterparts. Plus, the beach town does not have nearly as famous vistas as say, Sant
We dare not disrespect Queen Bey, but the recent kerfuffle over her meltable doppelgänger (which has since been altered) got us thinking. Who else is severely misrepresented at Madame Tussauds New York? The quirky museum is a bit of a tourist trap for visitors who want to take a photo with a celebrity but don’t actually want to stake out Sarah Jessica Parker’s West Village apartment for 14 hours (which is fair). Though there are admittedly several realistic renderings found within, over the years there have been some that would be better off melted down into candles. And we know we’re not the first ones to joke that the real Kim Kardashian looks just as plastic as her wax figure, but it’s still funny because it’s true. 1. Beyoncé A post shared by Jae 😏 (@jae_jeter) on Jul 21, 2017 at 8:48pm PDT 2. Jennifer Lopez A post shared by Hallie Jones (@sourcandylover1) on Jul 24, 2017 at 3:43pm PDT 3. Selena Gomez A post shared by Yitzhak Henry (@yitzhakhenry) on Jul 19, 2017 at 1:43pm PDT 4. Jimmy Fallon rain0975" data-width-class="" /> Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/rain0975 5. Carrie Underwood skinnylawyer" data-width-class="" /> Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/skinnylawyer 6. George Clooney skinnylawyer" data-width-class="" /> Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/skinnylawyer 7. John Travolta and Nicolas Cage shankar s." data-width-class="" /> Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/shank
New York’s streetscape is transforming fast and losing its mom-and-pop charm, which is what prompted pseudonymous writer Jeremiah Moss to create the popular blog Vanishing New York. Moss, who just last month unveiled himself as East Village–dweller Griffin Hansbury, is known for "bitterly" chronicling the demise of beloved spots such as Cafe Edison online. But his new book, Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul, is more than a compilation of obituaries for shuttered haunts; it thoroughly describes how the city hasn’t changed organically but rather has been taken from us. We spoke with Moss about what needs to happen in order for the jukebox-bar– and independent-bookstore–loving folks to win back New York. Want to hear more? You can meet and listen to Moss speak about his latest work at Housing Works Bookstore Café tonight at 7pm. Why did you decide to unmask your identity? When I started publishing the book, I realized someone would have outed me. I wanted to do it myself, and I wanted to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I wanted to enjoy meeting people and have a book party. How can New York shift from a hypergentrified city to once again be flooded with mom-and-pop–shops? We need truly progressive leaders in City Hall and the mayor’s office who are not taking any funding away from the real estate industry, and they need to pass the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. I would also like to see a vacancy tax and zoning control for chain stores. I shop at chain s
On Tuesday, MTA chairman Joe Lhota announced a roughly $800 million emergency plan to fix the New York City subway system. It details actionable strategies that aim to immediately address some of the most pressing issues on the subway but leaves one big questions unanswered: Who the hell is going to pay for this? Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lhota have called for Mayor Bill de Blasio to sign off on a fifty-fifty split for the plan, but the mayor isn't even close to approving it. At an MTA board meeting on Wednesday, the authority's chief financial officer Robert Foran pitched a different solution that's sure to infuriate every straphanger in the city. According to the New York Times, Foran said that the MTA plans to raise fares and tolls in 2019 and 2021 to fund the costly repairs. The idea of hiking fares received pushback from the rest of the board, Lhota included, but without proper funding the authority may not have a choice. The MTA's latest fare hike went into effect in March, with the cost of 30-day passes rising from $116.50 to $121 and seven-day passes going up from $31 to $32. The cost of a single ride remained at $2.75. The MTA board considers raising fares every two years, and at Wednesday's board meeting Foran called for hikes to the tune of four percent the next two times the issue is up for debate. Cuomo and de Blasio are currently in a game of political chicken over who is responsible for paying for the MTA's emergency plan, and it could end up costing su
1. Head to Corlears Hook Park on the Lower East Side for Movies Under the Stars. Tonight there’s a screening of the classic Singin’ in the Rain. 2. Attend a concert in a cemetery tonight. Outdoor event Concerts in the Catacombs at Green-Wood Cemetery will have an eclectic mix of music. 3. Learn about the diversity of Queens at Passport Thursdays at Queens Museum. Today, the free event will feature Egyptian music, dance and movies. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.