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Was it possible that the guy whom the New York press once dubbed “the Prince of Darkness” and, when they were not being kind, “Darth Vader,” Mario’s firstborn son, who had his political obituary written a decade ago when he botched his first try for the governor’s mansion, then skulked away to a real-estate-investment job with his tail between his legs, only to be further humiliated, the worst thing for an Italian, when his marriage to a Kennedy blew up in the tabloids amidst rumors of her screwing around on him with some polo-playing restaurant dude (on the ick scale, this was hard to top), who himself never believed he could ever even think of running again… Was it possible that this Andrew Cuomo would emerge as the most admired political figure in the country? Read the rest of this GQ article here. And enjoy the photo illustration.

-KH
[GQ]

Was it possible that the guy whom the New York press once dubbed “the Prince of Darkness” and, when they were not being kind, “Darth Vader,” Mario’s firstborn son, who had his political obituary written a decade ago when he botched his first try for the governor’s mansion, then skulked away to a real-estate-investment job with his tail between his legs, only to be further humiliated, the worst thing for an Italian, when his marriage to a Kennedy blew up in the tabloids amidst rumors of her screwing around on him with some polo-playing restaurant dude (on the ick scale, this was hard to top), who himself never believed he could ever even think of running again… Was it possible that this Andrew Cuomo would emerge as the most admired political figure in the country?
 

Read the rest of this GQ article here. And enjoy the photo illustration.

-KH

[GQ]

So What Makes You a New Yorker? Our friend Jen Doll wrote this week’s cover story for the Village Voice offering “terribly useful rules for life” on how to be a New Yorker. Doll points out so many of the things that are stereotypically associated with being of these five boroughs — ambition, cultural acumen, ability to grow things on a fire escape, fierce loyalty to the city while still having your qualms about the place you call home. I’m thankful to be here, and I hope you all are, too. And I’ll ask — what do YOU think makes somebody a New Yorker?

-KH

[Village Voice, @thisisjendoll]

Coney Island. It’s cold outside, so enjoy this video of antique footage from Coney Island, set to “Calliope” by Hungrytown.

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[Vimeo]

Live from New York, it’s Waldobombing. Even if you can’t distinguish between Star Trek and Star Wars, chances are you have tried (and possibly failed) to find Waldo. So, kudos to Buzzfeed for making a pop culture event somehow even more relatable. 

The Newsweek Tumblrs said it best, “Forget planking. Go ahead and forget horsemanning too. And owling? Please. Ladies and gentlemen: Waldobombing.”

-LB

[Buzzfeed]

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It was like watching an episode of Roosters Gone Wild.

Jen Doll shared this nugget from a DNA Info piece on a bird hunt in Fort Tryon Park on Sunday. A rooster and its hen had been hanging around the park for the past few weeks, according to DNA Info, and were not willing to go peacefully. The rooster out maneuvered two Urban Park Rangers and an off-duty MTA worker by ducking into bushes and flying away, but his partner was not so lucky. The hen is now in Animal Care and Control custody.  

“We got his wife, so who knows, maybe he’ll give up soon,” a Park Ranger told DNA Info.  “We’ll be back.”

-LB  

[DNA Info, Jen Doll]

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Azi Paybarah, a political reporter with Capital New York, sat down with Chuck Scarborough to discuss the biggest political stories of the week, including Gov. Christie’s 2012 decision and the trial of John Haggerty.

[NBCNewYork, @azipaybarah]

Chinatown, with its jostling sidewalks narrowed by bins heaping with live crabs, dried shrimp, arrow root and porcelain dishes, is still as tantalizing as ever. Merchants, restaurateurs and residents from hundreds of miles away stream in on low-price Chinese-owned buses to get their menus printed, kitchens stocked or prescriptions filled by people who speak Mandarin, Cantonese or Fujianese.

The weekly influx explains the location of four eyeglass shops in little more than a block of Mott Street and is seen by some as an encouraging economic trend.

Still, Chinatown’s economy is ailing.

While most of New York City has bounced back — economically and physically — since Sept. 11, 2001, Chinatown has struggled to reverse their slump, writes the New York Times. The months-long frozen zone that came after the attacks hurt businesses and restaurants worse than in other places. It’s forced many local advocates to push for a Business Improvement District, hoping an organizational approach to clean streets and uniform signs will attract the tourists who flocked there years before. 

-KH

[NYT]

Something has happened in the last year,” says Jim Buzinski, co-founder of OutSports, an advocate for and chronicler of gay sports issues for more than a decade. “It’s almost like homophobia is no longer considered cool in sports.

That’s from Will Leitch's piece in  NYMag piece titled, “The Last Closet: When Will a Gay Professional Athlete Finally Come Out?” He discusses the changing culture in professional sports that is now encouraging tolerance and an open discussion on gay athletes, both in the closet and out. Players have gotten fined for using the “f-word” on court, and even NBA icon Charles Barkley spoke out in favor of gay marriage, saying that “as a black person, I can’t be in for any form of discrimination at all.” Leitch wonders when a gay professional athlete come out — not after he or she retires, but before. That, he says, is the last closet door to walk through.

-KH

(Will Leitch, NY Magjoshsternberg)

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Blizzard of Questions. When Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith left his post earlier this month, many people thought it was a delayed punishment for his less-than-ideal response to December’s blizzard. Turns out, it was something completely different: Goldsmith was arrested in late-July for domestic assault after an argument with his wife turned physical. The 20’s Azi Paybarah, a political reporter for Capital New York, sat down with Chuck Scarborough to analyze the mayor’s handling of the situation.