Love Bug. At a loss for what to get your love this Valentine’s Day? Candy can be so impersonal; lingerie implies too much; and jewelry is so expensive. The Bronx Zoo is offering the once-a-year chance to name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after your Valentine — the largest member of the roach family! It costs only $10 to name an animal, and you can both go and visit the roaches in a romantic trip to the zoo (if you still have an appetite after, I recommend eating at Dominick’s on Arthur Avenue.) And next time you see a roach crawling around your apartment, think twice before squashing it. It could be somebody’s boyfriend!
LifeBike. EV Grieve posts a video from a company called Red Peak, which made a video from something they called a “unique urban experiment.” They tied a bike — bells, basket, lights and all — to a rack and took a photo of it every day for a year. The resulting video shows the bike eventually getting ripped apart (although it took longer than I thought.) They call the project LIFEBICYCLE: 365 days in the life of a New York City bike. Spoiler: The basket is gone by day 214.
It’s Alexander Hamilton’s Birthday. Here’s How to Celebrate.
-Take a cab over the Alexander Hamilton Bridge, which crosses the Harlem River and connects Manhattan to the Bronx.
-Go to his house in Saint Nicholas Park in Harlem. They recently moved it there, and fixed it up. And if you don’t have plans on Saturday, check out the birthday bash the National Park Service is throwing in his honor at the Hamilton Grange.
-Find those rare $10 ATM machines across the city. I saw one two weeks ago on Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy. I saw one a few weeks back at a bodega on Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village, next to Christ the King High School. Can someone please comment with known locations of Alexander Hamilton Money Machines? (AHMM)
You know, something may go down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart.
That’s Governor Chris Christie’s response to a heckling protester at a Mitt Romney rally in New Hampshire. Christie continues to perpetuate the New Jersey tough guy jerk stereotype more than any boozing, overtanned guido at the shore. (Or as he calls it, “Jersey Style.”)
Old-School Gangs in the ’50s. Flavorpill (by way of Retronaut) has this photoset of gangs in 1950s Brooklyn, hair greased and sleeves wrapped around their cigarettes. The cool, unaffected looks of these guys and girls — who are now probably in their 70s — would fit in in the Brooklyn of today, I think.
BREAKING: @Wendi_Deng is Fake. Last week, media giant Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter, complete with a bad Photobooth pick of his old wrinkly face as avatar. Later, a Twitter account claiming to be Murdoch’s wife, Wendi Deng showed up. Deng was made famous for attacking the man who threw a cream pie in her husband’s face during the phone hacking trial and would probably be more interesting online than her husband. Early this morning, though, the anonymous tweeter revealed his or herself as a fake, saying they were “fed up with comedy writers trying to make their mark on Twitter.” Now the fake Wendi keeps tweeting, sounding more and more like a low self-esteem teen and not the tough-talking wife of Murdoch. Stop the madness, Fake Wendi. Let it die.
Evil Empire. Everybody went sort of crazy when photos showed a Yankee hat-clad guy brandishing Muammar Khaddafy’s golden gun after the Libyan leader was captured and killed. Despite the less-than-authentic colorway, the new “Yankee Fan” (or, more than likely, a fan of western sports team apparel) had suddenly made the Yankee hat more famous than even Jay Z. It looks like this guy has some competition, though. Footage from the funeral procession for the Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, shows a little kid wearing a Yankee hat — in the authentic navy blue! — crying his little heart out in mourning.