Archive for the ‘Weird and Wonderful’ Category

Too Many Zooz

Friday, March 7th, 2014

God help me, I love me some street performers. Only in New York will you find an impromptu dance party on your way to work.

Sax Battle in New York City Subway

Friday, December 27th, 2013


Only in New York would two sax players encounter each other on the subway with a surprise riff on “Billie Jean”. (With apologies for the vertical video and inane popups.)

Subway Skating

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Only in New York would your furniture enter through the window

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

From Leslie at Looking Up with Leslie:

I moved here just over a year ago and keep being reassured that New York loves me. I recently got a tiny, rent stabilized apartment in the West Village so I can afford to stay in the city I love.

It has no closets so I bought a pair of armoires on Craigslist. When the movers got them to my third floor walkup landing, they couldn’t get through the door so they stayed on the landing for a couple of weeks.

Three consultations later, “Sal” showed up. He started taking them apart (they are 90 inches tall!) and moving them down the hall. When he realized they wouldn’t fit through the door no matter what, he got a helper and pulled them up with ropes through the window. You should have heard the building’s super having a fit!

They are perfect in my apartment and now I can unpack. Only in New York City!

Want to Buy a Lighthouse?

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Ever wanted to live in a lighthouse, or at least have a really cool place for parties?  Now’s your chance!  Two decommissioned lighthouses off the coast of Staten Island are being auctioned off by the General Services Administration (GSA), which is starting the bidding next month at $5,000.  Be warned, the Coast Guard gets to keep a set of keys and come traipsing through whenever they need to.  Oh, and they’re rather prone to flooding.

Quidditch Tournament Takes Over Central Park

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Kids play Quidditch in Central Park

Muggle Quidditch has had to make a few concessions to gravity and other laws of physics. Players must keep a broom between their legs at all times, and instead of a golden, winged ball, the “snitch” is a tennis ball in a sock. Intercollegiate Quidditch Association commissioner Alex Benepe (and son of NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe) told 1010WINS, “This version of the game is the best it could possibly work in real life, short of flying brooms.”
One nine-year-old watching yesterday’s game said, “It’s pretty cool. You never know what you’re going to find in New York.”

Hallelujah, I Love Her So

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Only in New York can you find enough aspiring dancers to realize your dream of having fifty couples burst into dance while you propose.

Only in New York…

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

… will you see a Jewish lawyer wish his Muslim doorman a Merry Christmas.