A Portrait of a Punk | Dee Dee Ramone

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Legs McNeil, friend of the late Dee Dee Ramone and Ramones-band insider, recently published a retrospective of his famous 1989 sit-down interview with Dee Dee (aka Douglas G. Colvin) not long after he had left the band earlier that same year. As Legs recalls "He called me and said he wanted to spill the beans. Since we’d been friends since 1976, I was happy to turn on the tape recorder and let him goβ€”which he did for about ten hours." In introducing his article Legs also describes Dee Dee as: "the archetypical fuck-up whose life was a living disaster. He...

Trill Shit | Frank Costello Dodged a Bullet at the Majestic

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Famous for its skyline and prime location on Central Park West, the Majestic was home to some of N.Y.C.'s most famous and infamous denizens. Find out what happened when resident and crime boss Frank Costello had a violent brush at the luxury high rise during the 1950s. via VF

Fresh & Klean | YL ft. Lrs "Preach"

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Underground University | Use Soap

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Assuming you don't have access to the discarded fat from a liposuction clinic, Grant Thompson uses bacon fat and drain cleaner to give a Tyler Durden-worthy lesson in soap making. via DVR

Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam

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Deso, Kip, Tant and Unga, aka the Broken Fingaz crew out of Haifa, Israel, just recently completed this bad ass work consist on the MDSM building in Amsterdam. Comprised of twelve separate rectangular panels, a la a comic book, the work is both dark and playful with a biting psychedelic color scheme. via SAN

Essential Viewing | Operation Donnie Brasco

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In an in-depth interview, agent Joe Pistone, aka Donnie Brasco, opens up about what it was like to go undercover in one of the most notorious crime families to pull off one of the greatest deceptions in law enforcement history. via NG

Essential Viewing | New York City vs. Everywhere

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Some interesting statistics contained in this short video from BuzzFeed. via BUZZ

Weekend Retrospective | Remembering "The Arsenio Hall Show"

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There have been other Johnnys, other Davids, other Jimmys, and we all know who the real Conan is. But there has only been one Arsenio. This fall brings with it the return to late night television "The Arsenio Hall Show." Now while it is easy to look back and knock Arsenio Hall for his acting career as having not amounted to much outside of providing the voice of Winston Zedmore on the animated show "The Real Ghostbusters," what should not be forgotten was how good, and how important, his variety talk show was. From 1989 to mid-1994 "The Arsenio Hall...

Trill Shit | Thug Notes on Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four

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Let Sparky Sweets, Ph.D, break down George Orwell's dystopian novel concerning centralized authority and totalitarianism on 'dat ass. Nineteen Eighty-Four gets explicated like it never has before. via TN

Astoria's Little Egypt Reacts to News From the Homeland

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New York's Little Egypt community in Astoria responds to the violence going on at home. via NYT

Stop & Frisk Law in New York Ruled Unconstitutional | Reactions

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In an inexplicable case of a U.S. District Court judge handing down a ruling which actually upholds the constitution, Judge Shira Scheindlin of New York's southern district struck down Bloomberg's favorite random racial profiling policy as being unconstitutional, much to the mayor's dismay. News of Judge Scheindlin's ruling that "stop & frisk" violated constitutional rights of New Yorkers, particularly minorities, was greeted with mixed reactions by the residents of Brownsville, Brooklyn. via NYT

Sunday School | What Can You Learn From a Gangster?

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"You won't find this in Harvard Business Review" ...well, until now. Gangsters, hustlers, pimps an players, not social circles you'd typically find being studied in a scholarly setting. But we're treading unchartered waters these days - economically speaking. If you're thinking about starting your own business and an 14 minute plus academic video doesn't bother you this controversial video might be an invaluable doorway to a revolutionary way of constructing your business mode. via THNKR

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