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May 24, 2005

F i A S C O @ Lit Tonight

fiasco.jpgFiASCO a "electro-porno-kitsch-clash" band will be performing their last show tonight at Lit before returning to the studio later this week to record their new album. Songs from the new album will be played. Show starts at 9pm downstairs. (sorry for the last minute notice)

If you can't make it, check out the video for Those Feelings starring late night cable-access porn queen Robin Byrd and her stable of dancers.

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Work got you down?

Burnt out? Need to take a break? Feeling worn out from all the trips to Starbucks just to bring some variety to your day? Try office dares, form a team and see how many points you can accumulate. They go from the slightly insane, "Run one lap around the office at top speed" (1 point). All the way to "guaranteed to get you fired", "Come to work in army fatigues and when asked why, say, 'I can't talk about it'" (5 points).

hapland2.jpgFor less risky (and more discrete) entertainment, try Hapland, a flash based game that involves bizarre stick figures trying to light torches, guaranteed to keep you (un)productive for hours.

There is also the original (and less challenging version). Enjoy!

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From the land of Milk & Honey comes the East Side Company Bar

2005_02_eastsidec.jpgMilk & Honey, the famously secretive and elusive bar in the lower east side with draconian policies such as reservations only, no name-dropping, no star fucking, gentlemen will not introduce themselves to ladies, as well as an unlisted phone number has a spin off in the works.

East Side Company rumored to be completed for over a year may finally be open. "I think I'm in love with the bramble" says New York Press, refering to the painstakingly prepared most popular drink. In goes crushed limes, gin and a "special juice mixture we make ourselves," the bartender says enigmatically, perhaps to curtail, and rightfully so, cocktail-idea theft.

bitesbuzz040825_4_125.jpgQLL intends to check out East Side Company as soon as possible, check back for our full review.

East Side Company Bar*
49 Essex St. (Grand St.)

* Just as difficult to find as Milk & Honey, there is no sign, just a door. Look for "The Pickle Guys" which is just nextdoor.

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May 23, 2005

I Dare Ya!

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1. Run one lap around the office at top speed
2. Groan out loud in the toilet cubicle (at least one other 'non-player' must be in the toilet at the time).
3. Ignore the first five people who say 'good morning' to you.
4. Phone someone in the office you barely know, leave your name and say, Just called to say I can't talk right now. Bye."
5. To signal the end of a conversation, clamp your hands over your head.
6. When someone hands you a piece of paper, finger it, and whisper huskily, Mmmmmmm, that feels soooooo good!"
7. Leave your zipper open for one hour. If anyone points it out, say, "Sorry, I really prefer it this way".
8. Walk sideways to the photocopier.
9. While riding in a lift, gasp dramatically every time the doors open.

1. Say to your boss, "I like your style" and shoot him with double-barrelled fingers.
2. Babble incoherently at a fellow employee then ask, "Did you get all that, I don't want to have to repeat it".
3. Page yourself over the intercom (do not disguise your voice).
4. Kneel in front of the water cooler and drink directly from the nozzle (there must be a 'non-player' within sight).
5. Shout random numbers while someone is counting.


1. At the end of a meeting, suggest that, for once, it would be nice to conclude with the singing of the national anthem - (extra points if you actually launch into it yourself).
2. Walk into a very busy person's office and while they watch you with growing irritation, turn the light switch on/off 10 times.
3. For an hour, refer to everyone you speak to as "Bob".
4. Announce to everyone in a meeting that you "really have to go do a number two".
5. After every sentence, say 'mon' in a really bad Jamaican accent. As in "the report's on your desk, mon". Keep this up for one hour.
6. While an office mate is out, move their chair into the lift.
7. In a meeting or crowded situation, slap your forehead repeatedly and mutter, "Shut up, damn it, all of you just shut up!"
8. At lunchtime, get down on your knees and announce, "As God is my witness, I'll never go hungry again."
9. In a colleague's diary, write in 10am: "See how I look in tights".
10. Carry your keyboard over to your colleague and ask "You wanna trade?"
11. Repeat the following conversation 10 times to the same person: Do you hear that?" "What?" "Never mind, it's gone now".
12. Come to work in army fatigues and when asked why, say, "I can't talk about it".
13. Posing as a maitre d', call a colleague and tell him he's won a lunch for four at a local restaurant. Let him go.
14. Speak with an accent (French, German, Porky Pig, etc) during a very important conference call.
15. Find the vacuum and start vacuuming around your desk.
16. Hang a two-foot long piece of toilet roll from the back of your pants and act genuinely surprised when someone points it out.
17. Present meeting attendees with a cup of coffee and biscuit, smash each biscuit with your fist.
18. During the course of a meeting, slowly edge your chair towards the door.
19. Arrange toy figures on the table to represent each meeting attendee, move them according to the movements of their real-life counterparts.
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And if that wasn't enough for you - here are some examples of insane acts you can use anywhere...
1. At lunchtime, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hairdryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.
2. Tell your children over dinner. "Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go."
3. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that.
4. Put your rubbish bin on your desk and label it "IN."
5. Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over his or her caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.
6. In the subject field for all your e-mails, write " FOR SEXUAL FAVOURS".
7. Finish all your sentences with "In accordance with the prophecy."
8. Dont use any punctuation
9. As often as possible, skip rather than walk.
10. Ask people what sex they are. Laugh hysterically after they answer.
11. Specify that your drive-through order is "to go."
12. Sing along at the opera.
13. Go to a poetry recital and ask why the poems don't rhyme.
14. Put mosquito netting around your work area. Play a tape of jungle sounds all day.
15. Five days in advance, tell your friends you can't attend their party because you're not in the mood.
16. Have your co-workers address you by your wrestling name, Rock Hard.
17. When the money comes out of the ATM, scream "I Won! I Won! 3rd time this week!!!"
18. When leaving the zoo, start running towards the parking lot yelling, Run for your lives, they're loose!
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Best of...Buzz For Your Buck!

Support Your Local Barista! It is undeniable that Starbucks has penetrated every neighborhood of the city that does not sleep (and even the world for that matter--did you know that there is a Starbucks in Myungdong, South Korea that is five stories tall?). And it is also not uncommon to even see two or more Starbucks on the same street corner.

As Starbucks multiply, the native coffeehouse are being driven out of existence. While there is no way to prevent a Starbucks infestation, (even I am guilty of getting my Starbucks Venti Half-Caf Soy Americano w/ Foam fix), there's still something to be said about supporting your average joe . Among my favorite grab-and-go stops are...


Mud Truck
Astor Place 7am-5pm
Wall Street (Near Water) 7am-5pm

71 Irving Place

71 Irving Pl & E 18th Street
(212) 995-5252


333 Lafayette St.& Bleeker
New York, NY 10012

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May 20, 2005

Self Help DVD's

Yesterday evening on my way home from work I was walking along West Houston when I stumbled across a self-service store,(about 500-sqaure feet), open 24-hours called MoviebankUSA. The space resembled that of an ATM vestibule. Intrigued, I proceeded to walk inside. The concept is simple. Want to rent a movie? Help Yourself.


You can select from over 5,000 DVD, video games, and VHS videos. And, search by actor, director, genre and new releases. No human attendant needed. Insert your credit, ATM, or MoviebankUSA club card into the ATM-like machine, select your movie, and instantly retrieve it as it pops out of the kiosk! And, simply return it to the same location. If you return it within 6-hours, you only pay 99cents (or $2.50 for 24 hours with a free membership card).

Want to guarantee you will get the new release you want, got to the company website http://www.moviebankusa.com, and reserve a movie in advance and the video will be blocked from other customers at the store for three hours. In addition, you can sign up online to get an instant message or an e-mail when a movie that is not available is returned to the store's inventory.

In a city all about ease and convenience, one has to Question: Why would you walk down the street to rent a movie if you could simply order Netflix without leaving your couch? Answer: Netflix does not satisfy the New Yorkers need for a quick fix. Why wait a few days when you can have instant gratification?

The company has put smaller self-service machines that hold 1,000 to 3,000 DVD's in the lobbies of two residential buildings in New York.

71 West Houston Street, NYC

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May 18, 2005

Must See Photography Exhibit

AshesandSnowHorizontal.gifAshes and Snow
March 5 through June 6
at Hudson River Park's Pier 54

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Best Of...Playing Hooky From Work!


1.The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers
Pier 59
23rd St. & the Hudson River

If it goes right, it's a slice.
If it goes left, it's a hook.
If it goes straight, it's a miracle!

Practice makes perfect at this year-round urban country-club like getaway which overlooks the Hudson. Experience need not apply. With over 90 balls for a mere $20, you can hit from 4 different tiers into the 200-yard fairway which is enclosed with netting, to keep balls from flying off the platform. It has 52 heated and weather-protected hitting stalls on four levels, a computerized tee-up system, and a brewery next door for a post-tee treat!

2.Landmark Sunshine Cinema
143 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002

grey_dog.gif3.Grey Dog's Coffee
33 Carmine St.
New York , NY 10014
Dogs are welcome...make sure to ask for a free doggie biscuit at the counter!

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There goes the neighborhood...

wsquar3.gifWashington Square Park, located in the heart of Greenwich Village best known for its bohemian and rebellious character is getting a face lift. The $2,731,000 renovation will include moving the fountain to be aligned with the arch; the elevation will be leveled off; dog runs will be relocated; the asphalt mounds will go; a lawn will replace the plaza; and most controversial, a four-foot-high granite and iron fence would go up along the perimeter, along with gates that would be locked at night. Gothamist has an excellent summary.

WSQ-054_180px.jpgIn related news, the Washington Square Music Festival celebrates it's 47th season by presenting three evenings of great music under the stars. Two classical and one jazz, Tuesdays at 8 pm starting July 12th. Performances take place on the bandstand in the southeast quadrant, which, if the Parks Department has its way, will not be there next season.

Update: Parks Department has bowed to public pressure and will drop plans for the gates. Again via Gothamist.

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May 10, 2005

Finger Licking Good

free_frosty_story.gifRemember a few weeks ago when a women claimed to have found a severed finger in a bowl of chili at Wendy's? Later turned out she planted it (owner of the finger still unknown). This weekend, Wendy's will be offering free Frostys as a thank you to customers who supported the chain during the recent finger food incident. Just go in and say "Free Frosty".

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Best Of...Detox!

Bikram Yoga


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May 09, 2005

Starry eyed surprise...

starry nights.jpgA field trip the American Museum of Natural History has never been more intoxicating! On the first Friday evening of every month the museum hosts Starry Nights where you can enjoy tapas and drinks, while listening to live jazz in one of the most spectacular settings in New York - The Rose Center. The drinks are going to cost you, the jazz won't meet up to most standards, and you will share the evening with mom, dad, and kids. However, if are looking for a fun, unique, and cheap pre-dinner activity (admission is free), this is one to try!

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May 04, 2005

Gelotto Anyone?

gelotto.jpgA sure sign that spring time is here, Otto's gelato cart has returned to the North West corner of Washington Square Park. New York Metro has called it the Best Gelato around. We like the olive oil gelato, lightly sprinkled with sea salt and seasonal fruit. Yum. During the non-summer months QLL recommends Ciao Bella for your regular gelato fix.

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