In response, Con Ed tweeted early this morning: "All Con Edison employees have legit IDs; worried about imposters: call 1-800-75CONED or 911."
In short, LOOK FOR AN I.D. BEFORE LETTING ANYONE INTO YOUR HOME. Shout really loudly through the door and ask for them to hold up their I.D., feel like an idiot, then take a look through your peephole, and feel safe. Please.
Man, if there was ever a day for prolonged, dark sentiment it would be today. We've just seen a storm of historical proportions wreck the great, modern city. Recently shining, modern apartments across Manhattan are lit with candlelight for a least a while longer. It's Halloween! (And, as of this writing, the spooky is racing far ahead of the sexy.)
So, assuming there's something functional in close proximity for which to play music, you've gotta go goth. Goth rock, both the sound and the general image of it, has only grown in mainstream acceptance since its first appearance in the early 80s. Using dark, sometimes supernatural imagery to explain tumultuous internal feelings is pretty much what pop culture does now (See: Buffy, Harry Potter, Twilight, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, everything). Broadcasting inner darkness to the wider world is something that whole generations of young people have grown up always being comfortable with. Pop-culture in 2012 is gother on average than 1982 by a huge margin.
But most every list of the genre's best songs features a too-familiar roll call of names and tunes. Bauhaus, The Cure, Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Birthday Party. And while those songs have aged quite nicely, there has been a good 30 years now with goth in our bloodstream. Its not like these sounds and themes have stayed locked and dated in a shallow 80s grave.
So, on this the gothest of days, we provide you with our definitive list of the 20 best goth songs released since 1992. Go on and mope a bit.
Amid downed trees, broken TV antennas, and piles of debris, Brooklynites who still had power did their best to put up a Halloween display for this evening's trick-or-treaters. Sometimes, when terrible things happen, all you can do blow up your inflatable Ghost Rider roof ornament and make the best of it.
Halloween After the Storm
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2. Tweet at us to let us know why you want those tickets!
3. Use the hashtag "#tonylucca"
You have until 6pm on Friday, November 2 to enter. We'll announce a winner on Monday, November 5. Good luck!
*Park Slope Halloween Parade: cancelled, not to be rescheduled.
*Cobble Hill Halloween Parade: still on, starts at 4.
*Prospect Park South Parade: cancelled.
*West Midwood Parade: still on, starting at 4.
*Williamsburg Witches Walk: still on.
Last three confirmations via Mommy Poppins, who has many other activities that are still happening today if you have a kiddo with a costume who needs some place to go. Or just need to get them the hell out of the house. Either way!
During times of distress—whether natural or manmade or, I guess, both—people tend to come together. At least, in recent history, in New York City, during events ranging from the blackout of 2003 to the terrorist attacks on September 11th, to the blizzard of 2010, and now to the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Sandy, people have banded together to help each other and work through these times of surreal crisis. People do good deeds as individuals, as private citizens, and they do these good deeds under the auspices of government, both local and federal. At these times, we appreciate no one more than the Fire Department, the Police Department, the EMS, but also, we appreciate the people, the regular citizens who join forces to help each other in our times of need.
So. Why politicize this? Why even mention politics or parties or the imminent election?
With the brunt of Hurricane Sandy’s damage inflicted, it may be awhile before the city returns to normal. Train service won’t be fully restored for several days and the same goes for many without power. To say the least, that’s nobody’s happy about this. So for those of us who could use break from the stress, we’ve got good news: BAM’s got power and Internet so they’ve decided to stay open. For anyone who lives within walking distance of Downtown Brooklyn or who's willing to spring for cab, that means all the cinematek and Jimmy Kimmel live you can handle!
Waking up to the devastation this morning, it's hard to know what to do with yourself. If you're looking for some way to help, City Councilperson Brad Lander has a suggestion:
They could use volunteers today at John Jay HS (evac shelter) & Park Slope Armory (medical/frail shelter). Min 6-8 hrs shift. No kids.
— Brad Lander (@bradlander) October 30, 2012
Don't endanger yourself, obviously, but if you can help, help!
Alli Coates is a photographer who happens to take photos of nightlife. Whatever 4evr is her new photo column, starring her cast of whimsical and attractive friends and the divey locations that host them. Enjoy.
On the chance this storm takes us out, we want to give New York one last stab at love. Below, then, is a survey of the Halloween-related Missed Connections postings on Craigslist from Saturday night until this morning.
Hunker down and fall fast in love. We wish you the best of luck.
And yes, Halloween specials of beloved TV shows are a longstanding tradition, not confined to everyone's favorite nostalgia decade of the moment. However, in the interest of narrowing things down and revisiting the spooky joys of my youth, we're confining this particular best-of to the 1990s. Truly, it was a golden age for this stuff. Plus, as long as the internet is up and the MTA is down, you'll need something to keep you busy during this (spookily named) Frankenstorm.
Saturday's parties are done, and Wednesday's trick or treating looks to be curtailed or even cancelled, depending on your zone. If you are a Halloween person at all, you probably have lots of extra candy lying around. Not that I think it's a bad idea to just eat the candy (or save it for hurricane rations), but if you're feeling cooped up or freaked out, the classic combination of stress baking then stress eating might be just the ticket. Here, then, are some recipes that you can make with stuff you've probably already got around the house, depending on your level of food hoarding.
Dr Müllensiefen told Spotify, who commissioned the study, “It is no surprise that so many respondents claimed to find music arousing in the bedroom. From neuro-scientific research we know that music can activate the same pleasure centres of the brain that also respond to much less abstract rewards such as food, drugs or indeed sex.”
So, for skeptics that remain among you, we've got 5 key bullet points for why this just might be your moment to give T-Swift her due. (When you come around, she'll act really surprised and appreciative!)
If you hate Halloween, you’ll be safe this Saturday at the debut of Chelsea Sound, the neighborhood’s art and music block party. It’s one of the few parties this weekend where costumes are not required. Thank you, Printed Matter, Eyebeam, Family Business, and Electronic Arts Intermix, the four non-profits taking part in this quad-party for giving an option to people who don’t feel like dressing up like pumpkins, sexy nurses, or Zombie Obama.
In case you don’t know anything about the dozens of artists involved with Chelsea Sound, we’ve picked out some choice tracks by each of the artists and musicians on YouTube (and Vimeo, since that’s how artists roll). Chelsea Sound wants to mix up the borders between music and art, so that alone is reason to go.
Talking on the phone from his home in Florida fighting "some weird mouth infection" (“It’s not like I made out with any strange people while I was up in New York”) frontman Carson Cox reflects on the last few months, Merchandise's desire to stay industry outsiders, and the frustration of being mistaken as a Brooklyn band—a label they don't at all want. He's extremely friendly and talks with little breaks, allowing a series of unfiltered thoughts and ideas to tumble out that occasionally bump into self-contradiction. Making sense of Internet success has never been easy though. Especially if you're determined to fight the good fight.
elvis costello perfomance link (the published one here is not working) http://videos.mediaite.com/video/Elvis-Costello-Radio-Radio-1977
I need a sweet baby
Here's another good drinking song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1CULMYgUfc