Recently some folks at the New York Public Library discovered a box containing old reference questions from the 1940s to 1980s. They’ll be posting the questions to their Instagram account on Mondays (starting today), but have shared a bunch with us today, noting, “we were Google before Google existed.” (On that note, Neil Gaiman once pointed out, “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.”)
Gothamist just posted up a list of their choices for the best Mac and Cheese offerings in NYC. Seeing as they seem to like doing my job for me, allow me to step aside and let them take the mic for now.
Note: That pic is from Jacob’s Pickles and yes, it IS as good as it looks.
Buffalo: Proving it still has that chip on its shoulder
January 29th, 2015 — BUFFALO, NY
Yesterday afternoon, NYC based site, The Gothamist, released the Buffalo-centric puff piece, “Millennials Are Moving To Buffalo & Living Like Kings,” sending both hard working and unemployed Buffalonians into a mass, social media panic, seeing who could share the post and tag their referenced friends faster than the next.
“I see you Lulu!”
“Big ups to my guys Billy and Pat!”
“CC: Jason and Bernice!”
The piece, one of seemingly hundreds of stories being released on a monthly quota, was yet another way for bitter Western New Yorkers to pat themselves on the back and remind each other that Buffalo isn’t all that bad when the wind chill goes into the negative. Focusing on musicians, preservationists, restauranteurs, and more who made the decision to leave NYC for the comfy (and cheaper) confines of the Elmwood Village and beyond, the article gave the city citizens another reason to love the city, and for a hot
minute, remove that chip that every one of us was born with on our shoulder.
Naturally, as we Buffalo citizens love to do, the moment we
get some dap (albeit redundant dap), we immediately break each other down, and
the backlash began. Response pieces were written, witty statuses were posted,
Youtube videos were smugly shared, and carefully selected emoji stickers were
pasted. Hipsters were called out for taking refuge in their parents’ basements.
Suburbanites defended their home turfs. Basically, trolls were trolls. Haters
When asked of the article, local blogger, Teddy Kielbasa, 34
of Normal Ave., was surprised at the LACK of shares from some of Buffalo’s more
“Where was Sly on the share? That guy tries to sell me a keyboard every night.
I see his check ins on Facebook – ‘Currently napping in front of Goodbar’ – Are
you telling me he couldn’t take a moment and help get the word out of how great
and welcoming a place like Buffalo is to live.”
When curiously asked for a comment, steak monger, Russ
Salvatore, not realizing that their season was long over, simply asked when he
could “help out” the passionate Buffalo Bills fans sell out a game by
purchasing the cheapest tickets in the league, something “Kings” should be able
Several Spot Coffee employees were encouraged by the post.
“We were all told that our $.25 raise should be coming any
day now so we hope to move from a five person apt to a more “regal like” 4
person palace on the shallow East Side. This article shows we are making
progress. I may even turn the heat on this winter. A real King should live in
Once the social dust settled, things got back to normal.
Boosters were frantically looking for that next piece of click bait, hooking
their bait for the next round of trolls.
“Top 10 Reasons Why Owning a Car in Buffalo is Hipster”
“5 Ways Buffalo’s Black Rock Neighborhood Can Be the Next
“The Best Organic Food Can Be Found at the Rite Aid on
Bryant and Elmwood. Here is why”
Gothamist posted a picture of my Halloween costume! They snapped my picture as I got off the L but I didn’t really expect them to post it. Thanks to everyone who sent me messages about this! In my hungover stupor, I totally forgot to check