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A Rising Tech Star Takes On The Media

A Rising Tech Star Takes On The Media

John Meyer’s new office has the works: a ping pong table, an espresso machine, piles of decorative books that no one reads. A poster bearing Meyer’s personal catchphrase — “Beast Mode” — hangs professionally framed on the wall. It’s everything a college-age worker could want, and Meyer, who dropped out […]

 
 

Web of Funny: Seeking Fame Under UCB’s Net

Web of Funny: Seeking Fame Under UCB’s Net

On a cold March night on New York’s Upper East Side, about 50 people gather in the halls of the Manhattan Neighborhood Network television studio eagerly awaiting the unexpected. The group is the studio audience for The Special Without Brett Davis, a new public access talk show that has already […]

 
 

Hillsong NYC: The Church on Millennial’s Hilltop

Hillsong NYC: The Church on Millennial’s Hilltop

It is about 6:30 p.m. on a chilly Sunday and attendees are already snaked around the corner of East 15th Street outside of Irving Plaza. Below the red neon sign hangs a “Welcome Home” banner. The longtime concert venue, which recently booked Paul McCartney on Valentine’s Day for a night […]

 
 

How do commercialized sex parties ensure consent?

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For people who are entering into uncharted waters by hosting commercialized sex parties — where someone can buy an online ticket and enter into a sex-welcomed room full of strangers — rules and guidelines of consent must be outlined and expressed to guests. This is in order to keep their […]

 
 

Korean Dramas: The Oncoming Wave

Korean Dramas: The Oncoming Wave

A motorcyclist pulls to stop in front of a building that says “Public Baths.” The driver jumps off the bike, takeout food container in hand, and, without a moment of hesitation, walks into the women’s section and starts setting out the order, calling the dishes out. Suddenly, it’s mass hysteria. […]

 
 

Sex Parties: The Free Love Era 2.0

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A late April Saturday night at 9 p.m, and about 250 people, ranging from their mid-twenties to mid-forties, gather in a former textiles wa rehouse turned event venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The walls are exposed brick, and the ceilings are tall. In the spirit of the theme, people are dressed […]

 
 

The Sweet Taste of Success in New York City

The Sweet Taste of Success in New York City

BY DANIELLE STROLIA The sweet scent of butter drifts though the air at Mille-Feuille Bakery on this cold March day, and the customers waiting in line to exclaim their admiration. “God, it smells fantastic,” “How can you guys work in here without gaining 500 pounds?” and of course, “What is […]

 
 

Fashion Bloggers Seek Success

Fashion Bloggers Seek Success

One recent weekday morning, New York University student Irene Kim grabbed the curling iron and began separating her hair piece by piece as she sat on the floor of her dorm room. Every so often, she got up to scan her closet in search of the perfect outfit. After half […]

 
 

From the Streets to the Kitchen: A NYC Chef’s Inspirational Story

From the Streets to the Kitchen: A NYC Chef’s Inspirational Story

Pedro Rodriguez isn’t afraid to smile despite years of drug addiction and homelessness that have left his teeth eroded and discolored – the only indication of his past that remains. On this brisk March morning, he is running around the basement kitchen of the New York City Rescue Mission like […]

 
 

Julia Child: the first “French Chef” in most American homes

Julia Child: the first “French Chef” in most American homes

Fifty years ago, one new PBS show opened with a high-pitched voice, sounding on the verge of a girlish giggle, warmly announcing, “Hello, I’m Julia Child. Welcome to the ‘French Chef,’ and the first show on our series in French cooking.” In that very first episode, Child cooks boeuf bourguignon, […]