NY Post Reporter ‘Goes Undercover’ With Topless Women in Times Square
NY Post reporter Amber Jamieson spent a day as one of Times Square’s topless women, wearing nothing but a thong, a feathered headdress, and body paint applied by the “manager” she worked for. The experience left her "feeling full of girl power” and officially “Team Topless,” concluding that "the fight against the painted ladies is deeply sexist.” On Twitter, Jamieson made a point of noting that the story was her idea, not an assignment from an editor. [NY Post]
Note to male reporters: young female reporters often pitch their own stories. ;) https://t.co/P119N49BO4— Amber Jamieson (@ambiej) August 31, 2015
Wes Craven Dies
Horror fans have been mourning the death of director Wes Craven, the man behind scary movies like “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Scream.” Craven, who was 76, passed away Sunday at his Los Angeles home after battling brain cancer.
Critics penned tributes to the acclaimed director and examined how he influenced the horror genre. Other publications celebrated his work, listing his “essential” films and the moments “that still have the power to freak us out.”
MTV’s TV spinoff based on the “Scream” franchise — which Craven executive produced — will also pay tribute to him during its Tuesday night finale, the network announced. [Hollywood Reporter]
The Long Road to Rebuild
There have been many pieces looking back at the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in light of the 10th anniversary of the storm devastating New Orleans, but This American Life’s latest episode, "Lower 9 + 10", lets you hear about the toil of the long process of rebuilding. It’s an intimate portrait of how the Lower Ninth Ward is evolving, with tension and loss, after it was completely flooded during the storm. [This American Life]
The NFL's No Good, Very Bad Week
This week marks the last of the NFL's preseason games — DNAinfo New York's internal fantasy football league has (finally) set a draft date — and the opening game of the 2015 season kicks off on Sept. 10.
This should be an exciting time for the NFL, but on Monday Tom Brady and the league failed to reach a settlement over the Deflategate ruling and Sony released the trailer for "Concussion." The Will Smith movie looks like a sobering examination of the discovery of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), its link to the repeated hits to the head many players sustain over their careers and the NFL's alleged attempt to bury the research. Needless to say, the league is not having its best week ever. [Monday Morning Quarterback]
The Waiting Game
Whether you say "waiting in line" or "waiting on line," there's no escaping idle time if you want to do something even remotely popular in New York City. Check out this interactive photo story from the New York Times showing some of the most famous NYC waiting lines. [NY Times]
How Timeless is ‘No Diggity’ By Blackstreet, Exactly?
According to Spotify data, Blackstreet’s 1996 hit “No Diggity” is the fifth most “timeless” song from the 1990s. We know this because the data-centric site Polygraph broke down Spotify’s play count data from each decade to show which hits from each era have survived the test of time.
The story also has a list of all-time top played songs on the music service, including “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey at number 12 with more than 36,000,000 plays, which makes complete and utter sense.
Check out the full data break-down here. [Polygraph]
Where to Eat, Drink and Socialize at the U.S. Open This Year
Over the next two weeks, hundreds of thousands tennis fans will flock to Flushing Meadows Corona Park to watch the sport's greatest stars. But the U.S. Open, which kicked off Monday, is more than just a mega sporting event. It’s also an opportunity to shop, socialize and, of course, to wine and dine. Check out Forbes’ recommendations where to eat and drink at the 2015 U.S. Open. [Forbes]
The Height of Tomato Season
It’s that fleeting time of year when you can buy tomatoes that taste fully like tomatoes, and the bounty should be honored. Melissa Clark, ambassador of easy, worldly recipes at the New York Times, walks us through how to make a scrumptious-looking tomato and mayonnaise sandwich. [NY Times]
The Duck Army
Laugh, cry, or fear that it will haunt your dreams. We're not entirely sure what's going on in this Vine, but do know that you should fear the duck army.