Boy, are we psyched to have way more of our friend Ajay Naidu in our life: the actor most loved as Samir in “Office Space” has teamed up with Ashok Kondabolu (aka Dapwell of Das Racist) for a web series that launched yesterday on MTV Desi.
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Speaking of iconic gurgitators who were conspicuously absent from this year’s hot-dog eating contest, Takeru Kobayashi wasn’t at Coney this year, but he did down 67 dogs in 10 minutes at Hester Street Fair’s hot-dog eating contest, and now – right now! – he’s grilling hot dogs in Bryant Park.
And not just any dogs – The Tsunami debuted his own line of Kobi Dogs at the 4th of July contest and he’s selling them until 10pm tonight ($3, plus fifty cents with avocado or cheese) during tonight’s screening of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”
Sure, our video of skaters shredding with Citi Bikes (Shiti Bikes?) got a bunch of likes on Facebook but not everyone was down with it. Commenter Dennis wrote, “i don’t get this, how is this funny? that is the thing i don’t like about skaters effing public property and acting like they deserve to do so.”
Well, if he didn’t dig that, he won’t dig this: on Saturday, this young turk had his way with the intersection of Second Avenue and East Seventh Street. Every time the light turned he’d try to clear this mess. And he actually did it once — after our camera died, of course. Still, the video’s worth a look.
Now who’s going to shred this “epic sinkhole” on Eldridge?
A few weeks ago, writer-photographer Kyle Dean Reinford tweeted, “surprised I haven’t seen an easily applicable sticker that changes citibike to shitibike.”
Et voilà! Last week we spotted just such a sticker, and now someone has gone and shitified the bikes themselves, at the station at Bedford and Metropolitan. Reactions on Twitter range from “LOL this is hilarious” to “get a fucking life.”
While Williamsburg-Greenpoint copes with Murray Hill types pouring into Berry Hill, downtown Manhattan is dealing with its own infestation: “gaggles of Muffys and Thurstons wearing Lilly Pulitzer are invading neighborhoods below 14th Street,” The Times giddily reports. The trend may just “portend the end of Manhattan’s few remaining bastions of bohemia.” (Uh-oh: better tell the guy who’s “one of the East Village’s last standing bohemians.”)
Here now are the obligatory cringe-inducing quotes.
Enter the Surf Shuttle.
Now a Parks Department spokesperson confirms that Rockaway Taco won’t be doing flautas at the 97th Street stand this year. But these places will be back by tomorrow (in fact, they’re opening today, according to this tweet from Motorboat and the Big Banana).
Via our pals over at Grub Street, we learn from USA Today that Bill Hader will be the new voice of Mr. Peanut. Which is great news be-cause we’ve been looking for an excuse to put up this amazeballs video of Mr. Peanut battling Kool-Aid Man. We recently stumbled upon it while trying to remember what it was that Kool-Aid Man says after smashing through walls and ceilings. (Oh yeah, it’s “OH YEAH!”)
Remember those Steve Jobs sweatshirts we watched Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta make in their Williamsburg studio? Well, you can now see the finished $200 pieces of “wearable fan art” in a dreamy promo video for Eckhaus Latta’s forthcoming autumn/winter line. Click on the photo above to watch the short film, by Alexa Karolinski, over at Purple. And see below for a sort of poem the designer duo sent over with it. Fun fact about Cupertino: “The Apple headquarters is a space station engulfed by foliage.”