Mom Sues Starbucks After She Spills Hot Tea On Her Baby

Mom Sues Starbucks After She Spills Hot Tea On Her Baby

It’s not surprising that a parent who accidentally scalds their child with hot tea would end up in a courtroom. But it isn’t usually the case that said parent is the plaintiff, suing Starbucks for doing what they do best — or at least do a lot of — serving hot beverages. [More]

NYC Forces Retailers To Stop Selling Illegal Knives

NYC Forces Retailers To Stop Selling Illegal Knives

If you were planning on picking up a sturdy switchblade or gravity knife from one of the Home Depots in NYC for your next home improvement project, or because you wanted to stab someone, you should note that they’re no longer available. That’s because last week, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office persuaded that store and 13 other retailers to stop selling such knives. They’re generally illegal in New York, and the retailers have agreed to surrender their inventory and forfeit any profits they made from illegal knife sales over the past four years. [More]

Big Tobacco Sues NYC, Claims Anti-Smoking Posters Are Unconstitutional

Big Tobacco Sues NYC, Claims Anti-Smoking Posters Are Unconstitutional

Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard are bankrolling a lawsuit that says that the graphic anti-smoking posters that the city now requires near cash registers are unconstitutional. [More]

Bicycle Blender Smoothie Cart Gives $1 Discount If You Pedal Yourself

Bicycle Blender Smoothie Cart Gives $1 Discount If You Pedal Yourself

A new smoothie cart across from the Museum of Natural History in New York City will be powered by bicycles, says the NY Post. If you pedal the blender yourself you can get $1 off. [More]

Coffee Shop Reopens After Entire Staff Quit, Business Is Tepid

Coffee Shop Reopens After Entire Staff Quit, Business Is Tepid

Gorilla Coffee, closed for 16 days after its entire staff quit simultaneously, has reopened, to decidedly decaf customer response. [More]

Entire Coffee Shop Staff Quits Simultaneously

Entire Coffee Shop Staff Quits Simultaneously

Gorilla Coffee, in Brooklyn, is a well-known local favorite but apparently it’s a lot more fun to drink the coffee than it is to work there. It’s so unpleasant, in fact, that even considering the current economic climate, the entire staff simultaneously quit — forcing the coffee shop to close. The staff sent out an email to the media claiming that it’s not a strike — the “staff quit and the matter will not be resolved.” [More]

The Story Behind The Man Who Designed Apple's Glass Cube Store

The Story Behind The Man Who Designed Apple's Glass Cube Store

It’s not often that a retail store becomes an icon even before it opens for business, but Apple managed to pull off this weird architectural/cultural feat with its glass box Apple store in NYC in 2006–it’s the 5th most photographed landmark in the city and 28th worldwide according to a new study of Flickr images. The man who designed it, 70-year-old Peter Bohlin, has been awarded the 2010 gold medal from the American Institute of Architects for his entire body of work, and he doesn’t like computers and had never designed a retail environment before the Apple store. [More]

American Airlines, Jet Blue, Delta Seek To Delay Tarmac Imprisonment Rule

American Airlines, Jet Blue, Delta Seek To Delay Tarmac Imprisonment Rule

You know that new rule that says airlines have to let passengers off the plane if it’s stuck on the tarmac for more than 3 hours? It’s supposed to go into effect in April, but at least three airlines are hoping to delay it because they say runway repairs at JFK Airport will interfere with schedules. [More]

We Hope Your Mail Isn't On This Postal Truck

We Hope Your Mail Isn't On This Postal Truck

…Because that sh*t is stuck. A Gothamist reader took this photo of a postal truck stuck at a crazy angle under an overpass on 10th ave in NYC. Whoopsies! [More]

"You Break It, You Bought It" Rule Does Not Apply To Museums

"You Break It, You Bought It" Rule Does Not Apply To Museums

Good news for the clumsy, if you stagger into a rare Picasso painting and rip a 6″ hole in it — you will not be charged for the painting. On Friday a woman fell into just such a painting while taking a class at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. [More]

Largest Ever Single Residential Property Deal Collapses Under Debt Mountain

Largest Ever Single Residential Property Deal Collapses Under Debt Mountain

The company that paid the most ever for a single residential property in the US is giving up and giving the development back to its lenders, says the WSJ. [More]

In Case You Were Wondering, Here Are NYC's 6 Most Interesting Urinals

In Case You Were Wondering, Here Are NYC's 6 Most Interesting Urinals

I am pleased to report that I did not do the research for this study, but instead point you to Asylum.com for the results, which include a urinal where you pee on a 52″ flat screen. [More]

NYC Cabbie Returns $21,000 Left Behind In Cab

NYC Cabbie Returns $21,000 Left Behind In Cab

An Italian grandmother was visiting family in New York and forgot her handbag in the backseat of Mukul Asadujjaman’s cab. Inside the purse was about $21,000 in cash, as well as jewelry and passports. Asadujjaman found an address in the bag and tracked down her family in Long Island, about 50 miles outside of the city, to return it. [More]

NYC Police Dept Stops Giving Counterfeit Clothing To Charity

NYC Police Dept Stops Giving Counterfeit Clothing To Charity

It turns out H&M and Walmart aren’t the only two organizations caught destroying clothes they couldn’t sell. Yesterday the New York Times reported that the NYC Police Department has also been destroying clothing that would otherwise be wearable. The big difference this time is that the clothing is counterfeit. [More]

Sorry, It's Not Cool To Use The President To Sell Coats

Sorry, It's Not Cool To Use The President To Sell Coats

The Weatherproof clothing company got permission from a photographer to use a photo of the President wearing one of their coats at the Great Wall of China — but they didn’t ask the White House. If they had, they’d have been told where to stick their Times Square billboard. [More]

NYC Sues Verizon Because Heinously Ugly Building Is Too Tall

NYC Sues Verizon Because Heinously Ugly Building Is Too Tall

Apparently the extremely ugly Verizon skyscraper in NYC is too tall, and is now the subject of a lawsuit. [More]

Homeless Charity Revealed As A Fraud

Homeless Charity Revealed As A Fraud

If you live anywhere in the NYC area, you’ve probably seen a “United Homeless Organization” table on the sidewalk, staffed by a volunteer who looks homeless himself. (If you don’t live here, imagine a year-round, homeless Salvation Army Santa.) If you thought the set-ups looked a little sketchy, you were right: the UHO is a “sham,” according to NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. [More]

Tavern On The Green Plays Halloween Trick On Thousands Of Partiers

Tavern On The Green Plays Halloween Trick On Thousands Of Partiers

Melissa is one of thousands of people who showed up at the bankrupt Tavern on the Green restaurant in Central Park on Saturday night for a ticket-holders-only Halloween party. She was forced to wait outside at the front of an increasingly agitated mob because the restaurant had sold too many tickets, or because someone had sold fake ones, it’s still unclear. The Daily News says one reveler waited 5 hours before he was finally let in, just before 1:30 am—which was when the party was shut down by police. Now they all want their money back, but Tavern on the Green and the party promoters are blaming each other.