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February 27 at 10:43am

Best Places To Sled In NYC

Time Out just posted a great list of where to sled in these them hills round here.  Um. Okay, so that’s not real good English, but we liked how it sounded anyway.  But the list is good.  For all five boroughs go the list.

For Manhattan:
Cedar Hill, Central Park
Thrill-seekers need not apply: A less-crowded alternative to Pilgrim Hill, Cedar makes a good starter slide for beginners. Fifth Ave between 76th and 79th Sts. Subway: 6 to 77th St (centralparknyc.org)

East River Park
Though this long, narrow park isn’t known for its steep tundra, it’s a great option for downtown kiddos to get their sledding fix. Since it’s located right on the river, parents can enjoy the scenic view while their tots play. Montgomery St to E 12th. Subway: F, J, M, Z to Essex St—Delancy St. (nycgovparks.org)

Inwood HIll Park
While this spot is great for hiking and biking in the summertime, the expansive space and sloping terrain offer some nice sledding opportunities when the snow hits. Dyckman St at the Hudson River. Subway: A to Dyckman St. (nycgovparks.org)

Pilgrim Hill, Central Park
The grande dame of NYC sledding institutions—and rightly so, with its perfect steepness and gentle denouement (that’s sledspeak for a smooth finish). This spot gets crowded, so prepare to slalom around a few human obstacles. Enter at 72nd St and Fifth Ave. Subway: 6 to 68th St.

Morningside Park
This is where the Columbia crew hangs out, using dining hall trays, cardboard boxes and snowboards. Take a cue from the undergrads and tote along a household item to use as a makeshift (read: cheap) sled. Morningside Dr at 115th St (nycgovparks.org). Subway: B, C to 116th St.

Riverside Park
There are some gentler slopes between 92nd and 103rd Streets, but the hard-core head to Hippo Playground, where you can catch a glimpse of the Hudson as you dodge trees on your way out—er, down. Hay bales at the bottom prevent impalement on the fence beyond. Grab whatever gear you’ll need at C&S Hardware (788 Amsterdam Ave at 98th St; 212-222-8720, csgroupny.com). 91st St at Riverside Dr (nycgovparks.org). Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 96th St.

91st Street
For a quick fix, slip down 91st Street’s pedestrian-only zone. This is urban sledding in its purest form; just watch out for unsuspecting pups! 91st St between Second and Third Aves. Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St.

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February 27 at 8:26am

How To Make Darth Vader Totally Uncool

It’s always hard to explain the definition of “cheesey”. Maybe you have to say it in French. This video shows what happens when you take one of the coolest things every conceived and mix it with bad Eurodisco, totally lame-o dance moves, and retro video fx. Even though you could it up under “bad” in the dictionary, it still has the ability to make us smile. That is a good definition of cheesey.


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February 21 at 7:21am

Change Your Shirt

You probably know Michel Gondry from either his Lego videos or solving Rubik’s Cubes with either his feet or nose.  He also is responsible for popularizing “swedes” — the home made lo-fi versions of popular films.  He’s been making movies and videos forever and is always great.  Here he takes a simple idea — a shirt with one pattern on the front and another on the back — and weaves a very complicated dance out of it.  Make sure to stay to the end as it gets close to glorious.


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February 21 at 6:50am

Papercraft Bakugan

We checked out NYC’s Bakugan and had a lot of fun.  It also got us to return to some papercaraft in the AM prior.  This time without any glue.  Check it out here.

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February 20 at 7:37am

PIGEON: IMPOSSIBLE

Did you ever wonder why you shouldn’t give guns and other dangerous weapons to birds? Next time you eat a bagel, think twice before feeding flying friends — at least if you happen to have any nuclear bombs within your reach.

We think this has a bit of feel like a Pixar picture in progress.


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February 14 at 3:00pm

Everybody Poops

From Ian Pool


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February 14 at 1:19pm

Do It Yourself Virtual Kaleidoscope

Nothing short of awesomastic!

Almost makes me wish it was a rainy day and I could do this for hours!

Virtual Kaleidoscope

(thanks VeryShortList for the recommendation!)

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