Before freaking out over the crummy numbers from Black Friday store sales, take a look at the much more positive preliminary numbers from holiday sales over the Internet.
For that matter, a closer look at the overall sales numbers, online and offline, suggest that the predictions of a poor holiday season are at least premature if not plain wrong.
Seen overall, the latest reports bear... » more
Look out Hollywood! Now Queens has its own backlot.
City politicians, along with Sen. Charles Schumer and representatives from Kaufman Astoria Studios yesterday unveiled a block-long outdoor film studio behind the the landmarked movie production hub in Queens.
The outdoor black-box film stage is the first of its kind in New York City, and will allow production companies to film outside... » more
The city is still runnin' on Dunkin'.
Dunkin' Donuts, which added 39 outlets for a total of 515 throughout the city, topped the "State of the Chains" list as the most ubiquitous chain store for the sixth straight year, according to the annual report issued by the Center for an Urban Future.
But chain store growth citywide slowed to a .5% increase from 2012 to 2013, with the... » more
In chef Michael Psilakis' hand: a sesame-rolled kristini, which is a savory Cretan breadstick infused with red wine and olive oil. "The first bite is sort of awkward, you just have to let it go, but by the time you get to the fourth bite, it's addictive."
He's right. But then again, Psilakis knows how to get to the heart of what's good about Greek food.
Earlier... » more
Billy Joel is moving in ... to Madison Square Garden.
Starting on Jan. 27, 2014, the legendary singer will play concerts once a month at the midtown venue as long as interest from fans is there, according to MSG.
Joel will keep on playing "as long as there is demand" for him to do so, MSG said.
Joel, 64, previously announced four 2014 concerts at the Garden; tickets go... » more
The New York Film Critics Circle named "American Hustle," a film about 1970s con artists forced to work with the FBI, as best film of 2013 on Tuesday and gave its top acting prizes to Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in the first major movie honors in the run-up to the Oscars.
British director Steve McQueen won the best director prize for "12 Years a Slave," the historical... » more
When you factor in take-out food, New Yorkers eat out more often than anyone else in the country, according to a new Zagat survey. About 58% of lunches and dinners are prepared outside our NYC kitchens, compared to 47% of such meals nationally.
We spend handsomely for all those prepared-elsewhere suppers. NYC Zagateers reported paying an average of $48.56 per person for dinner (vs. $40.53... » more
Jessica Hart's Angel wings aren't going anywhere.
The model is keeping her job with Victoria's Secret following reports that she was canned for dissing Taylor Swift, who performed at last month's VS Fashion Show.
"There is no truth to the rumors that Jessica Hart has been fired or that she will no longer work with the brand," Ed Razek, president and chief marketing officer... » more
The "Fifty Shades of Grey" flick has added another sultry star it its cast: Rita Ora.
The 23-year-old British songstress will play the adopted sister of Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of E.L. James' erotica novel.
"It's official!" Ora announced via Twitter. "I've been cast in @FiftyShades of Grey as Christian's sister Mia.... » more
A federal judge on Tuesday formally declared Detroit bankrupt, a landmark ruling that clears the way for potentially sweeping cuts to city worker pensions and retirement benefits and for steep and possibly precedent-setting losses to the cash-strapped city's bond holders.
The ruling by U.S. Judge Steven Rhodes, who cited the city's dismal finances and $18 billion owed to a multitude of creditors... » more