As many of you know, July is Good Beer Month. So make sure you ONLY DRINK GOOD BEER now and always, obviously. In fact, it was Mayor Bloomberg who officially proclaimed July to be Good Beer Month (GBM) back in 2009. Check out the slew of events happening this week and through the weekend in celebration of GBM. See a full list here.
Celebrating tomorrow, is South Street Seaport with a good ol’ beer fest. The museum is hosting authors, beer bloggers, and filmmakers that they consider to be changing the world of craft beer. The evening will include over two hours of beer tastings and discussions.
It is nearly impossible to forget, or ignore, the PSA billboards that displayed how many sugar packets were in a liter of soda and the equivalent, and graphic, slop of fat that we basically drink every time we drink a sugary beverage. Our moms have been telling us that soda rots our teeth, pours on the pounds, and leeches the phosphates from our bones for years and now Mayor Bloomberg plans to drive that point home even further.
The Mayor is currently proposing a city-wide ban on the sale of large sodas and other high-sugar drinks. The ban would affect the sales of soda, energy drinks, presweetened iced teas, etc. at restaurants, cinemas, stadiums, delis, and even street carts. The sale of large sugary beverages will not be regulated when bought from a supermarket or convenience store as long as the store in question does not have a cleanliness rating used for restaurants and food establishments, like bodegas with a steam counter.
For anyone not in the know, this week is a big one for the digital world. New Yorkers are taking part in the annual Internet Week New York City. It’s a week for unveiling new tech, for awesome new internet businesses to get some exposure, and to explore what just might be in the internet’s future. Since the internet is an entire world of possibility, the event is a great mix of just about everything. From memes, to fashion, to food, the week is like a convention for just about every interest, focused, of course, on the internet.
According to the NY Post, Mayor Bloomberg is planning his own mini-prohibition. In an effort to discourage underage and excess drinking, he plans to cut down the number of establishments allowed to sell liquor in NYC. Grants provided by President Obama's healthcare law will fund the effort. Apparently too many underage New Yorker's boozing it up along with increased accidents and ER visits have inspired the new law. From 2003-2009, alcohol related emergency room visits doubled; while 1 in 10 hospitializations were due to boozing. Additionally, 1 in 6 adults reported being lushes. Alcohol is also involed in 28% of fatalies in automobile accidents and nearly half of homicides in NYC.
This could be bad news for the nightlife industry. According to the documents the main crackdown will be on the sheer number retail outlets and bars allowed liquor licenses (which is A LOT).
“Reduce the exposure to alcohol products and bar advertising and promotion in retail and general (trains, buses, etc.) settings (stores, restaurants, etc”, the proposal document says.
“The city’s goals for the Partnership for a Healthier New York are in line with our ongoing strategies of promoting healthy eating and physical activity and discouraging tobacco, excessive alcohol use and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages,” a spokeswoman said. “Specific proposals, however, are still in the planning phase.”
Lea is taking a stand!
As many of you may know, or may not know, Lea Michele is a huge animal rights activist and has been championing the banning of horse and carriage rides in New York City for a while now. Well, it seems now that the Glee starlet is putting her foot down threatening not to return to the Big Apple if the poor horses are forced to be put through New York’s harsh winter.
She has attempted to reach out to New York’s mayor Mike Bloomberg several times regarding the issue. Here are a few of her tweets to Mayor Bloomberg:
"Please tweet to @MikeBloomberg if you agree that horse and carriages should no longer be on the busy streets of NYC. And let's end this."
"@MikeBloomberg please listen to the thousands of people who are saying that they no longer want horse & carriage rides in this city."
Being a New Yorker as well, we definitely understand Lea’s point of view. It is truly saddening to see those horses ride around all day in the scorching summers and the blistering cold winters. They always do look very sad.
The New Years Eve star later wrote:
"New York, u know how much I love you. But if I see another horse & carriage struggling in this winter weather I may not be able 2 be here."
The animals finally have someone speaking out for them. Good Job Lea! We are so proud! We think that everyone should join in and tweet Mayor Bloomberg asking him to ban carriage horses.
We will be sad not seeing Rachel Berry in NYC but we definitely support her 100%! TEAM LEA!!
When Mayor Bloomberg tried to caution local news viewers in Spanish this weekend, it turned into a bit of a fail. And as always, when someone famous fails, Twitter wins.
Meet Miguel Bloombito, a new Twitter presence who has been doling out advice in Spanish (sort of) since Saturday. With over 11,000 followers already, he's keeping the public informed AND amused.
Cuidado: the accent may be painful.
In a presentation at Lincoln Center this morning, Mayor Bloomberg, along with Fashion queen, Diane Von Furstenberg, unveiled a new subway sign for the city's 1 train. For the week's duration the line will officially be called "The Fashion Line" as the city celebrate's New York's first Fashion Week held at Lincoln Center.
The Mayor addressed the press, saying that "fashion is about thinking of the future," and that Lincoln Center will play an integral role in new innovation and creativity for Fashion Weeks to come. Bloomberg also reminded us that New York is the hub for fashion: our city has double the amount of fashion houses than any other city in the world!
Mayor Bloomberg still knows what to say to make the fashionista's day. Tonight the mayor, alongside 75 fashion figures (including Anna Wintour), will kick off Fashion NYC 2020, in a open discussion on how to keep New York City as the garment capital that employs over 175,000 people. Here are a few topics to expect, with our own suggestions included:
MObama Shows Off - Amusingly, the First Lady became au fait with an overabundance of American Designers - distinctively, Jason Wu for the Inaugural Ball and the cover of Vogue. Work girlfriend!
Oliver vs. Nina Ricci - Following a season of hypothesized buzz, Nina Ricci and designer, Oliver Theyskens, divided. This left Theyskens out of a job and Nina Ricci to, well, Peter Dundas.