Bea Arthur's Favorite Charity, a Shelter for Homeless LGBT Youth, Destroyed by Sandy

The Ali Forney Center, a non-profit organization that supports homeless LGBT youth, was so near and dear to Bea Arthur's heart that she left the charity a sizable amount of money in her will when she passed away three years ago. But AFC's Drop-In Center—where kids living on the street could walk in and receive food,… » 11/05/12 11:15am 11/05/12 11:15am

In the Aftermath of Disaster, the Blurred Line Between Awareness and Gawking

This morning, my coworker Erin and I couldn't stop IMing about this heartbreaking NBC segment about the massive (and, as of now, largely ignored) destruction and rising death tolls on post-Sandy Staten Island. Erin said she thought the video would be a pointless post without information on how people could take direct… » 11/02/12 1:01pm 11/02/12 1:01pm

Sandy's Aftermath: A Dispatch From the Live Zone

Monday evening I was watching the hurricane coverage on TV while reading my Twitter feed on my laptop and talking to my friend Workhorse on the phone. It's getting crazy out there, we agreed, but he said he was making pasta and about to watch some stuff on his DVR. Then the lights flickered. "Uh oh," I said. "The… » 11/01/12 3:15pm 11/01/12 3:15pm

Here's How to Survive a Social Media Blackout

Some of us in the Northeast might face untold horrors tonight when our power goes out and we can no longer Facebook, Tweet, and Instagram our feelings about the Frankenstorm. Don't fret! We've come up with some DIY replacements for your favorite apps and digital distractions. Leave your own suggestions below; we'll… » 10/29/12 6:30pm 10/29/12 6:30pm

Rampant Gay Buttsex and Rugmunching Caused Hurricane Sandy, Says Wise Pastor

At the end of last week, when meteorologists were first dusting off their storm hysteria gear in anticipation of THE PERFECT FRANKENSANDY STORMICANE, I thought, I wonder how much time will elapse before some nut blames the storm on abortion, gays, or gaybortion? Thankfully, I didn't have to wait until the full scope… » 10/29/12 3:45pm 10/29/12 3:45pm

Fuck, Marry, Kill: Jim Cantore Severe Weather Edition

In the days before the internet, plucky frontierspeople had a folk wisdom way of telling when a big storm was a-coming — animals behaved strangely, the wind would pick up a spooky chill, and The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore would appear, striding, like a hairless, sentient, be-slickered penis into your town. And… » 10/29/12 12:55pm 10/29/12 12:55pm

Instacane Brings Us 'Amaro' and 'X-Pro' Tinged Photos of Frankenstorm

It's getting to a point where before you can claim the tumblr name for a brilliant website, meme, or app idea, the online hive mind has already beaten you to it. Instacane is the story of Hurricane Sandy, as told through Instagram photos. It's pretty mesmerizing; I've been clicking refresh every minute to find out… » 10/28/12 11:32pm 10/28/12 11:32pm

Frankenstorm Is a Great Opportunity to Take a Much-Needed Hurrication

Just before the start of my second semester of college in New Orleans, of Louisiana fame, my dad, who had driven all the way from New Jersey with me, thus preventing me from listening to all the dance hall reggae I so desperately crave on a cross-country drive, had conversation with a scabrous Marriott bartender that… » 10/28/12 12:30pm 10/28/12 12:30pm

The Possibility Of Frankenstorm Gets Everyone All Tingly

Hey, remember Hurricane Irene? Or that Polly-Pocket-sized New York earthquake that I completely didn't notice because I was too busy taking a shit? (That's true.) Sound the alarms, for the next natural disaster is upon us: the potential convergence of Hurricane Sandy with two other winds—one strong cold front from… » 10/27/12 4:30pm 10/27/12 4:30pm