'Super Cool' Rockers, Dancers, Hip Nerds & Graffiti Types Needed

Some hep cat looking for wacky trendsetters in Williamsburg, just sent us this. From the mailbag:

LES Types
Williamsburg Types
Street Artist
Graffiti Types
Hip/Nerd Look
And all other super cool folks!
Impossible Casting (impossiblecasting.com) is seeking the coolest New Yorkers for upcoming paid advertising campaigns. E-mail us some pictures at submit (AT) impossiblecasting.com. About US: Impossible Casting is NY’s premier casting companies. We cast models, actors and real people for TV, Film, commercials and Print. We also find a lot of our best people right off the street.

They forgot about grifters, bearded neo-hippies, and this dude, who is definitely rocking his own style:
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Who are the latest locals rocking their own style? We haven’t seen the above or the Goth Pilgrim in a while. Let us know in comments, and please… SEND US PIX!

YouTube Funnies Keeping DIY Alive

From our friends over at FREE DANGER, the ‘zine making DJ duo that captured our Ghostbusters loving hearts @ 3rd Ward:

For the past few months we have been compiling together our favorite funny and fucked up clips from TV, Movies, commercials, and the internet and tomorrow night we will be presenting this video. Our friend Peter O’Connell is coming up from Baltimore to do some commentary with us and he has some other treats lined up as well. If this doesnt sound like enough, we also have Hannibal Burress stopping by to do some stand up comedy.

This event is not only going to be totally hysterical, it’s doubling as a benefit for fellow publication SHOWPAPER. Be sure to pick up a free copy around the ‘hood. So be there, or else we’ll know you hate fun: 9pm @ Market Hotel, Tuesday April 28th

WG News and Arts Gets a Digital Facelift

When I first moved to Greenpoint, there were two publications I checked out to get my bearings. The first I now write for– the second was the Williamsburg Greenpoint News & Arts. Proving that it’s never too late to go digital, the publication has just launched its new website. Here’s what they had to say:

The site features a blog covering neighborhood happenings, along with some of the stories from our monthly paper. We’d like people to still pick up the print edition when they see it, so we’ll probably be keeping a few
stories offline, at least for the first couple weeks that the paper is out. (But it’s free anyway, so we’re not asking too much, I hope.)

The 1976 Swine Flu Scare

This and this should put the media’s sensational coverage in perspective. Turns out, we’ve dealt with this before:

On the cold afternoon of February 5, 1976, an Army recruit told his drill instructor at Fort Dix that he felt tired and weak but not sick enough to see military medics or skip a big training hike.
Within 24 hours, 19-year-old Pvt. David Lewis of Ashley Falls, Mass., was dead, killed by an influenza not seen since the plague of 1918-19, which took 500,000 American lives and 20 million worldwide.
Two weeks after the recruit’s death, health officials disclosed to America that something called “swine flu” had killed Lewis and hospitalized four of his fellow soldiers at the Army base in Burlington County.
The ominous name of the flu alone was enough to touch off civilian fear of an epidemic. And government doctors knew from tests hastily conducted at Dix after Lewis’ death that 500 soldiers had caught swine flu without falling ill.

Though the “vaccine” killed close to 50, the swine flu of 1976 ended up killing one person. [image via]
Update: 1976 Swine Flu Propaganda [via]

Swine Flu Public Handout after the jump…

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FAA Tries to Scare the Shit Out of New Yorkers

As part of some inane photo-op, the FAA sent a low-flying 747 trailed by a fighter jet into Manhattan this morning. And they didn’t bother to tell anybody, since evidently we’ve all forgotten about 9-11. From City Room:

An Air Force One lookalike, the backup plane for the one regularly used by the president, flew low over Manhattan on Monday morning, accompanied by two F-16 fighters, so Air Force photographers could take pictures. But a lack of awareness about the flyover led to the evacuation of several buildings in Lower Manhattan and Jersey City, and perplexed officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and other authorities were inundated with calls from anxious ferry passengers, office workers and residents.
‚”People came pouring out of the buildings, the American Express Building, all the buildings in the financial district by the water,” said Edward Acker, a photographer who was at the building, 3 World Financial Center. ‚”And even the construction guys over by 100 North End Avenue area, they all got out of their buildings. Nobody knew about it. Finally some guy showed up with a little megaphone to tell everyone it was a test, but the people were not happy. The people who were here 9/11 were not happy.”
Mr. Acker added: ‚”New York City police were standing right there and they had no knowledge of it. The evacuations were spontaneous. Guys from the floor came out, and one guy I talked to was just shaking.”
Even the markets dipped shortly after 10 a.m., though it was unclear if the alarm over the planes was a factor. Starting at 10:02 a.m., three main market indexes started dropping precipitously. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 40 points in 10 minutes, starting 10:15 a.m., before it rebounded more than 50 points.

Auto-Tune Monday

Hearing Katie Couric auto-tuned helped us stop worrying about Swine Fever for a whole 10 minutes. It’s Auto-Tune the News:

A couple more auto-tune gems after the jump.

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The Daily Footprint 04/26/09

Swine Discrimination

Well, you did it pigs. The US has declared a public health emergency over this whole Swine Flu strain that’s crept up from the backlots of Mexico and hunkered down in 8 or so high school students from Queens. I wonder how the dude who lives in Williamsburg with his pet pig is feeling about all this. It’s used to, “Oh my god! Is that a pig? How cute!” but might now face screams and discrimination. Here he is in McCarren Park in happier times: (note the Rottweiler’s cautiousness. it knew)