1. Clip of an email to Laguardia alumni

    Dear LaGuardia Community,

    It has been brought to our attention that Nicki Minaj is attempting to generate publicity for herself by posting negative information about our principal, Dr. Lisa Mars.

  2. How I feel most of the time.

    How I feel most of the time.

  3. richkidsofinstagram:

Happy Birthday To Me by abbas_saj #mycakecaronmycar #home

This is so distasteful


    Happy Birthday To Me by abbas_saj #mycakecaronmycar #home

    This is so distasteful

  4. My phone auto caps the word python now

  5. nicholasewilliams:




  6. Fundraiser on 40th Street: "Excuse me, are you a nice person?"
    Me: "Lady you're in the wrong city."

  7. Original Rays

    People chose “Ray’s Pizza” because the name became associated with high-quality pie and other pizzaria owners wanted to signal association with it. However, the exact history of the name varies slightly by source; a number of people have claimed to be the “original.”

    On September 18, 2011, the New York Times published a front-page piece (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/1…) marking the closure of the original Ray’s Pizza due to legal difficulties and a family dispute. This article claims that Raffaele Cuomo, a sometime member of the Luchese mafia family, founded the first Ray’s Pizza in 1959 at 27 Prince Street (Little Italy). As proof, it details that the 1960 phone book reflects only one Ray’s Pizza — Mr. Cuomos.

    The article also claims that Mr. Cuomo opened a second location, which he then sold to Rosolio Mangano. Mr. Mangano not only retained the name “Ray’s,” but then insisted that he was known as “Ray” and that his “Ray’s Pizza” was the first. He even told the Times in 1991 that “nobody ever heard of Ralph Cuomo.”

    Yet the story doesn’t end there. According to the Huffington Post, the name was relatively obscure until popularized by a famous chef, Mario Di Rienzo. He founded a gourmet pizza place also named “Ray’s Pizza” in 1973, which quickly garnered widespread acclaim for its high quality pie. But the name itself wasn’t trademarked. As a result, all of the other pizzarias named “Ray’s Pizza” began to expand throughout the Five Boroughs:

    Other people started renaming their places “Ray’s” to cash in on the hoopla. Soon, you had Ray’s pizzas on almost every block. Famous Ray’s, Original Ray’s, Famous Original Ray’s, Original Famous Ray’s, “Fred’s Ray’s” even a NOT Ray’s in Brooklyn. There were hundreds. At one point, Mangano owned 25 Famous Original Ray’s Pizza establishments, and his was just a tiny fraction of the “chain.”

    Eventually, however, the temptation to trademark the name grew too strong:

    By 1990, “Ray’s Pizza” was New York’s official in-joke. The quality varied from wonderful to lousy, and at this point, one might wonder, why weren’t there any lawsuits over copyright and trademarks and such? Gary Esposito, who owned five “Original Ray’s” wondered that too, and in the middle ’80s, he located Ray Coumo, who by now was out of jail, and they decided to get together with some independent Ray’s proprietors, and actually retrofit a genuine franchise chain.

    Only [Mangano] didn’t want to. For five years he frustrated every attempt to trademark the name and it’s variations. Then in 1991, he gave in and joined, going around in his limo telling proprietors to buy a franchise or get sued. Sometime in the last year or two, one notices a number of “Famous Original” or “Original Famous” pizza places with the word RAY’S whited out.

    According to noted pizza authority Scott Weiner, there seem to be about 40 pizzerias with the name Ray’s left in New York City, nine of which are part of the official chain. The one on 11th street was sold in the ’90s and resold several times, and the quality has gone down quite a bit but the ambiance is still there.

    Therefore, the Ray’s Pizza name may be dying out unless the pizzaria is affiliated with the trademark holder.

  8. 4/24: A Portrait Of Millennial Artist Ariel Cotton →

    Here’s an article I just saw about Ariel Cotton, one of my closest friends.



    Ariel Cotton operates in a world of her own design.


    She keeps her own hours, works remotely (i.e. wherever she wants), and tinkers with her projects at all other times of the day.

    Suffice it to say establishing this arrangement was no easy feat. After all, it calls for a unique…