A look back at a year in gizmos, gadgets and trends
From ovipositors to sex bots, it was a year of contrast in personal pleasure devices.
This year, our readers flocked to stories on sex, TV and sex on TV. Other stuff, too.
It’s been a strange year for the national libido
A look back at the best of our 2017 photoblogs
We all know you’re going to—do everybody a favor and do it right.
Breaking down the weirdness of the most common holiday customs
Spice up the season with some discrete sex toy decorations.
There’s still time to grab great holiday gifts this week at the Union Square Holiday Market
Underground shows to avoid the swarm of amateurs drinking in Times Square.
David reminisces about his grandfather, who raised him for most of his life and recently passed away. He shares how his grandfather influenced him and some of the moments which meant the most in their…
The Manhattan neighborhood is a blast of holiday cheer every winter.
Human beings across the world all spent a lot of 2017 staring down at our phones. Here are some of the best reason why.
Avoid these creepy toys if you love your children at all.
In this episode, a runner named Rich, who was at the Javits Center while attending the New York City Marathon Expo ahead of the annual race, shares his running history and his future goals as well as…
Unless you track your workouts you’ll never reach your goals
In this episode, Luciana describes how she felt before and after the scariest roller coaster ride in her life and shares her philosophy for trying new things. 1st Person is presented by Urban…
After buying, the big box store had to rollback some of its prude self-image.
Tired of factory-produced, soul-less gift options? Make it a holiday to remember with handmade artisanal products from craft fairs.
Take a helicopter ride around Manhattan with BTRtv! Check out the view from the best seat on the chopper as we cruise from the Statue of Liberty to the George Washington Bridge, taking in the sights of the city, New Jersey, and Brooklyn along the way. Music featured in this episode: “Flyway” by Lusine
The remains of Thanksgiving day weighing you down? Here’s how to make that turkey work for you.
In this episode, Michael describes how and why he started to use drugs, what life was like through his years of continued use and how things are going now that he is clean. 1st Person is presented by…
I set a goal I had no business claiming: to set the “Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim Fastest Known Time,” a.k.a. the R2R2R FKT.
A newly formed Canadian company is betting on the future of electric vehicles and smartphones.
In this episode, Cupcake shares a piece of advice a stranger gave her many years ago and how it has impacted her life over the years. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in…
Chelsea White visits Avocaderia, the world’s first avocado bar, located inside Industry City Food Hall in Brooklyn, New York. Co-owner Francesco Brachetti talks about the inspiration behind Avocaderia…
Flanagan’s the first American woman to win the NYC Marathon since 1975—here’s how to follow her footsteps.
As momos secure their rightful place in the international dumpling pantheon, the Tibetan dish is taking on new flavors and taking over as the world’s favorite dumpling.
The speculum design hasn’t changed in its 150 year history of torturing women. That changes now.
Raised in the Midwest, Pat compares his upbringing to that of his children, who have been raised in New York City, while also reflecting on what it is like to work as a teacher in New York. 1st…
With this quick and dirty guide, ten minutes can be all you need to loosen up sore muscles.
Someone can hack your buttplug if you’re not careful.
In light of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, Stephanie reflects on U.S. gun issues and compares how similar issues have been handled in her home country of Australia. 1st Person is…
Whether you’re running to stay fit or trying to bank winter miles for a spring race, here are tips to make the most of winter training.
Enjoy Halloween knowing which candies are great and which are awful.
The social media giant is changing the way it presents information.
In this episode, Kristina talks about making the choice between studying culture and media rather than music, which she loves, due to career opportunities. 1st Person is presented by Urban…
Each year, the New York City’s canines don their best and most creative costumes for a fun-filled Halloween celebration at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. On Saturday, October 21, 2017,…
Women at the gym are told to be firm and simply say no, but that advice can be hard to put into practice and isn’t always effective.
Some of this year’s Halloween costumes are so lacking in taste it’s scary.
In this episode, Jialu, an international student in Canada, shares what it has been like to leave her home country and move across the world for her education. 1st Person is presented by Urban…
Maybe a social media movement isn’t what survivors asked for, but it’s definitely bringing attention to a problem that’s too often ignored.
When Joe Virgillito awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a sexy bikini model named REBEKAH.
Taking up a full city block in Times Square, Gulliver’s Gate is an interactive exhibit of scale model miniatures representing recognizable structures from all around the world as a cohesive set meant to allow discovery through comparison and contrast. The BreakThruTV team visited the attraction soon after its opening to find out more about it. Music featured in this episode: “The Plane” by Los Angeles Police Department
Even high-performance athletes can feel the impact of an out of control sweet tooth.
If you thought vinyl collectors are over the top, prepare yourself for some next-level high-fidelity vision-questers.
Pornhub introduces artificial intelligence to its operations after falling victim to a massive malware infection. What could go wrong?
In this episode, Phoebe shares some of the ups and downs she’s faced while pursuing a singing career and recounts her most recent audition, which was for The Voice.   Music featured in this episode: “Capture” by Eternal Summers
People are up to 70 percent likelier to practice sustained lifestyle changes associated with long-term health when motivated by an external goal.
BTRtoday visited the 2017 New York Comic Con at the Javits Center in Midtown
Silicon Valley developers are increasingly trying to make their technology as habit forming as possible. Their intentions are surely bad, but they don’t understand human nature well enough to really pull it off.
In this episode, ​Vanessa recounts the most dangerous thing she has ever done, traveling down the “Death Road” in Bolivia by bike. She shares what the experience was like and gives advice for people who might be looking to face their fears. ​ Music featured in this episode: “Black Cherry” by Las Rosas
No matter much you go hard, you won’t get anywhere without recovery time.
Why would anyone want tweets to be longer? That sounds like the kind of snoozy wall of text crap that makes Facebook insufferable.
In this episode, Faith shares the most outrageous thing she’s done to impress someone — shaving her head — and what she learned from the experience.   Music featured in this episode: “Hype” by Sad13
Straight men rarely talking to each other about porn isn’t one of those mysteries. In general, they watch it alone and cover their tracks when they’re done. I talked with three brave straight men about their porn and masturbation habits. Before anyone gets on me about choosing only straight men: they may rule the world but there are plenty of ways sex negativity affects hetero dudes as well. I write about the continuum of human sexuality and it’s nice to let a straight dude say “I like sex stuff, I masturbate, I’m not a creep and I have quirks like everyone else.” Peter, 47 Peter watches about five to eight hours of porn a week, often loading several of those hours on a lazy Saturday afternoon. He reads erotic and looks at images on DeviantArt and Instagram. He watches some video but doesn’t like the inevitable spam and also says “some of it gets a little too intense.” What do you look for in porn? Keywords, fetishes? “Um… I like… [to himself] aw what the hell. I like kinky stuff. Tasteful kinky but kinky.” What does “tasteful kinky” mean? “Um. Imma try to answer than honestly. I’m into like, light bondage stuff. Not like, crazy latex and really nutsy stuff but a little tying up, a little light flogging, spanking, stuff like that. Would I want that printed on a shirt I wore everyday or would I want my boss to know that? [No] Male or female dominant? Or something more gender fluid? Male dominant. You mentioned Instagram and DeviantArt: what about Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit? No, I don’t get into that. Years ago I got into a dirty chat-type thing through Craigslist. It sounds so dated now but that was how people connected around like, 2007, 2005. How often do you masturbate without porn/consume porn without masturbating? I never consume porn without masturbating, or at least trying to. I can masturbate without porn. What about watching or talking about porn with a partner? Yeah I’ve done that. Do you talk to anyone about your porn and masturbation interests? I’ve told friends. You’re far more apt to talk about your real-life sex life than you are about what interests you in porn. But you get that. I’ve gotten there with a bunch of buddies and they’ve told me back. It’s just not a natural topic of conversation. <strong I think it has but only because the accessibility has changed. I remember Playboy. Your brother’s Playboy was your intro to porn. The internet just blew everything up. I don’t know to what extent the internet conditioned my preferences or my preferences were there and I sought them out online. My general proclivity for mild bondage has been there since puberty. The thing with the internet is fetishes get so specific. It would be tougher if you were into furries and you’re in Oklahoma before the internet. What the hell did you do? Go out to your farm? Right. The internet just exploded the options. You can find exactly what you’re into. Has that diversity in porn created new kinks for you/helped you discover ones you didn’t know you had? It validated my kink. When I was 16, I had no way of knowing if anyone else was into this. Because the vast majority of porn you came across was just plain vanilla two people fucking. VHS, Playboy, Penthouse, it was just people copulating. That’s not really kink. Do you ever feel guilt? Because of a partner, because of society, religion, etc.? Ha, yeah. None of the above on the reasons, it’s more a feeling of stepping outside yourself and seeing what you’re doing. There’s always the danger, I think, of porn supplanting real human relationships. When I feel that way I’ll generally go on a porn fast for a few weeks or so. John, 55 John consumes porn in various forms almost every day. He watches video and occasionally views cam girls. Having been separated from his wife for a few months, he has “reverted to bachelor masturbation habits.” For him, masturbation to orgasm is about sleep and relaxation while porn is “a treat, like sitting down to a favorite TV show.” So mostly video? Mostly video. The idea of buying a magazine now seems so archaic. How different were your porn habits when you weren’t separated? My wife and I used to watch porn together but it’s not really her thing. I never wanted it to be a secret from her but I masturbated less for the idea of saving myself for her, for sex. I used it to calm myself. And when she’s not here I feel freer to watch a whole half-hour, a whole scene from beginning to end. The porn thing is just a nice way of having genre fiction or something, at the end of the day. Is there a difference in the porn you consume and the kind of sex you have? Kinks you only exercise through porn and masturbation? Yeah. I only started watching video porn about 20 years ago. I’ve had a kind of Joy of Sex set of practices. Finding things like opened me up to kinks that I wouldn’t have thought really possible. I’ll dip into BDSM stuff on that’s at the outer range of any possibility [to enact]. Is your go-to for porn video? It’s one pull. My go-to now is Chaturbate, the cam site. So if I just want to see naked bodies, naked women, I can go there. The performers are in various states of their performance and it’s often not … I’m often not even masturbating to that, I just want to see boobs. Or I wanna see someone naked. Or a beautiful smile. It’s nice not to be as distracted by desire as I was in my teens and early 20s. But when I wanna feel like I have a sexuality, that I’ve forgotten all day long, I just hop onto one of those sites and go ‘oh yeah, there’s some wonderful breasts.’ And I just get this warm feeling. Do you ever interact with the cam girls? I haven’t on that site. I’m one of the grays, one of the freeloaders. And I feel a little bad about that. But I think that’s true of a lot of us. I’ve paid for a few things and I guess I would pay for more if I felt a little wealthier. But I do think that’s significant. I’m basically freeloading. If it’s something like xHamster or PornTube, it’s freeloading off someone else’s flavor. Unless they posted it themselves, as some do to promote their sites. I got off the point, what was the point? Do you interact with the girls? Oh yeah. So I’ve tried that back in the days of phone sex and on cam sites once or twice. I guess I didn’t find it as thrilling as it seemed like it might be. And it was expensive. So the combination of those two things didn’t outweigh [the guilt]. Do you have favorite keywords or fetishes? Let’s see… yeah. Gosh this is personal. Feel free to just say yes or no I know. I’m really happy to have a frank conversation. I like when the single camera actress tells you how to jerk off. Either hospitably or in a fem-dom way. There’s a whole string of fem-dom videos where she starts off by saying ‘I own you’ and takes off in that direction, in some sort of humiliatrix way. That’s definitely one of those things that, in my personal life, I’ve never experienced. I fantasize about it but it’s not something I’m really interested in exploring. Do you use sites like Twitter, Tumblr or Reddit? I follow some people on Instagram who are sexy. Who have a sexy, feminist sensibility. This is not so much a sexual response but I like when they post a hot photo of themselves. So I dip into that. That’s about her [his emphasis] desire and I piggyback on that. It’s funny, when I look at media like porn stars’ Twitter feeds I always feel kind of dirty. Because it’s so public? I think so, because of the stigma. Back when you had to buy a magazine, you felt a little dirty. Like you were going to be exposed. And while there’s some transgressive piece of that that’s exciting, ultimately it’s not what I want. Looking at still images to masturbate to or get aroused by seems kinda… I don’t know. There are probably a lot of reasons why it’s not as effective or arousing. There’s maybe more objectification because you’re looking at the boobs and there’s less action, less agency on the part of the woman. Then I start thinking about the lighting. Which is another delight to online porn: watching the production values increase over the decades. You’ve mentioned guilt – do you ever talk about porn/fantasies/masturbation with friends? A little bit, not so much. I do talk about it a little bit on a more intellectual level. I make a strong defense of porn in my personal life [as opposed to] the pearl clutching. Viewing porn as a labor issue, I come out of that school of feminism that responded very much to Andrea Dworkin and the concerns raised about the treatment and exploitation of women. But I’m probably more of the Gen X, Susie Bright, sex positive camp. The pro-sex response [to porn] is very complex but that’s the culture I feel most comfortable with. So occasionally I have passionate conversations about why I think people need representations of sexual behaviors but I don’t usually get into my own habits. David: 66, straight David lives alone and doesn’t go to PornHub. What are your porn sources and what would you consider porn? When I discovered the internet, I investigated what was going on and found I wasn’t really interested in some porn. What I was more interested in was erotic art. Or just nudism. Naturalism and nudity. I’m not interested in the nudist thing of just full-frontal, mostly white people tanning on the beach somewhere. That doesn’t interest me. Before calling you, I looked up pornography, to find out what we’re talking about. That led me to ‘obscene,’ which I find really interesting. In my old Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary, there are three definitions for obscene. One is ‘offensive to modesty or decency,’ two is ‘causing or intended to cause sexual excitement or lust,’ and three is ‘‘abominable, disgusting and repulsive.’ I try to avoid the ‘abominable, disgusting and repulsive’ and I enjoy, a bit, the ‘causing sexual excitement.’ I’m not going there for modesty, I’m going there to see the human form. I do that when I’m able, lately every two or three days. What would you consider abominable, disgusting and repulsive? Porn in which the people in view are doing it for the camera [as opposed for themselves and their own pleasure]. There’s a fascination in porn with copulation that just goes on and on. It’s really interesting to me that these men don’t release until they’re out of the vagina. It’s not orgasmic. What I’m interested in is lovemaking between people, not what you might call fornication. Do you look at drawings, photos or both? I’ve looked at portraits. I haven’t seen much in the way of drawings, that would be a neat thing. I’ve been limited to Flickr, I think it’s called. I was in Sweden in 1968 at what was billed as the First International Exhibit of Erotic Art. That was a lot of fun. What about videos? Have you found any in the nature of what you’re talking about? I have not. I think it might be somewhat more available in actual movies. I used to have a limited data thing [he couldn’t stream easily]. I could do that now if I was sophisticated but I’m not very sophisticated. Do you masturbate to any of it or is it just for the art value? For the art value, though I do enjoy arousal. I’m not very good at saving but I saved, at one point, maybe about 12 pictures. If I look at enough of them, it’s a very deep arousal. But that’s not what you initially go to it for? Well, sometimes I’m looking for that. I haven’t been with a partner since 2003. Ejaculation is supposedly helpful for the prostate and whatnot. You mentioned the obscene aspects: do you ever feel guilt when you look at videos, or any of the material you look at? There are some photos where they’re obviously on nude beaches, taking pictures without consent. They make a thing of being able to take pictures of people without being up front. I don’t like that. It’s essentially theft. I don’t like that at all. I also feel disgust because it doesn’t seem to be for a woman’s pleasure. Is that an aspect that’s important to you? Absolutely. But I don’t see much of it. There’s another reason, which is that porn seems to be infiltrated a lot with viruses. Some of them are set up where there’s a whole array of pictures and if you click on them, you really don’t know where you’re going. And I don’t like that at all. I also don’t like the advertising that goes with it. I don’t like the lead-ins where someone says ‘I’m a mile away, do you wanna fuck me?’ That’s ridiculous.
Sure, there is a time and place for leafy greens and ancient grains. However, are some of the more unconventional fuel sources really so bad?
Even if those around you believe it, you’re still the weirdo wearing a shirt about porn.
After getting fired from Google for weird sexism, James Damore gives bizarre racism a try.
In this episode, Ayanda shares what it was like to find out that some of her friends were Trump supporters. She explains what Donald Trump represents to her and the effect of his presidency on her life and relationships with others.   Music featured in this episode: “Walk Don’t Run” by CHIMNEY
A new investigation found that 94 percent of water tested in the United States was contaminated with plastics. Even the lowest contamination rates—found among European countries—clocked in at a whopping 72 percent.
The Underground Trainers suggest pulse-raising tunes for a stress-reducing, music-fueled workout.
Made from processed plants and bio-engineered vegetable blood, this Silicon-valley burger is attempting to disrupt meat.
To salute the X and the history of this wonderful device, we chart past iPhones and what was toted as the hot new feature.
To be honest, jail is probably the best place for Shkreli, a world-renowned douchebag best known for increasing the price of a critical AIDS medication to $750 per pill.
The idea is that people pick up what they need, pay with their smartphone (or some other technologically annoying way that hasn’t caught on yet), and keep moving. No human contact necessary.
In this episode, Daniel talks about the most difficult time he’s experienced: his drug dealing arrest. He shares what led him to dealing drugs, how dealing changed him, and what’s been happening in his life since getting arrested.   Music featured in this episode: “Tompkinsville” by Dustin Lovelis
Publically coercing a woman into un-breaking up with you isn’t romantic, it’s an arrogant and domineering outlet for fragile masculinity. It’s about entitlement.
It turns out that beer may not be a fitness killer after all. Cheers to that!
The Doughnut Project is a shop in NYC’s West Village that makes much more than your original glazed doughnut — though they have that too — by bringing together what may seem like unlikely flavor combinations atop super fresh yeast doughnuts. Chelsea White tries her hand at her own made-up game, “Dough-WHAAAT,” and attempts to guess the doughnut flavor after a blind taste-test. Music featured in this episode: “Modern Age” by Sonny & The Sunsets // “Balloon Game” by Kevin MacLeod Check out a doughnut making tutorial with Chelsea here!
I remembered the ads for Nutrisystem from when I was a kid so I used all my journalism skills to reach out and pitch a story to them.
In this episode, Frank proves that he’s the most badass 72 year old in New York by sharing tales of his adventures as a New York City cab driver before running out to meet his much younger girlfriend.   Music featured in this episode: “Aphasia” by The Budos Band
Back ache keeping you from the gym? These stretches can ease the pain.
Parents can take their kids’ sex education into their own hands with these smart and user-friendly books.
The BTRtv drone explores the skies over South Blue Hill, a town in Maine, for your visual enjoyment, all set to the tune of “Fleece” by Coke Weed. The BeBop drone used in this video was provided by Parrot.
Silicon Valley’s a bro’s club. But does it have to be?
A look back at the biggest stories of sex from summer 2017.
In this episode, Susan reflects on what she feels is the most adventurous thing she has ever done: traveling alone. She shares what was special about the trip and why she valued the time to herself. Music featured in the episode: “Boji” by Twinsmith
On Saturday, August 26, eight award-winning crews from across the United States and Canada competed in New York City’s largest annual break dance tournament at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The competition’s lead judge was Rock Steady Crew president legend Richard “Crazy Legs” Colón and Grandmixer DXT DJed. Photographer Jeanette D. Moses was there.
Both turmeric and garlic have the distinction of possessing medicinal benefits while being delicious additions to many meals.
Adiós expensive Rosetta Stone and hola, free, gamification-rich Duolingo !
In this episode, Robert shares the most difficult experience he ever went through: being kicked out of his house by his parents. He talks about what led up to that point, how he handled the situation, and how that experience has shaped him as a person.   Music featured in the episode: “Open Your Eyes” by STRFKR
The Doughnut Project is a shop in NYC’s West Village that makes much more than your original glazed doughnut — though they have that too — by bringing together what may seem like unlikely flavor combinations atop super fresh yeast doughnuts. Chelsea White visited the shop for a tutorial on making doughnuts and to sample some of the finished product — one of the staples of their menu: The Everything Doughnut. Music featured in this episode: “Judy French” by White Reaper // “Special Girl” by The History Of Apple Pie // “Slash/Burn” by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down // “Wool In The Wash” by Crying
Here are three tips to beat the temptation of sleeping in to get your morning workout done.
Music festivals are supposed to be fun. But there bumps in the festival road—especially for a girl. Here are seven of the biggest ones.
In this episode, Latishe reminisces about a relationship that started purely based on physical attraction and how, during that time, she realized how important it is to be true to yourself. She also offers advice for those who might be trying to change themselves to make someone else happy.   Music featured in the episode: “Sunsetz” by Cigarettes After Sex
Get away from the curse of American sex: the baseball metaphor that starts with kissing and ends with vaginal or anal penetration.
In this episode, Eòghan shares his reasons for teaching Gaelic, the native language of Scotland. He also reflects on his experience as an educator and what he’s learned over the years.   Music featured in the episode: “Ones Who Love You” by Alvvays
In this episode, Regina recalls how she used to dress up in costumes when she was younger, including one particular occasion when, while dressed as a tiger, her mother thought she was lost.   Music featured in the episode: “Sometimes” by The Obsessives
The End is a Brooklyn coffee shop, known for whimsical atmosphere and Instagram-worthy creations, inspired by its sister store, Montauk Juice Factory, on the east end of Long Island. One of The End’s most popular drinks is the Unicorn Latte which is made with a variety of ingredients, including blue-green algae and unicorn dust. Chelsea White sat down with co-owner of the shop, Madi Murphy, to talk about the magic of the Unicorn Latte and experience it for herself. Music featured in the episode: “The River” by Ladyhawke // “I Was Born (A Unicorn)” by The Unicorns
In this episode, Mary talks about how a trip to New York led to a change in goals and a career in fashion. She also shares some insight for anyone who wants to move to New York City.   Music featured in the episode: “Baby, I Hope So” by Miniboone
In this episode, Tomi talks about turning 21 and shares why she thinks that milestone birthday is overrated and which birthday she is looking forward to instead.   Music featured in the episode: “Concorde” by Incan Abraham
In this episode, Henry recalls how he used to fight with his sister when he was younger and how one such fight led to the cops knocking on his front door. He shares how he felt in that moment and how his relationship with his sister has evolved over time.   Music featured in the episode: “Laissez Les Lazy” by Sweet Crude
BTR celebrated America’s independence at Jones Beach yesterday, followed by a firework show at MetLife Stadium. Click the video at the bottom of the page to watch the firework finale!      
In this episode, Ashley recounts her experience of moving to New York City and getting involved in a serious relationship very quickly — maybe too quickly? She also shares what she learned from that relationship and how it affected her work as an artist.   Music featured in the episode: “You Are A Star” by Ty Richards
In this episode, Lea shares the story of a relationship that stemmed from a moment where she was acting like someone other than herself. She also offers her advice for anyone that is unsure of how they should act in a situation with a new crush.   Music featured in the episode: “Winners” by Delicate Steve
With rising audiences searching for unique shopping experiences, retail spaces like the Canal Street Market evolve to survive.
Tens of thousands lined the streets of Manhattan on Sunday for the 48th NYC LGBT Pride March. The first march was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those lost to illness, violence and neglect.  
In this episode, Jeffrey shares the story of how he was arrested and jailed in China before the 2008 Olympics. He recounts the events leading up to his arrest and the lie he invented during interrogation. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: “Ephemeron” by Com Truise
A new fetish involving people getting pierced and suspended comes to Brooklyn.
In this episode, Yvonne recounts the two scariest moments in her life, which both took place while traveling in different countries and how the situations were resolved. She also offers her point of view as a woman traveling alone and what those experiences have given her. Music featured in the episode: “Mars” The Olympians
In this episode, Jose recounts the time he was robbed in Arkansas while on a trip. He shares what he was feeling in the moment and what he learned from that experience. Music featured in the episode: “Equal Powers” by Violents and Monica Martin
Bruce reminisces about a childhood trip to Lake Tahoe in which he, his sister and a friend attempted to swim across before realizing it would be impossible. He also shares the thoughts he had after the first time he saw the lake as an adult. Music featured in the episode: “Follow This River” by Raj and The 100s
Gyms are germ factories. Luckily, simple cleanliness guidelines can make sure you burn calories and build muscle without getting sick.
Cat Camp is a cat lover’s dream come true. The “cat-centric symposium” was held for the first time in Manhattan this past March and brought together a wide range of cat enthusiasts. Chelsea White, BTRtv’s very own self-identified cat lady, was at the event and spoke with the founder of Cat Camp, Christina Ha, as well as attendees, vendors and cat behaviorist, Jackson Galaxy. Here, she challenges some of the event attendees to a feline trivia game we’re calling “Are You Kittying Me?” Music featured in the episode: “Kings” by Coastgaard // “Spazzmatica Polka” by Kevin MacLeod
This week New York saw its 29th Annual Fleet Week, a celebration that brings together over 3,700 sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.
It’s a terrible idea unless you like bad sex and lots of itching.
​In this episode, Alice talks about her first crush and, consequently, her first romantic letdown before getting to how she and her current boyfriend got together. Alice also offers advice on how to tell others how you feel for anyone who may be scared to take that leap. Music featured in the episode: “Hands Up” by Blood Orange
​Antonia recounts the scariest experience she’s ever had, which was when ​she and a friend were visited by a ghost. After sharing some of the details of the visit, Antonia debates whether there is a situation in which she might like to be a ghost and haunt people. Music featured in the episode: “Nurse Ratched” by Cherry Glazerr
In this episode, Carol talks about how a DNA test brought her together with family members she never knew existed, as well as some who she’s lost track of. Those family members helped her fill in the blanks about her father, who had been missing from her life for many years. Music featured in the episode: “Where The Light Gets Lost” by Slow Club
BTR attends the Holi Hai festival, a festival of color that celebrates diversity and the arrival of spring.
The BTRtv drone explores the skies over South Beach, Staten Island, for your visual enjoyment, all set to the tune of “New Siberia” by Los Straightjackets. The BeBop drone used in this video was provided by Parrot.
In this episode, Yasi discusses her involvement with the Black Lives Matter movement. She describes the atmosphere she has witnessed at some of the protests she’s participated in and why she stands in solidarity with BLM. Music featured in the episode: “Lucien” by Young Magic
As a recent transplant to New York City from Seattle, Jack shares what it’s been like to leave his best friend and move to a new city. He talks about some of their adventures and even takes the blame for some of their rule breaking.   Music featured in the episode: “Turn and Burn” by The Budos Band
The truth is, I don’t want the marriage or the white picket fence or even the stability that most people associate with the happiness and success of adulthood.
Scientific teleportation (versus magical or spiritual) has had a grip on sci-fi fans since the late 1800’s. The hardship of the urban commute, particularly between Manhattan’s Upper West Side and Lower East Side, gives way to a lot of speculation about the convenience of installing a teleportation device for travel between the two neighborhoods–specifically within the neighborhoods’ respective Mermaid Inn restaurants.
In this episode, Ali talks about what it was like to be the oldest sister growing up. She shares stories of sibling rivalry and the initiation pranks she pulled after convincing her younger brother and sister to join her fake cult. Music featured in the episode: “Only Kid On The Block” by Cherry Glazerr
No matter how you slice it, Michael and Holly are up to butt stuff and it sure ain’t Holly’s.
What you can do to protect your private data.
You can’t get close too somebody without going through pain.
Sometimes another rep or one more mile feels like too much. BTRtoday offers five ways for you to keep your mind active to push your body further.
BTRtoday’s music journalist is always going to shows—sometimes lit AF and sometimes sober as a doorknob. Here she compares the two.
In this episode, Builder shares what drew him to photography as an artistic medium for his own self-expression. He also describes some of the projects he has worked on, including his most recent, which focuses on coal miners in Appalachia.   Music featured in the episode: “Neptune” by The Olympians
VP Mike Pence fears he can’t resist the temptation of another woman, so we’re here to help him out.
Leveling up your fitness is more than just working out the right way with a positive mindset. BTRtoday offers three easy tricks to improve your diet without losing the flavor.
Sanatorium is a hospital-themed bar and lounge in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Inspired by the history of 19th century hospitals and remedies, Sanatorium features medicinal cocktails made with botanicals and herbs. Chelsea White joins the bar owner, Albert Trummer, to learn about the medicinal properties of ingredients as she mixes a cocktail of her own. Music featured in the episode: “Juju” by Summer Twins
BTRtoday sits down with genomics researchers Jennifer Hochschild to discuss the field’s potential to change humanity as we know it.
In this episode, Jack describes what it was like being raised in a military family. He also shares how he broke away from the life he was living for more creative pursuits. Music featured in the episode: “Nobody To Call My Own” by Tom Brosseau
Sanatorium is a hospital-themed bar and lounge in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Inspired by the history of 19th century hospitals and remedies, Sanatorium features medicinal cocktails made with botanicals and herbs. Chelsea White sat down with the bar owner, Albert Trummer, to find out more about Sanatorium and sample some of the “medicine” offered there. Music featured in the episode: “Moon Dust” by Cherry Glazerr // “Slack” by Tycho // “Bottled Affection” by Cold War Kids
In this installment of 1st Person, Brittany talks about how she got involved with art as a form of therapy and how her art practice has grown from there. She also shares her opinion on freedom of expression through art. Music featured in the episode: “Santa Cruz” by The Vaughns
In this installment of 1st Person, Marc explains what age he would go back to if he could and why. He also shares some of his favorite memories from that age and what advice he would offer his younger self. Music featured in the episode: “Tie-Dye” by Ducktails
The BTRtv drone explores the skies over Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York, for your visual enjoyment, all set to the tune of “Breathe” by JEL The BeBop drone used in this video was provided by Parrot.
In this installment of 1st Person, we meet Briana Joelle; a hair stylist and musician who believes both pursuits are integral parts of who she is. She explains more about her experiences and why she uses two names. Music featured in the episode: “Slash/Burn” by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Baked goods are the best. Even better, are baked goods made from scratch. They are a tiny way to show off your ability to measure ingredients while simultaneously filling your living space with lovely smells. At the end of your hard work you’ve got yourself a treat and a new photo op for instagram. Check out this recipe for cream cheese banana bread that is easy to make, but looks fancy enough to impress your followers. Music featured in this episode: “Chills” by Ladyhawke
The BTRtv drone explores the skies over Marine Park in Brooklyn, New York, for your visual enjoyment, all set to the tune of “Comm.” by Botany. The BeBop drone used in this video was provided by Parrot.
In this installment of 1st Person, we meet Morticia, who left her Florida home and southern baptist community for New York City after coming out as a trans woman. Morticia shares what it was like to leave her home and find a supportive environment and what that has meant to her. She also has some advice for any who might be looking to make a big move themselves. Music featured in the episode: “Bonnieview” by Zeus
The BTRtv drone explores the skies over DUMBO, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, for your visual enjoyment, all set to the tune of “Insides” by Fort Romeau. The BeBop drone used in this video was provided by Parrot.
The BTRtv drone explores the skies over Red Hook, a waterside neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, for your visual enjoyment, all set to the tune of “Black” by Protein. The BeBop drone used in this video was provided by Parrot.
“1st Person” is a new recurring segment that will feature people telling firsthand stories about their own lives and experiences. For our first of these videos, we present David, who spoke to us at New York City’s Grand Central Terminal about his time in prison, what led him there, and how his life has gone since being released. Song featured in this episode: “New Ways” by Daughter