Synergy Week - Have you ever wondered why the X-Men can fight alongside the Avengers and Spider-Man in Marvel Comics but not on the big screen? Here's a breakdown of the reason why that is: comic book character movie rights.
Since it was released in 1993, Tim Burton's ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas' has amassed a cult following, and prompted a divisive debate: is the stop-motion film a Halloween or Christmas movie? The feature's director has weighed in, but does he really have the final say?
Fear Week - There are as many fears as there are people in the world--in fact, it may be fair to say there are even more fears than individuals since each person can be afraid of more than one thing. In honor of discussing our fears, some BTR staff members have faced their phobias to explain where they come from or why they feel such fright.
Bond Week - There are many ways to bond with those around you. Perhaps you share a love of TV or a love of coffee (or maybe a love of both). Here are the many ways in which BTR staffers bond with their friends and family.
New findings suggest selfies are more deadly than sharks and pose a serious issue to travelers. As explained by Mashable, four of this year's selfie-related deaths were the result of falling, while others were caused by photo-takers being hit by a train.
Starbucks' first new fall drink in four years is the Toasted Graham Latte, which was introduced on September 23. The espresso beverage is a perfect combination of sweet flavor with the comfort of autumn.
Several BTR staff members checked out Sabores on Washington Street in Hoboken, New Jersey. The highly-rated Mexican joint serves up spicy sauces, fresh guacamole, and even margaritas as long as you bring your own tequila.
The Brass Rail, located on Washington Street in Hoboken, New Jersey, offers bottomless brunch on weekends starting at 11:30am. Brunchers who typically hop across the Hudson River for bottomless options can rejoice in the fact that The Brass Rail offers the same deal for a comparable price.
A new survey about the perceptions of color in terms of fashion has found that people who wear black tend to be seen as confident, serious, and reliable.
Fall Week - It used to be, television followed a regimented schedule: new seasons and series premiered in the fall, new episodes aired each week through the winter, finales marked the end of seasons in the spring, reruns were played during the summer. Now, although fall is still the time for premieres--this year, more than 120 series are returning or kicking off--it isn't the only season for premieres.
Starbucks' famous Pumpkin Spice Latte has recently hit stores in honor of the impending fall, but this year the beloved drink actually includes pumpkin. However with its popularity dwindling, will this help the coffee drink's reputation?
Despite loving brunch and booze, Molly Freeman had yet to enjoy the two together. In order to remedy this tragedy, she dined at The Crooked Knife's 30th St location with a group of friends for boozy brunch.
On one summer night, Molly Freeman ventured to the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn to check out L'isola's wood fire pizza. Though the pizza was delicious the service was slightly lacking.
Open Week - There are many types of grand openings, including restaurant debuts and movie premieres, and some members of the BTR staff have had a chance to check out a few. From nerdy midnight movie premieres to band documentary releases, not to mention the re-opening of The Westcott Theater to a Central Perk pop-up cafe, these are the grand openings attended by BTR staffers.
Ordering food with emoji is a rising trend in meal delivery, but does it truly have staying power or are there simply too many problems with this system for it to have a future?
Work can be draining; learning can be strenuous. How can you get through these feats efficiently and effectively? BTR staffers have experimented with several strategies, and can profess what works best.
Although #NoFilter may have been a popular trend on Instagram a few years ago, the app and its users have begun to embrace more editing on photos uploaded to the feed.
Surface Week - There are many reasons for women to put on makeup: to accentuate certain features, to display their mood, or to portray themselves in a certain way. There are as many reasons to wear--or not wear--makeup as there are women. Some women of BTR weigh in on why they don makeup.
A new Facebook study has found that found emoji, "haha," and "hehe" have surpassed "lol" in usage. The Hash's Molly Freeman and Dane Feldman weigh in on how they laugh online.
At this point in time, the stereotype that food on college campuses is a joke still holds up for many. Tons of schools are serving mass-produced food to their students, and plenty of these same colleges and universities even offer fast food from chains like Dunkin' Donuts and Wendy’s.
School Week - Princeton Review dropped its book 'The Best 380 Colleges' yet again for 2016. BTR staffers take a look at their alma maters’ rankings, both good and bad, and take a walk down memory lane.
Excess Week - Everyone has certain things we can't get enough of. In honor of Excess Week here on BTR, some of the staffers disclose items, people, or pastimes that they love almost to the point of excess.
Molly Freeman recently checked out the Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar at The Conrad Hotel in Battery Park City. While the views and drinks were enjoyable, she found the whole venue to be a bit overrated.
From cheese fries to grilled cheese to spaghetti, our favorites have one thing in common: carbohydrates.
Buzz Week - Movie studios and television networks are looking to the past for inspiration, reviving or adapting old properties. But what of the current shows that viewers don't want to see cancelled? Can buzz from a series' fans help save them?
On a recent outing with friends, Molly Freeman managed to try five different kinds of hard ciders, including those from Downeast, Magners, and Harpoon. While some were forgettable, others have become a standard for when she drinks cider with friends.
Reality Week - Reality television may have seemed like a preposterous idea when it first began--with shows like 'The Real World,' 'Survivor,' and 'Big Brother'--but it has officially carved out its own spot in the weekly television schedule. Now, Lifetime's 'UnREAL' manages to honor and critique reality television.
PHOTOBLOG: This summer, BTR staffers traveled all around the tri-state area as well as to other parts of the USA and the world. Tanya Silverman traveled to Detroit where she visited the Henry Ford Museum and the Belle Isle Conservancy. Ashley Rodriguez journeyed out West to see Mt Hood in Oregon and outdoor chess in Seattle, while Kenneth Miller cruised to Bermuda.
Recent years have seen multiple artificial flavors become popular, including birthday cake, salted caramel, and red velvet. However, with the popularity of these flavors waning, what will take their spot? The favorite campfire treat: s'mores.
Made in the USA Week - There are many long-standing traditions to uphold during the United States of America's Independence Day. One way to celebrate the Fourth of July is with a good old fashion movie marathon. In honor of the holiday here our favorite American action movie heroes.
Cold brewing has hit coffee shops all over, including chains such as Starbucks. But what about pre-packaged cold brew? High Brew's canned cold brew coffee offers a delicious and healthy pick-me-up.
Fan Week - It seems as though there are two types of concert attendees: those that are constantly taking photos and videos of the event and those that leave their phones/cameras in their pockets or at home. Since many of us here at BTR enjoy some live music now and again, we decided to chime in on the matter.
Fan Week - 'American Idol' and 'Fashion Police' are among many reality shows that promoted teardown culture. However with both shows in trouble this spring, it could indicate that an end to teardown culture could be on the horizon.
On June 8, Seattle-based Starbucks announced six new flavors of Frappuccino in celebration of the blended beverage's 20th anniversary. The variations are dubbed Fan Flavors in honor of customers' favorite ingredient combinations; they include Caramel Cocoa Cluster, Cinnamon Roll, Cotton Candy, Cupcake, Lemon Bar, and Red Velvet Cake.
Netflix has made a few changes to its site, but how will they affect users? BTR examines the company's plans and evaluates how this entertainment service's model relates to that of competitors.
Relationship Week - Romantic comedies--movies wherein comedy is derived from the romantic plot--have long been successful on the big screen. Now, romantic comedies have hit television, to varying degrees of success.
Rain Week - With more and more modern technology--television, internet, radio, internet radio, smartphones, and apps--there are numerous ways of getting the weather report for the day before venturing outside. BTR staffers chime in on how they get their weather reports.
Throwback Week - This summer, MTV will premiere a semi-remake of the classic '90s horror movie 'Scream'. However, rather than continue the story of the 1996 movie, the show will adapt and update the original plotline.
This small West Village tapas restaurant successfully brings a taste of Spain to New York City. With a menu full of small plate dishes and delicious sangria, as well as a cozy atmosphere, Las Ramblas is cool spot, if a bit pricey.
Are you excited or bored when you hear of the next comic book to screen release? BTR breaks down the superhero comic book movie trend currently popular in Hollywood.
FOMO Week - For many of us, entertainment has become a major part of our lives, especially with the rise of online-streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu. Here's how we deal with the fear of missing out at it relates to entertainment and avoiding spoilers.
The What's My Starbucks Name? generator pokes fun at baristas misspelling names of customers. If you type in your name, it will give you a funny adaptation based off of real written mistakes.
Jimmy's Diner is a delicious hole in the wall brunch spot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Like most diners, the menu at Jimmy's Diner is chock full of breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes that are available all day, including burgers, sandwiches, and fried platters.
When it comes to digital photo sharing, Instagram is the most popular app. With 300 million monthly users worldwide as of December 2014, it would seem Instagram has situated itself as the only photo-sharing app worth using. In addition, Instagram's new Layout offshoot provides strong competition to already established photo collage apps.
Monitoring Week - It is easy for people who use the internet to observe how websites’ comments sections can become toxic. In fact, the discussion of comments sections has become almost as pervasive as comments sections themselves. However, avoiding comments sections isn't the solution, more website moderation is.
BTR staffers weigh in on ‘Trivia Crack’ and whether it’s 2015’s follow-up to ‘Candy Crush’.
Outlier Week - Netflix is no longer the only service providing online-only original content.
Disruptive Week - Conversation bias is instilled within men and women from an early age.
Millennials Week - Beloved ‘90s TV and movies get new life for new audiences.
Inspired Week - Fans of TV, movies, and books don't always simply consume media--sometimes they inspire it.