Help! Those Things With Wings Are After Me!

They have beady eyes, and make odd flapping noises. Their weird-looking feet and sudden moves can send some people into a tizzy. They’re birds, and some people have a deathly fear of them.

Interlopers Invade “Insular” Dating Websites

Targeted dating sites connect Jews, African-Americans or members of other minority groups looking for love within their communities. But these sites also attract outsiders, people who want to date people from those ethnic or religious groups, but aren’t part of that group.

Silent Clubbers Dance To Their Own Drummer

Silent clubbing is becoming more popular as party-goers realize the advantages of dancing to music only they can hear through their wireless headphones — including the ability to be their own DJs.

Zombies Bring 5Ks Back to Life

For some people, it’s not enough to just run a 5k race. They also dress as zombies and chase runners through mazes, over slopes and other obstacles in an effort to either “kill” them, or else turn them into zombies like themselves. Zombie races are growing in popularity, for those who dress as them and for those who just like to be chased.

Want a Spiced Apple Soda? Rhubarb? Come to Brooklyn.

Restaurants and home cooks are whipping up thier own artisanal soda syrups and leading a revival that is bringing the culinary values of seasonal, homemade, and local to the fizzy beverage, while reminding us of the soda fountain’s heyday.

Industrial Ruins Draw Interest and Tourists

Although the idea of a modern American ruin seems like an oxymoron, grassroots preservation societies are trying to conserve great abandoned industrial and modern structures.