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Insane GIFs From the 2013 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Yesterday was the 97th annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, held on the Fourth of July in Coney Island. Joey Chestnut managed to not only win the championship title for the seventh straight year, he also set a new world record by eating 69 hot dogs in just ten minutes.

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See Crazy Photos From Coney Island’s New Year’s Polar Bear Swim

The Coney Island Polar Bear Club's annual New Year's swim looks like a great time. People in costumes, swimming, having fun. We probably should've gone, but there was that whole hangover thing to deal with. Which makes us wonder, does jumping into the freezing Atlantic ocean cure a hangover? If so, we're totally there next year.

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Jay-Z Adorably Explains Who He Is to Elderly Lady on Train

The reasons why we love this excerpt from the 'Where I'm From' Jay-Z documentary are numerous. For starters, Jay-Z picked the one person to sit down next to who didn't know who he is. And to follow up, this lady is a delight.

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See Eerie Photos of New York City’s Abandoned Subway Stations

In case you missed it -- there's a storm a-brewin'! Hurricane Sandy is lurching her way up the coast, heading for us all. Yesterday, the MTA announced it was shutting down trains in NYC at 7 pm and buses at 9pm. Here are some pictures from their official Flickr page taunting us with how delightfully empty all the stations are right now.

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Prankster Freaks Out New Yorkers With Fake Rat

If you live in New York, you have to develop a pretty high tolerance for rats. They're all over the city's underground subway stations and their glowing, beady eyes are often seen in the trash that has been put on the sidewalk for pick up. But even the most hardened New Yorker doesn't want a rat anywhere near their personal space.

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Two Wall Street Guys Fight Over NYC Cab Like Children

In amateur video that will gladden the hearts of the 99%, two apparent Wall Street-types engage in a silly fight over a New York City cab. But maybe we shouldn't judge. You know how hard it is to find a cab in Manhattan sometimes?

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NYC’s ‘Soda Ban’ Explained in Viral Video

If you've been hearing about the "soda ban" that was just passed in New York City, and you were wondering just what exactly it entails, this is (sort of) the video for you.

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Prankster Tricks New York City Pedestrians Into Thinking He’s Famous

It's hard not to be blinded by the lights of Times Square -- they're really, REALLY bright. But even temporary blindness can't excuse the lengths to which some people would go to say they've heard of Brett Cohen -- a regular guy who tricked Times Square into thinking he's famous.

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Amazing Optical Illusion Sculpture Will Blow Your Mind

Commissioned by the New York City Parks Department, an optical illusion display by the famed Miami sculptor Rafael Barrios has caused the busy citizens of NYC to actually stop in their tracks for once to take a second look at their surroundings.

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See All of New York City in Just Five Minutes

For the past year, New York-based cameraman Andrew Clancy took the tool of his trade and shot footage of what was going on around him. The result is a five-minute ode to America's largest city.

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New York Is Officially the Nation’s Rudest City

According to a 'Travel + Leisure' survey of their well-trodden readership, New York City, true to its reputation, is the rudest city in the nation.

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Modern Day Prospector Finds Gold Rush in ‘Them New York City Streets’ [VIDEO]

San Francisco, 1849.  Alaska, 1897. New York City, 2011? Is there a new gold rush in the Big Apple?

There is for Queens native Raffi Stepanian, who literally struck gold after discovering he could make up to $300 a day by 'mining' the sidewalks in Manhattan's Diamond District for the tiny bits of gold, platinum and rare gems that fall from the clothes of workers when they leave their shops.

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Meet Carolyn Hopkins, the Voice for the NYC Subway and 200 Airports [VIDEO]

You've probably heard her speak many, many times before, but now's your chance to attach a face to the disembodied voice. CBS News recently profiled 63-year-old Carolyn Hopkins of Maine, who's lent her voice to automated public address systems at subway stops, train stations and more than 200 airports across the world.

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Conan O’Brien Is Not a Very Good Pizza Maker [VIDEO]

Conan O'Brien continues his stay in New York City through tonight, and on last night's show he went to a New York City pizza place to learn how to make a good pizza.

Unfortunately, his time spent among the organic foodies of Los Angeles has given him an odd concept of what constitutes a good pizza topping. 

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Man’s Mega-Dangerous New York Subway Surfing Caught on Camera [VIDEO]

A man wearing a pair of ear buds and a smile hung onto the exterior of a New York city subway car as it traveled between two stations.

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