Signs of the City: New York

Take a look at the signs from the Big Apple, including the billboards and signs in Times Square, Coney Island and NYC subway system.

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Jordan and DMC
Rapping DMC Toys

Rapping DMC Toys

"Me and hip-hop legend DMC (Darryl McDaniels of Run-D.M.C.) talk toys at New York Comic Con." - Jordan 960 1280

  

Rapping DMC Toys

Rapping DMC Toys

"The classic Battlestar Galactica board game." - Jordan 960 1280

  

Rapping DMC Toys

Rapping DMC Toys

"I spend time with friend and Travel Channel co-host, Billy LeRoy from Baggage Battles." - Jordan 960 1280

  

Big Jim Van

Big Jim Van

"The Big Jim Van was on DMC's top list of toys he needed for Camp Felix." 960 1280

  

Mego Toys

Mego Toys

"Me and DMC look through Mego toys in New York. DMC ended grabbing up the whole lot!" 960 1280

  

Star Trek Saucer

Star Trek Saucer

"I uncover a rare toy from my childhood, the Star Team saucer." 960 1280

  

Fort Apache Play Set

Fort Apache Play Set

"The classic Fort Apache playset from MARX is an all-time classic for me."  960 1280

  

Hunting With Vinny

Hunting With Vinny

"DMC and I hunt for toys with Vinny in Brooklyn." 960 1280

  

1999 Spaceship

1999 Spaceship

"As a favor to the man, I offer DMC a rare 1999 spaceship for the kids at Camp Felix." 960 1280

  

Rapping DMC Toys

Rapping DMC Toys

"I can never bring myself to purchase Star Trek toys … no matter how cool they are." - Jordan 960 1280

  

Photos

Taraji P. Henson, Katrina Bowden, Linda Gray, Diana Ramirez and Eve (L-R) line up to walk the runway in New York City. The women get dolled up in their best red dress for the Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection 2011 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. 960 1280

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Julianne Hough, Ann Curry, Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves and Gayle King (L-R) pose for a picture at the Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection 2011, an annual fashion show to encourage woman to lower their risk for heart disease. February is American Heart Month. 960 1280

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Project Runway Season 4 winner, Christian Siriano (center), poses with friends after his fall collection fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. 960 1280

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Rapper and actress Eve attends the Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2011 show at The Theater at Lincoln Center. 960 1280

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Fashion journalist Louise Roe, Lo Bosworth from MTV's The Hills, and model Agyness Deyn (L-R) check out women walking the runway to show off Rebecca Minkoff's Fall 2010 Collection. 960 1280

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From the TV show Real Housewives of New York, Simon van Kempen and Alex McCord pose for a picture with their friend Patrick McDonald before the Academy of Art University's Fall 2011 fashion show. 960 1280

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Designer Tinsley Mortimer, Becca Diamond, musician Alexa Ray Joel, TV personality Olivia Munn, actress Mena Suvari and photographer Nigel Barker (L-R) attend the Jill Stuart Fall 2011 fashion show during New York Fashion Week. 960 1280

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Model Petra Nemkova (fourth from L), actress Rosario Dawson, actress Rose Byrne, and actress Bella Heathcote watch the models walk the runway to show off the Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2011Women's Collection. 960 1280

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Model Veronica Webb, celebrity stylist June Ambrose and actress Julia Stiles sit in the front row to see the Tracy Reese Fall 2011 fashion show. 960 1280

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Actress Gabrielle Union and TV news personality Natalie Morales are all smiles at the Tracey Reese Fall fashion show. 960 1280

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Paparazzi surround reality TV star Kim Kardashian taking her seat before the fashion show for Charlotte Ronson's Fall/Winter 2011 Collection. 960 1280

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Singer Fergie watches a model present a creation at the Diane Von Furstenberg Fall/Winter 2011 collection during New York Fashion Week. 960 1280

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Reality TV star Ramona Singer (center), of The Real Housewives of New York City, reacts to a model wearing an interesting creation at the Zang Toi Fall/Winter 2011 fashion show. 960 1280

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Musician Wyclef Jean stands for a quick photo op with the paparazzi before the Tommy Hilfiger Fall/Winter 2011 collection show during New York Fashion Week. 960 1280

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Reality TV star Olivia Palermo (L), and actress Vanessa Hudgens smile for the camera at the Tibi Fall/Winter 2011 collection fashion show during Fashion Week. 960 1280

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Wife-Carrying Competition

Wife-Carrying Competition

First introduced in Sonkajärvi, Finland, wife carrying is a sport in which male competitors race through obstacles while each carrying a female teammate -- not necessarily their wife. Different types of carrying are included in the competition: piggyback, fireman's carry, or Estonian-style (pictured here). Major wife-carrying competitions are held in Sonkajärvi (where the prize is the woman’s weight in beer), Hong Kong, Wisconsin, Michigan and Maine. 960 1280

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Swamp Soccer

Swamp Soccer

Swamp soccer is exactly what it sounds like: soccer played in a swamp or bog. It began as an exercise routine for soldiers since the squishy ground makes the sport more demanding, but it has since grown with the Swamp Soccer World Championship played annually on Vuorisuo Bog in Hyrynsalmi, Finland. 960 1280

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Tar Barrels Festival

Tar Barrels Festival

The town of Ottery St Mary, England, holds annual events around Guy Fawkes Night. The festivities include a 17th-century tradition of carrying barrels soaked in tar and set on fire while racing through the town. The barrels can only be carried by those born in Ottery St Mary or those who have lived there for most of their lives, with generations of the same family often competing through the years. 960 1280

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Extreme Ironing

Extreme Ironing

Extreme ironing is part extreme sport and part performance art. The competition involves taking an ironing board to a remote location and ironing clothing. It all started in 1997 in Leicester, England, by resident Phil Shaw when he wanted to go rocking climbing instead of doing house chores … so he decided to combine them. It has grown into a worldwide phenomenon with participants vying for the most extreme locale -- ironing on mountainsides, in streets and even underwater. 960 1280

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ClauWau Championship

ClauWau Championship

From November 25-26, more than 100 Santa Clauses gather in Samnaun, Switzerland, to compete in ClauWau, the Santa Claus World Championship. Competitors sled, sculpt, deliver presents and climb chimneys, like those pictured here. 960 1280

Andy Mettler  

Mobile Phone Throwing

Mobile Phone Throwing

Mobile phone throwing is yet another sport that originated in Finland. It began in 2000 and has since grown internationally. Competitors throw mobile phones and are judged on distance or technique. The phones used vary, but they must be heavier than 7 oz. The Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships are held annually in Savonlinna, Finland. 960 1280

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Air Guitar Championships

Air Guitar Championships

The first air guitar competitions were held in the 1980s in Sweden and the US and have since continued to grow internationally. The Air Guitar World Championships Network, made up of 20 countries including Finland, the USA, New Zealand, Canada, Romania and Brazil, among others, organizes the competitions -- which follow a sophisticated scoring system. On a 6-point scale, competitors play for 2 1-minute rounds and are judged on technical merit, mimesmanship, stage presence and artistry. 960 1280

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Empire State Building Race

Empire State Building Race

Held annually since 1978, the Empire State Building Run-Up is a foot race where participants run from the building’s ground floor to the 86th-floor observation deck, covering a vertical distance of 1,050 feet in 1,576 steps. The racers like to think of themselves as both runners and climbers. The current record time is 9 minutes and 33 seconds, achieved by Australian professional cyclist Paul Crake in 2003. 960 1280

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International Cherry Pit Spitting Contest

International Cherry Pit Spitting Contest

Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire, MI, holds the International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship every year. At this year’s annual championship, the winner claimed the title with a spit of 69 feet. 960 1280

  

Egg-Throwing Championship

Egg-Throwing Championship

Held annually in Swaton, England, since 2006, the Egg-Throwing Championship is presented by the World Egg Throwing Federation and is followed up by a beer festival of 12 types of ale from Swaton, Heckington and Sleaford microbreweries. 960 1280

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January

January

Jam Cruise - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
By taking the music to the seas, Jam Cruise makes the music festival a full-blown vacation. When you set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, enjoy all the amenities of a cruise and see your favorite jam bands while making stops in locales like Mexico and the Bahamas.

More Festivals in January:
Chicago Blue Grass and Blues - Chicago
Ann Arbor Folk Festival - Ann Arbor, MI
MusicFest - Steamboat Springs, CO
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February

February

Noise Pop - San Francisco
One of the biggest indie music festivals in San Francisco, Noise Pop also embraces indie art and film. With 6 nights of shows taking place in more than a dozen venues, Noise Pop makes it difficult to not feel inspired by all the creative energy.

More Festivals in February:
Cabin Fever Camp Out - East Peoria, IL
Winter Jibberjam - Camp Hill, PA
Snowlive - Crystal Bay, NV
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March

March

Ultra – Miami
Held in downtown Miami, Ultra Music Festival has grown into a 3-day dance party and is now North America's second largest electronic music festival. After Madonna's surprise appearance this year, it's sure to keep on growing.

More Festivals in March:
South by Southwest - Austin, TX
Snowball Music Festival - Vail Valley, CO
Savannah Stopover - Savannah, GA
Treefort - Boise, ID
Mission Creek - Iowa City, Iowa
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April

April

Coachella - Indio, CA
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, commonly known as "Coachella," is held annually in the desert area of Indio, CA. Featuring rock, indie, hip-hop and electronic music, Coachella has gained a reputation as one of the top music festivals of the year with this year's tickets selling out in a record 3 hours.

More Festivals in April:
Middle of the Map - Kansas City, MO
Country Thunder Arizona - Florence, AZ
Old Settler's - Austin, TX
New England Metal and Hardcore - Worcester, MA
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - New Orleans
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May

May

Summer Camp Music Festival - Chillicothe, IL
Every Memorial Day weekend, the Summer Camp Music Festival takes over Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL, with bands like The Avett Brothers and Jane's Addiction. Also a family affair, the music festival includes a kids' camp area where children can dress up in costumes provided by the festival and participate in a parade that encompasses the festival site.

More Festivals in May:
Beale Street Music Festival - Memphis, TN
Hangout Music Fest - Gulf Shores, AL
DelFest - Cumberland, MD
Wakarusa - Ozark, AK
Sasquatch Festival - George, WA
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Jason Kaczorowski  

June

June

Wanderlust Vermont - Stratton, VT
The Wanderlust Festival, held in Stratton, VT, as well as Squaw Valley, CA, and expanding to Canada this year, not only has a top lineup of musical acts, but also a lineup of top yogis who provide yoga classes in between the music sets. If that wasn't enough to recharge you, enjoy a farm-to-table dinner with the freshest in local cuisine.

More Festivals in June:
Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN
Starscape Festival – Baltimore
Free Press Summerfest - Houston
Governors Ball - Governors Island, NYC
Summerfest - Milwaukee
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July

July

All Good - Thornville, OH
The All Good Music Festival and Camp Out has been held all over the East Coast -- in Brandywine, MD, Masontown, WV, and most recently in Thornville, OH. Featuring up to 16 hours of music a day ranging from folk to reggae to rock, the festival has no overlapping acts so you can actually hear all the scheduled music.

More Festivals in July:
High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, CA
Gathering of the Vibes - Bridgeport, CT
Floyd Fest 11 - Floyd, VA
Newport Folk Festival - Newport, RI
Firefly Music Festival - Dover, DE
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August

August

Electric Zoo - New York City
Each Labor Day weekend, electronic music fans flock to Randall's Island Park in New York City for Electric Zoo. Featuring all genres of electronic music, with DJs and live acts from around the world, Electric Zoo has become a top event for those looking for an outrageous dance party.

More Festivals in August:
Lollapalooza - Chicago
Gnarnia Festival 2012 - Beech Mountain, NC
Outside Lands - San Francisco
Musikfest - Bethlehem, PA
Abbey Road on the River - Louisville, KY, and Washington, DC
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September

September

Monterey Jazz Festival – Monterey, CA
Starting in 1958 with headlining acts Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong, the Monterey Jazz Festival in California is one of the longest-running jazz festivals in the world. A nonprofit organization, the festival donates its proceeds to musical education.

More Festivals in September:
DeLuna Fest - Pensacola, FL
Bumbershoot - Seattle
The Americana Music Festival - Nashville, TN
Catskill Chill Music Festival - Hancock, NY
Telluride Blues and Brews Festival - Telluride, CO
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Cole Thompson  

October

October

Voodoo Experience - New Orleans
Voodoo Experience in New Orleans features national artists from all genres such as Eminem and 311 alongside local acts. The festival also includes "Le Carnival," with burlesque and circus acts rounding out the "voodoo experience."

More Festivals in October:
Austin City Limits - Austin, TX
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival - San Francisco
BayFest - Mobile, AL
A3C Hip-Hop Festival - Atlanta
CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival - New York City
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November

November

Fun Fun Fun Fest - Austin, TX
In a city known for its music festivals, Austin, TX, Fun Fun Fun Fest or F3F, as it is commonly abbreviated, brings together underground musicians from indie, punk and hip-hop genres. Known as one of the most "relaxed" music festivals, F3F is perfect for festival-goers looking for a new music experience.

More Festivals in November:
Sun and Sand Festival - Biloxi, MS
Bear Creek Music Festival - Live Oak, FL
Anti-Pop Music Festival - Orlando, FL
Arizona Classic Jazz Festival - Chandler, AZ
Pee Dee Blues Bash - Florence, SC
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December

December

Snowglobe Festival – South Lake Tahoe, CA
Over New Year's weekend, music takes over the mountains of South Lake Tahoe, CA, with the Snowglobe Festival. Be sure to bundle up since the festival is outdoors. But with 7 surrounding ski resorts allowing attendees to hit the slopes before catching a show, the cold should be just what you're looking for.

More Festivals in December:
Together as One - Silverado, CA
Sea of Dreams - San Francisco
Bradenton Blues Festival - Bradenton, FL
Orange Drive Miami Beach Music Festival – Miami Beach
Treme Creole Gumbo Festival - New Orleans
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