The Top Alcoholic & Creative St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

Whether you’re heading to a St. Patrick’s Day potluck or intending to fawn tipsily over a plate of sweetness at the end of your pub crawl, the mission is clear: you need something sweet and St. Patrick’s-themed. Thankfully, some of NYC’s best dessert spots are offering special treats that lovingly combine not just the green theme, but also alcohol. And here they are:

The Beer Cream Puff at Puddin‘: Soda bread-inspired puff with an orange glaze, cherry compote, and filled with pudding soaked in Brooklyn Brewery’s Dry Irish Stout. Info here

The Black & Tan cupcake at Sweet Revenge: Chocolate cake infused with Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, topped with ChocoVine-laden cream cheese frosting. Info here.

The Banana Bread Pudding at Bounce Sporting Club: Topped with butternut squash ice cream and paired with three homemade Jameson shots: banana, eggnog, coquito. Get it Sunday at their Sunday Funday party, info here.

The Irish Chocolate cupcake at Sprinkles: Belgian dark chocolate cake topped with Bailey’s Irish cream cheese frosting. Info here.

The Leprechaun Milkshake at Melt Shop: Green vanilla milkshake topped with four-leaf clover sprinkles. Info here.

The Guinness Chocolate Cupcake at The Windsor: Guinness-infused chocolate cake with Bailey’s buttercream, served in a jar. Info here.

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1980s New York Graffiti Art Has Never Been Less Cool

Two painters who have emerged as touchstones for their artistic moment after conveniently dying young—Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat—have now settled comfortably into stultifying legacies that will keep them on the wrong side of “fashionable” for decades to come.

Haring, on the one hand, had to defend his work from charges of commercialism while he was still alive; such is the price of accessible pop. Yet what we’re seeing today (I point you to the Duane Reade installation pictured, a spectacularly thoughtless appropriation of Haring’s Radiant Baby for a set of designer baby bibs) is so utterly divorced from the original commentaries about crises like AIDS and Apartheid and crack-cocaine as to seem a hollow plagiarism. When you see a wall in Brooklyn tagged with one of his trademark figures, it’s difficult not to scoff at the homage, earnest or not.

Meanwhile, the art world’s Basquiat bubble is inflating like Rush Limbaugh at a Vegas buffet. Christie’s will in November auction an untitled piece that should fetch $20 million:

"Great works by Basquiat have become close to impossible to find in recent years," said Loic Gouzer, international specialist of post-war and contemporary art at Christie’s, said in a statement. "The market has been waiting a long time for a work of this caliber and freshness.

"Basquiat is increasingly being recognized as a grand master of post-war art alongside de Kooning, Warhol and Pollock," Gouzer said.

"We expect it to set a new record."

Truly, street art has no cachet until it hangs in the triplex penthouse of a person who vastly overpaid for it, don’t you think? I mean, either there or around a baby’s neck. You might even split the difference: put it in a museum, where no one will see it. Now that’s cool.

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St. Vincent & Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock Stop By ‘Portlandia’

Portlandia has been racking up the musician cameos this season, kicking things off with Eddie Vedder. Last night, St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, with an assist from Kyle MacLachlan, and Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock both turned up.  Take a look.

Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen are brought in to help restructure the Portland Police Department with Clark modeling a new look for the uniform: a tutu and gold shirt.

Brock appears in a sketch where PTA members argue over what vinyls should be accepted for the pre-school library. “You don’t know Kraut rock?"

St. Croix Didn’t Make Steve Job’s Mock Black Turtleneck

Today is officially Steve Jobs Day in California with an invite-only memorial event taking place at Standford and others planned all over the country. If you planned on honoring the iGenius by wearing his favorite black mock turtleneck by St. Croix, which you just purchased for $175, you might want to put on something else. Knitcraft Corp. lied about being the brand of choice for Jobs trademark look. Yes, oddly, a fashion company is the first to bullshit their way to profit off the tech icon’s death.

The company, whose turtlenecks sold out and are now on back order, claims they have no idea where people got the idea he wore their goods. Let’s see. It could have been the New York Post article on Oct. 6 which ran with the text “The man made quite an impact, even outside of computers,” said St. Croix founder Bernhard Brenner, 72, who sold Jobs about 12 of the shirts a year.”

Or perhaps Knitcraft VP, Mary Bergin’s quote in the Winona Daily News. “He has always been upfront that he likes wearing our product,” adding that Jobs purchased a few dozen turtlenecks every year for the past 15 years.

How could people have been so confused they wonder, now that the upcoming biography of Jobs by Walter Isaacson’s is blowing their claims out of the water with actual fact. The mock turtlenecks were created specifically for Jobs Japanese designer Issey Miyake.

Bergin tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “We have never been in touch with Jobs. We, like everyone, have seen on the Internet for years that he wore our product. But we don’t know who said it.”

They’ve also since removed the giant pictured of Jobs with the words ““great innovator and fan of St. Croix” on their web site. We’re guessing they don’t do refunds, but at least $20 goes to cancer research. That part is still up on the site. image