The central gimmick of Costume Quest is that wearing a costume gives you that costume’s powers. If you dress up as a robot, you can glide around on wheels; if you dress up as the Statue of Liberty, you can use a torch to light your way. It’s pure childhood wish fulfillment, and the perfect material for a fun, irreverent children’s movie — think something like Coraline or Paranorman, and you’ll get the idea.
In spring 2012, a talented young New York City chef named Hwangbum Yang, 26, was headed uptown after a typically long shift at The Modern — a trendy restaurant tucked away in a Manhattan art museum. A Sunday school teacher and son of immigrant parents, Yang dreamed of one day returning to Korea after making a name for himself as a premier chef in the big city.
That night, however, his dream of making his parents proud was abruptly cut short. About two blocks away from his apartment in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, a twenty-something in a grey hoodie stopped in front of Yang and fired a single shot straight into his chest. According to an eyewitness, the thief then kicked over Yang’s body, quickly rummaged through his pockets, and took his iPhone. A wallet full of cash was left behind.
Police later found the budding chef’s phone on Craigslist. The asking price? $400.
In case you weren’t around when a noisy chorus of iPhone fans made Twitter explode Wednesday night, you’ll be pleased to hear that Google Maps is now available for Apple’s iOS. Critics agree: It’s better than ever.