This Week in the Voice: The Best of NYC 2010
New York City: The Best in the World, no doubt. And every year, the Village Voice is as close to the eye of the swirling chaos that it is, and every year, we take one step back to say: this is the best shit in the best city in the world. Normally, 2010 would be no different, but this year, guess what? AMERICA IS BACK. And nothing says America like "Grand-Pronouncement-Filled-List-of-Superlatives." Hence, this week in the Village Voice:
The categories break down into essays by our writers, and then, the respective awards:
In the People & Places category, Voice columnist Tom Robbins tips his hat to Old School New York City, proclaiming New York City is Back, as old-school coffee-slingers Chock Full o' Nuts -- the anti-Starbucks -- opens up. The complete People & Places awards list: right here.
In the Arts & Entertainment category, music editor Rob Harvilla explains how the best thing about living in New York in fall 2010 is worrying about rapper Nicki Minaj's debut. The complete Arts & Entertainment awards list: right here.
In the Bars & Clubs category, legendary Voice gossip and LCD Soundsystem-lyric fodder Michael Musto thinks we all have one party promoter to thank this year: The Gay, Bold, and Beautiful Josh Wood. The complete Bars & Clubs awards list: right here.
In the Food & Drink category, our food critics Robert "Rock Steady" Sietsema and Sarah "The Snakebite" DiGregorio along with food blogger Rebecca "The Massacre" Marx list their 10 favorite dishes from 2010. The complete Food & Drink awards list: right here.
In the Shops & Services category, Angela "A-Game" Ashman details What $150 Can Get You in NYC. Not that we recommend spending it all that way, but the beauty of this city? It's yours to spend money on, you rich motherfuckers. The complete Shops & Services awards list: right here.
In the Sports & Recreation category, Voice sports columnist Allen Barra kicks one between the uprights for your city, explaining to America that We're The Greatest Sports City in the World--and Proud of It. This goes without mentioning the fact that we'll be even better when we steal Cliff Lee next year. The complete Sports & Recreation awards list: right here.
What's that? Don't stop, you say? Just say "when," and we still won't. Elsewhere in the Voice this week?
- Whatever happened to Lil' Jon and Ambulance LTD? Five years ago, these artists were poised for the stratosphere. Now, Lil' Jon is serving pizza on The Apprentice. Chris Opfer chronicles The Downward Spiral of TVT Records.
- Mikael Wood talks to legendary Sleater-Kinney singer Corin Tucker about her solo debut.
- And Alex Rawls talks to NoLa jazz icon (and Treme star!) Kermit Ruffins on the joys of being a guy named Kermit.
- Legendary Voice movie critic J. Hoberman watches rock 'em sock 'em doc Boxing Gym.
- Maybe-novelty novelty folk-rock singer Henry Phillips has a documentary called Punching The Clown that Nick Pinkerton watched. SPOILER ALERT: No clowns get punched. Sorry.
- Ubiquitous indie gadfly, advocate, and producer, Larry Fessenden gets a retrospective, and Michael Atkinson is there to watch.
- Japanese chicks out for bloody revenge! Michael Atkinson is obviously there to watch Kuroneko.
- Cleveland rocks, you say? Cleveland sucks, says the documentary behind Sometimes City. Nick Pinkerton visits it vicariously, by watching.
- Eric Hynes does not want to buy the stolen organs of indie thriller Inhale, thank you very much.
- Elsewhere: the gay bears of BearCity, the Portuguese nuns of The Portuguese Nun, the hardcore Muslim-American punks of The Taqwacores, and a movie called Knucklehead that is somehow different from Jackass or the recently released Douchebag.
- ART, WHO GOES THERE: Robert Shuster does! He knocked out three reviews of painter Knox Martin, video artist Robert Wilson, and the realist drawings of Charlotte Schulz in one fell swoop.
- DANCE PANTS: Voice dance critic Deborah Jowitt heads to BAM to check out the non-dance dance of choreographer Ralph Lemon.
- BOOKS WITH WORDS AND SOMETIMES PICTURES TOO: Carol Cooper moshes with Steven Blush's hard hitting history of American Hardcore; I read a thousand-page McSweeny's book about precocious Jewish warmonger children -- Adam Levin's The Instructions -- and lived to tell the tale; and Julie Phillips reviews the Wartime Britain sci-fi stories of Connie Willis, making those kids with the closet look like a bunch of pussies in the process.
- THE THEEEEEETAH: Chief Voice theater critic Michael Feingold looks into the second lives of punk rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, the star-studded Mamet showings of A Life in the Theater, and David Hirson's 1991 play La Bête. Alexis Solosky went to watch that Ten Things I Hate About You chick in a production of Persephone. Finally, Carol Cooper went to the Hipster Hell of Bushwick to watch a Wagner production [NOT AFRAID TO BE SERVICEY], while Ruth McCann went to mainland Billyburg to watch Sci-Fi Weirdness at The Brick Theater's Plan Nine From Outer Space.
I have been waiting about a thousand words for this: WE PUT ON FOR OUR CITY, ON ON FOR OUR CITY:
New York City, you're the shit. And here at The Village Voice, we try our best to be the shit with you, every week since 1955.
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