New York's hip-hop scene had plenty of surprises in 2014, the most unexpected was probably the return of freestyling. What was once considered a niche pastime or endangered art form has found new life through fans rediscovering the joys of both extemporaneous wordsmiths creating new works in front o ... More >>
We've had about a week of Crisis in the Crimea, as crypto-Russian troops patrol the streets of Sevastopol, Kiev digs in, and Obama and the EU try a strategy of diplomatic "de-escalation." There's some disagreement among observers as to how this will play out. Among rightbloggers, though, while the ... More >>
Capucine's Restaurant in Gramercy will close on April 1, according to Jeremiah Moss. A new sign was posted in the restaurant's window that said, "Our last day of this business is April 1st, 2013. Thank you to all our patrons for your 33 years of support. Rent not affordable." 327 Second Avenue P.J. ... More >>
Not to steal some thunder from Lance Armstrong before his big confession to Oprah is aired tonight--the Manti Te'o story has already done that--but I must make a confession of my own. I've got to get this monkey off my back. I've got to free myself of the burden I've been carrying around for so long ... More >>
Dear Santa, We've been pretty good this year. We supported the New York establishments that we love and worked tirelessly to perfect our homemade baked goods. We buried our heads in hundreds of tasty books and still found a few ways to keep the spice in our lives. We ate a lot of meat (but we're ... More >>
By Nick Pinkerton Elliott Stein, a longtime contributor to The Village Voice, as well as
Last week, upon learning that an anti-Islamic film existed, extremists in several Arab cities rampaged, and in Benghazi killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador. President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton denounced both the violence and the film, and Libyan authorities apprehended so ... More >>
When Andrew Breitbart died at the absurdly young age of 43, rightbloggers were sad -- and also mad at liberals, whom some of them blamed for the rageaholic activist's death. After a period of mourning, they decided that the best tribute to their fallen leader would be to follow his example, i.e., ... More >>
Why is the cheese on my neighborhood slice so awful? In connection with the slashing of Lucali's Mark Iacono, a piece in this week's New York magazine Intelligencer details the connections between mobsters and pizza parlors - cutely configured as a slice of pizza. In a sidebar, the article ... More >>
The winningly-nicknamed mobsters arrested in this week's FBI bust are accused of the usual stuff, like murder and racketeering. But the New York Post finds them guilty of sartorial crimes as well. "Dapperless dons," cries the Post. (Dapperless is not a word.) These modern-day Capones were in "sor ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 26, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 9 Films in Focus by Andrew Sarris "PATTON" seems disquieting to many critics simply for sticking to its subject without any undue second-guessing. A right-wing movie might have chuckled over the Allied d ... More >>
Al Capone's great nephew is marketing "Capone's Family Secret," a pasta sauce he claims is based on an 80-year-old recipe he found in his great gangster uncle's hidden archives.[NY Post/Page Six]Yes, today is the day we've all been waiting for: Starbucks begins serving its new "value" breakfasts as ... More >>
A confederacy of dunces
Wait, it's not what you think
Lupe Fiasco headlines Irving Plaza next Tuesday, December 18. The show is sold out. Interview by Ben Westhoff It's the best of times and the worst of times for Lupe Fiasco. As of next week's release of his sophomore effort Lupe Fiasco's The Cool, he remains critically beloved. Plus, the day I call ... More >>
Applause for Rouben Mamoulian
Welcome to the Jumpoff, an unpretentious party similar to its Manhattan brethren, but. . . closer
Give me a chandelier by my 10th anniversary. Ever since I went by Lincoln Center, I had to have one.
How the Miramax of Music Soundbombed
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The violent rise of the New York THUG who became a high-fashion pretty boy.