Not fighting the traffic or beach crowds this three-day weekend? Make the most of sticking around the city by taking advantage of what's cooking up around town.
Hit the road on the Five Boro Bike Tour
This week's Village Voice feature story answers the question many New Yorkers face every night: Where are we going to eat? As a guide, we present 99 Essential Restaurants™ in Lower Manhattan, compiled by Voice food editor Laura Shunk, along with contributors Zachary Feldman, Tom Finkel, Caryn ... More >>
Next weekend is all about getting comfy on the couch if you're a sports fan (or a Super Bowl commercials fan/nachos fan/party fan), which means you have all the more reason to get out and explore this weekend. Here's a look at what's happening around the city.
Since fall harvest is a time to celebrate a job well done, it's only fair that you indulge a little yourself. Here's a look at a few ways to do that this week.
Here's some unsettling news: the MTA thinks there is a good chance New York will be hit by another Hurricane Sandy within the next three years--or at least a good enough chance that the transit agency is hedging its bets against the possibility that there won't be. The MTA is selling a $125 millio ... More >>
Setting out on a sunny, 72-degree day, Citi Bike's first users hopped on their loud blue frames at 11 a.m. on Monday and took off. On its first day, the much-debated program tracked some 6,050 trips at an average of 20 minutes per--and added some 772 new annual members to more than 15,000 existing m ... More >>
It's generally agreed that the area below Chambers Street is a food no-man's-land. However, take a closer look and you'll find a number of options that don't just fill a void, but are top-notch. We've rounded up our 10 favorites, and lumped Battery Park City and the Financial District together, for ... More >>
Leave your guns at home, Bill.For some reason, tourists are bringing knives, brass knuckles, collapsible batons, screwdrivers, pepper spray, blackjacks, and other "miscellaneous weapons" with them to visit the Statue of Liberty. The Daily News reports that thousands of weapons have been seize ... More >>
The New York City smoking ban went into effect this week, and we noted the lax enforcement language, in which the city admits, "We expect the new law will be enforced by New Yorkers themselves, who will ask people to follow the law and stop smoking." But in Battery Park, it's going to be extr ... More >>
Melissa Maher Merchants River House, reinvented.Merchants River House, the new incarnation of Steamers Landing in Battery Park, is up and running. The bland, reception hall décor of this waterfront restaurant has been replaced with smart, naval stripes and a warmer, American bistro atmospher ... More >>
Home Alone 2. North by Northwest. Crocodile Dundee. Arthur. Eloise and her motherfucking Pet Turtle!* New York City's landmark The Plaza Hotel has been home to many famous scenes over its 103-year history. Yet Charlie Sheen has managed to sully it, as it is now also home to the famous scene that ... More >>
A battery of restos on their way. Another day, another Danny Meyer eatery -- or three. Rumors of Meyer-spotting in Battery Park City have swirled for several weeks, and this morning brings confirmation: A new Shake Shack, a Blue Smoke, and a still-to-be-named fine dining establishment will l ... More >>
At the beginning of the summer, we brought you The Most Epic Marriage Proposal Ever, and this one rivals it with a certain finesse and understatement. Understatement? Yeah, not usually a word associated with Day-Glo murals and public marriage proposals, but we noted a nice level of modesty he ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Lucy Browne's, the restaurant that replaced Steak Frites last summer, has closed. The owner, Andrew Silverman, filed for bankruptcy in February. [Eater] Pinch & S'Mac, the Upper West Si ... More >>
Long ago, Pier 40 berthed cruise ships. The April issue of the monthly newspaper WestView reports that a new farmers' market may be in the works for Pier 40, the hulking complex that sits at the western end of Houston Street.
The two-term executive of Suffolk County faces sniping on the home front
Brooklyn Botanic GardenSpring officially starts today, so go see it at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden ($8 adults, $4 seniors and kids over 12), where it's been quietly happening for weeks (slideshow). The National Weather Service says it's going into the seventies today and the sixties tomorrow. ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. October 26, 1967, Vol. XIII, No. 2 Vigil at the Battery: Backing Up the Troops by Joe Flaherty Apart from the ugly slogans on the signs, the scene at the Battery Park on Saturday was reminiscent of old photos depicting band concerts at ... More >>
Central Park's Bethesda Angel looked out at scores of brides wreathed in crowns of fake white hydrangea and grooms in thrift-store formalwear. "Enjoy the last two minutes of your marriage," Rev. Billy Talen of the Church of Life After Shopping yelled, as on the most romantic day of the yea ... More >>
Following up the Times' recent Manhattan Skunk invasion story, the News has a shortlist of New York's wild animals, including deer, coyotes, bats, turkeys, and a celebrity beaver, and where to go see them. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, who was interviewed for the piece, lists places in ... More >>
A fake windmall with vanes that really rotate has sprung up a mere hundred yards from where the original stood 400 years ago. In an event that was part trade show, part Epcot Center exhibit, a Dutch village sprang up for a ten-day run right in front of the Old Customs House at Bowling Green ... More >>
the National Weather Service is promising 82 degrees and disappearing clouds--Broadway on Broadway - the casts from 20 Broadway shows will be performing live on Broadway between 43d and 47th, starting at 11:30. Michael McKean (Spinal Tap, an upcoming play) is hosting.--Brooklyn Book Festival ... More >>
Kevin Pomplun when he's not making brisket.When Picnick, Smoked first opened in Wall Street Park just over three weeks ago, Financial District workers flocked to it like piranhas to a synchronized swimmer. Tales of 100-deep lines and depleted brisket supplies were commonplace, and Will Goldf ... More >>
When I read in Eater about how the new barbecue truck on Wall Street was mobbed from the minute it opened, I had to scoot down there and see for myself. Sure enough, when I arrived at exactly 11:30, a line was already forming, though it was nothing like it would be by the time noon rol ... More >>
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