When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: a boob-tastic bar in Bushwick, a Cuban-Chinese retaurant in Midtown, and a rice burger hits the East Village.
We are thrilled to announce that Mac DeMarco, Re-TROS (from Beijing, China), and Dead Stars (indie fuzz pop from Brooklyn) will be joining our already stellar lineup of Dinosaur Jr. (!), Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong, Nude Beach, and Juan Wauters on July 12 at South Street Seaport ... More >>
Call us biased, but this year's 4Knots Music Festival was--by far, without a doubt--THE GREATEST DAY OF FREE MUSIC EVER. The weather was phenomenal, the crowd was enthusiastic, the bands were all great and absolutely no one pissed on the bathroom-less VIP ship the Peking. And it seems like many of y ... More >>
Outdoor concert? Graduation party? Whatever your friends are up to, you can probably bet they're not going to eat as well as you. Here's a look at what's happening in the city this weekend, all good reasons why you should keep the charcoal in storage for another week and just go out (especially beca ... More >>
Four years ago in Beijing the American basketball world very nearly got a rude shock when Spain's national team scored 107 points and trailed by just two with four minutes to play. Our eventual 119-107 victory did little to ease the minds of American fans; all we could think of was, in effect, "T ... More >>
Where the hell did the fortune cookie come from, anyway? How they were invented is a matter of some dispute, not where they were invented -- which was California. The magic happened approximately 100 years ago, when a Japanese company in that state decided to make a modern American version of a te ... More >>
If the name of this dish could be properly written, it might read Soupy Mass of Chicken in a Wok, which describes perfectly what it is.
The rustic loaves at Balthazar are cradled in a birch branch. As Pablo Neruda says: "The best poet is the man who delivers our daily bread: the local baker." And indeed he was right. Little gives as much pleasure as a freshly baked loaf, and here are the 10 that please us most. Note that th ... More >>
Will the Chinese star's detention force the art world to better confront human rights?
John Chamberlain at Gagosian; Donald Judd at David Zwirner; David Shapiro at Sue Scott Gallery
We sneak out for some Muslim Chinese
The world is slightly less into killing people, according to Amnesty International -- or at least, less into killing people by way of official state execution. Approximately 527 people were executed last year around the world, which represents a decrease from the 714 executed the previous yea ... More >>
Josh BlakelyMacao Trading Co. has brought on Josh Blakely as executive chef. He replaces Erik Cereceres, the chef known as Chewy.
Kenneth G asks: What will the impact of letter grades be on the city's restaurants? Should I be packing up and moving somewhere else? Dear Kenneth: All around me foodies are going crazy, worrying about the Department of Health's new A-B-C letter grading for restaurants. I would caution you to wait ... More >>
So, VICE is holding a media event right now where they're feeding media people lots of booze, and they're telling them things while they do it. The gist is this: they got a bunch of money from Intel, and they're not spending it on drugs. They've unleashed The Creators Project, which is three ... More >>
McDonald's will likely reject a proposal put forth by the Humane Society to require that 5 percent of its eggs be cage-free. Burger King, Subway, and Wendy's have committed to buying at least some cage-free eggs. [NY Times] Alliance for a Healthier New York is organizing a soda buyback progr ... More >>
The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck's big gay soft serve.Here's a sure sign that warmer weather is on its way: the first of what will likely be numerous articles about restaurant owners complaining about food trucks. This one comes from the Brooklyn Paper, and concerns the Endless Summer and Van Leeu ... More >>
Rendering of the bar at The Surrey Hotel Both the new bar and private dining rooms in the Surrey Hotel, set to reopen this October after a $60 million renovation, will be serviced by a refurbished Cafe Boulud next door. Guests will also be able to order "Boulud in Bed" for room service, incl ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. June 20, 1963, Vol. VIII, No. 35 'Cleopatra': The Fall of Bosley Caesar By Andrew Sarris In case you're still wondering, "CLEOPATRA" (at the Rivoli) is a complete disaster, and I kid you not. I vas dere, Charlie, for four hours and three mi ... More >>
At least part of 1 World Trade Center -- formerly known as the Freedom Tower -- will be made by our friends in Communist China. According to the Sentinel, PPG of Pittsburgh was hoping to make facade glass for the new tower. But Solera Construction/DCM Erectors of New York instead gave the sub-contr ... More >>
The amazing noodle-maker in this video is fashioning peel noodles, a specialty from China's Shanxi province. (Better to show you the video than to spend two paragraphs trying to explain how they're made, no?) These fluttery, hand-cut noodles are very popular in Beijing, but New York didn't have an ... More >>
Well, that's a relief: CNN reports that "Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced Tuesday that he has ordered an end to military operations against Georgia." Russian "peacekeeping troops" occupying South Ossetia, a "breakaway" province considered to be part of Georgia, were attacked during the w ... More >>
A friend mentioned to me the other day that when she thinks of protests, she thinks of the stereotypical political protest theater that involves puppets and hippies (seriously, why all the puppets?), but with the Olympic torch relay, the method of protest--attempting to snuff out the Olympic flame-- ... More >>
Using China's pride in the 2008 Olympics as a weapon against its shameful support of the Darfur nightmare
A week of Chinese, Korean, and Thai fests
More Toronto highlights, from Nazis to anarchists
During the 2005 mayoral campaign the BIG ISSUE no candidate talked about was the looming $4.5 billion gap in the budget due next summer. But that big issue keeps getting smaller and smaller. Last month City Hall said increased tax revenues had shrunk the gap to $2.25 billion, and today the Comptroll ... More >>
Balancing acts: Super-flat 'Times' op-edster gets his geography wrong
Even New Yorks Finest kowtow to classical kabuki virtuousity
Alienated Dreamers and Lusty Rebels
Berlin's Body Politic