This week's feature story, The Tragedy of Louis Scarcella, explores the context of the now-infamous Brooklyn detective's career. It explained how the culture of policing changed over the years in response to the city's rising crime rate. Crime, in many ways, shaped the modern history of New York Cit ... More >>
[Summer Guide 2014]
With tens of thousands of brick-and-mortar restaurants and even more kiosks, delis, and roadside stands where you can grab a bite to eat, there's no place in the world like New York City when it comes to food and drink--you could spend your entire life eating and drinking here without conquering all ... More >>
Hey, the pizza here is really good! A thought-provoking piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday by Sophia Hollander ("Economics, Sliced") bemoaned the decline of the neighborhood pizza slice, especially in Manhattan, and blamed it pretty squarely on the dollar slice joints, also fingering gourm ... More >>
Here are the 10 best concerts this weekend, in no particular order.
My old neighborhood not only teems with good Italian food, but they got wit too. At Lioni's, they hawk dozens upon dozens of heroes, each named after an Italian-American celebrity and each one described with a cute little quip.
A former principal at a Jewish High School in Brooklyn could potentially spend the rest of his life in prison after getting convicted yesterday on 75 counts of sex-with-a-kid-related crimes.The jury in the case against Emanuel Yegutkin found that the former principal at Elite High School in Bensonhu ... More >>
By Nick Pinkerton Elliott Stein, a longtime contributor to The Village Voice, as well as
Welcome to the age of smartphone civilian authority.At the City Council Hall on 250 Broadway this afternoon, State Senator Eric Adams, a Democrat from Brooklyn, will announce a little app that he helped create called "Brooklyn Way of Life." It's a downloadable "crime fighting mobile app," in his own ... More >>
In the two-family house where I grew up in Bensonhurst, the two musical acts I heard most often, blasting from stereos at the top and bottom of the house, were the Beatles and Donna Summer. The former was more my parents' speed, although my teenaged cousins who lived downstairs played the Fab Four ... More >>
Braised whole fish with hot bean sauce at Grand Sichuan House When Sichuan sailed into town in the '70s, it was spelled Szechuan and the food was a pale evocation of one of China's foremost regional cuisines. If chili oil was used, it was just a drop, and the sole vector of a timid spiciness was ... More >>
Sorry, Mike! The city is just not as big as you think it is. That's according to the U.S. Census Bureau, anyway, which, in very unsurprising news, has announced that it is not revising its official population count for 2010, despite the city's official challenge of the final number. Every ten yea ... More >>
Eleanor Friedberger (le) poisson rouge Saturday, November 20 Better than: Any wedding you'll ever go to. There's something very romantic about the casual messes that Eleanor Friedberger's protagonists get themselves into, and that romanticism is particularly evident on "My Mistakes," the first son ... More >>
Main Attrakionz. Sound of the City's staff has opinions about which bands to see at the CMJ festival, happening around the city this week. Here, Nick Murray offers his seven pickswell, six festival-affiliated artists and one dude who just happens to have a couple of NY-area shows this ... More >>
This obscure restaurant near the corner of 16th Street and Seventh Avenue -- which advertises a combination of Sichuan and Vietnamese food -- was declared one of the best Chinese restaurants in the country in the inscrutable "Top Chefs & Owners" category. This past Sunday, correspondent Bil ... More >>
How about some eels for Christmas dinner? Get 'em on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg. You think fruitcake and eggnog are strange? You think houses made of gingerbread are weird? Read on about some even more off-the-wall Christmas dining habits.
You want the Go-Go's, James Murphy will play the Go-Go's. Pics by Puja, more below.When you hear that James Murphy is DJing a Fashion Week party, you go. You just go. Noting that we had to be back downtown at midnight ("We'll just go for an hour, guys, it's James Murphy!"), we rallied our A t ... More >>
AM-NYThe tortilla-making operation at Tortilleria NixtamalWhen Fernando Ruiz and Shauna Page opened Tortilleria Nixtamal in Corona, Queens, just about a year and a half ago, the place became an instant sensation. That's because they're the only known place in the city that makes fresh masa do ... More >>
So starts our morning news roundup. Today: the housing law in New York you're probably breaking right now. The hot ticket that is President Obama's Passover Seder. Lindsay Lohan's yayo "uh oh," a riot at Rikers, Christian Militia madmen, and more. Here's what's in the news this morning:
The last Chico mural for New York. Thanks, EV Grieve. What a week. Everyone was pissed at us. Williamsburgers didn't appreciate being called dorks for trying to silence ice cream trucks. Horace Mann students got mad when we suggested they were faking swine flu to get out of school. Allison Benedi ... More >>
While the city is boasting of another historic crime drop, they are soft-pedaling -- with the egregious cooperation of the press -- one sobering stat: the homicide rate has actually risen five percent against last year, When one thinks homicide, one doesn't generally think of neighborhoods like Kew ... More >>
A wing and a prayer
From Coney Island to Rye Playland
Today's tabloids have a ton of exclusives that range from Troopergate to the dangers lurking in city schools. Here's a quick roundup of how the Post and Daily News are trying to outdo each other today. Oh, Baby! The front page of the Post announces that one of the top candidates for city comptrolle ... More >>
Rewind: The story behind my story of the FBI murder case
A witness for the prosecution of an ex-FBI agent once told a different story
There was Popeye Doyle
Only in the early '70s could Elliott Gould have been a matinee idol. Since then? The Brooklyn schlemiel's long goodbye.
A talented mafioso who helped the FBI beat the KKK still haunts his ex-handlers
Talking with Ralph McDaniels, New York VJ and hiphop's great uncle
Translating NYC's ethnic politics for Asians and Middle Easterners
A plague of noise bands attacks New York City from deep underground
The irresistible pull of the down-low mythuh, storyhooks reporters and their readers
'Justified' Shootings Spotlight Police Policy Issues
Trying to Get the Word Out From the Surreal City in Disaster
Grown-Up Green Is Poised to Run the City
The violent rise of the New York THUG who became a high-fashion pretty boy.
A History of the Confrontational Politics That Led to the 'Assault' on Councilman Bill Perkins by the Bully Boys of The Million Youth March
How Salvatore Miciotta got away with murder