• Voice Choices

    July 23, 2014


    Anya Ulinich saves the date at WORD

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Here's an Early Taste of Bar Primi

    New York's Italian-American culinary heritage runs deep, and on Monday, Andrew Carmellini and Sal Lamboglia, along with partners Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard, threw their experienced Borsalinos into the saucy ring with Bar Primi (325 Bowery, 212-220-9100). The bi-level space, formerly home to Peels, ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 4, 2013


    Who is boxing's 'King of Brooklyn'?

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Could Blood Be the Next Big Thing?

    The blood sausage called gyuma at Tibetan restaurant Phayul We may be on the culinary frontier here, but you don't have to be a vampire (or a mosquito) to appreciate blood as an ingredient. What can it do? It thickens stews and helps puddings set. Rich in protein, it can be coagulated into shapes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    It's Hard As Hell To Party Like Its the 1940s (Census) and its little green leaves can take a hike. Yesterday, the National Archives flicked on the switch for the 1940 census, marking the end of 72 years of confidentiality that held the records back from the public. In less than four hours, the site was paralyzed after being hit with 22 mil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    The 50 Best Blocks In Brooklyn

    Yes, Brooklyn counts as part of NYC, even if I came from its bowels. And if you bother to explore the place, it has even more neighborhoods, crannies, grannies, weirdies, and diversity than Manhattan. Well, The L Magazine did so in naming the 50 best blocks in that very borough. Blocks in Red Hoo ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 25, 2012

    Elza Fancy Foods: Big Mash-Up in Brighton Beach

    Uzbek-Korean-Russian food, you say? Head on out.

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    7 Best Things To Eat at Elza Fancy Foods

    Kuksu is a noodle soup whose name means "noodle soup" in Korean. This week Counter Culture rolls into one of the city's most unique restaurants, Elza Fancy Foods. The menu represents the Uzbek-Korean-Russian cooking of Uzbekistan's Korean population. Much of the food is cheap, fascinating, and del ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Brooklyn Junior High Has the Most Sexting Suspensions in the City

    ​The unfortunately named (given what we're about to say next) "Edward B. Shallow" Junior High in Bensonhurst has the dubious honor of being the New York City school with the most suspensions issued for sexting in 2010. This is more suspensions for sexting than any other city school in the last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Old Vs. New: An Early Report on Food at the San Gennaro Festival, 2011

    ​April Bloomfield of The Breslin is one of the new food saints at the Feast of San Gennaro, and this delicious pork tonnato sandwich is her benediction. For over 100 years, the street scarf at New York City's Italian religious festivals remained the same: hot or sweet pork sausages, grilled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    The Five Weirdest Things I've Eaten Lately

    ​Number one is a pickle-studded bowl of goo. One of the questions I'm most frequently asked is, "What's the best thing you've eaten recently?" And then I have to rummage around in my recollections of the many, many good meals I've eaten in the last few weeks. Usually, I'm left tongue-tied. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Steve Cuozzo Bestows Year-End Rant Upon the General Public, Williamsburg

    ​The relentless barrage of year-end lists means that their contents tend to get lost in a shiny, amorphous tangle, so we're grateful for Steve Cuozzo's annual dining-related invective, deposited amongst the tinsel like a fat lump of coal. The Post critic's take on 2010 is more or less as withe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Fiji Water to Pull Out of Fiji; Bees in Red Hook Caught Red-Bodied

    ​Fiji Water is shutting down its operations on the island due to a tax hike imposed by Fiji's government. The company is owned by billionaire investors Lynda Resnick and Stewart Resnick, who also own POM Wonderful. [Wall Street Journal] Burger King's monthlong "King of the Road" bus tour has ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 24, 2010
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    March 23, 2010

    Another Tuesday, Another Election No One Will Vote In

    ​It's Tuesday, and these days in New York City, that means another special election. With runoff elections, resignations, and the occasional expulsion from a legal body, there have been quite a few in the past election season. Today's race is in the 44th City Council District, where Republica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2010

    Landlord in Bensonhurst Arson That Killed 5 Tenants Cited for Illegally Subdividing Apartments

    ​Vasilios (Bill) Gerazounis, 66, the owner of the Bensonhurst building where 5 tenants were killed and an infant severely injured in a fire allegedly set by another tenant on January 30, has been issued violations by the Department of Buildings for illegal walls and blocked exits on his proper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Election 2009: Down-Ticket, What Has Become of Our Beautiful Losers?

    In city races the favorites are getting treated as such, with very few deviations. Some of the city council races are downright ridiculous. Bronx incumbent Joel Rivera has defeated his Conservative Party challenger Steven Stern 97 to 3 percent. What an election night party Stern must be having. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Local Papers Prepare for Series with Insults

    ​After a black kid was killed by young Italian-Americans in Bensonhurst in 1989, and recalling the similar Howard Beach incident of 1986, Pete Hamill put an article in the New York Post called "The Lesson of Howard Beach Was Lost on the Punks of Guidoville," filled with Hamill's ripe evocatio ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 4, 2009

    Gino Cammarata, Gelato King

    No more tanning salons for Bay Ridge's foremost dessert provider

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Michael Musto Continues Conquest of Internet

    OK, let's see if Gothamist picked up the Homeland Security TV story -- hey, what's this? Michael Musto? That fella gets around. Highlights! On doing a "gay Match Game show at Bowery Poetry Club": "'Wanna do a free, local version of the Match Game?' Sure! That's how I run my career...into the ground. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Things We Hate--People Who Won't Leave Manhattan

    You know the type. The person who refers to the outer boroughs by using phrases like "the wilds of Brooklyn." Your friend who has lived here for a decade but has never crossed the East River. The one who insists you meet for dinner in "the city" rather than, god forbid, get on the L, F or N train ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    This Week in Openings

    If you're looking for a lively, expensive meal, it can be had at the new Inakaya (231 West 40th Street) in the Times building. At the Japanese robatayaka, staffers scream out orders to cooks who grill the food while kneeling and serve it up using large paddles. The pricey menu includes a $65 Kinki f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Turkish Restaurant Opens In Fort Greene

    For many months, a banner with pictures of kebabs promised a new Turkish restaurant on the corner of Fulton Street and South Elliot in Fort Greene. Finally, Deniz (662 Fulton Street, Brooklyn), has opened. Co-owner Yucel Yuksel lives in Bensonhurst, where he also co-owns the Turkish fast food resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    The Early Word -- Cataldo's

    The margherita pie at Cataldo's (click to enlarge) Cataldo's--a new Italian restaurant at Vanderbilt and Dean on the fringes of Prospect Heights--is hard to figure out. It's so brightly lit, that it shines like a beacon to cars zooming by on Atalntic Avenue one block away. While this may be good for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Election 2008: The Morning Line

    PS 110, Greenpoint was humming at 7 a.m.; twenty-minute wait. Big lines at Miss Heather's polling place, too. In Harlem the lines are "up the block." "Down the block and around in corner," said a voter in Crown Heights. "My god," said a volunteer in Bensonhurst, "So busy for first thing in the mor ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 15, 2008
  • News

    November 6, 2007

    Blood Brothers

    Mob mistress Linda Schiro told one murder tale the same way to everyone. Despite the holes in her story.

  • News

    July 24, 2007

    Hot Dog With Relish

    Cyclones put Markowitz on a bobblehead doll. Now he'll pop up even more.

  • NYC Life

    February 20, 2007
  • Dining

    March 28, 2006


    New attempt to launch an upscale Sicilian on Hudson Street

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005
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    May 20, 2003
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    May 6, 2003
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    April 29, 2003
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    April 22, 2003
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    April 15, 2003
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    April 8, 2003
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    April 1, 2003
  • Film

    March 25, 2003

    Making 'Victor Vargas'

    Neighborhood Watch

  • NYC Life

    August 20, 2002
  • News

    April 23, 2002

    Big Brother in Coney Island

    Crime Fighting vs. Civil Liberties in Housing Projects

  • Dining

    November 27, 2001
  • News

    August 8, 2000

    The Taste of Fear

    Subway Surfers Risk Their Lives Atop the City’s Trains. Only Mad Fools Take the Dare. Only the Lucky Survive.

  • Dining

    March 14, 2000
  • NYC Life

    December 14, 1999
  • NYC Life

    August 3, 1999

    Death Valley

    The Great Depression

  • Columns

    July 6, 1999

    NY Mirror

    Lisa Kudrow supposedly got jewelry worth $5000 to host the MTV Movie Awards, and Adam Sandler was gifted with a $15,000 flat-screen TV.

  • Music

    April 13, 1999
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    February 9, 1999
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