Offering relief from the sweltering summer.
Via Brighton Beach restaurant Cafe Kashkar, I explore the cuisine of the Uyghur people, an ethnic minority of Turkic Muslims in China's northwest, in this week's Village Voice. Though the Uyghur people comprise less than one percent of China's population, the food is popular throughout that country' ... More >>
Exploring the pain of Alzheimer’s
Anheuser-Busch was accused of watering down its beers and misrepresenting the alcohol content in Budweiser, Bud Ice, Bud Light Lime, Natural Ice and other lines. But after class-action lawsuits were filed in federal court, NPR commissioned a lab to test several samples. The lab found that while the ... More >>
You're never without a fresh hot flatbread at Yemen Cafe. By my estimate, there are at least 15,000 restaurants in Brooklyn, and I love about 200 of them at any given time. So this list reflects ephemeral choices, what I want to eat now as I sit at my desk, breakfast-less, and dream about climbing ... More >>
A few weeks ago, I wrote about celebrating the new Brooklyn wine trail. Both Brooklyn Oenology and Brooklyn Winery, featured in the story, were relatively unscathed by Hurricane Sandy. But Red Hook Winery is located right over the water, nearly at the end of Pier 41, and the facility was completely ... More >>
Nathan's Famous has been dark for nearly two weeks -- perhaps for the first time in its 96-year history. Today I took a bicycle tour of Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and Sheepshead Bay. Those areas of Brooklyn along the Atlantic Coast are more devastated than has been reported. One stumbles on par ... More >>
The New Ohio hosts the old Coney Island
The bicycles are comin'! The bicycles are comin'!Yesterday, the New York City Department of Transportation released the initial 420 bike share station locations for the program that will unleash (eventually) 10,000 bikes onto the already crammed streets of New York by 2013. Influenced by NYU's ... More >>
Uzbek-Korean-Russian food, you say? Head on out.
Armando Orsini, the New York restaurateur who made Orsini's a hot spot in the '60s, died on July 13 in Asheville, N.C., at age 88. [NY Times] A new gay resort hotel is planned for Midtown West, which will include a nightclub, lounge and cabaret, and café and restaurant called Kitchen. [Hote ... More >>
• According to an NY1-Marist poll, the majority of voters in Rep. Anthony Weiner's district (parts of Brooklyn and Queens) don't want him to resign, even if they don't necessarily want to re-elect him. One-third of them do want him to step down. Meanwhile, of course, he's still facing a Hou ... More >>
Brighton Beach memoir: Pat Singer with Ed KochThe Brighton Neighborhood Association's administrative office used to be known as a colorful Brooklyn spot awash with all sorts of memorabilia and historic photos collected by founder Pat Singer. Now the office, at 1121 Brighton Beach Avenue, is just awa ... More >>
David Cromer helms a subdued version of John Guare
Now that Mile End has successfully spread the gospel of Jewish delicatessen across Boerum Hill and its leafy environs, a new establishment is planning to pay homage its more aquatic counterpart.
Who flattened my chicken and why? Chicken tabaka is one of the stunning achievements of Georgian cooking. Not that Georgia! Georgia in the Caucusus Mountains, where Caucasians were invented.
Homicide suspect Maksim GelmanA 54-year-old Sheepshead Boy man was found stabbed to death shortly after 5 a.m. today in his home at 2830 East 27th Street. Aleksandr Kuznetsov was discovered with multiple stab wounds and was DOA at the scene. Brooklyn cops already have a suspect: Maksim Gelman, 23 ... More >>
Things may be looking grim for Coney Island's future. Old haunts like Ruby's have poured their last beer, and although Central Amusements International and Sodexo plan to make the neighborhood into a 'year-round' destination, it's worth mentioning it's a pretty magical one right now. Take a ... More >>
Anyone seen Robert Trotta?Cops are looking a Brooklyn man in the Brighton Beach area who's been missing for more than a week. Robert Trotta, 58, was last seen at about 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 11, leaving his home at 2780 West Fifth Street. He's described as 6-1, 220 pounds, with gray hair and ... More >>
Our hero. (via City Room)We will soon hit mid-January. The gyms are still packed with resolutioners! Grim-faced joggers pound away at treadmills, only to see their resolve peter out by March. Meanwhile, there's Gary Atlas of Brighton Beach, who has been running on the beach and then swimming in the ... More >>
A Study in Yellow: Papas ala Huancaina, a mountain dish that resulted when Indians and Consquistadors put their culinary might together. Sing a song of Coney Island Avenue, that arrow-straight thoroughfare that connects Brooklyn's Parade Grounds with Brighton Beach on Coney Island, sojournin ... More >>
Green, but not particularly jolly.While flora like cherries, grapes, and limes were long ago co-opted by the soda industry, tarragon remains something of a domestic rarity. Not so in Georgian restaurants, where tarragon soda is as common as khatchapuri and floor shows. Looking like mouthwash ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema rides the Q to Brighton Beach for "regional fare from former Soviet republics" at Skovorodka. Sarah DiGregorio finds that the food at Colicchio & Sons "lacks focus and, somehow, verve." Meanwhile, Sam Sifton was impressed enough to award Colicchio & Sons thre ... More >>
Still trying to wrangle your landlord to get your door to stop squeaking? You ain't seen shit. As long as they didn't make Elizabeth Dwoskin's beautifully terrifying work on this year's list of New York's Worst Landlords, you might end up wanting to hug your own building's capo. And if they a ... More >>
Dozens of seniors in Brighton Beach have been complaining about the poor quality of their daily Meals on Wheels lunches. The problem, they say, started last year when the Jewish Association for Services to the Aged abandoned its own kitchen in favor of catering services. [NY Post] Pepsi and ... More >>
East Meets West Holiday Parade Little Italy and Chinatown Merchants Associations are sponsoring a parade from Mulberry to Mott Street, featuring marching bands, martial artists and acrobats, Italian American singers and Lion and Dragon Dance troupes.
He's got more check than a Czechoslavian. Photo by Zacke Wolfe.In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla goes abroad with Gucci Mane's Cold War mixtape trilogy: "Funny voices aside, The Cold War isn't a particularly conceptual affair, instead favoring a breathtakingly monochromatic wash of b ... More >>
James Lieber's January "What Cooked the World's Economy?" which explained the financial meltdown we still suffer from, is one of our most-read and -emailed stories. Now the awesome follow-up: "We've Bailed out the Banks. When Do We Go After the Crooks Behind our Financial Collapse?" Lieber fi ... More >>
It's Friday afternoon, meaning it's time for a look back at the best posts of the week: We ranked our Top 10 Greek restaurants. The Vanderbilt opens next week. Here's a sneak preview of its cocktails. Sustainable-meat maven Bev Eggleston talked about his plans to bring his business to New York. ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema discovers "a full Uzbek menu" at KeBeer Bar & Grill in Brighton Beach, while Sarah DiGregorio reviews the book Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, which "lays bare the ways in which the developed world blithely goes about tossing food away." Sam Sifto ... More >>
What may we expect of a third Mike Bloomberg term? Few people pay closer attention to city politics than Wayne Barrett, so he's your man for "A Bloomberg Score Card: The Mayor's Hits and Misses." He still thinks "the self-serving reversal of term limits was the greatest abuse of power I have ... More >>
Ah, sweet Friday afternoon. Here's a recap of the week's best posts to send you into Saturday. Our Man Sietsema rounded up the city's 10 Best Wine Bars. Battle of the Dishes pitted veggie dogs from Bark Hot Dogs and Crif Dogs against each other in a fight to the death. Vegetarian Delights reveled ... More >>
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz wants to replace the bandshell at Asser Levy/Seaside Park in Brighton Beach/Coney Island with a large, $64 million, roofed amphitheater that can accommodate 8,000 people (Grimshaw Architects rendering pictured). But it seems a lot of the locals don't want i ... More >>
Our friend and far-flung correspondent (and former Gourmet food editor) Lillian Chou picked up and moved from Jersey City to Beijing in February, and you can read about her exploits in the blog Chinagirl. Periodically, she sends us pictures from behind the Bamboo Curtain. She posts these p ... More >>
Polar Bears tighten plunges after death last New Year's Day
Savory Uyghur cuisine comes of age in Rego Park
Are lard, eggs, and fish tacos the new health foods?
Russian Fast Food Comes to Gravesend
Sergei Kobozev Lost His Last FightTo Mobsters
Handball, the Citys Most Popular Game