"I had a friend who just so happened to be working in the freezer when I got here and he was able to cut some corners for me," says AG the Coroner, the Brooklyn-based rapper, about what until recently was his day job in the dead body storage department of a hospital. These days, AG has been moved to ... More >>
A couple weeks ago, Brooklyn Grange managing partner Anastasia Cole-Plakias showed me around Brooklyn Grange's Navy Yard rooftop farm. Though it was the very height of the July heat wave, there was magic inherent to being on a rooftop, and that magic becomes transcendent when you're surrounded by ne ... More >>
There's almost nothing that'll ruin your morning faster than a disgusting kissy noise, emanating from the face of some idiot trailing you down the block. Or a "flattering" remark about a body part you possess, which quickly turns into the outraged yelling of "BITCH! LESBIAN!" when you don't respond ... More >>
Hannah Palmer Egan contemplates the complexity of baby mustard leaves as she stands in one of the rooftop farms sown by Brooklyn Grange. "The leaf has a green, vegetal flavor, with a strong wasabi note, a warm sensation on the tongue," she writes. "Moments later, my mouth explodes in a fiery burst o ... More >>
Between the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder, the varroa mites, and various pesticides, fungicides, viruses, and other problems plaguing honeybee populations around the world, keeping an apiary strong and healthy these days is no easy task.
From now until the fall of 2014, MTA is severing the R train connection between Brooklyn and Manhattan for post-Sandy repairs. Despair not! There's a ferry service planned to reconnect commuters between the two boroughs, starting at 58th Street Pier by the Brooklyn Army Terminal and docking at Wall ... More >>
If you're stressed about the summer being half over, lean back in that office chair--or on that yoga ball--and relax. There are plenty of upcoming opportunities to live it up while the sun is out. Here's a look at events that should erase post-weekend blues:
From Riesling cruises to restaurant weeks (month)--not to mention the chance to try multiple kinds of barbecue--July has been a busy month if you're into food, and the action continues this weekend. With a pair of craft beer parties and a Peruvian Independence day celebration, there's plenty of acti ... More >>
Mobb Deep's Prodigy gets literary
Bushwick will make you art and dinner
Look at that, Bushwick is all grown up
Over the weekend, Fork in the Road contributor and photographer Bradley Hawks headed down to the South Street Seaport to check in on SmorgasBar, the daily pop-up market from the good people behind the Brooklyn Flea and SmorgasBurg. He came back with dozens of mouthwatering shots of dishes and drink ... More >>
With the remnants of the nearby Domino Sugar Refinery in the background, a new kitchen incubator hopes to attract a crop of environmentally responsible entrepreneurs to the Williamsburg waterfront: Green Desk, which made its name by offering flexible work spaces to those tired of hopping on conferen ... More >>
Fans of the perfect mojito ("the best in Nueva York!") rejoice. Ideya, which brought Latin-Caribbean flavor to Soho for 14 years until it was forced to close at the end of 2012, just reopened in a new location in Prospect Heights.
"Peek through a little archway inside Cafe Kashkar in Brighton Beach, right above a glass display case filled with casserole dishes containing pickled salads and marinating meats, and you might see embers exploding off the coal-fired grill as seasoned kebabs of lamb and chicken are charred around th ... More >>
The Williamsburg Waterfront welcomes New Order
For much of the last decade, when New Yorkers were rediscovering the borough to the east of Manhattan, you could spot a Brooklyn restaurant by its reclaimed wood, exposed brick, and refurbished interiors, all flourishes that highlighted the DIY-nature of the Brooklyn lifestyle (or, at the very least ... More >>
Today marks the start of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Entering its ninth year, it started at a time when the eyes of the hip-hop nation weren't as glued to the culture's birthplace as it once was, allowing the festival each subsequent year to remind the world why New York hip-hop is not only pivot ... More >>
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
After reports on Wednesday that it was "swaying dangerously," the Department of Buildings dismantled the top portion of the AstroTower, one of Coney Island's last historic rides. As welders lopped off about 53 feet and a stunning 44,000 pounds of the structure, the Cyclone and the area around it rem ... More >>
The two-day Gigawatts Festival showcases some of Brooklyn’s best
Joey Bada$$ is the face of new New York rap. The 18-year-old Brooklyn native flipped Internet fame into real-life buzz with his debut mixtape 1999 last year and became one of the city's most prodigious rhymers. His tender age belies his mature lyricism and Joey has already received cosigns from the ... More >>
As with just about any holiday we celebrate, we're preparing for the anniversary of America's birth by contemplating what we'll eat and drink. And while our plans normally include some variation on grilled meat and beer, we decided to garner a little inspiration from New York City's chefs this year, ... More >>
Beer is a longstanding July 4 tradition, and an ice cold brew sounds especially good in this hot and sticky weather. You have lots of options when it comes to stocking your cooler, so we tracked down Joe Tracy, cellar manager of Brooklyn's craft beer mecca Bierkraft, who gave us his top five picks f ... More >>
At the High Line, fancy soda goes beyond your grandma's cherry-lime rickey. The park's first soda bar opens today at West 15th Street, and it features locally made, creatively concocted flavors from Brooklyn Soda Works, including apple and ginger, hibiscus and mint, lemongrass and lime, and the High ... More >>
When Chris Sell packed up his things and moved across the pond to New York, it was Britain's loss. And ever since 2001 when he opened the first Chip Shop in Park Slope, his facility for fried fish earned him accolades from several publications (including the Village Voice about ten years back) that ... More >>
Metalheads take Williamsburg
Joseph, aka RIME, just moved back to Brooklyn after spending eight years in California. Like his work? Unlike some graffiti artists', his can be commissioned (on his own terms) through Klughaus Gallery, a graffiti and street art gallery that connects companies and individuals looking for something c ... More >>
In the latest incarnation of Gowanus culinary intrigue, artisan pickle-maker Brooklyn Brine announced plans yesterday to open Pickle Shack around the corner from their brinery on President Street. According to owner and chef Shamus Jones, the restaurant will open in late July or early August and ser ... More >>
Last night, Collections, Bushwick's newest vintage outpost, hosted a formal opening party replete with a well-stocked mini bar and (maybe consequently) a decent portion of every street-style trendsetter and Jemima Kirke dress-alike ever to grace the Morgan L stop.
At the end of the week, we'll officially welcome summer. Ring it in with some off-beat food related happenings this week sure to be more interesting than firing up the grill again.
Restaurants have a hard time standing out beneath the intense glow of the New York City spotlight, which might be why so many entrepreneurs in this generation have launched with a pop-up, testing out their concept in a lower-stakes environment. Some of those ventures, though, have taken on a life of ... More >>
Bushwick's seen a host of new restaurants move in over the course of the past couple of years, and there are clear signs that the growth will only continue. And so it was very strange when not a single one of the neighborhood's eateries made the roster of spots celebrating Brooklyn Restaurant Week a ... More >>
In addition to the Brooklyn D.A.'s office, the Civilian Complaint Review Board is also investigating the alleged June 2 assault by homophobic slur-spewing 79th Precinct police on a gay man in Brooklyn. Victim Josh Williams is at right.
The weekend is almost here, and if you're looking forward to spending quality time with dad on Sunday, check out the roundup of offbeat food-related Father's Day activities we posted yesterday. If you're weekend isn't revolving around celebrating Dad--or if he's game for non-Father's Day-related out ... More >>
Chicharron preparado, a popular Mexican snack, has many guises. All start with a crispy chip of chicharron (fried pork skin), which serves as a blank canvas for various toppings and ingredients, an edible platform that highlights the cook's artistic strokes and sprinklings. Some chicharrones prepara ... More >>
Guru once rhymed about the importance of how a rapper's voice sounds. If ever there were a rapper whose voice was tailor made for hooking listeners before they even heard the entire couplet, it would be Big Daddy Kane's. Kane's baritone was smooth enough to talk your girl out from under you but stil ... More >>
Despite its traditional billing as a winter item, a platter of oysters is ideal for summer snacking on a patio (and with modern fishing practices, you can enjoy the shellfish this time of year without worrying, too). Perhaps that's why the raw offerings have been such a popular draw at Mezini, the I ... More >>
Guy Fieri headed to Brooklyn over the weekend, and he had nice things to say about Roberta's, where he feasted with Mario Batali. That, free rides to Bushwick Restaurant Week, and a heart-warming special celebrating a spelling champ make today's round-up of neighborhood news.
The sun in shining, sangria is flowing, and you're at your desk gazing out your window, contemplating what to do this evening. You could spend the night watching an entire season of Downtown Abbey, but why not take a look at some of the cities unique happy hours to say good bye to Wednesday? The har ... 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 >>
Crystal Pei acknowledges there's been a Nordic invasion in New York City, but she says most of those spots are of the same vein: "Everything Scandinavian here is minimalist Swedish and Danish," she explains.