For 24 years, Jonathan Fleming was in prison for a Brooklyn murder. All those years he claimed that he was innocent and that he was in Florida on the day of the crime. And all those years, the evidence proving his innocence lay untouched in his case file.
Looking for something to do that doesn't involve watching the World Cup? Here are five food events to consider.
Are you really going to celebrate Father's Day with brunch and a bottle of whiskey? Consider these five fantastic alternatives to show dad you were "planning" his party all along.
Ice cream may have centuries-old roots, but technology and globalization are helping scoop shops push the frozen treat's boundaries with ambitious flavors and toppings. And while it's true that the city's old guard delis, diners, and malt shops are slowly fading away, you can still find a few surviv ... More >>
If you've ever ordered a taco placero on a whim in one of New York City's taqueria-bodegas without knowing what it was, you may have been surprised at the result. Did I order this crumble of rice and half a jalapeño on a dry tortilla? Is the taquero out to lunch? The peculiar taco placero is a Pobl ... More >>
Wrongful convictions have been at the center of public discourse lately. Every few weeks, there's a headline about a new exoneration, some poor guy locked up for 20 years for a crime it turned out he did not commit. In 2013, 87 people were exonerated across America, the most in any year on record. ... More >>
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Unless you have been blindly walking around town, packing your lunch for every meal, you have, no doubt, noticed the proliferation of Mexican restaurant in this city. A new one pops up every week or so: We're witnessing refocused efforts on guacamole and burritos, verdolagas and huazontle are now fo ... More >>
El Gant announced himself on the New York City underground scene in the early aughts. The emcee's latest track, "The Three Amigos," sees him joining lyrical forces with Ill Bill and Chris Webby over a perky, guitar-laden Jack Of All Trades production. You can stream the track exclusively below -- an ... More >>
We know summer Mondays are tough to bear, but who says the weekend is the only time you get to have fun? Here are the five best food events taking place in NYC this week -- one involves the abstract art of pretzel twisting.
Summer is here. Memorial Day has passed and on June's first weekend, thirteen people were shot over a nine hour stretch spanning Saturday night and Sunday morning. The number of shootings traditionally rises with the heat. More folks outside for more hours. More rubbing shoulders and more getting on ... More >>
With Memorial Day behind us, the summer beer festival season can officially begin. Here are four great opportunities to kick off your hot-weather drinking, all taking place in the month of June.
#154567702 / gettyimages.comTwo weeks ago, we called the Brooklyn Nets "Gentrification's Team." It wasn't a particularly enlightening revelation, of course, but it was now supported by cold hard unscientific data. The New York Times had used Facebook likes to create a map showing the most popular ... More >>
Diaphragmatic [Ed. Note: In Please Enjoy Responsibly, columnist Raymond Cummings tracks down the best noise music of the month, while keeping an eye out for the best of recent months and saluting noise triumphs of yesteryear.] Earlier this month, I attended the 2014 Ende Tymes Festival in Brooklyn ... More >>
It might not feel like it today, but summer's here (or, at least, the pools are open, and school will be out soon). Celebrate with a cheap drink at one of these four happy hours.
Not ready to say goodbye to the long weekend just yet? Ease into a four-day week with these, the best food events this week.
We all did terrible things this winter -- think of the subway fares evaded, the stingy tips left for delivery guys, the string of unsolved arsons committed up and down the East Coast. Now summer is almost upon us, and that means it's time to improve your karma. Luckily for you, June is Adopt a Shelt ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have the best VHS crap on the internet, Ira Glass' dream improv perfomance, ravishing Finnish poker players, Bieber-powered pole dancing, relaxed gay manners, and the superstars of six-second jokes. In other words, we've got what you need. Here's our rundown of the best ... More >>
Celebrate the best of African dance
On Saturday, May 17, Brooklyn's drinkers ranked 64 beers and wines from the U.S. and across Europe in head-to-head matchups of various styles. Based on the famous 1976 Judgment of Paris -- in which a blind tasting revealed that California wines were on par with French classics -- the Judgement of Br ... More >>
One more workday, and then it's time to take it easy. Get your plans together -- we have a few event suggestions for you.
Summer drinking season is about to start in earnest, and you're likely already motivated to get out and try a new bar or two in your neighborhood. Should you be looking for a way to economize your exploits, you'll want to note the Bklyn Passport, a $20 booklet that gets you two-for-one drinks -- mos ... More >>
After a month-long residency at Whole Foods and a presences at Brooklyn's foodie bazaar Smorgasburg that commands weekend throngs, Danny Lyu's Cemita's Mexican Sandwich is primed to open a more permanent location for its Poblano-style sandwiches. But does the food warrant it?
Many of the basketball fans who grew up in Brooklyn cast their allegiance with the Knicks long ago. So the Nets had a smaller pool of potential supporters to begin with when the franchise moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn in 2012. Earlier this week, the New York Times created a map showing the mos ... More >>
Celebrate Screaming Females’ latest release
If you face certain, say, challenges when it comes to productivity (re: everything under the Quirky TV Shows Featuring a Strong Female Lead genre on Netflix), then we aim to inspire. This week is all about buckling down and making things: art, magazines, home-brewed beer, dinosaurs, drunken art, jok ... More >>
The seasons are changing and so should your drinking routine. If you're looking for some new brews for your warm-weather escapades, check out three recent releases and a special one-off for inspiration.
It's official. Husband and wife team Patrick Watson and Michele Pravda, owners of beloved Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill shops Smith & Vine and Stinky Brooklyn, have branched out to Manhattan: "After ten years of solid business in Brooklyn, I think we're ready for this project," says Watson.
"Hip-hop was set out in the dark/ They used to do it out in the park" begins MC Shan's classic 1986 single "The Bridge." Yes, it was a mere 30 years ago that the biggest hip-hop events of the year would go down in New York public parks and block parties. Fast forward a few decades and the neighborho ... More >>
Since the Barclays Center (620 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn) opened to a Jay Z concert back in September of 2012, it's been a notable example among stadiums when it comes to food. "We've always looked for partners in the Brooklyn area," explains Marco Fabozzi, the arena's director of food and beverage ... More >>
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, scammers had a field day. There were people touting fake Sandy charities, fraudulent contractors who took money and left jobs half-done, or not done at all, and even a Queens woman who allegedly lied about losing her home during the storm to score almost a year o ... More >>
Since setting up shop in 2003 Chicago's Numero Group has reissued a steady stream of gems from the likes of Syl Johnson, Wilco, Codeine, Hüsker Dü, Unwound and a ton of others. The label's mission from the start was, according to their website, "to dig deep into the recesses of our record collecti ... More >>
The NYPD is searching for a man who lobbed a Molotov Cocktail into a 24-hour Brooklyn bodega early Wednesday morning, around: 1:55 a.m. According to police, the suspect had been in the store an hour earlier, and fought with the clerk, before returning to torch the place. The clerk sustained minor ... More >>
Brooklyn Zine Fest expands to two days
The second-annual Pride of Brooklyn Homebrew Festival went down over the weekend at Littlefield (622 Degraw St.) in Park Slope. The day was filled with 25 of Brooklyn's top homebrewed beers open for the tasting. There was a wide range of choices: from smoked porters, extra hoppy IPAs and fruit blend ... More >>
Need a reprieve from April showers? Check out one of our four favorite events this weekend.
Smorgasburg, which returned for its fourth season at Brooklyn Flea last weekend, is a Williamsburg institution and constant source of joy (Ramenburgers! Local beer! Mighty Quinns!) and aggravation (ugh, this line). Now in its second season, the DUMBO Sunday market (at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park) ... More >>
Satisfy your raging inner carnivore
After being closed for a year and a half due to Hurricane Sandy-related renovations, the world-famous, sideshow-hosting, awesome-stuff-having Coney Island Museum will re-open May 26, just in time for Memorial Day. We're so excited we may show up dressed as a topless mermaid. Coney Island was hit e ... More >>
The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Dassara Brooklyn Ramen (271 Smith Street; 718-643-0781) Neighborhood: Gowanus, Brooklyn Cuisine: Asian-American fusion
Is the lime shortage right before outdoor drinking season making you mad? Or did the first Game of Thrones episode leave you hurt and bitter? Whatever's on your mind, relax a little -- or a lot -- at this week's top events.
When we saw this photo pop up on Hunters' Instagram about a month ago with an announcement that the former Voice cover kids had to cancel a weekend tour we were, naturally, quite concerned. What happened to Izzy? Had she been hit by a bus? As your place for the most comprehensive Hunters news, we im ... More >>
Last year, when news emerged that Urban Outfitters would be opening up on North 6th Street in Williamsburg -- a stone's throw from a planned Whole Foods and Anthropologie (both on Bedford), and next door to a new American Apparel -- an informal poll yielded consensus: neighbors were unenthusiastic. ... More >>
April, with her intermittent beautiful days interspersed with rainstorms, is such a tease. Let's all agree to embrace the spring weather by wetting our whistle on the cheap.