There is a new warm chocolate confection making its way onto restaurant menus and grocery shelves across New York, and it's worth tossing out the packages of thin and chalky hot cocoa to try it. It's called Dolce Vite Chocolatto, and it was inspired by luxurious Italian hot chocolate.
A festival honors DUMBO's grit post-Sandy
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 >>
Maine lobster may seem ubiquitous in New York City now, but that hasn't always been the case. "Lobster was much more of a regional product 20 years ago," explains Maine Lobster Council Director Marianne Lacroix. "But the catch has really been rising in Maine. So we've developed more products and fou ... More >>
In a Sandy-wrecked metropolis, New Yorkers learned how vulnerable their phones are once the lights go out; without electricity, nomadic residents were left charge-less at a time when communication with the outside world was needed more than ever. Luckily, as a gift to the city (presumably out of sha ... More >>
Exercise with a view of the Manhattan skyline
Adrian Benepe, the Parks and Recreation Commissioner who helmed the Department for a decade, is leaving to go work at the Trust for Public Land, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Benepe's job will be filled by Veronica M. White, who heads New York City's Center for Economic Opportunity. Now, t ... More >>
Go rowing at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Booker T. Jones is in a cab from the airport heading into Brooklyn, where he'll perform a free show tonight under the Brooklyn Bridge as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn festival. In tandem with his band, Booker T. & The M.G.s, the multi-instrumentalist laid down the grooves behind some of the '60s mo ... More >>
Earlier this year the city announced a five-year plan with AT&T to bring free Wi-Fi to 26 spots in 20 New York City parks throughout the boroughs. This Thursday, Astoria Park in Queens, Herbert Von King Park and McCarren Park Field House in Brooklyn, Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan, and Clo ... More >>
Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the hottest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Moth Eaten: Adventures in Food The Great Hall at Cooper Union at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 13 The Moth's monthly StorySLAM goes foodie this time around with an evening of gastro- ... More >>
Heads-up both hot dog and movie aficionados: starting tonight, the Bark Hot Dogs Pier 6 rooftop outpost will be open on Thursdays in addition to its regular Fridays through Sundays. Thursdays at Brooklyn Bridge Park, of course, are best known for the Movies With a View outdoor film series. To ... More >>
Mike Cirino, culinary madman. You might have heard of Michael Cirino, the culinary mastermind behind A Razor, A Shiny Knife, after his infamous L train luncheon landed on the pages of the New York Times. Now he's trying something equally as crazy: cooking an entire steer whole for the upcomin ... More >>
Robert SietsemaBark Hot Dogs has parked itself at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 for a few weeks now, and beginning this Saturday, it will add to its concession stand with a spot on the pier's rooftop. In addition to their wieners, Bark will be serving Gotham Project wine on tap and Sixpoint's ... More >>
via NYC Department of Parks & RecreationNot in southern Brooklyn.Life in southern Brooklyn is rural. Last week we brought you the news that Wi-Fi is coming to 20 parks around the city this summer. But an article in The Brooklyn Paper today points out that none of those locations are south o ... More >>
WikipediaNew York is becoming just like a college campus -- Wi-Fi will soon be available all over the place! The city announced today that 26 locations in 20 parks are getting free AT&T Wi-Fi over the summer. You can boot up in three spots already: the Battery Bosque in Battery Park, the nort ... More >>
As of today, Dumbo, Brooklyn, is the first -- and only -- location in the city to offer a free wireless network for the neighborhood. It's called Dumbo Wi-Fi, and it will be available outside, in streets, parks, and plazas, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges -- including in the newly ... More >>
Really?There are a lot of neat places in New York, tourist attraction or otherwise, which is why we were pretty shocked to learn that one of the most photographed spots in the city is the Fifth Avenue Apple Store. (The findings were based on one researcher's experiment with Flickr geotags.) C ... More >>
The New York City smoking ban went into effect this week, and we noted the lax enforcement language, in which the city admits, "We expect the new law will be enforced by New Yorkers themselves, who will ask people to follow the law and stop smoking." But in Battery Park, it's going to be extr ... More >>
July is shaping up to be an auspicious month for those who like their meat charred and consumed out of doors: Not only will Meatopia lower its fat haunches onto Brooklyn Bridge Park on July 23, but Cook Out NYC will take over Governors Island two weeks prior.
As he has done for the past seven years, Josh Ozersky will bring the smell of slowly cooking animal flesh to the city with Meatopia. This time around, he's taking his blood lust to Brooklyn Bridge Park, where the festivities will take place on July 23.
Despite our cold, corroded hearts, this video from an innocent bystander ostensibly hoping to capture the gorgeous sunset -- but instead getting on tape a couple's engagement moment -- kinda even brought out a few of what we call "eye tears." Unless it's staged! Be it not staged. Why must we be so c ... More >>
A relative abundance of food truck news this week - the eminent arrival of the Red Hook Lobster Pound's new crustacean mobile, the Kimchi Taco Truck's long-awaited debut in Long Island City - got us thinking about another truck of note. When, we wondered, would the Milk Truck take to the road ... More >>
Having conquered Greenpoint, Red Hook, the streets of Soho and Williamsburg, and Brooklyn Bridge Park, Calexico is expanding its kingdom to Carroll Park.
Yusuf C/FlickrSeeking sustenance.Taking a page from Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Tavern on the Green parking lot, Prospect Park may soon employ food-cart vendors peddling more than pretzels and hot dogs. Per Park Slope Patch, the Parks Department earlier today released a request for proposa ... More >>
Oh, goody. The New York Times' City Room reports that tourism in New York City hit a new high last year, raking in a record 48.7 million slow-walking, skyscraper-gazing, sidewalk-congesting, Century 21-shopping visitors.
And proud of it
Nearly a year later, the Fela! Broadway musical is raging on, thanks to some combination of rapturous reviews, Jay-Z's largesse, and inspired stunts like a new remix contest inviting you to have your way with the cast recording of "I.T.T.," a/k/a "International Thief Thief," which in its orig ... More >>
citylifeeats.comBlue Marble's Attlantic Avenue storeAlthough Blue Marble has had its share of good fortune since it opened in 2007, its owners are losing their flagship store on Atlantic Avenue in the wake of their landlord's decision to almost double the rent to $3,500 a month. But Brooklyn ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Thai restaurant Ama Ya on 4th Street near Avenue B appears to have shuttered. The windows are papered over and the phone is disconnected. [EV Grieve] Pinisi Bakery, on First Avenue near 2nd St ... More >>
Lately, Brian Moore of datingbrian.com has been getting a lot of attention. We've covered him, and so have the Daily News and NPR. The 23-year-old advertising agency intern is on a mission to date 30 women in 30 days, and last night, I was one of them. After Leslie's coverage, we figured it ... More >>
Take a kayak on the East River
Gettin' tipsy at BBP!The Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar officially opened its doors today, featuring an outdoor plaza where winos who like a cool breeze with their chardonnay can get just that, the New York Post reports. After years of delays in the park's construction, New Yorkers are finally able ... More >>
We're on record as feeling a bit grouchy about the way a magical, one-time-only Brooklyn evening got turned into a franchise by Japan's Boredoms. Once, 77BOADRUM--77 drummers on 07/07/07, playing for 77 minutes starting at 7:07pm in Brooklyn Bridge Park--was touted as a singular event, never to be ... More >>
De La Soul's Posdnuos, sweating it out. Photo by Palika.Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Brooklyn Bridge Park Saturday, July 10 Fully equipped with chicken skewers and beer, a DJ tent, live street-art exhibitions, custom-made jewelry, and graffiti-styled T-shirts and hats for sale, the 2010 Brookly ... More >>
Now with burritos.The first of the long-awaited Brooklyn Bridge Park food vendors has opened for business: Brooklyn Heights Blog reports that the Calexico Carne Asada cart began selling its tacos, quesadillas, and burritos this weekend. Ditch Plains and Blue Marble are expected to follow shor ... More >>
via the New York TimesThe parents of Brooklyn have had their way, again! The evil, pugnacious, itty-bitty-baby-hand-burning $84,000 metal domes of Brooklyn Bridge Park have been removed, soon to be replaced by "a new red house and fairy castle, which are age appropriate for small children," r ... More >>
Big news, literally: Tomorrow, not only will ferry service between Brooklyn Bridge Park and Governor's Island begin, but the park will also open up a new constructed portion to the public. Dare you ask what amazing things await the public in this new part of Brooklyn Bridge Park?
Restaurant chains reported improved first-quarter earnings, including Domino's 14.3-percent surge, Morton's Steakhouse 3.6-percent increase, and Papa John's 1.7 percent hike internationally. [Nation's Restaurant News] Brooklyn Bridge Park food vendors will include Pier 1 Wine Bar (from the o ... More >>
Robert SietsemaThe Big Gay Ice Cream Truck's big gay soft serve.It's only May, but if you happen to run an ice cream cart, then summer is officially here. The latest cart to return to the streets is Bar Breton's, which, per Madison Park News, hit the sidewalks earlier this week with a line-up ... More >>
Now with lobster rolls, organic ice cream.In March, the newly constructed Brooklyn Bridge Park was launched with a ceremony at Pier 1 attended by a lot of city politicians who stood around shivering in the drizzling rain. It was but a prelude to sunnier and more well-fed times: today, the Bro ... More >>
Happy Thursday to all! Here's your news roundup for today. • We broke records yesterday; heat records, that is: At 1:57 p.m. Central Park hit 92 degrees, breaking the record of 89 degrees set April 7 in 1929. Fortunately, these days we can get away with a bit less clothing (people were wea ... More >>
Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6, future home of waterfront dining.The Post reports that the city's Parks Department is looking for a new waterfront restaurant for Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6. The restaurant is expected to be similar to the River Cafe, which sits adjacent to the Fulton Ferry L ... More >>
Edward Scissorhands closes the "Movies With a View" series
Swimming in the Bronx River? Say what?
Old fort inspires quick sketches by choreographers
Choosing the Narrative for the GOP Convention