In the Southern foothills of the Catskills, Dr. Monte Sachs runs the Catskill Distilling Company, an establishment that continues to rake in awards for the Defiant rye whiskey, Most Righteous bourbon, Peace vodka, Curious gin, grappa, and buckwheat spirit. The tasting room is directly across the str ... More >>
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Norman Rush discusses his new novel
Brooklyn's post-hardcore noise addicts clean up but won't turn it down
Our own Robert Sietsema stumbles upon the new and under publicized Noho bistro, Le Philosophe, and finds that it's a "wonderful place." He writes in his review of Le Philosophe that a slightly grayish "mural depicting dozens of philosophers" looms behind diners in the candlelit space. But he barely ... More >>
Each week in our print editions and every day on our blogs, the 13 Voice Media Group papers feature some of the best music writing in the country. That's why we're excited to announce the winners of our first VMG music writing awards. The honor goes to the authors of one blog post and one print pi ... More >>
A candlelit brew Brooklyn Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery Style: Double IPA Serving style: Draft Location: Beloved Cost: $6 ABV: 9.0 percent [See More: Getting Drunk in the Rain in the Catskills | Great Lakes Burning River]
We wrote a haiku comic about a $1 doughnut, because that's how we roll, and tasted a goat pepper soup so hot that Robert put it in the running to be our city's spiciest dish. Meanwhile, Eric got drunk in the Catskills, Lauren swirled some organic and biodynamic wines, and I found the kind of hot ch ... More >>
The Women's Music Summit is a two-day conference at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian where accomplished players like Marnie Stern, Melissa Auf Der Maur, and Meshell Ndgeocello will lead master classes, jam sessions, roundtables, and opportunities to connect, and it's scheduled to take place on Aug ... More >>
Morten Sohlberg, the Norwegian chef-owner of Smörgås Chef already sources pasture-raised meat and vegetables from his restaurant group's 150-acre farm in the Catskills. But lately, he's found that Blenheim Farm can't supply enough organic eggs to keep up with demand and wants to increase his chick ... More >>
The band finishes the record they started with their late drummer
Kutsher's tasty gefilte fish comes in a pair of dense, puck-shaped masses -- with another of beets and horseradish on the side. Last evening my review of Kutsher's Tribeca appeared, and it was pretty damn positive. I loved the pastrami -- both flat and deckle -- and ate the flanken with gusto. I e ... More >>
All Tomorrow's Parties: I'll Be Your Mirror Asbury Park, NJ September 30-October 2 Better than: Your favorite worn-out band tee. Timelessness isn't a foresight. Most experiences can't predict their own longevity, and as much as any creator strives to avoid miring his or her work in a dated exterio ... More >>
Not newborn Irene Hope, but close enough.This week, a lost cat was adopted and a baby lamb was born, and we can all thank Hurricane Irene. Yeah, that Hurricane Irene, the one that is one of the top ten costliest storms in U.S. history, shut down the biggest transit system in the country for a ... More >>
Sweet, sweeet blueberries, at $5 per pint. The first farmers' market blueberries appeared today at the Kernan Farms stall in the Abingdon Square farmers' market. How did they do it, a full month before the fruit usually appears?
Marilyn Maye is an old-time standards singer who's sort of Helen Lawson meets Anita O'Day, but with a unique sound and an individual spin. The 80-something singer--enjoying a career renaissance as the queen of cabaret--has a voice as sharp as a tool and a personality that's currently lightin ... More >>
Summer love, schmaltz herring. Kutsher's, the sprawling Borscht Belt resort that was the inspiration for Dirty Dancing, may be coming to Tribeca.
At about 5:45 p.m. Monday, Brooklyn South cops responding to a "male shot" at 60 Summit Street in Red Hook found 31-year-old Tajeme Sylvester shot in the head and body. He was dead at the scene. Cops listed Sylvester's address as Sackett Road in Rock Hill, which is up in the Catskills.But a Faceb ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, we got our first taste of Shandaken Bake, a Catskills-area baking company that recently began selling its wares at the New Amsterdam Market. Having already written about the abundant virtues of its maple-parsnip bread, we're today turning our attention to those of its ... More >>
Last week, a friend of ours was almost operatic in her praise of Shandaken Bake, a Catskills-area pastry concern whose wares she'd sampled at last Sunday's New Amsterdam Market. So we were more than a bit excited to find the bakery's table amid the crush of pre-Thanksgiving shoppers at yeste ... More >>
$15 buys a hell of a lot of ripe tomatoes in Schoharie County in late August. In the northern Catskill Mountains, the site of the haunted world of 18th-century Dutch New York as described by Washington Irving, the tomato crop arrives in late August with a vengeance. Suddenly, after tomatoes ... More >>
For a change, Mountain Sweet Berry Farm had enough wild ramps to go around this weekend. Ramps--also known as Allium tricoccum or wild leeks--are one of the most pungent plants known to humankind. They're found wild in the forest beginning in early April, sometimes extending into early May. ... More >>
From the looks of it, the new version of Clash of the Titans shockingly downplays the male cleavage angle of the story! The men are way too covered up and it's no longer Clash of the Tits! Shouldn't this kind of oversized historical epic have lots of men's boobies flouncing around, or at le ... More >>
In honor of next weekend's fete upstate, some wistful reminiscences and trash talk
Downtown HEADS for the hills!
Steal a car, and hit the discounted slopes
Reporting live from Kutsher's, starring a loud-as-hell My Bloody Valentine
MBV try to live up to the legend
Roswell Rudd's triumphant return to braying trombone excellence
Sasha Issenberg serves up the raw facts on the global economy of a favorite meal
Four cool adventures for three hot months
The Travails and Triumphs of Woodbury Common