We celebrated Festivus by airing our grievances, noting a bevy of overcooked culinary trends we hope wane with the dwindling days of December. Now, as we get ready to celebrate Christmas, we're asking that fat, jolly man in the red suit to bring us something delicious to replace what we're losing. H ... More >>
On Tuesday, we told you about the American Atheists' latest billboard, a cheery, seasonally appropriate number that wishes everybody in Times Square a merry Christmas, minus the Christ part. Predictably, the godfearing folks at FOX News and on Glenn Beck's program were very upset, while most everyb ... More >>
Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Earlier in the month, the Brooklyn-based rap duo of Smif N Wessun dropped a slinky, six-track reggae-infused EP. Titled Born and Raised, the project has the vene ... More >>
This year, Fork in the Road pulled out all the stops in our Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa coverage, given you hints on where to shop, what gifts to buy, and examining holiday rituals from a cynical point of view. Here is a guide to our coverage, in case you haven't had enough of the holidays al ... More >>
A tree made out of 40-gallon plastic jugs is the centerpiece of Chelsea Market's Christmas display. One-eighth of people in the world drink water that makes them sick. Indeed, clean water is probably the planet's number one health priority; without it, chronic illness is inevitable. This tr ... More >>
Go ahead, wear your pajamas out
From the flyer.A group called Occupy Faith is planning to hold a 24-hour prayer vigil in Zuccotti Park from midnight on Christmas Eve to midnight the next day, and they're worried that Brookfield Properties won't allow it to happen. Occupy Christmas would involve food and musical instruments, ... More >>
Yesterday we noted, thanks to New York Shitty and the L Magazine, that there was a Christmas tree "growing" in Brooklyn. Made of PBRs implanted in a tree-shape in the McCarren Park fence at Bedford and North 12th, plus red and green painted sneakers, a star made of Metrocards, plastic bags, t ... More >>
Welcome to Sound of the City's liveblog of the 2011 American Music Awards, the annual salute to the most popular popular music that exists in the American wild this year. While Lady Gaga and Adele and Beyoncé are absent, this year's show apparently has one performance that will cost $500,000 to pul ... More >>
nybarfly.comSoon to come in hot form Now that winter's officially begun, it's time to get out the Snuggie and curl up with the booze. Cocktails can be tricky when it's cold, but luckily a new trend is about to be sprung upon New Yorkers: the hot tiki cocktail!
That's Dean & DeLuca's Robert Lambert cake on the left, Myers of Keswick's Bryson's of Keswick cake on the right. Ah, fruitcake. Not only is it the red-headed stepchild of the Christmas table, it is also its Cher, seemingly impervious to time and a model of eerie self-preservation. The two s ... More >>
One Christmas, a discount store was selling large bottles of Vagisil for two bucks apiece. Scampishly, I thought, "Those will be amazing gifts for all my friends! It'll be absolutely hilarious!" So I scarfed up about a dozen of them, wrapped them up, and handed them out with a big grin.
It's the Friday two weeks before Christmas and two weeks after Thanksgiving (and the day after the end of Hanukkah). You're probably fasting before the onslaught of holiday parties begins or still trying to work off a fortnight of turkey sandwiches and leftover pumpkin pie. In any case, we figure ... More >>
That's one of the sincere holiday wishes expressed in the tres amusant Christmas card I just got from Caroline's Comedy Club. Here are some of the other lovely yuletide hopes that are on the wryly joyful card: "A proposed gay bar next to the proposed mosque. "Brett Favre keeping his ball ... More >>
New pieces by Brian Dykstra and Steven Banks join a Yule-logged season
Plus: Hall & Oates do the hits and redeem 'Jingle Bell Rock'
What are the most obnoxious Christmas gifts ever? Gifts that are customized to remind the recipient of yours truly. This is why, despite what the Wall Street Journal is dubbing a trend of sorts ("The Rise of Holiday Me-Tailers"), you should never, ever, ever, give your girlfriend or boyfriend ... More >>
worldcommunitycookbook.comAtone. Last week's gluttony notwithstanding, it seems that Americans have spent the past year making more health-conscious choices at restaurants.
If you had the unfortunate pleasure of stepping outside today, you already know that it was one of the most gloomy days of all time. Along with the rain, winds were gusting at a crazy 50 miles per hour! That's a lot of blow! Look what it did to this Christmas tree at South Street Seaport. But ... More >>
Never forget: This tree, that one year.About that Rockefeller Center Christmas tree -- this year's is a 74-foot Norway spruce from Mahopac, New York, to be lit up this very evening to the delight of 2.5 million holiday gawkers. The tree in Rock Center is one of those things that New Yorkers t ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 19, 1968, Vol. XIV, No. 10 The Hog Farm Commune: A Geodesic Christmas by Joe Pilati The 365-day expanse the Yippies have already designated "Year of the Pig" is almost upon us. It will be a time of bemoaning Richard the Chicke ... More >>
David Paterson complains that he's a serious leader who gets no respect and today's Page Six in the Post offers one more clue why he's got that little problem: His latest best hang-around pal and political ally is none other than Bo Dietl, the self-inflated private eye to the stars whose idea ... More >>
Fire up Silent Night/7 O'Clock News and let's revel in how miserable it all is: A guy driving on Brooklyn's 27th Street near the Gowanus Expressway yesterday felt something under his car and found a corpse wrapped in plastic. Surveillance video reveals that the body was dumped there Wednesday n ... More >>
Along with caroling, gift-giving, and binge drinking, Christmas is the season of fire safety. Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn offers a Surge Protector and Power Strip Safety lecture. And here's a cheery late press release: "California American Water Offers Holiday Fire Safety Tips." In the Sa ... More >>
Two events to cure any Jew's Christmas blues
Auteurs! Strap-ons! A theater critic's New Year's wish list
Smug penguins and bitchy snowflakes: An opinionated tour of the season's department store windows
Yes, Virginia, there is a limit to Christmas pageantry
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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!
Good Gifts From Cheap Stores
The Cancellation of a Favorite Antiques Show
Season's Greetings From Ted, Drew, and That Kid With His Tongue Stuck to the Pole