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 >>
Around this time of year, a lot of music websites put up "Holiday Gift Guides." They're either earnest, and articulate, and full of enthusiastic suggestions for interesting items for the music lover in your life, or they're depressing corporate-sponsored flotsam and stand as a remarkably stark repre ... More >>
Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
Gnarly, and a beautiful shade of red-purple, radicchio tardiva is queen of the winter salad greens. Found this lovely salad green at a several markets just before Christmas; bought some and used it in a salad brought to a party on Christmas Eve, to universal approbation.
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 >>
Where to find chow mein and dinosaur bones
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 >>
This week in the Voice I discussed The Little Drummer Boy Challenge, a sort of Frogger pitting your ears against "Christmas creep." The rules are simple: If you haven't heard "The Little Drummer Boy" in any formincluding Justin Bieber's recent, Busta Rhymes-assisted update of the songs ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
#76, Golden Girls Xmas OrnamentsSo many gift guides, so little time. But how many lists of gifts under $50, or gifts for moms-to-be, or gifts for boyfriends and girlfriends and dogs can you really look at before wondering, where is the gift guide to end all gift guides? Where is the gift guid ... 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 >>
A guide to winter movie releases
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 >>
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
We can close Christmas out with the horror story of Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, 45, of Sylmar, California, who went dressed as Santa Claus to a Christmas eve party in his old neighborhood in Covina and shot several people, eight of them to death, set the place on fire, and then shot himself dead. (Two girl ... More >>
The Coalition for the Homeless released a grim report yesterday -- just in time for Christmas! -- informing us that there are more homeless families (9,720) sleeping in city shelters than at any other time since 1983. Also, "more than 36,000 homeless people -- including nearly 16,000 children -- bed ... More >>
There's a lot going on nowadays -- bailout begging, terrorism, transitions, etc. Rightbloggers, their political champions largely sidelined, have no posse with which to ride to the barricades, but still rock their customary hobby-horses furiously, though with less than usual pleasure. When, for exa ... More >>
Auteurs! Strap-ons! A theater critic's New Year's wish list
Since it doesn't seem polite to actually register for Christmas gifts, we here at Threadster have decided to make our hopes and dreams public, in case anyone would like to fulfil them (hi Mom!) this year. Alternatively, this may give you readers some ideas for things you'd like to give or request. ... More >>
Smug penguins and bitchy snowflakes: An opinionated tour of the season's department store windows
Yes, Virginia, there is a limit to Christmas pageantry
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!
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