Walking down Roosevelt Avenue, you spot the boxy edges of a vehicle at about 67th Street. As you move closer, its form emerges out of the dark, a stationary white truck with big block letters that spell out "Tacos Mexicanos, Cuatro Vientos." You groan.
We're halfway through July, and between the Fourth of July and Bastille Day, we've seen plenty of reasons to head out and stuff ourselves with food in the name of celebration. The action continues--here's a look at what's going on this week:
For the most part, we agree. Three of Jay-Z's last four albums have been terrible. Lil Wayne, addled as he is by lean and anatomical discharge (or just pure not-caring), don't rap so good no more. Eminem hasn't released a worthwhile LP in over a decade. Nas is wildly inconsistent--but we await all h ... More >>
This summer has been a weird season for rap. Kanye fell short of ascending to heaven withYeezus. Jay-Z's attempt to transcribe the Illuminati Handbook ended up being a Magna Carta Holy Fail (YUK YUK). J. Cole ranted on Twitter about no one paying attention to him because not Ye or Jay. But luckily f ... More >>
The Killers walk into an Electric Daisy Carnival with known Liars ... these are the 10 best concerts of the weekend.
It might get loud at Electric Daisy Carnival
It's a drab, uninspiring team from the starting lineup to the rotation to the bullpen, but at least they'll look good. The 2013 Mets have eliminated all traces of black from their uniforms and replaced it with the traditional blue and orange. For home games they'll wear the occasional blue jerseys w ... More >>
Robert Sietsema goes to Rural Restaurant, a northeast Chinese eatery in Flushing. The food shows Korean, Mongolian, and Russian influences: "Speaking of deals, pescatarians will go gaga over the flounder version of the recipe--an entire fish thickly crusted with cumin, red-pepper flakes, garlic, and ... More >>
Daughtry Citi Field Friday, July 20 Better than: Johan Santana's ankle. In this hyperdistracted age, it would only seem logical that heading out to the ballpark has become an experience where any action happening on the field has competition from other forms of entertainmentfancier foods f ... More >>
Ice-skating in the summer? Yes!
No sleep till Queens (by way of Manhattan)
Mets fans are still basking in the afterglow of Johan Santana's no-hitter, among them Jon Stewart, who began Monday night's Daily Show with camera phone videos of him and his family celebrating in the stands at Citifield (see video embedded below). About 45 minutes later David Letterman celeb ... More >>
Thousands of male Orthodox Jews will make Citi Field seem like a 10-year-old's tree house this weekend, when they hold a women-less meeting about the risks of the Internet.Orthodox Jews, as you may know, have a practice of strict gender separation, so woman will be able to watch the conference, but ... More >>
If some can claim that Barack Obama violates religious freedom by forcing insurance companies to provide birth control, then what can we call the situation developing at Citi Field? Yesterday, Judge Jack Weinstein tossed out a lawsuit brought by Kosher Sports against the New York Mets for prohibiti ... More >>
Big beer companies are looking to tap the Hispanic market. MillerCoors is rolling out bilingual packaging and sponsoring a Mexican soccer league; Anheuser-Busch is spending more on Spanish ads and sponsoring Cuban-American rapper Pitbull's fall concert tour. [Wall Street Journal] Cocktail b ... More >>
Insert Shake Shack here.Three years ago, Danny Meyer brought his brand of hospitality to Citi Field, where he gave Mets fans Shack burgers and pulled pork sliders to chew on between innings. Now, he'll do the same for Washington Nationals fans. Per a release from the Union Square Hospitality ... More >>
If the last ten days in the life of Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon were a baseball game, they would have been shut out, made 17 errors, and hit into a game-ending unassisted triple play. (That last feeling, admittedly, is one that they're already familiar with.)
It was a crazy, hectic, chaotic mess, but a day made easier by the infallibility of good humor. From the man who ran around the rally yelling, "Marijuana is good medicine" to the various babies forced to hold signs, rally goers were never short of a memorable view, or at least something to Tweet abo ... More >>
Ricardo CardonaA new Modern Dominican restaurant is getting ready to open near Citi Field in Corona, Queens in the coming weeks. Gabbana, originally slated to open this week, is the brainchild of Ricardo Cardona, who keeps busy helming the kitchens of Sofrito, Lua, MamaJuana CafĂ©, and Hudson ... More >>
The Mets take on the St. Louis Cardinals
Photo by Neil deMauseFollowing the Mets' improbable come-from-way-behind win over the Marlins yesterday, the Shea Stadium Citi Field scoreboard blared the slogan "We Believe in Home Field Advantage," along with the news that the Amazin's now boast a sparkling 22-9 record in Flushing.
It's more expensive than our own Choice Eats, but Discover Queens' eating event, Queens, A Taste of the World, will feature some interesting (and Voice-approved) restaurants.
Mets fans are getting even more reasons to hang out in the Citi Field food court this season. Crab cake sandwiches from Catch of the Day, Disco fries from Box Frites, and strawberry shakes from Shake Shack are among new menu items. And a McFadden's Pub will open at street level. [NY Times] B ... More >>
The New York Post says Citi Field is falling apart: "Huge signs have collapsed, outfield drains have clogged and there are numerous faulty air-conditioning systems and electrical outlets." Also Jerry Seinfeld's luxury box was flooded and is riddled with mold, so it's an ill wind etc. And the Mets' ... More >>
Rebecca SmeyneThe attendance numbers are in for this year's All Points West. The festival drew 71,500 people over three days, according to APW promoter Paul Tollett, down 4000 from last year. In an interview with the New York Times, Tollett chalks the inferior numbers up to the weather, which ... More >>
The septic tank days of Willets Point -- that ramshackle industrial triangle near Citi Field that awaits a Bloomberg-style makeover -- may be coming to an end. At least that's what the city's Economic Development Corporation announced last Thursday, when the agency said it would put $100 million d ... More >>
No Billie Joel cameo this time, which is fine, fine, fine Paul McCartney Citi Field Tuesday, July 21 I'd like to publicly thank the usher in section 314 for physically blocking my path to the bathroom during the opening strains of "Live and Let Die" because he didn't want me to miss the firewor ... More >>
Baby, he's a rich man for a reason
God damn it. The Metropolitan reports Yankees fans outnumbered Mets fans at Citi Field; we are overrun. Mariano Rivera got his 500th save and batted in a run, and Derek Jeter felt comfy enough to talk smack about Shea. Okay, let's start thinking about prospects for 2010. Maybe if this recession ho ... More >>
This three-game Citi Field series actually could be interesting rather than depressing. Despite the collapse of Johan Santana and the glove-hole of Luis Castillo in the last subway series, the Mets have gained three and a half games on the Phillies since then (though the faltering Phils have helped) ... More >>
"I met Carla from Bravo's Top Chef -- I was rooting for her the whole season long." Twitpic by drschefcick. Paul McCartney will play Citi Field, which makes sense, since neither he nor the Mets have been any good since the 1980s. The "Bike in Style" Challenge had FIT students "create stylish, p ... More >>
A skinny white dude streaked his way into history last night when he raced across the ballpark field during the Mets and Braves game, becoming Citi Field's first streaker. We were sitting in Modell's Clubhouse, munching on a hot dog, in the bottom of the fifth when we noticed a man wearing what ... More >>
Steiner Sports is getting right on that Yankee Stadium detritus auction, announcing today it is immediately commencing an auction of such "timeless Americana" as "1 ft. x 1 ft. pieces of live sod from Yankee Stadium" for $120 and "Final Season Crystals with Genuine Dirt from the original Yankee S ... More >>
Yeah, we finally made it to Citi Field Wednesday. What do we think? We think Johan Santana is awesome. Swine Flu fucked up Cinco de Mayo, continued to be funny until we got it. Wait, actually it's still pretty funny, especially since we really didn't get swine flu. But even if! Anyway Raccoon ... More >>
The Yankees may be having trouble filling seats in their ballpark (exacerbated, no doubt, by the shitty way they treat their fans), but at least the bonds on their new stadium aren't quite junk yet (though at BBB they're close). The municipal bonds on the Mets' Citi Field, on the other hand, may bea ... More >>
A new Dutch study says that drinking up to half a glass of wine per day can help you live up to five years longer--if you're a man. More than half a glass and life expectancy starts to drop off again. [AP via Google] Murphy-Goode Winery in Sonoma County is offering a $10,000-per-month gig to a wine ... More >>
"Slice and binge ya like a license ninja," observes this St. Louis rapper to some punks from New York. "Yo Tell Me How New York Got Bodied By St. Louis," concurs a colleague. This is timely, as the Cardinals swept the Mets this week, with Albert Pujols punching two home runs in yesterday's game. T ... More >>
Apparently not even the prospect of starring in baseball's new umpire replay videos is enough to induce New Yorkers to shell out $300 for tickets to the new Yankee Stadium. After River Avenue Blues ran photos of entire empty sections during Friday's matinee, things got even worse yesterday, when ... More >>
Grub Street showcased its "crucial culinary map" of where to eat at Citi Field, highlighting DannyMeyerLand, Acela Club and the World's Fare Market. [Grub Street] The 'Bag asked Citysearch editors to weigh in on Food & Wine's 2009 Best New Chef picks. Boston editor Christine Liu agreed that Barry M ... More >>
Last year you paid $5.75 for a hot dog and $8 for a beer at Shea. What will these cost at Citi Field? Well, the dogs will be from Nathan's, which is nice, but how much? Noted restauranteur Danny Meyer will sell you "Kosher hot dogs coated in matzo meal with brown mustard for $11." Thanks, pal; no ... More >>
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