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  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Duke Ellington Still Being Stiffed on Royalties, 40 Years After His Death

    Duke Ellington has been dead for 40 years, but his record company, EMI Music Publishing, is still playing hardball with the jazz great's cut of the loot.

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Here Are Your New York State Breweries at Brooklyn Pour

    A friendly reminder that Brooklyn Pour hits Skylight One Hanson (One Hanson Place, Brooklyn) from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 27 (though if you secured a VIP or Early Entry ticket, you get in before the doors open). For one more hour, General Admission tickets are $55; you'll be able to buy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Here's Our Final Line-Up for Brooklyn Pour Plus a Handy Map

    In less than two weeks, Brooklyn Pour, our annual beer tasting event, will descend on Skylight One Hanson, bringing dozens of samples of craft beer to ticket holders. We're close to selling out, but you still have time to buy your pass. Check out our final line-up of vendors plus our handy map of th ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 10, 2014


    Get a taste of the islands’ little-known beer culture

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Taste Rare Japanese Craft Beers For One Night Only

    Japanese beer is so much more than Asahi and Sapporo. In 1994, deregulation of the Japanese beer market set off an explosion in the craft beer scene. Twenty years later, the gastronomic arena is simmering again, with a vibrant resurgence in craft brewers and drinkers. Trouble is, these well-rounded, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Even More Breweries Announced for Brooklyn Pour

    We promised to bring you dozens of beers, and we've now confirmed a total of 39 brewers for our fourth annual Brooklyn Pour beer tasting festival, which hits Skylight One Hanson (One Hanson Place, Brooklyn, 718-783-5437) in Brooklyn on September 27. We're set to announce 25 more entrants today, a co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    Greek Wines Rule the List at Molyvos

    Most visitors to Santorini at some point sip a crisp glass of lemon and sea-salt imbued assyrtiko while sitting hypnotized by the blue of the romantic isle's caldera; few have gone home and dedicated their lives to it (the wine; plenty of folks pursue bliss). Kamal Kouiri, wine director and general ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Meet Long Island Winemaker Russell Hearn (He Admits to Not Drinking Chardonnay)

    New Yorkers live in one of the greatest winemaking states of our nation, yet we lack the close bond to our local wine market that, say, San Franciscans have with Sonoma or Napa. In an effort to start a dialogue with the winemakers of our backyard and spotlight the delicious juice being made only a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Here's Why You Should Try Shandy

    If you want to spark derision from a bunch of craft beer snobs, just mention the S word: shandy. The most basic of beer cocktails, the shandy combines lemonade or another non-alcoholic drink with beer to create a low-ABV summer sipper. It's been gaining in popularity for the last couple of years, an ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 30, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Bloomer Creek Wines Make Finger Lakes Hallowed Ground

    Kim Engle pauses mid-sentence as his eyes drift to the window. Looking uneasy, he peers through the foggy pane at his vineyards: "Sorry, the rain made me lose concentration; it makes me nervous." For four summer days, the rain had been driving down in unseasonably high quantities; that morning, the ... More >>

  • Music

    March 26, 2014

    Beware the Vinyl Bubble

    [Spring Guide 2014]

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Nelson Mandela's Legacy Left for a Nation and Her Wine Industry

    Throughout the week, South Africans will gather to grieve en masse the loss of Nelson Mandela. A courageous statesman, Mandela began his political life as a young Soweto lawyer steering the resistance against apartheid, only to be imprisoned for twenty-seven years for his labors, later emerging to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Brooklyn Pour Is Two Weeks Away--More Breweries and Food Announced

    We're less than two weeks out from the Brooklyn Pour craft beer festival, which descends on Skylight One Hanson (1 Hanson Place, 718-783-5437) in Fort Greene October 12. Our VIP tickets are sold out--but there are a few more general admission slots available, and today brings more info that should t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    More Reasons to Go to Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival

    Have you purchased your ticket for our Brooklyn Pour craft beer festival, going down on October 12 at Skylight One Hanson in Fort Greene? Get on it: VIP tickets--which get you early access to brews plus admission to a private lounge--are nearly sold out, and general admission tickets are going quick ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 28, 2013


    Regina Taylor's new play explores the value of print

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Sneak Peek at Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival Line-Up; Tickets On Sale Tomorrow

    Attention craft beer fiends: Here's your friendly reminder that tickets for our annual Brooklyn Pour craft beer festival go on sale tomorrow at noon, and you'll want to scoop yours up so you can join us at Skylight One Hanson in Fort Greene on October 12 for more than 100 craft brews plus food and o ... More >>

  • Film

    June 19, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Empire State of Wine: 10 Great Bottles from the Finger Lakes and Niagara Escarpment

    As spring continued dragging her feet last week, New Yorkers traipsed through snow flurries to drink wine. Nothing new there, except that the second annual NY Drinks NY was in town, offering imbibers a taste of local wines. I focused my efforts on the Finger Lakes and Niagara Escarpment, two regions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Your Guide to Brooklyn's Wine Country

    Can't make it to Napa this week 'cause Jay-Z hitched a ride in your Gulfstream to his Barclays show? No worries, hit up Brooklyn, Hova's favorite borough, for an idyllic afternoon on the subway wine trail. Your chariots, the 5/G/L trains, let you have the drink without the drive -- can you name anot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    All Of The Arguments About Digital Music, Summarized

    Piracy is theft. Piracy isn't theft because nothing physical is being stolen. You are taking money out of the hands of artists. Artists were already being ripped off by labels. Artists can make the money back by touring. Kickstarter.

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Is Google Censoring Links?

    Not too long ago, there was talk that the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and the Recording Industry Association of America might sue Google, claiming that the web behemoth has used its search engine service to shape the online music market in a way trade groups do not like. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Why I Gave Up On Record Store Day

    Last week a ton of stories about Record Store Day percolated through blogs—Feistodon! The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends! St. Vincent! Beach House! Holy crap, you gotta get on line at 8 a.m. to get the best picks! On Friday, when I got an email from a store that contained both a list of records ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 11, 2012


    Bands show record shops some love

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    City Council: Restaurants Don't Really Like The City's Grading System

    A day after Mayor Mike Bloomberg held a press conference touting the successes of the city's letter grading system for restaurant health inspections, members of the City Council are saying that a majority of businesses don't actually like them. Bloomberg, alongside the city's health commissioner, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    RIAA's Mitch Glazier, The Pirate Bay's 'Winston' Get Into Internet Shouting Match

    When The Pirate Bay switched its domain from .org to .se two weeks ago, the file-sharing website was hoping to escape shutdown by American cops. Recording Industry Association of America VP Mitch Glazier just published a reply to the Pirate Bay's move, calling it a "rogue website" and the worst of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    RIAA, IFPI Consider Suing Google; Want the Search Engine To Censor Links

    The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and the Recording Industry Association of America might sue Google, saying that the web behemoth has used its search engine service to shape the online music market in a way trade groups do not like. These recording industry giants have pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Drunk Online Shopping Will Save This Wretched Economy!

    Credit card debt? What credit card debt? Oh, pour yourself another drink. The latest fun -- and healthy! -- thing we're all doing under the influence of a little boozin' on our own personal computers, from home, at night, after a hard day's work, with the jug of wine next to us. In a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Patagonia's Cyber Monday Reverse Psychology

    Patagonia, the one that makes fleeces and outdoor performance-type clothes, is employing a different tactic from every other retailer on this Cyber Monday. They're trying to get you not to buy their clothes. Reverse psychology or do they actually mean it? Their statement/manifesto reads in part:

  • Voice Choices

    September 28, 2011



  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    More Beers Released for Brooklyn Pour, VIP Tickets Sold Out

    Cheers!​Planning on getting tickets for Brooklyn Pour, the Village Voice's craft beer tasting event extravaganza? Well, you best be getting a move on it, since VIP tickets are now gone, and general admission ones are selling quickly, with only a limited supply left. Need a push to snap into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    The Beers They Are a-Flowing at Brooklyn Pour

    Don't wait! Get your tickets today!​If you haven't already purchased tickets for Brooklyn Pour, the Village Voice's craft beer extravaganza happening on October 15 at Skylight One Hanson, you better get a move on things. VIP tickets are almost sold out, and general admission ones are flying f ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 7, 2011


    It's surf season in New York

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Rupert Murdoch Kills Baby: News of the World Goes Down in UK Phone Hacking Scandal

    ​Although the website is still offering a four-week free trial, today's announcement that News Corporation will shutter its long-running Sunday tabloid News of the World because of a now officially out of control phone hacking scandal reverberated through the media news sphere for hours today, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    New York Is Dirty, But Not the Dirtiest

    ​According to a ranking of America's dirtiest cities by Travel and Leisure magazine (thank you, Travel and Leisure), New York City is not at the very top of dirtiness in terms of cities that are dirty -- that honor goes to New Orleans. But fear not, New Yorkers, we're still in the top 10. We'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Record Store Day: How Shops, Labels, Fans, And Those Annoying Resellers Benefit

    If you can snag this, congratulations, you've won. ​Saturday marks the fifth annual Record Store Day, the celebration of all things indie, vinyl, and limited edition-slash-noble ploy to get customers through the doors of the music stores still standing in the spring of 2011. It's basically the ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 6, 2011


    Pick a record shop and have a party

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Rupert Murdoch's Kid Coming to NYC: James Murdoch Named News Corp. COO

    ​It's always been the plan for one or a few of Rupert Murdoch's children to eventually take control of his vast News Corp. empire, the third largest media conglomerate in the world, which includes newspapers everywhere, 20th Century Fox, HarperCollins, Fox News, and so on. Today, Murdoch's you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    News Corp. Can't Give Myspace Away

    ​Myspace, the long-floundering social networking site acquired by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation for $580 million in 2005, has been planning a mid-2011 sale for some time, though interest has been decidedly low. Last year alone, ad spending dropped 37%, while they lost 15% of total users, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Will Rupert Murdoch's Children Use the Judith Regan Scandal Against Fox News' Roger Ailes?

    ​Roger Ailes could have a big mess on his hands based on court documents made available today, which allege that the Fox News chairman encouraged a former employee to mislead federal investigators. The exclusive New York Times report quotes court documents indicating a taped phone call exists, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    The Most Interesting Man in the World Just Got More Interesting; Lagers Go Dark

    ​Dos Equis is the first beer brand to reach the coveted milestone of 1 million 'Likes' on Facebook, thanks largely to the awesome Most Interesting Man in the World ads. [BusinessWeek] This Super Bowl Sunday, will you be drinking ale or lager, craft beer or Coors? Beer industry insiders weigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Myspace is Still Dying, Preps For Layoffs

    Back in the day...​Myspace, the News Corp.-owned social network of yesterday, will layoff between a third and half of its approximately 1,100 employees, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, again reigniting chatter about the company's epic failure since a 2005 acquisi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Circuit City Dies, 30,000 to be Laid Off

    You may remember that in the early days of the TARP, people would ask why we were bailing out banks but not Circuit City, the troubled electronics chain that went bankrupt in November. They were told then that private sector capitalism would sort it out, and in late December Circuit City got a $1.1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    City on Yanks Bond Details: Reply Hazy, Ask Again Later

    As promised, state assemblymember Richard Brodsky held a hearing this morning into the Yankees' latest request for $350 million (or so - see below) in city-backed tax-exempt bonds to help pay for extra doodads for their new stadium. The surprise: On the hot seat for the entire three-hour hearing was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2008

    Fork in the Road Tries Drinking Really, Really Local

    This week, FitR's column explores the urban winemaking phenomenon. The idea of making wine commercially in a city is all over SF's Bay Area already—see SF Chronicle, Imbibe magazine. And now it's come to New York. Urban winemaking isn't about growing grapes in the city, which would be pretty muc ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 13, 2007

    Dangerous Dildos, Part 2

    Toxic tensions rise in the toy industry

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2006

    New Yorkers Get Zip From New Mets Park

    The Mets revealed the city's worst-kept secret today (hint: if you want to keep something from leaking out, try not to put it on a giant sign) with the announcement that when the team's new stadium opens in 2009, it will be known as CitiField. Under the terms of the naming-rights agreement, Citi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2006

    Mets to Pay Nearly Nothing for New Stadium

    Last Wednesday's endorsement of the Yanks and Mets stadium deals by the board of the Empire State Development Corporation wasn't really news: As a wholly owned subsidiary of Governor Pataki's office, the ESDC is a lock to back anything coming out of Albany. Nor was it exactly a shocker when the ESDC ... More >>

  • News

    March 26, 2002

    Pontorno's Complaint

    Ex-Murdoch Employee Reveals 'Secret Society'

  • News

    August 8, 2000

    You’re Going Too Far, Baby

    Activists Cry Foul as Cigarette Makers Woo Women in the Developing World

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