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  • Film

    October 22, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Nobletree Delivers Groundbreaking "Estate" Coffee

    A New York original is set to enter the city's coffee scene. Helmed by a true New Yorker (OK, by way of New Jersey), Nobletree will introduce a new business model, advance the Red Hook revival, and upset the balance of the city's specialty coffee scene.

  • Film

    July 30, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    The White Album: How Bob Marley Posthumously Became a Household Name

    At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity.

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Why You Should Head to Staten Island to Visit Flagship Brewing Company

    It's official: New York City is brewing in every borough. Thanks to the recent opening of Flagship Brewing Company (40 Minthorne Street, Staten Island) on Staten Island, now even residents of "the forgotten borough" can enjoy truly local beer. Headed up by three SI natives, the brewery aims to becom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    How the Five Boro Craft Beer Fest Supports Local Agriculture

    A beer festival that offers dozens of different brews from local producers? That's a good thing. Throw in the fact that a local charity benefits from all the imbibing and suddenly it's a great thing. The Five Boro Craft Beer Fest, held Friday night at Studio Square (35-37 36th Street, Long Island Ci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll: Top 10 Albums By Year, 1971-2013

    Cruise through this index of the Voice's top ten albums from 1971 through 2013, according to its annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, started by Robert Christgau. The poll has run every year since '71, except for a three-year hiatus after that first year. The prominence of legacy artists on the inaugu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    "We Can't Survive On $7.25": Fast Food Workers Strike Across New York City

    All over the city today, protesters were out in a full show of support for fast food workers in search of fairer wages and the right to unionize. For the second time in three months, the nationwide one-day strike brought rallies to fast food restaurants around the city. The Voice made it out to one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    BrewCrate Brings Monthly Homebrew Kits to Your Front Door

    "Interest in craft beer and homebrew is at an all-time high," write the proprietors of BrewCrate, a brand new New York-based brew-kit delivery system. "New breweries are opening at a rate of over 1 per day in the US, but very few would-be homebrewers make it past the first batch," they note, claimin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Rouge Tomate's Pascaline Lepeltier: "The More I Learned About Hospitality ... The More I Realized That What I Really Loved Was Wine"

    Some of the best sommeliers in NYC are female, and these ladies not only know their wine, they effusively share their knowledge with customers and friends without any of the pretension often (rightly or wrongly) associated with that, ahem, other species of somm. I caught up with six of these women t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Learn How to Brew Beer in Five Minutes

    Beer expert Charlie "The Pope of Foam" Bamforth explains the art and science of brewing beer in just five minutes. Bamforth is a serious beer buff -- the professor at UC Davis teaches "Malting and Brewing Science" and filmed the video at the school's pilot brewery. See Bamforth's tips after the jump ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Make Way for More Media Giants: FCC Paving Way for Titans to Cross-Own Entities

    The FCC may allow the media landscape in top-20 markets to resemble the one in New York City -- where media mogul Rupert Murdoch is permitted to own television stations and newspapers. The internet has been abuzz for the past month with news that FCC chairman Julius Genachowski circulated a plan to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    The NYC Restaurant Industry Gets to Work, No Matter What

    Here's what's going on right now: Cooks are wearing construction helmets fitted with lights to work in the dark, or cooking by flashlight to serve free food. Restaurants without power are using barbecues to shift service to the streets, while mobile vendors park in the darkest shadows they can find, ... More >>

  • News

    October 24, 2012
  • Music

    August 22, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    The Future of Food Trucks

    What if these establishments were moved into a food court -- with art and seating? I'm aware of all the arguments in favor of food trucks: 1. They allow entrepreneurs to start restaurant businesses with far less cash than a storefront requires. 2. They cost virtually nothing, rent-wise (though o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2012

    WikiLeaks... The Movie?

    Yes, you read that correctly and, yes, it looks like it could happen. "The man who leaked the world" has Hollywood up in arms and it's not because there is a Cablegate in the works for Tinsel Town. Let's not get our hopes up.According to the Hollywood Reporter, big studio executives are dueling it o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    100 & Single: Gotye And fun. Help Alternative Rock Go Pop Once Again

    Consider this six-pack of rock acts: Siouxsie and the Banshees, Big Audio Dynamite, the Psychedelic Furs, U2, R.E.M. and Julian Cope. My dream Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Not quite—it's a list of the first six artists to go to No. 1 on the chart Billboard launched in the fall of 1988, then call ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Salmonella in the City: Infections Are Down, Mayor Bloomberg Says

    It's just one of those win-win-win kinda things. In 2010, the city began requiring restaurants in the city to post letter grades based on health inspections. That means that restaurants that score badly -- due to things like pest-conducive kitchens or inadequate hand-washing facilities -- have to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Radio Hits One: Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, And The Era Of The Hit Bonus Track

    Superstar pals and Young Money labelmates Lil Wayne and Drake released two of the biggest albums of 2011—Tha Carter IV and Take Care—and both are still spinning off hits well into 2012. But a look at the singles charts reveals something odd: the biggest current hits off both albums aren' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    BitTorrent-Based Internet Piracy Does Not Hurt U.S. Movie Sales: Study

    As the movie and music industries continue to bemoan internet piracy -- and push for internet-censoring laws like SOPA, PIPA, and the TPP to curb illegal file sharing -- a new academic study has come out that debunks a major belief about piracy and profit loss. In "Reel Piracy: The Effect of Onlin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2012

    Journalists From Rupert Murdoch's The Sun Arrested

    ​News of the World? Old news. Months after the that paper was shut down in the wake of phone hacking revelations, the Associated Press reported this morning that four current and former journalists from another one of Rupert Murdoch's British tabloids, The Sun, were arrested for allegedly brib ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    5 Great Wines Under $15: Whites

    ​The Pinot Blanc from Alsatian Winemaker Louis Sipp will set you back only $11.96. A couple of days ago I suggested five bottles of red wine you could readily find at Astor and elsewhere under $15 that tasted more expensive than they were, and would appeal to nearly anyone who simply likes w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Live: David Murray Brings The Sounds Of Pre-Castro Cuba To The Skirball Center

    K. Leander Williams/tru2blupix​David Murray Cuban Ensemble Skirball Center at NYU Thursday, November 17 Better than: Contemplating State Department travel restrictions. There's a complex irony in the timing of tenor saxist David Murray's latest foray into Cuban music. We're currently smack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Beer Bars

    ​ It's no secret that the New York craft-beer scene has exploded in the last decade or so. With so many great local breweries (Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint, Kelso, Captain Lawrence), it stands to reason we'd also have a bunch of great beer bars. So, what makes for a good beer bar? A large select ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Restaurant Owners Caught for Bribing Inspectors for Passing Letter Grades

    ​While efficacy of the Department of Health's restaurant letter grades is a matter of debate, the fact remains that restaurant owners are desperate to pass with flying colors. What will some owners do for an A? If you guessed subtly try to stuff $500 into an inspector's pocket, you are correct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2011

    Rebekah Brooks, Former News International Chief, To Receive $5.6 Million Payout

    ​Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of News International who resigned this week in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal tearing through News Corp, has received a hefty $5.6 million buyout package, according to the Daily Mail. Others being handed a thick envelope on their way out the door: the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2011

    The 5 Weirdest News Corp Properties

    The Faithgirlz! Bible from Zondervan, a News Corp company.​Common knowledge holds that News Corp owns a lot of stuff. A lot a lot, including obvious things like Dow Jones and Fox News. But if you ever really go over News Corp's properties with a fine-tooth comb, you find some amusingly outside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Shocking Looking Cashier At Godiva

    ​I happened to pass by a Godiva chocolatier in midtown the other day--I didn't go in, I swear--and was even more stunned by the sight of the cashier than I was by some of the prices I caught.

  • Voice Choices

    June 8, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    100 & Single: Lady Gaga Gets Ready To Join The Million-Weeker Club

    ​The phrase "the calm before the storm" appears in virtually every chart-related story this week. That's because the latest edition of the Billboard 200, which covers sales from the week ending May 22, is topped by Adele's 21. That album is No. 1 for the ninth and (presumably) final week befor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Cruise Ships in Brooklyn to Get 'Giant Electrical Outlet' to Plug Into

    ​We've come a long way, people. At one point we thought the world was flat! Now cruise ships docking at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will get to plug into a giant electrical outlet instead of spreading their diesel fumes into Red Hook. It's taken two years of "plug negotiations" (not the offic ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 23, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Should We Expect More Butts and Boobs on TV After Another FCC Fine Gets Tossed?

    ​NYPD Blue, which ran on ABC from 1993 until 2005, is probably best remembered not as the home of Mark-Paul Gosselaar's comeback, but as the primetime place where naked butts became common. Drop-the-towel scenes (pictured) were trademark teases, as were the glistening upper-body sex scenes tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    The 2010 Media Holiday Party Circuit Crash-Map

    ​For my second-to-last Press Clips, Day 27, we have a very, very special treat. Every year, many of the New York-based media companies who produce a large portion of American media that is consumed across the country gather after months of get shitface drunk. Behold:

  • Voice Choices

    December 1, 2010


    Little businesses with a lot of soul

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Fade to Black: Bloomy Schools Pick Cathie Black Is Down for the Count

    ​ Less than 24 hours after everyone decided that a special panel to evaluate Cathie Black as schools chancellor had to be in the tank for Mayor Bloomberg, the group voted an overwhelming thumbs down for the publishing exec. So much for assumptions. Black got just two out of eight votes on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Rupert Murdoch Just Hired the "Most Important Living New Yorker"...Away From New Yorkers.

    ​Interesting retrospective on the resignation of Joel Klein, former NYC schools chancellor, who left his job in public service to go work as an executive vice president for News Corp. In New York magazine's recent "Who Runs New York?" issue, a flow chart of influential New Yorkers being asked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Q&A: Ninja Tune Co-Founder Matt Black Celebrates 20 Years Of Music Industry Survival

    Ninja Tune: Matt Black is the dude on the right. Photo by Steve Double.​At The Lock Tavern, a North London pub, Matt Black is finishing a beer and taking a respite from the recent frenzy of activity around Ninja Tune, the influential UK label he co-founded 20 years ago with Jonathan More. He's ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 13, 2009
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    August 18, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Booze News--A New Beefeater Gin & Mezcal's Cult Following

    A new study suggests that patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma who drink wine before their diagnosis have a reduced risk of relapse or death. The five-year survival rate was 70 percent for wine drinkers and 65 percent for non-wine drinkers. [US News via Alcademics] Randall Grahm, the winemaker at Bon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    Stadium Easier to Build than Schoolyard

    It's buried on page 29 of today's Daily News, but the Juan Gonzalez column on the Yankees may be the best story of the day.    The column points out that All Hallows High School still doesn't have a home baseball field that was promised to them in 2006 by both Mayor Bloomberg and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    Coffee Houses 1, Police 0

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 28, 1961, Vol. VII, No. 10 Coffee Houses 'Victorious' By J.R. Goddard Greenwich Village's entertainment-type coffee houses last week welcomed a new law which defines the establishments, provides them with special licensing, and rem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    When Elephants Fight: Not-quite-liveblogging the Brodsky Yankees Hearing

    This morning in Yankeefunland: Assemblymember Richard Brodsky's surprise last-second hearing on the latest round of taxpayer-financed Yanks and Mets stadium bonds, with promised testimony (under duress) from Yankees president Randy Levine and city Economic Development Corporation chief Seth Pinsky. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Best Buy Opens Bronx Store Before Inevitable Bankruptcy

    Best Buy is opening a new store in the Bronx tomorrow, and what an exciting event that will be -- especially right on the heels of the parent company's dismal financial report, which showed October sales down seven percent due to "rapid, seismic changes in consumer behavior." Maybe they hope to pick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2008

    Gotham Gay Bars 101—Listen Up, Class

    If you want to know the history of gay bars in New York, just ask ME, honey. I was there when the first bottle of Poppers was inhaled back at the Garden of Eden, where the snake wore a really fierce headband and danced around to "Lady Bump" while trying to log on to manhunt. But after that, it's all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2006

    Yanks Get OK To Zap Park

    A state judge on Tuesday refused to stop the Yankees from going ahead with their plan to build a new stadium in Macombs Dam Park, clearing the way for tomorrow's groundbreaking—and a protest by local residents who've fought to stop the taking of their green space. The Bloomberg administration ... More >>

  • News

    January 1, 2002

    Chinatown Factory Faces Eviction

    Harsh Reality Hits Makers of Fairy-Tale Gowns

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