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  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    A Sip of the Summer International Beer Festival

    This past weekend, thousands of thirsty New Yorkers stormed the Lexington Avenue Armory for a massive beer festival. The NYC Craft Beer Festival - Summer International featured more than 75 breweries pouring over 100 beers and ciders. While there was a robust showing of New York and other domestic c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Here Are the Best Beer (and Cider) Events in June

    With Memorial Day behind us, the summer beer festival season can officially begin. Here are four great opportunities to kick off your hot-weather drinking, all taking place in the month of June.

  • Film

    September 4, 2013
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    August 23, 2013

    Where You Can Find Rare Japanese Craft Beer in NYC

    Expressing exactly how much the Japanese love beer is not easy, even if their reputation for drinking the stuff is not as established as the Belgians with their beer monks and centuries of brewing history, the Germans with their claim on the world's oldest brewery and Oktoberfest, or the Americans w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    The 10 Best Breweries in NYC(-ish)

    Pre-Prohibition New York City was flush with the fermenting, bubbling, steeping barrels of brewing beer, but it was several decades after Repeal Day before the boroughs began making a beer industry comeback. Today, though, local breweries are in the midst of a revival, and New York now ranks fourth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    5 Best Locally Made Beers for July 4 According to Bierkraft's Joe Tracy

    Beer is a longstanding July 4 tradition, and an ice cold brew sounds especially good in this hot and sticky weather. You have lots of options when it comes to stocking your cooler, so we tracked down Joe Tracy, cellar manager of Brooklyn's craft beer mecca Bierkraft, who gave us his top five picks f ... More >>

  • Film

    June 19, 2013
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    February 19, 2013

    Could Independent Music Giant Amoeba Be Facing a Copyright Lawsuit Nightmare?

    While the corpses of corporate music retail chains litter strip malls where outlets like Tower Records and Blockbuster Music once stood, Amoeba Music is an independent juggernaut with three California-based stores the size of supermarkets. They've been a celebrated shopping destination for music afi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Two Weeks After Sandy, Can Red Hook Winery Be Saved?

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about celebrating the new Brooklyn wine trail. Both Brooklyn Oenology and Brooklyn Winery, featured in the story, were relatively unscathed by Hurricane Sandy. But Red Hook Winery is located right over the water, nearly at the end of Pier 41, and the facility was completely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2012

    Millennial Music: A Look at How DIY Technology is Changing the Game Forever

    Open. Click. Send. In a matter of seconds, Max Schieble's pre-recorded vocal track from America appears in the e-mail inbox of his bandmate Danny Lentz, who is currently abroad in Paris. Lentz receives the file, pulls out a violin and plays his part from memory. The file is sent back over to Schiebl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Budweiser: Why It's My "King"

    Beer UP typically examines a craft beer from a small brewer somewhere in the United States. Among many others, I've written about the Left Hand Milk Stout, the Founders Red Rye, and the Troegs Troegenator, but before I continue forward on this quest to drink every brewer in the country, I decided th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Q&A: VP Records' Patricia Chin, Olivier Chastan, And Neil "Diamond" Edwards On Running Their Queens Reggae Powerhouse

    VP Records is the Jamaica, Queens-based powerhouse of the international reggae scene. It owns and distributes a score of other labels including its longtime rival, Greensleeves. Founded by Vincent "Randy" Chin (who died in 2003) and his wife, Patricia—children of Chinese immigrants to Jamaica ... More >>

  • Film

    June 20, 2012

    Brave: Unmanageable Heiress

    The rare family film about courage that actually has some

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    100 & Single: "Call Me Maybe," Justin Bieber, And Teenpop Idols' Ongoing Love-Hate Relationship With Radio

    After three weeks of patiently waiting at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100, Carly Rae Jepsen this week became the first solo female Canadian since Céline Dion to top America's premier song chart. Right on schedule for the start of summer, the ubiquitous "Call Me Maybe" finally climbs into the penthouse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Year of The Takeout Day 102: P.F. Chang's 'Home Menu' (Enter Towelie!)

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  • 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

    September 22, 2011

    Bottoms Up! The Final Round of Beers for Brooklyn Pour Has Been Released

    See you there on October 15​Brooklyn Pour is less than a month away, and while we know you're eagerly counting down the days, here's some more info to get you even more pumped for the Village Voice's first ever craft brew tasting event: The final round of beers has just been released, and we'v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    News Corp Earnings Call: Rupert Murdoch to Face Wall Street for the First Time in a Year

    ​News Corp's quarterly earnings call with Wall Street will take place today, and the media conglomerate is putting 80-year-old Rupert Murdoch on the call despite the fact that he's "famous for his off-script comments." This will be Murdoch's first time on an earnings conference call since befo ... 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

    July 14, 2011

    Rupert Murdoch Hires PR Help, Gives Interview to Own Paper; FBI Investigating Phone Hacking

    ​ Rupert Murdoch finally gave an interview about the ongoing investigation into the News Corporation phone hacking scandal in the U.K. today, but he did so on safe terrain: his own. He told the Wall Street Journal, which he bought in 2007, that News Corp. has handled the disclosures of unethic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2011

    James Murdoch Could Face Charges in U.S., U.K. After Hacking Scandal

    ​Rupert Murdoch's son James could face "corporate legal battles on both sides of the Atlantic that involve criminal charges, fines and forfeiture of assets" related to the phone hacking scandal currently embroiling News Corporation. Murdoch fils, who is the deputy COO of News Corp, has admitted to ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 29, 2011
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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Latin Jazz Heavyweights Protest Grammy Snub

    ​The scene outside the New York Institute of Technology Auditorium Monday night suggested a Latin jazz celebration; pianist Eddie Palmieri, pianist/bandleader Larry Harlow, drummer Bobby Sanabria, trombonist Chris Washburne, and trumpeter Brian Lynch milled about. But this wasn't a concert, no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Food Curated Goes to the (Artisanal) Slaughterhouse

    Meneer Zjeroen/flickrShe's no beefer... but you get the idea.​Last year, the Times ran a piece on the shortage of slaughterhouses in the northeast, which hampers our efforts to eat locally raised meat. CADE ( The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship) to the rescue. This New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Help Make New York City Rude Again

    Lady Gaga, rude New Yorker​Since mid-February a spirited campaign has quietly been brewing to return New York City to its former glory. See, Travel and Leisure magazine had the nerve to place NYC at second place on their rudest cities in America list, behind Los Angeles. In response, someone s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Numerous Americans Say 'I Love You' With Olive Garden

    ​If you are reading this and haven't made any Valentine's Day dining plans, you are screwed. Unless you are one of the millions of Americans who apparently think that Olive Garden is a desirable destination for romantic dining.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    At Out From Behind the Apron, Strong Words for Del Posto and Bad Customers

    Alfred Eisenstaedt​Earlier this afternoon, WNYC hosted Out From Behind the Apron, a forum for restaurant industry workers and veterans to discuss issues ranging from how new laws are changing the industry to their personal experiences serving the citizenry of New York. Hosted by WNYC's Kathlee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    New York Times Opens Hangover Rooms, Goes WikiLeaks; Rupert Murdoch Babies His Kids

    ""recoverycouch.jpg" via​It happens: some mornings you get to work without having been home the night before and you pull a freshly starched white shirt from the bottom drawer of your desk, you brush your teeth under the fluorescent light of the men's room with one of those little things you p ... 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
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    November 17, 2010

    Changes At eMusic: Def Jam In, Matador And Merge Out

    Better go get this now.​If you want a one-URL "major" vs. "indie" battleground -- what defines and/or divides them, which lifestyle brand the discerning-legal-downloader demographic really prefers -- you could do far worse than eMusic, the excellent monthly-subscription MP3 service (which empl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Are Bedbugs Scaring Tourists Away From NYC?

    ​Tourists afraid of bedbugs? The Associated Press thinks so! Today's national wire carries a terrifying (and mostly anecdotal) piece about how bedbugs -- this year's trendiest New York annoyance/epidemic/infestation -- are threatening the city's "$30 billion tourism industry."

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    The Food Bubble: Pop!

    Pop!The Times has an interesting article today comparing the restaurant industry to the real estate and financial sectors--there was a bubble, and yes, it burst. The article cites New York Department of Labor stats that show the restaurant industry gained 50,000 jobs in the last seven years, only to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Sirius Debt May Bankrupt Satellite Radio Company

    Many citizens facing a worsening recession are looking at their car dashboards and thinking, "why am I paying for radio?" So Sirius XM, home to Howard Stern and a bunch of other v/o celebs, is facing bankruptcy. The Times says it has $175 million in debt payments due at the end of the month and is ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 11, 2009
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    February 6, 2009

    Jersey Denies Being Source of Maple Syrup Smell

    It's getting so we can't trust our own public officials: Gothamist reports that a spokesman for the city of North Bergen, whose Frutarom plant was fingered by Mayor Bloomberg as the source of Manhattan's mysterious maple syrup smell, claims "that the NJDEP has not concluded that Frutarom is the sour ... 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

    December 22, 2008

    Warner Pulls Music Vids from YouTube; More to Come?

    Negotiations have broken down, and Warner Music is pulling videos featuring its music from YouTube -- including both its own content and, it would seem, original videos by members using their music. Online services have been pushing back against RIAA members, so it looks like the music industry is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    The Long, Slow Death of Bookshops

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 16, 1961, Vol. VI, No. 17 Book Row By John Wilcock In a leisurely age that seems not so long ago, husbands and wives could always find plenty to do in the area around Broadway and 10th Street. The big attraction was the splendid ol ... 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

    September 18, 2008

    The Yankee Stadium Kerfuffle: A Crib Sheet

    photo by Shelley Panzarella (cc) [The taxpayer costs of the new Yankee Stadium have been much in the news. Neil deMause, co-author of the definitive stadium-boondoggle guide Field of Schemes, answers key questions about it. -- ed.] State assemblymember Richard Brodsky was largely silent during th ... 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

    October 19, 2007

    Village Voice Media Executive Editor Released From Jail and Vows to Fight

    Village Voice Media Executive Editor Michael Lacey talks to reporters early Friday morning after being released from custody. Two top executives of Village Voice Media, the parent company of the Voice, were arrested Thursday night and released from jail early Friday morning for revealing informatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2006

    Gentlemen, Start Your Bulldozers

    The other shoe has dropped: The city's Industrial Development Agency announced at 4 p.m. today that the Internal Revenue Service has approved the convoluted tax-exempt bond scheme that would raise $1.56 billion to build new stadiums for the Mets and Yankees. Following the Yankees' successful Nationa ... More >>

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