Downtown Brooklyn

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Here's Why Alan Rosen Decided to Keep Junior's in its Original Brooklyn Location

    A couple of months ago, we sat down with Alan Rosen, and he recounted more than six decades of family history centered around the downtown Brooklyn address of Junior's (386 Flatbush Avenue, 718-852-5257), the restaurant his grandfather opened in the '50s, creating a neighborhood beacon that was dete ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    I Feel Really, Really Terrible About How Much I Like the New Gowanus Whole Foods

    I can't believe I'm going public with this, and I may well regret it, but here goes: I visited the new Gowanus Whole Foods (214 3rd Street, 718-907-3622) the other night and I really liked it. God help me. I need to emphasize: I'm not being paid to say this. I don't even write for this blog usuall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Best Reader Comments on the Greenwich Village Gray's Papaya Shuttering

    This week, Gray's Papaya shuttered its Sixth Avenue location, bringing the total number of its hot dog stands down to one (the outlet on 72nd and Broadway remains). Owner Nicholas Gray told Zachary Feldman that it was a rent-related decision: "They wanted to raise my rent to $50,000 from $30,000. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Election Meltdown? Anecdotal Reports of Broken Voting Machines Spread [Updated]

    Another election, another wave of broken voting machines. Queens activist Luis Flores, for example, reported a major problem with casting his vote earlier today. He tells us that a voting machine was broken in the 63rd Election District in Jackson Heights, Queens, and then he got a hard time for co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    How To Get Out of A Public Urination Ticket

    It's pretty simple, really: if you want to beat the rap for a public urination ticket (or a ticket for pot possession, littering, spitting, or riding a bicycle on a sidewalk) all you have to do is wait for the right day and show up at a Brooklyn church for Safe Surrender, a semi-regular event put on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    A Look at How Citi Bikes Will Affect Local Bike Shops

    Unless you've been wasting away inside the past week and a half, snuggling with your A/C and bingeing on the new season of Arrested Development, you've seen the lines and lines of metallic blue Citi Bikes stationed across New York City, begging, as the slogan goes, you to hop on and "explore your ci ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 20, 2013

    Stock Dividends at Suzume and Ganso

    Two new Brooklyn ramen joints break the mold

  • News

    February 13, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Q&A: Raekwon Recovers Some Lost Jewelry

    Raekwon is the mayor of fly shit. Snow Beach pullovers to Cuban links, his oft-imitated style and slang have been referenced for the past 20 years -- as Cappadonna once put it, "Half the East Coast sound just like Rae"). In the past, he's accused Frank White of biting his visual style. Today, if he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Mass Transit Update: Here's What's (And What's Not) Running in New York City Today

    It's Day Three of Sandy's aftermath and, needless to say, New York is still swamped with flooding, power outages, displaced residents and, most importantly for commuters, public transportation shutdowns. We are told that it will take a few days for the City to be up and running like her old, pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2012

    Long Island City's Tech Takeover

    The Hozziner has his eyes set on the tech industry, repeating over and over that he wants New York City to become the new Palo Alto, the new Mountain View and the new Copertino - all hubs of some of the past decade's greatest innovations. Progress is rapidly being made to make that dream a reality: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    OMG! Beef on Weck at Mile End Sandwich

    The picture-perfect beef on weck sandwich at Mile End Sandwich. It's something of a black eye that New Yorker City dwellers have never quite figured out how to make a beef on weck sandwich until now. Mainly because it's a particular specialty of our sister metropolis of Buffalo, New York -- both c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    10 Iconic Foods of New York City, and Where To Find Them

    ​Ultra-creamy New York cheesecake may be the world's richest dessert. Hotbed of culinary fusion, NYC is not only a repository of cuisines from around the globe, but the place where many important dishes originated, if not by pure invention, then as uniquely compelling adaptations of things t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Cool Interactive Map Shows You Which City Blocks Use the Most Electricity

    A new interactive map tool, created by the Modi Research Group at Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, reveals some unsurprising patterns about New York City's energy consumption. The tool can tell you, down to individual buildings, which parts of the city used the most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Turtle Sighted on a Brooklyn Subway Platform: Could This Be Lionel, Inwood Hill Park's Missing Box Turtle?

    Dean Olsher, the former host and creator of The Next Big Thing on public radio, now a grad student in music at Queens College, was at the Atlantic-Pacific Street subway stop in Brooklyn yesterday at about 4:30 p.m. when he saw something strange. A turtle was on the platform, "freaking out and trying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street National Day of Action: Live Updates From Downtown Manhattan

    Nick PintoThe NYSE, which protestors did not stop from opening today​Good afternoon, and welcome to the evening edition of the Village Voice liveblog of Occupy Wall Street's Day of Action. Today, November 17, marks the two month anniversary since Occupy Wall Street began in Zuccotti Park. Pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Bronx Restaurant Week Starts; Red Apple Supermarket Opens

    ​Starting today, The Bronx is hosting its first restaurant week, "Savor the Bronx," which will run for two weeks. [NY Post] Red Apple Supermarket has opened in Downtown Brooklyn after several delays, the first full-service supermarket in the neighborhood in years. [NY Post] Stockbox Grocers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Back to School at LIU? Faculty On Strike, Locked Out

    Striking faculty outside of LIU's downtown Brooklyn campus​Update below: LIU releases statement that deal with union could come on Monday. Like most schools in the city, this week was supposed to mark the normal start of fall classes at Long Island University's downtown Brooklyn campus. Inst ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 7, 2011


    Roulette reopens with a bang

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Did You Lose Your Chicken in Downtown Brooklyn?

    This is what happens when you google "hipster chicken."​Via Brownstoner, there's a chicken lost in Brooklyn that's been located by some kind soul who is trying to help it find its way back home. (Home, we hope, is a place amenable to chickens, as this story would go very differently if it were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Brooklyn Department of Finance to Be Replaced By a Mall

    ​The city announced a plan today to transform part of the Brooklyn Municipal Building in downtown Brooklyn into 49,000 feet of retail space. Which part? The Department of Finance, which is relocating somewhere else to make room for the new mall. The developer is United American Land, and they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to Betto, Goodbye to South Houston

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Southernish restaurant South Houston on West Broadway near Grand Street has closed after little more than a year in business. [Eater] Pick-a-Pita has served its last its french fry-stuffed shw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Can't We Just Put Bike Lanes in the Sky?

    ​That's what Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz wondered about the problematic bike lanes, which he opposes, in our fair city. "Elevated bike lanes -- that's the answer," Markowitz told Brooklyn Paper, for some reason. That way, cars could be reckless and cyclists could be where they b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Top 10 Rap-Related Reality-TV Moments

    ​"Reality rap" was once a phrase invoked by gangsta rappers to defend their music against moral outcry from the mainstream media and pesky suburban dwellers. These days, the term largely refers to the slew of emcees lining up to star in their own TV shows. While Boogie Down Productions associa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    The Loading Dock Will Close Thanks to Some Jerk Who Stole Its Truck

    Photo courtesy of the Loading DockThe Loading Dock's shrimp tacos.​Another indirect casualty of last month's blizzard: the Loading Dock, the downtown Brooklyn taco place beloved by fans of both Mexican food and good food in general. The New York Post reports that Forrest Cole, the Dock's co-ow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Steve Cuozzo Bestows Year-End Rant Upon the General Public, Williamsburg

    ​The relentless barrage of year-end lists means that their contents tend to get lost in a shiny, amorphous tangle, so we're grateful for Steve Cuozzo's annual dining-related invective, deposited amongst the tinsel like a fat lump of coal. The Post critic's take on 2010 is more or less as withe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Q&A: Tanya Morgan's Von Pea Shares His High School Memories of Fabolous, Biggie, and Jay-Z

    ​Boys & Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn--once home to both the Notorious B.I.G. and Fabolous--has long since become a legendary spot for New York hip-hop. Von Pea, one third of the indie rap group Tanya Morgan, also attended its hallowed halls--a move which inspired his new b ... More >>

  • News

    July 27, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Video and Tell: The Destruction of Downtown Brooklyn's McDonald's

    Click to enlarge.Before and after Angry Crane's reign of terror. ​So, McDonald's: The Fast Food Restaurant that's basically terrible for the universe. They had a location in downtown Brooklyn that you could reach by simply going over the Manhattan Bridge and taking a left (or if you're driving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    NYU to Continue Semi-Hostile Land-War Takeover of Manhattan

    ​Tonight NYU, the Dread Pirate Roberts of Greenwich Village, will unveil its 25-year growth plans at an open house at the Kimmel Center, reports Crain's New York

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2010

    Atlantic Yards, Bloomberg get national bad press

    The press in other places have​ discovered the Mayor's pet Atlantic Yards project, with a scathing AP piece on the human cost of eminent domain and a firebreathing George Will column on how much the Founding Fathers would have disapproved. Neither mentions the mayor, but both make it far more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2009

    Did Atlantic Yards Ruling Pass the Buck on 'Blight'?

    Tuesday's Atlantic Yards decision, in which New York's highest court upheld the right of the state to seize private property on behalf of a mega-developer, will doubtlessly impact the lives of thousands of Brooklyn residents and be discussed for years to come. But the court backed off from a cen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2008

    Ex-Felons For Obama

    When Maria Perez filled out a registration form after being approached by a get-out-the-vote volunteer in downtown Brooklyn back in 2004, she had no idea if her criminal record barred her from ever voting again. Three weeks later she received a card from the Board of Elections confirming it did. Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2008

    More Love for Summer Streets: A Thousand Bikes Bloom in Manhattan

    photo by Neil deMause After trial runs in the hinterlands of Brooklyn's Bedford Avenue and Montague Street, the NYC Summer Streets program landed in Manhattan for the first of three consecutive Saturdays this weekend. The big question: Would taking a contiguous strip of avenues from the Brooklyn Br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008

    Isaac Abraham, Sudden Satmar Star

    photo by Staci Schwartz "My phone hasn't stopped ringing. It's all your fault! The Voice started this." That's Isaac Abraham, the first Hasidic candidate for city council, juggling one of his three cell phones this afternoon. Abraham, 57, a Satmar Hasid, got star treatment in a New York Times story ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2008

    Let’s Do the Time Warp Again: Atlantic Yards as Interpretive Dance

    Photo Simulation Copyright 2006 Jonathan Barkey Already confusing because of its opaque public costs and shady financing, this week the perplexing Atlantic Yards proposal for downtown Brooklyn revealed another bizarre element: an evolving completion timeline. The latest knot was uncombed on Mond ... More >>

  • News

    August 21, 2007

    Obama Time

    An admitted 'hope-monger' brings down the house in Brooklyn

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2006

    Cloudy Atlantic Yards Passes, Thanks to Silver Lining

    Atlantic Yards is all over but for the lawsuits. The Public Authorities Control Board—where the West Side Stadium died about 18 months ago—let Bruce Ratner's vision for Brooklyn live with a vote in Albany today that approves nine-figure government subsidies to one of the largest developmen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2006

    Atlantic Yards Foes Hope for a Silver Christmas

    It isn't every day that a bunch of good-government groups hold a press conference to demand that an undemocratic, unelected state panel intervene to delay a public project. That was the scene today at City Hall, though, as several elected officials and budget-watch groups called on state assembl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2006

    Actual Poor People Rate Bloomy's Poverty Plan

    When Mayor Bloomberg's Commission on Economic Opportunities—given this administration, the unfortunate C.E.O. acronym is probably intentional—issued its final report on reducing poverty in the five boroughs last week, expectations weren't exactly off the charts. Disgruntled members of the 38 ... More >>

  • News

    April 25, 2006

    The Squeeze Is On

    Bad news for poor kids: Under new welfare law, state has to meet yet another 'quota' of cuts

  • NYC Life

    January 17, 2006
  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    Strikeline: What Price, Respect?

    "They want you to hold out," says Laverne the conductor, standing with 20 or so other striking TWU folks outside the Bedford Park B/D station on Grand Concourse, and she wasn't talking about contract negotiations. She meant bathroom breaks. If you take one when you aren't supposed to, she says, they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2005

    Brooklyn Court Insurgent Wins Round as Foes Rally

    A judge yesterday upheld the election of avowed reformer Margarita Lopez-Torres who won the race for the highly-prized Surrogate's Court judgeship in Brooklyn last month by a slim 120-vote margin. Queens Supreme Court Justice Leslie Leach ordered the Board of Elections to certify Lopez-Torres' elect ... More >>

  • News

    July 26, 2005

    Union Gap

    At AFL-CIO, a splitting issue for the nation's biggest labor organizations

  • News

    March 15, 2005

    Peace March Veers Way Left

    Black-led protest challenges capitalism, imperialism, and New York's very rich mayor

  • News

    September 16, 2003

    The Backroom Crowd

    Indictments Looming, Power Brokering Goes on as Usual as Brooklyn Pols Meet

  • NYC Life

    March 11, 2003
  • News

    January 28, 2003

    Heartless Hotel

    Prison Contracts and Homeless Crisis Built Empire

  • News

    November 27, 2001

    A Tear in the Net

    As Federal Dollars Disappear, No Security for City’s Poor

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