Yesterday three Staten Island teenagers impersonated cops to cut the line at a video game store. Arriving in blue at the Staten Island Mall, the three were apparently in a hurry to get their copies of the newest Grand Theft Auto game. Genuine cops arrested the group outside the mall after they ran s ... More >>
Ed Lefkowitz/BAM Monday, December 17 Beagle and Governor Dinner: East Village's the Beagle will team up with Governor, the Dumbo restaurant that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, for a three-course sherry-paired dinner. Tickets are $85 or $125 depending on your drink selections. Half of the procee ... More >>
To save student-loan programs, the White House has saddled master's and Ph.D. candidates with added debt.
Two weeks ago the NYPD announced that it had arrested 141 people in a city-wide sting operation directed against criminals selling stolen iPhones and iPads. Called "Operation Takeback," the sweep put undercover cops, pretending to sell cut-rate Apple gadgets, in stores and on street corners where t ... More >>
A one-stop pizza place in the West Village tries to give you everything
New York tops Los Angeles as the "ethnic-diversity capital of the U.S." according to the latest census numbers, as compared to ten years ago, due mostly to an increase in Asians and Hispanics. Both cities saw a decrease in the number of white and black people, but NYC's Asian population grew ... More >>
Big and boxy—but pretty good Chinese
This week in the Voice, Larry Blumenfeld chronicles Grammy-winning pianist Arturo O'Farrill's trip to Havana to, in his words, "complete a musical, spiritual, and cultural journey for my father." His father, Chico O'Farrill, was revered in the Jazz world, a "stone genius, on the level of Duke ... More >>
APDisasters always have to be someone else's fault, so we are a city of finger-pointers this morning. We have hapless Brooklyn state senator Carl Kruger, who only tried to shut down state government last year, being quoted on national radio complaining about the unplowed streets of his Mill B ... More >>
Sarah ZornLent gets a piggy welcome at Tommaso Restaurant.Carnevale has been celebrated in Italy since ancient times. Two fun-fueled weeks of music, dancing, debauchery, and general gastronomic excess, it was the perfect way for the faithful to help gear up for the rigors of Lent. Traditional ... More >>
Grandma's is particularly inviting on a rainy night Perhaps you've heard about the Christmas lights displays in the mainly Italian neighborhood of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, that inspired a PBS documentary, Dyker Lights. But the spectacle has to be seen to be believed--wend your way through 77n ... More >>
Photo by Brennan Cavanaugh We caught up with Reverend Billy, the Green Party candidate for Mayor of New York we interviewed in April, and asked how the campaign was going. We're in the third act of this drama. The opening act was orientation -- the whole world of politics, a steep learning cur ... More >>
The margherita pie at Cataldo's (click to enlarge) Cataldo's--a new Italian restaurant at Vanderbilt and Dean on the fringes of Prospect Heights--is hard to figure out. It's so brightly lit, that it shines like a beacon to cars zooming by on Atalntic Avenue one block away. While this may be good for ... More >>
Colandrea New Corner Restaurant, the Dyker Heights red-sauce joint reviewed by Sietsema last week, got a surprise visit by two Italian-looking guys claiming to be Village Voice food critics, and asking for some free food from the kitchen. When asked for their names, the men replied that they couldn' ... More >>
Like Lady and the TrampThis week, Our Man Sietsema is in Dyker Heights at Colandrea New Corner Restaurant, which is not new at all, having been founded in 1939. We gather that it's the sort of place that's decorated in the flamboyant style of old Italian aunties--all bad oil paintings and fake class ... More >>
Red and alive in Brooklyn's Dyker Heights
PPS: He has a web site.
New South Brooklyn restaurant reflects southern Italian roots
Festive fun that's both naughty and nice
It's Dippity-Doo-Dah at Dyker Heights Greek Cypriot restaurant
Calabrian old-timer in Dyker Heights. Or is it Sunset Park?
Castle walls and cannonballs in East Williamsburg
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