East Harlem

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    New York City's Health Department Would Like to Remind You Fake Weed Is Dangerous and Stupid

    New York City emergency rooms are seeing an outbreak of fake marijuana-related illnesses, according to the city's health department. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a warning on Sunday urging people not to buy or use "synthetic cannabinoids," which are often sold at head shops und ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Dough Loco's Doughnuts, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Dish no. 91: Doughnuts from Dough Loco (1261 Park Avenue)

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    How to Navigate Red Rooster's Vegetarian Items

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Red Rooster (310 Lenox Avenue; 212-792-9001) Neighborhood: East Harlem Cuisine: Southern

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    10 Great Stews for Weathering this Polar Vortex

    Whatever Mother Nature has cooking, being in the midst of this polar vortex doesn't feel nearly as Death Metal as we would have hoped. Mostly we just want a comforting meal, and during winter, that means stew. The process of fortifying slow-cooked broths and sauces with meats, vegetables, and legume ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Recette's Pastry Chef Christina Lee Draws Inspiration from Modern Art -- and Puts Salt in Every Dessert

    Not everyone can say they've spun out exclusive 10-course dinners in a little East Harlem bakery space after hours or worked the line at world-renowned Per Se, but those two activities fill out the resume of pastry chef Christina Lee, who runs the sweet ship at Recette (328 West 12th Street, 212-414 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Readers: More of the Best Restaurants in Harlem

    Zachary Feldman's list of the 10 best restaurants in Harlem went up yesterday, and it pays homage to new and old spots, touting everything from fried chicken to ramen to Ethiopian food. But Harlem is a vast place, and so many readers weighed in on the round-up, calling out additional spots they beli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    The 10 Best Restaurants in Harlem

    The crown jewel of northern Manhattan, Harlem's creative and socioeconomic identity has undergone -- as all neighborhoods are subject to -- a series of transformations since the renaissance of the 1920s. And while it hasn't experienced enough gentrification in recent years to qualify as the "William ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Inside Dough Loco, Corey Cova's Doughnut Shop (PHOTOS)

    Zachary Feldman trekked up to East Harlem last week to check in Dough Loco, the brand new doughnut venture from Corey Cova and Michael Cesari, a neighborhood gastro-duo responsible for spots like ABV Wine Bar and Earl's Beer & Cheese. Expect innovation, writes Feldman: "The shop is launching with a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Do Big NYPD Drug Busts Just Target the Little Fish?

    A troubling pattern is emerging around the NYPD's recent "big drug busts." Last month, after years of surveillance, the NYPD concluded that gangs on the Lower East Side had sold "$1.2 million worth of coke in two years." On April 12, the NYPD arrested 41 people from the neighborhood, mostly from Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Has This Guy Punched You in the Head Recently? (Updated)

    Updated 1:30 p.m.: NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly says the suspect was caught on a Texas-bound Greyhound bus and arrested. Police tracked his cell phone to a bus station, then stopped both buses that had departed the station overnight. Commisso was found on one of them, asleep. --- While Chris Brow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Celebrate Food in East Harlem or the East Village

    Two neighborhoods are celebrating the best cuisine they have to offer this weekend. Indulge uptown or downtown, with Moroccan or Mexican, but either way, East Harlem and the East Village will satisfy your appetite.

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    The Story of Pozole

    This beautiful bowl of green pozole is Dish #2 in our countdown. We're nearly at the end of 100 Dishes to Eat Now, our tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue! Many of us are familiar with the pork-and-hominy stew called pozole that's available as a weekend special at taquerias in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    City Council To Consider Reining In NYPD Today

    It's been a rough week for the NYPD's public image. Last Thursday, police capped off a string of fatal shootings by killing an unarmed National Guardsman in a traffic stop. Just yesterday, audio from a stop-and-frisk of a teen in East Harlem recorded officers calling the kid a "mutt" and threateni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Cy Vance Goes Gangbusters In Harlem; "Flow Boyz" Crack-Slangin' Operation Takes Hit

    If you've been buying your crack at East Harlem housing projects, you may need to find a new commodities distributor -- the crack distribution operations of two alleged gangs were shut down yesterday, and nearly 20 alleged gangsters are on the hook for multiple crack-related felonies.The two gangs - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2012

    A Breakdown of the NYC Bike Share Map

    The bicycles are comin'! The bicycles are comin'!Yesterday, the New York City Department of Transportation released the initial 420 bike share station locations for the program that will unleash (eventually) 10,000 bikes onto the already crammed streets of New York by 2013. Influenced by NYU's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Foutou & Peanut Stew at Brooklyn's Abidjan

    Chicken in Peanut Stew (left) and Foutou (right) are Ivory Coast fare Food from the Ivory Coast is one of the city's rarer West African cuisines, with only one place in East Harlem and another in Bushwick (or maybe Bed-Stuy, depends on how you draw the border). Named after the country's capital, A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2012

    Senator Schumer Ramps Up His Crusade Against Pill Thieves

    Watch out, drug store cowboys.After a bloody shootout at an East Harlem pharmacy last week, Senator Charles Schumer is stepping up the rhetoric for his Safe Doses Act, a bill he wrote that is currently crawling through the Senate.The legislation would increase the penalties for drug store robberies ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Vehicle Crashes Disproportionately Hit Children in Low-Income Areas: Report

    Last week, a 12-year-old girl was struck and killed as she crossed Delancey Street on the Lower East Side, in an area that has a reputation for being dangerous for pedestrians. Now, an advocacy group has said that this tragedy is part of an alarming trend -- that young children in low-income neighb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2012

    Breaking: Deaf-Mute Teen Reported Missing

    ​A deaf-mute 18-year-old woman left her East Harlem residence Friday morning and never returned home, and cops want your help finding her. Police say that Keyla Contreras was last seen at 2390 Second Avenue at 7 a.m.

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Long Running Lesbian Bar Rubyfruit Swaps Identities, Now Budhu Lounge

    ​The current identity of the space at 531 Hudson is Budhu Lounge, and the slogan is "Eat-Drink-Love." Landmark West Village lesbian bar Rubyfruit is no more. Well, actually, it hasn't been since 2008, when the name was changed following financial and legal problems reported in the New York ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 7, 2011


    We're not in Romania anymore

  • Columns

    August 31, 2011

    Bloomberg Schools Flunk the Constitution

    We're raising a generation that doesn't know its rights

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Equan Southall Arrested in the Murder of Camila Guzman

    ​DNA Info is reporting that Equan Southall, reportedly the boyfriend of Camila Guzman, has been arrested and charged with her murder. Guzman, a transgender woman from Chile, was stabbed to death on August 1st. She was memorialized by friends and LGBT activists outside of her home in East Har ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Milk Burger Owner Is But an Innocent Babe in the Woods

    ​Following yesterday's discovery that Milk Burger, a new eatery in East Harlem, had apparently ripped off Shake Shack's entire menu, and even appropriated a Shack Burger photo for good measure, its owner is just shocked - shocked! - to hear about the similarities.

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Here's Another Way to Make Money off the Shake Shack

    Hmmm​Turns out that line-jumping isn't the only way to make money off Shake Shack: You can also rip off its entire menu, line by line, and right on down to the logo.

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Ceferino Perez, Cocaine Kingpin, Did Excellent Photoshop Work

    ​Ceferino "Papo" Perez, an East Harlem cocaine kingpin, was apparently so fond of Al Pacino's role in Scarface that he did some pretty amazing Photoshopping and put his face right on top of Pacino's in the movie poster (check it out, at right). The results, which he displayed on his nightstand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Five Dishes Worth Traveling From Anywhere To Get

    ​The steamed fish head with pickled chili sauce is a Hunanese miracle. Reviewing restaurants requires a long lag time, and two or three months often separate the first time I visit a place and when the critique appears in print. But sometimes, dishes are so exciting, that I can't wait to tel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Posts of the Week

    Friday afternoon is sliding into Friday early evening, so without further ado, a look back at the week that was ... Our 10 Best West African Restaurants. Why getting into the Hester Street Fair is a little like getting into college. Lure/Burger & Barrel's Josh Capon talks burgers, not barrels.

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    All This Week: Fork in the Road Cinco de Mayo Coverage

    ​An Aztec deity visits the Cinco de Mayo festivities in East Harlem on Sunday (click on picture to enlarge). This week, Fork in the Road will be running extra stories in honor of Cinco de Mayo ("Fifth of May"), a principally Mexican-American holiday celebrating the immigrant group's Mexican ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2011

    Culinary Report From Cinco de Mayo Street Festival in East Harlem

    ​Go ahead, take a bite of this delicious chile-soaked pambazo. Cecomex, the community organization that figured largely in this week's Voice cover story, sponsored this year's East Harlem Cinco de Mayo festivities. The street fair filled two city blocks, from Lexington Avenue to Second Aven ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to Brushstroke, Goodbye to Wai? Café

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. The East Village's Wai? Café has closed and will be replaced by Sa Aming Nayon, serving "authentic Filipino cuisine." [EV Grieve] Havana Central is closing its Union Square location as part o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Cora Davis Dead in Closet While Grandson Larry Davis Gets His Freak On in Her Bed; He's Busted for Murder

    ​Larry Davis, 22, killed his grandmother in her East 124th Street home in East Harlem, stuffed her in a closet, and then fucked a prostitute on granny's bed in a two-day sex romp, cops say. What can you say after that? The cops have the last word: He was charged Thursday with murder.

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Joshua Nelson Shot to Death in East Harlem

    ​It was a bang-bang murder and arrest during yesterday afternoon's rush hour. A 27-year-old East Harlem man was quickly chased down yesterday afternoon for allegedly shooting another man to death under the Metro North tracks at 128th and Park Avenue as commuter trains rumbled overhead. Dead is Jos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Maria Caraballo, 20, Missing in East Harlem

    Where is Maria Caraballo?​A 20-year-old East Harlem woman, Maria Caraballo, hasn't been seen by friends or family since late Tuesday night, and cops are asking for the public's help. Caraballo was last seen leaving her home at 1250 Fifth Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. Cops say she is 5-7 and was last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to Colonie, Goodbye to Niko's

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Satsko on the Lower East Side has been shuttered recently and plastered with bright orange "seizure" stickers, apparently due to state taxes owed. [Bowery Boogie] Salt & Pepper in Midtown West ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2011

    Brooklyn Man Caught After Stabbing Spree; Egyptians Celebrate Mubarak's Resignation (Weekend Links)

    NYPD via NYDN​Morning! Good news: It will be a positively balmy high of 39 today. The Brooklyn man who stabbed his father to death yesterday has been caught this morning after killing his ex-girlfriend and her mother and stabbing two others. As the Post puts it, 23-year-old Maksim Gelman "resurfa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Joy Burger Bar Opening Tomorrow on Sixth Avenue

    Lauren ShockeyThe joy of burger.​ After hiding behind plywood for months, Joy Burger Bar's new branch at 361 Sixth Avenue will finally open to the public tomorrow, according to both a sign posted in its window last night and its Twitter feed.

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Murder, Murder, Murder, Drunk Driving

    Assorted tragedies and screw-ups: • An 18-year-old black man was found dead in the wee hours Sunday at West 136th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem. Cops found him at 3:10 a.m., shot "in his torso," as they put it. He was DOA at Harlem Hospital. Cops haven't released his name, and no one's be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Three Kings Day Means Three Excuses to Eat Cake

    brooklynpaper.comBeats birthday cake, doesn't it, Jesus?​Today, January 6th, is Three Kings Day, which commemorates when the three kings bestowed their gifts upon baby Jesus. It's a day of eating, with pasteles, tamales, tembleque and rice and beans all being popular treats. But more importa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Maurice Gibson Murdered Just Before Christmas in East Harlem; Cops Still Hunt Suspect

    ​Two weeks after Maurice Gibson, 36, was shot to death in East Harlem, the NYPD is asking for public help in tracking down the prime suspect. Unfortunately, the description is hazy: a black man wearing a dark-colored jacket and black ski mask.Gibson, who lived nearby on East 99th Street, was found ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Racist Chinese Restaurants; An English Breakfast That's Hardly So

    ​The recession may seem to be ending, but a new study reveals that restaurant customers still plan to spend less on eating out in 2010 that they did this year, about 20 percent less per meal, they say. Weekly restaurant visits, however, are up. [Nation's Restaurant News] Two Chinese restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2009

    Incredibly Cheap Eats -- Street Tamales

    A tale of two tamales, one red and one green (click to explode) Not sure how when it happened, but East Harlem's 116th Street has become of paradise of Latin street vending. At $2 for two, the tamale meal you see above constitutes one of the city's most formidable Incredibly Cheap Eats. Purchased be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Inauguration Fever: Catch It!

    It's less than a week away! Get pumped! Trinity Church will execute a rare three-and-a-half hour "full peal" of its bells on January 20. The Queens Public Library will have it on a big screen; "seating limited." (Free screenings as well at Barbes, BAM, and other Brooklyn locations.) Dunkin' Donuts w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Developer Selling South Street Seaport

    In recent development news, South Street Seaport -- or, as we like to call it, "Mystic on the Bay" -- is being sold. General Growth Properties, mired in debt from a disastrous acquisition in 2004, is selling the Seaport commercial space along with its other faux-colonial outdoor malls, Faneuil Hall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    E. Harlem Tenants Take Down Limey Gentrifiers

    We thank NYC the Blog for turning us on to the feel-good story of the year. It has everything: greedy landlords, plucky barrio tenants and a billion-dollar Brit firm that tried to fuck with them and lost their ass. The Indypendent reports that last year slumlord Steven Kessner, whose predations hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2007

    Requiem for a Record Store

    Its doors have been closed for months and its records collecting dust. And now it seems Finyl Vinyl is closed for good. The store's proprietor Robert Cohen, who opened the record shop on East 6th Street in 1985, has been suffering from health problems, said Michelle Taylor, who owns the American P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2005

    Council Cliffhanger

    The mayoral primary wasn't the only race that went down to the wire yesterday: A mere 16 votes separate the top two finishers in the fight for City Council District 8, which covers East Harlem. Melissa Mark Viverito has 3,626 votes (25.41 percent) to Felipe Luciano's 3,610 (25.3 percent). Absentee b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2005

    Little Buzz in Harlem

    At the AK Houses polling station in East Harlem on Tuesday, Jim Greene reminisced about the days - back in 1965 - when he headed the Harlem campaign for former Mayor John Lindsay. "Back then, this place used to be full," Greene said of the near-empty polling station on Lexington Avenue and East 128 ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 22, 2005


    Fill your shoe with beef tongue in East Harlem Mexican

  • Dining

    February 18, 2003

    A Bowl of Red

    East Harlem Beats Sunset Park

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