Brooklyn and Queens, Mayor Bloomberg has a present for you just in time for the holidays. The city has extended its contract with NY Waterway, the company that runs the East River ferry service. Even though the R train between Manhattan and Brooklyn comes back online in late 2014 and there are plann ... More >>
Ida Maria hits Rough Trade
With tens of thousands of brick-and-mortar restaurants and even more kiosks, delis, and roadside stands where you can grab a bite to eat, there's no place in the world like New York City when it comes to food and drink--you could spend your entire life eating and drinking here without conquering all ... More >>
We're still nursing our hangovers from last weekend's Brooklyn Pour, where hundreds of beers flowed from dozens of breweries over in Greenpoint. But on the heels of that, we're announcing our first-ever Holiday Spirits tasting event, a wintertime fete featuring specialty cocktails and plenty of merr ... More >>
If you find yourself in need of a crying jag, a moment to despair at the depths of human gullibility, stay a while. A new video from Late Night Basement, a live late night variety show based in Bushwick, has show host Chris Rose testing people's knowledge of the extent of the government shutdown. Ex ... More >>
Craigslist is menagerie of oddities both gorgeous and grotesque. You can find anything on there: fan fiction about your favorite band, a record store, organs, a baby, certain death, even love.
Not your average block party
A kayak experience through the East River
Over ninety vendors and thousands of visitors showed up for the overwhelmingly successful launch of the LIC Flea & Food this weekend, which commandeered a lot overlooking the Long Island City waterfront at 5-25 46th Avenue. And one of the most anticipated merchants showed up on Father's Day with a f ... More >>
The flea market just got a bit more interesting
These bagels appear just once a week at the East River Bread booth in Smorgasburg, but they're worth the wait. The lovely, chewy seeded ones ($2) are covered in a salty glitter of sesame, poppy, caraway, and fennel seeds, and they're best loaded with as much of East River's plain cream cheese as the ... More >>
This past weekend was the second of Smorgasburg's 2013 season. As usual, the Williamsburg and Dumbo markets were packed with a mix of locals and tourists counting their dollar bills as they waited in line for smoked meat sandwiches and stuffed parathas. We sought out as many snacks as we could over ... More >>
Yesterday, we reported on the MTA's no-refund policy enacted in the aftermath of Sandy. Although no reason was given, the situation provided enough explanation: the agency was out a significant amount of cash flow and paying back all those fares definitely wouldn't have helped. So straphangers are f ... More >>
UPDATE: We in there. Ladies and Gentlemen: The L train is back.Enjoy your trip home tonight. twitter.com/JoeLhota/statu...-- Joe Lhota (@JoeLhota) November 8, 2012
The Nets host the Knicks
At around 9 p.m. last night, this happened. The video shows a flash of electrical fire at the ConEdison plant on 14th Street and Avenue D. Soon after, most of the East Village and the Lower East Side was shrouded in darkness. Not sure if we've seen anything like this before.According to a ... More >>
The NYPD just put up crime scene tape at the entrance to Gantry Plaza State Park along the East River in Long Island City -- which is adorable, and all, but it's done precisely nothing to stop people from entering the park.We headed over there about 30 minutes ago to get a look at the river. What we ... More >>
If you parked your car in the street in low-lying areas of Long Island City, we hope you're sitting down right now -- because your car is probably fucked.Three blocks inland of the East River in LIC is completely under water. We took the above photo from the third floor of an apartment building that ... More >>
Thursday, September 27 Trader Joe's Protest. Demanding "meat without drugs," Consumers Union and other advocacy groups will hold a press conference/action outside of Trader Joe's Union Square store on Thursday, September 27 from 11 am to noon. They will deliver over half a million petition signature ... More >>
How many of these could you knock back? Tomorrow dumpling manufacturer Chef One will sponsor a dumpling eating contest at Smorgasburg, located at North 6th Street and the East River in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Food Bank For New York City, and if you think wa ... More >>
A few dozen people gathered in Brooklyn Inlet Park on the Williamsburg waterfront Sunday to talk about debt, have a picnic, and set some things on fire. The mood was festive -- there was cake and lemonade, the air was crisp and clear, and the towers of Manhattan glittered across the East River. B ... More >>
If anyone's missing a gigantic, bloated pig/rat-monster, it's been found on the bank of the East River -- and it's disgusting.The above photo -- and others you can see after the jump -- were taken under the esplanade along the East River by a woman named Denise Ginley.It's unclear what this thing ac ... More >>
Bring your sonnets and sunscreen
According to legend, the East River passes through South Street Seaport at a speed of four knots. This little tidbit provided us here at the Voice with a perfect title for our annual shindig in downtown Manhattan. Welcome to the second 4Knots Festival - an all-day, all-ages totally free musical ... More >>
Can Andrew Tarlow find Brooklyn success yet again?
Exercise with a view of the Manhattan skyline
We love free food. This Saturday, Cooking Channel will be hosting a free tasting and meet-and-greet with Baron Ambrosia and Eden Grinshpan on Saturday on behalf of the channel's 2nd birthday. They will be featuring a selection of foods including buffalo wings, grilled squash quesadillas, pulled po ... More >>
The 4Knots Music Festivalthe Village Voice's contribution to the many free shows happening around the five boroughs during the summer monthswill take place at Pier 17 on the South Street Seaport this July 14, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participating acts and further details on associated ev ... More >>
Smorgasburg, the outdoor food fair in Williamsburg, will open for the season this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The usual suspects, like Asia Dog, McClure's, Porchetta, and Red Hook Lobster Pound, will be there along with 57 other food vendors.
To celebrate its first six months of service, the East River ferry is offering free rides all day today. Free coffee was also apparently handed out this morning to commuters while the rest of us crammed ourselves into packed subway cars. The Voice rode the ferry when it opened last summer a ... More >>
Surviving 2011 calls for a celebration. Your guide to ringing in 2012 with reckless abandon.
Despite our own Steven Thrasher's harrowing experience on a smoke-filled 4 train last night, the MTA believes that we are mostly happier with New York City transit than we used to be (and apparently we do, too). According to the results of their just-released 2011 Customer Satisfaction Survey ... More >>
Steven ThrasherThe MTA has responded to the incident involving the 4 train being stuck, in smoke, under the East River last night, with which we were intimately familiar. The (very) good news is that no one, including none of the five firefighters we left down there when our evacuation train ... More >>
The week brought us Jon Brion and Shellac and Sam Sparro (not to mention a handful of surprise Occupy Wall Street pop-ins), and that wide spectrum of genres is also represented in this weekend's concert listings. Tonight Deadmau5, who Maura has just informed me stands out as the only artist to be n ... More >>
Williamsburg gets a taste of life on the ocean
According to reports, a helicopter has gone down in the East River. NYPD divers have rescued four people and one is reportedly unconscious -- we haven't heard reports of the fifth person's status. Police spokesman Paul Browne told the AP that the private Bell 206 helicopter plunged into the river of ... More >>
Good news for extreme locavores: the 2011 Brooklyn Fishing Derby is officially under way. The pristine waters of the East River are swimming with striped bass and bluefish just waiting to be caught by some of New York's more adventurous fishermen. Started by the infamous Dr. Claw (a/k/a Ben Sargent) ... More >>
Throwing a final block party before closing its doors
Think the life of a gossip columnist/blogger is all sawdust and tinsel? Well, here are some of the pitches I've gotten this week, to give you a hint of the reality behind the glitterdome: *"Andrea Bocelli rides the East River ferry"
After a fire on Wednesday night at the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Harlem shut the plant down and forced the city to start pumping raw sewage into the Hudson, we warned yesterday that the Hudson was not exactly fit for swimming or kayaking or fishing or walking near and breathin ... More >>
How to draw a headlineHaving presumably tired of Manhattan's fine-dining scene, foie gras opponents have taken their rhetoric over the East River to Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Today on New Urban Network, Peter Feigenbaum writes of the various stages of the "colonization" of Williamsburg -- "just another chapter in the reconfiguration and rebirth of New York since the city's nadir in the mid-1970s." For history and urban planning nerds, this is some fascinating stuf ... More >>
We certainly try, but capturing the sound of the city is a tall order, even and especially for those of us who are usually most concerned with these things. To most regular New Yorkersthose more likely to spend their Friday evenings in a park than at a concert, for example, or those wh ... More >>
Is there anything better than a floating pool? Well, maybe. Rooftop pools, and pools in the middle of your living room, and even regular old pool-pools -- those are all pretty great. But we live on an island surrounded by water (an archipelago, if you will!) and as such, the concept of a pool ... More >>
The East River Ferry, as we've been teasing, is indeed coming and now there's a launch date. Beginning June 13, there will be water travel from East 34th Street in Manhattan to Long Island City, down to Greenpoint, Williamsburg, South Williamsburg, DUMBO and back to Manhattan at Pier 11 near ... More >>
Barry Yanowitz/FlickrWith the beginning of spring comes the announcement of summertime music festivals, and we have one of our very own: This July 16, the Village Voice will throw the inaugural 4Knots Music Festival on the South Street Seaport. Named after the speed at which the East River, w ... More >>
At a new Williamsburg spot, the meat gets smoked—but so does your wallet