East River

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Photos: The Macy's Fireworks Show Returned to the East River Tonight

    The annual Macy's Fireworks show returned to the East River tonight, after a five-year run of explosions over the Hudson. Brooklynite and Mayor Bill de Blasio worked on the campaign to move the show back, a decision that was announced in April. Photographer C.S. Muncy brings back these images of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    NW Queens Food Day Brings Food Justice Advocacy to LIC

    Rooftop farms, school gardens, and healthier lunches for students: These are some of the things that Queens residents envision for their neighborhoods and families. And the Queens Action Council (QuAC), a collaborative working to create a fairer food landscape, wants to help locals realize these goa ... More >>

  • Art

    May 21, 2014
  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    The East River Ferry Is Here to Stay (At Least Until 2019)

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 27, 2013


    Ida Maria hits Rough Trade

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Announcing Our Inaugural Holiday Spirits Tasting Event--Get Presale Tickets

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Here's A Video Of New Yorkers Who Believe the U.S. Government Has A Shrink Ray Program [VIDEO]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    MYSTERY SOLVED: Who Is The Author Behind The Most Beautiful Craigslist Missed Connection of All Time?

    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.

  • Voice Choices

    August 7, 2013


    Not your average block party

  • Voice Choices

    July 17, 2013


    A kayak experience through the East River

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    New York's Best New Bagels and Cream Cheese

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    5 Great Snacks to Try at Smorgasburg

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    When Will the L Train Return From Its No-Longer-Watery Grave? [UPDATED] NOW!

    UPDATE: We in there. Ladies and Gentlemen: The L train is back.Enjoy your trip home tonight. Joe Lhota (@JoeLhota) November 8, 2012

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    ConEd Explosion Could Leave Downtown Manhattan in Darkness for a Few Days

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    NYPD Crime Scene Tape Does Little To Stop East River Hurricane Pajama Party

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Long Island City: The Venice Of Queens

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Dumpling Eating Contest Saturday in Williamsburg Benefits Charity

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Debt Strikers, Hoping To Launch A Movement, Burn Bills And Collection Notices

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Bloated Pig/Rat-Monster Washes Up On Shore Of East River

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 18, 2012


    Bring your sonnets and sunscreen

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2012

    What the Hell Are You Doing Here? You Should Be at 4Knots!

    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 >>

  • Dining

    June 27, 2012

    Reynards: The Wythe Man's Burden

    Can Andrew Tarlow find Brooklyn success yet again?

  • Voice Choices

    June 27, 2012


    Exercise with a view of the Manhattan skyline

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Free Food: Cooking Channel's Summer Eats Pop-Up

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    What to Do This Weekend: Smorgasburg, Dekalb Market

    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.

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    East River Ferry Rides Free All Day Today

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    We're Really Freaking Happy With the Subway, Apparently

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    MTA Responds to 4 Train "Smoke Condition," Says Cause is "Still Under Investigation"

    Steven Thrasher​The 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 >>

  • Dining

    October 5, 2011

    Rosarito Fish Shack: Ayup, It's a Seafood Shack

    Williamsburg gets a taste of life on the ocean

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Helicopter Has Crashed in the East River Bearing Five Passengers [Updated]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    2011 Brooklyn Fishing Derby Officially Underway Along East River

    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 >>

  • Music

    September 7, 2011

    Monster Island's Last Hurrah

    Throwing a final block party before closing its doors

  • Voice Choices

    August 10, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    New Yorkers, You Are Slowly Being Surrounded By Sewage

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Foie Gras Protestors Find a New Target, Miss the Greater Issue

    How to draw a headline​Having presumably tired of Manhattan's fine-dining scene, foie gras opponents have taken their rhetoric over the East River to Bedford-Stuyvesant.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    I Heard New York: SOTC's New Series "Cast In Concrete" Records Buskers

    ​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 Yorkers—those more likely to spend their Friday evenings in a park than at a concert, for example, or those wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    East River Could Maybe, For Real, Get Floating Pools

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    East River Ferry Starts June 13, Free For a Bit

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Announcing The 4Knots Music Festival, Taking Place This July 16

    Barry Yanowitz/Flickr​With 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 >>

  • Dining

    April 27, 2010

    Fancy, Tasty Grease At Fatty 'Cue

    At a new Williamsburg spot, the meat gets smoked—but so does your wallet

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Oysters For A Good Cause This Saturday

    Tickets are still available for this Saturday's Founded on Oyster Shells event benefiting New Amsterdam Market. A $50 ticket gets you 7 oysters, $100 gets you unlimited. Oysters in attendance include Chincoteagues from Toby Island Bay Oysters and Blue Points from Blue Island Oyster Company. Restaura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Tolling Bridges, Taxing Rich, Chaining City Workers to Desks Among City's Budget Options

    This morning the city's Independent Budget Office issued its annual Budget Options document, a sprawling list of ways for the city to either save money or raise revenue. In past years, this was the kind of thing that only got policy wonks' hearts a-flutter; now, with the city staring down the barrel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    On the Vivian Girls's Beach Boys Cover "Girl Don't Tell Me"

    It's nice to hear this band in this mode--sleepy, not agitated, deliberate, single-tracked, and crackling. I'm not tempted to read much into the Surf's Up 7" dropping in the winter thing. I don't think this is or isn't a great Christmas song. I first saw the Vivian Girls play this song by the East R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008

    Vivian Girls on a Boat Tonight

    Probably too late, but you still might try—the Rocks Off website currently brags "Plenty of tickets available at the door for $25 cash, " which will put you on board for the Vivian Girls' evening tour up the East River. Full report, coming Monday.

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    Summer Friday Short Cuts, from Co-Op City to Qdoba

    The power outage that briefly left much of Co-Op City dark this morning is over, reports WCBS. The Battle of Brooklyn sounds like it should be your favorite Revolutionary War battle, until you realize our side lost it. Nonetheless amNY's Richard Pyle commemorates the August 29th anniversary of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2008

    Mia Dona Now Delivers

    DeliveryGnudi with ricotta and truffle butter hand-delivered to your door.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2008

    Photos: Lexie Mountain Boys and Animental at the East River Amphitheater

    They don't look like boys. Lexie Mountain Boys Animental Saturday, June 7 East River Amphitheater photos by Rebecca Smeyne Lexie Mountain Boys don’t want to be classed as performance art, so we’ll call it ‘multimedia’. No lasers or HD cameras involved, just billowy home-fixed costumes, gia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2008

    Photos: Lucky Dragons at the East River Amphitheater

    Lucky Dragons Saturday, June 7 East River Amphitheater photos by Rebecca Smeyne

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2007

    Possibly 4th Street: Phosphorescent on the Williamsburg Shore

    Possibly 4th Street is a regular SOTC feature in which Rob Trucks invites musicians to play songs somewhere, anywhere, in the five-borough public. Previously, Steve Wynn performed in a dog run and The Black Lips played a couple songs in Sara Roosevelt Park. Today, we've got the gorgeously plaintive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2006

    Bike Group Disputes City Stats on Strike Cycling

    The city's Department of Transportation just released data showing far more New Yorkers than usual walked over the four East River bridges during last month's transit strike, yet fewer biked than during the 1980 transit strike. According to figures revealed by Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinsh ... More >>

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