The holidays are fast approaching, with the accompanying seasonal joy, department store stampedes, and mommy-on-mommy assault charges. To help you avoid disappointing everyone you love with boring gift cards, we went to the Exxxotica love and sex expo in Edison, New Jersey, over the weekend and foun ... More >>
From the med schools in Grenada to the deserts of Iraq, once upon a time conservatives were eager to invade foreign countries. But as you may have noticed, in recent years they've affected a more dovish approach to foreign policy; claiming to be repulsed by the reckless foreign adventurism of the O ... More >>
We've had about a week of Crisis in the Crimea, as crypto-Russian troops patrol the streets of Sevastopol, Kiev digs in, and Obama and the EU try a strategy of diplomatic "de-escalation." There's some disagreement among observers as to how this will play out. Among rightbloggers, though, while the ... More >>
As the prospect for armed conflict with Russia appears more and more likely in Ukraine, pro-Western activists marched in New York against armed intervention on Sunday.
A trip to uncharted territory awaits at the New Museum
The entire menu at Stage Restaurant (128 Second Avenue, 212-473-8614), $1.85-$9.95 The entire menu at this East Village diner comes in under $10 -- and the breakfast sandwich is the best in the city.
In part one of my interview with Bear chef-owner Natasha Pogrebinsky, she talked about her life as a Ukrainian refugee and what she's trying to accomplish at her Astoria restaurant. Here in part two, she divulges a guilty pleasure, talks about the best meal (and nap!) she's ever had, and touches on ... More >>
Sometimes life calls for a glass of wine. Vyne in the West Village focuses on white varietals, and has a particularly interesting selection from Eastern Europe. They have happy hour until 7pm every day. Get your hands on their Gruner Veltliner, Nero d' Avola, Cava Rose, or Six Point for just $5. Jus ... More >>
This is a great idea! It Ends Today is a non-profit org that promotes anti-bullying awareness in schools and communities by giving scholarships to students who talk publicly about their experiences with bullying and its effects on them. That might not reduce the trauma, but it does help with the e ... More >>
Signage is up at 61 Grove Street (212-414-0222) for TreatPetite, a soon-to-open espresso bar and creperie that will also specialize in kefir, the probiotic beverage made with kefir grains and cow, goat, or sheep's milk.
Eric Asimov reviews four new wine books. He likes Summer in a Glass about the Finger Lakes, An Ideal Wine about Californian wines, and Voodoo Vintners about biodynamics. Less so Naked Wine about natural wines. [NY Times] The Hangar One Vodka blimp, on a six-month promotional tour around the ... More >>
This just in. . . LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD René Buch and Repertorio Español BEST NEW AMERICAN PLAY Kristoffer Diaz, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (includes $1,000 prize)
La MaMa and the Public host the return of the now famous troupe
The Balkans find a new home on the Lower East Side
Lauren ShockeyJust a few months awayA walk down 1st Street today revealed that signage is up for the Bowery outpost of Ukranian restaurant and East Village institution, Veselka. But don't get too excited just yet--opening day is still a couple months off.
Kobina AmpahIt's usually the older, Soviet-era types from Sheepshead Bay who are in court, facing the usual illegal fishing charges. Most need a Russian interpreter. But none expect a lanky, bearded African man to rise to their side. Kobina Ampah, 49, is a professional Ghanaian polyglot, an ... More >>
Seven men alleged to be narcotics and weapons traffickers in West Africa and Eastern Europe have been indicted in federal court in Manhattan for a plot to move tons of heroin and cocaine from Afghanistan to the United States, and using the proceeds to purchase weapons for use by the Taliban, federal ... More >>
Happy Sunday! Enjoy your brunches and precious, precious sleep while you still can. Today will be partly cloudy with a high of 33. There's a joke about "man bites dog" here that I'm not quite coming up with, but yesterday a fox managed to shoot its would-be hunter in Belarus. It escaped ... More >>
Frank Bruni chronicles his adventures in coffee snobbery in this era of evolved coffee culture. [NY Times] American Jews who also happen to be foodies have been looking to revive old Ashkenazic dishes that originated in Eastern Europe. [NY Times] The chef-owners of Seasonal Restaurant and ... More >>
via ebbra.comSo, this happened: An actual doctor has created an actual Emergency Bra (in severe-alert red, with lace edging), that you can, in an emergency, cover your face with so as to avoid breathing in toxic dirty bomb fumes, or whatnot. They sell for $29.95 at ebbra.com under the tagline ... More >>
If this was a regular sighting, you'd probably be happy too.Charities Aid Foundation has taken a look at countries doing charitable things -- giving money, helping a stranger, or volunteering time -- and guess where the U.S.A. ranked? Number five. Which is not horrible, but also maybe not as ... More >>
The beauty of classical bows and plucks
Having a bad day? Here's Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych getting hit in the head with an 8-foot wreath at a memorial service on Monday.
Smoked whitefish gefilte fish. Not filthy fish. On the Passover Seder table, there are few foods more reviled than gefilte fish. Burdened with the nickname "filthy fish" and typically sourced from glass jars where it's suspended in a viscous, gelatinous sludge, it's been likened to SPAM, ca ... More >>
No one parties like a gypsy
Madonna's world tour seems destined to provoke international incidents. She had already riled Poles by planning to perform on the Feast of the Annunciation, and they retaliated by sending prayer-bombs to kill two of her stagehands. Now Madge has done the unthinkable in Romania: spoken in defe ... More >>
Happy Friday--time for a drink. Usually, I hate flavored vodka with a passion. But this Honey Pepper vodka from the Ukraine is actually delicious, and very warming. I first had it at Smolen Bar and Grill (708 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn), a fantastically old-school Polish bar. You can serve this room tem ... More >>
Outside the New York perimeter, the world is, as usual, blowing up. Israel observed a brief truce to allow humatarian aid into Gaza, and then commenced to bomb the shit out of them again. Russia is doing its usual mid-winter nut-squeeze on the oil pipeline leading through the Ukraine to Europe, and ... More >>
Under a storied tent, Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder
You can help free a Cuban prisoner of conscience from a windowless underground cell
A military court, an alleged rape victim, and the question of reporters' rights
Ukraine takes everyone's eyes off Iraq, keeps Russkies off-balance