For last week's review, I visited Harlem's Cheri (231 Lenox Avenue, 212-662-4374), a homey French restaurant from Alain Eoche that serves a great burger and not much else. Kitchen mishaps aside, Cheri also happens to be one of the more inviting restaurants that's opened in recent memory, in part bec ... More >>
Need a warm-up to get you through to April? Try a few events featuring hot sauce or warm matzo ball soup this weekend.
The spot featured in this week's review -- charming, charismatic Mountain Bird -- deftly balances the predicament of operating a destination-worthy restaurant while keeping the food at a price point meant to entice neighborhood residents. Down the street from the bistro's understated tile floors and ... More >>
This week we're adding a bit of fabulousness to your agenda. Partake in a night of Queeraoke (yes, that's exactly what it sounds like), party like a supermodel at Steven Kasher Gallery, and catch rousing dance performances by the lovely ladies of Victrola Burlesque. You're welcome.
Amiri Baraka, the poet, playwright, and activist, died last week at the age of 79. Befitting a man with such a long, complicated and controversial career, not even his obituaries could agree. The New York Times calls him "polarizing," while the Jerusalem Post opted, among other qualifiers, for "hate ... More >>
Harlem has been at the center of Lewis Tucker's life since he was a kid: "I grew up in the Bronx and Westchester and lived in Harlem," he explains. "I've been playing basketball here since I was 10 years old. I'm entrenched in Harlem." So years later, when he decided to add a restaurant to the colle ... More >>
Colum McCann crosses oceans and rivers
On Saturday night, delusional wanna-be cop and homicidal maniac George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a Seminole County, Florida jury. Yesterday, New York joined Oakland, Seattle, L.A., Boston, and a host of other cities in protesting the verdict. The march began in Union Square in the early afte ... More >>
Last week, crowds spilled out of restaurants on the stretch of Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 112th and 118th Streets as neighbors celebrated the return of warm weather with the second annual Food & Drink Boulevard event, where they savored cocktails and croquettes, danced to live music emanat ... More >>
Students protesting the end of Cooper Union's free educational model are still using president Jamshed Bharucha's office as the base of operations they claimed Wednesday morning. On Wednesday night, roughly 50-60 students from at least five other New York schools rallied on the ground in Cooper Squa ... More >>
Last week the 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) met at National Harbor in Maryland near DC. If you heard anything about it, you probably heard about a CPAC forum called "Are You Sick and Tired of Being Called a Racist and You Know You're Not One?" that was every bit the dis ... More >>
Celebrating two american legends
We took a stroll around the neighborhood this morning around 11. The only sounds were the whirl of police and ambulance sirens distant and close, and the steady ominous whoosh of the wind, carrying little stinging nuggets of rain. Fallen leaves swirled. The trees had begun bending. The only people o ... More >>
Coming right atcha, Third Avenue.Today's weather lends itself to thoughts of heavy drinking, making it a good time to spread some alcohol-related developments.
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. November 11, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 45 Why do they still march? By Robin Reisig Why are you marching? I ask the only three blacks who had showed up at the assembly point for blacks, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and Asian-Americans. Why? I a ... More >>
The Internet spells doom for many long-established periodicals
With gentrification comes an appetite for foods that don't originate in a deep-fryer, chain restaurant, or tub of Crisco. To wit: Grub Street reports that two marketing vets have joined forces to create Harlem Delivers, a service that transports food from restaurants outside the neighborhood ... More >>
The choreographer steps up to Lincoln and the Civil War
And coming of age in A Boy and His Soul
Breaking the outer limits
We have noticed that the young folk attending the Parade in recent years are less inclined toward sentimental Kennedy-era Irish kitsch, and more toward the darker, more modern vibe of the Dropkick Murphys and Boondock Saints. While we approve of alt-Celt and FIGHT ME I'M IRISH t-shirts, we are glad ... More >>
Rebel Voices shows the limits of liberal good intentions
Who pinched the chiles at the new Ethiopian?
Just as Hitler and Stalin couldn't ban jazz, Hurricane Katrina can't keep it and New Orleans down
West African boite expands the Senegalese menu
Two competing cuisines snuggle up in a single African bistro
Stephen Collins Foster is back on earth, wrestling with race: the entity in the woodpile
They're building again in America's black meccabut not necessarily with black labor
Plagiarizing, Fabricating, Way, Way Fallen Black Dude Seeks Salvation on 125th
Bringing Life Back to the Living
After Neighborhood Turnaround, HUD Seeks to Cash Out
What the Sodomy Ruling Has Changedand What It Hasn't
I Thought I Was Dying Every Day
Are They Africans or Americans?
A Community Fights for a SoHa Landmark
Our Historical Illiteracy
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Boulevard
DONDI and the Late, Great Art of Graffiti