Occupy Wall Street's terrible twos began this morning with a familiar set of scenes: protesters holding signs. Protesters glaring at cops. Cops glaring at protesters. Dozens of metal barricades lining the streets between them. Everyone pausing to look in unison at the Hipster Cop and his improbably ... More >>
From George Washington hosting an epic goodbye party at Fraunces Tavern to the late Chumley's hosting, well, everybody during Prohibition, New York has always recognized the spirit of drinking and its place in history. Whether you're taking a vacation or working overtime this holiday weekend, here's ... More >>
The NY Botanical Garden makes the city in miniature
Did everyone have a good Presidents' Day off? We sure did here at Fork in the Road. We supped on mashed sweet potatoes, corn cakes, string beans with almonds, steak and kidney pie, and fish muddle, just a few of good ole George Washington's favorite foods. Just kidding -- we actually honored the lat ... More >>
German Rieslings are straying from sweet and heading toward dry, which some find disconcerting. [NY Times] Bottles of whiskey from distilleries closed during the 1980s' recession can be a solid investment. [Decanter] Bargains can be had with "second wines" from Bordeaux, like Château Marga ... More >>
Despite a unanimous vote in favor from Community Board 5, the Parks Department had seemed bent on denying "Tourist-in-Chief," the public art project by Leon Reid IV in which he hoped to dress Union Square's George Washington statue in tourist accoutrement: "I Love NY" cap, camera, subway map, and sh ... More >>
Making the case for beer at breakfast: forget mimosas; start your day with a coffee beer or even a maple brew. [Wall Street Journal] A case of 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy sold for $297,400 in Hong Kong, setting a world record for that vintage. [Bloomberg] President Obama is ... More >>
Run down to The Greenwich Village Follies at Manhattan Theatre Source, and when they ask the trivia question about a certain newspaper that started in 1955, yell, "The Village Voice!" You'll win a free condom. You should run there anyway because the revue -- a loosely structured glimpse at ... More >>
Public artist Leon Reid IV wants to turn Union Square's classical equestrian statue of George Washington -- you know, our first American president, that guy with the wig, on the horse -- into just another subway-map-gazing, fanny-pack-wearing, camera-toting tourist. At least it's a tourist on ... More >>
George Washington didn't really chop down a cherry tree, but he was fond of cherries.It is said that George Washington had wooden teeth, and they were on display in a museum somewhere. They told us that in elementary school. Actually, his dentures were carved from a hippo horn.
Penn State ArchiveLike George Washington, President Clinton dug ice cream -- lots of it.Nutritionist might sum up Bill Clinton's taste in food with a single expression: Junk Food. He was said to have gained 30 pounds during his first presidential compaign in 1992, topping out at over 200 pou ... More >>
Friday afternoon, and a Friday afternoon before a long weekend at that. So, without further ado, a look back at all that came before: Hamburger America's George Motz explains that White Castle was once a burger pioneer. Saltie and No. 7 Sub engage in a battle of the egg 'n' cheese breakfast sandwi ... More >>
(This is not Dennis Pogue.)Whiskey is as American as apple pie. At least that's what Dennis Pogue, chief archaeologist at Mount Vernon, would have you believe. Over the last several years, he's spent much of his time making George Washington's whiskey (our first president was a distiller, in ... More >>
This week in food blogs... Eater mapped of the hottest new 12 brunch spots. (Even though we all know brunch sucks.) Grub Street asked, will the new Bon Appetit, with its Gwyneth cover, matter? Midtown Lunch got excited about a brand new Jamaican food truck hitting the streets. Hello, Sunrise Gril ... More >>
Doth poor penmanship beget good beer?The New York Public Library is getting foodier everyday. Not only is it digitizing some 40,000 New York restaurant menus of yore, it's also taking a stab at George Washington's recipe for making beer.
On this Friday, April 29, 2011, the Empire State Building will be lit up blue, white and red in honor of "the British Consulate General in New York, in celebration of the royal wedding of His Highness Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton," according to the official lighting schedule. G ... More >>
Sure, it may not have the bombast of the 4th of July or the stoic dignity of MLK Day, but Presidents Day is a holiday worth celebrating. Hmm, "celebrating" is too strong a word. How about "observing?" No, that makes it sound almost religious, and it's far from that. Hey, some stores are havin ... More >>
Founded in 1906, Barbetta was the first restaurant in the city to serve Northern Italian cuisine, and was considered one of the greatest restaurants of its age. Though it has now fallen into obscurity, will it still make our 10 best list? It's easy enough to make a comparison of contemporary ... More >>
Fraunces Tavern: staying power. After months of renovations, Fraunces Tavern, the bar where George Washington said goodbye to his troops in 1783, reopened last night, the Daily News reports. The bar's original ceiling beams have been uncovered, and much of its new furniture has been made from ... More >>
Today President Obama did his annual Thanksgiving thing in the Rose Garden, reflecting on our grand holiday traditions and wishing Americans a happy turkey-day. And, most importantly, pardoning some turkeys.
Robert Manns directs Yorktown
President Obama is about to make, um, history, by becoming the first U.S. President to appear on a daytime TV talk show -- something George Washington or Abraham Lincoln could never actually get away with, media being what it was in those days (also, they weren't exactly lookers). In the mode ... More >>
ScofflawLibraries are having a tough time these days. The New York Public Library has already cut back its hours dramatically, in response to mid-year city budget cuts. (And that was even before a potential loss of state aid to the city, which could result in a loss of 19,000 municipal worker ... More >>
AleBovini/FlickrSweet, sweet Sunday. Easter, whether you celebrate it or not, has one universally appealing factor - treats, and lots of them. As if that's not enough, the bunny brought New York the nicest weather of the year, which makes everything much sweeter. So, we've found an ideal wa ... More >>
Surely you recall Victory or Death, the massive RZA-helmed tribute to Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze's George Washington Crossing the Potomac painting, except with Wu-Tang members and hidden ninjas and a website that plays a remix of "O Fortuna" at swelling volume? Well our pals at the LA Weekly had ... More >>
lseult/flickrFraunces TavernFraunces Tavern has been around since 1762. The Chamber of Commerce was formed there, and George Washington was a loyal patron. But almost 250 years of history is apparently no match for a crap economy: This Saturday, the restaurant will shut its doors, possibly fo ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives July 1, 1965, Vol. X, No. 37 Dawn's Early Light Saw Anti-War Banner on Arch By John Wilcock For about one hour early one morning last week a 30-foot banner fluttered from the top of Washington Square arch. Bearing the message END THE ... More >>
New Yorkers can do a lot of things other people can't: ride the Staten Island Ferry at midnight, have lunch in Central Park, etc. But we can't buy a damn bottle of wine at the grocery store. This year we had a chance to change it -- but the state's liquor stores and their lobbyists blocked it ... More >>
Celebrating composers' anniversaries
Bartender Leo Cook of Bloomington, Indiana has won T.G.I. Friday's Utimate Beverage competition with his "Vanilla Lemon Ice," which will be served at Friday's restaurants starting today. The drink comprises Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka, triple sec, lemonade and Sprite. Bring the kids! A young Harlem moth ... More >>
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 >>
The New York Sun touts SeeThroughNY, a website from the Empire Center of New York that allows citizens to look up school district labor contracts, state agency expenditures (via another website, the state comptroller's Open Book), state and community budget line-items, and even your public servants' ... More >>
Bush becomes commander in chief of Congress. The junior senator from New York objects.
What did our Founding Fathers Get Wasted On?
Freemans channels our forefathers for a more perfect restaurant
Hey, monotheism was good enough for George Washington! The Supreme Court's ruling on Monday that certain displays of the Ten Commandments in public buildings are unconstitutional was not that surprising, since the five justices who voted in the majority were basically upholding earlier rulings by t ... More >>
The Influence of Anxiety