It's been a slow, uphill battle, but more and more, Brooklynites are winning rounds over Manhattanites in the "my-place-or-yours" social gathering predicament. And while vaguely loftier apartments or fair neighborhood rotation might be at play, you can't negate the charming restaurants in the boroug ... More >>
In a Sandy-wrecked metropolis, New Yorkers learned how vulnerable their phones are once the lights go out; without electricity, nomadic residents were left charge-less at a time when communication with the outside world was needed more than ever. Luckily, as a gift to the city (presumably out of sha ... More >>
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
A month after we learned of their plans to bring Chicago-style wieners on wheels to New York, Liz and Zeph Courtney have written in to inform us that their Snap Food Truck will be making a number of appearances throughout the city this month.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. for the New York City stop of the Rock The Bells Festival, which will take place on September 3 at Governors Island. The lineup for the all-star hip-hop concert, during which a slew of heavyweights (Nas, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Raekwon & Ghostface) will revisit album ... More >>
Free music for the masses
Really?There are a lot of neat places in New York, tourist attraction or otherwise, which is why we were pretty shocked to learn that one of the most photographed spots in the city is the Fifth Avenue Apple Store. (The findings were based on one researcher's experiment with Flickr geotags.) C ... More >>
Beer-happy picnickers were not too happy at this Sunday's first annual Brewers' Pic Nyc at Governors Island about having to wait for a whole extra hour before they could start drinking. Organizers were apparently confused about New York's blue laws, which were changed in 2006, making it legal ... More >>
July is shaping up to be an auspicious month for those who like their meat charred and consumed out of doors: Not only will Meatopia lower its fat haunches onto Brooklyn Bridge Park on July 23, but Cook Out NYC will take over Governors Island two weeks prior.
Here comes Lauryn Hill again, everyone -- after gracing us with her presence at August's Rock the Bells retro hip-hop spectacular at Governors Island (which was either a total disaster or a fount of "majestic retro-future space-metal," depending on your inclinations), she's suddenly playing a ... More >>
Fiji Water is shutting down its operations on the island due to a tax hike imposed by Fiji's government. The company is owned by billionaire investors Lynda Resnick and Stewart Resnick, who also own POM Wonderful. [Wall Street Journal] Burger King's monthlong "King of the Road" bus tour has ... More >>
On Friday, there's only three places we'd want to be. In Manhattan, The Fader is throwing an afterparty for those of us who won't be attending the Gorillaz takeover at Madison Square Garden. Spin, the Flatiron ping-pong hall/bar/dancerie, will host tonight's revelry, which is less corny than ... More >>
Not only do the Guerrilla Ice Cream guys make excellent ice cream, they know how to juggle, too. Both the sun and the crowds turned out in force for the sixth-annual Vendy Awards, which were held on Saturday on Governors Island. Some twelve hundred people showed up to patronize 18 food truck ... More >>
phillylunchcarts.comThe Philly food trucks are coming.Philadelphia will indeed be spreading the brotherly love when three food trucks from the city make their way to New York in time for the Vendy Awards, taking place this weekend.
Jimmy Carbone, proprietor of Jimmy's No. 43 and Craft Beer proselytizer, is going to be busy next week. In addition to hosting a number of Craft Beer Week events, he's gearing up for Pig Island, the pork and beer blow-out he's presiding over on Governors Island on Saturday, Oct. 2. The event ... More >>
Behold the amazing talents of Ryan Dombal.In the week someone introduced us to the term "rap sabbatical," we got investigative, bringing news of the newfound hip-hop ban at Savalas (which sent DJ Ayres packing), HARD Fest's harsh words for M.I.A., Lil Wayne's prefe ... More >>
Intolerance—imported and domestic—invades a 9/11 anniversary
Let's try this again, shall we? Pic by Puja Patel.So M.I.A.'s last show here, headlining July's HARD Festival at Governors Island, was an unpleasant experience for all involved, due to some combination of technical difficulty, weather calamity, and further bad mojo from her seemingly cursed 2 ... More >>
Ah, Labor Day weekend. Your last chance to wear white pants and white sandals (though my best friend tells me they're awful all year round). As for your weekend partying, skip the beach -- summer isn't over until the 22nd, so you still have time. Instead, welcome back NYC's nightlife and stay ... More >>
In a week wherein we bid adieu to both Fat Beats and Paste magazine, we needed something to fill the void, be that the Das Racist video game or, far less pleasantly, a glowering, shirtless Rick Ross. Good thing this one's over with.
The woman of the hour, polarizing the Governors Island masses last Saturday. Pic by Rebecca Smeyne.So despite months of confusion and trepidation, Lauryn Hill really did play a full set at Governors Island Saturday as part of the Rock the Bells festival's vintage hip-hop blowout -- and our o ... More >>
Chillax with Panda Bear and friends
We're going to recommend you avoid Manhattan this weekend. Thanks to NYU and Columbia, every 20-year-old within a ten-mile radius will either be moving back into their dorms or celebrating the end of summer with one last cityside hurrah. Instead, take Friday night off and keep yourself in the ... More >>
Goodbye to all that. Photo by Sam Horine.In the week one of our team successfully transitioned into the "expert" phase of her juggalo fascination, the rest of us just kind of got silly. Hence: the top ten songs named "Fuck You" or the immediate equivalent; Jay-Z's ten most shameful rock and r ... More >>
• Israel and Palestinian will reportedly return to negotiations for the first time in almost two years. Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, will probably be invited by President Obama to Washington in early September to ... More >>
The Mayor stands tall
Just how heavy a lift Mike Bloomberg took on last week when he ferried over to Governors Island to put the downtown mosque debate in the context of this city's great tradition of religious freedom came a little clearer yesterday with the new polls: He's way down. For the first time in five y ... More >>
Friday night in Manhattan, Webster Hall is the place to be. It's the year of dubstep, apparently, and U.K. duo Nero headline an especially solid lineup for tonight's Girls and Boys, along with L.A.'s Gaslamp Killer. The ravetastic Flashing Lights crew kick off the night with electro and glows ... More >>
So. M.I.A. at Governors Island Saturday night: unpleasant experience. M.I.A. in 2010: a series of unpleasant experiences, many not necessarily her fault, etc. etc. Now comes word that she'll make it up to us, with a Free Show to Be Named Later, perhaps with your HARD Festival ticket stub, whi ... More >>
Die Antwoord Music Hall of Williamsburg Sunday, July 25 Yo-landi Visser, one-half of the notorious internet phenom South African rap project Die Antwoord, has a thing for spanking her own gold, spandex-plated butt. Naturally, this is a distracting spectacle to see onstage at the Music Hall of Wil ... More >>
Dame and Tallulah. Not pictured: Sienna Miller. Photo by Raquel M. Horn.In this week's Village Voice, Ben Detrick profiles the post-Roc-a-Fella edition of Damon Dash as he haltingly embarks on a kinder, gentler comeback. Elsewhere, Sean Fennessey dissects the two halves of California's pre-em ... More >>
One tiny island can't hold all this awesome . . . can it?
. . . in about 19 days
via the Huffington PostFrom childhood onward, books, fairy tales, and idealistic parents condition women to desire a handsome prince. Then, eventually, the notion is accepted as a metaphor for whatever acceptable guy you've got (He held the door for me -- what a prince!). But when a real prin ... More >>
Ladies, ladies, ladies. It's time to dig deep for that Chelsy Davy impersonation and maybe freshen up your roots, because a real, live prince is in town this weekend. And even though he's only third in line for the throne and has, to be fair, exhibited some behavior perhaps ill suiting the cr ... More >>
Prince Harry saddles up on Governors Island
It doesnt get more American than Rosanne Cash
Take one down, pass it around
The calm before the storm.To the great joy of those of us who enjoy consuming food on large swaths of grass, Governors Island will be open to the public beginning this Saturday, June 5. Water Taxi Beach will return with its line-up of burgers and wieners. They will provide but a prelude to th ... More >>
Start at about 4:15 here to see the B-52's attempt, unsuccessfully, to make it all the way through "Roam" at an ill-fated Governors Island show last night, which began in the wake of probably the hottest day of the summer and ended with a fusillade of hella cinematic lightning that sent the band f ... More >>
Few things we love here more than Janelle Monae. Unfortunately our resident "space cowgirl" correspondent had his own event to attend, so Rebecca Smeyne went in his place to photograph the r&b superstar open for Erykah Badu, also no slouch to the strange-while-riveting live performer depart ... More >>
Paul Lowry/flickrIt's been a busy summer at the Street Vendor Project. Both a recent spike in new-wave vendors and a New York Times article about vendor permit fraud brought increased attention to the group, which advocates on behalf of its 750 members. "We've been contacted by a lot of radio statio ... More >>
-- Lupe Fiasco released the first single from his upcoming album, Lasers. The track is the spacey "Shining Down," which has Lupe taking a dig at autotune by using it. It leaked last month to the rapper's dismay. He plays Governors Island on Sept 11 (tickets go on sale Friday at noon) and SUNY's Dewa ... More >>
Has Pizza Hut changed its name to "The Hut"? Despite the chain using this shorter name on its signage and delivery boxes, it claims that the name has not officially changed. Apparently, "The Hut" is just a "simpler and easier" nickname for the "texting generation" to use. If they're going to go ther ... More >>
Two choreographers make the city their stage
On patrol with the 119th New York Volunteers
Waking up is hard to do, though eventually they do and embrace life