I can't believe I'm going public with this, and I may well regret it, but here goes: I visited the new Gowanus Whole Foods (214 3rd Street, 718-907-3622) the other night and I really liked it. God help me. I need to emphasize: I'm not being paid to say this. I don't even write for this blog usuall ... 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.
Sometime very soon, the Environmental Protection Agency will release its final plan on how to clean up the incredibly polluted Gowanus Canal, a process that's expected to take years and cost $550 million. In the meantime, stop fishing there. No, seriously, that's something that people are still doin ... More >>
Since you were born, all your father wanted on his special day was to have someone deliver him his beloved newspaper and let him devour a plate of bacon. Now it's time to show him you've become a responsible, decision-making adult by taking him out for a Father's Day he won't forget. Here are a few ... More >>
The "stuffies" at Kittery are wonderful. Overflowing with fennel-flavored Italian sausage, they're Brooklyn on the half-shell. In the 1630s, when the first Dutch settlers started poking around in the swamps between what are now Carroll Gardens and Park Slope with an eye toward turning it into agri ... More >>
Spring is ripe with surprises (80 degrees, 40 degrees, you know the drill). This week, our professional eaters explored two curveball restaurants and were pleasantly delighted--though not equally--by each. Tejal Rao appreciated the food at Pearl & Ash more than the dark and noisy space on the Bowery ... More >>
A cool frothy glass of Sheiss Weiss Dunkel Brooklyn breweries pumping out craft beers are now common enough, so it takes a new approach to cause a splash, and that is just what Sanford O'Sheiss, founder of fledgling Olde Gowanus Brewery, has done. This Stevens Institute graduate began his project ... More >>
Brother Jimmy's BBQ's pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw option, this one from the Union Square branch. Note the presence of the charred outer parts of the meat, sometimes known as "Mr. Brown." [In connection with a feature that will be appearing this Wednesday in the Village Voice, I've revisited ... More >>
The Gowanus Canal, which has the unique honor(?) of being one of the few water bodies in America that can kill a baby whale, might soon lose its century-old street cred as a cesspool for industrial waste. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency met with area residents and shared its ... More >>
Last week, Runnin' Scared brought you news of Leif Percifield, a Parsons grad student who's working diligently to develop a phone app, DontFlushMe, that could prevent 27 billion gallons of shit from flowing into New York's waterways yearly. A lot of this raw sewage enters the City's harbors as overf ... More >>
Truffle chawan mushi from EN Japanese Brasserie (click on image to enlarge) What does it mean to call a dish "astonishing"? Well, it has to be beautiful to look at, innovative within its canon, and perfectly executed. It has to surprise as well as satisfy. Such a designation can occur only ... More >>
via Rubulad's KickstarterThe announcement of this month's Rubulad bash, which takes place this Saturday near the Gowanus Canal, comes with the note "please forward wildly." There are plenty of good reasons for this, the least of which is that it will be awesome; the forthcoming installment of ... More >>
A while back, we were all a bit concerned about our New York City water exploits. A fire in the engine room at the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Harlem caused the plant to shut down, spewing nasty water out into our nearby bodies of H20, and officials deemed the Hudson, and parts ... More >>
Littleneck, or a rendering thereof.While the Gowanus doesn't exactly summon comparisons to Cape Cod, Aaron Lefkove is planning to make its dining options a wee bit more evocative of the New England shore.
Brian Chase (l) and Alan Licht (r) perform at Kenny's Castaways on June 23. Second Annual Undead Jazzfest Kenny's Castaways, Sullivan Hall, (le) poisson rouge, The Bell House, Littlefield, CrossFit Gym, Homage Skateboard Training Facility Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25 Better ... More >>
pbase.comAt one time, Lundy's was the world's largest restaurant, seating 2,800 hungry souls. Shed a tear for Brooklyn's great restaurants of the past. They once defined life in the borough, making it unnecessary to toddle to Manhattan for a lively and memorable night out, and they died as t ... More >>
The festival featured 20 unique beers created for the occasion, plus a slew of Sixpoint standards. Saturday, Boston's BeerAdvocate and Brooklyn's Sixpoint Brewery collaborated to stage a benefit for the Human Society of New York. There were over 600 attendees in each of two sessions, one aft ... More >>
In the not-so-distant past, Brooklyn was filled with marijuana plants "as tall as Christmas trees" in vacant lots, as reported by the Brooklyn Eagle in 1951. Ben Gocker, a librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, recently found clippings in a folder called "Crime: Drugs: Marijuana," which de ... More >>
Samples of human cheese were offered last night at Feast in Greenpoint. Human cheese is one of those topics you wish would just go away. It first reared its ugly head last year when a blogger-chef from a certain Chelsea bistro suggested he'd milked his wife to make cheese for a private party ... More >>
Alas, poor Fabio. "If only he would have consulted with me," says Richard plaintively, "he'd probably still be here." But he's gone, baby, gone, felled by a misbegotten burger. And so everyone else is left to troop back to the kitchen for the Quickfire Challenge, where Padma, looking almost ... More >>
Stephen Malkmus, at the first of Pavement's 50 shows here. Pics by Rob unless noted otherwise.The 100-plus shows I saw this year spanned from the Cake Shop to Radio City Music Hall, from Williamsburg block parties to Michael Bolton's house in Connecticut, the events that occurred therein all ... More >>
As you emerge from the schvitzy oven that is New York's subway system today, indulge in that new heat and sunshine with the help of the Voice's special pull-out 2010 Summer Guide. Keep yourself busy above ground during the three-month sweat-stained shitshow that is a summer in New York City, ... More >>
How the best weekly dance party in town wound up alongside the Gowanus Canal
We're betting the Fork in the Road Double Down will prove to be even tastier than the KFC version--once the latter's tardy ass appears four days from now. KFC's new Double Down Sandwich is a thisiswhyyourefat.com dream come true: two extensively breaded chicken breasts, several slices of Mon ... More >>
Shaya Boymelgreen can get you a room with a view.New York, circa 2005 -- the building boom is transforming neighborhoods like Williamsburg, DUMBO, and the Financial District. During that period, Shaya Boymelgreen and his partner, diamond magnate Lev Leviev, built condos faster than just ab ... More >>
The Staten Island Republican primary to choose a candidate to compete for Vito Fossella's former seat, currently held by Democrat Michael McMahon, may take place between Michael Allegretti, the 31-year-old scion of a Bay Ridge family whose family business was investigated for ties to the Gambino fam ... More >>
We recently published our Best of NYC issue, the Voice's annual opportunity to bestow awards like Best Vigilante and Best New Snarky Media-Gossip Site on our favorite things. In turn, we asked a few of our favorite New Yorkers to name their favorite local things. Nathan KensingerIn the Kitchen, a ... More >>
The cooks from Hapa Kitchen pose for an exclusive Village Voice photo after serving hundreds at the Brooklyn Yards. According to the Hapa Kitchen website, "hapa" is a Hawaiian word used to describe people of mixed race, generally half Asian and half Western. Now a consortium of cooks ... More >>
Brave brit will not be deterred by PCBs or anti-terror squad
Never trust a landlord, even if you're a powerful community board. Gowanus Lounge has learned that Community Board 6, which had given conditional approval on February 11 to Toll Brothers' condo project on the Gowanus, thinks they've been swindled. Toll Brothers received the approval on the condition ... More >>
A nomadic experimental-music spot gets a lovely (and hopefully permanent) new home
The Gowanus Canal inspires some poetry in Maggie Nelson's latest
Highbrow? Lowbrow? New York welcomes Spaceman Blues's alien invasion.
Down the Mississippi with the Miss Rockaway Armada
It's cheerful on Fifth: "Hey, Bob, I'm just coming out of the barbershop"
Is New York's Marriage Law Gender Neutral? The City Council Speaker Says Yes. The Mayor Says No. It's Time for the Rest of us to March.
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