This week's feature story, The Tragedy of Louis Scarcella, explores the context of the now-infamous Brooklyn detective's career. It explained how the culture of policing changed over the years in response to the city's rising crime rate. Crime, in many ways, shaped the modern history of New York Cit ... More >>
When seeking an enduring taste of this city's culinary heritage, look for preservatives. Smoke and salt have been used as methods of preserving foods far longer than New York has had a grid plan, but the ways in which these techniques were utilized by turn-of-the-century Eastern European immigrants ... More >>
Last week, we told you about Jessica Krigsman, a Brooklyn woman who's suing the city after she says she was wrongfully arrested last summer for sitting topless in a Gravesend park. According to the suit, Krigsman was sitting on a bench when two cops approached and told her to get dressed; when she d ... More >>
Despite the February memo telling NYPD officers not to arrest topless women, some cops seem not have gotten it. Jessica Krigsman is suing the city over her arrest for going topless at a Brooklyn Park last summer, even though the practice is legal in New York City.
Gravesend's version of the sainted roast-beef mozzarella hero Last week, FiTR pitted a pair of excellent Italian-American roast beef heros found in Hoboken, New Jersey against each other. These classic sandwiches featured roast beef done rare to medium rare and thinly sliced, just-made mozzarella ... More >>
On Monday, Michael Volpe, 32, and Alisa Volpe, 25, were arrested in their apartment in Brooklyn's Gravesend neighborhood by the NYPD when the cops gained entry with a search warrant. No big deal, because this is the NYPD, and that's what they do. But when cops searched the apartment, they found an ... More >>
Red sauce diaries
Outré cinephilia with the bridge-and-tunnel set
A lot has happened since SOTC met Ava Luna two and a half years ago. Drummer Alex Smith has been replaced by the returning Julian Fader, who played with an earlier iteration of the band (in the interim, he was a member of bands like Quilty and a couple others). The backup vocal trio is down to a due ... More >>
According to data released to us by OkCupid, some New York City neighborhoods are more likely to make connections on the dating site than others. This may seem intuitive in some ways, but it's better to know these things for sure, right? After all, just like that map that tells us where the single m ... More >>
A bit of good news as the passing of 2011 nears: homicides were down five percent for the year, the overall crime rate was flat, and fires killed just 64 people, the second lowest number of fire fatalities since 1916, the mayor's office says. But the neighborhood crime numbers reveal several trouble ... More >>
Take a toki without fear of arrest under the F tracks
7:15pm, Bensonhurst, Friday, August 12 This rather alarming and discouraging sign -- symbolic of a long hot summer -- sat in front of the Lotto machine at Avenue P Pizza Lotto Beer at the corner of Avenue P and McDonald Avenue in the shadow of the F tracks.
Which takes precedence? A newspaper reporter's right to protect a source? Or a criminal defendant's right to information that could save him from a murder conviction? This week, we're learning that a judge chose a murder defendant over the Daily News. The judge, Mark Dwyer of Brooklyn Suprem ... More >>
The wacky windows at Cowgirl Hall of Fame have been entertaining kids for upwards of two decades. Bulletin boards and blogs are filled with endless discussions of which restaurants to bring children to, and which to avoid. Some sites favor places that concentrate on simple-minded food like p ... More >>
• Switzerland has refused to extradite Roman Polanski to the U.S. over a child sex case (regarding a 13-year-old girl) dating from 1977, and he has been freed from house arrest. "The reason for the decision lies in the fact that it was not possible to exclude with the necessary certainty a ... More >>
The Turkish slider, in all its oozy glory Just as the slider phenomenon has petered out in the city's tonier restaurants (I'm even embarrassed to be caught saying the word "slider"), just as it's gone the way of bacon and pork belly in the blogs and print media - zoom! Sliders have gone worl ... More >>
Requiem for a dreamland
Letting schoolkids grow things in gardens has become controversial, the Times informs us today. Alice Waters, who runs Chez Panisse in Berkeley, has a foundation that endows programs in which children raise gardens at school. One of the "Edible Schoolyard" projects is starting in Gravesend, g ... More >>
The Edible Schoolyard will soon be sprouting in Gravesend. Fifteen years after Alice Waters built the original Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, Ca., the program's first New York affiliate is set to bloom in Brooklyn.
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Brooklyn's Ava Luna is the rare band that needs to be heard to be believed. In the band's hazy, floaty, post-TVOTR-maybe conceit, post-punk grooves, soaring soul harmonies, and classic indie detachm ... More >>
Hate crime task force members Stephon Garland, Gregory Wilson, and Faisal Khan, all people of color, say they were canvassing in Gravesend concerning a shooting which took out the windows of a black woman's car in that very white section of Brooklyn. As they were out of uniform, the local Shomrim Je ... More >>
Are you prepared for yet another pizza style? Veloce Pizzeria, the latest project of the Bar Veloce foks, occupies the former Teresa's, a Polish restaurant on First Avenue in the East Village. The space now conforms to the familiar Bar Veloce idea of design, with a deep dining room and a long b ... More >>
Battle Week in Brooklyn, a chance for history buffs to stomp on old war grounds, starts this Thursday and has events planned through August 27. It celebrates when the British attacked at Denyse's Ferry and Gravesend on Brooklyn's south shore on August 22, 1776, during the revolutionary war. [Only t ... More >>
As mob-fighting mayor, Giuliani did nothing but help the guyand get helped in return
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Sailing away to Turkey and beyond on Coney Island Avenue
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Russian Fast Food Comes to Gravesend
An Old Con Surfaces in Multimillion-Dollar City Project
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Is 'Stone Cold Rudy' Down for the Count?
How Salvatore Miciotta got away with murder