After being locked in the back of a U-Haul truck, Mariano Lucas Domingo saw a literal light at the end of the tunnel -- he punched his way through a small opening in the roof and freed himself. An illegal immigrant from Guatemala, Domingo expected to make about $200 a week picking tomatoes in Immoka ... More >>
One of New York's original coffee shops, Joe, is now offering three different Central American micro-lots every Monday and Saturday morning until sold out, but only at particular locations. As the name "micro-lot" implies, there are only so many bags of these unique coffees, so tasting these beans r ... More >>
New York's Immigrations and Customs Enforcement field office has dramatically increased the number of women whose movements it is tracking via GPS-enabled ankle monitors this year, according to statistics provided to the Voice. In 2012 ICE only put 24 ankle monitors on women in New York; in 2013 t ... More >>
#452620278 / gettyimages.comBetween October 2013 and July 2014, 62,998 unaccompanied children crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, according to Customs and Border Protection. An estimated 10,000 of those children are being released to family members or sponsors in New York state, where they must appear b ... More >>
#160341293 / gettyimages.comSome 52,000 unaccompanied infants, children and teens have been apprehended along the United States' Southern border since October of last year; twenty nine of them appeared in federal immigration court in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday. They represent the first wave of som ... 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.
This is part two of a two-part interview with NYC's own Erin McCarthy, the 2013 World Brewers Cup Champion. Part one, which was posted a few weeks ago, covered his experiences, personal preferences, and thoughts on coffee's third wave. This week, the focus is on the future of coffee, and we conclude ... More >>
How is it possible that in 2012 not one single Japanese-style coffee shop (Kissaten) operated in the most international city in the world? After all, we have some of the best sushi restaurants, there are over one hundred restaurants serving ramen, sake bars can be found in several neighborhoods, and ... More >>
If you watched (obsessed over) Breaking Bad, you might remember the moment in the second half of season five (episode 603 entitled "Sunset", to be precise) when Gale Boetticher introduced Walter White to his coffee-making apparatus over a fresh cooked batch of meth. The machinery looks complex, but ... More >>
Over the past decade, a slew of art devoted to the cause of amnesty for illegal immigrants has flourished across the United States, everything from music to YouTube videos, posters to poems. It follows in the grand tradition of Mexican protest songs about la frontera and migra, a genre that goes bac ... More >>
It's not often that a former president of an entire nation is extradited to the United States on criminal charges, but that happened today as the feds took custody of former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo on money-laundering charges.
Sure, it could be a coincidence that the Smith-9th Street station reopened one day before Red Hook's superstar vendors from El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, and the DR set up around the ballfields. But I think the universe is conspiring to bring you a perfect sunny afternoon of horchata and tacos in ... More >>
Bag numbers 19 (left) and 18 (right) were, respectively, Blue Bottle's Guatemala Maya Ixil, roasted in Brooklyn, and Four Barrel's Guatemala Antigua Santa Cruz, roasted in San Francisco. I drink a lot of coffee at home, ground from beans right before being deposited in a French press. I saved the ... More >>
The city gets some long overdue regional Mexican fare
The Guatemalan chayote-and-chicken stew called jacon at Tierras Centro Americanas [See More Ask the Critics: Where to Plan a Bachelorette Dinner | How Do I Become a Food Writer?] David C. asks - A friend of mine has been trekking in Guatemala, and tells me about the wonderful food he's encountere ... More >>
Joe brings Guatemala to your press pot. [See More Kaffee Klatsch: Espresso To Stay, Surfboard To Go? | Black Coffee Roasting Company Beans Arrive at Murray's] Walk around San Francisco's South Bay for a while, through Silicon Valley towns like Mountain View and Palo Alto, and you're likely to dis ... More >>
This is what you've been waiting for...or maybe not. [See More 'Ew': 5 Awful Songs About Noodles | Zombie Bread, Yikes!] We may be witnessing the birth of a new frozen treat genre. No, I think I can say that with certainty, though perhaps there were inklings decades ago when Baskin-Robbins introd ... More >>
[See More Interviews: Bitchin' Kitchen's Nadia G | Runner and Stone's Peter Endriss] Yesterday, Fork in the Road ran the first installment of this interview with owners Karen Cantor and Andrew Ding of the Chipped Cup, a new coffee shop in Harlem. Today, we follow-up and chat about the neighborhood ... More >>
A waffle cone costs you no more than a regular cone at Eataly's Gelateria. The creamy imported-from-Italy treat called gelato has taken the city by ice storm over the last decade, and even old-guard Italian ice palaces have started selling it. This cousin of ice cream (which sports a lower fat con ... More >>
The United States Attorney's Office has filed charges against a Georgia man for allegedly embezzling more than $17 million from the bank he manages. The problem, however, is that he's now missing -- he's also apparently suicidal.Aubrey Lee Price has been missing since June 16, after he was last seen ... More >>
This month, to celebrate the Internet's unbridled love for wallowing in nostalgia and even greater relishing of talking about why certain cultural artifacts are horrible, Sound of the City presents First Worsts, a series in which our writers remember the first time... they ever hated a song enough t ... More >>
There are a lot of food events going on this weekend, but I picked up a quick breakfast around the Red Hook Ball Fields. Every year, vendors from El Salvador, Mexico, DR, Colombia and Guatemala sell out of trucks parked along the fields, where kids play soccer and families set up for the day to watc ... More >>
Doom-folk lifer Larkin Grimm is known mostly for 2008's desolate, pastoral daymare Parplar and her colorfully wry outlook (her hilarious MySpace post about attending SXSW in 2009 is required reading). The last four years have been nothing short of monumental for Grimm; she moved to Spanish Harlem, l ... More >>
Shop till you drop? No, you wont drop. Its all right here.
It's surf season in New York
There is a veritable peach war going on between Georgia, the peach state, and South Carolina, a growing peach market. [NY Times] The Rockefeller Center Greenmarket is back, bringing fresh, local fruits, vegetables, honey, and more to midtown. [DNA Info] A new survey of dining trends conclu ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. September 20, 1973, Vol. XVIII, No. 38 The Press Desk by Alexander Cockburn THERE HAVE BEEN HEADLINES in the papers and cover stories in Time and Newsweek but one of the central facts about Chile, so far as the world's newspaper-readin ... More >>
A woman fights deportation Norma Cordon, 35, emigrated from Morales Izabal, Guatemala, in 1997, crossing the border with two small children in tow and, after paying thousands of dollars and facing numerous difficulties, she finally arrived in Newark, where she's lived for 10 years, El Dia ... More >>
Sprinkled with sesame seeds, marinated jellyfish makes a memorable summer salad The last couple of decades have flooded NYC with colorful cuisines many of us never knew existed, and stocked ethnic markets with exotic ingredients that had strange names and fascinating properties. This influx ... More >>
And why don't more Mexicans go to museums?
And why do Mexicans jump so much?
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 4, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 5 Heteros have problems too By Andrew Sarris I am 42, going on 43, and I have never had a homosexual experience. Thus, if only by the process of elimination (and an ecstatically happy marriage), I must q ... More >>
Operation Streamline Costs Millions, Tramples the Constitution, Treats Migrants Like Cattle, and Doesn't Work
• In the wake of Tropical Storm Agatha, there is a giant sinkhole in Guatemala City, and it is terrifying. "It may look like it's impossible to fix, but we've done it before," says David de Leon, spokesman for the Guatemala disaster response agency. Video of the sinkhole here. • BP has l ... More >>
"I am only ashamed that I waited this many months to act. I hereby resign my membership in the Church of Scientology." Over the past few days, a remarkable letter was published in four parts at the blog of Marty Rathbun, a former high-level Scientology official who has left the church and no ... More >>
Rudy went to bat for the Yanks, and look what he scored.
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