• Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Make Marcus Samuelsson's Spicy Mexican Chili, from Red Rooster Harlem

    Red Rooster's answer to chili (and chilly).​It's cold outside. Damn cold. Experts say one of the best remedies for this weather is a steaming bowl of hearty, meaty chili. And by experts we mean Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem. He shares the recipe for his Spicy Mexican Chili and urges ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Murder, Murder, Murder, Drunk Driving

    Assorted tragedies and screw-ups: • An 18-year-old black man was found dead in the wee hours Sunday at West 136th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem. Cops found him at 3:10 a.m., shot "in his torso," as they put it. He was DOA at Harlem Hospital. Cops haven't released his name, and no one's be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Magnolia Sets Up Mission Control in Harlem, Readies for World Domination

    Then one day, the cupcakes started eating us.​The cupcake cartel that is Magnolia isn't just opening five new locations around the country. It's priming itself for world domination with a new 5,200-square-foot production facility in Harlem, according to the Wall Street Journal. The new factory ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Sharpton and NYPD Team Up to Buy Back Guns

    ​City Hall can't decide if it wants you to have guns or not! Police commissioner Ray Kelly and Reverend Al Sharpton had a press conference today, announcing a gun buyback program to take illegal guns off the streets...just weeks after Mayor Michael Bloomberg slashed the fee for a gun permit from $ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Charles Rangel, New Guy in Congress, Vows to Clean Up Cop Corruption

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 11, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 6 Corruption makes the world go round By Clark Whelton In February, 1960, Adam Clayton Powell stood up on the floor of the House of Representatives and delivered a speech entitled "The Immorality of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    The Red Rooster Will Be All About Harlem

    ​Marcus Samuelsson has been a busy, busy man lately, what with winning Top Chef Masters, designing cookware for the Manhattan Target, and getting the Red Rooster up and running in Harlem. Samuelsson shared some details about the restaurant with Paper magazine, and from the sounds of it, he has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Good Time Charlie Rangel Celebrates as Times Outs Developer Pal

    ​Growing evidence yesterday that the mid-summer heat is frying everyone's brains. In the Mets clubhouse at Citifield, K-Rod head-butts his father in law. He is arrested. David Dinkins, the most dignified politician to ever walk up the City Hall steps, flips the bird to a protestor outside the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    "14,000 NEW Upscale Harlem Households" Inspire Harlem Delivers

    ​With gentrification comes an appetite for foods that don't originate in a deep-fryer, chain restaurant, or tub of Crisco. To wit: Grub Street reports that two marketing vets have joined forces to create Harlem Delivers, a service that transports food from restaurants outside the neighborhood ... More >>

  • News

    June 1, 2010

    Black Parents vs. the Teachers' Union

    Union intransigence hits a low point

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    New Siren Festival Additions!: The Night Marchers, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Earl Greyhound, Wye Oak, and Screaming Females

    ​If the ace, tenth-anniversary themed line-up of our very own Siren Festival--featuring Matt & Kim, Ted Leo, Surfer Blood, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Harlem--wasn't convincing you, how about some new additions? San Diego ex-Hot Snakes guitar slingers The Night Marchers, the tiny firebra ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 18, 2010


    Pop the kickstand on your weekly art fix

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    April 28, 2010

    This Week In The Voice: Every Hour is Happy Hour

    ​What if you lived in a city where there was a bar with a happy hour, for every hour of the day? Guess what, New Yorkers: You do.

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    The 1968 Columbia University Takeover!

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 2, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 29 The Groovy Revolution: Fold, Spindle, Mutilate by Richard Goldstein FOLD You could tell something more than springtime was brewing at Columbia by the crowds around the local Chock Full, jumping and gestu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Tonight! Holy Fuck, Adam Green, Nickel Eye, Vivian Girls, Reading Rainbow, Harlem, Gang Gang Dance, Hot Chip, Titus Andronicus, Das Racist, Boy Crisis, TOBACCO, Real Estate, HEALTH, Andrew WK, Cold Cave, 17th Annual WBAR-B-Q, And Charlotte Gainsbourg

    Norman Wong​Take a look above at Holy Fuck. Those blank, wide-eyed creatures make berzerker caveman grooves, a primitive stomping of drums and keyboard mashing. This vented fury is best exemplified by their MySpace quote: "Who the fuck is Bilbo Baggins?!" They begin your Friday night at Cake S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Do You Believe In Hauntings?

    ​I had this conversation with a dear friend recently: He: "I was at the Apollo Theater in Harlem last night and learned that the place is haunted." (I rolled eyes) He: "What are you trying to say?"

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    Harlem Woman Found Stabbed in Apartment

    View Larger Map Date: Monday, March 1, 2010, at 946 p.m. Location: 560 West 165 street, Harlem, Manhattan. The police were called last night to an apartment at the above address where they found a 35-year-old woman stabbed repeatedly in the chest. She was declared dead at the scene. Her identity ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Times: Harlem Turning White!

    ​How to put this? "For nearly a century," says the Times, "Harlem has been synonymous with black urban America..." Yes, go on. "But the neighborhood is in the midst of a profound and accelerating shift..." Yes, what? "In greater Harlem... blacks are no longer a majority of the population -- a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    The French Meryl Streep Speaks!

    ​Bonjour, kiddies. CLICK HERE and read my Thanksgiving week column giving praises to film star Isabelle Huppert, who swept into town to do a play, promote a movie, and act all Frenchy, in between talking to me about her life choices. I aso journeyed to Harlem for a rousing production of Dream ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    The City Moves Forward With Plans for East Harlem Kitchen Incubator

    The city has put together some innovative plans to help people grapple with the recession in recent months -and at least one of them will please foodies all over the city. By the year's end, the city's Economic Development Corporation says it will outfit a 4,000 square-foot commercial kitchen in Eas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2009

    Weekend Special: Some of Our Favorite Restaurant Names, Part 2

    ​ Mookie's No Pork On My Fork, Harlem While traveling around town and around the country, the Fork in the Road staff always keeps its eyes peeled for interesting and amusing restaurant names. Back in April, we published a collection that included Young City Fish Balls (Manhattan Chinatown), F ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 29, 2009
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    September 1, 2009

    Good Morning, Big L

    via​Big L's Harlem mural got a touch-up and a rededication on Sunday, when family, friends, and fans came together at 140th and Lenox Ave to remember Lamont Coleman and catch a preview of a new documentary about the slain rapper, entitled Street Struck: The Big L Story.

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    4 Guys Try to Rob Harlem Shop, Get Shotgunned Instead; 2 Die

    ​Four men tried to rob the Kaplan Brothers Blue Flame Corporation in Harlem today, and the owner of the business dispatched them with a shotgun. Two went to the afterlife, one hobbled several blocks to St. Luke's Hospital, and the last just wandered off bleeding, but was apprehended. A witnes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    A Handbook, Not a Handout: Bill Clinton's Zagat Guide to Harlem

    ​Evidently, Bill Clinton isn't done trying to improve things for business owners of Harlem without handing them any (often badly needed) cash. The Clinton Foundation and Zagat Survey have rolled out a new guide to Harlem as part of the Clinton Economic Opportunity Initiative (CEO). According t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    On the Stump: Citywide Candidates' Latest Doings

    ​Damn, August already -- and we haven't paid our rent or looked at the local candidates much besides the mayoral prospects. Here's a fast look at what contenders for three big spots have been up to lately: Manhattan D.A.: Richard Aborn appeared with former NYPD Commissioner and current LAPD C ... More >>

  • Art

    July 28, 2009

    The Studio Museum's 'We Come With the Beautiful Things'; Dan Wynn at Farmani Gallery

    Plus 'Collected: Propositions on the Permanent Collection', also at the Studio Museum

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    How Do You Spell G-U-T-B-O-M-B? Barbecued Pork Rib Sandwich, With Fries

    ​I long ago learned that Southern cooks will make a sandwich out of just about anything. In New Orleans, the original po' boy was a baguette loaded down with french fries, and here in Harlem and Bed-Stuy, you can still get a sandwich made of sliced bread with pork ribs or pieces of bony chicke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Clip Job: Harlem Riots, 1964

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesJuly 23, 1964, Vol. IX, No. 40'Tear Down the Ghetto'The weekend riots in Harlem produced no discernible "white backlash" in Greenwich Village. Members of the Village Independent Democrats managed to raise more than $1000 on street corners and in ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 22, 2009
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    July 8, 2009

    Rents Drop to New Lows, Which Are Still Ridiculously High

    The real estate market crash newspapers believe we should be upset about -- said papers apparently believing we all have a million bucks we'd like to invest in house-flipping schemes -- proceeds apace. Today the Wall Street Journal tells us the whole country is seeing a 22-year-high in vacancy rate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Clinton's Help for Harlem Restaurants: "Fire Your Employees"

    Former president Bill Clinton wants to give a hand to Harlem eateries. In October, the Post reported that Clinton's foundation was announcing plans to "strengthen restaurants" in the neighborhood through the Harlem Restaurant Program. Nine months later, only a small number of restaurant owners, abou ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 13, 2009
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    May 12, 2009

    What to 'B' to Under D Tree

    Photo borrowed from Harlem VintageEvery week or so in 'What to B When You BYOB' we ask a local wine shop to recommend a few good wines under $20 to pair with the food at a nearby BYOB restaurant. This week, we talk to the folks at Harlem Vintage about what to bring to nearby Jamaican joint Under D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Cops Hand Out Cards with Stop-and-Frisks

    New York cops are accustomed to the stop-and-frisk, a casual maneuver in which they detain a citizen on the street, pat him down, and tell him to getouttahere or arrest him. Now, in a pilot program affecting Harlem, the South Bronx and East New York, they also issue their victims a palm card (in sev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Interview: Albert and Philip Maysles on Grey Gardens, the HBO Adaptation, and the One-Year Anniversary of Maysles Cinema

    "I judge what we did in the film, what's done in the musical and in the fiction film--I judge all of this in terms of whether the two women would like each one of these things, and I think they would in each case." Iconic 82-year-old filmmaker Albert Maysles is having a good month. HBO's fictiona ... More >>

  • News

    April 8, 2009

    Harlem's School Choice

    Parents and the city face off over whether to rescue a failing school—or replace it

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    Incredibly Cheap Eats -- Chicken Wings

    (click to see actual size!) As far as Harlem is concerned you can take those Buffalo wings and -- oh! never mind. Because Harlem prefers hers lightly dusted with flour and deep fried, so the skin turns out crisp, and there are no gobs of greasy starch trailing behind these airborne appendages. Dap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Barrett: The Politics On Display At Bill Tatum's Funeral

    Funerals can be about politics, especially when the deceased is as influential as Bill Tatum was. The longtime owner of the Amsterdam News drew a crowd of hundreds at Riverside Church last Friday, and most of the speakers were politicians, including the minister who presided, Rev. Al Sharpton.None o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2009

    Push Wins 3 Prizes at Sundance

    Last week we mentioned that the novel Push, written by Harlem schoolteacher and poet Sapphire and a popular multi-cultural reading assignment hereabouts, had been made into a film and was debuting at the Sundance Festival. Last night the film won the Festival's jury and audience awards in the U.S. d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Inauguration Fever: Catch It!

    It's less than a week away! Get pumped! Trinity Church will execute a rare three-and-a-half hour "full peal" of its bells on January 20. The Queens Public Library will have it on a big screen; "seating limited." (Free screenings as well at Barbes, BAM, and other Brooklyn locations.) Dunkin' Donuts w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Film of Popular YA Novel Push to Premiere at Sundance

    Back when we were tutoring kids in Brooklyn, the gritty urban novel Push by Harlem teacher and poet Sapphire was in a surprising number of bookbags. We learned that the book about an abused teenager was considered a good way to introduce city youths to literature, and a sufficiently popular reading ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 5, 2008


    Harlem gets a stroke of hip

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    They Call Me PRESIDENT Obama!

    In Chelsea, in Times Square, in Harlem, and God knows in Grant Park, they're going wild. And like Richard Belzer said, every black kid in America has grown an inch taller. Nice.

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    Animal Collective Leaks Merriweather Post Pavilion To Lucky Fans

    Animal Collective Listening Party River Room October 28 More than 200 fans, friends, and writers were invited to Harlem's River Room last night to hear the ninth album from precocious Baltimore noise crew turned unlikely Brooklyn art-rock juggernaut Animal Collective. With the album due all the way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008
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    September 25, 2008

    Food Fight: Harlem Forum Debates Supermarket Sweeps

    photos by John DeSio Is it sinister racism or a misunderstanding of markets that shapes food policy in the city's poor neighborhoods? The Harlem Food & Fitness Consortium was looking for answers on Wednesday. Yesterday evening the group held a town hall forum to discuss the dearth of supermarkets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2008

    Former Home of "Academic Racist" Sponsors Harlem DNA Lab

    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the New York City Department of Education announced Tuesday the opening of a new DNA lab in Harlem. According to a press release on Cold Spring Harbor’s website, the Lab is a "'state-of-the-art education facility that will provide students and teachers throughout ... More >>

  • News

    August 27, 2008

    Lawsuits and the Langston Hughes House

    A Harlem cultural touchstone, like so many others, closes off its past

  • Voice Choices

    July 29, 2008


    Classical Theatre of Harlem moves its hit show outdoors

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2008
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