Around this time of year, a lot of music websites put up "Holiday Gift Guides." They're either earnest, and articulate, and full of enthusiastic suggestions for interesting items for the music lover in your life, or they're depressing corporate-sponsored flotsam and stand as a remarkably stark repre ... More >>
Hanukkah is a time for enjoying Jewish culinary traditions with family and friends, and to that end we present a daily competition between Ashkenazi and Sephardic food, going up around sunset on the first seven days of Hanukkah - and presenting a wrap-up as the sun goes down on the eighth day. Whose ... More >>
Jackie Hoffman is bringing back her hilarious A Chanukah Carol in which the famed kvetchaholic rethinks her life after being visited by Ghosts of Chanuah Past, Present, and Future, and Molly Picon. As a Dickens musical, this will made Edwin Drool while putting a cocktail Oliver in your Manischewitz ... More >>
While the present-giving of Christmas and Hanukkah might be over, the real fun is just about to begin here at Fork in the Road. I've got a rad cookbook to give away to the winner of this week's Where Am I Eating?, our weekly restaurant photo guessing game. To play, simply look at the photo below and ... More >>
I got dozens of them, actually, but two stand above the pack for their unique mixture of kitschy appeal and downright usefulness. First of all, I can now brush my teeth to the sound of Justin Bieber singing "U Smile!"
A tree made out of 40-gallon plastic jugs is the centerpiece of Chelsea Market's Christmas display. One-eighth of people in the world drink water that makes them sick. Indeed, clean water is probably the planet's number one health priority; without it, chronic illness is inevitable. This tr ... More >>
I know "hate" and "Christmas" probably shouldn't be in the same sentence, so how about "despise"? Anyway, I absolutely loathe "The Little Drummer Boy". I find it slow and tedious and pretentious and annoying. Hearing it over and over again is the equivalent of putting hot pokers under my n ... More >>
From the flyer.A group called Occupy Faith is planning to hold a 24-hour prayer vigil in Zuccotti Park from midnight on Christmas Eve to midnight the next day, and they're worried that Brookfield Properties won't allow it to happen. Occupy Christmas would involve food and musical instruments, ... More >>
This week in the Voice I discussed The Little Drummer Boy Challenge, a sort of Frogger pitting your ears against "Christmas creep." The rules are simple: If you haven't heard "The Little Drummer Boy" in any formincluding Justin Bieber's recent, Busta Rhymes-assisted update of the songs ... More >>
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Sample from a cornucopia of nastiness
One of the many faces of possibly being extradited, via Robert King/NewsweekDid anyone ever watch the sentimental, autobiographical Truman Capote short called "A Christmas Memory"? In it, an orphaned boy lives with a group of elderly relatives, one of whom is his best friend, an eccentric, ch ... More >>
bwog.com10. Come to think of it, wouldn't it be nice if Santa were a sheep instead of a drunk? You're probably expunging Christmas from your domicile by dismantling the tree, vacuuming up the damned needles from every corner, and trying to find a place to stash the new presents in your impo ... More >>
Charlie Poekel at his Greenpoint tree standSelling Christmas trees in New York City seems like a hard job. It's cold, for one. New Yorkers have that "reputation" for being tough customers and not always the friendliest, not to mention bargain hunters par excellence. And sitting outside a tree ... More >>
39-year-old John Martinez, the accused "ice pick bandit" who was picked up in New Jersey after allegedly cornering and robbing at least six women in elevators in the Bronx's Co-op City and Manhattan's Stuyvesant Town, was indicted yesterday.Today, the New York Post says Martinez (who prosecutors ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyHark! The herald cheese Brie is an easy go-to for the holiday party, since it requires little work except garnishing with some nuts or baking in the oven until oozy, but it's worthwhile looking beyond the brie to another seasonal cheese, Vacherin Mont d'Or.
News from the Christmas tree vendor beat! Today in the New York Times' City Room blog, there's a whole story -- the second installment in a series, mind you -- about a man who sells Christmas trees on the streets of New York City at holiday time. What you will learn will shock and surprise yo ... More >>
Julian Medina makes a mean latke These last nights of Hanukkah call for interviewing a chef who celebrates the Festival of Lights. So we rang up Julian Medina, chef of Toloache and Yerba Buena, to learn which side of the dreidel he was on: latke or sufganiyot.
#76, Golden Girls Xmas OrnamentsSo many gift guides, so little time. But how many lists of gifts under $50, or gifts for moms-to-be, or gifts for boyfriends and girlfriends and dogs can you really look at before wondering, where is the gift guide to end all gift guides? Where is the gift guid ... More >>
Throwing down and dishing up the best holiday cuisine
EV GrieveLights! Glitter! Reindeer! If the cheftastic display at Barneys has kindled the holiday spirit within, get thee to Rolf's, the restaurant that doesn't know the meaning of holding back when it comes to Christmas.
urbandspacenyc/flickrIt's a blur market.It's about to begin looking a lot like Christmas and Hanukkah up in this piece. The annual holiday markets at Union Square and Columbus Circle are set to return this Friday, November 19 and December 1, respective, and both will stay open through Decembe ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 2, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 12 A Stockingful of Love, But No Re-admission by Lucian Truscott IV "Wow!" I thought. A free thing on Christmas at the Electric Circus. How East Villageish and community closeness and everybody will be to ... More >>
Chad GriffithGraham Rayman's "The NYPD Tapes: Inside Bed-Stuy's 81st Precinct" chronicles hundreds of recorded hours of cops talking about their jobs between June 1, 2008, and October 31, 2009. Parts 3 and 4 will appear in the next issues of the Voice. Here's today's outtake.
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