Two weeks ago, the federal government gave New York City's Hurricane Sandy recovery plan the green light. With some $1.77 billion of federal funds, the city would spend more than a third on housing, invest in small businesses in areas destroyed by the storm, and rebuild infrastructure. One teensy fo ... More >>
Nearly three months after Sandy pushed the ocean clear across the Rockaway spit, there's a hidden aftermath. In basements and first floors across the peninsula, a vast bloom of dangerous mold is spreading across flood-soaked beams and floorboards, studs and drywall.
Stakes are high. "What starts in ... More >>
Do you happen to be a PR stooge who represents a climatologist, weather expert, hurricane survivor, or pretty much anyone who's ever encountered rain? If so, you probably sent out an email today to every media outlet in New York City trying to exploit what could potentially be a devastating natural ... More >>
In the grandstand, away from the heat of the Fair Groundsthe horse-racing track that becomes a music stadium for each New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivalstood an exhibit of black-and-white photos that suggested much of the music going on outside. "Faces of Tremé," drawn from 30 years ... More >>
Is the shadowy figure with listening devices in his ears somehow responsible for the disappearance?
Call it what you will, a Secretly Temporary Restaurant (STP) or maybe a Pop-Down, but the disappearance of Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls at this juncture in time - after the shank of the summ ... More >>
The Maysles Institute's documentary film series "Country Rap 2: The Gulf States" and its accompanying program "Katrina: Five Years Later"--both opening this weekend--tie the rich spirit and deep history of Southern hip-hop to recent tragedies like Katrina and the Gulf oil spill. Films about M ... More >>
Even if you don't know much about rightbloggers, you probably know that since time immemorial conservatives have blamed the nation's problems and Democratic Administrations on something called the Liberal Media. This nefarious press syndicate (of which the Village Voice is considered a charter membe ... More >>
The New Orleans sludge legends Eyehategod--a band of squirming, perpetual outsiders--have remained masters of miserablist metal for twenty years now. Dominated by weighty blues riffs, punctuated by bursts of hardcore, and anchored by lead singer Mike Williams' growl, the sound of the New Orle ... More >>