For those of you in the international jet set, this is surely raw news: The JFK AirTrain is going to have intermittent service for the next six weeks. The Port Authority is shutting down the tracks at various times over the fall to make necessary repairs to the tracks.
Dueling spice-rubbed chickens
This past August, the Straphangers Campaign gave the F train a $1.40 grade, which is basically a B or a C-. The score was given based on cleanliness, breakdowns and service - and, for the F train, this grade is sparing. The line between Culver and Jamaica-179th Street is known for its long waits; i ... More >>
Step #1: Buy a meat patty. We prefer the spicy beef from Jamaican Pride Bakery. The origin of the Jamaican meat patty -- ubiquitous in neighborhoods like Bed-Stuy and Flatbush -- is a matter of some controversy. Was it inspired by the Cornish pasty, and brought to the island by the Brits, or did t ... More >>
It doesn't look that spicy, does it? This potage is also Dish #20 in our countdown. Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. I've eaten a lot of very spicy food. Las ... More >>
Here's more proof that, no matter how much Americans love their guns, our affection for the Benjamin's always trumps all in the end.At the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jamaica, Queens yesterday, a gun buyback initiative was held to fight back against the 12% spike in shootings this year ... More >>
One of the last independent reggae labels standing
VP Records is the Jamaica, Queens-based powerhouse of the international reggae scene. It owns and distributes a score of other labels including its longtime rival, Greensleeves. Founded by Vincent "Randy" Chin (who died in 2003) and his wife, Patriciachildren of Chinese immigrants to Jamaica ... More >>
My column this week is all about my glitzy romp at Resorts World New York in Jamaica, Queens, which posted more revenue from slot machines than any other casino in the country last year! And I hadn't even heard of it! So I graciously accepted the p.r. director's offer for me to visit the joint and ... More >>
Surveillance video and a police sketch of the suspect in the Queens firebomb attacks that took place Sunday night have been released, and police are reportedly now questioning a person of interest. The attacks involved Molotov cocktails made from Starbucks bottles; they struck the Imam Al-Khoei Foun ... More >>
The NYPD is currently looking into a string of Molotov cocktail attacks that happened last night in Jamaica, Queens. One of those four homemade bombs was thrown at the Imam Al-Khoei Islamic Center, a Shiite Mosque and community center. The New York Daily News reports that the incident is being inves ... More >>
The Observer today reports on a bizarre, painful ritual that is taking place right before our eyes. No, not power media couples, nor reading about power media couples. This ritual has been undertaken by a group of the disciples of deceased Indian spritual leader Sri Chinmoy. 10 of them are no ... More >>
A luscious spice-rubbed rotisserie chicken from Pio Pio may be just the ticket. Ann P. asks: I'm flying to California next week, driving myself from the Upper West Side to Kennedy Airport, where I'll leave my car in a long-stay lot while I'm away. Here's my question: I hate airline food ... More >>
Why are many of Jamaica's biggest acts now barred from entering the U.S.?
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema has the "one of the hottest things" he's tasted all year: Liberian pepper shrimp at Maima's in Jamaica, Queens. Sarah DiGregorio samples the pie at Paulie Gee's, where the crust "burrows into your brain -- a stretchy, bubbly, char-spotted pillow of a bread, th ... More >>
Tartan Week finishes up with the Tartan Day Parade up 6th Avenue today, or take in the all-day J-Cation food festival at the Japan Society. Both days, New York Classical Theater presents traveling performances of Hamlet at the World Financial Center.
Grab a little salt cod on your way to JFK
The incendiary, mouth-searing, mind-bogglingly-hot pepper shrimp at Maima's. It always happens. No sooner had I assembled a collection of the hottest dishes available in city restaurants for the Spring Supplement, than I stumbled on another that put the others to shame.
View Larger Map DATE: Saturday, March 13, 2010 at approx 0430 a.m. LOCATION: Archer Ave and 143 St., South Jamaica, Queens. The police say two men were shot at the above intersection. A 22-year-old victim was shot several times in the chest. He was declared dead at Jamaica Hospital. The second vic ... More >>
At 75 cents apiece, these baccalao fritters make a great meal or bar snack. Codfish made the European Age of World Exploration possible. It fed the sailors who manned the globe-circumnavigating ships. It fed the enslaved Africans who worked the plantations established in the New World. It wa ... More >>
Why Mavado and Vybz Kartel might be the Biggie and Tupac of Dancehall
View Larger Map Date: Monday, February 22, 2010, 3:00 p.m. Location: 109-16 164th St., Jamaica, Queens The police say two men were shot, one fatally, yesterday afternoon in Jamaica. It was one of two double shootings in the 103rd precinct yesterday. The first victim, 29, was found at the above a ... More >>
Festivale are ocarina-shaped dreadnought Jamaican donuts, and the pair you see could be two filling meals. What if you were really really hungry, and only had one dollar to spend? And weren't near one of those four-for-a-dollar Chinese dumpling shops?
View Larger Map DATE: Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, 12:06 a.m. LOCATION: 111-21 156 St., Jamaica, Queens. Two men were found slain last night in a basement at the above address. Police reached the scene on a call of shots fired. The victims, a man in his 20s and a man, 28, had been shot repeatedly in t ... More >>
Mmmm... Hot, yellow Jamaican patties.If you live in Brooklyn, you're probably familiar with the bright yellow stores -- and patties -- of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery. The Jamaican-owned chain, which also has locations in the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan, is the biggest Caribbean chain in th ... More >>
Who to watch for at the Queens reggae blowout, and why
Step one: Move to Kingston or Brooklyn, and try not to get killed
View Larger Map DATE: July 20, 2009 at approximately 1:21 a.m. LOCATION: 180-06 144 Avenue, Queens. The police say that a man was found dead in Jamaica, Queens. He was found dead, with puncture or gunshot wounds to the chest and neck. The cause of death is still under investigation, and the victi ... More >>
Jamaica, Queens Richmond Hill, Queens Troy, New York more restaurant-name madness, after the jump
An extreme pupusa run in downtown Jamaica
The quetzal is a tropical bird with colorful plumage and a long forked tail, a national symbol of Guatemala. El Quetzal is also the name of a Guatemalen grocery in Jamaica, Queens, located on Hillside Avenue, under which the F train runs. The grocery is less than a block from the Parsons Ave. ... More >>
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