The average take in a bank robbery is around $4,000, according to federal authorities. That's because most heists are the hurried. Note to the teller, cash into the pockets, out the door before the police arrive. The big money is in the safe and cracking a safe take a sophisticated and creative appr ... More >>
Though we're currently being treated to a final wintry blast, spring is officially here. As the last piles of exhaust-blackened snow melt away, the city's biggest borough plays host to a number of food-related events. Here, we preview the coming season of eating and drinking in Queens.
In December 2010, the New York City Police Department released footage of a man pulling a gun on a livery cab driver in Queens. It was a one minute video showing a young man in a white hoodie sitting in the front passenger seat of the cab. Fifteen seconds into the video, the man appears to argue wit ... More >>
It is ugly out there. Winter storm Nika swept into town late last night, bringing with her heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain, traffic jams, public transit delays, and a risk of power outages. The National Weather Service is forecasting accumulations of 4 to 6 inches of snow, and a quarter inch to f ... More >>
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar.
When we recently shared our 10 Best Dive Bars, including classics like Sophie's and the Times Square hole Jimmy's Corner, we also asked readers to nominate their own choices, via hashtag #vvdivebars and comments. Dive bars are personal -- every neighborhood has a great one, and every New Yorker has ... More >>
It's Day Three of Sandy's aftermath and, needless to say, New York is still swamped with flooding, power outages, displaced residents and, most importantly for commuters, public transportation shutdowns. We are told that it will take a few days for the City to be up and running like her old, pr ... More >>
Yesterday, the NYPD released letters,Police Commissioner Ray Kelly wrote to the New York State Parole Board, urging its members to deny parole for inmates Todd Scott, David McClary, Philip Copeland and Scott Cobb. All four criminals are eligible for parole in November. In his appeal, Kelly outlined ... More >>
Asian Americans in New York City may actually have the voting power they deserve in Congress if the lines drawn this week by a judge become reality, advocates said today. If you haven't been following the redistricting drama closely, here's what you need to know: Since state legislators, stuck in ... More >>
The third "People's Bailout", a series of singing protests organized by activist group Organizing for Occupation that aims to disrupt the court foreclosure proceedings, took place this morning at 11am at the Queens Supreme Court. Forty-two people showed up for the movement and, in three separate bat ... More >>
Mitt Romney won the Nevada caucuses Saturday night. As of 9:20 a.m. with 71 percent reporting, Romney had 47.6 percent of the vote. Newt Gingrich trailed him with 22.7 percent. "This is not the first time you gave me your vote of confidence, and this time I'm going to take it to the White House," Ro ... More >>
Occupy Wall Street has tweeted that the 5,554 books comprising the OWS library have been trashed by the NYPD in the raid. GalleyCat reports that @OWSLibrary has been tweeting about the eviction and the destruction of their books, documents, and artwork throughout the night.
Tonight marks the two-year anniversary of the night that NYPD brass dragged Police Officer Adrian Schoolcraft from his apartment and forced him into the Jamaica Hospital Psychiatric Ward.--an episode which was the subject of the award-winning Village Voice series, "The NYPD Tapes." Schoolcra ... More >>
A behind-the-scenes look at The Chew, which starts Monday, starring Mario Batali, Top Chef alum Carla Hall, Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly of the show What Not to Wear, and Daphne Oz, Dr. Oz's daughter. [NY Times] PepsiCo is launching an initiative to increase its access to chickpeas by growin ... More >>
Chris Robbins, an art professor at SUNY Purchase, is expanding his extra-curricular activities into teaching illegal squatting for his so-called "hipster students." Yesterday he held a class, unaffiliated with the university, in SoHo (appropriately, in a shuttered Catholic school on Mott Stre ... More >>
There's no getting around it, this is LCD Soundsystem week. Buy your tickets on Craigslist and be scorned by James Murphy forever if you must--sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. But hey, other things are happening this week too! Tropical dance fete Que Bajo?! has relocated to a new home fo ... More >>
Bronx Success Academy 1 may not quiet its critics, but it's doing a good job making its kids shut up and pay attention
10. Smoked Meat Poutine at Mile End - It's hard to imagine an American restaurant improving on this working-class Montreal standard, but Boerum Hill's Mile End has done the trick, by garnishing the poutine with another Quebecois specialty, smoked meat, in addition to curds, fries, and gravy. ... More >>
Hibiscus flowers are now available in Flatbush Caribbean markets. Fresh hibiscus flowers are seasonally being sold in the lush vegetable markets that line Flatbush Avenue in Flatbush, Brooklyn. The blossoms are damp and leathery in texture, and the deep red color is striking.
Did you know that there are other places you can "stash" your marijuana besides the back a police cruiser? There are! But here are 10 places that are worse than "stashing" your Marijuana than in the back of a police car:
The Long Island Railroad has been all kinds of messed up today: a switch problem and cable fire resulted in suspended service that now has only 60% of the trains that typically run out of Penn Station during Rush Hour moving commuters home tonight. Here's what you should know:
In this week's Village Voice, a (literally) bleeding-heart story: Julia Amparo-Alvarado, an illegal Guatemalan immigrant who escaped her country's internal strife for a better life, isn't well. The figurative nature of enlarged and battered heart manifested in the physical form. And now, beca ... More >>
An undergraduate was killed during the making of a student film for NYU's highly-esteemed and well-regarded film program. What could've been done to prevent it? Why isn't anyone talking about it? And just how dodgy has NYU been over this? Village Voice staff writer Steven Thrasher investigate ... More >>
Recent Brown University graduate Erinn Phelan, 22, who was hired in June as a coordinator for Mayor Bloomberg's NYC Civic Corps initiative, has been identified as one of the victims in an early-morning hit-and-run accident in Prospect Heights. Police sources tell the News that Phelan, who was ... More >>
The MTA has chosen this weekend to start needed repairs on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, A, C, D, E, F, G, J, L, N, Q, and R lines (a full list of service advisories is here). Some stops will be skipped, and parts of routes replaced with shuttle bus service. Note: there will be handicapped-accessibl ... More >>
After a tremendous amount of public back and forth between 50 Cent's camp and Mayor Bloomberg's office about whether or not the rapper's "40 Day" block party would be allowed to proceed as scheduled, representatives for the rapper announced at the last minute that the celebration--which was suppos ... More >>
A 27-year-old teacher pled guilty today to raping her 14-year-old student this past spring. Melissa Weber was a social studies teacher at M.S. 8, a middle school in Jamaica, Queens. According to the Queens D.A., the two had sexual intercourse in a second-floor classroom seven separate occasio ... More >>
The Albany Coup, Week 2: It started with a shock twist as Hiram Monserrate rejoined the Democrats, putting the state senate in a 31-31 deadlock. The Dems optimistically declared new leader John Sampson the president pro tem. (Just to be on the safe side they sued, but were rejected.) The Republica ... More >>
Former Yankee Mel Hall has been sentenced to 45 years for raping a 12-year-old girl he was coaching in an elite basketball team, and for abusing other young girls. Hall spent four years with the Yankees, and also played for the Giants, Indians, and Cubs. New York preacher Reverend Dr. Paul Lewis h ... More >>
We confess that part of us, maybe a big part, will always be a 14-year-old boy, and so we probably do not take the news that a Queens lad of that age was seduced by his teacher, 27-year-old Melissa Weber of Intermediate School 8 in Jamaica, with the appropriate seriousness. Of course, we're not sure ... More >>
Commended to your attention is a great read in today's Times, the dissection of the state's Dickensian system of Workers' Compensation. In the first of three articles, reporters N.R. Kleinfeld and Steve Greenhouse detail a patronage-filled bureaucracy in which injured workers wait years for a form o ... More >>
NYPD gunfire goes up while crime goes down. What gives?
How the NYPD Explains the Senseless Killing of an Unarmed Black Man