Jamaican LGBT rights activists are taking this week's official visit of the country's prime minister to New York to speak out against homophobic violence. Seven protesters from Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand paced the sidewalk in front of the Ford Foundation headquarters during Prime Minister Simpson ... More >>
This story is much more frightening due to the fact that it happened in the middle of the afternoon. Yesterday, around 3:30pm, NYPD authorities believe two Hispanic men stabbed three African-American men at the Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer subway station in Queens. The bloody encounter was a resul ... More >>
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The word dub was vibrant and respectable in its younger days but took a left turn in its thirties into some very dodgy areas. Fast forward to 2012 and one can see its lifeless corpse being paraded around town and affixed to any genre in sight, like an unlucky soldier in a candy colored war zone. Let ... More >>
Sean Paul moves from the dance hall to Webster Hall
Five days of reggae royalty, mixing it up on-screen
This week in the Village Voice, out now: I head to B.B. King's for a show by R&B sex-jam-crafter Ginuwine; and Michaelangelo Matos treks to JamaicaQueens, that isto talk to the people behind VP Records, the country's largest independent reggae label.
[See More Daily Shots: Rhubarb and Apricot Margarita | Jamaica Margarita] The drink: Cherry Float The bar: Pounds & Ounces
The drink: Jamaica Margarita The bar: Rocking Horse The price: $11 Ingredients: 1 ½ oz Herradura Silver, ½ oz triple sec, ¾ oz lime juice, ½ oz hibiscus tea syrup (simple syrup made with strong cold hibiscus tea instead of water) Glass: Highball Garnish: Lime wedge and hibiscus flower Th ... More >>
The contestants: Old Jamaica Ginger Beer and Idris Fiery Ginger Beer There are lots of reasons to drink ginger beverages. For one thing, they're one of the few drinks that use an actual natural flavor rather than artificial flavor. That's because no one has synthesized a convincing ginger f ... More >>
This bull charging down Liberty Avenue in Jamaica Queens was escaping a local slaughterhouse, where it was slated to meet its end. It drew support and admiration for its daring escape from onlookers.
The jackfruit currently for sale in Chinatown is of the soft and sweet variety, and hence probably better eaten raw, possibly with a little brown sugar. The improvised vegetable and fruit stands on the streets of Chinatown are always revamping their selection according to what is currently a ... More >>
Bad photo of a bad guy--that's all we got.It's no surprise that the empty hours, say 2 a.m. to 5 a.m., are prime time for muggers and robbers. So why do people walk the lonely streets at that hour? Last Sunday, March 20, an 18-year-old girl was walking from the subway to her home at 166-40 89th A ... More >>
"For me, Twitter is like my diary. I hope someone saves it so I don't have to write it all again when I'm 75." Where do we even start with someone like Diplo? Wes Pentz is a DJ at his core, but he's also a producer (having worked with Lil Jon, Kanye West, and most notoriously M.I.A.), the fo ... More >>
The perfect wine bar meal -- salt-cod brandade and some char-striped toasts. Brandade is one of my favorite dishes. Its full name is brandade de morue, and it originated in Provence, though similar dishes can be found in many southern Mediterranean cuisines.
This week's Where Am I Eating? was a toughie, and the three-part question posed with the original post proved nearly impossible. Accordingly, we offered a further clue this morning, and simplified the contest by whittling it down to a single question, asking contestants to identify the dish ... More >>
Does running in your underwear make you go faster?
View Larger Map Date: Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, 10:45 p.m. Location: Corner of 203rd St. and Hollis Ave., Jamaica Queens. Gunfire erupted last night at the above intersection, leaving one man dead and a second shot in one leg. The dead man was identified as Sam Deas, 31, of 113th Avenue in Queens. ... More >>
Check out this guy who robbed a Dunkin' Donuts on Merrick Avenue in Jamaica on Sunday night: he flashes a gun at his hip and intimidates the server into handing over cash from the register -- while apparently talking on his cell phone. Everyone's busy these days, but couldn't it wait till he was ... More >>
The Obama administration is suggesting a voluntary ban on lobbyists serving on 915 Federal Advisory Committees which consult with federal agencies on government policy. The lobbyists, one of whom helped write the legislation which created the Committees when he was a Republican Senate staffer, are n ... More >>
Al Jazeera English, which can be found on Youtube, has pretty incredible international food coverage, including a series called Street Food--in-depth, 10 minute stories on cultural foodways from Fez to Sicily to Jamaica. Check out the story about Zanzibar, which revolves around the history of the s ... More >>
04deveni/flickrJeremiah's Vanishing New York reports that Krystyna, the Polish lady who worked at Five Rose's Pizza on First Avenue for 27 years before it closed last November, is now making pizzas down in Jamaica. Krystyna, who owned the East Village mainstay for its last eight years, was in ... More >>
The video from nyctriathlon2009 reveals that last night's 1.7-mile Underwear Run in Central Park had prizes: for instance, Jet Blue tickets to Jamaica with a 4-day, 3-night stay in Montego Bay, and free entry into Jamaica's Rose Hall Triathlon. These were given for the most imaginative Jamaica-the ... More >>
Three laborers who were working in a large sewer hole at a Jamaica garbage facility have died. The Daily News says they were killed by toxic fumes. The men reportedly got trapped as far down as 25 feet while doing some kind of clean-up work; emergency workers had to put on hazmat suits before attemp ... More >>
"We actually wanted to bring Skerrit Bwoy [on the road], but he's kind of involved in this whole daggering movement that our sponsors didn't feel was very suitable for our tour." When Diplo and Switch, two of dance music's most recognizable names, joined forces as Major Lazer, they knew they coul ... More >>
The sewer in front of the Stonewall Inn is set to flow with Red Stripe beer and Myers's Rum tonight when gay rights advocates hold a "rum dump" as part of their "Boycott Jamaica" campaign against the island nation that gave the world rastas, reggae, and dance hall lyrics that encourage the burning ... More >>
Jamaican company shows its roots
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Choreographed Kingston foursome more than a boyband
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A disillusioned Tristan returns to Jamaica in search of a good time
Our columnist plays Porno Paula on the XXX version of American Idol
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So when are they gonna get Augustus Pablo and his melodica to cover an old Hooters hit?
Culinary Hodgepodge at the Crossroads of the Caribbean
Stephanie Black Chronicles Jamaicas IMF Woes
Toasters Catch Fire, Burn Down Wall
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