Time flies: June's coming to a close. Before you break out the swim trunks and head to the beach for the Fourth of July, here's a look at some activities you can do in the city this weekend without getting burned.
The city's finest jerk chicken is in Brooklyn's Flatbush, but Caribbean luncheonette Miss Lily's has a few admirers for the tender jerk it serves on West Houston. Those with access to grills this summer should know the restaurant is joining the ranks of New York sauce peddlers such as Rao's and laun ... 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 >>
Not content with just being announced as part of the rather-weak Lollapalooza 2011 lineup today, Nas and Damian Marley have dropped the music video for "Nah Mean" from their album Distant Relatives. The clip, shot almost entirely in black and white, follows Nasty Nas and Jr. Gong as they take ... More >>
Yes, as an actual human. The mogul has proven that by providing his birth certificate, dispelling suspicions that he might have just evolved out of protoplasm under a table. This all came up because Trump wants to run for President and is actively campaigning on various talk shows and comed ... More >>
style.comL.A.M.B.If there were a venn diagram of the final three shows we saw for Fashion Week, the central overlap would simply read "these are clothes" - because beyond the very basic scale of function, these designers had absolutely nothing in common in terms of aesthetic, quality, or succ ... More >>
A Jamaica bakery that's served as a Wonder Bread factory since the 1920s closed its doors permanently today, putting 175 workers out of their jobs.
Police have released surveillance video in the October 11 homicide of Tony McFadden, 26, of 177-53 119th Road, Queens. McFadden was shot once in the head outside of his door and pronounced DOA at Jamaica Hospital. The suspect, in the video, is described as 20-23 years old, 5'8", and 180 pounds. An ... More >>
Gregory Isaacs, the Cool Ruler, "the most exquisite voice in reggae" (per the Times), "one of the most sensual and intelligent singers from Jamaica or anywhere" (per Ann Powers), and/or "one of the three geniuses I've known in the reggae music business" (as one industry cohort put it), died t ... More >>
Coke's actual mugshotYou could be the baddest-assed, meanest, most gun-and-drug toting/smuggling monster of a dude around. Your nickname might literally even be "Dudus," and your last name "Coke." You might have been responsible for riots and gunplay and fires set in your own country; you mig ... More >>
Munching shrimp heads at New York's only Liberian restaurant
Okay, so not half of Queens, but I mean, still, 100 people?
One is well advised to enter O Lavrador by the barroom at the left, through a rustic door with the word BAR spelled out in bullet holes, and a gnarled limb as a door pull. This week, Counter Culture drops anchor at O Lavrador ("The Farmer"), an old-school Portuguese place on the way between ... More >>
Livery cab drivers have it tough. You may recall a little epidemic of livery cab driver shootings last summer, and various robberies. Now, four hacks have been robbed or threatened with robbery on 106th Avenue in Jamaica in a nine-day period. On December 27 two perps summoned the car to 106 ... More >>
EU officials in Brussels are blocking the sale of lower alcohol wines developed by New World wine regions. One method to make low-alcohol wine involves harvesting grapes which are immature and have a low sugar level, the second uses fully matured grapes to produce a normal wine, from which alcohol i ... More >>
"As Christians we are sorry if you have ever felt pushed away from Church or ever felt like you didn't fit in. That was people, not Jesus." -- message handed out by members of the Awakening Church at Union Square station. Tea parties were all the rage -- literally! We read the tea leaves and att ... More >>
[HARKAVY is now blogging at The Smart Asset]Your Tuesday New York headlines...Obama urges Geithner to block AIG bonuses any way he can.Sagging economy means fewer boob jobs!East River bridge tolls die in the state senate. MTA rescue compromise still being worked out."I looked down and there was an a ... More >>
This week, my column is a review of Shang, acclaimed, Toronto-based chef Susur Lee's first New York restaurant.Shang's food is a kaleidoscopic mix of Chinese-accented food from around the world--essentially, the cuisine of the Chinese diaspora ( an example: jerk chicken references the large Chinese ... More >>
A glorious, excess-fueled visionary returns, gloriously and excessively
Central American psychedelia in Jamaica, Queens
I guess this is growing up. . .
Rasta comfort food that won't bore or lecture you
Puff protégés preen preciously
No red lights, but several splendid highlights
Goddamn that deejay made my day. On October 30, 2002, five years ago today, Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell was gunned down inside his Jamaica recording studio. He was 37. Although federal prosecutors filed court papers in April that named Ronald “Tenad” Washington as an armed accomplice to un ... More >>
Reggae's cause célébre celebrates both his new record's release, and his own
Benefits of prostate stimulation and the rise of bend-over boyfriends
Entreaties to the almighty and bumper stickers from the would-be Roots of Jerusalem rap
A pair of local outfits aim their world-noise dreams at DJs
Among the Terminal Ills: Bodies in Wheel Wells
Dubble Indemnity for a Pair of Artfucks Unlocking Dancehall's Door
Mzwakhe Mbuli in Mandela's South Africa