In February of 1967, Joan Rivers, then 33 years old, performed her stand-up act at the Downstairs at the Upstairs (37 West 56th Street). She killed. She had yet to hit the peak of her fame. She was also a bit of an anomaly: A WOMAN COMIC! Writing for this paper in the February 23, 1967 issue, Bill M ... More >>
John Lurie discusses his cult-classic show
How's this for a PR stunt: you know that obnoxious friend of yours (or perhaps your overly Conservative mother -- hi mom!) who always says that, "if (insert politicians name here) wins the election, I'm moving to Canada?" Well, Queens-based JetBlue airlines wants to make that happen -- but they want ... More >>
[See More Daily Shots: Rhubarb and Apricot Margarita | Jamaica Margarita] The drink: Shiso Slim The bar: Haru Sushi The price: $13 Ingredients: 1 1/4 ounces Voli Lemon (or any vodka), 1/4 ounce St. Germain, 2 ounces pink grapefruit juice, 1/4 ounce yuzu juice, 2-3 shiso leaves, splash of soda ... More >>
Monaco it isn't, but Jamaica's new casino is a steal
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New cinema from the continent
Is $11 too much money to pay for a grilled cheese sandwich? That's the question posed by Beecher's Big Deal, one of its special sandwiches: a grilled cheese packed with caramelized onions, spinach, salami, smoked turkey, and the shop's No Woman cheese, which is flavored with jerk spices. The gourm ... More >>
Paul WagtouiczFatty 'Cue's Buttermilk Pappardelle The days when a pink goat hung over Cabrito on Carmine Street may be over, but goat may finally be claiming its place on menus across the city.
Diageo has announced that it's relocating the production of Red Stripe beer from Jamaica to the U.S., but only for U.S. consumption. Red Stripe distributed in Jamaica, Brazil, Canada, and Europe will continue to be made on the Caribbean island. [Mutineer] Familia Camarena Tequila has gotten ... More >>
Scantily clad dude toasts the crowd from atop one of the semis that pulls the floats in the parade. Though its antecedents can be traced to Carnival parties in Harlem in the 1920s, the Caribbean-American Labor Day Parade (there is no official name) began in the mid-'60s. It resembles in alm ... More >>
Courtesy Def-Jam Records In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla marvels at the brilliant stupidity of r&b lothario The-Dream. Theon Weber examines the calculated rebellion of Miley Cyrus. Jesse Serwer reports on the Great Dancehall Freeze-Out of 2010, during which many of Jamaica's biggest act ... More >>
Why are many of Jamaica's biggest acts now barred from entering the U.S.?
On Sunday, April 18, at 7:21 a.m., police responded to a 911 call at 88th Road and 144th St. in Jamaica. Upon arrival, police discovered a hispanic male, 30-35, with multiple stab wounds to the chest. EMS responded and pronounced him DOA.
Why Mavado and Vybz Kartel might be the Biggie and Tupac of Dancehall
As this abbreviated week draws to a close, here's a snapshot of the best posts of the past four days: We ranked Our 10 Best Hot Chocolates. We gave a tripe tutorial. Top Chef's Eli Kirshtein talked about cooking haute kosher, hating on Robin, and his favorite pizza in New York.
This week in food blogs... Eat Me Daily rounded up the best cookbooks not of the year but of the entire decade. Let's hope the teens will be as great as the aughties. Slashfood listed the five worst dishes to bring to a party, including breath-ruining hummus, smile-marring spinach, and Cabernet Sa ... More >>
A few will admire me, but more will detest my behavior, either because they actually love the holiday, or are too chickenshit to do what I did. This year, after decades of suffering dry-breasted turkeys, inane "catch-up" conversations with people I barely know, and hours of waiting for total ... More >>
View Larger Map Time: Wednesday, 9:52 p.m. Location: 117-31 135th Street, Queens Last night, police responded to a call and found a 45-year-old black man of no known residence who had been shot in the torso. Tommy Roberts was pronounced DOA at Jamaica Hospital. As of this morning, there ... More >>
As a 16-year-old coal miner's son, Tom Jones dropped out of school to support the Catholic schoolgirl he'd knocked up. But when exactly did Mrs. Linda Jones realize she'd hit the jackpot? The Welsh singer held his own against martyrs like Joe Meek, Janis Joplin, and Elvis Presley, and cut his teeth ... More >>
Take it on good faith that we took a real shot a resisting this. Too easy, too readymade, too packaged, too 2004, too loud, too famed-up, too many horse neighs, not enough horse neighs, horse neighs are really unfuckwithable when you think about it...and there you go. The first song Major Lazer--the ... More >>
It's April 20, and if you're a stoner or know someone who is, you know this means that today is national pot smoking day. To mark the occasion, High Times magazine is hosting a "joint celebration" somewhere in the city tonight to crown Miss High Times 2009, an event that even the gin-and-tonic Time ... More >>
Remember how I used to moan that New York had gotten way too slick and glossy and had lost its challenging edge? Well, it's back! Everywhere you go, there are muggers, beggars, and drug dealers waiting to harass you as if you'd just docked in Jamaica. No longer can you safely walk through any part o ... More >>
So much to eat... Serious Eats' Adam Kuban came across this list called The Omnivore's 100—a quirky run-down of foods that every omnivore should try at least once—everything from bagels and lox to whole bugs and Hostess fruit pies. Very Good Taste, the UK-based blog that came up with the idea, ... More >>
Miami, Jamaica, and two new one-woman shows
Tomorrow's reggae stars today, within Jamaica and without
More slick sex talk, but a few deeper moves too
Balkan Beat Box's Nu Med
Oh yes. A few tips for non-islanders on honoring and wooing the Jamaican massive
Beauty products that transportif only temporarily
The explosion of two novelty grenades outside the British Consulate this morning has all of New York wondering: Why would anyone bomb the British? I mean, they're so nice, Coldplay rocks, and "The Office" is really funny! But, dear Watson, it turns out we have more suspects than the British road n ... More >>
Judging potential porn stars is hard, especially when their dicks aren't
Turkish composer and Harvard grad pump up the volume
Yuh bwoy! A night of coochie-popping, booty-shaking reggae takes over Radio City this May
Reggae dancehall's reigning brash and bold head-chopper-offer isn't afraid to be absurd
Five Days, Five Plays