On my way to work this morning, I came across something rather odd. A little past 11 a.m. at the corner of Lafayette and Bleecker, a group of 50-ish people were setting up a footrace in between two traffic lights. They waited until one light turned red, made the cross-walk at one side their starting ... More >>
Ah, college. A time spent to prepare oneself for the modern job market, learning all the tricks of the trade that will place you higher up on that steep ladder of social mobility in 2013. Nowadays, that all translates into making the newest app or website, not really running a full-scale operation o ... More >>
Andrew Carmellini's newest restaurant, Lafayette, opened on Monday and though we're giving the restaurant a little time before we stop in for dinner, we couldn't resist an early visit to the pâtisserie up front, where Jennifer Yee's tiny canelés (3 for $4) and colorful macarons lured us in.
The shark-infested waters of New York City's restaurant industry are not for the faint of heart. In case you're into keeping tabs, here is a list of those who took the leap and opened new establishments and those who were forced to bow out this month.
Lauren BloombergThere's molten cheese hidden inside of these babies.Spicy, cheesy, fried. Jalapeno poppers are pretty much one of the most perfect snack foods. They're as ideal for noshing in front of the television as they are for serving as a cocktail party bite. But, aside from TGI Fridays and ... More >>
The BeanIt lives on!Indie coffee shop the Bean might have been forced out of its home on First Avenue following a takeover by Starbucks, but its resurrection is about to take place at the end of the month at 54 Second Avenue.
Partake in the marathon while eating and drinking. It’s highly relaxing
Following the announcement of a bike-share program that would bring 10,000 bikes to the streets of New York City, the Department of Transportation put out a call asking for suggestions on where people wanted stations located. Yesterday, they announced that they'd gotten 5,566 individual stati ... More >>
TV on the Radio, on the waterfront
TV on the Radio Billboard at the corner of Lafayette and Great Jones Sts. Wednesday, August 17 Better than: "Not a concert," said someone standing next to me. Two days ago Maura forwarded me an email from a Heineken rep giving her the heads-up on a "newsworthy event" set to take place the ... More >>
Tomorrow marks the first day of this summer's Summer Streets, the three consecutive August Saturdays in which, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., a route normally used by cars and buses and things of a vehicular persuasion is for humans alone. The 2011 route connects the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Par ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Delicatessen Around 9:30 this morning, a small fleet of fire trucks was summoned to the corner of Prince and Lafayette streets to extinguish a fire at Delicatessen. Eater reports that the fire was relatively minor, and may have resulted from some work being done to the resta ... More >>
Photo by Alex GoldmarkA blogger for Transportation Nation witnessed two cyclists being pulled over and ticketed in Manhattan for biking not on the sidewalk, but on the street -- just not in the available bike lane. According to the Department of Transportation, "you have the right to ride in ... More >>
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Chan ... More >>
The Dans Le Noir? saga continues! After declaring their intentions in August to take over the former Tonic space on Norfolk Street, the owners of the French-based chain of "dining in the dark" restaurants subsequently backed out of the deal and retreated into the wilderness. Now it looks like ... More >>
And thus, the pasty record clerks and furtive customers of the old Tower Records space on East 4th give way inevitably to the musclebound men and women who beat them up in high school. That vacated storefront on the corner of Lafayette--home, variously, to Halloween costume pop-up shops and h ... More >>
EN Restaurant will open in Fort Greene, presumably at some point in the near future. Since this summer, a new restaurant's been under construction at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Cumberland Street in Fort Greene. Now, it appears that it's almost completed.
If you're wondering about the reindeer and snowmen that went into the window this week at the old Tower Records (on the corner of East 4th and Lafayette), it's the Brooklyn Flea's pop-up holiday market, Gifted, or -- as we fondly call it -- "the place where we're totally doing all of our holi ... More >>
Leaf peeper map of NYS What little there is left, we have here, and we're at peak leaf (according to the News, we owe that information to the city's official foliage monitor, Cori Carl). Local foliage tours are here.
Afro-punks rule at this skate park
The menage on this Soho billboard is part of a five-month-old campaign, but the new version seen at Houston and Lafayette has prompted a new round of Are You Not Outraged? The WCBS TV report is especially funny, with the author of a book about child-raising offering her predictably offended perspe ... More >>
Oh boy! A new candy bar named after an iconic Japanese dormant volcano (click to erupt). Note that the Lafayette stop on the C has also been inadvertently renamed. Am I the only one annoyed by the relentless advertising campaign being waged in entire subway cars and on subway billboards by the to ... More >>
We've hardly ever met a brat we didn't like and this veal wurst was no different. Straight from the grill and served with a caramelized onion sauce and a side of rösti (crispy potato hash cake), it's the first main course on the dinner menu at Café Select, a cozy Swiss joint on Lafayette owned by ... More >>
Happy Friday--time for a drink. Usually, I hate flavored vodka with a passion. But this Honey Pepper vodka from the Ukraine is actually delicious, and very warming. I first had it at Smolen Bar and Grill (708 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn), a fantastically old-school Polish bar. You can serve this room te ... More >>
Chinatown's addictive new sweets
'Dancenow/NYC' Opener Sets Historic Firehouse Ablaze
Shopping and Bohemia on 8th Street