Summer is flying by, and if you're in need of a reprieve from office work, this week offers plenty of sweet deals to consider. Here's a roundup of what's in store.
The 12th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party at Madison Square Park resumes at 11 a.m. this Sunday morning, offering you one last chance to experience 18 of the nation's top pitmasters, from Brooklyn brisket darling Delaney to Salt Lick BBQ from the heart of Texas Hill Country. But before you queu ... More >>
Emergency crews are continuing their work this morning on a stretch of Park Avenue where two buildings were destroyed by an explosion yesterday. Four more bodies have been recovered from the wreckage, bringing the death toll to seven. Late Wednesday, according to the New York Times, nine more people ... More >>
The bar at the Lexington New York City in Midtown East hasn't exactly been known for its cocktails. "It had this almost sports bar vibe," says Yusef Austin, who calls himself a cocktail architect and consults on mixology programs around the world. "It needed a lot of help." Help came in the form of ... More >>
Fletcher's pulled pork sandwich comes closest to ones FiTR has eaten in Raleigh, NC and Lexington, NC. The city has made many strides BBQ-wise in the last two decades. I can point to a half-dozen places that do excellent beef brisket, Texas style, and there are no shortages of pits that do great p ... More >>
Mile End's legendary smoked-meat poutine, with curds and gravy, of course. Choice Eats proudly announces the fourth group of restaurants, bakeries, and other purveyors of delicious foodstuffs to its Tuesday, March 13 festival line-up. Newcomers include: Bep, Brooklyn Brine Co., Fay Da Bake ... More >>
If spending time with family on Thanksgiving doesn't drive you to drink, then a visit to a department store on Black Friday surely will.
Brooklyn's Sunset Park goes a little more Malaysian
Is your gear protected? Your phone marked with invisible ink? In response to increased crime on trains, NYPD officers have been passing out "gear guards" at various subway stations this week to make sure passengers' backpacks and purses are safe from pick pocketing thieves.
This totally counts as exercise.As residents of a city known for busy people who seem perpetually on the go, we weren't surprised that New York was not ranked the nation's Most Sedentary City by Men's Health. The honor there went to Lexington, Kentucky. That said, we were a little shocked to ... More >>
Given that the Rickshaw Dumpling truck is a more or less constant presence in the lives of Midtown office workers, its original storefront on West 23rd Street can seem like a bit of an afterthought. But bricks and mortar are still very much a part of the company's MO, as their plans for expan ... More >>
Dive into the comparative culinary wonderland! For two railroad terminals only two-thirds of a mile apart as the crow flies, the chow couldn't be more different. Penn Station is awash in cheesy fast-food, and the rancid smell fills your nostrils as you run for the train. By contrast, the cu ... More >>
Even the New York Times says so! Murray Hill, the New York City neighborhood occupying blocks between 34th Street and 40th Street from Madison to Third Avenue, gets chuckled at in this morning's newspaper as the home of buildings "more challenging than a dorm, though not much more." Known for ... More >>
Victoria BekiempisA token from the subway The stale trail mix, dusty soda cans, and pre-Cold War candy bars sold at news stands--alongside nudie mags and Kardashian-loaded celebrity rags--pretty much make up the subway's food scene. But deep inside the 59th and Lexington station, where the ... More >>
via MTASomeday in the not-too-far-off future, you will be able to go about your daily business of work and life and never, ever have to speak to an actual person face-to-face. The MTA gets a jump on that with a new pilot program that will install new MTA Help Point Intercoms in the 23rd Stree ... More >>
Pork fat, Chinese sausage and boiled peanuts lurk in the depthsOne might legitimately balk at paying $4 for a zongzi, those streamed glutinous rice bombs stuffed with good things and wrapped in bamboo, which you can get in Chinatown for one buck. But in NYC Cravings's defense, their zongzi ar ... More >>
Uh oh. According to the New York Post, Caroline Giuliani -- Rudy's 20-year-old daughter -- was busted for shoplifting today at Sephora of all places, that magical, monstrous beauty store you may have heard of if you are or know of any women or metrosexually inclined fellows. Giuliani was repo ... More >>
Four diligent, odor-scouting reporters at the Daily News were put to the task of smelling out the best and worst-scented places in New York City. Making the list of things that smelled good in this investigative undertaking: BBQ, flowers, coffee, pastries, other delicious foodstuffs. Bad smel ... More >>
Hello Pasta--the noodle version of those build-your-own salad bars--opens its first shop next Wednesday on Lexington between 54th and 55th Streets. The company will then roll out two more restaurants in Midtown and one in the Financial District, all before October. Angling toward the Midtow ... More >>
Tabla and Devi get a little company
The vegetarian cuisine from the northwestern Indian state of Gujarat is ancient and complex. Madhur Jaffrey has called it the "haute cuisine of vegetarianism." While special occasion foods are more elaborate, staples include stewed spiced vegetables of all kinds, roti, and khichdi, a spiced r ... More >>
We are now but two months away from Choice Eats, the Voice's third-annual tasting blow-out representing some of the best and most diverse restaurants (and booze) in the five boroughs.
Yes, please In a new year, our thoughts turn to Choice Eats, the Voice's tasting extravaganza, representing scores of different cuisines from all over the city. Mark your calenders: Choice Eats 2010 will be held Monday, March 22nd at The 69th Armory on Lexington and 26th Street.
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. October 21, 1965, Vol. XI, No. 1 Peaceful Protesters Parade Against War By Paul Cowan Between 15,000 and 20,000 people marched along Fifth Avenue in a parade protesting America's involvement in Vietnam last Saturday. Though Sunday's ... More >>
Anxiety? Fetish? Picture-prone artists are loving themselves some process.
Following last night's speech by President Obama on healthcare reform, Michael Pollan pens an op-ed pointing to the "elephant in the room" of the health-care debate: the way Americans eat. [NY Times] Tavern on the Green has officially filed Chapter 11, listing assets and liabilities of as mu ... More >>
Though we are constantly told that crime is at an all-time low, the neighborhood police blotters show that there is still enough street crime to be worrisome. Now we hear that Eduardo Sanchez, a 22-year-old student of architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, was beaten into a coma and r ... More >>
--Sufjan Stevens has announced an intimate fall tour. In what Asthmatic Kitty Records are calling an "east-of-Lake-Minnetonka tour," the run focuses on eastern states, kicking off September 21st at Philly's 250-capacity Johnny Brenda's. Stevens wraps the tour with four New York dates: October ... More >>
Maura Lanahan Autolux, the Los Angeles art-fuzz trio that blogs forgot, has been annoyingly dormant for the last few years: after releasing the sublime full-length Future Perfect, and touring throughout 2006, they virtually disappeared. Last fall, they booked for All Tomorrow's Parties New York, bu ... More >>
Things are coming up roses for retailer H&M. Their stock hasn't been doing too badly lately, and they're even opening a new store this week at Lexington and 86th. This may have encouraged the company to reach an agreement with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union for a 3-year contract in ... More >>
If you like Johnny Cash at San Quentin, you'll love Wayne Kramer at Sing Sing. The legendary MC5 guitarist, who did two years at Lexington for pushing coke, is working with addict outreach group Road Recovery, and after doing a benefit concert for them at the Nokia Theatre on May 1, he'll go the nex ... More >>
Michael Psilakis and Donatella Arpaia say they're less than two months out from opening a new gastropub in the old Kefi space at 222 West 79th Street. It will be called Gus & Gabriel's and feature reasonably priced classic comfort food. [Diner's Journal]The sweet freaks are raving about the new ... More >>
Obie winner Ain Gordon explores a piece of forgotten history
A pedigreed banh miWhen you open a banh mi shop in New York, you're walking into deep waters. It might be more difficult to find a perfect bowl of pho, but we have plenty of places to get mind-bendingly good banh mi.Husband and wife restaurateurs Thao Nguyen and Michael Bao Huynh (currently of BarBa ... More >>
My 'blogger of the week' contest, where I begged you to write a frothing-at-the-mouth rant so I can run it and have a minute off to eat cat food, keeps reaping rewards. Here's a lovely tirade from "The Fuming New Yorker," aka Gregory Moore, about the joys and sorrows of bike riding, especially the ... More >>
Reagan's mass firing of air traffic controllers made American skies much less safe in the 1980s. Is Bush's flight plan the same?
Gorditas, mangoes, and corn in East Harlem
The optician-photographer who became a poet of the unexpressed and the unknowable