On the heels of a report that New York's tech sector grew faster than almost any other city's--becoming the city's second-largest industry this year--comes more good tech news. Mayor Bloomberg announced Monday the city will be rolling out free and public wireless corridors to 10 neighborhoods in D ... More >>
When I sat down with Bear chef-owner Natasha Pogrebinsky for this week's chef interview, we talked a lot about her connection to Astoria in Queens. Her first experiences in the U.S. happened not far from where her restaurant sits, and she and her brother Alex have dug into the community with their s ... More >>
It's Monday, which means you're probably reminiscing about all of the memories you made over the weekend. Would you rather have something to look forward to? Here's our list of food events happening in the city over the next few days.
Gregory Fellows began working with chef Anita Lo at her Greenwich Village restaurant Annisa seven years ago, and he fell so in love with the experience that he gave up his plans to follow a career in political science to stay on board. He never looked back. He's been serving at the spot ever since, ... More >>
Over ninety vendors and thousands of visitors showed up for the overwhelmingly successful launch of the LIC Flea & Food this weekend, which commandeered a lot overlooking the Long Island City waterfront at 5-25 46th Avenue. And one of the most anticipated merchants showed up on Father's Day with a f ... More >>
The weekend is almost here, and if you're looking forward to spending quality time with dad on Sunday, check out the roundup of offbeat food-related Father's Day activities we posted yesterday. If you're weekend isn't revolving around celebrating Dad--or if he's game for non-Father's Day-related out ... More >>
Before 1200 people filed into Gantry Plaza State Park yesterday to sample dishes and drinks from 60 neighborhood restaurants at the eighth annual Taste of Long Island City, a smaller crowd assembled for a Patron Hour. In addition to easy access to the M. Wells oyster bar and glasses of rose from a l ... More >>
Thursday, December 27 Beer Dinner for Holiday Hurricane Relief at Alewife: Long Island City brewery Alewife will host a holiday meal fit for a beer fanatic. For $50, try brews from Smuttynose, Lagunitas, Oskar Blues, Dogfish Head, Greenport Harbor, and Bronx Brewery, all paired with a six-course men ... More >>
Stay safe and dry. We're gathering a list of open restaurants. Keep checking back for updates. Leave us a comment, tweet @ForkintheRoadVV, or email me for tips. 5 Napkin Burger (Hell's Kitchen) 630 9th Ave @ 45th Street 5 Napkin Burger (Upper West Side) 2315 Broadway @ 84th Street 5 Napkin Burge ... More >>
The NYPD just put up crime scene tape at the entrance to Gantry Plaza State Park along the East River in Long Island City -- which is adorable, and all, but it's done precisely nothing to stop people from entering the park.We headed over there about 30 minutes ago to get a look at the river. What we ... More >>
The city gets some long overdue regional Mexican fare
After a year of wandering the wilderness, DIY venue-cum-collective Silent Barn has found a new home. Although details on its specific whereabouts are scant, a website launched yesterday by the itinerant group announces that they have a four-month period to renovate a 10,000-square-foot loft "in the ... More >>
The New Amsterdam Market was filled with cheerful cheese vendors, nursing their hangovers with iced coffee (the 3rd Annual Cheesemonger Invitational took place last night in Long Island City). I sampled cheese from about 10 of the 20 producers and purveyors (Edgwick Farm's bloomy-rind, aged goat che ... More >>
Located in a working-class corner of Long Island City, John Brown Smokehouse has only been opened since August 2011, but has quickly risen to be one of the city's best barbecues. John Brown Smokehouse is a quirky sort of barbecue joint, like Fette Sau prone to smoke a strange collection of meats. ... More >>
A man has robbed five Brooklyn and Queens businesses at gunpoint, and cops want your help bringing this jerk to justice. Police say that he began his crime spree on Sept. 25, around 12:15 a.m., when he stormed into a Greenpoint Dunkin Donuts at 356 McGuiness Boulevard, shot a gun, and fled with cas ... More >>
Not in my backyard, strip club! Not in my booming-on-its-way-to-becoming-the-coolest-neighborhood-in-the-city backyard! Long Island City, that is. Elected officials and allegedly everyone in the blossoming Queens neighborhood on the other side of the East River (business, civic, AND religious commun ... More >>
Big Dance Theater sojourns to BAM's Next Wave Festival
Doesn't this look better than a dry turkey? Though M. Wells, the Long Island City diner, is now a memory, some of its traditions live on. One is the making of rustic Quebec seasonal pies come holiday time. These were at one time one of the more spectacular entrees on the M. Wells menu. Par ... More >>
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.
No one homeNo word yet on when M. Wells will be back up and running -- or even where exactly, although it will likely be in Long Island City -- but that doesn't seem to have owners Sarah Obraitis and Hugue Dufour too worried. They send around word today they they'll be taking their show on th ... More >>
Good news for extreme locavores: the 2011 Brooklyn Fishing Derby is officially under way. The pristine waters of the East River are swimming with striped bass and bluefish just waiting to be caught by some of New York's more adventurous fishermen. Started by the infamous Dr. Claw (a/k/a Ben Sargent) ... More >>
When dinner service commenced at M. Wells, snow clung to the stunted bushes outside. Now that we've heard the sad news that a rapacious landlord is kicking facsimile Montreal diner M. Wells out of its location on one of Long Island City's most obscure blocks, it's time to gaze back fondly at ... More >>
The East River Ferry, as we've been teasing, is indeed coming and now there's a launch date. Beginning June 13, there will be water travel from East 34th Street in Manhattan to Long Island City, down to Greenpoint, Williamsburg, South Williamsburg, DUMBO and back to Manhattan at Pier 11 near ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Vai, the Upper East Side spot that just got a Soho outpost, has closed. The building is reportedly being torn down. [Grub Street] Café Flo in Astoria did not survive a four-alarm blaze that r ... More >>
Robert SietsemaM. Wells' eggs, salt cod, and peas.Almost six months after Our Man Sietsema found "some of the most innovative cooking in the city" at M. Wells, the Québeçois diner in Long Island City is finally getting its liquor license and thus dinner hours. Per Tasting Table, ... More >>
We're hearing reports of suspicious packages on UPS planes that have landed at Newark and Philadelphia Airports, as well as a suspected explosive device on a UPS truck in Long Island City, Queens, which the bomb squad is investigating.
Ten NYC restaurants that stoke the oven with wood&emdash;how autumnal!
The magnificent pickle dog at Bark, just above the Bergen Street station on the 2 and 3 trains. Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike -- compiled daily. Today's pick: Pickle dog at Bark Hot Dogs. ... More >>
Lately, the only infestation making headlines has been the bedbug epidemic, but something equally as bad, if not worse, is going on in the 2,100-unit Ravenswood Houses in Long Island City, Queens, according to the Post. Cats that began living in the buildings years ago multiplied and inhabite ... More >>
If you're a New Yorker, you've likely complained about your awful cell phone service at some point. It's part of living in a city where people live on top of people, under huge buildings, and they're all screaming into expensive, overheated little machines radiating someone else's screaming i ... More >>
Flavors used in the grilling traditions of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and other Asian countries are becoming popular in American barbecue joints. [Wall Street Journal] Heinz ketchup is changing its 40-year-old recipe to lower the salt content. Fans of the original recipe fear the ch ... More >>
View Larger Map DATE: Friday, Jan. 9, 2010, 11:35 p.m. LOCATION: 35-44 11 Street, Long Island City, Queens. Late Friday, the police found a 62-year-old Brooklyn man shot inside a car in Long Island City. He was taken to Cornell Medical Center where he was declared dead. The dead man was identifie ... More >>
Here's yet another uncommon economic indicator of how the recession is affecting the restaurant business: Cecilware, which has been making kitchen equipment in Queens since 1911, will lay off 80 workers next year.
No. 1 with a bullet is Tigran Tambiev, the new "Top Most Wanted" on the NYPD's list of alleged scumbags on the loose. Former No. 1 was Kendall Scott. There's a new No. 1 on the NYPD's Most Wanted list: Tigran Tambiev, boyfriend of slain Long Island City artist Susan T. Woolf, is someone the city's ... More >>
Yesterday marked the triumphant return of the New Amsterdam Market to the South Street Seaport. The market, which was last held in June 2008, brought together some 80 regional food and wine producers underneath the FDR Drive. Robert LaValva, New Amsterdam's founder and director, is planning t ... More >>
Here's something else to worry about: a strike may shut down New York's biggest power plant. The Daily News tells us that because of a contract dispute, Local 12 of the Utility Workers of America may soon walk off the job at the Ravenswood plant operated by TransCanada in Long Island City. Ravenswoo ... More >>
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