The annual Macy's Fireworks show returned to the East River tonight, after a five-year run of explosions over the Hudson. Brooklynite and Mayor Bill de Blasio worked on the campaign to move the show back, a decision that was announced in April. Photographer C.S. Muncy brings back these images of th ... More >>
It was a banner year for New York City at the James Beard Foundation Awards; several of our fellow city-dwellers took home prizes in categories that ranged from Outstanding Pastry Chef to the Lifetime Achievement Award. Here's your guide to the NYC-based winners of the 2014 Restaurant and Chef Award ... More >>
We hope you're going out to eat this weekend. Might we make a suggestion? Here are the five best things we ate this week.
As we prepared to write about our 99 Essential Restaurants™ in Lower Manhattan, we spoke to the chefs and owners behind these places, asking them to discuss their history and unique place among the other eateries in this town. But we were also thinking of your wallet, dear readers, and so we asked ... More >>
The "tremendous irony" of moving Midtown to the East Village
Xiao long bao from Diverse Dim Sum (Flushing Mall, 133-31 39th Avenue, Queens), $6-$7.50 Avoid the long dim sum lines and fill up on these soup dumplings -- or use them to fuel you on an exploratory food tour of Flushing.
FiDi's Elevated Acre is representative of this city's commitment to rethinking outdoor urban common areas to add fantastic green space in unlikely locations. The park covers an acre-sized deck at 55 Water Street, offering views of the East River and lower Manhattan. Work in the area? Here's an add ... More >>
Downtown Music Festival hits lower Manhattan this weekend, and former Village Voice cover star Kilo Kish, who's also playing the festival, has prepped a playlist to get you in the mood.
Tamara Shopsin Spoonbill & Sugartown Wednesday, 7:30pm, Free Shopsin's new memoir is arranged the way any harried artist's journal might be--in fragments, drawings, photographs, and asides--and surprisingly all the more cohesive for it. Mumbai New York Scranton (Scribner) highlights the underlying c ... More >>
Michael Chernow gets his hands dirty. As one half of the cheeky duo behind The Meatball Shop, the successful mini-chain of ball-focused foods, the Manhattan native made a name for himself by capitalizing on polite toilet humor and mugging for the cameras that love him. But don't be fooled by the hig ... More >>
Head above water
This post was originally published on the morning of Friday, November 2 It's not the ideal moment to publish a restaurant review in New York, and certainly not of a place in the East Village struggling to keep business going without power. But such was the print schedule that my piece on Exchange A ... More >>
The power won't be back on in lower Manhattan for at least another day, but these spots are finding lots of ways to bring in customers and save what's left of their supplies. Paradiso is serving up the rest of their goods that were kept on dry ice this week. Balthazar is still delivering fresh bagu ... More >>
Hurricane relief: free waffles & snacks at City Hall Park and 3rd Ave/14th street from 3-6pm compliments of NY's hometown airline @jetblue.— Wafels & Dinges (@waffletruck) November 1, 2012 These yummy deals are trying to fill up the city's bellies, with little additional costs. Extr ... More >>
This year's Best Ramen? Ready for a little quiz? Here are five questions concerning establishments FiTR writers have recommend in the Voice Best Ofs, which you can examine here. You can either read the items first, and then answer the questions, or you can read the questions first, and then go on ... More >>
Federal authorities thwarted a plot to blow up the Federal Reserve building in lower Manhattan this morning, in a would-be attack that was "on behalf of Al-Qaeda," the U.S. Attorney's Office announced this afternoon.(Read the federal criminal complaint below).According to the feds, the failed bomber ... More >>
It's been eleven years since a group of murderous monsters destroyed a good chunk of lower Manhattan during the September 11, terrorist attacks, but a lot's been going on to remind their buddies that "we're still here, dickweeds!"While the enormous Freedom Tower is perhaps the most visible reminder ... More >>
[See More Open!: Wasabi To Bring Individually Wrapped Sushi To NYC | Say Hello to Moti Mahal Delux, Hot Bread Almacen] Popular Belgian waffle dessert truck recently won a contract to expand their presence into two city parks. They will be outside Park Slope's Prospect Park and in Lower Manhattan's ... More >>
Pressure is mounting on JP Morgan Chase to account for the ongoing closure of Chase Manhattan Plaza in Lower Manhattan. The Voice has been tracking the ongoing saga of the fenced-off public plaza since January -- see previous coverage below -- but others are starting to growing curious as well. Go ... More >>
Who says you're too old for games?
In New York's chaotic do-it-yourself music ecosystem, nothing is a given. A venue might combust as suddenly as easily a new one might spring up, making this list obsoleteyet that volatility is part of the venues' inherent uncivilized appeal. Who's to say where the next bunch of longhairs migh ... More >>
We asked Off- and Off-Off theatermakers what they feel the scene is missing
Good (late) morning! A lot of the Voice staff is still recovering from a long day of May 1 coverage, but we wanted to bring you a brief recap of what went down from when we stopped liveblogging until now. Enjoy!
A Philadelphia man was arrested on Friday after police say he dumped buckets of feces and urine at two separate downtown locations -- the stairs of an open-air plaza, and inside an ATM vestibule.The good news is we've got video of each dumping, which you can see after the jump.The NYPD is crediti ... More >>
In January we told you about the fight over Chase Manhattan Plaza, an architectural landmark and one of the few open spaces in Lower Manhattan, which has been completely fenced off for six months. Back in January, there wasn't any obvious reason for closing off the plaza, a popular lunch spot and h ... More >>
While public library systems across the country flounder in the face of declining tax revenue and dwindling readership, the New York Public Library is somehow managing to survive. Rather than run away from digitization, NYPL has embraced it, and has recently produced a series of projects which are h ... More >>
Max BraunWho's drone? Our drone!At many points in the last two months, Occupy Wall Street's relationship with the New York Police Department has felt like an urban guerilla war, with skirmishes flaring up block by block across Lower Manhattan and particularly contentious conflicts -- the Taki ... More >>
This is what democracy looks like.The Occupy Wall Street protest drew thousands of demonstrators to the Financial District this weekend, when the markets were closed and the neighborhood was largely a ghost town. This morning, as the inexplicably-timed protest entered its third day, demonstr ... More >>
For some people, the terrorist attacks have been a gold mine
On September 17, Wall Street will be occupied. Not by warring/face-grabbing traders and not by troops sent in to put the volatile area under martial law, but by protesters who are going to "set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street." #OccupyWallStreet has been organiz ... More >>
Think about this when you're relaxing in Central Park over the weekend: An entire community once lived there, with homes and several churches and at least one school, right in the park (before it was the park). We're talking about Seneca Village, a largely African-American community of some 2 ... More >>
Steven ThrasherMichael Furey and Bienvenido Amagna, the first same-sex couple to wed in Brooklyn.Today's the day! Same-sex marriage is officially legal in New York State, and the weddings are rolling along. The first couple married in New York City was Phyllis Siegal and Connie Kopelov, who e ... More >>
Etan Patz in 1978Stanley Patz is the father of 6-year-old Etan, who disappeared from a lower Manhattan street in 1979, making him, arguably, the most well-known missing child in New York City, as well as the first to appear on the side of a milk carton. Until last week brought another missing ... More >>
Well, the year is nearly half over, and it's time to do a bit of handicapping of the city's crime statistics. In general, some sections of the city are experiencing a spike in assaults, and a rash of economic crimes--burglaries and grand larcenies, mainly. Overall, citywide crime, according ... More >>
StuffHipstersDon'tLike, circa 2008Have you heard about the Rockaways? They are a place that you might want to go! The New York Times wrote about them back in 2008, that's how much you might want to go -- "There are Brooklyn hipsters, Japanese twentysomethings and even Hasidic surfers from Far ... More >>
dell'anima 2.0? Although things at the Bowery Wine Co. have been mostly quiet since its Die Hard Yuppie Scum days, the East 1st Street bar is once again on the blogs, thanks to (of course!) the CB3 SLA agenda.
Sarah DiGregorioStuff your belly with these clam bellies from Ed's Lobster BarSoHo might automatically come to mind as a place filled with throngs of slow-moving tourists and not populated with tasty treats, but the neighborhood spanning from Houston to Canal Streets and Lafayette to Sixth Av ... More >>
The NYPD has announced "the Rumbler," a new siren for cop cars designed to alert "even the most distracted cellphone-yakking, text-messaging or headphone-addled pedestrian or motorist," according to the New York Post. That is what we need! Louder streets. It can supposedly cut through the ubi ... More >>
Cary Conover The first 2011 Nobel Peace Prize nomination goes to the Lower East Siders who hammered out Monday night's near-unanimous community board vote approving new housing for those five acres of weed-strewn parking lots sitting forlornly behind chain-link fences these past 40 years alon ... More >>
There's a new New York City drinking survey out, and chances are, you're a drinker, because more than half of New Yorkers of legal drinking age are (congrats!). We were surprised and vindicated to find, however, that New Yorkers on average (53%) actually drank less than the nationwide average ... More >>
While the World Champion Yankees are fighting their way through lower Manhattan traffic this morning, a more somber ceremony is taking place in the Bronx, where the demolition of old Yankee Stadium has now begun in earnest. WCBS Radio helicopter pilot Tom Kaminski snapped a photo of a backhoe tearin ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 14, 1963, Vol. VIII, No. 17 Artists Fight to Save Lofts Twentieth-century New York City artists began picketing the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the rain on Tuesday to dramatize the plight of present-day Leonardos. Their protest ce ... More >>
Al Schwendtner, a volunteer at the NYPIRG voter complaint hotline, reaches for a rare call on Super Tuesday. The hotline only had 120 calls by noon. As a raucous crowd celebrated the Giants’ Superbowl win in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday morning, Cathy Soll sat in a basement office a half-block away ... More >>
(Photo by Holly Northrop/hnorthrop.com) It seems the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has done it again, offering yet another false assurance to New Yorkers about fallout from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. At least, that's how many people who live and work in downtown Manhattan have come to vie ... More >>
Touting a major exclusive headlined "Bomb tunnel, flood city," the New York Daily News jolted the region today: The FBI has uncovered what officials consider a serious plot by jihadists to bomb the Holland Tunnel in hopes of causing a torrent of water to deluge lower Manhattan, the Daily News ha ... More >>
Sixteen-year-old Sadia Ali, a native of Pakistan, was among the throngs of protesters from Queens who gathered at ground zero in lower Manhattan yesterday, on their way to the big rally at City Hall. Seeking an easily accessible station, organizers picked the World Trade Center subway stop as a r ... More >>