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    November 14, 2014

    I'll Drink to That: Governor Cuomo Signs Craft Beverage Law

    Governor Cuomo proved himself a hero of hooch yesterday by signing into law several measures designed to make it easier for craft start-ups to get off the ground. Anyone who supports the so-called "little guy," be it a wine, beer, or spirit producer, or really just any small business in general, oug ... More >>

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    October 21, 2014

    How Can New York Stop the City's Worst Landlords?

    When the trouble came to 90 Elizabeth Street, it arrived quietly, in a flurry of white papers. They blanketed the mailboxes and the front doors of many of the tenants in the modest Chinatown apartment building, a forbidding snowdrift of eggshell, piled with angry black type. When 43-year-old Betty E ... More >>

  • News

    August 20, 2014

    The Outsider

    Zephyr Teachout Will Never Be Governor, So Why is Andrew Cuomo Worried?

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Expedited Immigration Hearings Basically a "Conveyor Belt to Deportation"

    #160341293 / gettyimages.comSome 52,000 unaccompanied infants, children and teens have been apprehended along the United States' Southern border since October of last year; twenty nine of them appeared in federal immigration court in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday. They represent the first wave of som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Photos: The Macy's Fireworks Show Returned to the East River Tonight

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Video: Pride Marchers Tell Us Their Grindr Horror (and Love) Stories

    OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'xrN21ubjoEg5Ypd8EIB6C4h5fKCmMKtR'); });Please enable Javascript to watch this video "On our first date, she brought me a cat. A four-year-old cat from a shelter that was mean." "Oh, this is what you look like?" "One of my best friend's exes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Meet Your NYC-Based James Beard Foundation Award Winners

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    The Five Best Things We Ate This Week

    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.

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Where to Look for Wine List Deals at Our 99 Essential Restaurants

    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 >>

  • Film

    March 26, 2014
  • News

    March 5, 2014

    Will Success Spoil Astor Place?

    The "tremendous irony" of moving Midtown to the East Village

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Diverse Dim Sum's Xiao Long Bao, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    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.

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    Stone Street Tavern Pops Up at the Elevated Acre Everyday for the Rest of the Summer

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Premiere: Kilo Kish's Downtown Music Festival Playlist Featuring Earl Sweatshirt, Sky Ferreira, and 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.

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Picture This: Our 5 Can't Miss Book Events Get Graphic

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    The Meatball Hero: After Sandy, Michael Chernow Gives Back to the City that Gave Him Everything

    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 >>

  • Art

    November 14, 2012
  • Film

    November 7, 2012
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    November 3, 2012

    Checking in on Exchange Alley After Sandy [Updated]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    After Sandy: East Village Restaurants Are Open Despite No Power

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Post-Sandy Deals: Free Waffles, $5 Brats

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Five Little Mysteries Based on the Food Section of the Voice Best Of Issue

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Feds Say Failed Attack On Federal Reserve Was "On Behalf Of Al-Qaeda;" Bomber's Other Target Was "High-Ranking Govt. Official"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    World Trade Center, 11 Years Later: Here's What's Popping Up

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Wafels & Dinges Expands To Downtown And Brooklyn

    [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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    JP Morgan Chase Under Pressure Over Plaza Closure

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 11, 2012


    Who says you're too old for games?

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    The Top Ten DIY Venues In New York City

    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 obsolete—yet that volatility is part of the venues' inherent uncivilized appeal. Who's to say where the next bunch of longhairs migh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    May Day Recap: Highlights from Voice Reports (UPDATE)

    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!

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Fences Are Still Up -- What's Going On At Chase Manhattan Plaza?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    The New York Public Library's Maps Project is a Time Machine for Your Neighborhood

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Skywriting Freaking People Out Yesterday Was Just Art

    Yesterday, an unseasonably lovely day, at some point around 4 in the afternoon, people suddenly started noticing messages in the sky in Lower Manhattan -- things like, "Lost Our Lease," "Last Chance," and "Now Open." The moderately terrifying messages -- last chance for WHAT, exactly? -- were attrib ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 28, 2011
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    September 19, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street, Day Three: Inefficiency Starts to Cripple Protest

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Traces of a 19th-Century Village Have Been Excavated in Central Park

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2011

    First Same-Sex Couples Wed in New York City

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    NYPD Crime Stats: Half The Year Over, Neighborhoods Seeing Spikes in Burglaries and Larcenies

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    New York Times Still Trying to Push the Rockaways as 'Hipster-Cool' Destination

    StuffHipstersDon'tLike, circa 2008​Have 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    The dell'anima Team May Colonize the Bowery Wine Co.

    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.

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    March 18, 2011

    Our 10 Best SoHo Eats

    Sarah DiGregorioStuff your belly with these clam bellies from Ed's Lobster Bar​SoHo 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Abortion Billboard in SoHo Calls Out African Americans During Black History Month

    ​Life Always, an anti-abortion group, revealed a giant new billboard today at Sixth Avenue and Watts Street in the New York City neighborhood of SoHo, featuring a picture of a young black girl and text that reads, "The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb." Underneath is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    The Rumbler Vibration Siren Coming to New York City

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    After 40 Years, Peace in LES's Seward Park; Middle East Is Next

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    New Yorkers Actually Drink Less Than the Nationwide Average. Really.

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Yanks Party While Bleachers Fall

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    Artists Fight to Save Lofts

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    A Parade, a Primary, and a Giant Absence of Voter Calls

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2006

    NY Pans Another EPA 9-11 Plan

    (Photo by Holly Northrop/ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2006

    New Terror Plot, Same Old Money Problem

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2006

    Marcher: 'I'm Left With Nothing'

    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 >>

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