All over the city today, protesters were out in a full show of support for fast food workers in search of fairer wages and the right to unionize. For the second time in three months, the nationwide one-day strike brought rallies to fast food restaurants around the city. The Voice made it out to one ... More >>
A fine silent comedy lays bare the birth of new New York.
Fresh off getting vaginas off the minds of lady voters with some ping-pong, Susan Sarandon got busy getting fighting fires off the minds of firefighters with some ping-pong. Sarandon, who is part owner of the Space Age ping-pong boutique Spin New York, will donate 10 tables to firehouses and EMS sta ... More >>
Reading from the same playbook as Texas Governor Rick Perry, Mayor Bloomberg toured the Bay Area this weekend trying to lure tech investors and young grads back east with promises of good times and pretty girls. As if San Francisco was just one extended sequence of Revenge of the Nerds.
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 >>
Maury Rubin, owner of City Bakery and Birdbath, grew up eating coconut macaroons--the ultimate Passover dessert--from a Manischewitz can. Years later, he introduced a more refined version at his baked goods empire in Lower Manhattan. The huge, pyramid-shaped monsters are browned on each corner to cr ... More >>
Two Sandy-stricken restaurants are back on their feet after a brutal few months of rebuilding. South Street Seaport has been barren since the hurricane but Fresh Salt on Beekman Street will be cooking its regular menu on Thursday, after being able to serve only drinks for the past week. Randazzo's ... More >>
Winter is coming
A Storm of Controversy
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 >>
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 >>
The failed plot to blow up the Federal Reserve building in lower Manhattan yesterday just made the jump from terrifying to bizarre -- a man identified in federal court filings obtained by the Voice as a possible co-conspirator of 21-year-old Ahsan Nafis was arrested yesterday on kiddie-porn charges ... 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 >>
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 >>
We asked Off- and Off-Off theatermakers what they feel the scene is missing
Just when you thought "there couldn't possibly be another groper roaming the streets of New York," there's another groper roaming the streets of New York, which puts the total number of gropers operating in New York City right now at three, possibly four.The latest groper struck in Queens about 1:30 ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
From Occupy 38's YouTube manifesto.Is "Occupy Everything!" supposed to be taken literally? Maybe not, as evidenced by what happened at an art gallery in SoHo this weekend. Occupy Wall Street has spawned one main offshoot so far (Occupy Washington Square Park), and this weekend a new faction ... More >>
Zoe SchlangerDrumming is one of the biggest problems neighbors have with Occupy Wall Street.Last night, the Quality of Life and Financial District sub-committees of Community Board 1 held a hearing in Lower Manhattan. The topic was Occupy Wall Street, specifically the tense relationship the n ... More >>
Russell Brand at Occupy Wall StreetLast night, as a driving rain fell on Lower Manhattan and the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street debated whether to authorize a statement condemning the Democratic Party as a bought-and-paid for agent of corrupt Wall Street interests, Russell Brand visit ... 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 >>
Nine years, 23 hours, and 55 minutes after American Airlines Flight 11 flew into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, economist Paul Krugman published a peculiar post to his New York Times blog. He titled it, "The Years of Shame," and it briskly bemoans the fact that 9/11 has become a w ... 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 >>
Roberta'sSay it with pizza.Well, sort of.
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 >>
Today, Kenny Scharf's mural on the corner of Houston and Bowery in lower Manhattan was replaced by "Lakota, North Dakota," a piece from JR's Inside Out Project, which he created with the $100,000 TED prize he received to carry out his wish to "turn the world inside out" with art. Inside Out b ... 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 >>
The city has released the list of the 20 fire companies they may close as part of an effort to fill a $600 million budget gap, the New York Times reports. The City Council had earlier this week threatened to subpoena the list when the city refused to release it. Now that it's out, we can turn ... 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.
Photos by Steven ThrasherIt was quiet and foggy at Ground Zero this morning -- the first New York had woken up to knowing Osama Bin Laden was dead -- but not entirely silent. By 5:30 a.m., the impromptu all night party was still going on in pockets, most noticeably in front of the 9/11 Memori ... More >>
Rebecca MarxWe were somewhat saddened to learn a couple of days ago that the Bluebird Coffee Shop had been sold - in addition to losing what is in many ways the consummate neighborhood coffee shop, we now risk losing some of the best doughnuts in Lower Manhattan. But it seems like our loss wi ... More >>
Rebecca MarxA year ago, Ray's Candy Store was in the news for all of the wrong reasons: business was bad, its landlord repeatedly threatened its owner, Ray Alvarez, with eviction, and Alvarez himself spent months fighting to get a green card and benefits. Things finally quieted down a bit, an ... More >>
This year's River to River Festival, which runs from June 19 to July 17, marks the 10th time that its mix of free shows takes over Lower Manhattan for the summer. The 2011 bill has a decidedly New York-centric bent, with Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Rufus Wainwright, and the New York City Op ... More >>
Williamsburg is looking a lot more like the East Village these days, and it's not just because half of Lower Manhattan's restaurants are opening outposts there. Like the city's most liquored-up neighborhood, Williamsburg may be facing a liquor license moratorium.
dishtip.comQuesillio OaxacaJason T. asks: Where in NY can I get authentic Oaxacan cheese? Looking for a queso fundido made with Oaxacan cheese. Thanks in advance. Dear Jason: I concur in your appreciation for Oaxacan cheese. Even though we have few actual Oaxacans in town (and no actual Oax ... More >>
Rebecca MarxMamoun's, that stalwart of Lower Manhattan falafel consumption, it taking its chickpeas to New Jersey. Hussam Chater, who owns Mamoun's with his brothers, tells us that the restaurant opened a new outpost yesterday in Hoboken. Located at 502 Washington Street, it offers the same m ... More >>
offthebroiler.wordpress.comTogether againFloyd Cardoz, formerly the Executive Chef at now-shuttered Tabla, is back in action and will helm the kitchen at Danny Meyer's newest fine dining restaurant called North End Grill, which will open in Battery Park City towards the end of 2011. Per a rel ... 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 >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 24, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 8 Gem Spa closes: Bye Bye, Miss American Egg Cream By Clark Whelton Gem Spa is closed. The candy store which became a clearing house for the hip-yip-street freak festival in the East Village is now pa ... 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 >>
Jaguars, mating with teeth bared.When we think of Sunset Park, we think of high altitudes, tacos, and superlative banh mí. But we are not the owners of a Las Vegas gentlemen's club called Crazy Horse Too.
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 >>
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