[Ed. Note: In Please Enjoy Responsibly, columnist Raymond Cummings tracks down the best noise music of the month, while keeping an eye out for the best of recent months and saluting noise triumphs of yesteryear.] The buzz of the fan, the mumble of the air conditioner, the numbing hum of central air ... More >>
The first time most Americans saw Sulaiman Abu Ghayth was in a grainy videotape released shortly after 9-11. He was sitting cross-legged, in a white cap and a brown robe, on a stone outcropping somewhere high in the Afghan mountains. Sitting immediately to his left was Osama Bin Laden.
At the average New York street fair, one tends to encounter the same stalls, hawking knock-off handbags or churning out questionable hot dogs. At Saturday's Viva La Comida!, however, held for the third year in the heart of Jackson Heights, there was a near hour-long line of hungry visitors waiting a ... More >>
The 17-foot-high, 4,000 pound cross fashioned from a column and a cross-beam recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center can stay at its new home at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, a federal appeals court has ruled. The decision brings an end to a lawsuit from the American A ... More >>
As we wrote our list of 99 Essential Restaurants™ in Lower Manhattan, we spoke to many of the chefs, owners, and general managers who run the restaurants. We asked them to tell us about the history of their neighborhoods and eateries, recount good memories, and talk to us about what's hardest abou ... More >>
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.
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
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 >>
A musical from Black 47's Larry Kirwan
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 >>
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 >>
Ari LipsitzProtesters march in the Financial District.The media was the big story last night at Occupy Wall Street. As the protest entered its second work week, renewed media interest coupled with a surprise appearance by filmmaker Michael Moore allowed the protesters some assurance that ther ... 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.
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 >>
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 >>
C. S. MuncyIt was a brilliantly sunny day in Lower Manhattan when President Obama visited Ground Zero around lunchtime. It wasn't as cloudless as September 11th, 2001, but the similarity was uncanny enough to make many of the reporters waiting on line comment about how alike the two days felt ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
We get few lessons in grace these days, especially from locally elected officials. But Robert Morgenthau, who was first elected District Attorney of New York County a few months after Gerald Ford took office as president so long ago, gave us one late Friday afternoon. He sat at a bare wooden table ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg notices that "progress on the redevelopment of the World Trade Center has been frustratingly slow," and in a Wall Street Journal editorial, suggests the solution is to first listen to him brag about how many rich people he got to live in Lower Manhattan just by showering them with mo ... More >>
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Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 1, 1957, Vol. II, No. 27 Road Through 'Square' Likely The long-threatened plan to push a roadway through Washington Square seemed closer to becoming a reality last week. A large number of Villagers were disturbed to read in last Thursd ... More >>
No Context by Zach Baron Sia Apple Store SoHo January 9th, 4pm Sia Virgin Megastore Union Square January 9th, 7pm If you are a recording artist in 2008, there will inevitably come a day where you will have to sit down with whoever is manufacturing your new record and decide how to convince peopl ... More >>
(Taking the message to Wall Street: Photo by Fred Askew) A march today against police brutality threatened to shut down Wall Street in the holiday season. The demonstration was small at its outset in lower Manhattan, then grew in force before it was ultimately was checked by police. Organziers ... More >>
Afederal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit charging that the city's Office of Emergency Management helped cause the collapse of Seven World Trade Center on 9-11 by storing diesel fuel for its emergency generators in the 47-story building. The Port Authority and developer Larry Silverstein are ... More >>
Barely a fortnight before the September 13th primary, things are looking pretty good for City Councilmember David Weprin of Queens. The son of a late New York State Assembly speaker and chair of the powerful Council Finance Committee has the Working Families Party endorsement, has raised more than $ ... More >>