Lower Manhattan

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    At Rubirosa, the Fast Pace Is Blessing and Curse

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Louie & Chan Now (Partially) Open on the Lower East Side (INTERVIEW)

    It's been four years since the team behind Louie & Chan (303 Broome Street) first took control of a space on Broome Street and Allen with plans to erect a restaurant and club; the group used the time afforded by construction and permitting setbacks to hone its concept, an Asian lounge meets Italian ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 16, 2013


    Join the Make-A-Wish Walk and 5K run

  • Voice Choices

    September 4, 2013


    C.J. Chivers discusses 9/11 and the Middle East

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    As Fast Food Workers Walked Off the Job, Giant Industry Lobbying Groups Tried To Convince Us How Awful a Living Wage Would Be

    A summer of protests over fast food workers' impossibly low wages reached its boiling point yesterday, when employees in New York and 49 other cities walked off the job in a one-day strike. In Lower Manhattan, our own Raillan Brooks interviewed Tyeisha Batts, a 27-year-old Burger King worker who ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Fast Food Workers Are Walking off the Job in 50 Cities Today, Including New York

    Strike actions and rallies will dot the city today as fast food workers' frustrations will too-low wages and lack of collective bargaining rights come to a head. Fast food employees in 50 cities, including New York, will take to the streets for increases in pay and the right to organize unions witho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Rockaway Ferry Will Keep Serving Queens Commuters Until 2014

    The Mayor's Office* has announced that the Rockaway Ferry will continue serving Queens residents until 2014. Originally slated to close when repairs to the A line were completed back in May, the ferry will serve commuters at Rockaway Park until the end of January.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    The Changes to the G Train Are Actually Going to Happen!!

    Remember when the MTA admitted that the G train needed a serious tuning up, but then slapped a price tag of $700,000 on the needed fixes? We thought that a better G train commute would forever lay just out of reach, but we were wrong! The MTA found an extra $18 million lying around, so the G, and so ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 19, 2013


    Follow musicians all over town for the Great Learning

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Bloomberg Unleashes Plan to Guide City Into Climate-Changing Future

    On Tuesday, the Bloomberg administration released its long-awaited resiliency plan to shape up a city that will see a quarter of its land become floodplain in the next 40 years. The city had a comparatively early start on climate planning--in 2007, it came out with PlaNYC, a set of recommendations ... 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

    December 18, 2012

    A Month And A Half After Sandy, The R Train Returns To Full Service By Friday

    If the 12/12/12 concert last week told us anything, it was that Paul McCartney's Nirvana fill-in was something we should talk about more as a society. And that, a month and a half later, there's still a ton of work to do in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.When the storm hit two days before Hal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    After Sandy: Randazzo's Clam Bar, Totonno's, and More Still Closed Near Coney Island

    Some restaurants in Sandy-stricken areas like Lower Manhattan and Red Hook have been able to get back on their feet in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. But in Coney Island, the beloved Totonno's pizza and Boardwalk staple Cha Cha's are among the neighborhood spots that remain closed.

  • News

    December 12, 2012

    Lead Us Not Astray, Reverend James Cooper

    In August 2011, Trinity Church's rector was asked to leave. He stayed with a vengeance.

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    Give It a Few Weeks Before the R Train Returns

    Yesterday, we reported on the MTA's no-refund policy enacted in the aftermath of Sandy. Although no reason was given, the situation provided enough explanation: the agency was out a significant amount of cash flow and paying back all those fares definitely wouldn't have helped. So straphangers are f ... More >>

  • Art

    November 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Dear New York, Here's Your Disaster Response

    If it weren't colossally tragic, the level of disorder, dysfunction, and all-around clusterfuckery that characterizes the official disaster response in New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy would be fast approaching hilarious. As it is, the situation is both heartbreaking and enraging. The ... 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

    October 31, 2012

    The Voice Will Be On The Streets Tomorrow

    Along with lower Manhattan, the Village Voice offices have been left without power since Monday evening due to Hurricane Sandy. Our staffers (many who are without power as well) have been working hard and we will have an issue with Hurricane Sandy coverage out on the streets tomorrow afternoon. Our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    A Handy Flowchart for Selecting Your 2012 CMJ Panels, Day 1

    Use our handy decision tree to find your perfect match from among the various daytime panels on the first day of CMJ 2012.

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    New Evidence Emerges About Police Downgrading of Crimes

    Accounts of police downgrading crime reports surfaced again on Sunday in a New York Times article, which compared descriptions of crimes in police reports versus the charges eventually brought by prosecutors. The article's author Joseph Goldstein examined more than 100 police reports, and found a n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    FDNY: Saturday's Seaport Fire Was Caused By Faulty Wiring

    Saturday's three-alarm fire at the South Street Seaport, which temporarily suspended the Voice's 4Knots Music Festival, was caused by faulty electrical wiring, according to a New York Fire Department spokesman.

  • Voice Choices

    June 27, 2012
  • Voice Choices

    June 6, 2012


    Go rowing at Brooklyn Bridge Park

  • 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!

  • Film

    April 18, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Serial Groping In New York City Is Sooo In Right Now

    For the second time in as many days, police are asking the public's help in tracking down a serial groper responsible for at least four unwanted gropings -- and the suspect doesn't appear to be the same man responsible for a recent collection of gropings in Queens. In other words, there currently ar ... More >>

  • 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 12, 2012

    The Hot New Downtown Trend Is Babies

    Once upon a time, hip, taste-making Manhattanites in the know would trek to Brooklyn to propagate the species with relatively more space and sometimes even backyards in which to park their Maclarens. But a surprising trend has been uncovered by DNAinfo, which reports that birth rates in Lower Manhat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street National Day of Action: Live Updates From Downtown Manhattan

    Nick PintoThe NYSE, which protestors did not stop from opening today​Good afternoon, and welcome to the evening edition of the Village Voice liveblog of Occupy Wall Street's Day of Action. Today, November 17, marks the two month anniversary since Occupy Wall Street began in Zuccotti Park. Pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street Protesters Spread Over Lower Manhattan in March for Oakland

    C.S. MuncyProtesters march in Lower Manhattan in solidarity with Occupy Oakland.​A familiar story: protesters from Occupy Wall Street marched last night. This time the march, announced to us via text message earlier in the afternoon, was to be in solidarity with Occupy Oakland. Occupy Oakland ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    The New York State Young Democrats May Be Kind of Tone-Deaf

    Keep the change.​For the past four weeks, we've been bringing you news of the Occupy Wall Street protests roiling Lower Manhattan, as the self-identified 99 percent transform their tales of struggle and deprivation into demands for systemic change. Maybe it's just because we have those voices ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    The Bowery Diner Goes Online, and Neon

    ​ Although the Williamsburg location of Motorino passed into the great beyond last week, Mathieu Palombino's Bowery Diner is showing unmistakable signs of life. In addition to the neon sign Bowery Boogie noticed hanging on its facade, the restaurant now has a website. There's not much to it ex ... 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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 29, 2011


    The Belgian beer renaissance is here

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2011

    New Yorkers Celebrate Passage of Gay Marriage Bill; Did You Know Another Bill Was Passed Yesterday?

    via TPM Crowds gather outside the Stonewall Inn.​We're proud to be New Yorkers today after the state senate passed same-sex marriage last night! And so are the crowds who flooded the West Village to celebrate; revelers gathered outside the Stonewall Inn last night to mark the historic moment. Talk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    NYPD Ticket Fixing Scandal: Third Prosecutor Added to Handle Expected Mass of Disciplinary Cases

    ​The NYPD has transferred a third civilian attorney to its department advocate's office to handle disciplinary cases arising from the ticket fixing scandal -- which could envelope anywhere from 40 to 500 officers and union delegates, depending on various reports. In previous weeks, two lawye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    MTA's New Trash Can Slogan Will Completely Eliminate Garbage

    ​People who complain about trash on the subway are like vacationers who whine about the heat in Florida. Nonetheless, the MTA is trying to do something about all that subterranean rubbish. "Hauling reeking, rat-filled garbage" through the cars late at night didn't work, so they've put their th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    March 9, 2011

    One of Our 'Ten Worst Tenants' Has Seizure While Being Sentenced

    ​Julienne Sialeu -- named in this week's cover story as one of the city's Ten Worst Tenants -- was convicted yesterday of making false statements after a one-day bench trial in District Court in Lower Manhattan. The judge, Denise Cote, did not actually finish delivering the verdict against her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Remembering the Food at Food

    ​ Speaking of venerable Manhattan food establishments that inspire nostalgia, the Soho Memory Project has a great remembrance of Food, the pioneering cooperative restaurant opened by eight Soho artists in 1971.

  • 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 4, 2011

    "Ground Zero Mosque" Loses New Imam Already

    ​The so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" is once again without an imam, as Sheik Abdallah Adhami, who took over only weeks ago as the leader of Park51, the Islamic community center and mosque in Lower Manhattan, announced he would not be sticking around. Just last month, the site's developer Sharif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    2010: The Year In Music Photos

    ​The year in music, circa 2010, started at the Cake Shop, with a shred-down to the New Year courtesy of Siren Festival MVP-to-be Marissa Paternoster and her band Screaming Females. After a tour through the NYE fetes of the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, that night ended amidst a marathon sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Donald Sacks Closes After 22 Years in the World Financial Center

    Donald, Sacked.​Donald Sacks, the first restaurant to open in the World Financial Center, has closed. The Broadsheet Daily reports that the restaurant, which opened in Lower Manhattan in 1983 and moved to the WFC in 1988, shut its doors this weekend. Cause of death seems to be the landlord: ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 24, 2009


    Light a candle on World AIDS Day

  • Dining

    November 21, 2006

    Wurst in Show

    New German pork-and-beer joint in Bay Ridge delivers a winner schnitzel

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