• Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Thirty People Have Been Convicted for Participating in Asylum Fraud Ring

    Federal prosecutors notched three more convictions this week of defendants accused of filing false asylum claims for immigrant clients. That brings the total to 30. On Tuesday, a jury in Manhattan federal court found Ling Liu, Vanessa Bandrich, and Rui Yang guilty of conspiracy to commit immigrati ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014
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    March 12, 2014

    Beastie Boys Square Is Probably Definitely Not Happening

    A plan to rename the intersection of Rivington and Ludlow Streets "Beastie Boys Square" received another set-back last night when Manhattan's Community Board 3 voted 5-1 against the motion. LeRoy McCarthy, whose idea was inspired by the iconic Paul's Boutique album cover, will now have one last sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    New York's Deadliest Roads for Pedestrians, Borough by Borough

    On Wednesday, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign released its annual list "The Most Dangerous Roads for Walking." The non-profit advocacy group analyzed data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System in twelve downstate New York counties ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Where To Celebrate National Croissant Day

    The croissant made 2013 headlines when Dominique Ansel wed it to a doughnut; his creation garnered 6 a.m. lines, and the Cronut® craze is unlikely to dissipate as long as New York sees tourists. But if it's the crescent-shaped classic you're after, the city boasts a melange of tried and true dough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    NYCHA Mold Removal Settlement Has Wide Scope Thanks to High Asthma Rate

    The absurdly long wait time for basic repairs has seemed to become just another unfortunate but standard inconvenience of living in public housing. Leaking ceilings, broken door locks, dead light sockets. A resident calls to report something in need of fix and winds up at the end of year-or-more lon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Another Blessing Scam Suspect Pleads Guilty, This Time in Queens

    Fengluan Qin, a 50-year-old from Queens, pleaded guilty on Thursday to stealing thousand of dollars from elderly Chinese women. She is the latest suspect to face punishment for committing the "blessing scam," a coast-to-coast crime wave in which con artists tricked targets into thinking that an evil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Dunkin Donuts, Subway, and Other Chains Continue Their Insidious Creep Across the City, But Slower Than Before

    From our old spot at Cooper Square, we could see it, looming green and white and weirdly shiny, like an enormous toilet with corndogs swirling inside it: the 7-Eleven, which touched down on St. Marks Place in April 2012 to general dismay and a little window-smashin'. Now that 7-Eleven has disappeare ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 13, 2013


    Like Instagram, only bigger and better

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    November 12, 2013

    The 10 Best Restaurants in Harlem

    The crown jewel of northern Manhattan, Harlem's creative and socioeconomic identity has undergone -- as all neighborhoods are subject to -- a series of transformations since the renaissance of the 1920s. And while it hasn't experienced enough gentrification in recent years to qualify as the "William ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    A Marathon Route Pub Crawl

    We're thrilled that healthy people the world over are going to lace up their sneakers and run 26.2 miles for fun ("Run for fun? What the hell kind of fun is that?" -name that movie*) in the five boroughs tomorrow. We'll be cheering for them. From our beds. The only marathon we're in shape for here ... More >>

  • Film

    October 16, 2013
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    September 18, 2013

    Cheap Drinks at Nita Nita, Manhattan Proper, Josie Woods Pub, and Reif's Tavern

    Looking for something to do after work other than watching your DVR'ed collection of season premieres? How about a little cheap drinking?Here's where to head this week.

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Speed Demon Afroduck Arrested For His "Fastest Lap of Manhattan" Video After Claiming He Wouldn't Get Caught

    Just a day after gloating to Jalopnik that he would never be arrested, a man going by "Afroduck" was arrested for speeding around Manhattan at an average speed of 66 miles per hour. Christopher Tang, 30, was nabbed by police last night in connection with the Fastest Lap of Manhattan 2013" video, whi ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 28, 2013
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    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 2, 2013

    Manhattan Apartment Sales Are at Their Highest Levels Since Before the Recession

    There aren't many places in the U.S. where people are unfazed, even titillated by the possibility of living next door to monster rats, but apparently Manhattan is one of them. Yesterday the Douglas Elliman Real Estate Report revealed that apartment sales in Manhattan have reached a level not seen si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Mexican Radio, Berry Park, and Essex Are on Our List for Wednesday Happy Hour

    The sun in shining, sangria is flowing, and you're at your desk gazing out your window, contemplating what to do this evening. You could spend the night watching an entire season of Downtown Abbey, but why not take a look at some of the cities unique happy hours to say good bye to Wednesday? The har ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 8, 2013


    Becky Cooper charts our lives

  • Film

    April 17, 2013
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    April 12, 2013

    The Rent Conundrum: Brooklynites Are Fleeing Back To Manhattan!

    A few months ago, we sadly had to write a post entitled "Brooklyn is No Longer The 'Budget-Savvy' Alternative to Manhattan." It revolved around the news that Brooklyn was now the second most expensive place to live in the country, falling only below its skyscraper neighbor, Manhattan. But what happe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Christina Crawford Has More Stories, And Will Tell Them In NYC

    In case you haven't heard (or maybe you did and blocked it out): Just in time for Mother's Day, Christina Crawford will descend upon the heart of Manhattan to tell even more harrowing stories about her late mama, the shoulder-padded menace Joan Crawford.

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    March 29, 2013

    The CitiBike Program Has A New Map So Maybe It Is Really Happening

    We haven't forgotten about the CitiBike plan. Even after it got delayed once (thanks computer glitches). And then again (thanks Sandy). Now, the expected release date is this July for New York's first citywide bike share - a program that Mayor Bloomberg is still whatever about. Keyword: expected. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    The MTA's BusTime Will Be Fully Operational Across NYC Next April

    In the video featured above, the MTA teaches you, in classic infomercial fashion, how to use their new online service that tells you where the damn bus is anytime and anywhere. The program was started back in January of 2012, in which it was deployed to riders in the Bronx, Queens and strictly on 34 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Our 10 Best Chinese Restaurants in NYC, 2013 Edition

    The amazing "big tray chicken" at Manhattan's Spicy Village It's been over two years since Fork in the Road appraised the relative merits of the city's Chinese restaurants - things have changed so much in the interim. Northern Chinese fare continues to rule Flushing, Elmhurst has increased the bre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Why Oligarchs Need Not Despair About Those Dirt Cheap Manhattan Rents

    Manhattan rents declined for a fifth straight month in January! "Renting in Manhattan may not be out of reach, after all," reports today's New York Business Journal. "Renters who have given up the dream of an affordable Manhattan apartment may have a second chance," concurs the Wall Street Journal's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map: John Randel Jr., and the Manhattan grid

    Much of Manhattan was made long in the past--or long enough ago that its boundaries are often seen as acceptable and natural, while the people who live on the fringe (read: above 96th Street) are easily forgotten when defining the character of the city. (This tendency became briefly regretful when, ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Smokey Burger Serving Elk Patties in Midtown; Suzume Ramen in Williamsburg

    Burgers aren't just patties on a bun at newly opened Smokey Burger Organic in Midtown West. The new lunch spot offers burgers of the elk, crab, bison, lamb, salmon, and even ostrich variety, not to mention the boring beef, chicken, and turkey options. The menu claims all the ingredients are ammonia- ... More >>

  • Music

    January 23, 2013

    All That Brooklyn Jazz

    The borough is where it's at

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    January 18, 2013

    How to Make a Manhattan from Hill Country

    We're feeling patriotic this week. Chalk it up to pre-inauguration fever or FLOTUS's bangin' new look (sorry). In an attempt to recognize our territorial inclinations while still getting in on the weekend's Americana action, we sought help from the Southern charmers at Hill Country Barbecue Marke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    How to Make the Blonde Manhattan from Lilium

    Lady Gaga, Scarlett Johansson, Veronica Lake, Danny Bowien. Recognizable names? Sure. Blond New Yorkers? You bet. (Looks like you're one of us now, Danny.) Lighten up your drink order this holiday with the Blonde Manhattan from Lilium in Union Square. Being served as a tribute to the 79th annivers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Hanukkah Face-Off: Ashkenazi Dish #5

    Hanukkah is a time for enjoying Jewish culinary traditions with family and friends, and to that end we present a daily competition between Ashkenazi and Sephardic food, going up around sunset on the first seven days of Hanukkah - and presenting a wrap-up as the sun goes down on the eighth day. Whose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    ConEd Explosion Could Leave Downtown Manhattan in Darkness for a Few Days

    At around 9 p.m. last night, this happened. The video shows a flash of electrical fire at the ConEdison plant on 14th Street and Avenue D. Soon after, most of the East Village and the Lower East Side was shrouded in darkness. Not sure if we've seen anything like this before.According to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Parents of Special Needs Children Fed Up With DOE's Flawed School Bus Service

    By the time parents got their turn to testify at yesterday's City Council hearing on the city's problematic school bus service, lead officials from the Department of Education, such as Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm, were long gone. "I'm just so disappointed that the [DOE] and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Pumpkin Spice Latte Shortage At Starbucks

    Well, this is awfully depressing. According to the Wall Street Journal, there has been a shortage of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. The seasonal drink debuted on September 4, but the craze has already drained supplies across the country. Apparently baristas are hitting the street to search for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Tapioca Pearls May Cause Cancer, Study Says

    [See More Edible News: Epic Manhattan Pizza Parlor Price War Finally Ends | Baskin-Robbins Introduces Ice Cream Nachos: "Think Nachos, Only Cooler"] According to a recent study by German researchers, the wonderfully gummy tapioca pearls that come in Taiwanese bubble tea drinks may cause cancer. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2012

    Brooklyn is No Longer the "Budget-Savvy" Alternative to Manhattan

    A few months back, we here at the Voice reported that Manhattan's rent was at its highest rate ever, clocking in somewhere around $3,418 a month, on average. Awed by this, I delved into the conundrum that is the Manhattan real estate: if you have to pay an arm and a liver to live on this island, why ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Restaurant Openings and Closings in August

    In case you're into keeping tabs, here's a list of this month's openings and closings.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Say Hello To More 16 Handles, Ristorante Rafele

    16 Handles Frozen Yogurt is expanding across Manhattan with four additional stores. Already opened: Chelsea at 178 8th between 19th and 20th streets. Slated to open late August: Murray Hill at 428 Third Avenue between 29th and 30th streets. October opening: SoHo at 240 Lafayette between Spring and P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Drink The City: Honoring The Drinks That Make Up New York's History

    Sure it may be in the beginning of the week, but it's never too early to go out and grab a drink... especially when there's some sort of historical context attached to the cocktails. There will be a night of cocktails honoring Robin Shulman's new book Eat the City, tomorrow August 7 at 8 pm. The ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    He Nan Flavor Emerges From Coma as Spicy Village

    The magnificent "big tray chicken" -- same as it ever was. It was in early June that a group of friends and I staged a wake for He Nan Flavor, a modest noodle-centric restaurant on the Lower East side that provided Manhattan's only glimpse of food from Henan - a landlocked region wedged between Sh ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012



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    July 25, 2012


    Witness "Crime" on 
the East River

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2012

    The Nets Vs. The Knicks: The Basketball War for New York Love

    While I was on the F train to Prospect Park, I noticed a structure in the distance as the subway came above ground around Carroll Gardens. It was a futuristic building of epic proportions; a huge MSG-like structure in the middle of Atlantic Avenue. For a second, I wondered what the hell this buildin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Average Manhattan One-Bedroom Rental Is Now $3386 A Month!

    Thank God I'm not renting anymore! A one-bedroom currently averages $3386 a month, which is up 11.5% from last year. Think you should just rent a studio instead? Well, a Manhattan studio averages $2569, up 18.8% from last year!

  • Voice Choices

    July 11, 2012
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    June 24, 2012

    In the Future, All Our Apartments Will Have Magical Folding Furniture

    When I first started apartment hunting in New York, a dear friend warned me that it wasn't possible to find a place in Manhattan with cheap rent, decent closet space, and privacy. (He was right. I moved to Brooklyn.) Everyone who lives in this city has had a similar experience, and many of them hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Ten Things That Used To Be Better About New York

    Sure, a lot of stuff is way better now, but why get all gooey and feelgood all of a sudden? Here are the the things that were better then. (10) There wasn't a polished sameness to Manhattan. There were "bad neighborhoods." There was grit. I love grit!

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    June 12, 2012

    Manhattan Butcher Buys Whole Animals!

    I don't know about you, but I won't go to a butcher that doesn't buy whole cows, pigs, and lambs. If they don't, then it's certainly not whole foods--nor is it my idea of a fully stocked dead barnyard, right? Well, if you're like me, you're in (pot) luck. Check out this press release: "The pres ... More >>

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