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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Becky Cooper charts our lives
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The borough is where it's at
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
[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 >>
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 >>
In case you're into keeping tabs, here's a list of this month's openings and closings.
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 >>
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 >>
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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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 >>
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!
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 >>
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!
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 >>
The kitchen is so tiny at Upper East Side newbie Dragonfly that it's a miracle more than one cook can fit--let alone a team pumping out an array of Asian-fusion dishes like cheese stuffed tater tots and Far East inflected ceviche. But Cornelius Gallagher is not new to the challenges on the New York ... More >>
Contrary to popular belief, there are people that live outside of Manhattan. The hustle and bustle of New York City is not limited to one island; actually, almost 80 percent of New Yorkers live in the outer boroughs (probably because they cannot afford its real estate horrors). And, if tax ... More >>
Happy Manhattanhenge! So what the hell is Manhattanhenge, you might ask? On May 29 and July 12 every year, the sunset lines up with Manhattan's street grid which, as the Hayden Planetarium puts it, simultaneously illuminates "both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough."
Federal prosecutors filed a civil fraud case this week against SEEDCO, which ran two job placement centers under contract with the city, for taking million of dollars in government funding without providing much service. The SEEDCO lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan names seven former mana ... More >>
Soon after we posted our list of the city's 5 best beer halls, we got word from Bowery Boogie that Paulaner Brewery, the Bavarian brew giant, is planning to open a massive flagship beer hall on the Bowery.
Ah, the Manhattan real estate market. That one barrier holding you back from the Big Apple's charm while simultaneously making you go absolutely insane. This collection of brokerages and hidden fees turns this anxiety-driven urban playground into a rental nightmare, forcing inhabitants to search for ... More >>
The spicy chicken sandwich laid bare -- but there really should be more stuff inside the bun, likes onions and tomatoes or something. I was kinda excited when the McDonald's hype machine cranked up to tout the new spicy chicken sandwich, and more so when the TV commercial told me it was part of th ... More >>