Ten years ago, Matt Diamond started Coalmine Records. The Brooklyn-based independent rap label's first release was "The Raw," a 12-inch single featuring the Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck, horrorcore-styled rapper Bekay, and one-time savior of New York hip-hop Saigon. Since then the Coalmine vault ha ... More >>
Beer. Wine. Shots. Whatever your pleasure, toast the end of February -- and the eventual end of the polar vortex -- at these cost-conscious watering holes.
Today marks the start of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Entering its ninth year, it started at a time when the eyes of the hip-hop nation weren't as glued to the culture's birthplace as it once was, allowing the festival each subsequent year to remind the world why New York hip-hop is not only pivot ... More >>
Now that 2013 is nearly half-over, it's clear the year's two biggest hip-hop stories eclipsing everything else are Kanye West's album/baby/stunts and Jay-Z's sudden commercial announcement about his new album. While they are rightfully big news, some really great stuff--from impressive new-comers, p ... More >>
In the whirlwind of this city's restaurant openings, we sometimes forget about the institutions that have quietly held down their corners of the boroughs for decades, working daily to adapt to the times while remaining true to their original eras. And in the process, they often pick up an eclectic c ... More >>
In an era when insane opening hype damns many restaurants to short lifespans, it's nothing short of miraculous to see spots that have survived decades. One of those old-timers, Marco Polo Ristorante, opened as a Carroll Gardens destination restaurant for classic Italian back in 1983. The restaurant ... More >>
Deciding where to watch the Super Bowl is stressful. Do you pick the place with the best drink specials? The greatest food deals? Do you follow the crowd? Find a quiet bar with a decent screen to watch the game in private? We've broken it down by hood and borough of where to get the most bang for yo ... More >>
Sephardic-Uzbek shish kebabs, top to bottom: chicken hearts, ground-beef lulya, lamb, and marinated chicken 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 sunse ... More >>
Many artists in the independent hip-hop world like to brag about how much they're hustling or grinding. MC/Producer The Audible Doctor is far too busy to speak of such things because he's actually doing it. The past two weeks have seen him release projects with both his group the Brown Bag All Stars ... More >>
The legend continues with Professor @ Large
Back in February, Adam Farag sat at the bar of scuzzy East Village drink spot The Library with an envelope stuffed with $500 in singles. It was early afternoon and he was alternating pints of beer with whiskey shots while telling stories about touring with the Wu-Tang Clan, recording in El-P's basem ... More >>
In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images. Spurred on by our desire to get away from the cement inferno our city had become, Debbie and I ventured to what seemed like the ends of the Earth (or at least the c ... More >>
This Saturday, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will conclude with shows by Brownsville's mighty M.O.P., who will perform their rambunctious brand of rap down under the Brooklyn Bridge, and, er, noted Queens representer Q-Tip. Rappers from Brooklyn have never been shy about proclaiming their her ... More >>
At Porchetta and Porsena, Sara Jenkins has contented herself with figuratively transporting her customers to Italy. But later this year, she'll take a more literal approach.
Nico Muhly takes inspiration from the history books
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Fuck chillwave. Brooklyn rapper Skyzoo and producer !llmind have your tape-damaged nostalgia fix without any Peter Pan hysterics or lazy mush. Their full-length collaboration Live From The Tape Deck ... More >>
CMJ kicks off with a hip-hop reunion
Ten NYC restaurants that stoke the oven with wood&emdash;how autumnal!
The Long Island City restaurant aims for modern trattoria
One of these dudes is noticeably less enthusiastic than all the other dudes. Photo by Nate "Igor" SmithIn the week we interviewed an actual fitness instructor about the theoretical plausibility of exercising to Sleigh Bells, we also penned a Twitter-based ode to Erykah Badu's habitual latenes ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Brooklyn beatmaker Marco Polo is quickly becoming Duck Down Records' secret weapon, a neck-snapping producer who keeps the label supplied with bucketloads of no-nonsense boom-bap that is reverent bu ... More >>
In what can only be described as one of the more aggressively shit-starting plays in the history of humanitarian aid, yet another Gaza-bound activist-filled flotilla is headed towards an Israeli blockade in Gaza like, four days after the last "loveboat" got eight humanitarian activists killed ... More >>
A Lower East Side Fujianese also kindly peels your goose feet
In 2009, we began the weekly Local Top 10, a series we hoped would prove that New Yorkers were far too stubborn to let the record store go. The series ran until last month, when we literally ran out of stores to cover--not the best sign for the future of music retailing in New York City. Befo ... More >>
Gourmet staffers have been invited to attend the annual Great Gathering of Chefs at the Mandarin Oriental on Sunday, where each will receive a Golden Fork Award and get to rub elbows with Emeril Lagasse, Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Michael Psilakis. [NY Post] C ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema discovers "a full Uzbek menu" at KeBeer Bar & Grill in Brighton Beach, while Sarah DiGregorio reviews the book Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, which "lays bare the ways in which the developed world blithely goes about tossing food away." Sam Sifto ... More >>
Superior fresh pitaThis afternoon, while waiting for my "moo goo gai panini"--a bad idea--to be ready from Marco Polo Café (102 St. Mark's Place), I wandered into Holy Land Market. Amid the sacks of Israeli couscous and tins of tahini and pickled vegetables and rows of spices, there are three finds ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. March 4, 1959, Vol. IV, No. 19 A Trip on the Crosstown Stage By John Wilcock It is possible, I suppose, to spend all ones youth in the Village and never take a trip on the Overland Stage which connects the effete East with the rugged West. ... More >>
Savory Uyghur cuisine comes of age in Rego Park
What's to Eat After Spending a Dusty Day on the Silk Road?
Robert Burton and the Library of Babel
Laps and Marco Polo in the Hip Hop Pool
Despite a yearlong retrospective, John Guare wants to be a playwright of the present tense