About this time last week, New York City was preparing to dedicate part of a Morningside Heights street in honor of comedian George Carlin. The dedication came and went. Tributes poured in. We wrote about it. So did everybody else. By Wednesday afternoon, a block of West 121st Street -- between Amst ... More >>
With a posthumous honor, the New York City native continues grappling with religion even after death. Here are, appropriately enough, seven things you should know about the newly-minted George Carlin Way. See also: How New York Comedian Michael Che Willed His Way to SNL and The Daily Show
What in God's name are we supposed to do with this weather? I ask you. This morning, we were all waffling over whether it was safe to change out of our Hoth-weight coats and back into something built for merely freezing temperatures. That gamble paid off: it was in the upper 30s to low 40s this morn ... More >>
For this week's review, I visited Flat Top in Morningside Heights, the Jin Ramen team's sophomore effort. Not content with having a destination-worthy ramen-ya, the partners tapped chef Charles Cho to deliver a quirky menu of New American riffs that take inspiration from Europe and Asia. Despite a f ... More >>
Zachary Feldman visits Flat Top (1241 Amsterdam Avenue, 646-820-7735) for this week's review, checking in on the New American spot from the team behind Jin Ramen. "A bistro nestled in the knolls of Morningside Heights, Flat Top glows with candlelight from inside its expansive front windows," he writ ... More >>
The long weekend is here! We say you abandon your Black Friday shopping strategy, take it easy, and check out a few of the city's less intense events -- none of which require you to wait in line at 5 a.m.
A tipster let us know that they might have spotted the new Banksy up in Morningside Heights. We haven't confirmed it to be today's Banksy, but from the looks of it, Runnin' Scared thinks we have a winner. Update, 9:15 a.m.: We have the location, but it's still unclear if it's a Banksy or not. Upda ... More >>
Despite yesterday's rumor that the next piece would be on the Upper East Side and this morning's little misdirection in Morningside Heights, today's Banksy can be found in Tribeca, according to Banksy's Instagram. Update: We found it!
Columbia planning prof and his students imagine a New York of bike shares and self-driving cars
Tri-level Mediterranean restaurant Vareli first entered the dining fray in Morningside Heights back in 2010, and now it's getting a re-boot with a pair of new managing partners, Richard Bill and Derrick Styczek. The duo worked together at Ouest before Styczek took over the kitchen at Etats-Unis, a s ... More >>
Working Theater Explores Immigrants’ Plight
On a recent Friday afternoon in Morningside Heights, The Voice met the man routinely hailed as one of America's funniest writers: Sam Lipsyte. Sitting in the Creative Writing Department at Columbia, where he has taught in the M.F.A. program for the past eight years, Lipsyte seems like one of those R ... More >>
Welcome to Drinks, Dinner, and Dessert, in which we share three picks in one neighborhood, keeping an eye out for deals, off-the-menu items, and new stuff to check out. This week, get off the 1 train at 110th Street and use these suggestions to guide you through Morningside Heights.
In New York City, only the strong restaurants survive. Or the ones with amazing food, cult followings, lots of great press, and a whole slew of other factors. For those keeping tabs, here's a list of restaurants that opened and closed in January.
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 >>
Denny's Delight in Coney Island has closed after sustaining $50,000 in damages after Hurricane Sandy. Denny's was known for its famous soft serve custard and funnel cakes. Owner Dick Zigun told Brooklyn Paper, "I'm as much of a fan of banana-pistachio ice cream as anybody else. I'm going to miss it. ... More >>
We took a stroll around the neighborhood this morning around 11. The only sounds were the whirl of police and ambulance sirens distant and close, and the steady ominous whoosh of the wind, carrying little stinging nuggets of rain. Fallen leaves swirled. The trees had begun bending. The only people o ... More >>
The bicycles are comin'! The bicycles are comin'!Yesterday, the New York City Department of Transportation released the initial 420 bike share station locations for the program that will unleash (eventually) 10,000 bikes onto the already crammed streets of New York by 2013. Influenced by NYU's ... More >>
A cast of a hundred help move Edgar Lee Masters's classic to the stage
Just days after a U.S. District court judge ruled to intervene in New York state's redistricting process, local political leaders in Upper Manhattan are calling for the legislature to redraw district lines to favor the local Dominican community's voting power. The 15th Congressional District, which ... More >>
You know how the cold has kind of made things difficult for Occupy Wall Street to keep things going here in New York City? That and all the evictions and stuff. Well, some of the organizers (generally, they don't like that word, but they are organizing this event!), are hoping to reinvigorate the lo ... More >>
This happened. In 1937, canned, gelatinous meat became as much an American cultural institution as a culinary one, when the Hormel Food Corporation spawned SPAM in an Austin, Minn. food lab.
Josh GosfieldThey're right here in a blog written to welcome me back to my alma mater, the prestigious Columbia University! For one hour! See, I'm heading up there to talk to some young LGBT journalists, and I'm all set to tell them to be extremely brave since the industry they want to ente ... More >>
Legendary comic George Carlin, recently and beautifully memorialized by Louis C.K., started out his life in Morningside Heights. He lived on 121st Street between Amsterdam and Broadway for pretty much the entirety of his childhood, starting in the '40s, and now his fans are pushing for the ci ... More >>
GowallaComing soon to Waverly PlaceSeems like the East Village isn't big enough for M2M, the Asian supermarket and cafe located on Third Avenue, and which also has a branch in Morningside Heights. It'll soon expand to Greenwich Village, setting up shop at 19 Waverly Place.
Rebecca MarxRobicelli's apple cupcake shows its innards.Joe the Art of Coffee has a thing for selling other people's cupcakes: for years, Amy Sedaris sold her cupcakes here, and now, it looks like Allison and Matt Robicelli will be doing the same. The couple tell Grub Street that their creati ... More >>
The punk in this unusually sharp surveillance photo is the suspect in a mugging and robbery in broad daylight on January 15 at 113th Street and Broadway, in Morningside Heights. At about 1:15 p.m that afternoon, cops say, this scumbag, dressed as he is in this photo, tackled a 21-year-old guy, k ... More >>
Via NYC Nomad on FacebookThe NYC Nomad, who was totally at our Web Awards last week, is starting to achieve a certain Internet fame, as evidenced by a recent piece on him in the New York Times. Ed Casabian, the nomad's real name, is a financial analyst for Outside.in during the day who goes h ... More >>
A new survey conducted by a leading pest control manufacturer says rats are still New Yorkers' least favorite pest. So how do jaded New Yorkers react when these dreaded home invaders are on the prowl? And which Manhattan neighborhoods are considered the "rattiest?" Let's find out!
Remember the bouquet bandit? The Darth Vader bank robber? Well, the latest in "ruses to help you steal things" seems to be babies. But this goes against our considerable ethics here at Runnin' Scared. Babies are not accessories! You can't just tote them around on crime sprees like a great han ... More >>
Did this fine establishment make our list? What do you think? As their name would indicate, Our 10 Best lists are typically positive affairs. But today we've decided to venture into more critical territory to rank Our 10 Most Overrated Restaurants. You know the type: It's the restaurant you' ... More >>
The owners of Westside Market have opened Vareli, a Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar in Morningside Heights. Expect Italian-flavored small plates, panini, and lotsa wine. [TONY] Betty's has opened in the space formerly known as Boucarou, featuring a retractable-roofed husk, red banquettes, and ... More >>
Dylan, Donovan, Travers--all you need to know, really.Mary Travers, the lovely (a face and figure every bit as adorable as Tuesday Weld, said one of our more august colleagues) and committed Peter, Paul and Mary linchpin who died in September--from complications related to leukemia--will be r ... More >>
Good news for Morningside Heights: according to its website, Community Food & Juice will re-open on Wednesday at 8 a.m. The restaurant has been closed since a kitchen fire in April that also damaged a neighboring dorm. The return of its haute, conscientiously sourced comfort food -- Heritage ... More >>
Earlier today, we learned that Community Food & Juice would be re-opening this Wednesday. Just a moment ago, the folks at the restaurant sent along a few more details that may be of interest to anyone in Morningside Heights and its environs: the juice bar has been 86'd in favor of a new seating area ... More >>
NYC threesome makes electro-jams the old-fashioned way
Cafe Regular Du Nord has opened about a mile north of the original Cafe Regular. The new location was opened by Richard O'Connell, brother of Martin, who owns Regular. [Grub Street] Fashion designer Marc Bagutta is opening an eatery in the former Cafe Fresh space in Morningside Heights. Cafe Bagutt ... More >>
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