Morningside Heights

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Google Loves George Carlin. Apple, Bing, Mapquest -- Not So Much

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    Seven Not-So-Dirty Facts About the Street Soon to be Known as George Carlin Way

    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

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    What the Hell Is Going On, Weather Edition: Arctic Front Expected This Afternoon

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Flat Top's Older Sibling Jin Ramen Still Packing Them In

    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 >>

  • Dining

    January 15, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    A Photo Tour of Flat Top, This Week's Reviewed Restaurant

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    What's Happening This Weekend: Black Friday Brunch, Beer Battle, Alternatives to Champagne, Mominette's First Anniversary

    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.

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Is This Today's Banksy in Morningside Heights? [UPDATE]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Better Out Than In Day 15: A Remembrance of The Twin Towers in Tribeca [UPDATE]

    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!

  • News

    August 7, 2013

    Watching the Wheels

    Columbia planning prof and his students imagine a New York of bike shares and self-driving cars

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    What to Expect at Vareli, According to New Michelin-Starred Chef Derrick Styczek

    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 >>

  • Theater

    April 17, 2013

    La Ruta: Rough Crossing

    Working Theater Explores Immigrants’ Plight

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Sam Lipsyte Talks The Fun Parts, Being in a Noise-Band, and Giving a Shit

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Where to Find Hungarian Pastries and Punk in Morningside Heights

    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.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    January's Openings and Closings

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    Say Goodbye to Denny's Ice Cream Shop, Gilt, Boom

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Watch Out for Those Fish Flying Down Frederick Douglas Boulevard

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2012

    A Breakdown of the NYC Bike Share Map

    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 >>

  • Theater

    April 18, 2012

    Spoon River Anthology Gets a Crowd

    A cast of a hundred help move Edgar Lee Masters's classic to the stage

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Redistricting Controversy Continues As Advocates Push for Dominican Congressional District

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2012

    OWS Plans Vigil for Martin Luther King Jr., Zuccotti is Going Global, Organizers Say

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    SPAM and Egg Ramen: Worst Soup Ever?

    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.

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    My Sexual Thoughts About Neil Patrick Harris And Wanda Sykes

    Josh Gosfield​They'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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    'George Carlin Street': It Could Happen!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Asian Grocery Explosion! M2M Expanding to Waverly Place

    GowallaComing soon to Waverly Place​Seems 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.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Joe the Art of Coffee Will Hawk Robicelli Cupcakes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Bad Apple: iPhone Robber in Morningside Heights

    ‚ÄčThe 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    NYC Nomad, Who Says He's Not a Hipster, Lives New York One Hood at a Time

    Via NYC Nomad on Facebook​The 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 during the day who goes h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    New Yorkers Most Afraid of Rats; Lower East Side Is the Second "Rattiest" 'Hood

    ​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!

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Baby Is Literal Accessory to Robbery; NYPD Seeks Suspects

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Our 10 Most Overrated Restaurants

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Say Hello to Betel; Goodbye to Blarney Stone

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Mary Travers Memorial Set for Monday

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Community Food & Juice Re-opening on Wednesday

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    A Couple More Details About Community Food & Juice

    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 >>

  • Music

    September 15, 2009

    Vinyl Life, Furthering the Death of AutoTune

    NYC threesome makes electro-jams the old-fashioned way

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to Cafe Regular du Nord; Goodbye to Village

    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 >>

  • News

    July 28, 2009

    You Just Graduated From Journalism School. What Were You Thinking?

    J-School students try to stay upbeat about their future and their industry

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2008
  • News

    July 24, 2007
  • News

    July 17, 2007

    Rolling Admission

    Yes, you can get into Columbia. Door's open.

  • People

    December 13, 2005

    Her Father's Trial

    What's life like for a child of the Patriot Act?

  • Theater

    February 22, 2005

    Tolerance Levels

    Master director Peter Brook brings a frayed community Tierno Bokar, a multicultural fable

  • Art

    August 5, 2003

    Big Plan on Campus

    As Its 250th Birthday Approaches, Columbia University Hits Its Stride

  • Specials

    July 22, 2003
  • Specials

    February 11, 2003
  • Specials

    January 21, 2003
  • NYC Life

    October 22, 2002
  • News

    August 21, 2001

    Morningside Nights

    Modern Lovers Troll Columbia’s Bars for Fun and Profit

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