New Zealand

  • Voice Choices

    October 1, 2014


    A new season of NYC dance

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    September 10, 2014


    Barely legal and breaking records

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Meet the Pastry Chef Behind the Musket Room's Playful Desserts

    Pastry chef Becca Punch has worked in a range of top tier kitchens, from Boston's L'Espalier to Eleven Madison Park, but it was her grandma's kitchen that served as the initial training grounds for the Montana native. "During the holidays, all of the women -- my mom, aunts, and grandmothers -- would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Happy Bones Imports a Kiwi Coffee Sensibility to NYC

    A thin, bright slice of a café near the edge of Little Italy, Happy Bones (394 Broome Street; 212-673-3754) is the by-default New Zealand entrant of the New York coffee scene. Happy Bones was founded by two artistic types (see a theme here?): New Zealander Luke Harwood, who previously co-founded St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Connan Mockasin Sings Like a Baby Girl, Wears Dresses, and Has the Face of a Murderer

    Connan Mockasin is one of the most interesting, creepy, and compelling people of the year: he sings like a baby girl, wears silk dresses, and has the face of a German murderer. He's Klaus Kinski in a golden kimono, on helium. There's something about him that's both bewilderingly androgynous and tot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    New Zealand State of Wine with Erin Scala of The Musket Room

    Erin Scala, originally from the state for lovers (Virginia), is currently having a love affair with New Zealand, especially the wines. She's a female force on the NYC sommelier scene and has run the wine show at The Musket Room (265 Elizabeth Street, 212-219-0764), New York's first restaurant showca ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013
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    June 11, 2013

    The Musket Room: Bar Dining and an Early Look

    If it's still light outside, you can look through the two-room dining room of the Musket Room, which opened at 265 Elizabeth Street two weeks ago, and see a lush courtyard, a quiet, verdant oasis that backs up to the window on the back wall. The view imparts a mellow vibe, and if you want (and the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    The Best Reissues of 2012

    As I sit and watch the year end lists of best reissues virtually pile up on the laptop, I can't help but be reminded of something my Uncle Lech once said to me many X-Masses ago when we were down in his basement jamming some Bobby Vinton. As his light up speakers twinkled and pulsed in my periphera ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012
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    June 6, 2012


    Unknown Mortal Orchestra 
check in at Glasslands

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Lamb Dishes

    Will the gloriously squishy sheep testicles at Kavkaz make the cut? Lamb is the meat of the hour. While many Americans used to eschew the flesh as "too strongly flavored," most New York diners now proclaim its mildly assertive flavor as "just right." Of course, when you're talking about namby-pamb ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012
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    March 7, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    The Vinatta Project's Michael "Kiwi" Camplin on His Ideal Dinner Party: Interview Part 2

    Photo courtesy Michael CamplinMichael Camplin needs some sleep​Yesterday we spoke with Michael "Kiwi" Camplin, chef at the new Meatpacking District restaurant the Vinatta Project, about his upbringing in New Zealand and the intricacies of creating a small plates menu. Today we get a bit more p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    The Vinatta Project's Michael "Kiwi" Camplin on Moving to New York and Cooking in the Old Florent Space

    Photo courtesy Michael CamplinJust call Michael Camplin "Kiwi"​The Mulberry Project has gained a boozy following largely because of its bespoke cocktail program which lets imbibers pick several favorite flavors and the bartender does the rest. Complementing the cocktails is a menu of small pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Ask the Critics: New Zealand Cuisine -- Does It Exist in New York?

    Fancy some hokey pokey ice cream?​Sarah M. asks: I just got back from a trip to New Zealand and loved it. What are New York's top spots for Kiwi cuisine? Dear Sarah: Unfortunately, New York doesn't boast many New Zealand restaurants. In fact, I only know of three. But they're definitely wort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Kiwiana's Mark Simmons Will Show You What New Zealand Is Made of​Mention New Zealand cuisine to an American, and you're likely to be met with a blank stare. Beyond the odd kiwi fruit and jars of Marmite, even many of our self-proclaimed dining sophisticates can't conceptualize what such food might entail. But if Mark Simmons has anything ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Beer Drinkers Are Tastier to Mosquitoes; Winemakers Take to Plastic

    ​What is it about the subtle pleasure of Kölsch, asks Eric Asimov? "Well, it's a snappy and beautifully refreshing golden ale, bright without being overbearing." Doesn't that sound nice? [NY Times] Carlsberg, which is mostly known for light lagers, is gearing up to launch Carlsberg Elephant, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2011

    Ailing Penguin Stuck in New Zealand Offered Ride Home Or Spot At SeaWorld

    ​Happy Feet, a young emperor penguin, is stranded in New Zealand. It (scientists haven't determined if the bird is male or female) arrived there last Monday, its appearance being the first time in 44 years that an emperor penguin has been spotted in New Zealand. All is not well. Happy Feet fel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Will Smith: Not Dead

    He can hear you spreading those rumors, you know. ​Meanwhile, on the other side of the fake stories about celebrity mortality spectrum, Will Smith has been killed by the Internet--specifically by a story from that claimed the former Fresh Prince had fallen to his death from a cli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    With Kiwiana, New York Will Have More Than Two New Zealand Restaurants

    ​Aside from Nelson Blue and D.U.B. Pies, New York doesn't exactly have a surfeit of restaurants serving New Zealand cuisine. But the underrepresented country is about to get another shout-out, in Park Slope of all places. Here's Park Slope reports that Mark Simmons, a New Zealand ex-pat and T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Man 'Nearly Pops' After Air Hose Gets Stuck in His Butt

    Violet Beauregarde suffered from a similar problem.​Oh man. Here is a terrible, awful, shocking, horrifying tale that, unless you are stronger and better than us (probably) might sort of make you chuckle in a Beavis/Butthead sort of way, but only in the midst of being horrified, and wondering ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Meth-Shoe Traffickers Busted Because They Were "Walking Funny"

    Not actual meth shoes.​We'd guess shoes would be the first place any airport security agent worth his salt would go to look, but we're not Malaysian drug traffickers posing as tourists with two pounds of meth in our shoes. Are we? (That was rhetorical.) Anyway, the group was busted by official ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Next Month, People in New Zealand Will Drink Horse Semen

    ​Lately, it's become fashionable in some circles to brag of one's fearless consumption of bugs, grubs, and pretty much anything else that can be scraped off of a forest floor. And if your circle happens to be in New Zealand, you will soon have the option of chasing it all down with a shot of h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Confirmed: Happy People Are Nicer; Australians Are the Happiest and Nicest

    If this was a regular sighting, you'd probably be happy too.​Charities Aid Foundation has taken a look at countries doing charitable things -- giving money, helping a stranger, or volunteering time -- and guess where the U.S.A. ranked? Number five. Which is not horrible, but also maybe not as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Barack Obama Toasted by New Zealand Artist Toastman

    ​New Zealand artist Toastman (aka Maurice Bennett) has created portraits out of toast, including Elvis Presley, Mona Lisa, Eminem, and New Zealand prime minister John Key, but his greatest work so far may be his portrait of Barack Obama.

  • Voice Choices

    May 4, 2010


    How many songs will Jeff Mangum do?

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    The Chris Knox Benefit at Le Poisson Rouge Has Already Raised $40,545

    ​Which is to say that the May 6th show, featuring Yo La Tengo, the Clean, Jeff Mangum, and a bunch of other people is way beyond sold out--even at $75 per ticket. The indie start-up for indie start-ups, Kickstarter, hosted the bidding, and you can still give money there--as little as a dollar- ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Here Is The Set List For Pavement's First Reunion Show

    ​They began, as all high-profile indie-rock reunions must, in New Zealand, rocking out to "In the Mouth a Desert," which I'm sure was cathartic.. This dude has most of the set list; this dude breaks it down by album. "Fight This Generation" tends to be particularly violent live, so that's good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    The Fish in Your Filet-o-Fish is Both Ugly and Possibly Unsustainable

    The hoki, known more commonly as a filet-o-fish.​The Times has a piece about the hoki, the homely yet delectable fish that's been the star of countless McDonald's filet-o-fish sandwiches and featured on the menus of chain restaurants like Denny's and Long John Silver's. The hoki, which lives i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Free All Points West Alternatives Galore

    ​ Big gigantic music festivals featuring people with names that even those living deep in the Amazon forests or on the wild, wild plains of New Zealand have heard of tend to suck up most of the cultural airspace when they come to town--All Points West being no exception here. But this is an ex ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 27, 2009
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    March 24, 2009

    Interview: Ladyhawke On New Zealand, Gay Pride Parades in Paris

    Ladyhawke makes her New York debut tonight at the Bowery Ballroom and at Studio B on Thursday, March 26. Taking her name from the 1985 Richard Donner film, New Zealand's Ladyhawke is next in a line of dance-wave acts that've recently surfaced. Although she's played "dirty rock and roll" with he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Project Runway Movie Gets Some Support!

    In a previous post, I described how Eleven Minutes--a documentary about Project Runway winner Jay McCarroll--was getting good grades on, but only because raves about some New Zealand massacre movie had strangely been put on its page by mistake. There were only two reviews of Eleven ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Rave Reviews For Project Runway Film A Fraud!

    Eleven Minutes--a documentary that catches up with Project Runway winner Jay McCarroll--may or may not be a masterpiece of cinematic design. The buzz on the flick happens to be very strong, mainly because it got an 83% rating over at, at least as of the other day. But when I reall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2008

    Memorial Day Special: Lazy Picnic Eats

    It's Memorial Day weekend, prime time for park picnicking and general lolling around in the sun. The new branch of DUB Pies, which is a block away from Prospect Park, turns out buttery-crusted, savory New Zealand-style pies. They are completely perfect picnic food—hand-held and sufficient unto the ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 29, 2008


    The sexiest Kiwis alive

  • Music

    March 7, 2006
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    August 30, 2005

    Summer Visitors

    Hunky power from New Zealand and enigmatic robotics from Japan confront modern dilemmas

  • Dance

    September 14, 2004
  • Dance

    August 17, 2004

    Projecting Homeland

    New Zealand's landscapes and Samoa's traditions mingle

  • Film

    August 17, 2004
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    March 2, 2004
  • NYC Life

    June 17, 2003
  • Music

    May 7, 2002

    Planet Rock

    The World's Most Local Pop Music Goes International

  • Film

    February 6, 2001
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    June 22, 1999
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    August 18, 1998

    Listening In

    The U.S.-led ECHELON spy network is eavesdropping on the whole world

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