New Zealand

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Meet Long Island Winemaker Russell Hearn (He Admits to Not Drinking Chardonnay)

    New Yorkers live in one of the greatest winemaking states of our nation, yet we lack the close bond to our local wine market that, say, San Franciscans have with Sonoma or Napa. In an effort to start a dialogue with the winemakers of our backyard and spotlight the delicious juice being made only a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    This Week's Four Best Food and Drink Events

    This week's eclectic line-up of events includes war stories about the craft beer uprising and a unique Kiwi dinner to celebrate Anzac Day, a holiday in New Zealand and Australia.

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Winemakers of New York: Peter Bell of Fox Run

    New Yorkers live in one of the greatest winemaking states of our nation, yet we lack the close bond to our local wine market that, say, San Franciscans have with Sonoma or Napa. In an effort to start a dialogue with the winemakers of our backyard and spotlight the delicious juice being made only a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    Why 2014 Will Be Your Best Wine Year Yet

    With the close of the calendar comes contemplation: what have I learned from the wine world in 2013 and what do I expect (or hope) to see in 2014? A few observations: the rise of a new breed of "somm", the demise of the wine score, the discovery of a Jedi Wine Master, and the impending Best Wine Yea ... More >>

  • Film

    October 23, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Le Fooding Returns to NYC in September--Get Your Presale Tickets Right Here

    Thirteen years ago, Le Fooding dropped on the Parisian dining scene, blowing up preconceived notions of dining with its celebration of messy, casual, egalitarian fare through carefully curated events. Four years ago, it descended on New York, and this year, it returns with Time Mach'Inn, a feast tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Women in Wine: Molly Rydzel, Head Sommelier at Public Restaurant

    Some of the best sommeliers in NYC right now are female, and these ladies not only know their wine, they effusively share their knowledge with customers and friends without any of the pretension often (rightly or wrongly) associated with that, ahem, other species of somm. I caught up with six of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Ex Cops' Brian Harding Outs Bandmate Amalie Bruun Love of Black Metal

    Brooklyn's ace pop stylists Ex Cops have it all: the badass moniker, the underground cred (they were 4th Street record shop institution Other Music's first signing to its fledgling label), the swanky veneer and slick, ubiquitous poptones to match. On its debut True Hallucinations, melodious ear cand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Megaupload Madness: Will The U.S. Have To Return Kim Dotcom's Cash?

    Since January, we have been following the developments around Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom's court proceedings and have started to seriously wonder: Will the case even get to trial? Specifically, we're concerned with a question that raised in New Zealand back in April, when a judge said that beca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Kim Dotcom: Has The US Already Lost The Case Against the Megaupload Founder?

    Earlier today, news broke that Kim Dotcom, the larger-than-life Megaupload founder known for his love of sportscars and supermodels, won a key victory in the case against him. A judge just ruled that prosecutors had to turn over docs with evidence against him so he could defend himself against ext ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Feds Push Extradition of Megaupload's Kim Dotcom

    The Feds are moving forward with plans to extradite Kim Dotcom to the U.S. from New Zealand, filing court papers on Monday. Cops brought down the Megaupload founder in January, nabbing him on charges relating to the file-sharing stalwart in a tumultuous, made-for-tabloid arrest -- that was coordina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Drunk Online Shopping Will Save This Wretched Economy!

    Credit card debt? What credit card debt? Oh, pour yourself another drink. The latest fun -- and healthy! -- thing we're all doing under the influence of a little boozin' on our own personal computers, from home, at night, after a hard day's work, with the jug of wine next to us. In a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Seven Spots to Eat a Feast of the Seven Fishes

    Andy Ciordia/FlickrExpect fish, fish, fish, and more fish.​ Christmas is a-coming, and while the kiddies might be all excited about Santa Claus's visit, the more food-focused will be looking forward to the Feast of the Seven Fishes, one of the most gluttonous culinary traditions of the season. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Antarctica Has a Bad Case of Crabs

    ​Pay the hurricanes and earthquakes no mind, what we really need to worry about are the giant crabs set to take over Antarctica. They have arrived, with their "crushing claws and ecosystem-altering habits," in a deep basin in the Antarctic continental shelf, and oceanographers are worried not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Mark Simmons Got His Start in a Slaughterhouse, Then Faked It 'Til He Made It

    ​Yesterday, we chatted with Mark Simmons about Kiwiana, the restaurant he opened in Park Slope earlier this week. As Kiwiana's name suggests, Simmons' stated mission is to introduce New York to the ingredients of New Zealand, his homeland. Today, in the second half of our interview, Simmons di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Posts of the Week

    Rebecca Marx​ It is thankfully Friday afternoon. Which means it is time to look back at the four days preceding it. Mark Simmons talked to us about hipping Americans to New Zealand cuisine at his new Park Slope restaurant Kiwiana. The Vanderbilt's Brian Floyd explained his Barman's Fund. O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Where Was I Eating? Nelson Blue

    Lauren Shockey​This week's dish was a bit tricky -- were they pancakes? Latkes? Johnny cakes? Nope. Instead, the pictured plate was the corn-and-zucchini fritters at Nelson Blue, the New Zealand-centric restaurant just off the South Street Seaport. A simple summery appetizer best enjoyed o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    States Fight Back Against City Food Bans; Could Eating with a Bigger Fork Help You Lose Weight?

    ​States like Alabama and Florida are adopting limits on the authority cities have to ban unhealthy foods. [Time] Food authorities in Australian and New Zealand are warning citizens against consuming a new coffee that claims to perk up people's sex lives. [Herald Sun] A new study suggests th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Happy Sixth Birthday, Cake Shop

    ​The bilevel coffee shop/bar/venue/place for hangs Cake Shop turns six this weekend, and it's celebrating with a sixth-birthday party with a bunch of bands and "surprises." Cake Shop's gone through some changes over the course of its existence--R.I.P., for all intents & purposes, record store ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 30, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Live: The Cake Shop's Letha Melchior Rodman Benefit Mercifully Features Only One Gushing Head Wound

    Other than this poor guy everyone had a lovely time. Pics by Mike.​Capsul/Purling Hiss/Home Blitz/Tom Surgal/Mad Scene Cake Shop Saturday, January 22 Better than: Any other rock show you could've seen tonight Letha Rodman was a significant presence on the pre-Internet indie scene in NYC -- c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Download: Coasting, "Same Old Same Old"

    Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. ​The last time we checked in with Brooklyn's cheery, shambolic, noise-fucked surfcore kiwi-punks Coasting they were new, they were nervous, and they were recording their songs on a laptop plopped on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    A Comeback for Nicole Kidman?

    ​Since winning the Oscar for 2002's The Hours, Nicole Kidman has made some bold and varied choices. The problem is, the vast majority of them turned out to be giant bombs. In chronological order, Nicole made movies like:

  • Voice Choices

    September 22, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Ads on Baby Bumps Prove Nothing Is Sacred, Economy Is Back​There is selling yourself, and there is using your face to sell something for someone else, and then there is hiring out your unborn baby to shill for you from the sanctity of the womb.

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    More from Last Night's Chris Knox Benefit at Le Poisson Rouge, Including Weeping at Jeff Mangum

    The six-hour benefit for underground New Zealand songwriter Chris Knox at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday was indie-fundraising done right: all-star jams that made sense, meaty set lengths, a thoroughly worthwhile lineup, decidedly fan-oriented ticketing, and a stunning marquee name to sell out the r ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 9, 2010

    Northern Spy in East Village: The Apple of Their Eye

    A new locavore looks upstate for inspiration

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    Yes In My Backyard: Download Coasting's "Coasting"

    Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. ​Brooklyn duo Coasting have accidentally boogie-boarded their way into a not-so-chill wave of ecstatic local surf-punk, adding their own distorto-crunchy twist. Less bubblegum than Beachniks, more lo ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Hear the Chris Knox Tribute Record

    ​The latest on Chris Knox, the New Zealand songwriter and Flying Nun affiliate who suffered a debilitating stroke in June: He's at home, as he has been for some time. It seems he's making music again, as Tall Dwarfs, though he's not yet speaking--"He wanted me to do an edit of a song loop down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Get Well, Chris Knox!

    Very sad news: Chris Knox, one of the crucial figures behind the New Zealand lo-fi titan label Flying Nun, has apparently suffered a stroke. Details are scant, although that hasn't stopped any number of Kiwi media outlets from speculating. Meanwhile, his family and friends are maintaining and upd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    New York Goes Cook-off Crazy; Recession Dining Has a Silver Lining

    Big food companies are hijacking the locavore label: Frito-Lay will run five different ads in Florida that highlight small, local farmers who grow some of the two billion pounds of potatoes that go into its bags of chips. [NY Times] Several studies are researching the benefits of manuka honey. Nati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Live: Let's Go Yell Dopey Shit at Flight of the Conchords

    Flight of the Conchords Radio City Music Hall Wednesday, April 15 Let us revel in these times, wherein two goofy-looking New Zealand dudes can sell out Radio City and take the stage in chintzy robot costumes to perform the song "Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor," which ends prematurely when Bret ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 11, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008

    Interview: Beth Murphy of Times New Viking

    Times New Viking play the Siren Festival this Saturday, July 19 at 4pm on the Main Stage. Be there or be stupid. "I don't think about big things like the meaning of life and all that shit. . . I just think about how to like wake up, get through my day, get one thing productive done, eat at least on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 28, 2008

    Oscar Winner's Penis-Painting Beau Strikes Out

    A portrait by Sandro Kopp Tilda Swinton has two lovers and an Oscar! The younger of her two paramours, Sandro Kopp, is a talented artist whose price hopefully will go up now. As a reader points out, these very genital works by him didn’t exactly go through the roof, bid-wise, on a New Zealand ver ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 6, 2007

    Love on the Lamb

    Culinary adventures in a Brooklyn outback

  • Music

    October 24, 2006
  • Blogs

    May 5, 2005

    Whodunit: The British Consulate Bomb

    The explosion of two novelty grenades outside the British Consulate this morning has all of New York wondering: Why would anyone bomb the British? I mean, they're so nice, Coldplay rocks, and "The Office" is really funny! But, dear Watson, it turns out we have more suspects than the British road n ... More >>

  • News

    April 13, 2004

    Timeline of Tragedy

    Picking up the pieces of 9-11, putting them in order, trying to make sense

  • Film

    December 30, 2003
  • Specials

    July 1, 2003
  • Music

    October 29, 2002
  • News

    June 4, 2002

    Fire, Fire, Burning Bright

    NYC Outsider Artists to Perform Dante's Eighth Circle of Hell

  • News

    February 12, 2002

    Escaping the Hell of the Holy Land

    Israelis Contemplate the Unthinkable—Moving Out

  • Music

    September 11, 2001
  • News

    September 14, 1999

    Timor Ease

    Clinton Makes Hay in Asia Mess

  • News

    December 8, 1998

    Hyde & Seek

    Wider probe could burn judiciary chair

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