Tonight, Queens-born / Georgia-raised MC Waka Flocka takes the stage at B.B. Kings as part of the Waka Flocka and Friends concert. Unfortunately, a vocal sect of hip-hop purists here in the culture's birthplace have been anywhere from hesitant to downright dismissive of Flocka's brand of raucous rap ... More >>
Over the weekend, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a press release announcing that thousands of gallons of gas were en route to New York and limited amounts would be available to residents free of charge. The free fuel would be delivered in several Department of Defense tanker trucks that were to be par ... More >>
Sandy and a little snow can't stop Bronx restaurants from gearing up for the second annual Savor the Bronx Restaurant Week. Special events begin Monday and more than 35 restaurants in the borough will offer discounted fare. Some restaurants like Riverdale Steak House will give a 15 percent discount ... More >>
America's hydraulic fracturing gold rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation
Today is Make Music NY, a citywide explosion of free live music that stretches from the Rockaways to Tottenville to Riverdaleif you leave your house today, there's a good chance that in addition to sweating, you'll hear at least one musician sawing away at their craft. One crucial part of the ... More >>
Two news stories are developing this weekend that involve iPhone-related violence. The New York Post is reporting that a teen is now fighting for his life after he was stabbed early this morning during a fight over an iPhone at a Fordham Heights subway station. Apparently, the 19-year-old saw th ... More >>
Runnin' Scared caught up with State Senator Gustavo Rivera yesterday to hear his thoughts on the ongoing redistricting battles in Albany. He testified on Monday at a hearing on the matter. (He wasn't able to attend a Bronx redistricting hearing yesterday at the Bronx Museum of the Arts -- whi ... More >>
Thanks to the pronunciation experts at the New York Times City Room blog, who told us the right way to say "Van Wyck" just weeks ago -- a Netherlands native says it's "Fon Weg"; do with that what you will -- we now know how to say three other place names that previously likely befuddled and b ... More >>
Prison time for the convicted bomb-plotters.Three of the Newburgh men convicted last October of plotting to bomb synagogues in Riverdale were sentenced to 25 years in prison in Manhattan Federal Court today. James Cromitie, David Williams, and Onta Williams -- along with a fourth man, Laguer ... More >>
This week in food blogs ... Macaroni Midler, Junior Mints, and double-dipping; Food Republic looks at the top 10 food-related Seinfeld moments. Zagat Buzz lists the five biggest shockers in the NYC restaurant scene so far in 2011. The Atlantic wonders if David Chang's Lucky Peach is the best new ... More >>
"And you gave me a scholarship, didn't you?"Tuition at the famed Bronx prep school Riverdale -- once home to the likes of Chevy Chase and Carly Simon -- totals $40,450 for the coming school year, making it the first of New York City's important people-makers to charge more than $40,000 annual ... More >>
Over the last year, those who traveled to the Paul Shaffer House--from Brooklyn, Fordham, Columbia, and SUNY Purchase--had somehow become convinced that the punk house off the Bronx Park East stop was going to be around forever. It wasn't hard; on the best summer nights, the place seemed like ... More >>
A federal judge heard oral arguments this week over the conviction of four Newburgh men for plotting to blow up two Riverdale synagogues and shoot down an airplane with a missile. They were caught in an elaborate FBI sting. The case was the subject of a comprehensive Village Voice article w ... More >>
Was David Williams IV a terrorist? Or was he just out to make an easy score by scamming the government's informant?
In this week's Voice, Graham Rayman tells the story of the Newburgh 4 -- four men who "face possible life prison sentences for plotting to blow up two synagogues in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and to shoot down military airplanes at Stewart Airport." Rayman spoke with David William ... More >>
Ragene Powell-DickersonThe guy accused of hiring someone to lure a pal via sexting to a phony threesome setup and then shoot him to death is now in custody. Ragene Powell-Dickerson, 25, who like victim Dwayne Burnett is from Brownsville, surrendered today to Brooklyn cops and has been charged wi ... More >>
This is how he squandered his big chance to go straight.
warren lynn via FlickrTuesday night's not-quite-apocalyptic snowfall blanketed the city with up to 10 inches of snow, and while the last big storm wreaked havoc on the city, New Yorkers were ready and waiting for iteration two. This time we dusted off our sleds.
A federal jury has convicted four Newburgh, New York, men for conspiring to bomb two synagogues in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and planning to fire missiles at military planes.
After eight days of deliberating, a federal jury has convicted four Newburgh men accused of plotting to bomb synagogues in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and of scheming to fire a missile at aircraft. They were arrested in May 2009, in Riverdale, after they planted what they thought wer ... More >>
Following in the wake of self-loathing gay-baiter/gay-hater Republican strategist Ken Mehlman coming out of the closet, an Archie character has emerged from the cocoon of illustrated repression to fully embrace his homosexuality. Three questions:
via Daily NewsOn Friday night, for a 15-minute period, we were hunkered down in our windowless bathroom (just in case!) as our Twitter flashed "Tornado WARNING" from New York's Office of Emergency Management, NotifyNYC, and, of course, the National Weather Service. (A warning, for future refe ... More >>
Who knew that Bernie Kerik, the bullet-headed tough cop now headed to prison, was such a whiner? A really good whiner too, as proved by the latest submission by federal prosecutors to the White Plains judge who will sentence Kerik next week to somewhere north of 27 months. Prosecutors cite a ... More >>
We are grateful for the Times unemployment map, which shows what New York neighborhoods are doing best and worst in these parlous economic times, though most of its findings come as no shock. The big loser is unsurprisingly East New York (also murder rate increase leader) with 3rd-quarter un ... More >>
Mix it up with Junior MerinoIf you're a bartender, you've likely heard of Junior Merino's Liquid Lab. If you haven't scored yourself an invite yet, it's well worth it to try, if only for a chance to glimpse the lab itself. The space, accessed via an Old World-y courtyard in Riverdale, houses ... More >>
Democratic officeholders, it's not too late to do yourself a favor and endorse inevitable winner Mayor Bloomberg. The latest to take advantage is councilmember Oilver Koppell. You can watch the ad he made for the Mayor here. When the Riverdale Press asked him about it, he said, "The implication was ... More >>
After less than a year, cracks are already appearing in the concrete pedestrian walkways in the $1.5 billion city-subsidized Yankee Stadium. The company that poured the concrete, Interstate Industrial Corporation, is currently starring in the trial of former Giuliani Police Commissioner Berni ... More >>
While the four losers who wanted to blow up Riverdale synagogues -- whose conspiracy was "played out on a veritable soundstage of hidden cameras and secret microphones," per the Times -- continue to grab scary headlines, some are suggesting that they were just pathetic mooks who got grifted by an ov ... More >>
Four Black Muslims wanted to blow up four* synagogues in Riverdale -- or maybe just "detonate explosives near" them; it isn't clear -- and possibly other targets. They also wanted to shoot missiles at military aircraft at Steward International Airport near Newburgh, New York. To this end, the men bo ... More >>
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My Man Jesse
'Today we can't make up our minds how to live. We can't live in white spaces anymore even if we try. Our personalities are really showing through. There isn't one vision of how a house should be.'