Nas entered the Beacon Theater in a suit. It was a nice suit, a cool grey number with a blue tie, well-tailored. He looked sharp. But Nas in a suit is not the same as Jay-Z in a suit. Jay-Z in a suit looks like a man who has worked hard all his life so that he can rock a Tom Ford custom that costs m ... More >>
YC The Cynic released his excellent GNK album last week, and now we're proud to premiere the video to the storming "The Heaviest Cross." It's a track the Bronx-based rapper calls "one of the more introspective records on the album," and he describes visuals as "kinda like different rooms in this wei ... More >>
Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Pete Rock releases his collaborative project with the retro-tastic Camp Lo duo next week. Titled 80 Blocks From Tiffany's Part 2, the freebie download is inspi ... More >>
Pre-Prohibition New York City was flush with the fermenting, bubbling, steeping barrels of brewing beer, but it was several decades after Repeal Day before the boroughs began making a beer industry comeback. Today, though, local breweries are in the midst of a revival, and New York now ranks fourth ... More >>
Close to 75% of the New York State prison population comes from seven New York City neighborhoodsHarlem, South Bronx, Lower East Side, Bed Stuy, Bushwick, South Jamaica and Brownsville/East New York. Brownsville Ka never went to prison, but he is from perhaps the most violent on that list, th ... More >>
The good thing about family is you don't have to see them all the time to still feel the love when you do reconnect. Last year, Show & AG's hard-hitting "Show &A"the first joint venture from the Diggin' In The Crates members since 1998's Full Scaleshowed that the duo is reinvigorated a ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. weighed in on the Fresh Direct controversy stewing in the Bronx in a New York Daily News op-ed Sunday. Writing in favor of Fresh Direct's move to the South Bronx the two politicians tried to assuage critics' fears over the damage the ... More >>
Bodega Down Bronx from the Center for Urban Pedagogy on Vimeo. Here's a good way to go into the weekend: a funny, engaging documentary about one of New York's most lamented food deserts, made by the teenagers who live there. Through a partnership with the Center for Urban Pedagogy, a group of Sout ... More >>
Oh, hey Q-Tip. All photos by Rebecca Smeyne.On a sweltering Saturday, the seventh annual hip-hop nerd convention Rock The Bells took over Governor's Island. It's a place where people know to "throw a one in the air" for Guru before DJ Premier even asked, a place where you can overhear a convo ... More >>
His half-century on the streets of New York
Just as all eyes were on the mighty state senator Pedro Espada Jr. and his many escapades, along comes some strong competition for Bronx Schemer of the Week Award.A freshly unsealed indictment this morning by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, based on a joint city-federal probe, charges ... More >>
When LaVerne Harris decided to open a bookstore in the South Bronx two years ago, she knew she it wasn't going to be easy.The area is known for a lot of different things -- urban blight, crime, poverty -- and a healthy book culture wasn't one of them.But Harris, a 61-year-old primary school teacher ... More >>
Remember those Curtis Sliwa tours we told you about earlier this week? The so-called "Underbelly Tours" of the South Bronx where Sliwa promises in a video to point out the "Uzi-toting, dope-sucking, psychopathic, killing machines" hanging out on corners, near chop shops and drug houses?Well, apparen ... More >>
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Between 2003 and 2005, 44 percent of women murdered in New York were done in by husbands or lovers, says the New York Department of Health. Poor, black, Hispanic, and foreign-born women, and those between 20 and 29 years of age, lead among local victims of death by intimate partner violence -- or ... More >>
DOE, City Council and Unions all fail to keep tabs on when NYC schools fail - or succede.
Turn off your air conditioners. Take a cue from a camel. Lay off the ice cream. And other advice for surviving a 'heat island'
New Yorkers love cell phones. How about the bees?
Two New York rappers dreamed of stardom. MF Doom got it. MF Grimm didn't.
Kenny and Louie's joyous retro reboots dominate clubs and living rooms alike
Savvy teens and Brooklyn noise-rock luminaries combine for some do-it-yourself doo-wop
City's own figures show that the new Bronx stadium would be a money pit
German robo-pop legends stand still like mean machines
After Neighborhood Turnaround, HUD Seeks to Cash Out
Writer Adrian Nicole LeBlanc's Bronx Odyssey
Bloomberg's Budget Deals Deathblow to Struggling Parks
Houston Screws Off the Cough-Syrup Cap
Sundance's Real Deals
Country Pride in the Big City
As Clubs Flounder, Clandestine House Parties Flourish
Confrontation With Cop Riles CUNY Students
A New Protest Movement Hits the Streets in Style
100 Years of Ragged Beats and Cheap Tunes
La Revolución embraces Hip-Hopwith Fidels blessing
Action Adventure, Behavior Modification, No Lanyards
Pushcart James Says He Saw a Man Beat a Prostitute Named Pork Chop. Pushcart Is a Dope Fiend. The Alleged John Is a Policeman.