For the past few weeks we've been locked in the basement at Yankee Stadium, subsisting on nothing but Bergen Bagels, listening to the best songs about New York City through headphones endorsed by Lou Reed. Our mission: to come up with a list of the 40 best songs ever written about our city, songs th ... More >>
As Atlantic City's casinos shutter this week, it seems particularly poignant to remember that there are restaurants beyond the boardwalk that will suffer. These are the small businesses that the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival doesn't recognize, instead importing food world celebrities like Marth ... More >>
This summer marked the 15 year anniversary of the greatest song of all time. I KNOW. I couldn't believe it either but 15 years have come and gone since the first time you heard "Smooth" by Santana featuring Rob Thomas. FIFTEEN. YEARS. CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE THAT!? "Smooth" is a song that has transc ... More >>
Spring is here! Rejoice! Do a happy dance! Or at least do something to celebrate that winter is finally over. So, it's still sort of cold out, but you can't always get what you want. What we can offer you is a slew of awesome-yeah-it's-spring! events, including a free bike maintenance workshop in Gr ... More >>
Spooky celebrations aren't over, not by a long shot. Day of the Dead festivities begin today through Sunday, which means fiestas all weekend long. But if you're not interested in honoring the dead, we got some other fine (inexpensive) treats for you. Friday [Party] DJ Marcelo C. (Rico Suave/ Naco ... More >>
We're thrilled that healthy people the world over are going to lace up their sneakers and run 26.2 miles for fun ("Run for fun? What the hell kind of fun is that?" -name that movie*) in the five boroughs tomorrow. We'll be cheering for them. From our beds. The only marathon we're in shape for here ... More >>
"I thought this was a doughnut shop?" The gaunt man asked incredulously. He was standing inside Dough Loco, the latest venture from the team behind ABV, Earl's Beer & Cheese, and the Guthrie Inn.
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
XXL magazine revealed their annual freshmen list today. Among the10 picks for future rap fame (plus a boxed-out bonus picture of Chief Keef's head), New York City is represented by the monolithic Action Bronson, Pro Era leader Joey Bada$$ and Angel Haze. In the interest of municipal pride then, here ... More >>
"I'm from Spanish Harlem and the story has never been told from my 'hood," says Bodega BAMZ, the uptown rapper who's plotting to write his own chapter in hip-hop's history with his Latin trap movement. The cornerstone of BAMZ's come up so far is Strictly 4 My P.A.P.I.Z., the 'Pac-style mixtape he dr ... More >>
Much of Manhattan was made long in the past--or long enough ago that its boundaries are often seen as acceptable and natural, while the people who live on the fringe (read: above 96th Street) are easily forgotten when defining the character of the city. (This tendency became briefly regretful when, ... More >>
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Moti Mahal Delux is opening at the Upper East Side today. As a departure from almost every other Indian restaurant in the city, they will be serving a menu sans chicken tikka masala. Instead, the star dish will be the signature butter chicken. [Fork in the Road] Hot Bread Kitchen is opening a reta ... More >>
SPANISH HARLEM -- It was the sound of the birds that was most startling. As thousands of protestors marched, in silence, down Fifth Avenue yesterday, it was a strange thing indeed to hear so many New Yorkers not speaking, yelling or blaring music, but to just simply hear birds chirping on a beautif ... More >>
In an effort to persuade New York lawmakers to support Governor Andrew Cuomo's push to decriminalize "public view" marijuana arrests, a drug policy group has started a video campaign to illustrate how people are getting screwed by a loophole in the Marijuana Reform Act, which (supposedly) decrim ... More >>
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musicianis under way, and you get to help choose who makes it to Round Two. Today's first match pits "Empire State Of Mind" ... More >>
Poets honor a Spanish Harlem hero
Money can't buy happiness -- but it might buy you time behind the steering wheel if you're a felon who has been kicked out of the U.S. The Manhattan District Attorney says that Clarence Jenkins, a 56-year-old DMV clerk, sold three fraudulent drivers licenses to New Yorkers -- including "at least on ... More >>
Jimmy Castor was a smart aleck; a wise guy; a clean shit-talker with so much joie de vivre you had to laugh even when his truth-telling smacked you upside the head. So when he died this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 71 near his home outside of Las Vegas, far away from the streets of Harlem he o ... More >>
Doom-folk lifer Larkin Grimm is known mostly for 2008's desolate, pastoral daymare Parplar and her colorfully wry outlook (her hilarious MySpace post about attending SXSW in 2009 is required reading). The last four years have been nothing short of monumental for Grimm; she moved to Spanish Harlem, l ... More >>
Welcome to Day in the Life of, a feature that will appear every so often on Fork in the Road in which we look at different culinary professions in New York City and the people behind them. How do the pros actually spend their days? Up this week: Dan Cohen, owner of Danny Macaroons 8 p.m. -- I don ... More >>
New York sound artist Nickolas Mohanna is the real Sound of the City. The noises of our rainy days, planes flying overhead or whatever's happening on Mott Street are dutifully documented on his digital recorder, then stretched out and distended (via synth and guitar) into majestic drone world ... More >>
This week in food blogs ... Muffet/FlickrBelieve in magic. Eater rounded up 10 new restaurants worth an outer-borough commute. Grub Street delved into how much people actually spend at the city's top restaurants. CHOW looked at the 11 most ridiculous restaurant-related Facebook groups.
It's time for the weekly comment roundup! You know how it goes: every week we pick the comments we thought were funniest, or smartest, or most thought-provoking, and then we reward those commenters with a lovely free Village Voice t-shirt. If you've won, email our web editor Francesca Stabile ... More >>
Brought to you by an Englishman with a big crush on the Big Apple
A veteran English music writer, Kris Needs lived in New York City in the late '80s (he spent two years behind the counter at Bleecker Bob's). It was part of a longstanding fascination with the city thatlucky usnow culminates in Watch the Closing Doors: A History of New York's Mu ... More >>
Its organizer sits in jail for raping his daughter. And the parade of his sympathizers marches on.
This week in the Voice, Victoria Bekiempis tells the sordid tale of Juan Cáceres, founder of the Spanish Harlem nonprofit CECOMEX. Cáceres is revered by many in his community as an exemplary leader, even after "being convicted of second-degree rape -- of his own daughter, from the time she ... More >>
dannymacaroons.comYou say macaron. We say macaroon.Dan Cohen, founder of Danny Macaroons, makes artisanal macaroons out of Spanish Harlem. No, not the dainty, colorful French sandwich cookies foodies recently claimed were poised to take over the reign of cupcakes. Macaroons, as in the coconut ... More >>
Victoria BekiempisFinger- (and thumb-)licking good? Welcome to this week's battle, where two fried-chicken chains -- Kennedy Fried Chicken and Crown Fried Chicken -- give New York the bird. In a good way. First a little history ...
Inside Carson McCullerss heart
Unique art is easy to find in New York City, but Bryan Lee Madden's pieces stand out in the crowded field. Madden uses Etch A Sketches to create his works, which run from fine art to cartoonish sketches, and are commissioned for friends and clients alike (email him if interested!). We got in ... More >>
A prince of surrealist alt-Latino pop returns to his kingdom
An unsettling conversation, to oft-disturbing and potentially lasting effect
Helen Levitt has passed at the age of 95. Born in Bensonhurst, she dropped out of high school and went to work as a photographer's assistant. She sought out great artists like Cartier-Bresson and Luis Bunuel, and made friends with James Agee. Street scenes were her metier and she was especially cele ... More >>
Why should we care now?
Angry residents of the Hotel Chelsea have championed the case of Piri Thomas. As the fight between longterm Hotel Chelsea residents and the new management gets uglier and uglier, residents have pinned some of their hopes on a court case in California involving Piri Thomas, the author who detailed h ... More >>
A new principal's tour of duty, from Bloomberg's 'academy' to P.S. 50