The Bronx

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Cuban Singer Lubricates Herself In Hotel Bathrooms

    Cuban spitfire Margarita Pracatan entertained the crowd of 32-year-old gays at the Laurie Beechman on Friday with her wacky wisdoms and zany song stylings, directed by Zach Udko. At one point, the malapropic marvel revealed that when she leaves the house for some fun, she doesn't want to come back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Advocates Rally Against Arrests of Minority Students in Public Schools

    Add this to the list of grievances activists throughout the city have with the New York Police Department. Protests of the city's surveillance of Muslims and the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk policies have reached new heights in recent weeks. And today, activists are rallying around anothe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    This Week In The Voice: Charli XCX Gets Bummed; Jenny Scheinman Innovates

    In this week's Village Voice, out now: I preview the upcoming show by the sullen British pop singer Charli XCX (above, singing a stripped-down version of her stunning single "Stay Away") and review last Saturday's freestyle extravaganza in the Bronx, which was topped off by Stevie B; and Benjamin Lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Q&A: Kathleen Adams On Momma's Hip Hop Kitchen And The Fight Against HIV/AIDS In The Bronx

    For the last few years, Momma's Hip Hop Kitchen has celebrated the beginning of International Women's Month by bringing some of New York's best female MCs and poets to the Bronx's Hostos Community College, raising awareness for HIV/AIDS and placing before audiences that cross otherwise rigid boundar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    City Panel Votes to Approve $128 Million FreshDirect Payoff (liveblog)

    Last Tuesday, the city Industrial Development Agency announced that it and several other city and state bodies planned to hand over $128 million in grants, tax credits, and assorted vouchers to FreshDirect, which would use the cash to move its headquarters to the Bronx waterfront ... all the way fro ... More >>

  • News

    February 8, 2012

    House Arrest, Redefined

    The NYCLU files suit over the NYPD's stop-and-frisk program for private property

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Phone Fiend on the Lose in the Bronx, Cops Say

    ​A young woman has become another victim of iPhone theft -- through a subway snatch-and-grab. (But hey, at least she didn't get shot in back over it, like this Bronx man.) Cops say that the 26-year-old woman was on the north-bound 6-train, at the Bronx's Whitlock Avenue stop around 8 a.m. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Religious Leaders and Electeds Protest Mike Bloomberg in the Rain Prior to State of the City

    The rain didn't stop a group of religious leaders and elected officials from rallying outside Morris High School in the Bronx today before the mayor's State of the City speech. Around 100 protestors were fenced in a block away from the school chanting under a sea of umbrellas. They had trekked to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Armed Bronx Jacket Thief on the Loose

    A man was robbed at gunpoint for his orange Marmot jacket in the Bronx recently, cops say. The sartorially minded scumbag (pictured here) approached a man on the corner of Hunts Point Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard on Dec. 14, pulled out a gun, took the victim's coat and nothing else, and then fled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Kirsten Gillibrand Launches 2012 With a Call for Increased Food Stamp Money, Better Access to Fresh Food

    Electeds like to talk -- but U.S. Sen. Kirsten ​Gillibrand came to the Bronx today to listen. That's what Gillibrand said at the launch of an event this morning at Hostos Community College, where she joined Rep. Joe Crowley for a "listening session" on an upcoming Farm Bill, which Congre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Happy 75th Birthday, Henry Hudson Bridge!

    ​The double-decker Henry Hudson Bridge, which links Manhattan to the Bronx, is 75 today! Originally designed for a casual jaunt in and out of the suburbs, the bridge became a thoroughfare once commuters started moving north. The Riverdale Public Library is celebrating the bridge's dodrascenten ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 9, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 5, 2011

    Saturday's Body Count: 1 Stabbed, 1 Shot (So Far)

    ​ Saturday's murder count began just one hour and 44 minutes into the day, with the stabbing death of Elmer Augusto Lopez, 24, at 238 Knickerbocker Avenue in Brooklyn, pictured above. The NYPD's bulletin on the incident indicates just one stab wound to the torso, and no arrest has been made. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Bronx Restaurant Week Starts; Red Apple Supermarket Opens

    ​Starting today, The Bronx is hosting its first restaurant week, "Savor the Bronx," which will run for two weeks. [NY Post] Red Apple Supermarket has opened in Downtown Brooklyn after several delays, the first full-service supermarket in the neighborhood in years. [NY Post] Stockbox Grocers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Female Subway Slasher Is Attacking 4 Train Riders

    DCPI​Cops and commuters are looking for a woman who's been attacking people at random on the 4 train in the Bronx. She's described as black or hispanic, between 17 and 25 years old, 5'5", and 165 pounds. The first reported attack happened on September 6 around 4:20 p.m. The attacker slashed a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    10 Specials We Hope Bronx Restaurants Will Consider In Honor Of The Big Four's Impending Yankee Stadium Show

    Mmm. wingy. ​A week from tonight, four titans of heavy metal—Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer—will come together at Yankee Stadium for The Big 4's East Coast concert. It's going to be great! The Bronx is pretty excited about the impending metal invasion, too, as evidenced b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Watch Some South Bronx Teens Make an Excellent Documentary About Bodegas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Police Seek Unsuccessful Bronx Robber

    ​The NYPD wants the public's help in locating a man wanted in connection with an attempted bank robbery on Friday, August 12 a little before 1 p.m. in the Bronx. The suspect attempted to rob a Capital One bank at 557 Melrose Avenue, where he stood in line for the teller. When he got to the front, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Police Seek Man In Bronx Shooting

    Cops are seeking the public's assistance in finding a man suspected in an assault in the 42nd Precinct in the Bronx. On Monday, August 8th at around 5:10 p.m., police responded to a call at Freeman Street and Southern Boulevard and found a 22-year-old woman with a grazed gunshot wound to the chest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Man and Woman Wanted in Bronx Scam

    Suspect #1​The police are looking for a male-female duo who pulled off a grand larceny confidence scam in the Bronx. The description of the crime is a bit convoluted, but in short, the pair convinced the victim, a 26-year-old woman, to take out money from her bank account and hand it over to them, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Live: Grand Wizzard Theodore Brings It Back, Fred The Godson No-Shows At Simpson St. Block Party

    ​ Grand Wizzard Theodore, Illstyle and Peace Productions, Hip-Hop Kung Fu, and more Simpson Street, Casita Maria Saturday, August 6 Better than: Cowboys & Aliens. "Some of you might say I'm preaching to the choir," Jorge "Popmaster Fabel" Pabon, a former Zulu Nation member and our master of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Same-Sex Marriage, Bronx-Style

    ​There were 42 marriage licenses given out Sunday in the Bronx, but wandering in and around the massive building, much of the courthouse crew seemed as indifferent to the historic day as the Yankee crowd had been on the train ride up. As much as I'd enjoyed the fanfare in Brooklyn and Manhat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Hit-and-Run Asshole Leaves the Scene of Accident, But Gets Caught on Tape

    Neighborhood favorite Joey Boots took his camera down to the scene of a Bronx car accident last night just to survey the scene. Everyone appears safe, though a little shaken, while one of the cars involved, a Corvette, has its whole front end smashed and the battery removed. But that -- nor the came ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Bronx Pop-Up Piano Actually Taken by Parks Department

    Friends of the Williamsbridge Oval ​Remember the case of the stolen Sing for Hope piano in the Bronx? City Room has found the thief, who turned out to be not so much a thief, but the city's Parks Department. A spokeswoman for the department fessed up, telling the Times that "parks workers unkn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    How to Say Those Unpronounceable New York City Place Names

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Pop-Up Pianos Stolen, Vandalized

    Esther ZuckermanThe Astor Place piano being installed. ​These are days the music died in the Bronx. Tragedies have struck two of of Sing for Hope's Pop-Up Pianos, whose installation we chronicled two weeks ago. This morning the Daily News reported that the piano at the Williamsbridge Oval was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Food Freaks to Feed New York Yet More Fancy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

    ​Does New York have the appetite for yet another business peddling artisanally pimped-out grilled cheese sandwiches? Food Freaks Grilled Cheese certainly hopes so.

  • News

    June 22, 2011

    The Tranny Chaser Chaser

    Gay guys who like straight guys who like guys dressed as girls

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Obscure European Aperitifs Are All the Rage; The Bronx Spawns New Beers

    ​Little-known European aperitifs are all the rage these days, from Rabarbaro Zucca, a rhubarb-flavored amaro, to Becherovka, a cinnamon herbal liqueur from the Czech Republic. [NY Times] Jack Daniel's is tweaking the look of its iconic black-and-white label. For one, the "Lynchburg: Pop. 361" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Our 10 Best West African Restaurants in NYC

    ​The peanut-dusted lamb kebabs called suya from northern Nigeria, available at Brooklyn's Buka In the late 80s, the typical Senegalese immigrant was a guy who furtively sold counterfeit watches and handbags on the street. He took his meals at temporary restaurants set up in SRO hotels rooms ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 4, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 30, 2011

    The Big 4 Are Playing Yankee Stadium This September

    via FacebookWho gave Mustaine the keys to the Photoshop demo? (Just kidding, Dave!)​This is the news: The second concert event at the new Yankee Stadium has been announced, and oh boy is it a doozy. The metal deities Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax--d/b/a The Big 4--have announced, af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    NYPD Ticket Fixing Scandal: Third Prosecutor Added to Handle Expected Mass of Disciplinary Cases

    ​The NYPD has transferred a third civilian attorney to its department advocate's office to handle disciplinary cases arising from the ticket fixing scandal -- which could envelope anywhere from 40 to 500 officers and union delegates, depending on various reports. In previous weeks, two lawye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    The Midnight Eez Come Out Of The Demo-Tape Depths

    ​2011's most un-hyped rap release has arrived. It's by a group so under-the-radar that even its record label, All City, or the photographer who shot the mysterious image on its album's cover, Sue Kwon, have no idea who the two people in it are--other than that the duo once went by the name The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Samuel Saunders Case: Hey, You Two, Cops Want a Word About His Turning Up Dead in the Bronx

    Cops have released a video of two guys they want to question about an April 14 homicide in Parkchester. At 10:20 that morning at 2055 St. Raymond's Avenue, cops found Samuel Saunders, 42, shot in the head and DOA in his living room in Apartment 3B. Now, the NYPD says these two guys, seen here in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    NYPD Ticket-Fixing Scandal is No Big Deal, According to NYPD

    ​The New York Times chimes in this morning on the big (?), bubbling scandal at the New York Police Department in which around two dozen officers in the Bronx could face allegations of making traffic violations disappear for friends, family or otherwise important people. While it's likely that ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 13, 2011


    Go trailblazing in the Bronx

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    NYPD to Face Huge Ticket-Fixing Scandal?

    ​DNAinfo reports that the New York Police Department is gearing up to face "a police scandal the likes of which the city has not felt in decades," which could very well be a huge overreaction, but still sounds thrilling. The reality is far less exhilarating than it first seems, but still might ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    2 Killed in Bronx Barrage of Gunfire

    ​Two people were killed in a barrage of gunfire Thursday night near Devoe Park in University Heights in the Bronx, cops say. One was 17, the other 22. The "hail of bullets," as the Post puts it, also caught a 40-year-old man, who was wounded in the leg. As of early this morning, cops hadn't releas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    The Bronx Is the Most Unhealthy Place in New York

    ​Major League Baseball has its opening day today, and the Yankees might want to station some ambulances outside the stadium for their fans. It seems that the Bronx has maintained its title of least healthy borough, out of the 62 counties of New York state, for the second year in a row, via a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Download: XXL Freshmen Class Member Fred the Godson's "Headbanger"

    Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Bronx rhymebeast Fred The Godson is the only rapper representing the five boroughs on the cover of the XXL "Freshmen Of The Year" issue--and he's a hell of an ambassador. His rhyme style, a silky update ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Taxicab Confession: 'This Is a Gun. Give Me Your Money.'

    It's not TV. It's not HBO. It's the Bronx.​Cops are looking for this guy. It's a Bronx tale.

  • Voice Choices

    March 16, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Cabbie Sting Reveals Well-Known New York Fact: Drivers Hate Leaving Manhattan

    Take these people to Brooklyn!​Because it's not enough to take the word of a bunch of Brooklynites or Bronx-goers, the city has employed a sting operation to prove that cabbies frequently refuse to go to boroughs other than Manhattan. They enlisted four college students after becoming concerne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    NYC Traffic: The Worst in the Country

    ​New Yorkers, it's time to rejoice in our misery and impatience! All of those long tedious hours stuck in standstill traffic are finally paying off. New York City was unfortunate to have two honors bestowed upon it: the worst single roadway in the country and the worst bottleneck in the countr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Do Resto P.R. People Have to Like the Food?; Chazz Palminteri Opens a New York Eatery in Baltimore

    ​Bruce Buschel continues his rant about restaurant P.R., asking the age-old restaurateur question: does the publicist have to like the food? [NY Times] A California farm has recalled 64,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and pork meals because the broccoli in the packages may be tainted with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Murder in Mott Haven: Two Slugs in the Belly

    ​Cops are looking for the killer of a man found just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 9, at the rear of the Patterson Houses, 360 Morris Avenue in Mott Haven, the Bronx. The guy, described as 25 years old and black, had been shot twice in the stomach and was DOA at St. Luke's Hospital. No leads ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Mugger on the Loose in North Bronx. Look for a Guy in a Hoodie.

    Bronx robbery suspect​Cops are looking for a mugger who pulled a knife on a 22-year-old man in Bronxdale on January 21 and robbed him of cash. This happened at about 10:30 p.m. in front of 2548 White Plains Road. The victim wasn't hurt. Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Gun-Toting Robbers Attack in Parkchester

    Cops are looking for three thugs who robbed at gunpoint and assaulted a man who let them into a Bronx building at 1580 Metropolitan Avenue about about 7:30 Sunday evening, January 30. Video released by the NYPD indicates that the 34-year-old victim, by the way he so freely opened the front door of ... More >>

  • News

    February 2, 2011

    Class Struggles at a Bronx Charter School

    Bronx Success Academy 1 may not quiet its critics, but it's doing a good job making its kids shut up and pay attention

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