"Where are you from? What have you done?" a tiny 80-year-old woman demands, peering out from the doorway of her Jersey City home. "I've never heard of you." Aaron Fraser is standing on the woman's wide wooden veranda, asking if she will sign a petition in support of adding his name to the ballot fo ... More >>
Emergency crews are continuing their work this morning on a stretch of Park Avenue where two buildings were destroyed by an explosion yesterday. Four more bodies have been recovered from the wreckage, bringing the death toll to seven. Late Wednesday, according to the New York Times, nine more people ... More >>
You think you have what it takes to roller-skate with the best of them? Test out your dance moves on wheels, donate a couple of bucks at the Bayanihan Spirit party to benefit typhoon victims, and take your frustrations out on some really hideous art, all before the end of the week.
A neon gamophone hung in the window gives a clue to what's inside the deceptively large space at 115 Allen, a Salvation Army store turned a number of failed concepts -- including the former Scotch-fueled hangout Mary Queen of Scots -- that's been given fresh life by Hill & Dale, which opened last ni ... More >>
When all else (Congress) fails to raise monies for those devastated by Hurricane Sandy, it's rewarding to see ordinary citizens donate a little extra to the cause. And even more rewarding when that little extra amounts to nearly half a billion dollars.A month ago, we reported on Attorney Genera ... More >>
In Red Hook, most businesses are closed as they clean up damage from severe flooding. But Defonte's, Kennedy Fried Chicken, and Baked, are serving food today, and the bodegas that got their deliveries opened yesterday. And for the thousands of residents without power and water struggling to stay war ... More >>
It's been that way for ages, I know, but not to this miraculous extent. East 23rd Street, mainly between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, is now filled with stores hawking stuff that has been discarded, left behind, rejected, or dropped from a truck. And there are some great finds to be, you know, found there ... More >>
Salvation is not much of an option at the Salvation Army. Not if you're gay and have the crazy idea that you want to live! Shockingly enough, the media director for the organization, Andrew Craibe, just went on the radio and openly talked about their beliefs, which are based on the Christian scrip ... More >>
I wandered into a Staples the other day with a friend. When we got to the register, the cashier processed my friend's purchase, then said, "Can I interest you in one of our pens for a dollar?"
On last night's Countdown With Keith Olbermann on Current TV, I discussed the weird gaffe whereby Mitt Romney's advisor compared to the whole campaigning process to an Etch-a-Sketch. In other words, you can shake the whole thing up, clean the slate, and come up with all new views to be elected!
In caveman days, if you wanted to give someone something, it usually meant you had to go outside. Back then, being outdoors had about a 10% survival rate, so giving was reserved mostly for daredevils and idiots. During the dark ages, the only giving going on was of the bacterial kind, so the ... More >>
Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding invite has arrived! Are you one of the lucky 1,900 to receive one? Are you this girl? If so, time to give up sweetie, it's all over. Forthwith, an analysis of the Most Important Royal Wedding Invitation of Our Time.
And it hasn't even been built yet! We showed you the initial plans for 347-349 Bowery, once a Salvation Army, from architect Gene Kaufman after a $7.6 million sale to the Louzon Group, but that was just a working draft. Now, the Observer has Kaufman's updated vision, which includes "light up ... More >>
Via CurbedCurbed has the new press release from Brokerage Eastern Consolidated boasting the $7.6 million sale of 347-349 Bowery, formerly a Salvation Army, to the Louzon Group of Paris. An empty three-story building will now become... dun dun dun... "a 72-room boutique hotel and restaurant." ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 2, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 48 'They will remember a 100-pound woman' By Mary Breasted The tiny glittering black woman stood utterly at attention. She wore a suit of stiff brocade that fitted her shoulders so snugly it gave her a f ... More >>
Robert Sietsema The Meatball Shop's much-feted expansion to Williamsburg now has an address: Per the Times, it's 170 Bedford Avenue, which sits midway between North 7th and 8th streets. The block is home to a few restaurants, a couple of organic grocers, the Salvation Army, a bar, and a late- ... More >>
According to the Wall Street Journal, Urban Outfitters, the place you go to fake an overpriced Salvation Army wardrobe, is now planning to fake the old Upper West Side by splitting the facade of a new store to give the illusion of four distinct storefronts: a hat store, a hardware store, a ne ... More >>
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Your Career in Journalism Author: M.L. Stein Date: 1965 Publ ... More >>
If you're really in love, you shouldn't have any problem making your feelings known on Valentine's Day. But you might anyway. Because commerce, advertising, and social panic conspire to bamboozle us into bad choices. The market is now saturated with "unique" Valentine's gifts. These are alm ... More >>
Twitpic via M_Solomon. With last year's Long Island Walmart Black Friday stampede in mind, the National Retail Foundation has established training, security, and traffic flow guidelines to prevent recurrences; Walmart has established its own new guidelines, in compliance with an agreement ... More >>
A DIY gospel comp offers three discs of ferocious testimony even nonbelievers can believe in
The Corporate Grind Cafe at the West Shore Plaza in Staten Island keeps a Salvation Army bucket on its counter, and its employees drop any tips left for their service in it, to be regularly delivered to a charity the owner favors. They also keep surveillance cameras, which is how the Staten Island ... More >>
Damn, August already -- and we haven't paid our rent or looked at the local candidates much besides the mayoral prospects. Here's a fast look at what contenders for three big spots have been up to lately: Manhattan D.A.: Richard Aborn appeared with former NYPD Commissioner and current LAPD C ... More >>
Last night's Community Board 3 SLA and DCA Licensing Committee meeting was a predictably lengthy one: Over the course of four-plus hours, the committee considered some 19 items on the agenda.Some highlights: Motorino's request to operate seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. in the former Una Piz ... More >>
As anyone who's attended Community Board 3's SLA/DCA Licensing Committee meetings over the last few months knows, these things tend to have less in common with actual meetings than Pay-Per-View cage matches. Tonight's event, scheduled to kick off at 6:30 at the Jasa/Green Residence on East 5th Stree ... More >>
Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune on her James Beard nomination: "I can't help but think they needed to pick a girl, and of the girls, I'm pretty good. I could go down that path for hours, but I'm not going to. I'll just say that I'm honored." [The Feed] Sandra Lee spoke at the Salvation Army Book Lunche ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesJanuary 17, 1963, Vol. VIII, No. 13Life Amid the RubbleBy Stephanie GervisFor the past few months, the saga of Elmer Grossberg has been playing itself out in what may soon be a room in search of a building.21 Grove Street used to be a rooming hou ... More >>
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. The Farmer and the Crows Authors: Herbert R. Simmons and Lester L. Boyice Publisher: H&R Publishing, Le ... More >>
The 1950 Tony-winning classic returns
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Don't be a slut for Halloween
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Clothing trades: How to make friends and shop without money
Backroom boys versus marquee girls in a never ending battle for generic R&B perfection
A culinary trek through Bay Ridge
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The Wilds of T.J. Maxx and Filene's Basement
What Went Down in the Cabaret of Contradictions
The Spring 2001 Shows
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