It's a fact: Taylor Swift's new single, "Welcome to New York," is bullshit, but now that we know it was a PR campaign coordinated by NYC & Company, the city's tourism bureau, some of her latest Instagram photos at least make more sense. Brick walls and sweaters. #WelcomeToNewYorkA photo posted b ... More >>
JUNGLEPUSSY has but a freshman record and a few singles under her belt, but the fierce as fuck personality with a message about taking no shit and focusing on your health has already got a dedicated army of followers online. The Brooklyn born West Indian rapper is a fashion student turned retail emp ... More >>
As of his springtime appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Gary Gulman has officially appeared on every late-night network talk show currently on the air. (That'd include The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Last Call with Carson Daly and e ... More >>
NYC is experiencing a golden era in wine, as retailers have access to more wines from more importers from the farthest reaches of the globe than ever before. As I set out to distill those retailers down to a forthcoming list of the 10 best (which will build on last year's list), I reached out to the ... More >>
When Shake Shack opened in Madison Square Park nearly a decade ago, lines followed almost immediately, and they have yet to let up. Sure, there's the Shack Cam, a video camera feed that provides you a real time view of the line, but that's about as useful as a sign telling you a subway is coming wit ... More >>
...And how projectionists used to steal scenes from porn
If the phrase "Gourmet Meats" emblazoned on the storefront glass of Brooklyn's newest specialty butcher shop, Della Pietra's, is not bait enough for you to enter (it was for us), the artfully dismembered ruminants hanging out to dry in the window display aging room should get you, a self-respecting ... More >>
A little bit of trivia to charge up to your Tuesday (had to, sorry): New York City is third among metropolitan areas in the country for electric car ownership, according to a study by automotive industry researchers R.L. Polk. Los Angeles and San Francisco top the list, and Seattle and Atlanta round ... More >>
A reader took a picture of a man standing in Union Square last night holding a sign reading "Anthony Weiner AKA Carlos Danger is #1." #1 in relation to what, you might ask? Oh, I get it. It's a metaphor.
Declaring New York's top ten wine shops proved even harder than counting the city's finest bowls of ramen. The number of high-quality wine retailers at our disposal is an embarrassment of vinous riches, and the abundance of stellar shops forced me to draw up separate lists for Manhattan and Brooklyn ... More >>
Every couple weeks, starting now, the Voice takes a hard listen to the music in which millions of Americans soak. Brad Paisley, "Southern Comfort Zone" Current Billboard Country Singles Chart Position: 10 The Verdict: Holy shit, songs on the radio can still be important! So, here, in a shimmering ... More >>
Old souls speaking the same tongue
While the vast majority of West Village residents had power restored last week after a harrowing five-day blackout following Hurricane Sandy, the trauma of being without power for a few days can have lingering effects.Those trips to Trader Joe's to replace the perishable gourmet foods that didn't su ... More >>
Getting down with Meatless Mondays is pretty easy, but truth be told, for the die-hard carnivores in the crowd, cooking with tofu for the first time can be intimidating. Should you use firm or extra firm? Stir-fry or scramble? Why is some tofu tasteless, while others smack of fresh soy? Well, As ... More >>
This week the Voice sat down with New York jazz titan Charles Gayle, whose new album Streets portends a man on a quest to find peace within his craft and headspace. Gayle and Tom Surgal (of local avant-jazz stalwarts White Out) go way back to the revered '80s downtown era, and the percussionist, via ... More >>
Very Mary-Kate / TwitterElaine Carroll in character as Mary-Kate OlsenElaine Carroll is the hilarious comedian who parodies Mary-Kate Olsen in the online series Very Mary-Kate. Streamed on College Humor, the two-minute long episodes portray fictionalized accounts of the day-to-day happenings ... More >>
Most people have a story about meeting someone famous—and most of those stories are dull. So why is an entire Tumblr site devoted to the most banal ones—"Did I ever tell you about the time... ?" is the header, but it's better known by its URL, Rock and Roll Tedium—such a riot? The ... More >>
Trader Joe's, everyone's favorite one-stop shop for cheap(er) groceries and sundries, is opening a location on Staten Island on Friday, making the new 15,000 foot space the sixth location in New York City for the retail chain, and the first in that borough.
Here's a newsflash: fast-food chains like Pizza Hut, Subway, and Taco Bell are slashing their prices and offering amazing deals not because they want to but because the economy sucks. [USA Today] Seamless, the online and mobile app that allows you to order food for delivery, has just bought ... More >>
The Brooklyn duo Winter Family packs a two-ton punch with little more than meditative keyboard drifts and delicate vocals. A Crown Heights collaboration between Israeli vocalist Ruth Rosenthal and Parisian pianist Xavier Klaine, their second album Red Sugar (out now via Sub Rosa) is an inten ... More >>
I love the tax man
The lesser of the evils.Between Ramadan and resignation letters, Whole Foods has been having a pretty craptastic summer. Through it all, we've envisioned Trader Joe himself, resplendent in his Hawaiian shirt, laughing and stroking what is in our imagination a very large moustache. And today w ... More >>
Beer archaeologist Patrick McGovern is working with Dogfish's Sam Calagione to investigate brewing methods that go as far back as 18,000 years ago. [io9] Sparkling rosés might not be the most complex or sophisticated wines, but they are great for summer picnics, which would explain their gr ... More >>
Dr. Catherine London was slapped in the face by Marcella Caprario at the Upper West Side Trader Joe's after a verbal tussle involving London's 13-year-old son, Caprario's husband and some vegan Pad Thai. This week, Caprario, who never denied hitting London but refused a plea bargain, was foun ... More >>
And we're back. Once again we're offering a snazzy Village Voice t-shirt to some of our notable commenters. This week, we even had a local celebrity weigh in. If your comment was picked, email web editor Francesca Stabile to claim your prize.
American's three favorite foods? According to a new Oxfam poll, it's pizza, steak and chicken. [TIME] Nearly 73 million sharks are killed every year for shark fin soup, which is having devastating effects on the ocean food chain. [The Atlantic]
What a day for ladies and crime. First we had the innocent Trader Joe's Thai Food slapper and then the stealing socialite. Now, the marauding model gets her case dismissed. Jessica White was arrested outside Avenue Lounge after she allegedly hit a woman and pulled her hair in a dispute over a ... More >>
Social and economic turmoil? Don't ask. At least we had Lady Gaga to tell us what to do.
City officials have advised residents to run their tap water for at least 30 seconds before drinking or cooking with it due to elevated levels of lead. [NY Times] Some tips for shopping at the local farmers market: go early, talk to farmers but don't try to haggle with them, bring enough cas ... More >>
Sloshing and noshing Cuban-style
Theft: somehow less threatening in sepia.Usually, the Park Slope restaurant scene is more closely associated with stroller bottlenecks and organic kale, but it's apparently also become a hotbed of theft: The Brooklyn Paper has noticed that since the beginning of the month, Al Di La, Aji Bar & ... More >>
Don't worry, your connectivity is fine. We're talking "out" as in "side" -- away from the warm laptop glow and into the drizzly, drunken night. That's what Fridays are for and on this particular one, the real world was especially welcoming to members of the internet community, offering multip ... More >>
An Apple Store Grows in Brooklyn from Marty Markowitz on Vimeo. Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz really wants to see Apple set up camp in Brooklyn. What this being the epicenter of Mac worship and all, Marty thought it would be a swell idea to pitch the idea to Steve Jobs via this ridiculo ... More >>
Does this veggie burger contain hexane or not? Check the list to find out. Mother Jones reports that a study by Wisconsin's Cornucopia Institute reveals that many popular brands of soy-based veggie burgers contain residues of hexane, a poisonous solvent extracted from petroleum.
Long ago, Pier 40 berthed cruise ships. The April issue of the monthly newspaper WestView reports that a new farmers' market may be in the works for Pier 40, the hulking complex that sits at the western end of Houston Street.
Last week our own Sarah DiGregorio reviewed Shang (17 Orchard Street), the first New York project from acclaimed Hong Kong-born chef Susur Lee. She noted that "Shang has all the trappings of a middling hotel restaurant" with waiters always trying to upsell, overpriced cocktails, and a predictably sl ... More >>
Who knew she would still be around? ArianeWith last night's episode of Top Chef, something is becoming more and more clear. Everyone on this season is pretty nice, even Stefan; no clear villain is emerging. There's a lack of cutthroat ambition making for some boring TV and some boring dishes. No one ... More >>