Astoria's nouveau-European Russian hotspot Bear (12-14 31st Avenue, Astoria, 917-396-4939) is typically a refined operation, but this summer, the place has morphed into a pop-up dumpling shop. "There is a beach right down the street, and we want people to feel they can come in flip-flops if they wan ... More >>
The one-MC one-DJ rap outfits have always shared a special bond, but none have shared holy matrimony. That is, until MTRI and DJ Leecy T. They recently released their new videos for "Rush" (with Ukraine artist Dee the Conscious One) and "Expression" (with Slovakia's Golias and DJ Muki), both filmed ... More >>
From the med schools in Grenada to the deserts of Iraq, once upon a time conservatives were eager to invade foreign countries. But as you may have noticed, in recent years they've affected a more dovish approach to foreign policy; claiming to be repulsed by the reckless foreign adventurism of the O ... More >>
We've had about a week of Crisis in the Crimea, as crypto-Russian troops patrol the streets of Sevastopol, Kiev digs in, and Obama and the EU try a strategy of diplomatic "de-escalation." There's some disagreement among observers as to how this will play out. Among rightbloggers, though, while the ... More >>
As the prospect for armed conflict with Russia appears more and more likely in Ukraine, pro-Western activists marched in New York against armed intervention on Sunday.
The entire menu at Stage Restaurant (128 Second Avenue, 212-473-8614), $1.85-$9.95 The entire menu at this East Village diner comes in under $10 -- and the breakfast sandwich is the best in the city.
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In part one of my interview with Bear chef-owner Natasha Pogrebinsky, she talked about her life as a Ukrainian refugee and what she's trying to accomplish at her Astoria restaurant. Here in part two, she divulges a guilty pleasure, talks about the best meal (and nap!) she's ever had, and touches on ... More >>
Last week, we gave you a basic rundown on the biggest annual non-sporting television event in the world, the Eurovision Song Contest, which is about to start up again, this time in Baku, Azerbaijan. In our previous post, we put together a list of the ten best contest winners over its 56-year histor ... More >>
This is a great idea! It Ends Today is a non-profit org that promotes anti-bullying awareness in schools and communities by giving scholarships to students who talk publicly about their experiences with bullying and its effects on them. That might not reduce the trauma, but it does help with the e ... More >>
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Eric Asimov reviews four new wine books. He likes Summer in a Glass about the Finger Lakes, An Ideal Wine about Californian wines, and Voodoo Vintners about biodynamics. Less so Naked Wine about natural wines. [NY Times] The Hangar One Vodka blimp, on a six-month promotional tour around the ... More >>
The Balkans find a new home on the Lower East Side
Kobina AmpahIt's usually the older, Soviet-era types from Sheepshead Bay who are in court, facing the usual illegal fishing charges. Most need a Russian interpreter. But none expect a lanky, bearded African man to rise to their side. Kobina Ampah, 49, is a professional Ghanaian polyglot, an ... More >>
Seven men alleged to be narcotics and weapons traffickers in West Africa and Eastern Europe have been indicted in federal court in Manhattan for a plot to move tons of heroin and cocaine from Afghanistan to the United States, and using the proceeds to purchase weapons for use by the Taliban, federal ... More >>
eatclub.wordpress.com With Teresa's and Kiev gone, Polonia is one of the very few remaining outposts of Polish dining in the East Village. And while it won't be going anywhere, exactly, the 24-year-old restaurant is about to undergo a significant facelift.
via ebbra.comSo, this happened: An actual doctor has created an actual Emergency Bra (in severe-alert red, with lace edging), that you can, in an emergency, cover your face with so as to avoid breathing in toxic dirty bomb fumes, or whatnot. They sell for $29.95 at ebbra.com under the tagline ... More >>
If this was a regular sighting, you'd probably be happy too.Charities Aid Foundation has taken a look at countries doing charitable things -- giving money, helping a stranger, or volunteering time -- and guess where the U.S.A. ranked? Number five. Which is not horrible, but also maybe not as ... More >>
The beauty of classical bows and plucks
Having a bad day? Here's Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych getting hit in the head with an 8-foot wreath at a memorial service on Monday.
A Massachusetts antique dealer has been indicted by the Justice Department for illegally importing sperm whale teeth. (We didn't know this was a hot black market commodity, but then again, there's a collector's market for just about everything. Apparently the hot sperm whale teeth spots in the U.S a ... More >>
Happy Friday--time for a drink. Usually, I hate flavored vodka with a passion. But this Honey Pepper vodka from the Ukraine is actually delicious, and very warming. I first had it at Smolen Bar and Grill (708 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn), a fantastically old-school Polish bar. You can serve this room tem ... More >>
Outside the New York perimeter, the world is, as usual, blowing up. Israel observed a brief truce to allow humatarian aid into Gaza, and then commenced to bomb the shit out of them again. Russia is doing its usual mid-winter nut-squeeze on the oil pipeline leading through the Ukraine to Europe, and ... More >>
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