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    January 15, 2014

    Go Back to Bed, a Busted Water Main Is Already Screwing Up Your Day

    Good morning, everything is all messed up. Around midnight last night on 5th Avenue near 13th street, a water main ruptured, according to the fire department, which caused massive flooding and just a general sense that maybe we should all hit the sheets again and not deal with this shit right this m ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    Num Pang's Sandwich and Soup, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Roasted cauliflower sandwich and curry red lentil soup from Num Pang (multiple locations), $7.50 and $5.75 New York's Cambodian sandwich shop has blossomed into a mini-chain -- which means you can fill up on tasty fare for cheap all over the city.

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    December 12, 2013

    Where to Eat Near the Holiday Markets, Christmas Trees, and Skating Rinks

    Unless you're a total Grinch, this can be a pretty magical time of year to be in New York City -- the Big Apple really brings its A-game to decorations, holiday markets, and festive events, and if you can stomach the crowds, it's worth seeking them out so they can tug on your old holiday spirit hear ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    Cheap Drinks on the Biggest Bar Night of the Year

    Tonight marks the biggest bar night of the year, and what better way to celebrate then by posting up for some cheap drinks. Since you'll be catching up with friends -- or perhaps trying to make new ones -- here's a look at a few places bound to be dishing out bar specials for your amusing pleasure.

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    November 8, 2013

    What's Happening This Weekend: Autumn Wine Festival, Brew Your Own Belgian, Aperitifs & Digestifs, and John Dory Party

    We're inching closer and closer to Thanksgiving, which means you only have so much free time left before the holiday parties are in full swing. We think that's as good of a reason as any to do something delicious this weekend.

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    September 5, 2013

    Qi Reopens as Qi Esarn Tonight

    On the heels of the Somtum Der opening in the East Village comes another restaurant paying homage to the northeastern Esarn (or Isaan) region of Thailand: The Union Square Qi location closed about a week ago to recast itself as Qi Esarn, and it makes its debut tonight.

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    August 12, 2013

    Gotham Bar & Grill's Chef Alfred Portale on His New Book and Love of Peaches

    Four years ago, Gotham Bar & Grill chef Alfred Portale decided to celebrate summer with Greenmarket to Gotham, a weekly prix fixe lunch sourced almost entirely from the Union Square Greenmarket. Spotlighting seasonal ingredients allows Portale to highlight a different local farmer every week for 12 ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Ben Cohen Is Stamping His Balls Off to Get Money out of Politics

    Parked on Union Square West, in front of a nondescript NYU dorm, sits a truck painted in primary colors. There's a carnival awning on it. It's high noon, and the shade seems like a nice place to get out of the swelter. A modest crowd is gathered, less frothing political rally and more absent passe ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    Un'Ruly's Union Square African Hair-Touching Experiment Wasn't as Creepy as We Thought It Would Be

    It doesn't matter what you look like: Walking, riding, standing, or existing in New York City while female (or gender nonconforming) is bound to get you unwanted attention. Whether it's that dude smirking at you on the subway or a drunk person shouting "faggot priest!" in your face (true story, happ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Birdbath Green Bakery Closes on First Avenue

    City Bakery announced on Sunday it would close its First Avenue location of Birdbath Green Bakery, a 240-square-foot outpost with no signage and just stacks of cookies in the window. Its kitchen had been the home of dough mixing and baking for the entire mini-chain since 2005. But all the baking tha ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    Bien Cuit Pops Up in Williamsburg, Uri Scheft Opens Breads Bakery in Union Square

    Bakeries-cum-cafes have become a New York staple in recent years. Forget about Belgian chain Le Pain Quotidien. Spots like Runner & Stone, and Bien Cuit have been leading the pack with zucchini sandwiches and plates of duck pastrami. The trend continues as Bien Cuit readies to open a pop up in Willi ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Slip Me Some Skin! Salmon Skin, That Is.

    The salmon-skin don will set you back $8.75 at Ennju, just steps away from Union Square. I know a guy who loves turkey skin so much, that he bribed a neighborhood deli man to save him entire intact skins when fresh turkey sandwiches were made. And who doesn't realize that the skin of a roast chick ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Rao Dines at Atera; Sietsema Revisits Union Square Cafe

    The Voice's Tejal Rao scored a coveted counter seat at Atera, Chef Matthew Lightner's avant garde Tribeca restaurant. The 25 or so courses include sweetbreads with "a barbecue-flavored coating so powerfully sticky that it slows down time, lengthening its gentle flavors, hushing conversation." The V ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 24, 2012


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    October 3, 2012

    How to Make the Lemony Shrimp Salad from LuLu & Me

    Here's a recipe from LuLu & Me, a charming neighborhood restaurant in Flatiron with a focus on seasonal ingredients. This simple shrimp salad works magic with produce straight from the Union Square Greenmarket. [See More Recipes: Tasty Tailgate Treats | Grilled Cheese Sandwich From The Delicatessen ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? Union Square Cafe

    [See Where Else I Ate: Ai Fiori | Caracas Arepa Bar | Momofuku Noodle Bar] Congrats to lr3 who guessed Union Square Cafe. This is the yellowfin tuna burger with oozing ginger glaze on a toasted poppyseed bun.

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    July 26, 2012

    Aji de Gallina at Morocho, Dish #83

    Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: Summer Squash at Fort Defiance, Dish #84 | Saba Pressed Sushi at Ootoya, Dish #85]

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    July 13, 2012

    How To Stay Safe in New York City: Tips for Women

    Yesterday, the Voice reported that a tourist was raped in her Bronx hotel room. Cops say the perp talked to the victim on train departing from East 14th Street and Union Square. Around 4 a.m., after she had returned to her East Tremont hotel, the alleged assailant knocked on her door. When she open ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Bronx Rapist on The Lam, Attacked Tourist in East Tremont Hotel Room

    A tourist was raped in her Bronx hotel room on Wednesday -- and cops say the man in this video is the perp.

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    July 11, 2012
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    June 12, 2012

    Recipe: Creamy Vegetable Chowder from Tocqueville

    Each week, we feature a recipe from one of New York City's restaurants. Today, it's a creamy chowder from Tocqueville starring early summer squash and spring vegetables from the Union Square Greenmarket.

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    April 14, 2012

    Occupiers Enjoy a Day in Central Park

    Today's beautiful weather has brought the Occupy movement to the city's green epicenter in what has been deemed as the 'Spring Awakening' for the movement of the 99%. The day of activism, trending as #A14 on Twitter and boasting a Woodstock-esque poster, invites everyone to help "kick off exciting s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Sweet Potato Beer? Hell, Yes!

    Does it taste like sweet potatoes? Only slightly. A brewer at Sixpoint Craft Ales recently told me - as I was working on my beer for tomorrow's Beer for Beasts with Cathy Erway - "You know, you can brew beer out of nearly anything."

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    March 22, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? Tortaria

    ​It looks like we have a winner for this round of Where Am I Eating?--someone who pays attention to bathroom decoration as much as I do, perhaps? I was at Tortaria, the Mexican semi-fast food joint near Union Square that serves up pretty solid tortas and tacos. (If you're a spice monster, though, ... More >>

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    January 21, 2012

    Man Killed By L Train This Morning

    via @evgrieve​ A 22-year-old man was hit and killed by an L train heading to Brooklyn at around 8:25 a.m. this morning, the New York Post reported.

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    December 15, 2011

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Things to Eat at the Union Square Holiday Market

    Lauren ShockeyBreezy Hill Orchard sure makes some cute looking gingerbread men (and women!), but are they tasty enough to make it into the top 10?​Throughout the week we've canvassed the city's holiday markets, looking for edible gifts and tasty snacks. Some have been duds and others have offe ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Best of 2011: Our Random Favorites

    ​In this week's print edition of the paper, you'll find a comprehensive guide to dining around the world without leaving the confines of New York City. We trekked high and low to unearth the best Albanian joint, Chilean eatery, Istrian hub, and Japanese sushi bar. We also covered ingredients ... More >>

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    October 2, 2011

    SlutWalk Rally Against Sexual Violence Draws Huge Crowd of Feminists

    Rebecca Nathanson​Yesterday, as Occupy Wall Street prepared for a late afternoon protest that would result in mass arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge, over a thousand people gathered in Union Square for a few hours of marching and rallying at SlutWalk NYC. The event drew a diverse crowd of mostly- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2011

    Chelsea Elliott, Occupy Wall Street Protester Sprayed by Cop, Tells Us What Happened

    Earlier today we posted the video above from USLaw, in which an NYPD officer appears to walk up to a group of cordoned-off Occupy Wall Street protesters (most of them young women) near Union Square and spray them without warning with a can of pepper spray or possibly mace. They drop to the ground s ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    Columbus Circle Is the Most Requested Bike Share Station Location

    ​Following the announcement of a bike-share program that would bring 10,000 bikes to the streets of New York City, the Department of Transportation put out a call asking for suggestions on where people wanted stations located. Yesterday, they announced that they'd gotten 5,566 individual stati ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Michael Sailstorfer's Tornado Coming to Central Park Through February

    Steven ThrasherSailstorfer's 30 foot sculpture being installed​ Joining that newly installed elephant in Union Square in the city's gallery of public art, there's a similarly scaled sculpture we noticed being erected in the south part of Central Park over the weekend, just across the street fr ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    What Color Is Your Carrot?

    ​Purple carrots? But do they taste any different? August is the month that heirloom varieties and modern hybrids cavort in the farmers' markets around town. Heirlooms are persnickety, and take longer to grow, and, as for the hybrids, canny farmers know that customers are tired of the same o ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Dish No. 73, Ma Po Tofu at Ennju

    ​What happens when a Japanese cook reinterprets a Sichuan standard? Go to Ennju to find out. Spicy food has lately become more popular in Japan, where not too long ago, chili heat was limited to green shisito peppers or the red flakes in togarashi. But gradually, spiciness has been worming i ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Berrying in the Far Northern Catskills

    ​A brief bout of picking yields over four quarts of berries. July is peak berry season in the valley of Schoharie Creek, which runs north from Great Gorge to the town of Schoharie, New York, a distance of about 20 miles. As the rocky creek meanders and burbles through the valley between two ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Carmen Quagliata of the Union Square Cafe on American Food and the Great Hamburger-Hot Dog Debate

    Photo courtesy Carmen QuagliataCarmen Quagliata: Loves pasta, hates snails​New York City isn't short on American restaurants, so figuring out who to interview for Americana Week was tricky. But the Union Square Cafe, Danny Meyer's first venture, fits the bill, having witnessed changes in the ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    City Farm Café Chosen to Run Union Square Restaurant; How Drilling For Gas Can Poison Food

    ​Starbucks is being sued for firing an employee who is a dwarf after she asked for a stool or small stepladder to perform her job. [Reuters] The City Parks Department has selected City Farm Café as the new operator of the seasonal café in Union Square Park. [Broadway World] Nutrition advoc ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Religious Loonies Invade the Union Square Greenmarket, Auguring the End of the World in 10 Days

    ​Followers of Harold Camping predicting the end of the world at Union Square. Preceded by a loudspeaker-equipped car that trolled slowly along 14th Street shouting admonitions to heed the end of the world, approximately three dozen religious fanatics fanned out across the Union Square Greenm ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Half a Heritage Steer Is Coming to 11 NYC Restaurants

    ​Next Wednesday, 11 of New York's restaurants will have one thing in common, and it's not HACCP compliance. They'll be splitting a side of Black Angus steer provided by the folks at Heritage Foods USA. The animal, or technically half of it, comes from Kansas' Good Farm, where Craig and Amy Goo ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    Bobby Flay On Becoming Famous; Jerry Della Femina Sells Resto Out of Fear of Democrats

    ​Yum! Brands, which owns fast-food chains KFC and Taco Bell, earned less than expected in the first quarter, while Chipotle beat expectations. [Forbes] Fabio Parasecoli, coordinator of the New School's Food Studies program, was in Union Square teaching a "pop up" college course on local and s ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 23, 2011


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    March 9, 2011

    The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck Is Back, Kind of

    ​ It looks like the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck is going to be on the Food Network, but while that's nice and all, what's more relevant to our appetites is that it's going to be parked at Union Square for a few blessed hours this afternoon. As a salve for the mid-week doldrums, it's hard to beat ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Red Jacket Orchards' Tart Cherry Stomp

    Rebecca Marx​True, pickings at the Greenmarket are relatively slim these days, unless you're a root vegetable fanatic or eat a lot of free-range, antibiotic-free turkey. But while fruit season may still be far, far away, Red Jacket Orchards is fortunately eternal, and their Tart Cherry Stomp i ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    New York City Commuters Are Getting Existential

    Subway Art Blog via Blake Martz​It's been a while since our last post applauding awesome New York signage, but here we are again! We especially like this one -- posted on Subway Art Blog today after being noticed by an observant city dweller at Union Square -- for its literary origins. Recogni ... More >>

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    January 22, 2011

    We're SO Over This Whole "Winter" Thing

    This funny "attack ad" on winter made by AOL conveys how we're probably all feeling. Winter is so last season to us already.

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    December 13, 2010

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Vict ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    The Union Square Holiday Market's Edible Delights

    Hansel and Gretel Would Approve​ Now that Thanksgiving is officially over, it's time to start holiday shopping, and what better place for gifts than at the Union Square Holiday Market. Yes, it's just as crowded as Wal-Mart come five a.m. on Black Friday, but hey, at least the snacking options ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Robe ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Rebe ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    This Protesting Vietnam Thing Is Getting Serious

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 30, 1965, Vol. XI, No. 11 Four Indicted for Burning Draft Cards Four young draft-card burners were indicted last week for violating a Federal statute that makes it illegal to mutilate a draft card. They face a maximum of five ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    Get Yer Soup Bones Here

    Get an opaque market bag so no one thinks you're an axe-murderer​ Attention, fellow soup-lovers: Arcadian Pastures, a farm that raises cattle, pigs, lamb, and chicken in Sloansville, New York, peddles meaty marrow and neck bones perfect for stock at the Wednesday Union Square Greenmarket. Alt ... More >>

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