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    August 1, 2014

    Legendary Cyphers Bring Hip-Hop Back to Union Square Park

    "Hip-hop was set out in the dark/ They used to do it out in the park" begins MC Shan's classic rap track "The Bridge." But while the almost 30-year-old track refers to rap's park days in the past tense, hip-hop in the park is more alive than ever thanks to Legendary Cyphers. Started in August, 201 ... 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 4, 2013

    Cheap Drink Deals at Cubana Social, SingL Lounge, Johnny's Bar, and St. Dymphna's

    If a weekend full of shopping for others has cleaned you out, why not treat yourself to a cheap drink? We have a fresh round-up of spots where you can find one.

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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.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Heartland's Rise From Brewpub to Beer-Based Chain

    Back when I was a corporate drone, slogging away in my office with nothing but a spectacular 37th floor view and my misery to keep me company, the Midtown Heartland Brewery became a favorite after work (or sometimes mid-work) stop for a beer and a fried pickle. Little did I know that founder Jon Blo ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Bulich Mushrooms at the Greenmarket (PHOTOS)

    In this week's Village Voice, Hannah Palmer Egan detailed the fascinating process behind growing some of the city's best mushrooms. Bradley Hawks headed to the Union Square Greenmarket, where you can find the Bulich fungus every Saturday (to perhaps make into the Mercer Kitchen steak with mushrooms) ... More >>

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    May 17, 2013

    The Fourth Opens Near Union Square

    "Were those used in the London Olympics?" whispered our dining companion as we sat down at the bar at The Fourth. He was referring to the sculpture work hanging from the ceiling, which is oddly reminiscent of the hospital beds into which children were tucked in the opening ceremonies as dozens of Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Union Square is Getting a Massive Wi-Fi Expansion in June

    The good people at the Union Square Partnership are bringing Wi-Fi to the masses. Well, at least they're expanding Union Square's Wi-Fi, which currently only serves a meager 250 people. By mid-June, though, 3,000 people in and around Union Square Park will be able to hook up to the Internet for free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Look for Brown Butter Potato Chips at the Union Square Greenmarket

    Fighting through the spring crowds at the Union Square Greenmarket (those are MY ramps!) can induce serious hunger. On your next visit, look out for the bags of salty potato chips at the Mountain Sweet Berry Farm stand, one of the market's best snacks. The delicate chips, made from German butterbal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Snitching Schnitzels

    Harold Dieterle has a schnitzel at The Marrow... Among Manhattan restaurants, at least, schnitzels are on the upswing. While you may think that the pounded-thin, breaded-and-fried cutlets belong mainly in the city's antique German restaurants like the Heidelberg, Zum Stammtisch, and Killmeyer's Ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Istanbul Prepares for First Shake Shack

    On the heels of Bloomberg Businessweek's outing of America's young burger billionairess, Eater reports that Shake Shack will open in Istanbul later this year. The New York-based chain from Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality group currently operates burger joints across North America and the Midd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 24, 2012


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  • Blogs

    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]

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    What To Look For in the Farmers' Markets This Week: Wild Bush Blueberries

    Identify them by their size. [See More Market Watch: Dear New York Plums, You're Amazing | Shishito Peppers] I spotted them at the Tompkins Square market Sunday: bush blueberries of the type that grow wild in northern lakeside and mountainous regions. They are about half the diameter of regular c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    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 30, 2012

    Q&A: Dan Deacon Talks Politics, Patriotism, And Occupy Wall Street

    Dan Deacon is one of several big name musicians playing a free concert in Union Square tomorrow at 4 p.m. We spoke to him recently about why Occupy Wall Street resonates with him and why he considers himself a political artist. Village Voice: You're playing a free show in Union Square for May Day, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Demonstrators Protest AIDS Inaction, Student Debt and Tuition Hikes

    May Day isn't even here yet, and it's already becoming clear that a season of protest and politics in the street is upon us. Yesterday morning saw a substantial demonstration by ACT UP!, other AIDS activists, and Occupiers, marching from City Hall into the Financial District to call for a financial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Occupy Wall Street Is Finally Occupying Wall Street (Or At Least Trying)

    Seven months after they first set up camp in Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street protesters are actually occupying Wall Street. But after a relatively uneventful week of lawfully sleeping on the sidewalk near the New York Stock Exchange, the protesters have been met with a strong police response over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Duane Reade's Beer Growlers: Miracle or Satanic Manifestation?

    Where am I? Blind Tiger? Rattle N Hum? D.b.a.? (Click on image to enlarge.) It wasn't that long ago that if you wanted to get a six-pack (I'm talking beer, not abs) around Union Square, you had to make do with Bud Lite or Colt 45 in cans. Then the beer revolution occurred, and suddenly every bodeg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Rejoice Ye Procrastinators: Fresh Turkeys Still Available at Union Square Greenmarket

    ​Despite intermittent heavy rains and bone-chilling cold, the Union Square Greenmarket was mobbed this afternoon with locavores and non-can-ovores seeking supplies for tomorrow's pig-out.

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    November 15, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street Library Says 'It's Time to ShutDownNYC' After Books Reportedly Destroyed

    ​Occupy Wall Street has tweeted that the 5,554 books comprising the OWS library have been trashed by the NYPD in the raid. GalleyCat reports that @OWSLibrary has been tweeting about the eviction and the destruction of their books, documents, and artwork throughout the night.

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    I Heard New York: SOTC's New Series "Cast In Concrete" Records Buskers

    ​We certainly try, but capturing the sound of the city is a tall order, even and especially for those of us who are usually most concerned with these things. To most regular New Yorkers—those more likely to spend their Friday evenings in a park than at a concert, for example, or those wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Num Pang Will Sling Its Sandwiches in Midtown

    A scene soon to be replicated in Midtown.​Last months, news came down the pike of Ratha Chaupoly's plans to open a second outpost of Num Pang, his terrifically popular Cambodian sandwich shop near Union Square. Chaupoly offered no clues to its location, but now, Eater has done it for him, via ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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    May 4, 2011

    Bear Eats Psychedelic Mushrooms, Trips in the Forest, Hallucinates

    Who knew that bears like to get high, too? Though we can't vouch for the scientific veracity of this video, it sure is fun to watch, and we're wondering where we can find mushrooms like that in the forest, too! Or maybe in the Union Square Greenmarket? It comes to us from Literal Bears I'm Jealou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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    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 19, 2010

    Fat Pants Friday: Breezy Hill Orchard's Cranberry Walnut Square

    ​ The Union Square Greenmarket has no shortage of pumpkin- and apple-endowed treats right now, but while we went there earlier this week fully intending to eat at least one of them, we were instead swayed by the unassuming cranberry-walnut square pictured above.

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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 >>

  • Dining

    November 10, 2009

    Dodge the Sake Bombs at Laut

    A fine Malaysian joint hides near Union Square

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    November 9, 2009

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Premiere at Union Square

    The video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 -- in which, after the fall of Russian strongman Imran Zakhaev, "a new leader named Vladimir Makarov has risen to power, and an elite international task force (the player included) must pursue him" -- debuted at Union Square tonight in a tent erected ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    The World's Most Beautiful Carpaccio

    I will never understand how the farmers at the Yuno's Farm stand at the Union Square Greenmarket manage to make their just-picked veggies look like they've been food styled. I know I should not be deterred by craggy, misshaped produce (and I'm not), but sometimes I just want to stand and stare at th ... More >>

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    August 27, 2008
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    May 12, 2008

    Asparagus at the Greenmarket

    In the dark, wet slog that is New York today, there is a bright spot, and it is green. Asparagus has arrived at the Union Square Greenmarket—the first I've seen this year. The woman (who was huddling in her truck) from Race Farm told me that theirs had just been picked this morning and was the fir ... More >>

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