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    March 25, 2014

    10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Week

    This week we're getting some much-needed fashion advice: Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe at Barnes & Noble in Tribeca and Elizabeth Cline talks about her new book at the Museum at the Fashion Institute. In other book news, the dudes from the Jesus Lizard discuss their new coffee table book, Book, tonig ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    I Worked For the Last Virgin Megastore in America

    About a year ago I attended an outdoor screening of the film Empire Records. I hadn't seen the film since long before I worked the final nine months of the Union Square Virgin Megastore's existence and revisiting the film revealed an accurate portrayal of what that record store life was really like. ... More >>

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    August 21, 2013

    Where Do the City's Best Mushrooms Come From? Find out in Today's Village Voice

    Not long ago, the Hudson Valley was home to all kinds of mushroom farmers, but most of the commercial producers have long-since moved out. One exception: Bulich, a family property that overlooks the Hudson River that's the only grower in the area that still supplies NYC.

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    July 15, 2013

    New York City Responded to the Zimmerman Verdict With Protests All Over the City

    On Saturday night, delusional wanna-be cop and homicidal maniac George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a Seminole County, Florida jury. Yesterday, New York joined Oakland, Seattle, L.A., Boston, and a host of other cities in protesting the verdict. The march began in Union Square in the early afte ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    The New "On The Go!" Digital Subway Maps Are A Tourist's Dream Come True

    Aside from a subway death solution, a review of the G train and a whole slew of transportation inconveniences, the MTA is also in need of a technological upgrade. Luckily, that'll be arriving shortly (the other issues mentioned... maybe not so much). Two summers ago, the agency installed several ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Where to Get Hamantaschen in New York City

    Hamantaschen pop up for only a few weeks a year, when the Jewish holiday Purim is just around the corner, usually in February or March. Traditionally, the triangle-shaped cookies are filled with fruit spreads or chocolate, and if you get them from a novice, chances are the dough will be hard enough ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Our 10 Best Upper East Side Restaurants

    The Upper East Side has had some work done. A culinary facelift? It sure seems that way, judging by the neighborhood's growing tally of inventive new food spots that have emerged over the last few years. At the same time, old favorites have continued to increase their followings. Sure, those with pl ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    Our 10 Best Hot Booze Cocktails in New York City

    You've survived another holiday season. Have you ever had better reason to settle into a dark bar with a stiff drink? I didn't think so. But, as we battle through the next few long john-wearing months, now feels like a good time to order up a strong, warm drink -- with a whole lotta booze. Here a ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    London Calling Brooklyn at Dear Bushwick; Chinese by Way of Peru at Chifa

    This week, Tejal Rao checks in at a "spot of warmth" on the otherwise gloomy Wilson Avenue, Dear Bushwick. Having previously honed her skills at Goat Town, chef Jessica Wilson offers "English-inspired dishes with American ingredients" and assures us that "this is the sort of simple, seasonal food th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? Grey Dog

    Congratulations to temz. Not only did you get the restaurant name right, but you got the location as well. I was eating at the Grey Dog on University Street over at Union Square. [See Where Else I Ate: Penny Farthing | Babbo Restaurant | Spice Market]

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2012

    Our Best Posts of the Week!

    In case you missed it, our week in review: We find New York's largest burger in the form of a pljeskavica with lamb meat at Bosna Express. Speaking of meat, there's two big meat festivals coming up and it has been confirmed that Alinea and Eleven Madison will be trading places for a couple of days ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    When The Gay Topic Is The Deal Breaker With Celebrities

    I always push the G word in celebrities' faces and they--or at least their publicists--sometimes respond by using their own G word, Goodbye! For example: *When I interviewed Dolly Parton on the phone once, she was nothing but delightful, as she always is. But when the interview turned to the vari ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    7-Eleven Has Mashed Potato Vending Machine--In Singapore. When Do We Get Ours?

    Put in your dollar, and you're good to go. You may have noticed we haven't heard much from Fork in the Road San Francisco correspondent Tracy Van Dyk lately. That's because she's driving from San Francisco to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina with a companion known only as "A". But she paused a moment s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2012

    First Corn Appears in Farmers' Markets

    Even the chalkboard is excited. The first ears of corn rolled into area farmers' markets today, and the silk-clad beauties showed up at both Abingdon Square and Union Square Greenmarkets. The first corn of the year flaunts big white kernels (no bi-color or yellow yet), and is surpassingly sweet, w ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    North End Grill's Floyd Cardoz on Battery Park City, Challenges of the New Space Part 1

    The new friendly face in Battery Park City. Mr. Top Chef Master and North End Grill headmaster Floyd Cardoz has certainly risen to the top of his game since opening Tabla in 1998. Now, with a few cookbooks and a line of foods at Fresh Direct, the India-born chef talked to Fork in the Road about the ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Occupy Wall Street Dreams Of A Giant Jam Session May 1

    "Band seeking 1000 guitar players. Other instruments also welcome. Influences include Woody Guthrie, Tom Morello, Willie Nile, and Sergio Ortega." Occupy Wall Street is raising a "Guitarmy." For months, activists have been preparing for May Day, laying plans for teach-ins, bank blockades, marches ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    15 East's $29 Three-Course Lunch

    The chawan mushi appetizer arrives with a black-truffle crag. When was the last time you were exposed to top-shelf sushi? Most of us measure out our lives in mediocre finger sushi and nori rolls, and only on rare occasions do we glimpse how perfect sushi can be. Not that the democratization of sus ... More >>

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    April 3, 2012

    Say Hello to Hakkasan, Taboonette

    Arabesque, a Morrocan restaurant and lounge, has just opened in Midtown. [Diner's Journal] A new branch of Hakkasan, a trendy restaurant chain with outposts in Dubai, Mumbai, and Miami, has just opened in Midtown. [Zagat] The Franks have turned the delicatessen and provision store next to Prime Me ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Tonight! Occupy vs. Police, The Rap Battle

    One of the things that has kept Occupy Wall Street vital over the past six months is the way protesters constantly reassess and adjust their tactics. In the last two weeks, the new Union Square encampment has proved an especially vivid laboratory for that process, as each night police move in overw ... More >>

  • News

    March 28, 2012

    Occupy Spring

    The protests are back and building to a May Day to remember

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    February 24, 2012

    Our 10 Best New York City Restaurant Cookbooks

    Going out to dinner in New York City can be an expensive endeavor, with entrée prices clocking in at $30. But you can eat four-star food at a fraction of the price: Cook it yourself using the restaurant's cookbook. Now, cookbook love is like any other type of love -- wildly subjective. Yet some of ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Students Rally Against DOE's Proposal to Shut Down Legacy High School

    Yesterday, four electeds who hope to be mayor in 2013 rallied on the steps of City Hall to criticize the current mayor for his policies of closing failing public schools. And last week, a group of electeds -- alongside angry parents and students -- rallied around a new report that says Mike Bloomber ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Hot Chocolate Month Starts Tomorrow at City Bakery

    Stephbond / FlickrWhen it's cold outside, go for some warm cocoa​Chocoholics, rejoice: The happiest time of the year is almost here! Sure, February might be a crap time of year for some people, namely those with Seasonal Affective Disorder and all single people around the 14th, but for cocoa l ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Chilaquiles Migrate North to New York Menus

    Lauren BloombergDon't you want to bathe in El Parador's cheesy crock of chilaquiles?​Belgium boasts its waffles. Japan's sushi customs have spread the world over, and French fries are in every happy meal across the globe. So, what foodstuff to we credit Mexico with exporting? You could say it's ta ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    No Pants Subway Ride Is Over, Put Your Pants Back On

    Of Improv Everywhere's many pranks in public places, perhaps the most well-known repeat prank is the one that brings humanity into the subway, around the world, to remove its pants. The No Pants Subway Ride has been happening since 2002, and we've been taking photos of it since 2006! It happened aga ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

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

    Lauren ShockeyA super cheesy pretzel makes for fine snacking while shopping​Well, we've saved the best for last. After visiting several of the bigger, non-pop-up holiday markets that have cropped up this season, we can say that the most varied and delicious culinary options can be found at th ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    The High Line Is New York City's 'Make-Out Park'

    Ed Yourdon/Flickr​Union Square may be the loneliest place in New York City, but, not to worry, the High Line has now been dubbed the "make-out park of New York City." This according to a Parks enforcement officer who spoke to the New York Post, which today reports on the High Line as the drink ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011

    Thanksgiving Round-Up: Chef Reminiscences! Recipes! Crazy Stories!

    Here at Fork in the Road, we've been hammering pretty hard on Turkey Day this year, and here is a summary of the pieces we've posted for your retrospective pleasure. Have a great holiday! Jacques Pépin Reveals His Thanksgiving Turkey Secrets Make Stephanie Izard's Green Bean Casserole Make ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Farmers Still Struggling With Low Harvests Post-Hurricane Irene

    Wikipedia​Hurricane Irene hit over two months ago, but New York's farmers and Greenmarkets are still feeling the aftereffects of devastation, DNA Info reports. The severe storm not only flooded fields of crops, but August and September were the second wettest on record, further damaging farme ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Alleged Subway Groper Turned in by Brother After Being Beaten Up by Victim

    The alleged groper.​Remember Shyane DeJesus, the feisty gal who punched the crap out of her subway groper on October 23, on the platform (and then the train) at Union Square? The alleged groper has been caught! In a further dramatic twist, he was busted thanks to his estranged brother. The two ... More >>

  • News

    October 19, 2011

    Globe-trotting on a MetroCard

    Shop till you drop? No, you won’t drop. It’s all right here.

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    September 2, 2011

    How You Can Help Upstate NY, NJ, and Vermont Farmers Now

    ​Lots of people have asked me how they can help farmers whose acreage has been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irene. In the coming months there will doubtlessly be a host of benefits for farms at restaurants, concert halls, and other venues, but there is something you can do more immediatel ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    As Irene's Devastation Continues to Play Out, Consider Helping a Farmer

    Amy Colyer Fogerty​As we reported earlier this week, Hurricane Irene wreaked devastation upon numerous upstate farms, causing massive destruction to cropland and in many cases irreversible damage.

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    July 21, 2011

    A New Report Says Cops Really Like Ticketing the Forsyth Street Produce Vendors

    Urban Justice Center​If you thought the city was giving food-truck drivers a hard time, consider the plight of Forsyth Street's fruit and vegetable vendors.

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    July 1, 2011

    Carmen Quagliata of the Union Square Cafe on His Favorite Cookbooks and the Advice He Gives to His Chefs: Interview Part 2

    Photo courtesy Carmen QuagliataCarmen Quagliata always checks the oven temperature now​Yesterday we spoke with the Union Square Cafe's chef, Carmen Quagliata, about his favorite and most hated foods, and learned all about his bean trellis hobby. Today we switch the focus to learn more about h ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Greg Ball's All Atwitter at Gay-Marriage Bill: Upstate Senator Takes His Own Online Poll.

    Here's what happened over the weekend with the gay-marriage bill, which the Assembly has already approved: Publicly, the bill has the support of 31 of the 32 senators it needs for passage. Though he was considered "leaning no," GOP senator Greg Ball (who represents all of Putnam County, northern ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Soho's Going Kosher, and Looking Beyond Savoy

    Dig it, West Broadway.​As yet further evidence that Jewish food is edging its way into the limelight, Soho is on track to get 3,000 square feet of kosher dining.

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    May 5, 2011

    Oh, Happy Day: You Can Now Buy Beer at the Greenmarket

    apol3/FlickrBeer: a golden halo around your Greenmarket experience​ Wonderful as the arrival of ramps and asparagus to the farmers' market may be, the sad fact remains that they will not make you drunk. So there is reason to rejoice: Tomorrow, for the first time ever, you will be able to buy b ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Num Pang to Add a Second Location Next Month

    Sarah DiGregorioThis is why Num Pang is expanding.​2010 was not the best year for Ratha Chaupoly: in August, he closed Kampuchea and replaced it with Bun & Co., only to close it four months later. But 2011 seems to have gotten off to a better start, as Chaupoly will open a second location of N ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Rock the Vote: America's Favorite Farmers Markets Contest Returns

    ceiling/flickrSummering in Union Square.​American Farmland Trust has announced its third annual competition for America's Favorite Farmers Markets. Starting June 1, you'll have the opportunity to show your love for your local farmers market by voting at In the meantime, ... More >>

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    February 27, 2011

    Libyan Rebels Take Control Near Tripoli; Tunisian Prime Minister Steps Down; Taxi Passenger Crashes Cab (Sunday Links)

    via Gothamist​The Libyan uprising has "reached the capital's doorstep": anti-government forces have taken a town 30 miles from Tripoli, the capital. Yesterday, the U.N. approved sanctions against Libya and President Obama said that Moammar Qaddafi should step down. [NYT] Mohammed Ghannouchi, the ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    Top 10 White Stripes Songs To Get You Through Their Breakup

    ​So the White Stripes officially announced their breakup today. You are understandably depressed. Not shocked or devastated, probably -- they hadn't put out a record in four years, nor toured in about as long, nor generally much resembled an active band. And yet it's now time to regard the sta ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    Souvlaki GR Will Open a Restaurant in the LES

    newyorkstreetfood.comSoon you'll get seating with your souvlaki​Souvlaki GR, arguably the best Greek mobile food purveyor around (and 2010 Vendy winner for Best Rookie Truck) will soon be expanding its stomping grounds from Midtown, Union Square, and SoHo to the Lower East Side with its first ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    When the Restaurateur is the Face of the Restaurant; The Scene at the Food Allergy Ball

    ​Charles Masson of La Grenouille, Ken Aretsky of Aretsky's Patroon, and even Danny Meyer with his rounds at Union Square Café are among the city's last iconic restaurateurs who rule the dining room. [NY Times] Congress may have passed new healthy food regulations for school lunches, but Capi ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Whole Foods Now Selling Oprah

    Natasha MartinOpah on ice​ Spotted last Friday at Whole Foods Union Square: fresh whole opah. The fish mongers hoisted the Hawaiian catch onto a bed of ice, all the while referring to it as Oprah, instead of by its real name. "We've got Oprah Winfrey here! Oprah Winfrey for sale!" said one cl ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Week In Review: The Love and the Wizardry

    We are all Jay-Z's children,. Photo by Jori Klein.​In the week we told you why you can't hate Kanye West and love My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy at the same time, we made similarly bold claims about Girl Talk--ten worst moments on that record, right here--and the Beatles, who along with a c ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to Weather Up Tribeca, Goodbye to the Navy Yard Cocktail Lounge

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. The Navy Yard Cocktail Lounge, which has been called the "Scariest Bar in Brooklyn," has closed, and the space appears to have been taken over. [Brownstoner] Moe's bar, a Fort Greene mainstay, ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2009

    The Sailor Man in New York

    Invisible seafarers in a city still addicted to shipping

  • NYC Life

    June 17, 2008

    Triumph of the Lipstick Lesbians

    The glamorous power lesbian conquers Manhattan

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