At 8:09 a.m. on Valentine's Day 2012, Liloutie Ramnanan pulled her sedan into the parking lot of the Pay-O-Matic Check Cashing on South Conduit Avenue in South Jamaica, Queens. She'd worked as a teller there for 16 years. It was a steady job. It paid better than minimum wage and business was good. T ... More >>
In August, a federal jury in Brooklyn convicted Akeem Monsalvatge, Edward Byam, and Derrick Dunkley of robbing two Pay-O-Matic cash checking outlets in Queens. The second robbery, on Valentine's Day 2012, made headlines because the culprits wore masks that were so realistic that the employees in the ... More >>
Big news! Novelizations are still a thing! Here's the one you've no doubt been looking for, because, like any reasonable person, you just know that your time would be well spent reading a cheap-o paperback rewrite of the nonsensical script story of the new movie remake of an old movie and its sequel ... More >>
Nobu, Jewel Bako, Blue Ribbon... Duane Reade? Call it "drugstore izakaya" -- California Walgreens are now employing trained sushi chefs. The company (which also own NY's ubiquitous Duane Reade chain) is aiming to lure customers into its stores by introducing "luxury items." And what else says "fanc ... More >>
Each week in our print editions and every day on our blogs, the 13 Voice Media Group papers feature some of the best music writing in the country. That's why we're excited to announce the winners of our first VMG music writing awards. The honor goes to the authors of one blog post and one print pi ... More >>
By Jaime Lees When I found out that Taylor Swift's new album, Red, would be available via Papa John's Pizza delivery, I pretty much had the same thoughts I had upon hearing the first single off of Red: The fuck? Followed by: Mmmm. Tasty. Modern record labels are working hard to find new ways to ge ... More >>
Con Edison will distribute dry and wet ice to six locations this afternoon for those without power. Dry ice can be used to cool frozen foods that might be rotting in refrigerators without power. See Con Ed's safety guidelines here.
The Key Food on Prospect Avenue, in Brooklyn's Windsor Terrace, will close at the end of the month. One Wendy A had a bad experience there in March and went on to review it on Yelp, writing "i literally hate this grocery store, and i wish it would go out of business and get replaced by something bet ... More >>
It appears that Little Italy is trading in its pushy greeters in favor of "outside maitre d's": suave young gentlemen who attract lady tourists with their eyes. [NY Post] The Hurt Locker star Anthony Mackie's new Bed-Stuy bar NoBar welcomed stars like Samuel L. Jackson and Sam Rockwell at it ... More >>
Here we are, at the end of The Voice's almost shockingly successful debut season, one that may have actually turned around NBC's abysmal fortunes. There's not a ton of internal drama in The Voice's reality, and I can't say I cared too terribly much which of the four finalists would win. But the jou ... More >>
At the big-box Walgreen's on Cooper Square, they know how to stock the fruit on the shelves, but not how to take care of it. Note price: $1.49 per pound. [Click on image to examine the bananas with a shopper's careful eye.] Not content to sell you lifetime supplies of candy and car-size bags ... More >>
Michael Becker/FOX The same week NBC attempts to take on American Idol by launching the loud, flashy The Voice, Idol makes one of those baffling decisions that only Idol can make: Devoting an entire 90 minutes to saluting the deeply, overwhelmingly annoying singer-songwriter Carole King. I h ... More >>
Behind the storefront of Japan Premium Beef is Bohemian, a hidden and secret restaurant that has managed to stay under the radar since it debuted two years ago. [NY Post] Remember those 10,000 menus the New York Public Library acquired to turn into a searchable database? Well, they're now be ... More >>
Did you know you can buy vibrators at Duane Reade now? Well, you can. No longer are they illicit devices confined to the vague, grimy territory of sex shops, hidden in brown paper bags or unmarked boxes, purchased late at night on furtive shopping missions to "video stores" with blacked-out w ... More >>
The digital marketing firm Epsilon told its clients on Friday of "an unauthorized entry into Epsilon's email system," insisting it "was limited to email addresses and/or customer names only" and that no other information was at risk, but it's only now becoming clear just how widespread the ha ... More >>
That's what a tablemate at the IFC upfront lunch at the Ace Hotel told me when I casually mentioned that I'd just bought a scale at Walgreen's. The woman wisely said that the scale could easily start to drive you nutto if you slavishly live by its pronouncements. And I'm nutto enough, thank ... More >>
Goodbye Lullaby finds our mall-punk malcontent having less fun than ever
This doesn't look promising.I mean, you could see how this might happen, right? The New York Post reports that a Queens man had eye surgery, went to fill his prescription for "Durezol," and the pharmacist at the Walgreens instead gave him "Durasol," which, oops, turns out to be wart remover i ... More >>
Shopping is even more fun when it's dirt-cheap, and when you're sure no one you know will be there to catch you hunting for bargains. Here are the five best department chains that appeal to my budgetary needs and kitsch taste.
Tampons. They are important to ladies. We won't go into the details here, but suffice it to say, they're personal. Intimate, even. So when o.b. nonapplicator tampons disappeared from the shelves of our local Duane Reades, something of a Seinfeld: The Sponge Episode was born. Except maybe born ... More >>
Today's most viscerally upsetting Arizona news comes thankfully without visual accompaniment as of yet, as the New York Times reports that gunman Jared Loughner was having photos developed at a local Walgreens, which depict him posing in a g-sting and holding his Glock 9mm. Rest assured this ... More >>
F2K10 has been a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Relieve the journey here. The future of rock music, right here.Here are some important things to know about Train's "Hey, Soul Sister."
Spotted last night at the Union Square Walgreens. We've never really thought of focaccia as "elegant," but then we never expected to find it at a drugstore, either. Have a tip or restaurant-related news? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sculptor conjures a low-budget cosmos. Plus, Alejandro Almanza Pereda's concrete cascade.
Goya is launching a new marketing campaign that will target non-Latinos who want to "spice up" their cooking. [NY Times] Benihana is now for sale, but the process has been complicated by squabbling between the widow of the company founder and his children. [Wall Street Journal] Andrea Illy, ... More >>
You'd think it was still August. Evidence: 1. People are acting crazy! 2. People are getting nekkid! Seriously, in two otherwise unrelated stories from our nation, in just one day, women have taken off their clothes to do otherwise mundane things (in public) and gotten arrested. Shall we comp ... More >>
Alex Van BurenThe classic, plus a little anarchy.Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike -- compiled daily. Today's pick: A vanilla malted milkshake ($5.10) at Brooklyn Farmacy (513 Henry Street, at S ... More >>
Mississippi is the most obese state in the country for the sixth year in a row, according to the seventh annual "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future" report. New York tied for 36th place with Florida and Idaho. [NY Daily News] The Guggenheim Museum is seeking permission from ... More >>
American beer sales are falling. The culprits? Wine, cocktail culture, the lack of innovation among big U.S. breweries, and the growing American bourgeoisie. [The Atlantic Food Channel] Pugliese Vineyards on Long Island is permitted to label its sparkling wines "Champagne" because it was alr ... More >>
M&M's has just launched a novel flavor--the new candies have a round pretzel ball hidden under the candy shell and thin lining of chocolate. They're more addictive than all other M&M's put together: salty, crunchy, and sweet, with that super-sugary chocolate relegated to the background. (Plus ... More >>
Whole Foods has reported higher-than-expected fiscal first quarter earnings, which is being attributed largely to a price shift instituted last year. [Forbes] Romania has proposed a tax on burgers, french fries, soda, and other fast foods in an effort to fight both adult and child obesity. [ ... More >>
F2K has been a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Relive the whole long journey here. Thank you, and we're sorry. As a concession to a vile, contemptible decade marked by commerce over reason, we pleaded to our editors at the Village Voice to let us publish the No. 1 entry as one of t ... More >>
Michael Musto has been the Voice's resident chronicler of New York's famous and profane since 1984, when he started penning his weekly La Dolce Musto column. He's also a sometime actor and TV commentator, year-round bicyclist, and the author of three books, including the forthcoming Fork on ... More >>
Who cares about the Grammy awards? More exciting were the Glammys--the nightclubbing honors given at Splash the other night, which brought out a crowd of drag queens, gogo boys, and their letchy admirers. A high point of the Cherry Jubilee-organized evening--for me, anyway--came when I ti ... More >>
Target has taken down an "illegal alien" costume from their website after "several complaints," including one from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, which called it "distasteful, mean-spirited, and ignorant of social stigmas and current debate on immigration reform." ... More >>
Left: Brach's, Right: Dean and Deluca's When New York parents want to spare no expense for little Jimmy while still indulging his craving for corn syrup, they might traipse over to Dean and Deluca's, where a six-ounce silver bag of candy corn can be had for $3. The rest of us surreptitiously ... More >>
We already met the Real World Brooklyn cast members (twice, [cough] three times). Last week, Sharon Steel watched this season's first episode, so you didn't have to. We made her do it again. Ryan, ewwwww! This week's episode of the Real World was entitled "The Ins and Outs of Brooklyn." We suppos ... More >>
A kinda grand tour of the city's new, giant public art. And speaking of dips, look in the East River.
I'm taking a quick break from my dazzling vacation in Buenos Aires--all right, Murray Hill--to tell you what bit of celebu-cultural excitement I happened to spot last night. At a performance of the Broadway revival of that slithering drama of sexual deception, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, guess who I s ... More >>
Jesus would donate to the AIDS charity For six whole weeks, a local comedy group has sent me (and I presume other press people) a getting-to-know-you gift every single day in hopes of grubbing some media notice. I'm talking 30 freakin' gifts! That's more than Christina Crawford had to give to child ... More >>
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