The MTA is still investigating what caused a F train carrying almost 1000 passengers to derail in Woodside, Queens a week ago--injuring 19 passengers, 4 of them seriously--but investigators have identified a few clues that may hold the answer. The section of track where the F went off the rails la ... More >>
Fernando Peña had been working in restaurants since his early 20s, but when he saw a "For Rent" sign in a vacant shop on the corner of Crescent Street and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, he knew he wanted to build a restaurant of his own. He began envisioning Fatty's Cafe (45-17 28th Avenue, Queens).
There are plenty of middling faux-Gaelic watering holes that ply patrons with green beer on that shit show that is St. Patrick's Day, but if you prefer a less bastardized version of the Irish pub, the following picks should work just fine. With Guinness on our brains and sausage rolls in our bellies ... More >>
Explore the city's Mexican options, dig into a pot of mac and cheese, or sit down to a cheap beer-and-biscuit combo. No matter what you choose, you'll eat cheaply.
It's been two weeks since the start of Banksy's residency, and New York City has had the privilege of playing along with one of the most famous artists of our time. We run from borough to borough for the chance to ogle his latest creation before someone defaces it or starts collecting graft from onl ... More >>
After making three unsuspecting passersby potentially very rich on Saturday, Banksy started off week three of "Better Out Than In" with a stencil in Queens. It's a simple design of a man erasing a movie quote written in hot pink scrawl.
What costs a quarter of a million dollars and vibrates at frequencies that only incontinent birds can hear? You guessed it! It's all the upgrades coming to Queens subway stations, from metal spikes to low-voltage wires to ward off shitting pigeons, an existential threat to Queens commuters according ... More >>
When we recently shared our 10 Best Dive Bars, including classics like Sophie's and the Times Square hole Jimmy's Corner, we also asked readers to nominate their own choices, via hashtag #vvdivebars and comments. Dive bars are personal -- every neighborhood has a great one, and every New Yorker has ... More >>
Apparently somebody couldn't find a sitter...A Queens man was arrested early Tuesday morning after he allegedly went on a crystal meth-fueled burglary spree. Like any good parent, he brought his 3-year-old daughter along for what essentially boils down to an (alleged) criminal's version of "bring yo ... More >>
Thanks to a devastating blackout six years ago, biking in Queens in 2012 might become a little bit easier. In 2006, a major electrical power outage hit Western Queens in a damaging nine-day blackout that impacted 174,000 people in the borough. Six years later, those neighborhoods in Queens are ... More >>
The body of an Astoria man was found with his pants around his ankles at a Queens cemetery yesterday morning, which is bizarre. The fact that a cowbell was found near his partially nude body makes it really bizarre.The deceased has since been identified as 42-year-old Robert Zaretz. Authorities s ... More >>
Now you don't have to go to East Elmhurst to enjoy a taco placeros, just take the L to the Bedford stop. Four years ago on an extreme taco run from Corona to Woodside on Roosevelt Avenue - intent on sampling every at least two tacos from every store, truck, and cart - my gang and I stumbled ... More >>
There are more and more dining options for Muslims in France, including a new supermarket that stocks halal Chinese food and pizza. [Wall Street Journal] Chef Richard Sandoval believes there is such potential for Latin American food these days that he opened two restaurants next door to each ... More >>
Spicy MinaThis Chowhound thread points out that Spicy Mina, the cultishly popular Bangladeshi restaurant in Woodside, has been closed since early August, causing the 'hounders to worry the shuttering is permanent.
There's a classic New York tale in the Wall Street Journal's new Greater New York section and it's one that's got to set teeth on edge over at the rival Times for a couple of reasons. The story's about how a loyal immigrant butler -- one Indra Tamang who was raised in a "mud house in a farmi ... More >>
Taiwan is looking to mend trade ties with the U.S. after recently repealing its decision to import U.S. beef products. A change to Taiwan's food safety laws made some U.S. beef products no longer eligible for import. [Reuters] New York's grain belt is being revived and expanded with specialt ... More >>
Saltie turned out some spectacular sandwiches in 2009. But did it make our top 10? During the past couple of weeks, food publications have thrown our year's-end lists like so many cords of wood onto the fire. Now, it's our turn. We've decided to end the year with a shout-out to the 10 ... More >>
Steak Laos at Thai Pavilion is an exercise in upscaling fusion, pretty to look at and tasty, too, but lacking a certain zing. Last week Counter Culture assayed a quartet of unfamiliar Thai restaurants located somewhat off the beaten path in Astoria and Woodside. While some extended our unde ... More >>
Breaking the outer limits
Think of it as a mini meatloaf on a bun. Like the name says, hamburgers originated in the port city of Hamburg, Germany, where ground meat has been a popular viand at least since the late Middle Ages. According to one cockamamie story, Genghis Khan invented it when his invading hordes put meat under ... More >>
Chad Lindsey is a Bat, meaning he is among the young company of the Flea Theatre, where he plays in the Elizabeth Swados light opera Kaspar Hauser: a foundling's opera. Bats are expected to do stage-crew work as well, and in the show, the New York Times tells us, Lindsey is called upon to "repeated ... More >>
If you want to brave the drunken, green crowds for some good Irish food and drink today, Molly's is probably the best place to do so. (In Manhattan at least--almost any Irish bar in Woodside, Queens, is for reals.) The small pub has low ceilings, wooden booths, sawdust on the floor, properly poured ... More >>
After shooting himself in the thigh Friday night at Latin Quarter, wide receiver Plaxico Burress has, in all likelihood, played his last game as a New York Giant. Burress now faces ostracism from Big Blue, an almost certain league suspension, attempts by the Giants to get some of their millions of ... More >>
Philippine cuisine in western Queens
Congressman Anthony Weiner linked congestion pricing with the Bush administration—surely, one way to turn off many New Yorkers— at forum hosted by New York Civic. New Yorkers support the stated goal of Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan—improving mass transit—but just aren’t ... More >>
Our restaurant critic goes hunting on Roosevelt Avenue
Our man Sietsema orders Fresh Direct
The MTA issued the following service update as of 3:45 p.m.: Due to severe flooding throughout the subway system earlier today, there are still extensive delays on some subway lines. We are working to restore full service to all the affected subway lines. Customers are advised when at all possible ... More >>
Pratt students invent the next New Yorkfor real.
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Be it a romantic dinner for two or an Irish wake fit for a county, we'll make sure you're well fed for any occasion.
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The Monica Chronicles
A court ruling this month brings the shadowy world of vanity publishing into the open