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Taste a Whole Lot of Wine Tonight; Thai Red Bull Firing Up Elmhurst

Greenwich Village: If you can finish a "Can you take the heat?" tasting menu (which gets spicier with each course) on March 15 at Thai restaurant Rhong-Tiam on La Guardia Place, the chef will give you dinner for two at a new restaurant he’s opening called Kurve. [Grub Street] Elmhurst: You can find "those scary-looking little bottles of Thai Red Bull" at Sugar Club, a little Thai grocery and video store at 81-20 Broadway. (They have curry pastes, too.) [Gothamist] Hell’s Kitchen: The city’s first Wine Expo will be open tonight and tomorrow afternoon at the Javits Center; get excited about seminars on Argentine Malbecs (oh, and 600 WINES to sample). [New York Wine Expo] Midtown East: Construction seems under way for the Times-announced first U.S. outlet of Brussels-based chain Rouge Tomate. [Eater] West Village: The Waverly Inn has a secret cocktail on its menu, and they won’t tell you what’s in it. But maybe that’s why LeBron really wanted to go to the bathroom. [Down by the Hipster]

Historic Brooklyn Navy Yard Houses Get a Stay of Execution

Brooklyn Navy Yard: The Feds have indefinitely delayed plans to tear down ten nineteenth-century houses here in order to build a supermarket. Patina before potatoes! [Brownstoner] Dumbo: The waterfront Empire Stores warehouse is so decrepit that the park surrounding it has been closed for safety, and everyone's pointing fingers over who let the Civil War–era pile languish for so long. [Brooklyn Paper via Curbed] Elmhurst: This no-frills Queens hood isn't slated to do so well in the real-estate boom, but maybe it'll fare better than expected with loving testimonials like this: "At sunset, the dirty black bricks of the six-story apartment buildings turn deep red and almost dark pink. At night, it's peaceful." Ahhh… [NYDN via Queens Crap]

Flatbush Is Even Noisier Than Your Hood

East Village: Do a piercing salon, tattoo parlor, and bong shop qualify as the "community facilities" a developer said he'd rent to in return for being allowed to build bigger than code here on St. Marks? Discuss. [Neither More Nor Less] Elmhurst: A skater boy rescued a newborn baby, umbilical cord intact, from a freezing Dumpster. Troubled young moms, New York law says it's okay to abandon babies … as long as you leave them somewhere safe and warm where they can be found! [Newsday] Flatbush: Locals here called in more noise complaints in the second half of 2007 than in any other Brooklyn hood. So does that make Flatbush the borough's noisiest hood or just full of its noisiest kvetchers? [Ditmas Park Blog via NYDN]

Riding the V Line: Thai Heat and Genius on Elmhurst Avenue

We're riding the B and V from Coney Island all the way to Forest Hills, jumping off frequently to rave about our favorite restaurants along the way. It’s not much of a secret anymore, but it would be madness to get off at Elmhurst Avenue and not eat at Chao Thai, a Thai restaurant nearly as good as Woodside’s legendary Sripraphai.

Just What You Always Wanted: A Philippe Starck Bike Rack

Clinton Hill: Tonight, the Pratt design gang unveils new street-furniture ideas for the hood. Eames chairs in the bus shelter, anyone? [Clinton Hill Blog] East Side: Bloomberg will ban schoolkid field trips to the U.N. if its myriad fire-safety violations aren't fixed by March. They won't be, if the kids are lucky. But what about the pope?! [Newyorkology] Elmhurst: Hey, Asians, don't think that just because the cops served Chinese food at the last community meeting in an effort to reach out to you that it'll happen again. At least not this month. [Junction Boulevard]

Gentrifying Ditmas Park: The Move That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Astoria: Graffiti gives this not-even-moved-into-yet new building "a cozy, 'lived-in' feel." [Curbed] Clinton Hill: Hipsters turned breeders will learn this weekend how to replace skateboards with infants as their top new accessory. [Still Hip Brooklyn via A Child Grows in Brooklyn] Ditmas Park: The hood's pioneering yups preen over their new cafés and shops but balk at charges of gentrification. You can't have it both ways, people! [Ditmas Park Blog]

Will Trader Joe's Be Haunted?

Cobble Hill: Trader Joe's is coming to an old bank building that may be haunted. Did those frozen tofu tamales just fly through the air? [McBrooklyn] East Village: An artist makes T-shirts lamenting the hood's new megadevelopments. [Vanishing New York] Elmhurst: Controversial architect Robert Scarano, detested by many in Brooklyn, now hits Queens. [Queens Crap]

Jackson Heights: The Musical! Wait, That Sounds Familiar…

Cobble Hill: Some performance-art weirdos queued up, droidlike, outside of the future Trader Joe's here. Was this some sort of Marxist semiotic commentary on the store's long lines to come? [A Brooklyn Life] Elmhurst: The locals are getting into t'ai chi, which is cool, but they look like they're doing the Thriller zombie dance in this pic. [Junction Blvd] Hell's Kitchen: The flea markets haven't been doing as well since they moved here from their longtime home in Chelsea, where condo-velopment pushed them out. [Jeremiah's Vanishing New York via Chelsea Now] Jackson Heights: Stay tuned for Jackson Heights: The Musical! Hey, wait a minute, that Washington Heights show hasn't even opened on Broadway yet! [Queens Crap via NYDN] Morningside Heights: Creatures including a camel, two llamas, some goats, a Chinese goose, a fourteen-pound rabbit, a porcupine, and a hermit crab paraded down the aisle at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine yesterday for a blessing. These pics are so cute! [Gothamist] Upper East Side: This sticky Indian summer is hardest of all on uptown gals planning the final stages of their wedding, don't you agree? [Sex and the UES] Williamsburg: Yuppies moving here and to Greenpoint don't want to send their kids to the local public schools, leaving some of them half-empty. [Brownstoner]

Blue Ribbon to Conquer Columbus Circle by Mid-August

Brooklyn Heights: Montero’s earned “duty watch bar” status from the British Royal Navy when its seamen passed through Brooklyn last week. [NYT] Columbus Circle: Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill should open simultaneously with Thompson Hotel’s new Six Columbus by the middle of August. [Down by the Hipster] Elmhurst: Always wanted your tacos open-face, deep-fried, and splattered with crema? Try the memelitas from Taqueria Coatzingo at 40-18 82 Street. [Gothamist] Flatiron: Tabla and Tamarind are only a few of the restaurants extending their Summer Restaurant Week menus through Labor Day. [GoNYC via NewYorkology] Fort Greene: Former Top Chef contestant Josie Smith-Malave has left Island restaurant to prepare for a fall opening of her next project, the Speakeasy. [Eater] Harlem: Gentrification is apparently a lesser evil than filth: A Taste of Seafood restaurant relocates from dingy to spiffy new digs. [Uptown Flavor] Midtown East: Two sake masters from Japan will host a tasting that also features shochu and snacks at Sakagura next Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. [Eat for Victory/VV] West Village: Centro Vinoteca won’t be opening until the 20th or 21st at the earliest, the restaurant’s representatives say. [Grub Street]

Greenpoint Smells Worse Every Year

Brooklyn Heights: Despite all the protests during the planning process, no one showed up to heckle the unveiling of new turf at Cadman Plaza Park. [McBrooklyn] Clinton Hill: It will take one more weekend of volunteer labor to install the composting toilet in Hollenback Park. [Clinton Hill Blog] Elmhurst: City Council members honor veterans here by dressing like slobs. [QueensCrap] Flatiron: A reward is being offered for information in the hit-and-run death of a Brooklyn resident on Saturday. [Gothamist] Greenpoint: The area never smelled fantastic, but this warm-weather season is starting off as the stankiest ever. [Newyorkshitty] Williamsburg: Parishioners at Our Lady of Mount Carmel can't pray peaceably on Sunday morning for all the racket at the nearby construction site. Developers, beware of God's wrath! [Gowanus Lounge]

Park Slopers Indignant Over Hypothetical Crimes

Bedford-Stuyvesant: Does a yoga studio on "murderous Myrtle" portend for still-gritty Bed-Stuy an increase in serenity, gentrification, or both? [Bed-Stuy Blog] Coney Island: Those with a primal need to purge societal misfits can rest easy. Coney's much-loved "Shoot the Freak" attraction will survive another year, despite surrounding demolition by dervish developer Thor. [Gowanus Lounge] Elmhurst: Built in 1906 with funds from Andrew Carnegie, the charming local library is slated for demolition to make room for a bigger facility. [Queens Chronicle via Queens Crap] Harlem: Is the Corn Exchange, that 1884 Romanesque Revival pile by the 125th Street Metro-North station, destined to house an "affordable" culinary school? [Uptown Flavor] Park Slope: Life in La Slope is so halcyon-bordering-on-dull that residents spend their time speculating about where they'd be mugged if muggings routinely happened there. [Brooklynian] Times Square: In order to build a 50-story condo-hotel on West 45th, megadeveloper Extell has bought up air-space rights over three old Broadway theaters, very likely ensuring their future. [Curbed]

Doctors and Teachers Tuck Into Asian and More Around Elmhurst's Broadway and Whitney

The micro-micro-neighborhood centered around Broadway and Whitney Avenue in Elmhurst is one of the most diverse areas in the entire world, but Asian cuisine provides the best lunch options. The staffs of nearby Newtown High School and Elmhurst Hospital Center, as well as local real-estate agents and China Trust Bank workers, have no shortage of interesting places to nosh.