Thursday, July 3, 2014
- Where To Watch Fireworks In NYC This 4th Of July: The FDNY has issued permits for fireworks shows in the East River, Coney Island Beach, and beyond—with only a handful of legal firework shows in the city, make sure you stake out your seat well before nightfall. Here are you options…
- Lick It Up: A Guide to Local 4th of July Competitive Eating Events: Independence Day in these fair states of ours, like all major holidays, has a hearty eating component. Most of use will enjoy some sort of grilled fare, perhaps a slice of watermelon or an ice cream cone, knock back some frosty brews and terrifyingly saccharine popsicles while we watch the fireworks. But a select few will gather at Coney Island to watch a pantheon of highly skilled, highly stomached competitors scarf down as many hot dogs as they possibly can in Nathan’s annual hot dog eating contest.
- 10 American Facts You Can Use To Ruin Any July 4 Party: It's that time of year again, when fireworks light up the sky and we all think about the wonder that is America. Friends remark to friends, "Isn't America beautiful?" and answer, "Indeed, from sea to shining sea." Well, maybe this is the year to celebrate with some truth fireworks. While fireworks may improve any party, truth fireworks burn them to the ground. Have a fun barbecue!
- The most Patriotic, I love ‘merica, Red, White and gosh darn Blue cake you’ll ever make recipe right here!
- Historic Districts May Stunt Affordable Housing Growth: A new study has revealed that landmarking historic districts may hinder the creation of affordable housing through "unnecessary barriers and delays."
- New York’s Best Cheap Eats: From #1 to #101. And introducing our second hairsplitting, new five-star ranking system. Some standouts include Tuck Shop, Lupa and Katz’s.
- There Goes the Neighborhood Cafe: Danny Meyer talks about why the Union Square Cafe is a casualty of rising rents.
- 19-Year-Old Houston Street Kebab House Bereket Has Closed: The bustling Turkish kebab house Bereket, which served sobering doses of harsh fluorescent lighting and hot kofte kebabs to thousands and thousands of late-night diners, closed over the weekend sometime after the falafel ran out, around 1 a.m. on Sunday morning.
- California Backs Off Glove Requirement for Restaurant Workers: Everyone from high-end sushi chefs to dive-bar cocktail specialists will be able to handle food without gloves in California once Governor Jerry Brown signs a bill reversing an ill-fated ban that proved to be exceedingly unpopular among high-end and independent restaurant workers.
- Red, white and blue booze: Get ready for a libation celebration across the nation! These bars are featuring a star-spangled selection of deliciously patriotic beverages and inviting guests to sip some colorfully creative cocktails while raising a glass to the USA on its birthday... and game day. Freedom never tasted so good featuring the Cocci Fourth at Baker & Co.
- A 99-Year-Old Greenwich Village Eatery Steps Into A New Century: In a time when many of the city's older stalwarts are disappearing, there's a least one Greenwich Village holdout that has no intention of fading away. In fact, Caffe Dante, which turns a ripe old 100 next year, is actually thriving and expanding, adding a new menu of hot food items to supplement the gelato and coffee program that's been going strong since the cafe's inception.
- What to Eat at the Newly Reopened, 99-Year-Old Caffe Dante: Over on MacDougal Street, the exterior of Caffe Dante hasn't changed, and not much of the 99-year-old shop's interior has, really, either.
- Joaquin Phoenix lunching at Caffe Dante in Greenwich Village
- Music Historian Finds 149 Bob Dylan Acetate Records in New York City: Between 1969 and 1972, Bob Dylan used the ground floor of a building in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a rehearsal space. A few months ago, two boxes labeled “Old Records” were discovered inside that building.
- As Real Estate Developers Swoop In, NYC Says Farewell to the Antiques Garage Flea Market: A vintage flag flew at half-mast in Chelsea this past Sunday, as The Antiques Garage Flea Market closed its doors permanently. The gritty, eccentric, treasure trove was a popular haunt for die-hard collectors, designers, tourists and celebrities. Known to most as simply The Garage, it was an actual parking garage Monday through Friday, and a flea market on the weekends.
- Metamorphosis; Photos of Gansevoort Market / Meatpacking District by Brian Rose. Wednesday, July 9, 6:30 – 8:00 P.M., Free; reservations required.
- The 10 Best Hot Dogs In NYC: Asia Dog started out as a little portable stand (not even a food truck, just a folding table!), but now they've got their own Kenmare Street storefront. While their dog offerings are of the pretty standard beef, chicken and veggie variety, they excel when it comes to dressing the links.
- The Classic Bagel and Salmon Sandwich at Russ & Daughters in New York City: One of the most popular orders is also one of the dishes New York City is famous for: A bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon. Known on the Russ & Daughters menu as "The Classic," this humble sandwich tells the story of one family's commitment to doing things the old fashioned way.
- 9 Factoids About NYC's 'Shadow' Transit Network, Dollar Vans: It is not uncommon for residents of New York's Chinese communities to speak little or no English, even if they have lived in the city for decades. For many of these immigrants, taking the subway or bus can be an uncomfortable experience ... A ride on a Chinatown van, on the other hand, is a relatively familiar experience for a Chinese immigrant.
- ReBar Fraudster Jason Stevens Banned From NY Restaurant Industry For Life: Stevens pled guilty to grand larceny and four counts of criminal tax fraud in the second degree after he allegedly didn't pay millions of dollars in taxes over the last couple years. And now, Stevens has been formally banned for life from the NY restaurant and catering industry.