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A beloved summertime tradition returned to Williamsburg last week with the lifting of the four ton, five story Giglio tower outside Our Lady of Mount Carmel church on Havemeyer Street. The ceremonial lifting of the tower is the centerpiece of a 12-day Italian street festival packed with kiddie rides, a Ferris wheel, carnival games, and more tasty zeppoles, braciola, and sausages than you can shake a mortadella at.
Instead of relying on arbitrary real estate demarcations or our digital overlords over at Google Maps, we ventured to Tompkins Square Park to ask real New Yorkers where they think the East Village borders lie.
Hillary Clinton may have been mocked for mis-swiping her MetroCard, but no New Yorker, not even the most native among us, has a .400 swiping record—there is no Ted Williams of swiping. Embrace our commonality in this.
Seasoned Manhattan cyclists know to expect delays along 8th Avenue in midtown, where tourists—and locals trying to get around all the tourists—routinely promenade through the bike lane like it's a verdant pedestrian plaza nestled in the heart of some Swiss skiing village. Filmmaker and cyclist Jeff Seal, however, is fed up with the situation, and he recently decided to document the absurd chaos that is the 8th Avenue bike, capturing it in all its frustrating, lawless glory.
At JFK Airport, T5 Farm, a mostly organic garden founded by JetBlue, is currently in bloom, its 3,000 crates bursting with herbs, vegetables, and flowers.
There is no quintessential NYC experience quite like running down a subway station platform with your arms flapping all about like a distressed penguin, making eye contact with the conductor, and then hesitantly stretching out your hand to try to slip between the doors before they close. For every time they re-open, they're just as likely to slam shut in your face, leaving you gazing at your own disconsolate reflection in the greasy window as the train rolls away forever.
Last night Bryant Park's outdoor summer movie series kicked off with Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and because I am mesmerized by it every year, I wanted a multi-camera shot of that moment the lawn opens.
The only no-kill animal shelter in the Bronx is in danger of closing because of high medical expenses, rising utility costs and a lack of funding. New Beginning Animal Rescue has until the end of October to save itself from closure. The shelter was started by Pedro Rosario, in 2011, a year after he established the boarding kennel NYC Top Dog. He became more interested in rescuing animals after seeing many of them killed while working at Animal Care Center of NYC—when could no longer bear seeing animals with treatable illnesses being euthanized, he left that job after 16 years.
The detailed course, and accompanying miniature cars and kid-sized bikes, is the centerpiece of Brookhaven's Safety Town program, a local iteration of a concept dating to the mid-20th century that has spawned unaffiliated Safety Towns in back lots around the world. In the class we sat in on last month in Brookhaven, teachers drilled in sayings like, "look four ways, always"—the four ways being over your shoulder to the left, to the left, to the right, and over your shoulder to the right—and drove home warnings about distracted driving with PowerPoint slides showing scary dashboard-perspective photos of young car passengers realizing death is imminent as the oblivious driver talks on the phone, eats, and reads over the steering wheel.
Have you ever tried Malaysian coffee? It’s much less acidic than American coffee because in Malaysia they traditionally use fat to roast the coffee beans.
Thiru Kumar is the most famous dosa man in the city.
New York Harbor is not only one of the largest and busiest natural ports in the world, but also the most complex. State law requires any foreign ship, or American ship with foreign cargo, to be escorted into the harbor with one of their pilots. The entrance to the harbor from the Atlantic is protected by two thin pieces of land that jut out into the water: Sandy Hook from New Jersey and Rockaway from Long Island. These narrow outreaches have shallow shores that make entering the bay tricky.
"I knew how to deal with crime, because I was a former criminal." Retired NYPD deputy inspector Corey Pegues knows the streets inside and out.
"I don't want to work for Uber. I don't want to be a Walmart greeter. I would take this job above all of that. Of course as I like to point out, we are doing God's work."
Pedal, brake, pedal, dead pigeon, dead pigeon, pigeons eating vomit, skateboard, pothole, swerve, veer, green light, burning smell, casino bus!
Waiting to go through the airport security checkpoint is one of the most dreaded parts of taking a trip, right up there with everyone lining up to board the plane in Group 1. But though the Transportation Security Administration admits it needs to hire more staffers to handle the influx of travelers, the agency also wants to remind everyone that they are part of the problem—guy with the throwing stars, we're looking at you. And you too, lady with the Ninja Turtle nunchuks.
For his 95th birthday last month, legendary cartoonist Al Jaffee received a plaque from the Guinness Book of World Records congratulating him on being the longest working cartoonist in history (at "73 years, 3 months"). For most of that long career as a self-professed (and wholly self-deprecating) "journeyman cartoonist," Jaffee's name and style has been synonymous with MAD Magazine, the long-running satirical publication which taught generations of skeptical teens to question false idols, push back at deceptive advertising, and mock authority figures.
I'm several stories up in an apartment in Hamilton Heights, standing in front of a makeshift kitchen set up in the living room. On the table, a pair of cutting boards and knives, an electric griddle and a small gas stove and lots of packages with labels that I'm unable to read. Next to me is Aiko, a retiree from Japan who's one of many instructors with The League of Kitchens, a company that pairs immigrants with people eager to learn how to cook food from around the world, and today, we're making pancakes.
Riding a bike is a healthful, meditative way to get to work in New York, and it doesn't involve spending money, depriving yourself of vitamin D in a smelly cave network deep underground, steeping yourself in the germs of thousands of other people, or worrying about getting stabbed for objecting to the volume of someone's game of Candy Crush. However, all the life-giving qualities of cycling here can be blotted out in an instant by a reckless driver, of whom there are plenty. 230 people died in crashes last year, including 14 cyclists, 22 motorcycle riders, 61 vehicle occupants, and 133 pedestrians. And as we have started to film our own cycling commutes and view submitted footage of readers' rides, it's easy to see why the bike-curious might hesitate before getting in the saddle.
The first thing you need to know about rainbow lattes is that you probably don't ever want to drink one...
Last Christmas, a 51-year-old woman from the Upper West Side walked into a Chinese restaurant in Manhattan and introduced herself to twelve strangers.
Chametz: any food product made from wheat, barley, rye, oats or spelt that has come into contact with water and been allowed to ferment and "rise." You can't eat any chametz during the Jewish holiday of Passover, which means everything from bread to pasta to beer is strictly verboten for eight whole days, starting tonight.
Passover 2016 is upon us, which means you have Seder dinner with family, and the commencement of some food restrictions to look forward to this weekend. Tomorrow morning you may smell the aroma of burning chametz, as the city's Orthodox community prepares to observe.
Is America ready for a dessert made almost entirely of water? Consider the Raindrop Cake, a playful, jiggly blob served with roasted soy flour and black sugar cane syrup, which first became popular in Japan and recently debuted at Smorgasburg to much acclaim. We visited creator Darren Wong in an incubator kitchen in Greenpoint to see how it's made.
Bicycling is a wonderful way to get to and from work in New York City. You save a ton of money on Metrocards, and you get so much exercise that you don't have to join a gym. There's really only one problem: dangerous automobile drivers. You know, the ones that kill some 300 people a year on our streets, and are a particular danger to cyclists. Their bad behavior—ignoring bike lanes, running lights, making illegal turns—scares many people off bicycling
Record store owners see LPs and 45s come and go by the dozen every day—but what are the records that make them stop and take notice? From ultra-rare '60s psychedelic rock to modern, modestly-priced reissues, we found out which records hold a special place in shopkeepers' hearts.
Merle Hoffman would wield a wire hanger at protests, to help get her point across. (Courtesy Merle Hoffman) On a Saturday in March, I was standing on 147th Place in Jamaica, Queens, asking Stella to tell...
At its heart, coffee in NYC will always be "regular", a simple affair of deli or breakfast cart java spiked with cream and sugar and served in a paper cup. But if the lines out your nearest Blue Bottle—not to mention the thousands of Starbucks—haven't convinced you that fancy coffee joints are the new normal, wake up and smell the coffee.
Masjid-Al-Aman is a mosque that sits near the border of Queens and Brooklyn in East New York, and offers prayers five times a day. But some residents say the mosque's azan, or call to prayer, is a...