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An Evening in the Life of Washington Heights

 

Children watch as friends play volleyball at the Hudson River Greenway in Washington Heights on a summer Sunday evening.
Kids play along the riverfront at the Hudson River Greenway in Washington Heights on a summer Sunday evening.
Neighborhood friends celebrate the birthday of Miss Shay, who is turning 15-years old (center left) in Washington Heights on a summer evening.
12 AUGUST 2018, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Washington Heights residents practice volleyball and softball in the Hudson River Greenway on a summer Sunday evening. CREDIT: SARAH BLESENER FOR THE VILLAGE VOICE

12 AUGUST 2018, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Friends sit at the riverfront at the Hudson River Greenway in Washington Heights on a summer Sunday evening.

12 AUGUST 2018, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Friends play a game of Ecuavolley in the Hudson River Greenway in Washington Heights on a summer Sunday evening. Ecuavolley is a variant of volleyball invented and played in Ecuador. CREDIT: SARAH BLESENER FOR THE VILLAGE VOICE

16 AUGUST 2018, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Anthony and Orlando, long-term residents of Washington Heights, sit on Amsterdam Ave on a summer evening.
16 AUGUST 2018, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Amsterdam Avenue in Washington Heights on a summer evening. The street is filled with cars and set designs, as the community is being used for the filming of “The Deuce” for HBO this week. CREDIT: SARAH BLESENER FOR THE VILLAGE VOICE

16 AUGUST 2018, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Jahmel, Liam, Mia, Kourtney, Jared, and Bria sit on the stairs in front of their apartment building in Washington Heights on a late summer evening. The group lives on 164th, where they have grown up together their whole lives. They are not related, but feel the same as family.

16 AUGUST 2018, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Amsterdam Avenue in Washington Heights on a summer evening. The street is filled with cars and set designs, as the community is being used for the filming of “The Deuce” for HBO this week.
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The Village in 48 Photos

For the Voice, Greenwich Village was never just a place. It was a state of mind and a way of looking at the world. Photography by Fred W. McDarrah, Sylvia Plachy, James Hamilton, Amy Arbus, Catherine McGann, and Robin Holland.

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This Week in Food: Latke Festival, Hester Street Market Freebies, Hydroponics Class

Eighth Annual Latke Festival
Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn)
Monday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Grab specialty latkes (like jerk chicken or sweet potato with duck confit) at this unlimited tasting, where a $70 ticket also includes wine, beer, and cocktails. Prizes will be awarded for best latkes by celebrity judges, and there will also be a people’s choice award.

More Goodie: A Pop-Up Thing at Thelma on Clinton
Thelma on Clinton (29 Clinton Street)
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy live jazz, tasty bites, and delicious cocktails (thanks to bartenders from Estela and Dutch Kills) at this all-night affair. Shareable dishes include lard bread with pickle butter, chicken fried quail, and a foie gras po’ boy among others. Guests can purchase tickets ($39 per person).

Wine Wednesday
Hester Street Holiday Market (South Street Seaport, 117 Beekman Street)
Wednesday, 5 p.m.

The Hester Holiday Market is offering free wine, cider, and snacks on Wednesday for shoppers; however, guests must make an advance reservation.

Hydroponics Class
Institute of Culinary Education (225 Liberty Street)
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Study the science of hydroponics and learn to grow herbs, fruits, and more at this hands-on class. Students of all experience levels and backgrounds can participate. Early bird tickets start at $65.

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This Week in Food: Prohibition Repeal Day, Restaurants That Changed America, Raaka Party

Prohibition Repeal Day
Analogue (19 West 8th Street)
Monday, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Toast the historic repeal of Prohibition with a menu of classic cocktails like Bee’s Knees, Sidecars, and Sazeracs. In addition to live jazz performances, a full food and drink menu will be available.

Paul Freedman, Ten Restaurants That Changed America
The New York Society Library (53 East 79th Street)
Wednesday, 6:30 PM

Join Author Paul Freedman as he discusses his book Ten Restaurants That Changed America, which includes New York favorites like Delmonico’s and Sylvia’s. Admission starts at $10 and advanced registration is required.

Food and the Chinese-American Journey: A Conversation with Anne Mendelson and Kian Lam Kho
Museum Of Chinese In America (215 Centre Street)
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
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Author Anne Mendelson and food writer Kiam Lam Kho will lead a conversation on the origins and development of American-based Chinese food. Tickets ($40 for general admission) include admission to the museum’s current exhibition and a reception which will feature dishes from Kho’s book, including red cooked pork in steamed buns.

How NYC’s Public Markets Drive Bakeries Forward
Essex Street Market (120 Essex Street)
Thursday, 6:30 p.m to 8 p.m.

Learn the real stories behind New York’s beloved bakeries at this free talk and tasting that champions bread. Get an in depth look at food production and distribution, with a focus on the role public markets play in NYC’s food system. Guest speakers include Gene Davidovich from Davidovich Bakery and a special guest from Eataly.

Holiday Chocolate Gift-Making Party
Raaka (64 Seabring Street, Brooklyn)
Friday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Enjoy kid friendly and “adult” hot chocolates courtesy of a Raaka Chocolate and Van Brunt Stillhouse before creating chocolate gifts for your friends and family. Guests will be able to pour, design, and wrap individual chocolate bars, bark, and other holiday-themed sweets.

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How NYC Is Commemorating the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 This Weekend

Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and New York City’s official commemoration events will honor those who lost their lives that day.

Here are some remembrance ceremonies and memorials occurring around the city from Friday through September 11.

NYPD 9/11 PARADE: The NYPD is holding the first annual remembrance day parade to honor the 23 officers who lost their lives on 9/11, and those who died following the attacks of cancer and other 9/11-related illnesses. The parade will be held Friday, September 9, from noon to 3 p.m. beginning near the Wall Street Bull on Broadway in Lower Manhattan and ending at the NYPD’s Police Memorial Wall near Liberty Street and South End Avenue, where a memorial service will be held.

9/11 MEMORIAL LIVE STREAM: The 15th anniversary commemoration ceremony at the World Trade Center site will be broadcast live on the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s website from 8:46 a.m., beginning at the time when the first place crashed into the World Trade Center.

NEW YORK CITY FIRE MUSEUM MEMORIAL: The service held at the museum on Sunday will honor the 343 firefighters who lost their lives during the attacks. The memorial begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. at the FDNY Museum’s 278 Spring Street location.

ST. PAUL’S CHAPEL: The small church located across the street from the World Trade Center offered rescue workers a place to recover in the days following 9/11. The annual tradition begins at 8:46 a.m. when Rev. Dr. William Lupfor will ring the Bell of Hope in four sets of five rings in remembrance of the fallen. There will be an additional ceremony at 3:30 p.m. commemorating the workers who lost their lives because of the attacks.

Bell of Hope
Bell of Hope

TRIBUTE IN LIGHT: On Sunday, beginning at sunset, the twin beams of light symbolizing the fallen Twin Towers will illuminate the city’s skyline from Ground Zero and will be visible within a 60-mile radius until they fade at dawn. Anyone who wishes to view the Tribute in Light up close can visit the 9/11 Memorial plaza, open to the public from 3 p.m. to midnight.

ESPLANADE & POSTCARDS: The outdoor sculpture in the St. George neighborhood of the Staten Island near the Ferry Terminal honors the 275 Staten Islanders who lost their lives in the tragedy. Granite plaques with names and birthdays of victims line the inside of the sculpture’s two white marble wings, standing 30 feet tall meant to represent postcards to loved ones. It is the first major 9/11 memorial completed in the city, framing the location where the towers stood. A memorial ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, and the memorial is open all day to the public.

Postcards Memorial in Staten Island
Postcards Memorial in Staten Island

 

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How to Make a Pimm’s Cup, the Ultimate Summer Sipper

New Yorkers may be more accustomed to the traditions of the U.S. Open (like trekking out to Flushing Meadows on the Long Island Rail Road with a beer), but it’s Wimbledon that inspires Cooper’s Craft & Kitchen (87 Second Avenue; 646-606-2384 and 169 Eighth Avenue; 646-661-7711) owner David Clarke.

At the annual tennis championship in London, the Pimm’s cup is the drink of choice for locals and tourists alike. Tennis or no, it’s a refreshing quaff for outdoor sipping, but finding it here in New York can be a little bit more of a challenge. So Clarke put one on the menu at Cooper’s. “We’ve been open over three years, and we’ve always had a Pimm’s cup, no matter what the season was,” he says. “We think it’s the perfect summer cocktail.”

The drink is made with fresh mint, cucumber, and plenty of citrus. It’s a light cocktail good for any time of day. “I look at it from the nutritional value now,” says Clarke, adding that it’s a good source of vitamin C. “It’s definitely one of the more approachable cocktails. It’s a drink that should be enjoyed over and over again.”

And it fits Clarke’s vision for Cooper’s: When he decided to open a bar and a restaurant in Manhattan, he wanted to mix tradition with a fresh take on cocktails and beer. He found inspiration at Attaboy, which is where he drinks a Pimm’s cup if he’s not sipping one at his own bar.

Pimm’s Cup by David Clarke

2 oz Pimm’s
1 fresh strawberry
1 slice fresh cucumber
1 sprig of fresh mint
1 lime wedge
1 lemon wedge
1 orange slice

Place the strawberry, cucumber, mint, and citrus in a tall glass. Add the Pimm’s and ice. Top off with lemon lime soda and stir.

Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we’re asking the city’s bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. 


 

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This Week’s Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC – 3/30/2015

April is on the horizon, and it looks like marginally better weather is, too. Get your month started right with these events.

Perfectly Paired Series — Tasting Tour of Belgium, Belgian Beer Cafe, 220 Fifth Avenue, Monday, 7 p.m.

Make your Monday seem more manageable with Belgian beer. Kicking off a new series of tastings, this event educates guests about different styles of Belgian brews and pairings like cheeses and sriracha. Sommeliers, chefs, and other beer pros will lead the discussion and talk about proper pouring technique. Tickets are $45.

Antoine’s at Delmonico’s, Delmonico’s, 56 Beaver Street, Tuesday

Famed French Quarter favorite Antoine’s is sending a few special menu items to New York’s own old-school treasure in celebration of Antoine’s 175th anniversary. The famed financial-district steakhouse (which is 178 years old this year) will add Creole-inspired dishes like sherry-laced alligator bisque and grilled pompano with lump crab meat, with plenty of traditional steaks and lobster Newberg available, too. The offer runs from March 20 through April 4.

A Taste of Fifth, The Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Taste around Brooklyn’s Fifth Avenue dining scene when its hottest spots are all under one roof. Participating businesses include Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn, Gorilla Coffee, and The Chocolate Room, plus 40 more. Tickets are $55 — $20 of which goes to a local charity you choose from a list of participants.

Marc Vetri: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pasta, Gnocchi, and Risotto, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Thursday, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri is taking a trip up the turnpike for this conversation on pasta. Double Dare alum Marc Summers hosts the discussion, which dives into food science, how to make dough, and proper sauce and condiment pairings. $30 tickets are available through the venue’s website.

Make Your Own Easter Basket Workshop, Chocolate Works Upper East Side, 1410 Lexington Avenue, Friday through Sunday, noon

Geared toward kids and kids at heart, this event allows guests to make their own Easter baskets or create chocolate-covered matzoh in celebration of Passover. Chocolate bunnies, candy, eggs, and toys will all be available for decoration; face-painting and lollipop decoration will also be available at additional cost. Tickets start at $15.

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This Weekend’s Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC – 3/27/2015

It’s Friday and a weekend full of opportunities awaits. Here are five of the best eating and drinking events taking place over the next two days.

Goodbye Party, Eataly Vino, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m./noon

Start stocking up on wine for outdoor-dinner-party season. Through April 5, Eataly’s wine shop is offering 20 percent off all bottles and cases in stock before its temporary closing. Guests who make a purchase will also receive a ticket for future use and receive 20 percent off a bottle of Vino Libero at the new expanded wine store.

Big Mozz Smorgasburg Launch Party, Nick’s Pizza Bar, 365 Third Avenue, Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

In advance of its Smorgasburg debut, mozzarella maker Big Mozz is testing out a few dishes and seeking feedback. So it’s throwing a party where the menu includes mozzarella pops, sandwiches, and a mozzarella bomb — cheese filled with roasted garlic pesto inside a mini bread bowl with vegetable toppings. All food and drink is available for purchase, and mozzarella and pesto sauce will be available to take home by the pound. Guests are required to make a reservation.

Brandy Smackdown: Cognac vs. Armagnac, Le Du’s Wines, 600 Washington Street, Saturday, 4 p.m.

Not all after-dinner drinks are created equal. Spirits enthusiast Leo Comercio will discuss four estate-distilled brandies that showcase what to look for when considering cognac and armagnac. The complimentary tasting includes two selections from each category.

Gastronomie 491 Anniversary Party, Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue, Sunday, noon

This specialty grocery store celebrates its third anniversary on the Upper West Side this weekend, and it is throwing a bash complete with food tastings and prizes. The store will also reopen its gelato counter to welcome in warm weather while a Brazilian samba band serenades the crowd.

Puppetsburg, Dunham Gallery, 7 Dunham Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 3 p.m.

This show rewards both parents and children at the same time. The performance includes craft work for the kids, and craft cocktails next door for the adults, courtesy of Donna. Guests who make a purchase for the puppet show, which begins at 4 p.m., can show their tickets to receive two-for-one drinks at the cocktail bar afterwards.

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The 10 Best Beers of 2014

2014, I miss you already. The years seem to go by faster and faster, but at least the beers keep getting better and better. Especially here in the city, where our craft beer scene has blossomed into one of the nation’s most vibrant. Not long ago, NYC-based breweries were overshadowed by more prominent players from neighboring regions. But the past half-decade has been defined by a renaissance of first-class fermentation. We now boast dozens of producers with global significance, and even more exciting newcomers on the horizon. As we struggle with the inevitable hangover of a new year, here’s a little hair of the dog to help you through. In no particular order, here are the ten best local(ish) beers I drank in 2014.

10. Grimm Artisanal Ales – BFF Husband-and-wife team Joe and Lauren Grimm — self-described nomadic brewers — consistently produced some of Brooklyn’s best beers in 2014. The dynamic duo’s skills were handily showcased in this hop-heavy Tripel. A thoughtful melding of styles, BFF has the aroma and bitter-forward action of an American IPA, but manages to round itself out with a yeasty, Belgian backdrop. The most disappointing characteristic of this spring seasonal one-off is that it, like most Grimm beers, will probably never be brewed again.

9. Evil Twin Brewing – Sour Bikini

This unapologetically sour pale ale is not for the uninitiated. If you’re a noob looking to delve into the curiously complex realm of wild beer, look elsewhere. This is a sour beer for sourheads. It’s tart, it’s tangy, and it’s terrific. It’s also usually on tap over at Torst in Greenpoint, where it’s safe to go through several pours of this unexpectedly sessionable tongue-tickler.

8. Sixpoint Brewery – Barrel-aged 3Beans Baltic Porter

Ironically, if it wasn’t for a last minute trip to Portland for the annual Oregon Brewers Fest, I might not have ever tasted this robust Baltic porter. Although it was available briefly in cans and on draft throughout New York, if you blinked, you would’ve missed it. This unique concoction was partially brewed with cacao and coffee beans, resulting in a rich, roasted finish. Far more direct than your typical coffee-infused affair. [

7. Captain Lawrence Brewing Company – Golden Delicious

As a matter of personal taste, I despise ciders. Or any liquid that’s even remotely apple-like, for that matter. So Captain Lawrence really threw me for a loop when I found myself drawn to the 2014 rendition of their annual Golden Delicious release. Aging this Belgian Tripel in apple brandy barrels didn’t result in any cloyingly sweet undertones. Instead, there was a crisp dryness to accompany swirls of tropical fruit and tannins. Its alluring drinkability is belied by a formidable 12 percent ABV.

508 Gastrobrewery Brewmaster Chris Cuzme at Brooklyn Pour
508 Gastrobrewery Brewmaster Chris Cuzme at Brooklyn Pour

6. The Hop Whisperer – 508 Gastrobrewery

The award-winning Manhattan brewpub created this dry-hopped saison in collaboration with Brian Strumke of Stillwater — a man known for his devotion to the style. Traditionally associated with peppery spice, this particular saison offers more in the way of barnyard funk and pine-laced bitterness. Those added flavors come courtesy of heaping portions of citra hops and yeast collected from the bottom of Spanish Sidra bottles.

5. Void of Light – Gun Hill Brewing Company

Perhaps the most provocative stout I drank in 2014 came from this Bronx bomber. Oozing with caramel and cream, it’s nothing less than a decadent dessert for beer lovers. And I was hardly the only one impressed; Void of Light took home gold in the Foreign Stout category at this year’s Great American Beer Festival.

4. Barrier Brewing Company – Tenderfoot

A big blast of bitterness is to be expected from a Double IPA. But Tenderfoot shirks expectations by leaving the tongue to consider a pronounced dryness, rarely tasted in a beer this heavy. It was a standout among a slew of solid releases from this Oceanside-based microbrewery. Once ravaged by the effects of Hurricane Sandy, Barrier Brewing — like its surrounding community — has declared itself a proud survivor.

3. New England Brewing Company – Fuzzy Baby Ducks

While it pains me to include a Connecticut beer in this list, what with so many fantastic offerings to choose from here in the five boroughs, I simply cannot ignore what might be the best IPA to come out of the Tri-State Area. It’s everything the style should be: juicy, aromatic, offering a glimpse of resiny bitterness without going off the reservation. I had been chasing this whale for quite some time, and was thrilled that when I finally slew it, Fuzzy Baby Ducks was worthy of the hype.

2. Carton Brewing Company – Rav

Far and away the most redeeming release to emerge from the reviled season of “pumpkin spice everything,” Rav was unlike any fall-themed beer I tasted in 2014. That’s because it was inspired by zucca ravioli, and brewed partially using its deconstructed parts. The flavors of squash, sage, cinnamon, and even Italian biscotti aren’t just hinted at, they’re actually in the beer. Long past their prime, Bruce and Bon Jovi should beware; nothing from Jersey is rocking quite like Carton Brewing these day.

1. Other Half Brewing – All Green Everything

Long established as the Cultural Epicenter of Everything Ever, it’s difficult to imagine that Brooklyn somehow managed to up its game in 2014. But the arrival of Other Half Brewing along the industrial outskirts of Gowanus did just that, bringing the city’s best new craft brewery to the county of Kings. Of all the magical brews the brewery flooded the scene with this year, none impressed quite like this hypnotic double IPA. Initially evoking a different tropical fruit upon every part of the palate it meets, All Green Everything encores with a thoughtful dose of pine sap. New York will doubtlessly be seeing a lot more of this beer in 2015. But I can’t wait that long. I need one right now.

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PLAYING THE ODDS

With Global Welcome Ambassador Taylor Swift high above, looking down on us from one of two Tribeca lofts, it’s easy to lose faith in the New York music scene, or any residual edginess lingering therein. But the Brooklyn Rock Lottery is here to prove, once again, that this city is still home to the real deal, creatively speaking. Today, members of 25 hand-picked bands including the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Au Revoir Simone, Crocodiles, Parquet Courts, and St. Lucia will take the challenge. They’ll be divvied up, via a random lottery, into five groups, given 12 hours to write and rehearse five new songs (limited to one cover), and will perform their handiwork for you, the live audience, later tonight. Come hear your local acts test their chops after a hard day’s work — all proceeds go toward the Harmony Program, which provides after-school music education to NYC’s underserved communities.

Sat., Dec. 6, 9 p.m., 2014