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The 11 Best BBQ Cities in America

By: Kevin Alexander and Liz Childers Credit: Dan Gentile Few styles of food are more satisfying and primal than barbecue. Meat and fire tend to do that sort of thing. And while we've pointed out the best barbecue spots in the country...Show More Summary

10 Best American Cuisine Restaurants

Americans often get a bad rap for introducing the world to drive-thru restaurants, TV dinners and deep-fried everything. However, homegrown chefs from West Hollywood to Washington, DC are changing perceptions of our native cuisine with inventive fare that takes an haute approach to the family recipe book. Show More Summary

Strand Bookstore Employees Share The Titles They Always Recommend

As booksellers, we know you don't always know what you're looking for. Some customers arrive absolutely sure of the book they want, others will ask for "that new book with the blue cover," and we can (mostly) take care of them with ease. Show More Summary

The Painful Reality of Growing Apart

"I don't want to be married anymore." A whisper moved across my husband's lips as if he couldn't find his voice. A whisper, a barely audible cluster of words, were about to change the trajectory of my entire life. "What?" I stammered. We stood in the kitchen, our two year old son playing at our feet. Show More Summary

Introducing the Brooklyn Moron

Years ago I found myself confused (and a bit relieved) to find burgers and hot dogs among the concessions on offer at a rock show sponsored by a blog called Brooklyn Vegan. If you're one of the cool kids you may have just snickered,Show More Summary

East New York Pushes on for Akai Gurley

When I spoke to Nicholas Heyward Sr. the morning that the news of Akai Gurley's fatal shooting broke, neither of us could believe it. Gurley, like Heyward's son, Nicholas Jr., was shot by a cop in a Brooklyn housing staircase. It was 20 years on the year that these gunshots, fired from the hands of cops, echoed each other. Show More Summary

Stage Door: Kill Me Like You Mean It, Churchill

Sendups are always tricky -- but the film noir parody Kill Me Like You Mean It, now off-Broadway at the Fourth Street Theatre, riffs on the genre with existential glee. Playwright Kiran Rikhye plays with the conceits of the hard-boiled...Show More Summary

Lesley Gore's Last Song

Lesley Gore's last song, perhaps least well known, but most telling of her remarkable spirit was a song she recorded with a group of Bronx kids whom she barely knew, but who will never forget her - because she was the person who heard them. Show More Summary

First Nighter: Nick Jones' Verité, Stephen Adly Guirgis' Between Riverside and Crazy

Nick Jones could have fooled me -- and he did with Verité, his new comedy(?) at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow. But he didn't fool me for very long. When the action began with Jo Darum (Anna Camp) reading to son Lincoln (Oliver Hollmann) from her manuscript about dragons and alluring maidens, I was intrigued. Show More Summary

Residential Garbage Fees Vital to Achieving NYC's Environmental Goals And Lowering Costs

Landfilled trash managed by New York City's Department of Sanitation costs $300 million each year and produces more than 1 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That's the equivalent of burning 13,500 tanker trucks of gasoline. The...Show More Summary

Iconic Sites That Helped Make Black History

By Gogobot Editor's Choice From the former slaves and freedom fighters of the past to modern-day music legends and politicians, U.S. history has been influenced by many notable African-American figures who have left their mark on places around the country. Show More Summary

Nice Jewish Music

When Jerome Kern announced he was going to compose a score for a show based on Marco Polo, an enthusiastic reporter asked, "Mr. Kern, your new musical is based on an Italian who crossed the Alps and then the Leviathan desert, got to Mongolia, then China and finally returned home to Italy. Show More Summary

The Enduring New York City Pop Life of George Usher and Lisa Burns

For many us with an urban disposition who experienced the best days of our lives in New York City in the 1980s, life in modern times can be disheartening to a degree. Our cherished music venues and neighborhood bars have long been replaced...Show More Summary

NYC's 10 Best Doughnuts

For once, we aren't talking bagels. We're talking doughnuts. Piping hot and (hopefully) full of jelly. So we've rounded up our ten favorite doughnut varieties at spots around NYC. Enjoy. The Filled Square at Doughnut Plant Only an evil genius creates a square doughnut oozing with jelly in every bite. Show More Summary

Stop Playing Politics on Immigration

By attempting to repeal President Obama's executive action through both the courts and the Department of Homeland Security funding bill, Republicans are taking the wrong approach to immigration reform. While these actions have spurred...Show More Summary

Housing Discrimination, Gentrification and Black Lives: We Call These Projects Home

Throughout my experiences, the topic of public housing is often ignored when housing discrimination is discussed. Is it because when one thinks of public housing, they're led to think of images of crime and decaying buildings? Is itShow More Summary

9 Ways Random Acts of Kindness Can Heal a Lonely Heart

When I think about the Monday nights in the summer of 2014, my insides soar. Each Monday was spent doing a different random act of kindness around New York City. On two of the evenings, a group from my church and I gave out free balloons to about a hundred people we encountered. Show More Summary

An Existence: On Kawara -- Silence at the Guggenheim

On Kawara, Telegram to Sol LeWitt, February 5, 1970, From I Am Still Alive, 1970-2000. LeWitt Collection, Chester, Connecticut. February 6, 2015. This date marks the opening of the exhibition On Kawara--Silence, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist's work from 1963 to 2013. Show More Summary

Ode to Scraggle Beard (for Timothy Patrick Moynihan)

I met Scraggle Beard in the '80s while hanging out with my best gal pal Trey in Chelsea. We're talking pre-hipster Chelsea. The restaurants were not chic little eateries filled with happy gay boys, but dives where you could get super-cheap...Show More Summary

Met Opera: DiDonato Soars in Rossini's "La Donna del Lago"

It is always a special occasion when the Metropolitan Opera stages a premiere and its first production of Rossini's melodious and stirring La Donna del Lago boasts the exquisite Joyce DiDonato in the title role and Juan Diego FlorezShow More Summary

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