Hempstead (New York)

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    When Will Houston's 290 Traffic Nightmare End?

    The short answer is 2017, but that doesn't really begin to cover the mangled mess that is Highway 290 from the 610 Loop way out to somewhere near Hempstead or maybe Austin. According to TXDOT, the 38-mile stretch of Highway 290 being currently destroyed and rebuilt will be completed by 2017, but por ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Big Landfill Fight Expected in Waller County Court Today

    An intense, three-year fight over a proposed landfill in Waller County is expected to get even more heated at a court hearing today to decide whether to grant a change of venue motion for the upcoming trial. At issue is whether a "15-story dump project" along Highway 6 was legally approved by Walle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Sign Up for One of Houston's Many CSA Boxes for Fresh Produce Year-Round

    There's something fun about wandering around a farmers' market on a Saturday morning, perusing the produce and deciding what to make later that evening to best showcase your fresh finds. But there's also a thrill in picking up a pre-packed box from a local farm, taking it home and discovering what's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Y'all Come to Neon Boots, Where the Two-Steppin' Is (Usually) Easy

    "Excuse me, ma'am. Would you like to dance?" We've only just stepped foot in the bar, but have already been invited onto the dance floor a few times. Our two left feet are hesitant to oblige. "Come on," she coaxes. "She'll hold your drink, I'm sure." Nancy, the woman standing over us at Neon Boot ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 27, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Where the Streets Have New Names: 20 Houston Streets that Change Names

    It's tough enough to get around in Houston with traffic, accidents and messy spider web of freeways. If you just moved here, you're probably having a difficult enough time figuring out the difference between the Southwest Freeway and U.S. 59 (hint: there is none, but more on that later) and then one ... More >>

  • Music

    September 5, 2013

    LGBT Bar Opening

    Neon Boots, Texas's biggest LGBT country bar, is open for business.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Neon Boots, Texas' Biggest Country LGBT Bar, is Open for Business

    When I ventured out to Neon Boots on Saturday, August 24, I was ready for a crowd, but I wasn't quite anticipating what I found. As I made my way down Hempstead, it was suddenly apparent that Neon Boots was not only a huge success, but the biggest bar opening I've ever been to. People were seen c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Gay Bars, Clubs & Icehouses

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Blackberries: Where to Find Them, How to Pick Them & What to Make with Them

    Blackberry-picking season is right around the corner. In fact, in the next several weeks, blackberries will be ready for picking at several local farmers' markets. Don't be fooled by the early berries growing on the side of the road because those are dewberries, not blackberries. Tommy Neal from Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Amber Lynn Garcia: A Glamour Girl's Summertime Alleged Mugging Spree

    For the second time since July, a Hempstead Highway exotic dancer is facing felony aggravated robbery charges. According to a complaint filed September 20, 24-year-old Amber Lynn Garcia menaced a woman with a tire tool on September 4 and took an untold amount of valuables from her. Garcia, who rep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Troy Sesler, Anime Film Critic Who Murdered His Family, Gets Life Without Parole

    Trey Sesler, the 23-year-old YouTube anime critic who had been charged with killing three family members in rural Texas, has entered a guilty plea and been given life without parole, Waller County prosecutors say. Sesler gunned down his parents and a brother in their Houston home and then led cops ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Thump, Thump: If It's July, It's the Heart of Watermelon Season

    Growing up, the best part of having a birthday in July was instead of a cake, I got to go to my grandfather's watermelon patch and pick my own watermelon instead. He had a patch in Big Sandy, Texas, and it was our tradition that I could run up and down the rows searching for the perfect birthday mel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    A Feisty Texas Radio Road Trip with the Mike Stinson Band

    Lonesome Onry and Mean hasn't been out on the road with his son, Mike Stinson Band guitarist Lance Smith, in quite a while. But due to a propitious routing that took us to my father's place in Gatesville for a couple of days, LOM hit the highway with the band last weekend. It is worth noting that L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Barry Walter Bujol Jr. Gets 20 Years For Trying To Help Al Qaeda

    A Hempstead man got 20 years in prison today for trying to smuggle GPS devices and pre-paid phone cards to Al Qaeda. Former Prairie View A&M Barry student Walter Bujol Jr, 30, had been convicted in November after defending himself in the trial, which featured a boatload of incriminating evidence, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Carlos Fernandez, Three Other Teens Killed Homeless Man for a Dollar

    Houston police say four teenagers have confessed to taking part in the murder of a homeless man from whom they stole a dollar. Pedro Ramos, 32, was shot and killed April 4 in the 11700 block of Hempstead Highway. Four teens, including a 16-year-old female, have confessed to taking part in the kill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Pedro Miguel Rosales Ramos, 32, Homeless Man Shot for His Bike & Food, Bayou Body Count No. 41

    Houston police say a homeless man was shot to death for his bicycle and some food he'd been given. Pedro Miguel Rosales Ramos, 32, was shot in the chest Wednesday night in the 11700 block of Hempstead Highway and was pronounced dead at the scene. Ramos was heard arguing in a parking lot about 10:3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Karbach Brewing's Grand Opening Brings a Big Crowd

    Karbach's banana-flavored wheat beer is already a hit.​At last night's grand opening for Karbach Brewing, Rich Arnold walked over to me with a glass of Karbach's Weisse Versa wheat in hand. "Have you ever had a beer that tastes so much like..." "Banana!" we both finished at the same time. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    The end of the Age of Aquarius ​In honor of the NCAA Tournament ending, we're going to highlight some health inspection Cinderella stories. These are the little guys that lack citywide recognition but still have to conform to the same tough sanitation standards as the big-name restaurants. For ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Tonight Is No-Refusal Night: Behind The Scenes of a DWI

    Tonight is no-refusal night.​Happy Friday! It's the joyous start to the weekend, that grateful lapse between the freshly dead work week and the one that looms next. It's also the kickoff to no-refusal weekend, HPD's drunk driving initiatve. If you're pulled over on suspicion of being drunk and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Houston's Six Best Archeological Sites

    Where's Indy when you need him?​We were intrigued by Brittanie Shey's visit to the Camp Logan ruins in Memorial Park last month, so we wondered: Where are the best spots in the Houston area to do some archeological exploring? We asked Louis Aulbach, one of the best Houston historians, for som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    The 10 Worst Burglary Neighborhoods In Houston (For The Moment)

    ​What are the best neighborhoods to live in if you want to get burglarized? We've gathered 10 of the finest. We looked at the most recent crime stats for HPD beats, which means the month of October. HPD generally doesn't like "raw data comparisons between police beats" because the info can be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Unidentified Male, Bayou Body Count No. 215

    Some beer, an argument, death​Things went from sitting around drinking beer to a heated argument to a dead body early Saturday morning on the northwest side.The incident, in which an unnamed victim died of blunt-force trauma after being hit in the head with a rifle, is being referred to a Harris C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Trae Day Moved To Northwest Mall, Says Trae

    ​Well, there you have it, hot off of Twitter. Trae Day, which had been searching for a new venue since the International Ballroom backed out a couple of weeks ago, has found a new home at Northwest Mall (9600 Hempstead Hwy., aka U.S. 290) on the same day as originally scheduled, July 22. Trae' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Barry Walter Bujol Jr. of Hempstead: His Al-Qaeda Career Gets Nipped In The Bud

    He'd received a book entitled 42 Ways of Supporting Jihad​A Hempstead man who told an undercover FBI officer he wanted "to travel overseas to fight in violent jihad for" Al-Qaeda was indicted today on charges of trying to help a terrorist organization.Barry Walter Bujol, Jr., 29, was arrested as h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Dive Bar-ology 101: What A Dive Bar Is Not

    ​These days, there are a lot of misconceptions about what constitutes a dive bar. Going by lists on sites like Yelp and Citysearch, and especially this laughable list from the Houston Chronicle, apparently any drinking establishment that does not sport bottle service, valet parking and a velvet r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Health Department Roundup: Sometimes There's God Edition

    ​Believe it or not, trolling the Houston Health Department website for tidbits about dirty floors, missing hand-washing signs and spoiled animal parts is not always an invigorating activity. But sometimes, as Blanche Dubois says, there's God. Take a look at page one under Full Service Restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Commuter Rail From Galveston And Hempstead By 2012!! Well, Maybe

    ​The Citizens Transportation Coalition is currently giddy with dreams of 90 MPH commuter trains speeding from Galveston and down 290 into the city...possibly by 2012, which sounds like the far future but is only three years away. There hasn't been much public movement on commuter rail since the HG ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: Grandmother Stabbed To Death

    Houston police on Monday arrested a man in the stabbing death of his girlfriend. Harold Chester Amburgey, 48, is accused of killing Donna Baeza, 48, who was found dead in her apartment in the 1700 block of Wirt Rd. May 17.She suffered a stab wound and was pronounced dead at the scene, according t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    He's A Bribe-Taker And A Giver Of Knowledge

    One thing you can say about city officials in Hempstead, the sleepy town 50 miles west of here in Waller County -- they know how to rip off their taxpayers. And they like to share that knowledge, the gift of their experience, in a clear, concise style. Former Hempstead Mayor Pro-Tem Larry Wilson and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    R.I.P., The ClobberLine (As Big-City Prices Rejoice)

    Somewhere in Hempstead, there's a big red phone that will never ring again. Lawrence Marshall has announced that the 40-year-old dealership is closing its doors, and thus no dotty old ladies will ever again shout "Ray! There goes that ClobberLine again."Nor will any giant Aggies evermore answer sai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2008

    Waller County Sheriff's Race: Grenades & Gun-Toting Campaign Managers

    There's a pretty interesting election going on for boss of the sheriff's department in Waller County, a mostly rural area on the western border of Harris County. The elected candidate will be the first new sheriff in two decades, because long-time sheriff Randy Smith is retiring. The candidates are: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2008

    Country Paws Rescue Closes Down

    Hey you – yeah, you. You know what you need? A dog. Or a cat. Or a few of each. Pets kick ass, and they make you live longer, too. And right now, there are a bunch of loveable critters who need your help. Country Paws Rescue, a Hempstead animal shelter, has closed due to a lack of funds. All ado ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2007

    Dewberry Time

    Photos by Robb Walsh The dewberry vendors were out on 290 in Hempstead this weekend. The wild blackberries are only in season for a couple of weeks, so don’t miss out. I bought a gallon for $22 with the intention of making pies. Then I saw Birdie Gail’s blackberry pie sign.

  • Music

    July 21, 2005

    Scenes from a Picnic

    Willie, Dylan, Kinky and the Ghost of Bob Willis descends on Fort Worth. Wack is there too.

  • Music

    July 14, 2005

    Hellish Houston

    A summer selection of the Bayou City's most miserable music and depressing songs

  • News

    January 27, 2005

    The Canons of Courting

    Or, eight simple rules for dating my teenage daughter

  • News

    December 9, 2004
  • News

    November 25, 2004

    For Whom the Hell Tolls

    Heights residents fear the toll road authority's new land acquisition plans

  • Music

    May 13, 2004

    Crazy Tony Is Back

    Broken Note Records returns from the graveyard of labels

  • Calendar

    May 1, 2003

    Get Some Action

    You won't be bored at this art opening

  • Music

    April 3, 2003

    SMOM-my Dearest

    Sound Exchange's David Wilcox hopes to plant a Montrosian colony in the Second Ward

  • Music

    January 10, 2002

    Swingin' in the New Year

    The Gen-X swing craze is dead. Long live swingin', '70s-style.

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Go-carts

    Speedy's Go Cart

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Used Car Lot

    Lawrence Marshall Antique Cars

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Bike Shop

    Shirar's Bicycle Store

  • Calendar

    November 18, 1999
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    March 21, 1996
  • News

    May 4, 1995
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    September 29, 1994

    Farm to Mall Court

    Fruits and vegetables try to take root in Westwood Mall

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