| Apr 20, 2008
Is it possible to lead a dedicated literary life in the billionaire-filled, media-crazed New York of today? To be heedless of the material world as you burrow into novels and ideas the way the old Partisan Review gang did in the '40s and '50s, to come...
| Jun 17, 2009
| 12:11 PM
Where to eat in NYC
Eating out can get awfully expensive in New York City, but there are plenty of smaller eateries that won't cost you an arm or a leg. Keep a lookout for neighborhood delis, cafes and pizzerias.
And don't turn your nose up at all those...
| Jun 21, 2009
The Essays of Leonard Michaels
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 206 pp., $26
Until Leonard Michaels was 5 and learned English in school, he spoke only Yiddish in the Lower East Side enclave where his Polish-Jewish parents raised him. And maybe...
| Aug 2, 2009
Farrar, Straus and Giroux:
286 pp., $14 paper
Full disclosure: I am thanked in the acknowledgments section of "Ground Up." Yes, I was one of the anonymous "very, very few patrons" of Café Trotsky, the kaffeehaus that...
| Jul 30, 2009
Even Peter Piper can't stop the proud purveyor from packing up all the pickles, the pickled peppers too. So after nearly 100 years as a Lower East Side staple, it's time to say goodbye to Guss' Pickles.
"The problem is not too many customers," owner...
| Aug 3, 2009
The Beautiful Life: TBL, Ashton Kutcher's new CW prime time drama starring Mischa Barton (The O.C.), Corbin Bleu (High School Musical) and supermodel Elle MacPherson, among others will be filming today in Astoria, Queens on 36th St. and 35th Ave.
| Aug 5, 2009
Here's another golden opportunity to spot some of your favorite CW stars in the city today.
If you're planning on being in Midtown this evening...drop by The Ziegfield Theater (West 54th Street Between 6th and 7th Avenue). Gossip Girl will be filming...
| Aug 6, 2009
| 2:28 PM
A local coffee shop in Brooklyn has brewed up an idea in order to drum up more business: impose time limits on in-house java drinkers who use laptops.
Small cafe's, like Naidre's in Park Slope, have been hit especially hard since the recession hit,...
| Aug 13, 2009
This city is crazy for cupcakes. There are cupcake classes and cupcake tours, lines down the block at cupcake bakeries, a cupcake tea at a five-star hotel, and a cupcake truck with 6,000 followers on Twitter.
Some date the cupcake craze to a "Sex and the...
| Aug 16, 2009
New York City officials are preparing themselves for a possible anthrax attack.
The Department of Health conducted a drill Saturday to test the city's readiness to distribute antibiotics and vaccines to large numbers of New Yorkers at any given time....
| Aug 24, 2009
The kernel of Betsy Carter's third novel, "The Puzzle King," is a powerful bit of family lore that takes up no more than a paragraph of her 2002 memoir, "Nothing to Fall Back On": the story of the time, in 1936, that her mother's German-born American...