New Yorkers! What are you doing tonight? Wrong, your West Wing marathon is canceled: come listen to smart women talk about "The Age of Ladyblogs, or, How Women’s Websites Are Shaping The Cultural Conversation" at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe at 7 p.m., in honor of the release of the excellent Book of Jezebel. Edith is on the panel, along with Jezebel's Anna Holmes and Jessica Coen and Feministing's Samhita Mukhopadhyay and a lot of others you can read about here. (And please say hi if you happen to see me lurking.) [Housing Works]
If you remove the wall closets in your Park Place apartment and use Ikea wardrobes instead, the property value will decrease by $25,000. I mean, basically.
I have an Ikea wardrobe. Though it was very difficult fot me to assemble and requires an extra nudge for the doors to close properly, it holds most of my clothes quite well and compactly. I would like to high five the people who saved $25k by buying an apartment without closets.
"And don't sit next to the door," the second police officer said. We were still talking about rules. "A lot of these snatchers like to play the doors." The first officer said, "It's a good idea to keep near the conductor. He's got a telephone. So does the man in the token booth. At night, stick around the token booth until the train comes in."
"Although," the second officer said, "a few years ago, some kids filled a fire extinguisher with gasoline and pumped it [...]
The worst thing about articles about having a crappy $625 apartment in Brooklyn are invariably the comments by people who live in other parts of the country who are paying a comparable amount for homes with in-ground heated swimming pools. Here's your chance!
I have such fond memories of paying $1350 for a room in a fifth floor walk-up which obviously used to be a studio prior to the addition of two illegal walls. There was a skylight! It leaked. The lock broke constantly. I'm pretty sure there was a broker's fee. The guy who fixed things lived in Flushing. But, you know, it was on Thompson between [...]
Jay-Z has been performing "Picasso Baby," a track from Magna Carta Holy Grail, at Manhattan's Pace Gallery for the past four hours or so. He'll reportedly do it for six total, because of art. Marina Abramovich has been hanging out and dancing with him, and so have a lot of other famous people and not-famous people, and it seems like this will all eventually turn into a pretty music video some time soon. For now, though, this clip is really the only thing I'm interested in. Bold prediction: this woman will be the first and last human to pull off this move in world history.
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If you've missed Michael Wolff's intense rant in GQ UK about how hard it is to get a table at a nice restaurant in New York, here's the precis:
Dinner. Dinner is the "oh-f***" moment of the day. Unless you have an assistant who has expertly troubleshot your social life, or you are an out-of-towner who has diligently reserved the most ecstatically reviewed spots a year in advance, or you have an in, you're totally screwed for any day-of plan. In New York, there are no reservations between 7pm and 9pm. Anywhere. Even a dreary spot. None. Call ten places. Call 20. Nothing. Nobody even calls any more. [...]
If you are in Manhattan tonight or tomorrow night and if the sky clears before 2014, you can see "Manhattanhenge," which is when the sunset is directly aligned with the city's street grid. It looks like this, allegedly! If you're not in Manhattan or if you will only go outside to get your delivery food, then you can read all about it on your friends' Instagrams, I'm sure. It's scheduled to go down at about 8:15 p.m.
Photo via 4rilla/flickr.
1. Michael Keaton, entering a 25 cent public restroom as I was leaving: My dog and I were leaving a 25 cent public restroom outside of Madison Square Park, and the guy waiting to come in said, “Hey! Dog!” as we were leaving. As I walked away I was like, “I think that was Michael Keaton.” Something about it was just very Mr. Mom. I thought about it for about four more days and came to the conclusion that it probably wasn’t him.
2. Richard Gere, walking a large black Poodle: I don’t think it was him, as he was wearing a Bluetooth.
3. Timothy Hutton, walking down the street with [...]