Posts Tagged: nyc

"You are proof enough of God": A Formerly Hasidic Woman Writes to Her Covered Self

I was recently on a New York street and of course noted the scattering of covered woman among the passing thousands, in scarf, veil, hijab, bonnet, wig. One was Hasidic, in long sleeves and closed neckline and stockings in July, with a little hat on top of her wig. I was in jeans and a black T-shirt, my graying hair windblown.

Now those women discomfit me in the same way I’m sure they can discomfit others. They represent denial of battles hard fought—for birth control, abortion, equality in any public forum, to dress how we want without being objectified, or just to be heard. […] But covered women are my [...]


If You Can Make It There, You Can Make It Back

All Willow wanted was a shot at Broadway. Now, it seems, that day will never come.


Brooklyn v. Manhattan, Round 3,829,416

"I actually like the fact that much of Brooklyn is not open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But there are times (mainly when I can't sleep) that I gaze across to the shining island of shininess and wish it delivered. Also, hospitals, gah. There's a reason they call it "Woodhell," people. My wife (born in Manhattan, lived in Brooklyn for 15 years) has told me she would actually rather die than go to Woodhull." — Hey, I lived there happily for five years, but I see Jonny Diamond of The L Magazine's five points on Brooklyn's inferiority to Manhattan. Also, I almost wrote Jason Diamond, who [...]




“No wish — I just wake up, eat, work, run, sleep.”

Questions tend to be tied to circumstances. Someone asks “Would you please pass the guacamole?” if guacamole sits nearby. Now is the time of year when reverie (the soul’s guacamole) is palpable and fresh, so we hit the streets of New York with a single question: “What’s your holiday wish?”


Crazy Old Dive to Stick Around

Max Fish isn't closing after all: it's going to remain open for at least another year after owner Uli Rimkus worked things out with his landlord. But expect the bar to actually move to another location in 2012. [Via]


A Psychedelic Map of New Yorkers' Calls to 311

Remember the maple syrup smell? The insane late summer storms that knocked down hundreds of trees? And other things that spark New Yorkers to call 311? This chart produced by Wired magazine looks at why people call 311, and when, as well as how these millions of calls have helped the city gather data and solve mysteries. [Via]


Farewell, Sam. It's Been Delicious.

"So this is the best restaurant in New York City: Per Se, in the Time Warner Center, just up the escalator from the mall, a jewel amid the zirconia." —"So" begins Sam Sifton's last review as restaurant critic at The New York Times. Do you agree with his selection? What about these?


Tiny, Tiny Homes

The Times has written a fake (because this is something that is always, always trendy) trend piece on 20-something New Yorkers' insanely tiny apartments. Skip to the photos to see some impressive uses of 6' by 11' bedrooms, some of which have no windows, some of which are even smaller than 6' by 11'.


New York City Subway Mad Old, Formerly Run On Fans

The first New York City subway line opened 106 years ago today. That explains a lot! The IRT had 28 stops beginning at City Hall and ending at 145th Street and Broadway. But there was an even earlier system begun in the 1870s that ran an exasperatingly long route of 312 feet. And was propelled by a fan.