Destination: New York
by Eva Holland | 05.12.10 | 3:58 PM ET
Bill Hayes has a lovely essay in the New York Times about life in his new home, New York City, a place seemingly purpose-built for insomniacs. Here’s a choice quote:
Sometimes I’d sit in the kitchen in the dark and gaze out at the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. Such a beautiful pair, so impeccably dressed, he in his boxy suit, every night a different hue, and she, an arm’s length away, in her filigreed skirt the color of the moon. I regarded them as an old married couple, calmly, unblinkingly, keeping watch over one of their newest sons. And I returned the favor. I would be there the moment the Empire State turned off its lights for the night, as if getting a little shut-eye before sunrise.
The whole thing is worth a read.
by World Hum | 05.10.10 | 11:42 AM ET
Kate Gilmore's live public performance art "Walk the Walk" features seven women in yellow dresses walking in circles in New York City's Bryant Park.
by Eva Holland | 05.05.10 | 1:13 PM ET
In the wake of this weekend’s attempted car bombing, Slate’s Noreen Malone heads to Times Square in search of “suspicious activity.” The result is an unusual sort of ode to one of the world’s most famous public spaces. Here’s a taste:
I asked Ghazi what sort of “unusual” behavior might grab his attention. “Someone panicky or paranoid,” he said. “You make a logical assumption that he’s off his meds.” And how often does he see that? “Oh! Every day.”
by Robert Reid | 04.06.10 | 2:09 PM ET
New Yorker Robert Reid asks: Could San Francisco be the better city?
by Eva Holland | 03.24.10 | 3:18 PM ET
Frugal Traveler Matt Gross tells all. Hint: Neighborhoods with a high wine shop density are key.
by Robert Reid | 03.23.10 | 4:17 PM ET
Robert Reid visits a new museum in New York City and asks, "What took so long?"
by Eva Holland | 03.17.10 | 3:13 PM ET
Andrew Seal makes his case over at Blographia Literaria:
Sorry, Boston. Sorry, L.A. Sorry, D.C. Sorry, San Fran. Sorry, the South. You have your claims, no doubt, but they are as the claims of Pushkin, Lermontov, Chekhov, or Gogol. To be sure, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky do not account for the entirety of Russian literature, certainly do not exhaust all options, but they are irreplaceable, irreducible forces upon the landscape of the national literature, and so it is with New York and Chicago, Chicago and New York.
There’s plenty to chew on in the comments, too. (Via The Book Bench)
by Michael Yessis | 03.08.10 | 11:23 AM ET
The prolific author explores the meaning of place and home in a piece for Smithsonian magazine.
Writers, particularly novelists, are linked to place. It’s impossible to think of Charles Dickens and not to think of Dickens’ London; impossible to think of James Joyce and not to think of Joyce’s Dublin; and so with Thomas Hardy, D. H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor—each is inextricably linked to a region, as to a language-dialect of particular sharpness, vividness, idiosyncrasy. We are all regionalists in our origins, however “universal” our themes and characters, and without our cherished hometowns and childhood landscapes to nourish us, we would be like plants set in shallow soil. Our souls must take root—almost literally.
She divulges more in a companion Q&A.
by Robert Reid | 02.17.10 | 5:24 PM ET
Robert Reid celebrates President's Day by chowing down in Chester A. Arthur's one-time bedroom
by Robert Reid | 02.03.10 | 11:41 AM ET
Robert Reid heads to the historic Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant
by Robert Reid | 01.05.10 | 9:30 AM ET
Robert Reid throws a party, complete with commemorative booklets, for the venerable New York bridge
by Michael Yessis | 12.10.09 | 12:17 PM ET
by Eva Holland | 12.03.09 | 11:08 AM ET
by Mike Barish | 11.23.09 | 11:08 AM ET
You and one million of your closest, most inebriated friends will be visiting the city. New Yorker Mike Barish offers tips.
by World Hum | 11.05.09 | 9:51 AM ET
A New York Yankees fan in Times Square reacts to video of a play during game six of the World Series.