Shape-Up on Bedford

Around 7:30 a.m., the men gather in the chilling December air at the corner of South 5th Street and Bedford Avenue, next to the Williamsburg Bridge overpass, as they do every morning. There are about 30 of them, ranging in age from twentysomething to early fifties. Some stand alone; others cluster in small groups, chatting, making jokes. But everyone keeps an eye on the street, watching the cars, vans, and pickup trucks that pass by -- and waiting for the occasional vehicle that slows down. Read more [...]

The New B&Bs: Low-Cost Lodging for the Price-Conscious Traveler

Say you’re a New Yorker whose friends or relatives from outside the U.S. are planning to visit. You’d love to put them up in your Manhattan apartment, but unfortunately, like many Manhattanites you barely have enough space for your own family. Read more [...]

In Mid-Manhattan, Culture and Cuisine All’Italia

It’s easy to feel a bit disoriented when entering Eataly for the first time. Not just because of the crowds, which are plentiful at most hours of the day, or the noise, which is on the level of a Times Square subway station at rush hour. It’s the fact that Eataly is not a place that can be easily categorized. Part market, part tourist attraction, part festival – it really doesn’t resemble any venue typically found in New York, or for that matter in the U.S. Read more [...]

Voices of Remembrance

The massacre began on September 28, 1941, and continued over the following two days. Scores of Ukrainian Jews were rounded up by Nazi storm troopers and their Ukrainian sympathizers, marched into a clearing in the middle of a wooded area, and shot, their bodies dumped into a mass grave. Read more [...]

The Grandmother of Borough Hall

In the spacious conference room on the second floor of Queens Borough Hall, Claire Shulman speaks to a visiting delegation of Russian women about her job as Borough President. The women, legislative aides in the former Soviet Union, are visiting the U.S. to learn about the workings of American government and politics (“Next, we’re going to see Bella Abzug,” says their interpreter). One of the Russians asks Shulman how she deals with day-to-day problems, such as a poorly paved street. Read more [...]

The Art of Reception Crashing

My friend C., a fellow journalist, is emphatic about what he considers a true joy of our profession. Is it a prominent byline, an exclusive story, an expose of wrongdoing? Guess again. “What I really like,” he says, “is all the chances you get to eat and drink for free.” Read more [...]

Strangers to the Tribe

Gabrielle Glaser can identify with Madeline Albright. Like the Secretary of State, Glaser, a freelance journalist, grew up believing that she was a Christian – in her case, a German Lutheran, like most of her neighbors in rural Oregon – before learning otherwise. While visiting Poland in 1984, Glaser found out that she was actually descended from Jews who had emigrated from that country a century earlier. Read more [...]

Seeking Justice for Terrorist Victims

The relatives of several American victims of terrorism have tried to achieve some degree of closure by suing foreign governments, such as Iran, which sponsor terrorist groups. A number of plaintiffs have been successful, winning large court judgments. Read more [...]

Getting Off the Roller Coaster: Women Seek Tools to Overcome Eating Disorders

For most of her life, Susan B., now 51, has struggled with eating disorders of one kind or another. As a child, she was a compulsive overeater; as a “size 16” teenager, she was taken by her mother to a doctor who prescribed diet pills. She spent most of the next decade on a dietary roller coaster – “I’d go up and down 20 to 25 pounds,” she says – but didn’t think she was abnormal until, at 28, she was diagnosed with hypoglycemia and told to cut sugar out of her diet. She tried, but the “withdrawal” drove her into bulimia, the disorder whose victims compulsively purge their bodies of recently eaten food, usually by vomiting. Though she repeatedly underwent therapy and hospitalization, this condition plagued her for years. Read more [...]

The Real Dr. Ruth

Pierre Lehu is a polite, low-key fellow -- not someone you’d expect to be giving advice about, say, the erotic use of onion rings. But he does. The 48-year-old Bay Ridge resident is all-around “minister of communications” for the mother of pop sexology, Dr. Ruth Westheimer – on whose latest book, Dr. Ruth Talks About Grandparents (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Lehu is listed as co-author. “It was her idea,” he says. “I didn’t twist her arm.” Read more [...]