How can New Yorkers—cynical about both blind faith and feel-good hokum, besieged by traffic and stress—find a moment to relax, much less true contentment? From practical spiritual advice to the lessons learned in boot camp, from making hypochondria work for you to turning your apartment into a fortress of organic solitude, we offer methods big and small to get through the psychic gridlock.
For the first time, firefighters who survived “Black Sunday” by jumping 50 feet out a window discuss the fire that killed two of their FDNY brethren.
David Chang’s stubbornness nearly drove Momofuku Noodle Bar under before it turned into the hottest spot in town. Now, his brand-extending burrito joint is similarly empty-on-arrival. Will this latest challenge rock his faith in culinary rebellion?
Battle of historical accuracy vs. Eliot’s handlers.
Host roasted by top chefs.
UES debut of Viacom heiress.
Elderly theatergoer proud.
Fund manager Ron Baron?
The revelation that mild-mannered Mayor Bloomberg, the Bruce Wayne of Gotham City, keeps a Batphone in his kitchen was a clear Batsignal that we’ve been overrun by superheroes.
The Judith Regan of the avant-garde finally opens his Soho art-fetish emporium.
Kidnapped at gunpoint off the street in the Village; later offered hookers, marijuana.
How an Iraqi archaeologist survived Saddam Hussein, only to have to flee to Long Island in the face of the civil war.
Gobbling along with a group of French professional gourmands on a three-day eat-a-thon that proves New York’s gastronomical superiority.
Fragrant, easy-to-grow flowers and other uplifting greenery.
H&M vs. Forever 21.
Store openings this week.
A cosmetics exec in her job-interview finest.
Gordon Ramsay demonstrates the limits of high-end global brand-mongering.
Sweet-and-sour kiwi sauce from a Mai House chef.
Can an Upper East Side children’s food store cater to time-starved parents and juvenile taste buds?
It’s not a real upscale development unless it has a private spa.
An audience with Steve Buscemi.
Documentaries of note at Sundance.
The daughter of RFK discusses her new documentary, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib.
Farmiga, first buzzed-about at Sundance ’04 with Down to the Bone, just appeared in The Departed, and now she stars in two Sundance premieres.
Local stars (and would-be stars) to watch out for.
Premiering at Sundance, Cassavetes’s first feature, Broken English, follows the love life of a thirtysomething New Yorker, played by indie queen Parker Posey.
This year in Sundance sex-shock cinema.
The Culture Pages
Mafioso is a black comedy that doesn’t go for the easy laugh. The Italian? A little more bleak.
AMC Loews Lincoln Square, January 9, 8:05 p.m.
F. Murray Abraham on playing two of the biggest Jewish stereotypes in theatrical history.
New Martin Amis, neither enjoyable nor enjoyably bad.
For an unabashedly good Amis novel, try Money (1984), in which the obese, alcoholic pornographer John Self lurches across eighties Manhattan.
Two exhibits of ostentatiousness done right.
The Australian photographer’s latest series, “Under the Sign of Scorpio,” considers 40 other powerful astrological sisters.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
The heatwave highlights Bloomberg’s uncharacteristically naïve global-warming plan.
Big-name stars like John Mahoney and Dianne Wiest star in Classic Stage Company’s First Look Festival, which this year is devoted to Anton Chekhov.
Highlights from the Metropolitan Playhouse’s Twainathon, a fun festival of performances inspired by the great American humorist.
You heard enough Messiahs and cantatas during the holidays; this week, go for the contemporary stuff.
Soap star plays New York.
Eight decades after he took power, and a quarter-century after his death, Robert Moses’s work affects every New Yorker every single day. Three exhibits explain how.
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