The perp as rendered by his victim.
As you can probably tell from the fact that you’re reading words I’ve put on a page, I’m a writer. And if you know something about the state of writers in general, and in New York in particular, then you know I’m poor. Luckily for me and the city’s taxpayers, I’m not yet food-stamp poor (I checked, I don’t qualify), but I’m cash strapped enough that if I’m out to dinner with a friend, I’ll make sure she pays the extra dollar she owes instead of splitting the check down the middle — because, after all, that’s why I got the PBR and not the glass of house wine.
All of this is to say that I can’t afford to just hand out money to strangers on the street, especially when it comes in the form of paper and not coins. Yet, despite the fact that I’ve lived in New York off-and-on for more than 12 years, that is exactly what I did a couple of weeks ago. I handed $30 to a scam artist.
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Never one to disappoint, this year’s Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade was better than ever, with plenty of pop culture references, team costumes, and even a fairy tale marriage proposal. Click through the images to see the nods to Breaking Bad, Anthony Weiner, Banksy and more.
Pretzel fondue, anyone? It’ll be on the menu when Sigmund’s Pretzels reopens after three months of renovations tonight.
The pretzel shop is now more of a proper dinner destination, having scrapped its former pretzel-centric menu and added beer. You can still get pretzels with dipping sauce or in bun form, on a slider or sandwich. But some of the standout dishes on the menu (below) don’t even feature pretzels. The chilled cucumber-and-spinach soup with sorrel and avocado should serve as a nice alternative to that reigning champion of heat-wave coping mechanisms, gazpacho. And there’s also a kale salad with pistachios, apples and crème fraiche.
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