Lombardi & Landry: The Path of Two NFL Coaches From New York to the Hall of Fame

Ernie Palladino  | December 29, 2011 4:00 AM

Hollywood may have its share of Schwab’s Drugstore discoveries, but there are no better success stories than those which New York produces. Liza Minelli sang (we don’t recognize Sinatra’s hijacking of that wonderful song), “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere” — but they’re more than just fanciful lyrics.

As the Giants gear up for this season’s final showdown against the Dallas Cowboys, there’s one tale of “making it” in New York that’s worth remembering: The ascension of Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry to legendary coaching status with the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys (respectively). Those two men weren’t born head coaches. They had to work their way up the ranks. And they did that right here, as New York Giants assistant coaches under Jim Lee Howell from 1954-59. (more…)


New York City’s Scroogelicious History

Kara Hughes  | December 23, 2011 4:00 AM
Author: Kara Hughes
Publisher: Globe Pequot
Publication Date: Nov. 2011

Ebenezer Scrooge is the poster child for all things miserable throughout the holiday season. But based on some of New York City’s residents of yore, it turns out Scrooge is not lacking for company when it comes to misanthropic miscreants.

Brooklyn Author Kara Hughes recently published a book of the 15 most notorious dead jerks in New York’s history. Seeing as how it is a Scroogilicious season, we decided to publish a list of Hughes’ picks for the top five New York jerks of all time. (more…)

Notes From the East Village Underground

John Farley  | December 13, 2011 4:00 AM

“Total Assault on Culture.” That was the term William S. Burroughs used to describe what Ed Sanders was doing in the Lower East Side of the early 1960s. In his new autobiography, “Fug You,” the 72-year-old Sanders lays out the chronology of his assault.



The Back Story on the High Line

Sam Lewis  | November 9, 2011 4:00 AM
Authors: Joshua David and Robert Hammond
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: Oct. 2011

The two New Yorkers behind the High Line park’s metamorphosis say the key to their success was a lack of expertise. “It’s true,” the duo claim, “When we started we knew very little about preservation, architecture, community organizing, horticulture, fundraising, working with City Hall, or running a park.”

In their new book, “High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky,” Joshua David and Robert Hammond, co-founders of Friends of the High Line, recount their 10-year adventure transforming an abandoned rail on Manhattan’s West Side into an urban park.


Op-Ed: Occupy Manhattan Storefronts

Andrew Laties  | November 2, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: Nov. 3, 2011 12:00PM
Author: Andrew Laties
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication Date: July 2011

This is an exciting moment for New York’s indie businesses. According to a just-released report issued by the Center for an Urban Future, “the sluggish economy and drop in consumer spending may finally be catching up with chain stores here.”

The proliferation of chain stores in the city has slowed for the first time since the organization began its annual survey of New York’s chain stores. Nearly one-third of the national retailers surveyed had reduced the number of their locations over the past year, and almost three-fourths of those chains did not add stores in the past year. (more…)

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the NYC Marathon

Liz Robbins  | November 1, 2011 2:43 PM

Runners use 2.3 million paper cups during the New York City Marathon, according to The New York Road Runners, the organization that coordinates the logistical wonder that is this race. MetroFocus/Sam Lewis

Marathon week in New York is my favorite time of the year. The energy is inspirational and the adrenaline is addictive. From Central Park to Midtown, the streets are suddenly teeming with tourists of a different sort: runners.

I love to see packs taking light training runs in Central Park, their voices hailing from Italy and Brazil, Ethiopia and Oregon. On the first Sunday in November, they will all speak the same language. (more…)

Making the Most of the School Tour: Tips for Parents

Peg Tyre  | October 27, 2011 1:52 PM

Where and how to educate your child is one of the most significant decisions you’ll ever make on your child’s behalf. While there is no blueprint for a perfect school, here are tools to help you know what to look for when you tour a school: (more…)


Clive Gillinson: A New York Tale of Biblical Scope

October 26, 2011 1:30 PM
Author: Robert Caro
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: July 1975

When I first arrived in New York, I attended a dinner party at which one of the guests told me that one book could really unlock the city for me: “The Power Broker,” a biography of Robert Moses by Robert Caro. The next day it arrived at my doorstep.

Moses shaped so much of the New York we know today and Bob Caro is an incredible storyteller. Moses’ life story is almost biblical — here’s a guy who wants to break down the systems of power and corruption and ultimately the only way to destroy them is to become as they are. It’s an epic and sad story.

Clive Gillinson has been Carnegie Hall’s executive and artistic director since 2005, where he oversees development of artistic concepts for all Carnegie Hall presentations, management of the world-renowned concert hall and operations of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

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Paradise Lost: The Glory of the Old New York Knicks

John Farley  | October 25, 2011 4:00 AM

Though he’s now one of the biggest names in sports journalism, in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Harvey Araton was just one of millions of New Yorkers who found respite from the city’s gritty streets at Madison Square Garden.

The team that played there, which fans referred to as the “old Knicks,” was one of the most dynamic teams in basketball history. Their roster was lined with what would become some of the biggest names in sports history — Phil Jackson, Dave DeBusschere, Earl Monroe, Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley and Jerry Lucas, to name a few. (more…)


Randy Cohen: Dukes of Hazard

October 13, 2011 6:19 PM
Author: William Dean Howells
Publisher: Penguin Press
Publication Date: 1890

My favorite book about New York is “A Hazard of New Fortunes,” published in 1890 by William Dean Howells, a former editor for The Atlantic. In the novel, a Boston intellectual comes to New York City to run a new bi-weekly magazine. It reads like the story of a dotcom startup — the money man is compromised and there are a lot of young people with a “go, go, go” attitude.

In the period the novel takes place, Boston was the refined town and New York was the sharp-elbowed money town. There are passages about looking for an apartment that are remarkably similar to apartment hunting in modern times. In one scene, the main characters stop for a rest in Washington Square Park where they comment on all the foreigners. The book is still very much in print and is not hard to find at all.

Randy Cohen has written humor pieces, essays, and stories for The New Yorker, Harpers, the Atlantic, Young Love Comics, “Late Night With David Letterman.”  He served for twelve years as “The Ethicist” for the New York Times Magazine’s weekly column.  He is currently working on “Person Place Thing,” a public radio program  for WAMC.

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