Over the course of his decades-long career on Madison Avenue, Amil Gargano worked with real-life ad men who made the fictional Don Draper look saintly. Gargano says that boozing and womanizing were commonplace, but ‘Mad Men’ fails to paint an honest picture of what really motivated himself and his partners.
Deborah Feldman was born into Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidic community, a tight-knit enclave where she never felt comfortable. After her marriage at age 17 to a man she barely knew, she entered college in Manhattan. When Feldman finally decided that her only option was to leave the community, she was surprised to find how fully she could reinvent herself just one borough away.
You’re running to an appointment at an obscure address but your smartphone’s dead and there’s not a subway map in sight. Looks like you’ll have to get there the old-fashioned way. Here are a few rules of thumb to help you navigate the city when your technology fails you.
Independent filmmaker and musician Melvin Van Peebles shares an experience on the streets of New York that inspired his song “Love, That’s America.” Forty years later, that song was co-opted by the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The author of “The Darlings,” a new novel set during the financial collapse of 2008, talks about the inspiration she drew from her own life as an Upper East Sider and former analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Some of New York’s fading wall murals advertise cure-all tonics and horse carriage repairs from as far back as the 19th century. One photographer has documented these historic ads for 15 years, and sees them as an analogy for life in the big city.