Fish-eating, whiskey, death, and … rebirth?

Whenever I throw caution — and my bank account balance — to the wind and order another round of oysters, I think about this, one of my favorite paragraphs in all of Joseph Mitchell. He’s describing a semi-fictional character, 93-yrs-old, who hangs...

Sex and the City: Screwing Up NYC Since 1981

Friends of mine know how much I detest Sex and the City and the loathsome version of New York it celebrates. Among its more repulsive effects: the proliferation of downtown cupcake shops with long lines of midwestern ladies stretching from the Sex and the City tour...

New Definition

Gotham: a dark and complex Manhattan. Ingredients: Maker’s Mark bourbon, vermouth, kahlua.Source: The Redhead, 349 E. 13th Street New York, New York 10003, http://www.theredheadnyc.com.The Gotham is one of a number of interesting drinks on the menu at The...

Tenement Museum Blog

Although it kicked off last fall, I’ve only recently become aware of the Tenement Museum’s blog, which, like the museum itself, promises to be a great resource for New York history — especially as it relates to immigrants and the LES (the blog seems...

City Ham

I’m setting about making a white bean and ham soup, with leftovers from yesterday’s Christmas dinner.This year’s ham came, I’m afraid to confess, from Whole Foods on the Bowery, a store with which I have an increasingly conflicted relationship...

Thanksgiving Oysters

Several years ago at a friend’s house in DC, we kicked off an annual habit of martinis and oysters before the big Thanksgiving meal. He and I shucked them ourselves — my first time to wield an oyster knife — and in spite of the fact that said friend...