the glass slipper of Bryant Park

Turns out that given the site, near the park that 30 years ago had a seedy rep (so much so that we thought this movie was set there), the architects reached back much further: to the 1853 World’s Fair, when New York decided to best London and build a Crystal Palace.

As I said to a colleague, “That’s all a history slut like me needed to hear.” I spent far too much time reading about the building, designed by architect George Carstensen. It filled what is now Bryant Park with nearly 40,000 square feet of glass, 1,250 tons of iron and 70-foot columns supporting its central dome…

one soldier's triple avatars: Washington, Lincoln, FDR – and Mahatma Gandhi

pent a good deal of time with this brave captain, who just opened his online shop here.

I was struck when Captain Montalvan and I spoke how much inspiration he drew from earlier eras – this well-decorated Iraq vet was unafraid to draw as much from FDR and Gandhi as from the combat-tested Washington and Lincoln.

one soldier's triple avatars: Washington, Lincoln, FDR – and Mahatma Gandhi

pent a good deal of time with this brave captain, who just opened his online shop here.

I was struck when Captain Montalvan and I spoke how much inspiration he drew from earlier eras – this well-decorated Iraq vet was unafraid to draw as much from FDR and Gandhi as from the combat-tested Washington and Lincoln.

the arguments and the songs

I miss California far less than I’d expected to when I moved back here, after 10 years in San Francisco; but that still doesn’t mean I don’t miss  Julia every single day, or wish Ericka were closer. And I’m further reminded of the latter when Ericka writes something like this. Her column “Red Diaper Dharma”Continue reading “the arguments and the songs”

no excuse, if you're not 12 years old

I’ve been pretty horrified at the recent media valorizing of Ayn Rand, the author whose long-term damage to our country, especially via the time bomb named Alan Greenspan, may never be calculated. I was therefore pleased to see Digby unlock the puzzle, perhaps more simply and clearly than I was able to do myself atContinue reading “no excuse, if you're not 12 years old”

all those remote corners

Looking into Mr. Beyer’s work, I found out that he was one of those Columbia J-school golden children, graduated in 2007 winning every award possible and publishing in the Times while still in RW1 (Reporting and Writing 1).. I also learned that Beyer, whose pieces often adorn the paper’s The City section, had a wonderful affinity for historical material and a tight, elegant prose style. I thought, Oh, OK. He’s good. It might not be the skanky real estate story I’d feared (like this 2005 piece by Patrick Healy, “The Art of Persuading Tenants to Move”)