In the Life of Llewyn Davis / NYC in the 60s

The makings of a film people will watch: NEW YORK CITY + Music + The Coen Brothers made it. Not necessarily in that order, and there are indeed many other factors that can score a profit, but to be realistic (which is what I’m going for, here), not many. Location (location, location), something joyous with…

A Knock-out Drama: the Private World Explored in ‘Concussion’

‘Concussion’: She said “I have to do something.” Abby Ableman reads and vacuums at the same time, fixes up hole-in-the-wall apartments in Manhattan, and spends inordinate amounts of time in cycling classes, amidst the aimless, though healthy-minded chatter of other soccer moms. Most importantly, Abby violently, helplessly curses at her son when he hits her…

Jean Paul Gaultier // The Brooklyn Museum

The magnificent Jean Paul Gaultier show at the Brooklyn Museum ended with a swarming salute from the last round of art-lovers and fashion queens, who filled the lavishly adorned + spectacularly curated 5th floor gallery space last Sunday. Upon entering into the gallery, I the first thing I realized was that cameras were allowed in….

Thoughts on ‘Margin Call’

MARGIN CALL deals with a group of corporate risk analysts struggling to survive a particularly nasty awakening in the face of an economic quake. There is a Firm carving out a large percentage of its staff. The hierarchy is presented to us amidst a bubbling chaos. If not for the structure we’re given in the…

Dessert Haven: Citrus Bar & Grill

There is no shortage of sugar in the city. Walking down any avenue, one will most-likely come into contact with at least one guy holding a tray of little cups, offering some sort of happy-tasting treat. I am usually interested in grabbing one. So, there are many, many places where a resident can get their…

Cozy Gray Days at The Grey Dog Cafe

During one very rough finals season in college, The Grey Dog cafe gave me memorable tummy comfort. After spending a wholly sleepless night in one of the university computer labs, I finished my work with two hours until class. Without enough time to sleep or enough energy to continue studying, I headed out into the freezing winter…

Piola For Pizza Magic

Not a fan of tomatoey things, myself, I know that most of the United States is obsessed with pizza. Piola, which has more than 30 locations worldwide, is (in New York, at least) a cozy little pizzeria in the village that has over 50 varieties of individually made-to-order pizza flavor combinations. They also boast a sizable…

Refreshingly Fresh “Fast Food”: Chirping Chicken

The pro-sides of this food stop are many, including the simple facts that follow: it’s inexpensive, fast, and never tastes like fast food. The service is the same whether you stop by for table service or order-in. The servings are generous and the mainstay, namesake – the once chirping, now not so, chicken – is…

Brooklyn’s Finest: Palmyra of Atlantic Avenue

*** Sadly, Palmyra closed for good in 2011. Over the summer, I happened upon a little cafe called Palmyra whilst strolling down Atlantic Avenue with a friend, waterfront bound. I smelled fresh pita bread- which is not too random in that area, but I hadn’t really explored too many cafes along the avenue and we…