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Ok, here’s the deal: I am decidedly not excited about fall. I love summer--I love it in all its hot, sticky, disgusting glory. I love never needing sleeves, baseball on TV everyday and falling asleep on the beach, sneaking beers into outdoor movies and how it never gets dark before 8 p.m. Fall can keep its Pumpkin Spice everything, its foliage and its “sweater weather” (barf). All fall means is that (in the words...
Summertime marks the ultimate release: A release from crappy weather, a release from frumpy clothes, and if you're really lucky, a release from normal working hours. But New York City, while usually the optimal playground for anyone looking to escape the confines of their crappy apartment, becomes a hot, congested, smelly mess once the temperatures start to rise. Wearing open-toed shoes in the city streets presents a risk only the truly brave can assume, due to...
Complete this sentence. In the spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of… Ramps? You better believe it. Who knows how or why the delicate, perennial leek, which grows wild throughout much of the Eastern United States and Canada, suddenly became the venerated darling of the food world — the undeniable king of spring in an already stacked deck including asparagus, sweet peas and soft shell crabs. And yet, the fleetingly seasonal allium (ramps only...
Presidents none. Walk down the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Celebrity Path, and you'll find the names of ballplayers, entertainers, writers and politicians who were all born in Kings County. But you won't find the name of any American president. Only one POTUS was a born New Yorker—Teddy Roosevelt came into the world in a Gramercy townhouse, and lived with his family there on E. 20th Street until he was 14, and they moved uptown. As the...

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