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Despite his persona on-screen and even in interviews, it seems unlikely that Woody Allen has been seized by the kind of existential paralysis—one character describes it as “despair” though it seems more clinical—that Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is experiencing at the outset of Irrational Man, which opens today. That this is Allen’s 46th film in about five decades is the first clue that he’s never been too despairing to function. Abe works too, as...
New York's brutal, humid summer is trouble for coffee lovers with weak stomachs, like me. Every work day starts the same: wake up, hurry through my morning routine, try to rush out the door before I start to sweat through my shirt. Hit up my coffee shop, order my cold brew to go. (If I'm running late, it's an iced coffee at my bodega.) Head for the train, sip on my coffee, and wait...
Since time immemorial, dive bars have occupied a very special place in the hearts of booze-inclined New Yorkers. We love dive bars because, much like the city itself, they’re unique, oozing with comforting familiarity and a genuine sense of authenticity--or at least oozing with something. Each dive demonstrates its own spin on a common theme, from perpetually disgusting bathrooms and two ingredient cocktails to $3 bottles of Bud heavy, shoddy jukeboxes and salty-sweet bartenders....
It’s easy to lose track of things like fresh air, wide open spaces and nature while traipsing around congested city streets, but New York actually has an abundance of trees and greenery that you'd notice if you ever slowed down and observed your surroundings once in awhile.  But to get a better picture of exactly how many trees line the city's streets, the Parks Department is crowdsourcing data for its Trees Count! 2015 project, a tech-savvy...