It had been a long day of classes at Pratt Institute and the Queens-bound G train was packed. I took the only vacant seat; it was across from a shrieking child in his stroller. His mother stared intently at her iPhone.
I'm certain my fellow commuters were thinking the same thing I was: "Lady, please do something, your kid is killing us." Then the mother surprised us. She turned the cellphone... » more
Kelly Killoren Bensimon chats with Montauk resident Helen Ficalora about the appeal of men's jewelry:
Jewelry designer and Montauk native Helen Ficalora is inspired by the rhythms of the natural world. Hand- crafted and cast in gold, her work has heirloom quality and collectibility. Each necklace and medallion tells a personal story and ranges in price from $125 to $1,800. With her SoHo men’s... » more
The most damning revelation from a review of the National Security Agency's metadata programs released Wednesday is that collecting records of nearly all the phone calls made in the United States in the last five years was not essential to prevent terrorist attacks.
A federal judge reached a similar conclusion earlier this week in a case challenging the constitutionality of the vast data sweep.... » more
A report from the city's Independent Budget Office suggests there may be more money in city coffers than projected by the mayor's office.
To be precise, $581 million more.
According to its most recent forecast for Fiscal Year 2014, the IBO anticipated that city could end the fiscal year roughly $2.4 billion in the black. Bloomberg's office expected that number to be closer to $1.8 billion.... » more
Most movies tell us everything we need to know about their characters instantaneously. They're familiar types and personalities, and their narrative journeys amount to little more than filling in the blanks.
Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" opposes that cautious approach. In a similar fash- ion to the Iranian filmmaker's superb "A Separation," the movie reflects the real world... » more
Manhattan was the "winner" in the Straphangers Campaign's awards for the slowest and most unreliable buses in the city.
The Pokey Awards for slowesttraveling buses were bestowed on two crosstown lines in midtown -- the M42 and M50-that were as fast as walking on an average afternoon. Manhattan also had nine out of the 10 slowest bus routes in the city.
"Our advice to the... » more
Ben Stiller is a gifted director who has performed a full-on 180-degree turn from snarky fare like "Tropic Thunder" to tackle this new adaptation of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," James Thurber's famed 1939 short story that inspired a well-liked 1947 movie starring Danny Kaye.
It's a sincere effort about a forty-something dreamer played by Stiller whose days vacillate... » more
U.S. cable television network A&E suspended Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the backwater Louisiana clan in its hit reality show "Duck Dynasty," on Thursday for making anti-gay comments.
Robertson, the bearded founder of the Duck Commander company in the show about hunting, fishing and domestic squabbles that draws millions of viewers, was put on indefinite leave for his remarks... » more
"Her" imagines a futuristic world in which a lonely man falls in love with an advanced, sentient operating system. That's not too far-fetched in this era of smartphones and tablets, with our lives becoming increasingly contained within those devices.
Spike Jonze's tender romance has more on its mind than a heightened commentary on a pervasive cultural trend, however. It's a movie... » more
In one sense, "Lone Survivor" is a myopic enterprise. Writer-director Peter Berg demonstrates an abiding lack of interest in the larger geopolitical and human circumstances surrounding Operation Red Wings, the failed 2005 SEAL Team 10 mission in Afghanistan that the movie re-creates.
But what the picture lacks in perspective it makes up for in sheer visceral force: This is a steadfastly... » more