Michael Kirban, a young beverage entrepreneur with affable eyes and the round head of a coconut, sat in the cool shade of a conference room on a recent Tuesday, clutching a box of juice. The box was Carnaval-colored, splattered with a private beach’s worth of sand, surf, and palm trees, which may have explained the Read More
By Lizzy Ratner 7/17/07 9:45pm
"It's a madhouse here." So quoth a flack at Scholastic, the publishers of the eagerly awaited Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book in the series by J.K. Rowling.
With three days, six hours, 26 minutes, and 12 seconds until the book goes on sale in bookstores midnight on Friday night, Read More
By Lizzy Ratner 7/11/07 1:29am
On a balmy morning in June, Rebecca Miller, a petite 26-year-old actress and Brown University graduate, was perched on a wooden bench in the East Village, just a block from the apartment she shares with her fiancé, a theater director, and two cats. By the looks of her outfit, she was firmly grounded in the Read More
By Lizzy Ratner 5/29/07 10:44pm
Malcolm Bowman had a message for the City of New York: Prepare, because the flood is coming.
It was the morning of Tuesday, May 8, and the respected oceanographer was sitting in the Mayor’s Office of Operations, lecturing four officials on the potential plagues of global warming. He had sought out the meeting because Read More
By Lizzy Ratner 5/22/07 6:54pm
Phil Casseus, a 33-year-old producer and high-school sports coach, was walking down West 97th Street on a recent flawless Monday afternoon when he was hit by a sudden, overwhelming wave of nostalgia. Maybe it was caused by that sterile Duane Reade where the endearingly ragamuffin clothing store Fo Wad used to be. Maybe it was Read More
By Lizzy Ratner 4/25/07 1:30am
Elizabeth Yeampierre is not the cheerleading type. As executive director of an environmental and anti-poverty organization in Sunset Park, she is most often in the role of protester, marching down the street with a bullhorn and placard.
But on the Monday morning after Michael Bloomberg announced the details of his PlaNYC—the 23-year, 127-point sustainability Read More
By Lizzy Ratner 4/18/07 3:09pm
Even Noah would have been impressed.
For two days this week, New York City endured the lashings of one of the worst storms in recent history, a northeaster that flooded streets, downed power lines and dumped nearly eight inches of rain on Central Park. With its olive-sized raindrops, it had the feel of some Biblical Read More
By Lizzy Ratner 4/16/07 12:00am
On Monday, April 9, less than a week after the Obama team announced that he had all but matched Hillary Clinton’s first-quarter fund-raising totals, Barack Obama was back in New York—epicenter of Democratic campaign cash and Clinton support—to get started on the second quarter. Making his way to affairs from Soho to Central Park West Read More
By Lizzy Ratner 4/02/07 12:00am
Dana Vachon, the 28-year-old banker turned blogger turned novelist about town, was not wearing socks. Just loafers. A buttery brown leather pair that may or may not have been Gucci and cocooned his feet to reveal just the manliest hint of hair-sprinkled skin. Set against an outfit of cobalt blue jeans, gold-coin cufflinks, and a Read More
By Lizzy Ratner 3/19/07 12:00am
In the catalog of hypochondriac horror fantasies, there are few nightmares worse than that of a missed diagnosis (unless it’s a correct diagnosis of, say, incurable cancer, Alzheimer’s or Ebola virus).
In one terrifying sequence, you show up at the emergency room with sharp, persistent chest pains. The doctor does a bunch of tests but Read More