Collegiate School is defined on Urban Dictionary as “a haughty, arrogant school.” When the Upper West Side boys’ academy is trailing in a basketball game and rivals start chanting “score board,” the Collegiate heckling squad has been known to chant “college board” in response.
The academy regularly lands toward the top of various publications’ rankings of secondary schools by college matriculation, and it boasts a distinguished alumni list including Cesar Romero, Peter Bogdanovich, Edgar Bronfman Jr. and John F. Kennedy Jr.
Significantly less distinguished has been its campus, a clumsy architectural hodepodge of three buildings around the intersection of Broadway and 78th Street, patched together by time and improvisation.
While New Yorkers have created a lot of great holiday meal traditions–that whole “Chinese food on Christmas Eve” thing was totally ours–Thanksgiving has always been sort of a hodgepodge. If New York is a melting pot of culture, we might need a little more salt when it comes to figuring out how to take the Thanksgiving meal from home and transport it here.
Or we can just give up and order a turkey from Trader Joe’s.
Chefs and restaurateurs, rejoice: a rigorous statistical analysis of the three most recent New York Times restaurant critics suggests that current critic Pete Wells is ever-so-slightly more liberal with the stars than predecessors Sam Sifton and Frank Bruni.
Looking at the three critics’ first six months on the job side-by-side, The Daily Meal’s executive editor Arthur Bovino found that Mssrs. Wells, Sifton, and Bruni all reviewed the same number of restaurants. During those heady and caloric early days, Mr. Wells gave out three more stars than Mr. Bruni and fourteen more than Mr. Sifton.
The New York Times Thanksgiving Help Line, once a modest live blog manned by outgoing dining critic Sam Sifton, looks like a mission control center this year.
Due to the overwhelming volume of questions, the Dining section decided to kick off a week of aid with a print Q&A and keep Read More
The smoke has cleared, and in the wake of Sam Sifton’s departure from his relatively short tenure as the New York Times dining critic, according to Politico’s Dylan Byers, dining editor Pete Wells has been named as his replacement. In the wake of his departure from the dining editor position, Susan Edgerley—a former assistant managing editor, recently moved to a position as the a special assistant to the executive editor at the paper—has been named editor of the Times dining section in Mr. Wells’ wake.
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Ever since Sam Sifton was announcing to be ending his short-lived tenure as the dining critic at the New York Times, as was the case when he got the gig after Frank Bruni’s retirement from the post, speculation’s run wild as to who’s going to get the top spot. But rumors of one suspect are running particularly wild.
In an era in which everyone’s becoming a critic, or at least a Yelper, one would think that fewer and fewer people would care what The New York Times says about a restaurant. Ruth Reichl said as much around the time it was announced that Frank Bruni was leaving the post.
“From the time of Read More
A week ago, The Observer took a look at Miss Lily’s, a Jamaican jerk joint on Houston Street that’s unleashed the anger of Anna Wintour. She lives next door, and she was worried it would become an all-night hotspot. And it sort of has. Too bad all the fashion models love the place! Read More
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The New York Times’ Sam Sifton is leaving his position as restaurant critic to be the paper’s national editor.
“I’m stepping down as restaurant critic to be the national editor of The Times. #checkplease,” he wrote on Twitter.
In her official announcement posted on the paper’s food blog, newbie Times executive Read More
In October of last year, Sam Sifton ventured down to the corner of Houston and Orchard to try Eddie Huang’s restaurant, Xiao Ye. The review was nice in places but consisted mostly of cutting, savage critiques of the dishes interwoven with references to the hip-hop blasting through the speakers. “Your boy Eddie’s basement, with Read More