Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

A Date Near Downing Street

Posted by melissa kandel on August 17, 2017 in Fiction | 4 Comments

The taxi door fluttered open, a bright flap of yellow against the sluggish August wind. One last look to the driver with graying teeth and gangly, corn-husk hair and Simon Plinkers peeled himself out of the car. (This after sitting for twenty seven minutes in downtown traffic as the taxi meter skipped along and his elbow ached […]

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Iron Chef Gauntlet is Coming to Food Network April 16

Posted by melissa kandel on March 23, 2017 in drink, food, In the News | No Comments

To be honest, Iron Chef America always seemed more like a bad ’80s Japanese action movie with zero gory fight scenes than it did a fiercely competitive cooking show but nevertheless, I’m pretty stoked for its Food Network return on April 16, 9 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by the incomparable Alton Brown, Iron Chef Gauntlet seeks to determine which […]

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Revelation Underground

Posted by melissa kandel on February 23, 2017 in Fiction | 2 Comments

Making its way toward 59th Street, the subway was but a metal serpent slinking beneath Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Moments before, the doors of the 1 Train had slid open and four or five sleepy passengers emerged, settling with their foil-wrapped deli lunches onto blue plastic seats. It was the dance of the morning commuter […]

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Light On Ice

Posted by melissa kandel on December 10, 2016 in #lwsblogchallenge, Fiction | No Comments

Everything was ordinary when the morning in question appeared, new and bright with a faint layer of fallen snow. December days in Manhattan were sometimes like that though, routine at first glance then cold and tricky as the sun settled down.

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Fall Fiction: An Interview Near Signal Street

Posted by melissa kandel on September 22, 2016 in Fiction | No Comments

It’s the official first day of fall and that means change is whistling through the air—from the snappy winds to the browning trees—and with change comes a distinct sense of newness blustering around town. Whether it’s a new school, a new job, a new shirt or just a new pumpkin spice latte Snapchat filter, the first day of […]

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These New York Fashion Week Looks Are Just Plain Weird

Posted by melissa kandel on September 16, 2016 in fashion | No Comments

I’ll be the first to admit I know next to nothing about high fashion. Middle-of-the-road fashion, sure. T-shirt-and-jeans fashion, you bet. Unwashed yoga-pants fashion, definitely.  But the mystifying outfits, the befuddling silhouettes, the sexually glazed hairstyles … that I just don’t understand. So, when New York Fashion Week rolls around every September, I watch the […]

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The Girl On the Train Looks Like One Heck Of A Ride

Posted by melissa kandel on July 20, 2016 in Film, Hollywood | No Comments

To read Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train is to take a lurid trip not only on a locomotive clacking its mundane way down the steel tracks of London but also to descend into the mind of a woman slipping earnestly toward madness. From a window seat on a commuter train to London, Rachel Watson, heartbroken […]

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10 Street Artists To Follow … To The Ends Of The Earth

Posted by melissa kandel on June 26, 2016 in art | 2 Comments

No longer is street art performed under the cloak of darkness, spray paint in hand, by talented artists whose work isn’t just revolutionary, it’s downright illegal. These days, cities commission street artists to brighten up buildings and parks with their creations and the result, the official crosswalk of art and public space, is mind-blowingly incredible. But please, don’t just […]

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A Comic and An Editor-In-Chief Walk Into a Bar …

Posted by melissa kandel on June 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Ever since I first saw The Devil Wears Prada years ago, I’ve been mildly—fanatically—obsessed with Vogue editor-in-chief and reigning fashion empress of the universe, Anna Wintour. (The movie also motivated me to cut my own unfortunate version of bangs and think “to intern” meant to romp around Paris while wearing ridiculously chic ball gowns but that’s […]

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When Harry Met Scamander: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Posted by melissa kandel on April 14, 2016 in entertainment, Film, Hollywood | 1 Comment

An old briefcase stuffed with magic, a shadowy New York City in 1926 and a tinkering, ethereal melody now synonymous with the greatest boy wizard of all time can only mean one thing …

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