CHEESECAKE STRUCTURE

The perfect cheesecake is an art form built upon a structure of physics, architecture and technology. Granted, your grace with a spatula and deft sense of flavorings can mean the difference between a run-of-the-mill cheesecake and an ethereally light monument to...

IDEAL MAN

I picked up a copy of Ayn Rand’s epic novel, “The Fountainhead” because she had a reputation as an excellent, even brilliant, writer. I knew she was a philosopher and an intellect. I just wanted to read a well-written book. I wasn’t aware, though, of her obsession...

LIPSTICK BUILDING (REALLY?)

Its official name is 53rd at Third, but is popularly known as the Lipstick Building  (the lipstick). The elegant elliptical shape of the building is different from its surroundings. This is the second post-modern contribution of Philip Johnson to the Manhattan...

23 SKIDOO

Twenty-three skidoo was a happening at a triangular site where Broadway and Fifth Avenue meet. The juxtaposition of the streets and a nearby park caused a wind-tunnel effect   In the early twentieth century, men would hang out on the corner of Twenty-third Street and...

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