Every day, bankers check the league tables, a scoreboard that shows who won the biggest deals. Then they check their Strava app to see who’s chewing up the pavement fastest on his $20,000 bike. That's recreation on Wall Street.
Strava means strive in Swedish. Loot learned this factoid on a recent weekend at Lea, a dark, classy cocktail bar tucked beneath New York’s Helmsley building and just steps from Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan and UBS. The traders’ conversation was going as expected (Dodd-Frank complaints, bonus expectations), and then, suddenly:Read more »
Unmatched comfort. The glory of Venice. Sensible pillows.
You won't see that last boast in luxe hotel ad copy -- giant down pillows costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars are a selling point in the high-end hospitality industry. But a simpler, smaller pillow is often head and shoulders above the stuffy ones.Read more »
It's white truffle season, and New York restaurants such as Nomad, Babbo, A Voce, Il Gattopardo, Asellina and BLT Prime are shouting their incoming shipments from the rooftops. Del Posto has a Festa di Tartufi night, with tickets going for $1,000.Read more »
How to make your eyes glaze over as New York's fall auction sales get under way this week:
- Browse through the glossy auction catalogs
- Behold one sparkling masterpiece after another
- Say: Oh. A painting by Giacometti with a high estimate of $50 million. That's nice.
- Flip two pages at once and miss art worth more than a house on Mustique
But what if you pretended, as Loot did, that you had an extra hundred million dollars to burn and that these were actual shopping catalogs? What then?Read more »
The best horror books creep up on you. They're uncanny rather than startling, gut-wrenching rather than gross. It's not so much "What's behind the door?" as "After I open the door, will I ever be able to forget it?" Here, as a little Halloween chaser, are 13 books that do a nice, creepy job of freaking you out with finesse.
1. "The Maimed," by Hermann Ungar. Upon its publication in 1923, Thomas Mann approvingly called it "a sexual hell, full of filth, crime and the deepest melancholy" (Disney film to come). It's about a bank clerk forced into a sexual relationship with his landlady. But that's like saying "The Shining" is about a family vacation.
2. "The Other," by Thomas Tryon. A truly unsettling book. Twin brothers cavort through a bucolic New England town, gathering memories and a pretty good body count. The book starts with misdirection and turns into a nail-biter.
3. "Glamorama," by Bret Easton Ellis. Ellis neatly sets up the first third of the novel as a parody of celebrity culture, then smashes you in the face with torture and mayhem. In his other books, the violence has an element of humor; the deaths in "Glamorama" are so graphic and insistent that when you do put it down, the images will stay with you long after.
There’s a rule of thumb that says your wallet shouldn’t cost more than the money you have in it. It’s a nice idea: if you spend all of your money on an object that carries all of your money, you don't need it anymore.
Buying a wallet has other pragmatic considerations. As the silhouette of pants slims down, their pockets have shrunk with them. Men are still carrying their lumpy wallets--dragging all the detritus of their pasts behind them--while wearing jeans that can barely hold a tic-tac.Read more »
As temperatures drop, outdoor sports are freezing up, and you'd think rowing clubs would be the first to throw in the towel. But New Yorkers insist on slipping into spandex, hopping into centimeter-thick plastic boats barely wider than their behind and setting off into the chop at 5 a.m. Even more confounding, they plan to do so well into November, while the rest of us wear chunky sweaters and drink tea and peer out of frost-covered windows.
The Row New York program, based at the Peter Jay Sharp boathouse on Harlem River Drive, has adult recreational programs that extend to the second week in November and junior recreational programs that go through the third week of the month. After that they move inside for winter programming.Read more »
Dashing to the office in running shoes and changing into heels -- in theory, men have it easier than women. But when the weather gets nasty, even our dress shoes are inadequate.
There's a compromise in what is widely, if somewhat nonsensically, called a dress boot. At this point its definition has broadened to include any boot high enough to stave off minor slush or rain but low enough that it looks decent with a blazer.Read more »