It is more expensive to raise a dog in New York City than a kid in most places.
The USDA estimates that it cost $12,600 to $14,700 last year for a middle-income, two-parent family to raise a little human being, depending on his or her age. That's the national average, so in New York you can imagine.
When did we stop trick-or-treating and start being a sexy cat at a house party? It eludes us. But if we cannot return to our youth, the least we can get out of our catty maturity is better candy than they threw at us as kids. Would Loot walk up and down the Upper West Side dressed as a pumpkin if it meant a bunch of free gourmet confections? Yes.Read more »
What is it about gallery openings? They should be happy occasions -- free alcohol, new art, people you know or might like to know. Why are these events so often harried and draining? Why do people keep going to them?
Loot has a little shock for you: The only people in the art world willing to comment declined to do so on the record. But based on discussions with artists, gallerists and curators, it comes down to this.Read more »
Of a fall jacket, you ask the impossible. It has to work for a solid month of freezing mornings and almost warm afternoons. It seems pointless to own a piece of outerwear that's useful for six weeks a year at most.
But listen, six weeks of freezing or sweating are six weeks too many, especially when you have options. Behold, your options.Read more »
Indulge your inner chef with professional stainless steel appliances.
Not necessarily Loot's advice -- it's the boast of a new rental tower in midtown Manhattan. Across the river, a tower in Brooklyn sends out its own siren call: Stainless steel appliances all create a genteel, modern ambiance.Read more »
(Among the sponsors of the Los Angeles Review of Books is PEN Center USA. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said PEN America is among its sponsors.)
Hundreds of thousands of books were published in the United States last year. You might read 12 of them. That doesn’t mean you can't familiarize yourself with the rest.Read more »
New York's prewar apartment towers have good bones, lots of character and the water pressure of a fire hose. Turn the shower up to full blast and you could get bruised before you get clean.
For that you can thank the water tanks that dot the skyline. Water is pumped up from the municipal works into a tank, from which it cascades down to your bathroom according to a shrewd deal the city made with gravity. It's a simple system, and an old one -- wooden water tanks have been on tall buildings since the late 19th century.Read more »
Before you buy a used car, it's standard practice to take it to a mechanic, lift it up and see what's underneath. If there's a bent wheel well, you can add several hundred dollars to the cost.
Buying a car at auction is a different story. Places like Bonhams Auctioneers and RM Auctions regularly offer fun, fairly affordable weekend wheels. But if you're buying an old car that's been (gasp) driven, things can go wrong. How can you be sure the car you're bidding on won't require thousands of dollars in maintenance before you can put it on the road?Read more »