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 »
What's a seasonal menu in summer? Fresh everything. When fall rolls around, the choices narrow, and pumpkin starts cropping up in suspicious places.
At first blush it's thrilling. By your fourth pumpkin soup/ravioli/pudding/pie/tart, you're ready for a more inventive take on the Taste of Autumn.Read more »
People are upset over the recent rash of celebrities using Kickstarter, the mass-fundraising website, to crowdfund projects. Spike Lee, who bought a mansion built by the Vanderbilt family on New York's Upper East Side, raised $1,418,910 for his coming vampire film. Zach Braff, who reportedly made $350,000 an episode for his role on "Scrubs," has completed a campaign to fund his new movie that netted $3,105,473. Most recently, Marina Abramovic, who just bought a loft in SoHo for $2.65 million, raised $661,452 to fund her $19 million Marina Abramovic Institute in Hudson, New York.
Yes, it's kind of annoying that millionaires are asking for 10 dollars. Yes, it's kind of surprising that Zach Braff has fans, let alone 46,520 of them.Read more »
Private museums can be vanity projects -- if beautiful vanity projects -- where people who have spent their lives collecting can show off the fruits of their labor. The Maeght Foundation, the Berggruen Museum, the Frick. But what to make of a museum that's a marketing machine?
The Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco is the corporate showcase of a software company best known for Auto CAD, hugely popular among architects. Part exhibition space and part informational tour, the gallery, open twice a week to the public, would be a drag, yes?Read more »
Headlines about art auctions mostly trumpet sales in the millions. But spend enough time looking through the auction catalogs and you'll be treated to something very different. Knickknacks.
Auction houses don't love to advertise that they're selling tchotchkes, but it's a necessary part of the business. Often, to get an estate that includes a valuable painting or piece of furniture, they have to agree to take what in collectors' minds might be less desirable pieces -- a silk couch, a set of silver flatware, or other, vaguely valuable things.Read more »
Consider the puff pastry: airy and voluminous, sweet and savory, flaky and moist. To make real puff pastry, layers of dough and butter have to be delicately, painstakingly folded, often hundreds of times, at 68 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. Mash the layers and there will be no puff to the pastry. Layer the butter and dough at a warmer temperature and the layers will congeal.
So which places in New York, a city rife with French bakeries, give such a sophisticated dessert its due? Here are a few of the best. If you try all six, you'll be 30 pounds heavier but immeasurably more enlightened.Read more »
Booming, say the shopkeepers. (Of course, they are the shopkeepers.) To hear them tell it, residents of Washington, D.C., far from hunkering down in the face of austerity, are throwing caution, and their disposable income, to the wind -- at least in the luxury sector.
“We were certainly anticipating feeling the effects of the sequester,” says Matthew Rosenheim, president and co-owner of Tiny Jewel Box, a high-end watch and jewelry store downtown. “We’ve had the best June, July and August in the history of our company.” Rosenheim cites Rolex watches as a best-seller, along with what he describes as the bridal side -- engagement rings, wedding bands and gifts.
It's fall and you want to watch the leaves do just that. Where better than Vermont?
How about Cape Cod?Read more »
Yes. Summer is over. You're back at your desk.
But! New York's fall cultural life has begun at museums, concert halls and performance venues. There are the big milestones, like opening night at the Metropolitan Opera on September 23, but there are also some less trumpeted events to get excited about.Read more »