Characters make a story memorable: jokesters, geniuses, gossips, children, octogenarians, your neighbor Maureen, your uncle Jerry, cobblers, clock-winders, professional foosball players, artisan mayonnaise-makers. In this job (and in life), I like to think I seek out characters. I'm a reader (fiction, non-fiction, books, magazines, the entire Internet). I'm a TV/movie-watcher. I'm a former camp counselor. I'm an intramural sports enthusiast. Every story of my little league career is at least mildly exaggerated. I grew up on Bainbridge Island, Wash., with two sisters, Newfoundland dogs and Siamese cats. My parents still live there with all of those pets and all of my favorite sports teams. I went to high school at Andover, where I spent more time playing stickball than studying for chemistry (Mr. Cardozo gave me a C). I then attended Bates College, where I wrote a sports column for the school paper filled with more drinking jokes than game stats (thankfully, the online archives seem to have vanished). I went to graduate school at Northwestern, where I once submitted a story about the most delicious cinnamon brioche in all of Chicago.
Gabriele Lamonaca had a dream of opening a pizzeria in New York. During the pandemic, he built a following on Instagram by posting photos of his pizza creations and then bartering them away.
Some of the largest airports in the U.S. are short-staffed by as many as 100 TSA officers each, according to a memo.
The union representing the bus driver argued the leak of the video from inside the bus violated the union contract and the driver's right to privacy.
Operation Trojan Shield recruited a former distributor of a recently shut-down criminal communication network who'd developed a new encrypted messaging app called ANOM. With ANOM under FBI control, the FBI sent its new informant to sell ANOM phones to distributors all around the world.
When New Shepard launches into space this July, the second-richest man in the world — Jeff Bezos — will be on board. And one of the other seats will go to the top bidder of an auction.
Traffic crashes in New York City have killed more people in the last 12 months than in any 12-month period over the last seven years.
Graffiti is now a growing problem in SoHo, as the neighborhood has been the target of vandals in recent weeks and local shop owners say the eyesores are keeping customers away.
Before Riccio opened the pizzeria on weekends only at the end of April, he knew to create pies and slices with the crunchy, thin crust the rest of the pizza-eating planet associates with New York City, he needed first to duplicate the natural properties of New York City water that when mixed with flour creates dough with the ideal gluten structure.
"We want our beaches opened up as much as possible as soon as possible."
As our various cities, states, regions, and nations start to reopen at full capacity, we don't even know what this new moment means or what it might look like in a post-pandemic era.