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.
Jakub Jozef Orlinski doesn't mind being called the "Justin Timberlake of opera."
Greg's Trees stocks its five stands around the city with thousands of trees every November and December, making it one of the largest Christmas tree sellers in the five boroughs. Owner Greg Walsh recommends you get your tree now.
A private company is aiming to revive the woolly mammoth, raising questions about ethics and unintended consequences.
Devan Ibiza is growing his following on TikTok with videos of the beats he creates from sounds he records around the city.
The creators of the Bored Ape Yacht Club used an algorithmic program mixing and matching images of apes, different fur colors and fur patterns, outfits and accessories to create 10,000 unique images varying in rarity.
Backlash to the COVID vaccine requirements now and soon-to-be imposed by universities, cities, states and -- most recently -- the federal government is not only nothing new but also nothing surprising to students of history.
Since the beginning of 2021, the FAA has handed out over $1M in fines to unruly and violent passengers. FOX 5 NY went inside a one-of-a-kind training school in New Jersey where airline crews are learning self-defense.
So-called tattleware programs allow companies to monitor their remote workers. But does such software really promote better productivity?
Sophy Liu and her son tried to stay afloat in their flooding apartment in Flushing while their upstairs neighbor spent an hour beating her door with a hammer to try to open it.
By day, Misael Rivas works in the hospital where he was born. By night and weekends, "Totem" paints canvases and murals.