• Please Note: The N.Y. Today and Metropolitan Diary Columns Are Not Going Away October 27, 2015
    The City Room blog is going dark, but the features that appeared on it, like New York Today and Metropolitan Diary, are continuing as ever.
    By The New York Times
  • City Room, a Blog With a Broad Mandate, Is Retiring October 26, 2015
    Eight years, 20,000 posts and perhaps 100 million clicks later, City Room sails off into the sunset.
    By Andy Newman
  • No Cheating at Zabar’s October 25, 2015
    Metropolitan Diary: An old hand at the delicatessen's waiting line caught a newly arrived customer trying to use someone's discarded ticket.
    By Heidi Olson
  • Discovering New York Together October 23, 2015
    Metropolitan Diary: An autumn romance, including meeting on the F train platform in Brooklyn, hitting the greenmarket and the zoo, and letting a tourist take their picture.
    By Adele P.
  • After 82 Years, No More Driving October 22, 2015
    Metropolitan Diary: The day he sold his final car and gave up his keys, a 93-year-old was flooded with memories, starting with Pop's lessons behind the wheel.
    By Dawes Potter
  • Dating on a Budget in the 1960s October 21, 2015
    Metropolitan Diary: Dinner, a cruise and ground transportation, courtesy of the subway system, Chinatown and the Staten Island Ferry, could add up to very little 50 years ago.
    By Ivan Berger
  • Grieving With a Firefighter October 20, 2015
    Metropolitan Diary: A remembrance of a somber commute downtown nine days after the 9/11 attacks, when a firefighter boarded the subway in full dress uniform.
    By Helen Malmgren
  • The River Watchers October 18, 2015
    Metropolitan Diary: Canoeing around Manhattan at night, a man discovered eyes on the water from every available viewing spot, no matter how decrepit the pier or how late the hour.
    By Peter Tiso
  • ‘Is That Your Money?’ October 16, 2015
    Metropolitan Diary: A sleepy-looking commuter on the G train seemed strangely unconcerned about a folded $100 bill lying in front of him.
    By Phoebe Chao
  • Almost Missing Summer October 15, 2015
    Metropolitan Diary: As the writer awoke in the October chill, she began to romanticize summer, then remembered what it had been really like.
    By Jessica Fu
  • Violent seagulls are taking over St. Mark’s Square in Venice May 5, 2016
    The unmitigated ‘gull’ of these birds! Violent seagulls are turning Saint Mark’s Square in Venice into a scene straight out of Hitchcock’s spine-tingler “The Birds.” The iconic piazza, famous for its comparatively genteel flock of pigeons, is being overrun by the gulls, which snatching food from hapless tourists, raid tables, and even peck at waiters,...
  • Racing documentary ‘Dark Horse’ is a feel-good rags-to-riches tale May 5, 2016
    It’s only a matter of time before someone turns Louise Osmond’s crowd-pleasing documentary, about people in a working-class Welsh mining village invading the snobbish “sport of kings,” gets turned into “The Full Monty” on four hooves. Back in 2000, plucky barmaid Jan Vokes and local tax adviser Howard Davies, unsatisfied with their middle-aged lives, talk...
  • ‘Dheepan’ is an intimate portrait of refugees in Paris May 5, 2016
    Director Jacques Audiard’s story of three unrelated refugees posing as a family in order to enter France won the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Dheepan (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) was a soldier in the rebel Tamil Tigers during Sri Lanka’s civil war. With Yalini (Kalieaswari Srinivasan) and 9-year-old orphan Illayaal (Claudine Vinasithamby), he moves...
  • NYC will approve Cablevision sale with conditions May 5, 2016
    New York City officials on Thursday said they would sign off on Altice’s $17 billion takeover of Cablevision with several conditions. The city’s Franchise and Concession Review Committee will vote to approve the deal on May 11, so long as Altice reaches an agreement with New York state regulators. The state will make its decision...
  • Some kook threw an earplug golf ball at Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler May 5, 2016
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As if battling a rain-soaked course and gusting winds weren’t difficult enough, playing partners Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler also had to dodge a golf ball with an earplug attached to it at the Wells Fargo Championship. A spectator threw the object just after McIlroy hit his tee shot and Fowler was...
  • ‘Elstree 1976’ is a surprisingly boring film about ‘Star Wars’ May 5, 2016
    “Elstree 1976” is an amazing experience. I’m shocked that a documentary revisiting the making of “Star Wars” could be this boring. The movie, which consists almost entirely of recent interviews with bit-part actors, extras and Dave Prowse, who (sort of) played “Darth Vader,” contains maybe 10 minutes of information about the filming of “Star Wars.”...
  • Brandi Glanville is ‘not sleeping with anyone’ May 5, 2016
    "People just assume that if you're dating someone, you're sleeping with them," the former "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" beauty shares.
  • Been there, smoked that in ‘Being Charlie’ May 5, 2016
    Directing a movie co-written by your kid presents a minefield of bad decisions and abandoned objectivity. A semi-autobiographical one seems twice as fraught, and Rob Reiner (“This Is Spinal Tap,” “When Harry Met Sally . . . ,” diminishing returns thereafter) doesn’t make it out unscathed with this chronicle, from his son Nick, of a young man’s...

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