Would you try a “Donut Reducing Diet”? Though it sounds like a spoof of the Atkins diet–or any number of fad diets out there–Dr. J. Howard Crum hypothesized that a diet consisting solely of donuts would keep you satisfied enough to stick to it. He outlined the theory in his 1941 book, Beauty and Health: a Course in Loveliness. Julie Thomson, resident donut connoisseur and curator of the exhibit “Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut” at the City Reliquary in Williamsburg, scoured the internet to find the October 1941 issue of Woman’s Home Companion in which the ad for Dr. Crum’s book appeared. (more…)
More than a decade after 9/11, some businesses in New York City have chosen to keep their Twin Towers-inspired logos. We spotted Manhattan Fruit in Greenpoint, whose “H” in Manhattan references the Twin Towers and the “A” the Empire State Building. Similarly, those Manhattan Mini Storage ads are all over the city but you’ve probably been paying more attention to their funny slogans. The company has also chosen to keep the Twin Towers in its logo:
I’m a History major at Barnard College with a minor in English. I write for Spectrum, which is the blog of Columbia’s daily newspaper, and I host a radio show on Barnard Radio called The Cheese Log with my roommate.
What’s your favorite Untapped spot in your city?
I know this isn’t very “Untapped” but genuinely, my favorite spot in NYC is the lower level of Riverside Park between 96th and 115th. When the weather is nice I go for runs there every day and I feel like I’m in You’ve Got Mail.
Favorite piece you’ve written for Untapped:
Definitely my round up of crazy ice cream flavors in lower Manhattan. I know they don’t typically say this at the Career Development Office but you know you have the right internship when walking around the Lower East Side on a beautiful day tasting ice cream for free is work. (more…)
In case you were more curious about the subways and buses running for the MTA Nostalgia Special this month, the MTA has provided historical details about each of the vintage vehicles. The buses run along the M42 line and the trains will replace M train service between 10am and 5pm on Sundays this month. In addition, there will be avintage swing and blues party to accompany the festivities at the Second Avenue stop (F & M lines) on Sunday, December 8th which will feature music and dancing on the platform and trains.
NOSTALGIA BUS HIGHLIGHTS:
Bus No. 2969 – Manufactured by General Motors, this Model TDH 5101 was specifically designed for New York City in 1949, which featured the double-width front door to expedite the loading and unloading of customers. This bus is known as the Jackie Gleason bus, which the comedian portrayed as the bus driver “Ralph Kramden” in the classic television show “The Honeymooners.”
It’s been oddly warm in New York this week but as I’ve mentioned before, inappropriate weather is no hindrance to true style devotees. It’s not cold enough for fur as insulation, but still plenty chilly for fur as statement piece. I went to Chelsea Market on Wednesday (and left with five different kinds of cheese thanks to the one-two punch of Lucy’s Whey and Buon Italia), noticed Rag & Bone advertising a sample sale, and figured I’d head outside to the entrance they specified just to check it out. Cheap fancy clothes are the best kind of fancy clothes, after all. (more…)