By Ellen Gilbert

A new show at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is reintroducing a master of 20th-century fashion whose name (until now, at any rate) may be unfamiliar to many: Charles James. Cristóbal Balenciaga, the Basque designer and founder of the eponymous couture house in Paris, is reported to have observed, “James is not America’s greatest couturier. He is simply the world’s best.” Christian Dior credited James’s work as the inspiration for his romantic “New Look” designs after World War II.  more

By Jamie Saxon

Photography by David Kelly Crow

Jennifer Esposito has fallen in love with jelly doughnuts — twice.

Growing up in an Italian-American family in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, actor/entrepreneur Esposito was immersed in a childhood defined by food—and her ravenous hunger for it. She ate everything in sight—bagels, cake, spaghetti, zeppolis at the Italian street fair, jam dot cookies she baked with her sister at Christmas. “Food is very tied to emotion and remembering events,” she says. more

By Anne Levin

New Yorkers gulp billions of gallons of it every day. And when summer’s humidity rises, we immerse ourselves in it. Think of those historic images of tenement kids frolicking in the gush of an opened street hydrant, teenagers plunging into the East River (in the middle of which, incidentally, there are now plans to develop a swimming oasis), and hipsters reclaiming the beaches at Far Rockaway.  more

By Taylor Smith

What initially drew you to the field of sports medicine?

I was a very good athlete growing up, but often injured myself, hampering my career. While at my peak, an ACL [anterior cruciate ligament] injury actually ended any hopes of continuing on professionally, so I decided to dedicate myself to learning how to get athletes back to pre-injury performance.  I didn’t want anyone else to have to give up their dreams because of an injury. more

By Linda Arntzenius

Summertime turns New York City into one big Film Screen with free festivals across the Five Boroughs from Central Park to Tompkins Square in the East Village, and from the Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island.

Summer movies, like summer books, are rarely desired to stimulate deep thinking. And there’s not much that falls into the profound category in the offerings of the many outdoor summer film festivals in and around Manhattan this year.  more