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Fashion from the Far East Flourishes in NYC

As models marched down the runway clothed in long, black outfits, the audience stared in wonder. The world of menswear constantly sees new winners as clothing lines ascend to the apex of fashion. Such was the case at last fall’s New York Fashion Week, or NYFW, when Japanese designers rose to prominence in what is [...]

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Book Review: Amusing Ourselves (and Our Intellects) to Death

“What is oppression?” asks Neil Postman, in his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. We are an oppressed people, Postman asserts, but the worst part about it is that most of us don’t even know we’re oppressed. In an age where presidents are Hollywood celebrities, senatorial candidates appear [...]

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For Sasha Nissengolts, Dancing is a Way of Life

Over the last eight years, nearly 20 million Americans have tuned in to watch ABC’s primetime series Dancing with the Stars, a reality TV show emphasizing the importance of practice, partnership and, of course, competition. But few really understand how much effort goes into professional ballroom dancing. If one takes out all the cameras, costumes, [...]

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In Pain? Try Some Poisonous Snail Venom

A recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that more than 22 million Americans use illegal drugs. Of these, seven million people use psychotherapeutic drugs such as painkillers, tranquilizers, and sedatives. According to government data found on WebMD.com, 1.7 million people in the U.S. were found to be using [...]

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In NYC Clubs, It’s All About Who You Know (and How You Look)

Quincy Clay stands against the cold glass doors of a French restaurant in downtown Manhattan, feverishly clicking on his iPhone. Looking up, he greets three tall girls with legs as thin as pencils, dressed all in black. He smiles wide and lifts his toned, 6’4” frame. At the dinner table, he touches some of their [...]

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A Walk in the Shoes of a Sneakerhead

Ever since the mid-1980s, kids have clamored for the new pair of Air Jordans. People used to wait in line overnight, often in the cold and rain, to make sure they got their size. And while the craze hasn’t died down for Jordans and many other kinds of sneakers, it’s possible to get a new [...]

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CrossFit Draws Numbers, But Also Criticism

The sound of death metal blasts through the warehouse-style gym.  Soccer moms and men in their mid 20s sporting tattoos lie on the floor gasping for air next to a dozen barbells loaded with weights.  This is what you are likely to find when walking into a gym that specializes in CrossFit, one of the [...]

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The Dirty Truth About Cleansing Diets

While working out and eating right have never been more popular than they are now, not everyone is on that fitness bandwagon. Some people looking to lose weight have taken a decidedly easier approach, opting out of gym memberships and ancient grains from organic grocery stores to instead drink their way to a slimmer form. [...]

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The Rise of the Longboarders

“Do an Ollie!” a random man yells at a group of skaters passing by. “I can’t, it’s a longboard!” says one of the skaters as they zoom by. A vintage style of skateboarding is once again on the rise on New York City’s streets. They move in groups, slashing through traffic and speeding up to make [...]

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To Beard or Not to Beard

To beard or not to beard — that is the question that many men face today. Once upon a time, When you needed to up your machismo, a beard would do the trick.  Now it’s about fashion, and the beard has become an accessory. The growing popularity of facial hair can be seen from Hollywood to [...]

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