Author: Heather Baysa

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Workouts, or How to Make Your Gym a Moshpit

    Fitness, like everything else in this city, can be a down-and-dirty battle — and the local health club doesn’t always rouse everyone to fight. If the same old treadmill runs and spin classes are getting you nowhere, maybe it’s time to try an edgier approach: A growing number of gym alternatives offer offbeat workouts that […]

  • Compelling Books — and Authors — to Check Out This Fall

    Critic’s Pick: As Jonathan Franzen once observed, everything about Nell Zink seems made up. After a homeless period, she worked in construction and then moved to Germany, where she lives still. She published her first book, The Wallcreeper, at age fifty as a needling provocation to Franzen, with whom she’d struck up a pen-pal relationship. (Stylistically, […]

  • A New Leaf: NYC’s Hottest Summer Book Events

    Histories of Violence Tahmima Anam received international acclaim for her novels A Golden Age and The Good Muslim, which together tell the story of one family’s experience of the Bangladeshi war for independence. In The Bones of Grace (June 28, Harper, 432 pages), Anam draws upon her home country again to tell the tale of […]

  • Rising Curtains: This Season’s Must-See Plays and Musicals

    Critic’s Pick: Ivo All Over What do Arthur Miller, Tony Kushner, and Ayn Rand have in common? They’re distinctively American writers who have all been staged recently by the Belgian director Ivo van Hove. The director — known for minimalist, ultra-modern stagings and screens galore — has spent the last two years bringing a European […]

  • Page-Turners: Compelling Books — and Authors — to Check Out This Spring

    Critic’s Pick: Worlds Apart  Raised in a working-class family in southeast London, Kate Tempest witnessed firsthand how generational poverty gives rise to drug use and violence, how souls get crushed under the tedium of manual labor. At sixteen, she attended a local open-mic night to spit rhymes on the subject; since then, she’s shaped her […]

  • Nine Books to Read This Fall

    As temperatures drop this fall, security will rise as high as Airbnb futon rates in preparation for Pope Francis’s September 24 visit to the Big Apple. But New Yorkers, of all Americans, are probably the least fazed by the excitement of Papalpalooza 2015 — we already live in a town where it’s possible to spot […]


    Our friends over at Vulture have really pulled out all the stops for their second annual pop-cultural extravaganza. Not only are they bringing out the big names — a coffee and chat session with Jerry Seinfeld; ditto for Amy Poehler, Tavi Gevinson, and House of Cards creator Beau Willimon — but Vulture Festival‘s two-day roster […]


    Like Robert Smith’s hair, the history of the goth aesthetic is wild, tangled, and probably dyed black. So how did we children of the night go from quiet, monochromatic, and — admit it — kind of chic vamps (here’s looking at you, Sioux) to the bestudded Hot Topic mallrats parodied on South Park? The road […]


    Atlas Obscura, David Plotz’s National Geographic–like compendium of curios, just raised itself a cool $2 million in funding. The result? More feature-length articles, a 2016 book on the horizon, and more cool excursions. Way more, actually. Today’s first annual Obscura Day comprises 150 events in 39 states and 25 countries, from Ecuador to Armenia to […]


    The lively theater scene, drastically downplayed or virtually nonexistent in every other part of the country, is one of the indisputable benefits of living in this city. But, too often, the stage does not accurately reflect New York’s incredibly diverse population — this city’s other indisputable benefit. Enter the Downtown Urban Theater Festival. Its mission: […]

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