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Tunnel 29

Millions of people fled East Germany during the Cold War. A few sneaked back in. Tunnel 29, a new BBC podcast, tells the story of Joachim Rudolph, an East German student who dug under the Berlin Wall and helped dozens escape to the West. NBC funded the digging in exchange for the film rights, but under pressure from Bobby Kennedy, the network held the scoop until after the Cuban missile crisis had passed. Based on thousands of Stasi documents and interviews with Rudolph, now 80, Tunnel 29 is riveting. It’s also made by the same outfit that produced The Ratline, a podcast about the mysterious escape of a top-ranking Nazi, Otto von Wächter, after the war. (


Anderson & Sheppard Umbrella

A high-quality umbrella is among a Londoner’s most prized possessions, so air mail was not even remotely surprised to encounter a highly covetable version at the Anderson & Sheppard Haberdashery. This cozy little boutique on Clifford Street specializes in everything but bespoke tailoring (which is handled at the brand’s atelier, just around the corner). We’re especially partial to the flannel pajamas, wool-silk trousers, and cashmere crewnecks, but this trusty umbrella is non-negotiable. Featuring waterproof cotton and finished with a solid-walnut shaft, it is made by one of Italy’s most storied umbrella purveyors. You’ll use it more than should be legally allowed. ($290,


Fortunes Ice Cream

When it comes to ice cream, you might say Fortunes has smiled on Tivoli, New York, the small Hudson Valley village north of the city. Earlier this year, Fortunes opened a store next to the hotel owned by painters Brice and Helen Marden. Though their rotation of seasonal flavors dazzles—sorbet of quince sourced from Montgomery Place Orchards, in nearby Red Hook; apple-cider-donut ice cream prepared like a glutton’s tea, the cream base steeped with farm-stand pastries—Fortune’s finest is their flawless execution of a classic: the shop’s chocolate ice cream is mind-bendingly delicious and made even better when you swap out sprinkles for flaky Maldon sea salt. (


Citroën 2CV

The “2CV” in the model name is shorthand for “deux chevaux-vapeur”—two steam horses. Citroën launched the car in 1948, as something of a French Model T: an inexpensive, reliable way to give postwar farmers a motorized alternative to driving their two-horse wagons into town. (A life this particular one seems to have lived, as it has only 54,000 miles on it.) The car became a mainstay of French families for more than 40 years, especially because it was so easy to maintain and had unique yet affordable features, such as a roll-top canvas roof. ($10,300;


The Paralane2

The Paralane2 6.7, from German bike master Focus, is exactly what you wish for in an e-bike: unrecognizable as an e-bike. With its detachable battery seamlessly engineered into its frame, the Paralane2 could be easily mistaken for a standard road bike. The frame weighs in at less than 28 pounds, making it among the lightest bikes of its kind on the market and the perfect option for commuters and performance riders alike. (


Downtown 81

Jean-Michel Basquiat has been the subject of more than one movie over the past few years. But only Downtown 81 features the artist playing a version of himself. In 1980, Andy Warhol told Glenn O’Brien to write a movie that captured the energy and characters that he wrote about in his monthly Interview music column. O’Brien cast his friend, the then largely unknown 19-year-old Basquiat, as an artist trying to hustle one of his paintings in order to make rent. All of it takes place amid a mangy, beautiful, shot-on-location Lower Manhattan, cutting between dingy lofts, crazy clubs, and trash-strewn streets. And all of it is gorgeous. There are also cameos by Debbie Harry, Fab 5 Freddy, and many others. Thanks to Metrograph Pictures, in New York, which commissioned a digitally restored 35-mm. print and is re-releasing the film, you can see a raw document of a pivotal moment in the city’s creative life. (

Issue No. 15
October 26, 2019
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Issue No. 15
October 26, 2019