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SERIOUS cold, Justen Ladda said, is when the sponge in the kitchen sink
feels like wood or the toothpaste freezes or the refrigerator turns
itself off, as it did one particularly frigid day last winter. Not that
Mr. Ladda, a 56-year-old sculptor who has lived heat-free in his Lower
East Side loft for three decades, is bothered by such extremes. “Winter
comes and goes,” he’ll tell you blithely, adjusting his black wool
scarf and watch cap. (Along with fingerless gloves, long underwear and
felt slippers, they are part of Mr. Ladda’s at-home uniform when the
mercury dips.) (more)