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Entries from July 2008

Day 35: Danger on the Rails

July 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

In the kaleidoscope of New York experiences, none are giving me a consistent thrill like a $2 ride on the subway. The good civics of mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg have made the streets of Manhattan quite scrubbed and civil. Walk underground, though, and there’s a whiff of anarchy.

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival · Why I Love This Town

Day 34: The Future of Porn

July 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I met my friend Jen, who is visiting from Amsterdam, at Gizzi’s Coffee in Greenwich Village today to catch up on new projects, and in Jen’s case that means erotic film. “Is this a gay coffee bar, or is it just a gay-friendly coffee bar?” asked Jen as she settled in, pointing at the tri-corner […]

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Tags: Entertainment · Sights & Scenes

Day 33: Oy, the Knish!

July 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

In  California, the knish is the only well-known cuisine of New York that no one tries to sell you. Bakeries like Noah’s purport to make New York bagels and corner pizzerias make New-York-style pies, but until today I had never even laid eyes on a knish. What I did know is that knishes are Jewish, […]

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Tags: Dining · East Coast v. West Coast · Personalities · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 32: Chorus Confessional

July 28th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I have a confession to make to all my beer-guzzling, baseball-cap-wearing guy friends: I love musicals. Pathetic, I know. It is perhaps even more pathetic to admit how much I enjoyed tonight’s performance of “A Chorus Line” on Broadway, which is the capital of musicals in the same way that Wisconsin is the capital of […]

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Tags: Entertainment · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 31: How Obama Made My Night

July 27th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I met my friend Jacques for a drink in the West Village, where we navigated the bridge-and-tunnel crowd buoyed by political bonhomie and a dangerously strong pitcher of margaritas.

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Tags: Entertainment · Personalities · Schmoozing · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 30: The Joy of De Feet

July 26th, 2008 · 4 Comments

To live in New York is to walk in New York, and after a month my soles are callused and I lose weight no matter how much white sauce they pour on my gyros. It’s all good; hoofing it, in case you haven’t heard, is hip.

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival · Why I Love This Town

Day 29: Police Party in the Park

July 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

At the 90th Street entrance to Central Park, 70 or so police cars materialized from nowhere, lights twinkling, like ravers converging at an underground club.

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Tags: Sights & Scenes

Day 28: Perils of the Urban Curb

July 24th, 2008 · 4 Comments

At 80th and Lexington, immobilized behind a garbage truck, I drum my fingers on the dashboard and contemplate the cruel irony of the term “parking space.” To park there must be space, and in Manhattan there simply is none.

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Urban Survival · Why I Hate This Town

Day 27: Nothing to Gush About

July 23rd, 2008 · 4 Comments

This afternoon I went to check out Olafur Eliasson’s “New York City Waterfalls.” They have the art critics as excited as kids dancing around a Harlem fire hydrant, but frankly they just made me homesick for the real thing. All four of the installations can be seen from the tip of Pier 17. I stood […]

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Tags: East Coast v. West Coast · Museums & Art · Sights & Scenes · Why I Hate This Town

Day 26: Canvas Totes of Woe

July 22nd, 2008 · 5 Comments

I have exited Trader Joe’s and waded into the hurly-burly of 14th Street before I realize the scope of my blunder. My reach – for six bottles of beer, a can of black beans, a 12er of jumbo eggs – has exceeded my grasp. How the hell will I get all this home?

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival · Why I Hate This Town