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Entries from July 2008

Day 25: A Reservoir of Space

July 21st, 2008 · 2 Comments

On a run in Central Park, pacing up East Drive amid the throng of sweaty joggers who seem to chug away no matter the hour or the heat, I sensed that some feature, something enormous, lay just to the west through the trees. I turned off to check it out.

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

Day 24: Flattened in Staten Island

July 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Scrambling around on the asphalt with an airhose, trying to fill the tires of an old borrowed Camry, I got that deflated feeling of getting nowhere. No matter how much I pumped the tires seemed to sag a little more.

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Tags: Personalities · Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Urban Survival

Day 23: What is the “What?”

July 19th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Something about the way Paul opened the door told me he didn’t particularly enjoy having guests. We’d made a Craigslist connection – he had a coffee table and I needed one – and now here I was, an interloper in his 500-square-foot kingdom, looking over his stuff, saying hello to his wife, who was at […]

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Tags: East Coast v. West Coast · Personalities · Urban Survival

Day 22: The Pigeon Dilemma

July 18th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Early this morning I passed a pigeon lying belly up on sidewalk with its feet stuck in the air. I dismissed it as a feathery corpse but a few steps later I stopped. That bird was looking at me. Was that bird looking at me?

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Urban Survival

Day 21: Take Me Out to the &%@! Ball Game

July 17th, 2008 · 4 Comments

My first softball game as a New Yorker was due to start at 3:30 pm at someplace called East River Park. I studied the map until I found it: a long sliver of green between FDR Drive and the East River, way down on the Lower East Side where I had never been. Better leave […]

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

Day 20: A Festival of Lights

July 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments

They say the best thing about summer in New York is the free shows in Central Park, so after dark I walked to the Great Lawn to see for myself. The New York Philharmonic was playing and its website recommended arriving early with a blanket, and candles.

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

Day 19: The Tiniest Depot

July 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The sun is out, the sidewalk is hot and even the wrinkled old ladies in four layers of eyeliner are showing a little more skin than usual as I bop down Lexington Avenue with a tiny, warm bag of honey-roasted bliss from a stand at 60th Street called Nuts 4 Nuts. Everyone seems to be […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival

Day 18: Shhhh! Writers at Work

July 14th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Today I reported for my first session at Paragraph, a haven for writers that sits above a funky lamp store near Union Square. New York is a city of extremes and Paragraph occupies its own special niche: It is a very, very quiet place.

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Tags: Schmoozing · The Rat Race

Day 17: We Melt In Their Hands

July 13th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Times Square is on the short list of every tourist’s visit to New York, with its giant electric signs that not only instruct you to drink Coca-Cola but showcase America’s knack for marketing things in the glitziest possible way. I arrived hand in hand with Joo while feeling two competing sentiments: 1) Just see if […]

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

Day 16: Grocery Shock

July 12th, 2008 · 5 Comments

I have been dismayed by the prices of the Food Emporium across the street, so I took my canvas bags six blocks south to Gristede’s. I had only seen Gristede’s from across the six lanes of 1st Ave. and presumed it would prove that the $10 six-packs and cramped quarters of Food Emporium were an […]

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