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Entries from August 2008

Day 65: Transported, by Ferry

August 31st, 2008 · 2 Comments

I have gathered only a couple regrets during my first 65 days in New York, and one is that no one informed me sooner what a majestic trip can be found on the Staten Island Ferry. Its municipal-orange bulk squatted at the edge of Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan, obscured from view […]

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

Day 64: Central Park is Like a Box of Chocolates

August 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

As the sun set behind the towers on the Hudson, Joo and I stepped onto a bus, destination Central Park. If we hurried we’d just make a free showing of “Misalliance,” a play by George Bernard Shaw, staged outdoors and on the run. Ushers pointed us to a patch of grass on the Great Hill. […]

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Tags: Entertainment · Sights & Scenes

Day 64: Writers Erase Editors, 9-2

August 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Yesterday Paragraph, my writing community, took on the editors of New York magazine for a semi-friendly game of softball, the city’s scribes being loosely affiliated into a league and this game, in the sunny and mild week before Labor Day, being the season’s final inning. Team Paragraph arrived early at East River Park (no bosses […]

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Tags: Schmoozing · Sports

Day 63: Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

August 28th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I’ve been waiting for months to be liberated from my Verizon contract so I could nab an iPhone. Today, free at last, I headed to one of Manhattan’s three Apple stores for my own sexy, life-changing piece of hand candy, which immediately changed my life in a way I didn’t expect.

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Tags: Sights & Scenes

Day 62: Am I a New Yorker Yet?

August 27th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Today I read with great interest a story in the New York Times called “Newcomers Adjust, Eventually, to New York” about the thousands who arrive each year and their challenge of assimilation. Exactly when does a newcomer become a New Yorker? I asked myself that question and, man, I just don’t know. My fifth-floor apartment […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts

Day 61: The Fashionista’s Toolbox

August 26th, 2008 · No Comments

I was gazing out Nima’s window high above Union Square when she made an offer that turned my head. “Do you need an armoire? My roommate’s getting rid of hers,” she said. Nima, a corporate lawyer, was taping boxes shut in preparation for the diaspora of her post-collegiate apartment. I looked over at Joo, who […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival

Day 60:…and the Silver Goes to U.S.

August 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Tonight I walked into a bar called the Big Easy on Second Avenue to catch the closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. Only four people sat at the bar and I joined them to catch the contribution of London, which will host the 2012 games. Sixteen days earlier, China had opened the Olympics with thousands […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Sports

Day 59: Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?

August 24th, 2008 · 3 Comments

My sister Susan is about to have a baby, and so before going back to California I visited this baby store on Lexington Avenue and bought her three stuffed animals wrapped in fancy package. But I left the gift in New York because the purchase itself was so annoying.

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Tags: Sights & Scenes

Day 58: Here Comes the Scribe

August 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

I am back from my West Coast trip, and naturally the first thing I did was visit the Marriage License Bureau at City Hall. I mean, wouldn’t you? (I was there because…uh…how can I explain this one…on the way back from the airport this guy on the bus yelled that my Surf City t-shirt was […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes

Day 57: N.Y. Makes S.F. Guy Rethink L.A.

August 22nd, 2008 · 6 Comments

I drove around Los Angeles today, doing research for a magazine story I am writing about trash. In addition to getting a tan, I gleaned an insight into how living in New York is changing my opinions about California’s two city-states, San Francisco and Los Angeles. So you New Yorkers can make sense of it, […]

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Tags: East Coast v. West Coast · Getaways · Sights & Scenes