A Year In New York

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Entries from September 2008

Day 89: Hello, I Must Be Going

September 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Alas, A Year In New York is on ice for a few weeks. Events beckon me away. My sister is having a baby, and I have three weddings to attend. All of this is happening in and around California, as my friends and family stubbornly insist on living out their lives on the West Coast. […]

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Day 88: Meet the Super Star

September 24th, 2008 · 5 Comments

I finally bought a bike! For a while now, I’ve wanted wheels so I could save a few bucks on subway fare and see more of the city. Finding the right steed has been a struggle. Craiglist is a bottomless well of Fender guitars, erotic masseuses and software developers, but not bicycles. And the Manhattan […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes

AYINY Now on Flickr!

September 24th, 2008 · No Comments

I have created a page on Flickr for the A Year in New York photos you won’t find anywhere else. Check it out for a quick, photographic survey of the year so far. Bookmark it here: http://flickr.com/photos/a-year-in-new-york/

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Day 87: The Bridge Between Grim and Good

September 23rd, 2008 · 5 Comments

My friend Kimberly, an actress and writer, is visiting and we went for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Kimberly is a buxom redhead with a dramatic flair. She’s also a native New Yorker whose stories fueled my own Manhattan dreams: drinks on a patio with clever creative types, cobbling a life together from the […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Why I Hate This Town

Day 86: What’s New In the Bowery?

September 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

I made my first visit to the Bowery neighborhood to explore the New Museum of Contemporary Art. The New Museum launched in 1977 as an upstart to the MOMA, or Museum of Modern Art, which opened in 1928 and was no longer so modern. In 2020, New York will celebrate the grand opening of MOFFAT/N/SO […]

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Tags: Museums & Art · Sights & Scenes

Day 85: Battle of the Wordsmiths

September 21st, 2008 · 2 Comments

Writers are like cats: a single animal can be companionable and charming, but a whole pride of them is a house divided against itself. Don’t be surprised if they hiss and spit at each other, strike poses on top of the refrigerator and stalk off to sulk under the bed.

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Tags: Schmoozing

Day 84: Dogs, Separate but Equal

September 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I happened by a dog park on the East River today that had been divided in two. The smaller section had almost no dogs and the larger one was full of dogs. Why the dividing line? I asked a woman emerging from the large one with her Corgi on a leash. “This one is for […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes

Day 83: A Day with Big Red

September 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I took a cardiopulmonary resuscitation class at the Red Cross’s Manhattan headquarters today and now am poised for any emergency. If an outrageous story of mine leaves you clutching your heart, dear reader, I am certified to reach through the Internet and give you chest compressions.

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Tags: Sights & Scenes

Day 82: The Unbearable Annoyance of Being (Here)

September 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Shortly after moving to New York I bought a lampshade on Lexington Avenue for $55. That seemed like a lot, but what did I know? Maybe lampshades just cost more in Manhattan, like parking spaces or toothbrushes.

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Why I Hate This Town

Day 81: Markets Implode. New Yorkers Shrug.

September 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

One day after Lehman Brothers vanished into debt and Merrill Lynch was swallowed whole, I headed out to see whether the sky-is-falling media coverage is translating into a sense of desperation on the streets of New York.

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival