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Entries from November 2008

Day 143: The Big Rat

November 19th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Since I got to New York I have been spotting this big blow-up rat standing on the curb. It moves from place to place and clearly is bidding for attention – but whose? Sanitation workers? The Goth people? Clubhoppers who take the word “underground” a little too literally? This morning the rat appeared right across […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Why I Love This Town

Day 141: Can The Today Show Be Trusted?

November 17th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Of all the genres on television, the one I dislike most might be the early-morning news show. It goes beyond the shallow banter and the insipid theme music and down to an issue of trust: How can I believe anybody who is that chipper and talkative at seven in the morning? Nevertheless, there I was, […]

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Tags: Entertainment · Sights & Scenes

Day 138: The Other Running Mate

November 14th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Today is the one-year anniversary of the most popular blog post I’ve ever written. I take little credit for this fact. If this post were a pop song, I’d be the bassist holding up the wall while another guy wagged his tail at the audience. That guy, of course, was an Illinois senator named Barack […]

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Tags: Politics · Schmoozing · Sports

Day 137: DUMBO’s New Lease on Life

November 13th, 2008 · No Comments

Last night I made my first visit to DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) in Brooklyn to see a documentary about building construction for the 21st Century. To get there, I walked from the York Street subway through a landscape that was unapologetically early 20th Century: narrow streets, industrial blocks now converted to lofts, […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · Encounters with Nature · Why I Love This Town

Day 135: That Sinking Feeling

November 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I spied this among the garbage cans on 47th Street today and took it as a sign that the recession has hit home for New Yorkers. Or perhaps it’s meant as inspirational art. For goldfish. Or maybe it means something entirely different. What do you think?

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Tags: Museums & Art · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 133: This Job Has Its Ups and Downs

November 9th, 2008 · No Comments

It took four months in New York to finally encounter this man, my first elevator attendant. Pardon the blurry, Sasquatch-like photo. I visited a friend on the Upper West Side and pushed the button for the elevator, and when the door slid open this man was standing there. I waited for him to leave but […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 129: Jubilation in Times Square

November 5th, 2008 · 6 Comments

As the presidential election results came in, Joo and I stood on the corner of 43rd Street and 7th Avenue, the edge of Times Square, surrounded by an exultant crowd of people who hadn’t had reason to celebrate in a long time. Most were young and they were of every race, many of them mixed […]

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Tags: Politics · Why I Love This Town

Day 128: Election Morning in Manhattan

November 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment

As the sun rose on this November 4, 2008, the most significant Election Day of my life, I pulled my bedroom shade up to see that a long line had formed across the street. This was the queue for my voting station. It stretched almost the length of two city blocks and remained that way […]

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Tags: East Coast v. West Coast · Politics · Why I Love This Town

Day 127: Painting the Poconos Red

November 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

I went out of town with a few friends this weekend to visit the Pocono Mountains and see the leaves turning. Much like my visit this summer to the Hamptons, a pilgrimage to the Poconos has a mystique that is attached to books I’ve read but whose titles I’ve forgotten. The Poconos are fixed in […]

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Tags: Getaways · Sights & Scenes