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Entries from December 2008

Day 179: The Royal Tenenbaums

December 25th, 2008 · No Comments

As a Californian used to spending lots of time with trees, especially pine trees, New York City can be a barren place. These East Coast maples and elms have lost all their leaves. If it’s a pine smell you want, hail a taxi that has a tree-shaped air freshener dangling from the rear-view mirror. Or […]

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Tags: East Coast v. West Coast · Encounters with Nature · Museums & Art · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 177: What the Stylish Beast is Wearing This Season

December 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

The holiday season has been too a-bustle for me to blog about every store window that has turned my head. Now, two days before Christmas, allow me to present the best of the best: the display at the Bergdorf Goodman store on Fifth Avenue. The designers ditched the egg nog and cherubic children — yawn […]

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

Day 175: A Briefly White Christmas

December 21st, 2008 · 4 Comments

The weathermen have described the snow and sleet this weekend as nasty, but that all depends on your perspective. All Friday I kept pressing my nose against the window and watching the snowflakes fall out of the sky. This was my first New York snowstorm and I have been waiting for it like a seven-year-old […]

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Tags: Encounters with Nature · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 171: A Joo-ish Christmas

December 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The tree has been standing unadorned in my living room for the last two weeks, and when my partner Joo visits me she looks at it suspiciously. It makes her sneeze. Joo is a Hindu, half-allergic to Christmas and fully allergic to pollen. “OK, OK, OK, I’ll help you decorate it,” she said yesterday, sniffling, […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · Personalities

Day 169: Theater, by Brute Force

December 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Many moons ago, on my first trip to New York, some good friends (that’s you, Mike and Dan!) took me to see this new show in the East Village called the Blue Man Group. The Blue Men’s blend of vaudeville and gadgetry, combined with loads of toilet paper, just knocked my socks off. I wasn’t […]

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Tags: Entertainment · Why I Love This Town

Day 165: A Day for Webbed Feet

December 11th, 2008 · No Comments

For the second day, New York is under a gray blanket of rain. Nothing epic or torrential, just a dose. Half an inch every 24 hours. Call me in the morning. The puddles at the curb are just deep enough to flood my shoes. Indoors, everyone’s jackets and umbrellas shed drops and leave a thin […]

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Tags: Encounters with Nature · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 163: The World’s Most Exciting Commute

December 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The most thrilling part of my day in New York is often astride my bicycle, the Super Star, on the morning commute. It’s a great workout, the scenery spans all of Manhattan, and of course there’s the adrenaline rush that comes with racing transit buses I thought I’d share the excitement with this handlebar’s-eye guide […]

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Tags: Encounters with Nature · Sights & Scenes · Sports · Urban Survival · Why I Love This Town

Day 161: The Lie in the Switch of the Wardrobe

December 7th, 2008 · 7 Comments

A few weeks ago Joo and I traveled to Boston, where temperatures were in the twenties, and the clothing dilemma that I had mothballed for months gained a sharp, aching clarity. Winter is coming, and this Californian had arrived on the East Coast woefully unequipped. The problem isn’t staying warm, exactly; it’s staying fashionable. I […]

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Tags: East Coast v. West Coast · The Rat Race

Day 159: Subscribe to This

December 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Loyal reader Melissa Griffiths pointed out recently that my RSS feed was broken, and that any attempt to subscribe to AYINY resulted in a page of gobbledygook. After a few sparring sessions with my computer I persuaded it to work. You’re free to subscribe again. For those not in the know, that “RSS” button on […]

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Day 158: Horsing Around in the Snow

December 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I have neglected to mention Thanksgiving and the utterly different side of New York I saw over the long weekend. I rented a car and took a five-hour drive upstate to Wellsville, New York, all the way to end of a dirt road where my friend Rich Shear owns a farm. I met Rich on […]

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Tags: Encounters with Nature · Getaways