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Entries from April 2009

Day 314: Will the Trees Take Manhattan?

April 28th, 2009 · No Comments

The battle for New York City’s green future arrived in my mailbox last week. It took the form of a fundraising appeal from MillionTreesNYC, a campaign to plant 100,000 trees every year for a decade, and bore the signature of that eminent environmentalist, Bette Midler. Which immediately brought questions to mind. Who made the star […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · East Coast v. West Coast · Encounters with Nature · Personalities · Urban Survival · Why I Love This Town

Day 307: The City Has Been Canceled Due to Rain

April 21st, 2009 · No Comments

I looked out the window this morning. Still raining after yesterday’s deluge. I got my things together to spend the day at Paragraph, the writing space where I work, and attend an evening workshop on WordPress, the software that runs this site. Before leaving, I opened my computer and got this email: “We’re closing Paragraph […]

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Day 299: I’m Not OK with Your Bouquet

April 13th, 2009 · No Comments

In winter the New York streets are a gray asphalt tundra. Then one day in April…Daffodils! They nod at you on the sidewalk, bright as sunlight, gentle as Easter. Surrounding them is a tiny, valiant iron fence. I saw a woman on 65th Street reach past the fence with one hand – the other held […]

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

Day 284: Oy, the Sun!

April 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Early this morning a congregation of about 150 Jews stood by the United Nations building and did something that seemed almost pagan: They blessed the rising sun.

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

Day 279: Eco? Maybe. Friendly? Mostly.

April 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

The other night I attended a fundraiser at Greenhouse, the SoHo club that claims to be New York’s first eco-disco. The rumors said Stevie Nicks would be there. Even more than her purring vocals, I sought a bigger hit:  Can a hipster nightclub really be “sustainable,” or is it an illusion?

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · Entertainment · Sights & Scenes