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Entries from June 2009

Day 365: 11 Things New York Taught Me

June 30th, 2009 · 9 Comments

Today I’ve been running last-minute errands and pondering what it all means, spending a year in New York City. I’ve worn through a lot of shoe leather in this crazy town and learned some hard lessons,  and now it’s time for me to pass those lessons on to you. Here goes: 1. The World Won’t […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · East Coast v. West Coast · Encounters with Nature · Getaways · Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Urban Survival · Why I Hate This Town · Why I Love This Town

Day 364: A Dash to the Other Side

June 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

At 6:30 this morning, a small family of raccoons crawled from the shrubs in Central Park. Mom flattened herself under a green wire fence while two little ones scrambled over. They had just collected themselves for the journey across East Drive when they looked up to see a giant! Their mouths almost formed into little […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · East Coast v. West Coast · Encounters with Nature · Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Urban Survival · Why I Hate This Town

Day 363: How a Hawk Sees Midtown

June 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Last week I paid a visit to a friend from high school, the actress Tina Stafford, who lives on the 40th floor of an apartment building on Tenth Avenue. The apartment has a porch, a roomy one, with a sweeping view of Hell’s Kitchen, the Hudson and the northern half of Midtown. Tina spends a […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · Encounters with Nature · Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival

Day 362: After the Taking of Pelham 123

June 27th, 2009 · No Comments

My colleague Rebecca and I stepped onto the Pelham-bound train with our eyes darting suspiciously this way and that. Just moments before we had left our seats at the Union Square movie theater, where we saw “The Taking of Pelham 123.” Taking the subway after seeing that movie is akin to watching “Deliverance” right before […]

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Tags: Entertainment · Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival · Why I Love This Town

Day 361: What New York Throws Away

June 26th, 2009 · No Comments

I live across the street from one of the neighborhood’s grocery stores, a Food Emporium. Every midnight after the place closes, a pile of retired produce and collapsed cardboard boxes four feet tall is left at the curb. Garbage trucks come and take it away, and in the morning delivery trucks arrive with new produce […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · East Coast v. West Coast · Sights & Scenes · Why I Hate This Town

Day 360: Top 6 Music Moments of AYINY

June 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

New York has so much music that it regularly bursts out of the auditorium and into the streets. For your enjoyment, here’s a sampler of some of the best found performances I saw this year. Which is your favorite?

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

Day 359: Confessions with a Concierge

June 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I have a story to tell you, but in order to do so I have to make two confessions. The first is that I live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The second is that, as of July, Joo and I are leaving New York and moving to Washington D.C. I haven’t owned up […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · Personalities · Sights & Scenes · Why I Hate This Town · Why I Love This Town

Day 358: Obama in a New Light

June 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Recently I headed to Williamsburg in Brooklyn to see an exhibit by Joe Mangrum, an artist friend who creates fantastic visions from everyday things. He and I moved from San Francisco about the same time. Joe unlocked the door of Chi Contemporary Fine Art and showed me around just after the place closed for the […]

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

Day 357: Why I’ll Miss My Trash Chute

June 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

The chore I most enjoy in my New York apartment is carrying the trash across the hallway to the refuse room. I drop the bag down the trash chute, and instead of walking away, I hold the door open and listen. The bag bangs and rattles down the chute in a loud and satisfying way. […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · Why I Love This Town

Day 356: A Stone Oasis in the City

June 21st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Today Joo and I visited the Cloisters, a few acres of European monastery grafted onto the northern cliffs of Manhattan. A branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters bills itself as a museum of medieval history, but it looks and feels like a place for prayer. It sits in Fort Tyron, which was […]

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