A Year In New York

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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 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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Day 331: Jack Goes Boating

May 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I knew something was up when I biked by The Lake in Central Park and saw no fewer than ten rowboats afloat, each carrying exactly one man and one woman. And all the lovers were white. How strange. Also, what sort of romantic spark causes people to paddle out on a chilly, overcast Monday at […]

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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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Day 271: A Free Poem on Union Square

March 26th, 2009 · No Comments

In March the Union Square farmer’s market is a meager proposition: onions, potatoes, and some apples. I spent a more fruitful time having a guy write me a poem. “What do you want your poem to be about?” Benyomin Spaner asked.

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

Day 240: Brazilian TV Meets the American Writer

February 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

The announcement appeared on the refrigerator: “A Brazilian Television Show Is Here at 2 p.m. Today to Do a Segment on Paragraph. Anyone Interested in Being Interviewed, Tell Lila.” The Brazilians didn’t arrive until three, I observed as I pretended to read a book in the corner of the lunchroom. They bustled in fresh and […]

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Tags: Entertainment · Personalities · Schmoozing · Sights & Scenes

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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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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Day 80: Pickle Day: A Moment in Brine

September 15th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Yesterday the foodies converged on the Lower East Side for International Pickle Day. What, you missed it? I went by the merest coincidence and found that thousands of people had beat me to it, strolling Orchard Street in the sun and stabbing at the sample trays with toothpicks. A jazzy trio played. Sales of pickle-themed […]

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

Day 69: Manhandled by Acrobats

September 4th, 2008 · 3 Comments

We’ve all been to one of those performances where the actors yank some poor unsuspecting schlub out of the audience and poke and prod him so that others may laugh. Today, in the carnival atmosphere of Battery Park, the woeful schlub was me.

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