A Year In New York

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Day 337: Foiled by Lounge Lizards

May 31st, 2009 · 1 Comment

As someone who regularly commutes on a bicycle, I eagerly awaited May 24, the day cars would be banished from Times Square. No more dodging around panicked rental-car tourists or taxis that swerve across three lanes for a fare; now the street would belong to me, the cyclist. At least I thought so until I […]

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

Day 336: Lunatic Island

May 20th, 2009 · No Comments

The crags of Mordor? A visit by Martians? No, the subject of this photo is Manhattan from Roosevelt Island in the midafternoon (not bad for a squinty iPhone shot).  Yesterday I saddled up the bicycle and visited the island for the first time. The Roosevelt Island Tram lifts off silently from 59th Street and Second […]

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

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 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

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 257: A Man with a Cat on His Head

March 12th, 2009 · 5 Comments

This man’s name is Charlie and the cat’s name is Nicolas. Some Union Square panhandlers just ask for change, but the more enterprising ones have a value-add. Charlie created value by adding Nicholas to the top of his head. The combination coaxed three dollars out of me. I think Charlie is on to something.

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

Day 255: We’re Gonna Party Like It’s 1985

March 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment

In the frigid air of March, in the gloom of a deep recession, Manhattan’s clothing merchandisers have announced the dawn of a new, happy age in which everyone wears lime-colored golf shirts and bright peach polos. New Yorkers pull up their collars and seem unmoved.

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Day 250: One Route to Rule Them All

March 5th, 2009 · No Comments

It still hurts to take a deep breath after the snowboarding injury I got a few weeks ago. Joo thinks I bruised or even broke a rib. No treatment is available but rest, so I resort to only exercise that doesn’t hurt. I walk to work. I’ve experimented with different routes and today I walked […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Urban Survival