A Year In New York

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Day 232: Hard Times in Jersey

February 15th, 2009 · 6 Comments

As I type this post, my body vividly remembers yesterday’s maiden snowboarding trip to New Jersey, in the form of a stiff shoulder and a chest that is so bruised it hurts to exhale. Other memories are less painful. For example, driving up Route 23 into the Kittatinny Mountains, Joo and her friend Bobbi snoozing […]

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Tags: East Coast v. West Coast · Encounters with Nature · Getaways · Sports

Day 219: That’s Disc-gusting

February 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

To mark Super Bowl Sunday, I joined some fellow writers for a game of ultimate Frisbee at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. We met in the big meadow under a weak sun. The grass was dead, with just a few patches of snow, and we dashed around for two hours like Labrador retrievers. We mixed the […]

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Tags: Sports · 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 138: The Other Running Mate

November 14th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Today is the one-year anniversary of the most popular blog post I’ve ever written. I take little credit for this fact. If this post were a pop song, I’d be the bassist holding up the wall while another guy wagged his tail at the audience. That guy, of course, was an Illinois senator named Barack […]

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Tags: Politics · Schmoozing · Sports

Day 75: The Hokiest Team in New York

September 10th, 2008 · 4 Comments

In case you haven’t been paying attention, 2008 is a momentous year in New York baseball. Both the Yankees and the Mets are playing final games at the stadiums they’ve occupied for decades and are erecting giant cathedralplexes next to their old ones. It’s the sort of moment a New York blogger ought to experience, […]

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Tags: Sports

Day 64: Writers Erase Editors, 9-2

August 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Yesterday Paragraph, my writing community, took on the editors of New York magazine for a semi-friendly game of softball, the city’s scribes being loosely affiliated into a league and this game, in the sunny and mild week before Labor Day, being the season’s final inning. Team Paragraph arrived early at East River Park (no bosses […]

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Tags: Schmoozing · Sports

Day 60:…and the Silver Goes to U.S.

August 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Tonight I walked into a bar called the Big Easy on Second Avenue to catch the closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. Only four people sat at the bar and I joined them to catch the contribution of London, which will host the 2012 games. Sixteen days earlier, China had opened the Olympics with thousands […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Sports

Day 50: Running Hard

August 15th, 2008 · No Comments

I just started a 10-week skills clinic offered by the New York Road Runners to get a swift kick in the butt. Running in Central Park is pleasant, but these sleek New Yorkers keep passing me. Class met at P.S. 6 (that’s Public School 6) on East 81st Street and I expected that, who knows, […]

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Tags: Sports · The Rat Race

Day 25: A Reservoir of Space

July 21st, 2008 · 2 Comments

On a run in Central Park, pacing up East Drive amid the throng of sweaty joggers who seem to chug away no matter the hour or the heat, I sensed that some feature, something enormous, lay just to the west through the trees. I turned off to check it out.

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

Day 21: Take Me Out to the &%@! Ball Game

July 17th, 2008 · 4 Comments

My first softball game as a New Yorker was due to start at 3:30 pm at someplace called East River Park. I studied the map until I found it: a long sliver of green between FDR Drive and the East River, way down on the Lower East Side where I had never been. Better leave […]

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