A Year In New York

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Entries Tagged as 'The Rat Race'

Day 24: Flattened in Staten Island

July 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Scrambling around on the asphalt with an airhose, trying to fill the tires of an old borrowed Camry, I got that deflated feeling of getting nowhere. No matter how much I pumped the tires seemed to sag a little more.

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

Day 22: The Pigeon Dilemma

July 18th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Early this morning I passed a pigeon lying belly up on sidewalk with its feet stuck in the air. I dismissed it as a feathery corpse but a few steps later I stopped. That bird was looking at me. Was that bird looking at me?

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

Day 18: Shhhh! Writers at Work

July 14th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Today I reported for my first session at Paragraph, a haven for writers that sits above a funky lamp store near Union Square. New York is a city of extremes and Paragraph occupies its own special niche: It is a very, very quiet place.

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Tags: Schmoozing · The Rat Race

Day 11: In the Company of Strangers

July 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

You’re at a wine bar called Buceo 95 on the Upper West Side, the kind of place with red lounge lamps suspended from the ceiling, and it comes time for everyone at the table to boast or lie about what they do for a living.

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Tags: Dining · Schmoozing · The Rat Race · Why I Hate This Town