A Year In New York

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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 338: Virgin No More

June 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

When the economy imploded last fall, one of the first victims was the Circuit City on Union Square. It was the first I saw to post “Going out of Business” signs and invite the hordes to vulture up its merchandise. (Thanks for the new home phone, guys.)

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Tags: Encounters with Nature · Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival · Why I Hate This Town

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 314: Will the Trees Take Manhattan?

April 28th, 2009 · No Comments

The battle for New York City’s green future arrived in my mailbox last week. It took the form of a fundraising appeal from MillionTreesNYC, a campaign to plant 100,000 trees every year for a decade, and bore the signature of that eminent environmentalist, Bette Midler. Which immediately brought questions to mind. Who made the star […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · East Coast v. West Coast · Encounters with Nature · Personalities · Urban Survival · Why I Love This Town

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

Day 247: March Roars Like a Lion

March 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

This morning I pulled the shade to see if the forecast foot of snow had arrived. Not quite. But six inches lay on the ground with more pouring from the sky, and I felt the pull of the wild. In response, I pulled on my fleece jacket and Gore-Tex shell and the snow boots I’d […]

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Tags: Encounters with Nature · Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival · Why I Love This Town

Day 227: The Retail Gap

February 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The outward sign of hardship here in Manhattan is the empty storefronts. One walks along a bright, continuous smile of retail establishments, and suddenly there’s a gap where a shop used to be.

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · The Rat Race · Urban Survival