A Year In New York

A Daily Bite of the Big Apple

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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 81: Markets Implode. New Yorkers Shrug.

September 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

One day after Lehman Brothers vanished into debt and Merrill Lynch was swallowed whole, I headed out to see whether the sky-is-falling media coverage is translating into a sense of desperation on the streets of New York.

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival

Day 68: Less Green for More Greens

September 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Those of you who have been following my grocery travails will be happy to know I finally clued in to your advice and hit the Union Square Greenmarket. The prices are so reasonable it’s shocking!

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

Day 61: The Fashionista’s Toolbox

August 26th, 2008 · No Comments

I was gazing out Nima’s window high above Union Square when she made an offer that turned my head. “Do you need an armoire? My roommate’s getting rid of hers,” she said. Nima, a corporate lawyer, was taping boxes shut in preparation for the diaspora of her post-collegiate apartment. I looked over at Joo, who […]

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Day 51: The $7 Toothbrush

August 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Joo and I visited a Duane Reade drugstore late at night to get her a toothbrush. I was in a good mood and was singing, out loud, to Christopher Cross’s version of “Sailing” that played on the store PA. Meanwhile, Joo examined the toothbrushes in aisle 5, getting madder and madder. “Do you have toothbrushes […]

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Day 47: First Avenue on Two Wheels

August 12th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Today I walked into my first New York bike shop, Toga Bikes on East 63rd, after a month of mulling it over and curiously looking into store windows. Not that they would have what I’m looking for. The salesman, Jonathan, approached me with the blue-eyed, yo-brah enthusiasm of a mountain biker and an incongruous Queens […]

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Day 45: Obsessing in the Hideout

August 10th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Today, as I knelt on my living-room floor, rolling concealing tape over the cord for a new lamp, I looked around and realized I am getting awfully close to finishing the job of moving in. Perhaps too close. Sure, getting furniture and putting up shelving and arranging the lights takes some time when one moves […]

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Day 44: Wine Stopper

August 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Just after dark, with the heat still radiating from the pavement, I met my lady Joo at a Second Avenue wine bar called Vino. “One drink?” I asked. “One drink,” she said firmly. Enjoying New York on a budget is something we’ve been doing with little success, and we are trying a new strategy. Linger […]

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Tags: Dining · Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival

Day 43: The Shocking, Cycling Truth

August 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Before arriving here, I discovered a reliable way to flabbergast my fellow Californians. All I had to do was announce my plans to commute by bike around Manhattan. “What?” that Californian would sputter, nearly spilling his Chardonnay into the koi pond. “Are you crazy?” I might as well have said I would bike through the […]

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Tags: East Coast v. West Coast · Urban Survival · Why I Love This Town

Day 41: Strange Drops Keep Falling On My Head

August 6th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Every few days this seems to happen in New York. I’m walking down the street on a clear sunny day, minding my own business, when a droplet lands on my head. I look up – and in Manhattan that’s often way, way up – but there is never anyone or anything to see. Was it […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival