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 361: What New York Throws Away

June 26th, 2009 · No Comments

I live across the street from one of the neighborhood’s grocery stores, a Food Emporium. Every midnight after the place closes, a pile of retired produce and collapsed cardboard boxes four feet tall is left at the curb. Garbage trucks come and take it away, and in the morning delivery trucks arrive with new produce […]

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Day 359: Confessions with a Concierge

June 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I have a story to tell you, but in order to do so I have to make two confessions. The first is that I live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The second is that, as of July, Joo and I are leaving New York and moving to Washington D.C. I haven’t owned up […]

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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 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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Day 234: Break Glass In Case of Emergency

February 17th, 2009 · No Comments

My wallet lacked $20s, so I visited the WaMu down the street. This particular block has a coffee shop,  a frozen-yogurt place and a cigar store with a wooden Indian outside, yet I like the bank the best. That’s because it’s a WaMu. WaMu is Washington Mutual, the Seattle bank known for its open floor […]

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Day 116: Grime Wave

October 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Last night I waited for a train at the Bleecker Street stop. It was late, with nobody around, so I stared at the tiles on this pillar. You see they are none too clean. They were just as dirty as they were the other three or four times I have waited there for the 6 […]

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Day 87: The Bridge Between Grim and Good

September 23rd, 2008 · 5 Comments

My friend Kimberly, an actress and writer, is visiting and we went for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Kimberly is a buxom redhead with a dramatic flair. She’s also a native New Yorker whose stories fueled my own Manhattan dreams: drinks on a patio with clever creative types, cobbling a life together from the […]

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