A Year In New York

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Day 82: The Unbearable Annoyance of Being (Here)

September 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Shortly after moving to New York I bought a lampshade on Lexington Avenue for $55. That seemed like a lot, but what did I know? Maybe lampshades just cost more in Manhattan, like parking spaces or toothbrushes.

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Why I Hate This Town

Day 56: West as You Can Get

August 21st, 2008 · 6 Comments

Today Joo introduced me to her favorite tree. A Seattle native, she had beat me to the West Coast by a few days and by the time I arrived she had already settled into its green, sap-scented vibe. I was irritable on the drive out to Anacortes, jogging my foot against the floorboards, still in […]

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Tags: East Coast v. West Coast · Getaways · Sights & Scenes · Why I Hate This Town

Day 52: Overcrowded

August 17th, 2008 · 7 Comments

It is 1 a.m. and Joo and I are eating mozzarella sticks outside at a burger joint called Jackson Hole when I feel woozy all the sudden. There isn’t enough air to breathe. The miniskirt girls clomp down the sidewalk, talking too loud, and 2nd Avenue is a yellow river of taxis that are moving […]

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Tags: Dining · Sights & Scenes · Why I Hate This Town

Day 36: Having Just Missed the Party

August 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments

This evening I unexpectedly find myself at dinner on the Lower East Side with a columnist for a big New York magazine and his girlfriend. (Don’t ask.) There had been no warning, no time to prepare. I smile and nod gamely over the eggplant lasagna and wish I’d shaved, or combed my hair, or gotten […]

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

Day 28: Perils of the Urban Curb

July 24th, 2008 · 4 Comments

At 80th and Lexington, immobilized behind a garbage truck, I drum my fingers on the dashboard and contemplate the cruel irony of the term “parking space.” To park there must be space, and in Manhattan there simply is none.

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Urban Survival · Why I Hate This Town

Day 27: Nothing to Gush About

July 23rd, 2008 · 4 Comments

This afternoon I went to check out Olafur Eliasson’s “New York City Waterfalls.” They have the art critics as excited as kids dancing around a Harlem fire hydrant, but frankly they just made me homesick for the real thing. All four of the installations can be seen from the tip of Pier 17. I stood […]

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Tags: East Coast v. West Coast · Museums & Art · Sights & Scenes · Why I Hate This Town

Day 26: Canvas Totes of Woe

July 22nd, 2008 · 5 Comments

I have exited Trader Joe’s and waded into the hurly-burly of 14th Street before I realize the scope of my blunder. My reach – for six bottles of beer, a can of black beans, a 12er of jumbo eggs – has exceeded my grasp. How the hell will I get all this home?

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival · Why I Hate 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

Day 17: We Melt In Their Hands

July 13th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Times Square is on the short list of every tourist’s visit to New York, with its giant electric signs that not only instruct you to drink Coca-Cola but showcase America’s knack for marketing things in the glitziest possible way. I arrived hand in hand with Joo while feeling two competing sentiments: 1) Just see if […]

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Tags: Entertainment · Sights & Scenes · Why I Hate This Town · Why I Love This Town

Day 16: Grocery Shock

July 12th, 2008 · 5 Comments

I have been dismayed by the prices of the Food Emporium across the street, so I took my canvas bags six blocks south to Gristede’s. I had only seen Gristede’s from across the six lanes of 1st Ave. and presumed it would prove that the $10 six-packs and cramped quarters of Food Emporium were an […]

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Tags: East Coast v. West Coast · Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival · Why I Hate This Town