A Year In New York

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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 284: Oy, the Sun!

April 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Early this morning a congregation of about 150 Jews stood by the United Nations building and did something that seemed almost pagan: They blessed the rising sun.

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

Day 271: A Free Poem on Union Square

March 26th, 2009 · No Comments

In March the Union Square farmer’s market is a meager proposition: onions, potatoes, and some apples. I spent a more fruitful time having a guy write me a poem. “What do you want your poem to be about?” Benyomin Spaner asked.

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Tags: Entertainment · Museums & Art · Personalities · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 257: A Man with a Cat on His Head

March 12th, 2009 · 5 Comments

This man’s name is Charlie and the cat’s name is Nicolas. Some Union Square panhandlers just ask for change, but the more enterprising ones have a value-add. Charlie created value by adding Nicholas to the top of his head. The combination coaxed three dollars out of me. I think Charlie is on to something.

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Day 255: We’re Gonna Party Like It’s 1985

March 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment

In the frigid air of March, in the gloom of a deep recession, Manhattan’s clothing merchandisers have announced the dawn of a new, happy age in which everyone wears lime-colored golf shirts and bright peach polos. New Yorkers pull up their collars and seem unmoved.

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

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 242: Gimme an “Ommmmmm!”

February 25th, 2009 · 3 Comments

My friend Jen is visiting from Amsterdam to debut her erotic film, and yesterday we made a visit to the Guggenheim. We lingered at “The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia” exhibit. This piece in the lobby summed it up neatly. Listen up, everyone! Ice is melting.

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Tags: Museums & Art · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 223: The Smallest Appointment

February 6th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I am concerned that President Obama has passed two and half weeks in office already, distracting himself with Economic-Stimulus-This and Closing-Guantanamo-That, while one of the hairiest questions of his presidency hangs fire: who will be our First Dog? You’ll recall that, in the misty-eyed moments after he won the election, Obama walked onto the stage […]

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Tags: Personalities · Politics · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 221: The Snowman Cometh (and Taketh Away)

February 4th, 2009 · No Comments

February is a tough month to be a New Yorker. Holiday cheer is far behind, spring is well ahead, temperatures clamp down in the 20s and the earmuffs aren’t fun anymore. But I am new enough to the East Coast thing to get blissed out when snow falls from the sky. It toyed with us […]

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

Day 219: That’s Disc-gusting

February 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

To mark Super Bowl Sunday, I joined some fellow writers for a game of ultimate Frisbee at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. We met in the big meadow under a weak sun. The grass was dead, with just a few patches of snow, and we dashed around for two hours like Labrador retrievers. We mixed the […]

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