A Year In New York

A Daily Bite of the Big Apple

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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 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 88: Meet the Super Star

September 24th, 2008 · 5 Comments

I finally bought a bike! For a while now, I’ve wanted wheels so I could save a few bucks on subway fare and see more of the city. Finding the right steed has been a struggle. Craiglist is a bottomless well of Fender guitars, erotic masseuses and software developers, but not bicycles. And the Manhattan […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes

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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Tags: 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