A Year In New York

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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 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 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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Tags: Deep Thoughts · East Coast v. West Coast · Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Why I Hate This Town

Day 156: AYINY Returns from Brink

December 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2008 – After taking drastic cost-cutting measures brought on by the nation’s financial crisis, the blog A Year In New York announced that it would resume production today. In November, the popular blog interrupted service and disappointed readers as it nearly filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. However, the site regained its […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts

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 60:…and the Silver Goes to U.S.

August 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Tonight I walked into a bar called the Big Easy on Second Avenue to catch the closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. Only four people sat at the bar and I joined them to catch the contribution of London, which will host the 2012 games. Sixteen days earlier, China had opened the Olympics with thousands […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Sports