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 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 68: Less Green for More Greens

September 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Those of you who have been following my grocery travails will be happy to know I finally clued in to your advice and hit the Union Square Greenmarket. The prices are so reasonable it’s shocking!

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival · Why I Love This Town

Day 51: The $7 Toothbrush

August 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Joo and I visited a Duane Reade drugstore late at night to get her a toothbrush. I was in a good mood and was singing, out loud, to Christopher Cross’s version of “Sailing” that played on the store PA. Meanwhile, Joo examined the toothbrushes in aisle 5, getting madder and madder. “Do you have toothbrushes […]

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Day 44: Wine Stopper

August 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Just after dark, with the heat still radiating from the pavement, I met my lady Joo at a Second Avenue wine bar called Vino. “One drink?” I asked. “One drink,” she said firmly. Enjoying New York on a budget is something we’ve been doing with little success, and we are trying a new strategy. Linger […]

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Tags: Dining · Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival

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