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 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 227: The Retail Gap

February 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The outward sign of hardship here in Manhattan is the empty storefronts. One walks along a bright, continuous smile of retail establishments, and suddenly there’s a gap where a shop used to be.

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Day 177: What the Stylish Beast is Wearing This Season

December 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

The holiday season has been too a-bustle for me to blog about every store window that has turned my head. Now, two days before Christmas, allow me to present the best of the best: the display at the Bergdorf Goodman store on Fifth Avenue. The designers ditched the egg nog and cherubic children — yawn […]

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

Day 61: The Fashionista’s Toolbox

August 26th, 2008 · No Comments

I was gazing out Nima’s window high above Union Square when she made an offer that turned my head. “Do you need an armoire? My roommate’s getting rid of hers,” she said. Nima, a corporate lawyer, was taping boxes shut in preparation for the diaspora of her post-collegiate apartment. I looked over at Joo, who […]

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Day 59: Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?

August 24th, 2008 · 3 Comments

My sister Susan is about to have a baby, and so before going back to California I visited this baby store on Lexington Avenue and bought her three stuffed animals wrapped in fancy package. But I left the gift in New York because the purchase itself was so annoying.

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Day 37: Pushing the Fashion Envelope

August 2nd, 2008 · 6 Comments

As we watched the waves from Rodeo Beach a few months ago in California, one of my buddies told me about his visit he’ d made to New York for Fashion Week. “You know what’s coming in?” he asked. “What?” “Bright colors. The eighties. They’re coming back. Just wait and see.” Today, chastised by last […]

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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 19: The Tiniest Depot

July 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The sun is out, the sidewalk is hot and even the wrinkled old ladies in four layers of eyeliner are showing a little more skin than usual as I bop down Lexington Avenue with a tiny, warm bag of honey-roasted bliss from a stand at 60th Street called Nuts 4 Nuts. Everyone seems to be […]

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