A Year In New York

A Daily Bite of the Big Apple

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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 129: Jubilation in Times Square

November 5th, 2008 · 6 Comments

As the presidential election results came in, Joo and I stood on the corner of 43rd Street and 7th Avenue, the edge of Times Square, surrounded by an exultant crowd of people who hadn’t had reason to celebrate in a long time. Most were young and they were of every race, many of them mixed […]

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Tags: Politics · Why I Love This Town

Day 34: The Future of Porn

July 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I met my friend Jen, who is visiting from Amsterdam, at Gizzi’s Coffee in Greenwich Village today to catch up on new projects, and in Jen’s case that means erotic film. “Is this a gay coffee bar, or is it just a gay-friendly coffee bar?” asked Jen as she settled in, pointing at the tri-corner […]

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Tags: Entertainment · Sights & Scenes

Day 17: We Melt In Their Hands

July 13th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Times Square is on the short list of every tourist’s visit to New York, with its giant electric signs that not only instruct you to drink Coca-Cola but showcase America’s knack for marketing things in the glitziest possible way. I arrived hand in hand with Joo while feeling two competing sentiments: 1) Just see if […]

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Tags: Entertainment · Sights & Scenes · Why I Hate This Town · Why I Love This Town