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 247: March Roars Like a Lion

March 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

This morning I pulled the shade to see if the forecast foot of snow had arrived. Not quite. But six inches lay on the ground with more pouring from the sky, and I felt the pull of the wild. In response, I pulled on my fleece jacket and Gore-Tex shell and the snow boots I’d […]

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

Day 221: The Snowman Cometh (and Taketh Away)

February 4th, 2009 · No Comments

February is a tough month to be a New Yorker. Holiday cheer is far behind, spring is well ahead, temperatures clamp down in the 20s and the earmuffs aren’t fun anymore. But I am new enough to the East Coast thing to get blissed out when snow falls from the sky. It toyed with us […]

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

Day 175: A Briefly White Christmas

December 21st, 2008 · 4 Comments

The weathermen have described the snow and sleet this weekend as nasty, but that all depends on your perspective. All Friday I kept pressing my nose against the window and watching the snowflakes fall out of the sky. This was my first New York snowstorm and I have been waiting for it like a seven-year-old […]

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

Day 163: The World’s Most Exciting Commute

December 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The most thrilling part of my day in New York is often astride my bicycle, the Super Star, on the morning commute. It’s a great workout, the scenery spans all of Manhattan, and of course there’s the adrenaline rush that comes with racing transit buses I thought I’d share the excitement with this handlebar’s-eye guide […]

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Tags: Encounters with Nature · Sights & Scenes · Sports · Urban Survival · Why I Love This Town

Day 121: The First Rainstorm

October 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Today I experienced My First New York Rainstorm (the first cold, autumn one, anyway). I looked outside and thought: Can’t wait to get to the office! Rain is such an equalizer. You’re immersed in the elements like a hike in the forest, even here in Skyscraperland. Every surface glittered and puddles built up at the […]

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Tags: Encounters with Nature · Why I Love This Town

Day 114: Fall is Falling

October 21st, 2008 · 2 Comments

I have returned from the West Coast to find New York wrapped in a knee-length wool coat. The thermometer is supposed to drop to 41 degrees tonight, 38 degrees tomorrow night. What happened to that mild, sunny October weather I enjoyed in San Francisco just yesterday? Fall seems to be underway, temperature-wise, but Central Park […]

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Day 71: Fall Migrations

September 6th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Labor Day is over and as the shadows of the skyscrapers lengthen, the wind funneling down 26th Street carries just a hint of cool. New York’s autumn migrations have begun. The great, slow-moving herds of Swedish, French, and Polish tourists, clad in fuschia polo shirts and staring quizzically at their Eyewitness Travel guides, are beginning […]

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