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#873: Brooklyn Historical Society

If there’s one thing New Yorkers probably regret the most about their time in the city, it’s not taking advantage of all of the cultural opportunities surrounding them.

Who can blame them, with all of the not-so-cultural opportunities surrounding them?

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Posted by on March 5, 2016 in NYC


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#858: Run in Atlanta

As I ran in the early morning darkness (the sun rises late here compared to NYC and I had to work early, so it wasn’t the best timing on my part), I found myself hyper aware of my surroundings.

That’s just good sense in a strange city, especially without the light of day around to make things look less dangerous, and I would have been paying close attention in a new place no matter what. But as I sprinted past the homeless and aimless population of downtown in the pre-dawn stillness, I couldn’t stop thinking of a recent incident in New York where a woman was sliced on her face by a seemingly random man walking by in the still-dark morning. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 10, 2016 in Sports


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#819: City Reliquary

I’ve passed by this small storefront countless times on my walk from the G train in Williamsburg, and it always piqued my interest, but I was always on my way to somewhere else so I never stopped by.

When I heard they had a current exhibit of record album covers commemorating the Twin Towers, and it was September 11th, and I had to be in Brooklyn for a show and birthday party later that night anyway, I figured it was the perfect time to go.

Which it would have been, had it not been the one day they happened to decide to close early.  It was just after 5:30 when I arrived and found the owner halfway out the door. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 12, 2015 in NYC


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#800: The Gallery Inn

There are things in life whose sole purpose is to delight.  I don’t know if that statement is true, but I’m compelled to write it after staying at The Gallery Inn.

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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Travel


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#703: Queens County Farm Museum

City kids in the country–can it get more clichéd than that?  Probably.

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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in Nature


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#664: Sign a 2-year lease

New York City is not the place for commitment.  Ask any single person–I mean someone without a significant other, but really, you could probably ask any individual person.  Check with any store that’s gone out of business because it jumped on a promising fad too quickly.  See the 2nd Ave subway line that still doesn’t exist but when I moved here in 2006 was scheduled to be completed in 2012.

So a rental market where buildings hike up the price every year and renters move out to search for their next deal, sometimes after only living there for a year, is perfect for a place like this.  While moving–and packing, and don’t forget unpacking–sucks, we mostly just accept the fact that we’ll live in 5 different apartments over the course of 10 years (and that’s being conservative).  It’s NYC.  Nothing stays the same.

For me, the fear of being locked into a lease longer than 12 months has always been too powerful to consider making a commitment to stay put. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 6, 2014 in NYC


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#491: Go to Wave Hill

It’s one of those NYC places where you think when you’re there, “This doesn’t feel like New York.”  There are lots of places like that: the Cloisters, Inwood Hill Park, the Harlem Target.

So what exactly is New York supposed to feel like?

Bustling.  Hustling.  Crowds.  Loud.  Concrete.  Busy streets.  Other words that don’t sort of rhyme, like tall buildings, and packed subways, and trendy restaurants.  It’s supposed to feel, I imagine, like how it’s portrayed in movies: fast-paced and important and big and impersonal.

But if it were only those things, I’m not sure how many people could actually live here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 7, 2013 in NYC


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