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Category Archives: new york city

where to begin?

19-Jun-09

with, of course, a bulleted list. » why no posts? I set aside everything else in my life to concentrate on school. just ask kirk, the man who got our new york apartment sold in the worst recession in fifty years, found us an awesome new house in reading, pa., packed us up and moved […]

it’s official

19-Nov-08

barack obama elected president. and to celebrate, i got job-eliminated. that’s the polite term for laid off. it was a huge layoff at my company, so i had plenty of, well, company. so i’ll be putting president-elect obama’s economy rebuilding skills to a personal test. it should be more traumatic than it is, but in […]

headline of the year

18-Sep-08

time’s take on the controversy surrounding mccain’s comments about prime minister zapatero: the pain in spain falls mainly on mccain. classic.

target’s “bullseye bodega”

10-Sep-08

on my daily walk at lunchtime (to clear out the cobwebs, get some fresh air, etc.) i passed a new storefront at 57th and 6th in manhattan. turns out that target has rented four storefronts to sell their designer goods from friday through sunday. they look brilliant, as you’d expect from target. it’s kind of […]

unsolicited recommendation: antennasdirect.com

21-Aug-08

we (well, mostly me, because i’m the cheap one in the family) decided when we moved to riverdale to not get cable tv. we’d turned it off before moving from inwood, and had not missed it. a couple of months ago, we had a brief flirtation with getting basic cable tv channels (just broadcast channels), […]

how not to be a douchebag tourist in nyc

29-Jul-08

via digg, this guide to not pissing off the natives while visiting new york city, if you care about such things. ok, so the title is too provocative, and the author has waaaaay too much attitude. but for the most part, the tips are spot-on. many people don’t care if they piss off the locals. […]

etcetera

20-Jun-08

» versions of “gypsy” i have seen/heard prior to last night: — the rosalind russell movie version — the bette midler tv version — the bernadette peters broadway version — the ethel merman broadway cast recording — the genesius theatre version in kirk’s boyhood home of reading, pa kirk could add: — the tyne daly […]

could it really be true?

02-Jun-08

could tomorrow be the day that hillary clinton withdraws from the race? i’m watching this closely. as one of her constituents, i’m looking to see how she gets out of the race, and how well and strongly and effectively she supports obama. she really needs to be graceful, and supportive, and needs to do her […]

walkscore.com

25-May-08

walkscore.com — great idea for a google maps mashup site. you type in your address, and it gives an overall ranking of your living quarters on a scale from 1 to 100, in terms of walking distance to types of businesses. here’s my walk score: love it. i guess my distance from a movie theater […]

goodbye florent

23-May-08

great photo essay in the times about florent, the groundbreaking restaurant in the meatpacking district, narrated by the man himself. it’s going away, like mchales, cbgb’s, le madeleine, and any other of the long list of victims of gentrification and skyrocketing rents. much of what makes the city “new york” are these individual places, and […]

unsolicited recommendation: salvatores of soho

13-Apr-08

had dinner at salvatores of soho on friday night. the name’s a bit misleading — the restaurant isn’t in soho. it’s in riverdale. maybe salvatore is from soho, and he came to riverdale to open a restaurant. not sure. anyway. they have excellent basic red-sauce italian food. great pizza. a well-planned menu with lots of […]

unsolicited recommendation: orsay on 75th & lex

28-Mar-08

had dinner last night at orsay, in new york city on 75th st. and lexington avenue. i’m usually not one to venture onto the upper east side of manhattan. the transportation is awkward if you live on the west side, which we do. the extreme upper west side. but last night, kirk chose this restaurant […]

i used my $40 dtv converter box coupon

06-Mar-08

kirk and i have an hdtv, but it’s an older model and doesn’t have a built-in tuner. it’s just a monitor. so without paying for cable, we’ve never been able to get a television signal. no cable, no signal, no tv. and since we dropped cable about a year ago, the only things we’ve used […]

giuliani out, santana in

30-Jan-08

it’s a matter of time before giuliani drops out. the mets wll sign johan santana. and we had a great restaurant week dinner at i trulli. what a great night.

confirmed: i’m supporting barack obama

28-Jan-08

i’ve been thinking about supporting obama. i liked his book, and following his campaign i’ve liked what i’ve seen. two things have pushed me over the edge toward full-fledged support. the first was caroline kennedy’s endorsement yesterday. I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired […]

my florida friends and relatives: don’t vote for giuliani

25-Jan-08

it doesn’t look like he will win, and it looks like losing may knock him out of the race for president. but, my fellow floridians, take it from a former floridian who lived in new york under giuliani for a time: you don’t want this guy as your president. the new york times summed it […]

everyblock.com: this could get addictive

25-Jan-08

via gawker, i found out about this new site, everyblock.com, that aggregates information about your neighborhood from various sources. right now, it’s only new york, chicago, and san francisco, but i could see this scaling up into national coverage. there’s lots of great info about my neighborhood. i learned not to eat at tony and […]

popcorn superhet receiver

18-Jan-08

kirk and i saw “there will be blood” recently and came out raving about the score, which was by jonny greenwood of radiohead. i thought it was the best thing about the movie, daniel day-lewis included. kirk didn’t go that far, but that’s what makes the phone book. so when i got a ny times […]

getting caught up

17-Dec-07

with the holidays upon us, it’s been a while since i posted. here’s what’s been going on: » we had a holiday/housewarming party. tremendous fun, attended by ~30 of our friends at one point or another. we had it on saturday 12/1 from 5pm until ???. the ??? turned out to be about 1:30am. old […]

entertainment on strike

12-Nov-07

the world of entertainment is on strike. and how is it affecting me? not much, i have to say. at least not directly. first there’s the writer’s strike in hollywood. i guess that if you were a big tv watcher, you’d be upset about this. no new episodes of csi or lost or letterman or […]