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Category Archives: new york city

trendspotting: music without earphones


i’ve seen this enough recently that i think it’s a trend-in-waiting. after years and years of everyone wearing headphones and listening to their own music in their own world, i’m seeing a growing number of younguns going headphoneless on the subway. not with big boom boxes, but with small devices with a small external speaker. […]

t. rex, scruffy the cat, lloyd cole, and the perils of aging


sometimes you get little reminders that your brain ain’t what it used to be. kirk and i had a fantastically fun time last night at joe’s pub in the park. joe is joseph papp, the guy who started doing the shakespeare in central park thing, and his public theater has an adjacent performance space for […]

going to the picture show


tickets for a 6:00pm showing of “into the wild”, the sean penn movie about the guy who starved to death in the wilderness of alaska. that shorthand version of the story, of course, does it no justice whatsoever. i vaguely recall reading a long piece about this guy, maybe in the new yorker, and being […]

briefly noted


» the last piece of the kitchen renovation puzzle is almost in place. the final cabinet (the one that replaced the microwave cart) has been assembled, and rafael our super cut the countertop to size. he did an incredible job — you can’t tell which is the uncut side and which is the trimmed side. […]

return of the snap guy


the snap guy is back in action. back at his post. snapping in that inimitable snappy way. someday maybe i’ll actually take a flyer. i don’t think i ever have.

distracted easily by shiny objects


now that the coop renovation is nearly complete, kirk and i are trying to get our financial house back in a bit of order. nothing outrageous, but we want to watch it a bit on the large expenses. don’t eat out so much, don’t buy expensive electronics like an iphone. things like that. anyway, we […]

goodbye snap guy


just walked down 6th avenue to the bank, and the snap guy has been replaced by, to all external appearances, grandpa jones. no one passed out flyers like the snap guy. hopefully he’s moved on to something better. perhaps in an advisory capacity, or training. spreading the snap gospel, as it were.

riverdale garden: outstanding cuisine in the bronx


Here’s a reprint of a post I put up on We gave the Riverdale Garden a test run a couple of weeks ago. We were very happy with the service, atmosphere, and food on the regular menu, so we returned last night to celebrate my partner’s birthday with a 15-course meal with wine pairings […]

my television-free life


it’s been several months since kirk and i decided to drop digital cable, and stop watching television. there was some apprehension, and some trepidation (would we miss watching baseball?). it was a financial savings, to be sure — our cable bill went from $120 per month with time warner cable before the move (digital tv […]

apartment renovation update


we’ve made some good progress on the apartment renovation front. and, in true me fashion, i can’t stop being obsessed with ikea and we’re planning more cabinets for the kitchen. kirk wrote a bit about what we’ve been up to, and posted some pictures, and i posted some pictures on a great site i found […]

why new yorkers last longer


great [long] article from new york magazine on how and why new yorkers’ life expectancy has surpassed that of rural and suburban dwellers. the obvious answer: you have to walk more in new york. around here, you have to get out of your car and off your ass. i, proudly, don’t even own a car. […]

five minutes with the iphone


walked up to the apple store at 58th and 5th during my lunch hour. i figured that today would be a good day to venture there to see the new products, what with the terrible weather. and it was. the apple store was indeed merely very crowded, and not packed so tightly with people that […]

things i’m hoping for today


» i hope someone else besides me comes to work today. there’s absolutely no one else on my entire row of cubicles. » i hope that that hysterical tourist who got off the 1 train at 50th street with her husband and left her kid on the train gets her kid back safe. i hope […]

mets fan catches historic barry bonds baseball


here are a couple of stories about it. unfortunately, i’m not the mets fan, as the ball is supposed to be worth upwards of $500,000. but it was nice to see a guy from queens emerge victorious from what i’m sure was quite a battle for that ball, after it went into the stands in […]

the last move of my life is complete


well, the last one if i have anything to do with it. i’ve always thought that i’d love to retire in nyc — i want to retire in a place where i don’t have to drive a car. and since kirk staunchly vetoes sun city center, florida, where i could drive a golf cart to […]

if you don’t like the weather


…then just wait, because it will change. or so the saying goes. at this time last week, i was bemoaning the heat and humidity. we were painting the new apartment, so you can’t close up the windows and turn on the air conditioner. fumes, and being overcome, and all. this week we are having the […]

photo gallery of the renovation


kirk has consolidated the renovation pictures into one gallery of photos. i’m exhausted, but we’re almost done. the wood floors get refinished this week, we finish as much as possible next weekend, and we move on monday 7/23. whew.

can’t stand the inactivity


a month ago, i was complaining that there was so much to do to close on the apartment, but because of timing there was nothing i could start on. i don’t wait well. i have a list in my head of what needs to be done, and i know what the deadline is, and i […]

kwik-e-mart version of a 7-11


to promote the upcoming simpsons movie, the 7-11 people are rebranding select stores as kwik-e-marts. and they look fabulous. and, there’s one in times square. i am so there.

new apartment–exhausted and exhilarated


well it happened. we closed on thursday and have spent the last two days tearing out the kitchen and getting ready for the renovation. we’ve pulled out all the kitchen cabinets and flooring, we’ve prepped the walls for priming and painting, we’ve scheduled the plaster guys to come in next week and redo the ceiling, […]