Entries tagged with 'nyc'

"The Wire" with pirates!

My idea for screenwriters: "The Wire" with pirates. Exhibit A. Pirates are awesome. Exhibit B. No onscreen depiction has done them justice, that I've seen. Why can't we have a movie or a TV series about pirates that shows the...

Dream House

In the Times, a piece about the Pumpkin House, which juts out over cliffs above the Hudson at 186th Street. I've sometimes wondered at it while walking along the river. The nickname is an imaginative one considering its oblong shape;...

Tanuki Neighbors

Twice now, a raccoon has poked its head into our open living room window from the fire escape of our fourth floor apartment. We were sitting around talking with our friends Mike and Eve when Mike, seemingly responding to a...

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Maya's brother Bert made it into the local news Friday when, near the end of a kayaking trip in the East River, his kayak capsized near one of Olafur Eliasson's waterfalls and he and another man had to be rescued...

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As I ate lunch in an office building's subterranean food court today, the house piano player, a distinguished man in a suit, riffed on the melody of Peter, Bjorn and John's Young Folks....

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An eventful day in Midtown today, at least within a two-block radius of my office. Pillsbury was giving out free cake and brownies for some incomprehensible PR campaign. Then Kate Hudson was leaving the set after a shoot for her...

Worth Every Penny

The recent Times article about cooking with ingredients from 99-cent stores, and kottke's comments and assorted links, reminds me of my own experiences with 99 cent stores in my neighborhood. I thought I had written about this, but it turns...

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I just stepped outside and saw a truck on Broadway carrying an entire, brand new subway car, mechanically complete but lacking decals. The one time I don't have my camera with me....

The newspaper calls me a hipster

This morning, as soon as I got on the A train to go to work, a New York Times reporter came on and asked to interview me. I was happy to comply, though I didn't feel I had anything fascinating...

Burrito Wars

Today I went to Qdoba, the mexican fast food place that just opened a location on 53rd and 3rd. It's remarkable how many details there are the same as at Chipotle, which has a location one and a half blocks...

Pigeon Snatchers

On her way to work today, Maya saw someone catching pigeons. This reminded us of this New York Times story about pigeon kidnapping that has apparently been going on for many years. The catcher she witnessed, though, didn't seem to...

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The MTA is giving free rides on the 'Nostalgia Train' every Sunday in December. It's running on the V line between 2nd Ave and Queens Plaza from 10am-5pm. I saw the train in 2004 on an elevated track on the...

My Favorite Supermarket

Today I'm going to write about my favorite supermarket in New York. The story begins in early 2005, when RST moved to 233rd Street and Broadway, in Kingsbridge. Across Broadway was a supermarket where we sometimes got sandwiches, and I...

Damien Hirst at Lever House

Today I happened upon Damien Hirst's new work in the lobby of Lever House, across the street from my office today. I later found out that the gala opening was on Saturday night, but I'm glad it caught me by...

Taxicab of horrors

I'm glad to see the discussion on the Times's City Room blog about the new official TLC Taxi logo and paint job. The change took me by surprise and no one seemed to be saying much about it for...

Top of the Rock

I've been noticing during my new commute that train operators often announce my stop as "47th-50th, Rockefeller Center, Top of the Rock". This is the observation deck on the 70-story GE building, open to the public since November of 2005....

Pidg-malion

As I passed by the bird store "33rd and Bird" after work yesterday, the window displays, which until recently had been occupied by small parakeet-type birds and a toucan, were filled with these pigeons. They were as motionless as...

Mr. Crack on patrol

The slightly infamous Mr. Crack van in the South Bronx. The van appears to have lost an apparatus from its roof and the American flags on the sides since it was photographed parked in Harlem last July. I had...

Overheard in Harlem

Pieces of a monologue by a fellow passenger on the Bx15 bus this morning, crossing 125th Street in Manhattan. "I'm seventy-four years old. People look at me and they don't believe that, but I was born in '34. Now my...

Eat Fresh

I find this story very gratifying. The condo board for a building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan is suing the Subway franchise on the ground floor for the "fresh bread" odors that permeate the apartments above. For years...

A new bridge in town

Visible from my window at work in the south bronx, the new 145th Street Bridge on the Harlem river was delivered at the beginning of the month (gothamist) and is awaiting installation at about 129th street. There are several...

All Aboard

The MTA has some interesting new ideas for letting customers know about service changes. On several recent mornings over the last few months, I have gone to the downtown platform on the 4 train at Fordham Road on the Bronx...

Samaritan Swipe

We've all seen the ads in the subway saying so cleverly "If someone tries to sell you a swipe, don't buy it. It's illegal any way you swipe it." This is targeted at the enterprising people who stand in front...

Metro Diary

On the Bx15 bus across 125th St., a woman [hereafter 'Borrower'] stepped on and asked if anyone had change for her $2. After a few moments another woman ['Lender'] sitting near the front of the bus held up a TransitChek...

Poor Zipper

Recently I puzzled over these posters that appeared in the vicinity of my workplace (these two were taped to one another around a lamppost, and there were at least a few more). Why would someone go to such an...

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