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  • Izumi got a haircut!

    Where to you go when you want to get a super-short haircut after wearing it long for many years? You go to the person that has been perfecting the “pixie” haircut since the New Wave era, the guy with photos of Audrey Hepburn on the wall, the guy who owns the domain for cropsforgirls.com. Google […]

  • Photographing Fireworks

    For the past two years I’ve had the good fortune to live right next to the largest fireworks event in North America, the Macy’s July Fourth fireworks “Spectacular” on the East River between Manhattan and Queens. Last year I walked out on to the FDR highway which was blocked off to traffic both North and […]

  • Primary Election Day, NYC

    NY Primary Election Day – what you need to know

  • On Losing

    On Losing

    So the Warriors won … again.

  • NYC’s Dollar Bus Network

    NYC’s Dollar Bus Network

    Every vibrant city has its public transportation woes and homegrown hacks to resolve them. I experienced Mexico City’s Pesero buses when I was directed by a local to jump into passing VW Bus that took me where I wanted to go as long as I didn’t mind dropping off a few other people along the […]

  • What to do in Oahu?

    What to do in Oahu?

    A friend is headed off to Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands for a week and asked for a couple must-do activities while he’s there. I’ve visited the island several times and here’s my list: Rent a car for your stay. You’ll want to have a car to get around unless you’re staying at a place […]

  • A very New York story

    A very New York story

    The saga of Kareem Rahma and his missing New York Magazine.

  • Wordle

    Wordle

    The online game of Wordle has been online since November last year but it broke into popular view in January when the yellow and green chicklet pictograms started showing up in people’s social media timelines. The game is elegant in its simplicity. Wordle refreshingly lacks any viral loops (players are limited to a single game […]

  • NYC Restaurant Streeteries

    NYC Restaurant Streeteries

    Back in March, I wrote a post for the SmartNews intranet explaining to my colleagues in Japan the temporary sheds you see on the street outside of restaurants. In San Francisco they were called parklets, here in NYC they are called streeteries. They were built so restaurants could comply with Covid restrictions on indoor dining. […]

  • Sept 11

    Sept 11

    Twenty years ago I was in Redmond, Washington at Microsoft on a business trip. Izumi called me at my hotel early in the morning to tell me something terrible had happened and that I should turn on the television to see. For the next three days I was stuck in Redmond with no way to […]