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  • NYC – Water Logged

    NYC – Water Logged

    “This changing weather pattern is the result of climate change, and the sad reality is our climate is changing faster than our infrastructure can respond.” Rohit Aggarwala, Department of Environmental Protection Water streaming out between the tiles in the subway. Not too sure about the structural integrity of that column. Brooklyn got over 6 inches…

  • 239 Play & City Island

    239 Play & City Island

    I’m always looking for excuses to explore a new neighborhood so when I read about 239 Play, also known as “Dan’s Parent’s House,” I knew I had to check it out and visit City Island. I took the ferry from 34th Street two stops to Ferry Point Park by Throgs Neck, just a 30 minute…

  • The Joy of Happenstance

    The Joy of Happenstance

    John Battelle has a wonderful reminisce about what’s lost as information moves from analog to digital. He specifically writes about the college course catalog and what’s lost as these guides have moved online in Digital is Killing Serendipity. In the comments, I shared an experience I had with a printed catalog at the Edinburgh Festival…

  • My First Dead Show

    My First Dead Show

    Remembering my first Grateful Dead concert on the eve of my last.

  • New Yorker

    New Yorker

    At what point to do you start calling yourself a New Yorker?

  • David Lindley, the Prince of Polyester

    David Lindley, the Prince of Polyester

    David Lindley celebrated the richness of the universe. He was a musician’s musician who reveled in discovering new sounds to reinterpret old songs.

  • Manhattan Tower of Terror

    Manhattan Tower of Terror

    A new hotel going up near Times Square is proposing putting one of those vertical-drop rides on the top of the building. In the request, Extell suggests that vertical-drop rides will pull in tourists as well as “a few jaded New Yorkers,” and pitches it as the next level for hoteliers who “must think flexibly…

  • Allen Ginsberg

    Allen Ginsberg

    I recognized the font of the “Howl” on the front of his baseball cap. We struck up a conversation about City Lights bookstore, Ferlinghetti, the Beats and old San Francisco. Eric was his name.  Turns out he was an agent for some of Allen Ginsberg’s art and hung out at his apartment on the Lower…

  • American Food Mythology

    Let us remember the giants of American Cuisine. Betty Crocker Betty Crocker isn’t actually a real person. She is the brainchild of an advertising campaign developed by the Washburn-Crosby Company, a flour milling company started in the late 1800s that eventually became General Mills. Who was Betty Crocker? Colonel Sanders Ironically, Colonel Harland Sanders cannot…