Here is a Cute Kitty, Just Because

October 14, 2016 Animals, Featured, New York City Comments (1) 286

I walk past this kitten every morning on my way to work, along with another (a sibling, presumably?) with whom he or she shares an Upper East Side pet store window.

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My New Venture: RewriteFitness.com

September 21, 2016 Featured, New York City, Personal Comments (0) 410

Just a quick note that I am now a certified personal trainer (based in New York City), and posting regularly regarding health and fitness at RewriteFitness.com. I will continue posting here, too, but I would invite you to come check me out over there.

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Among the Clouds

January 15, 2016 New York City Comments (0) 126

432 Park Avenue in the Clouds

If you come to New York City, you can pay $100 million to live above the clouds. My friend calls it “The Bespin Penthouse.”

That’s 432 Park Avenue, the second-tallest building in New York City at present, and the tallest residential building in the world. It’s apartments all the way up, and the penthouse is actually higher up than the spire of the Empire State Building. The view is incredible, according to published photos–although on a day like this, I don’t imagine you see much except the clouds.

 

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Conservative Activism: “We’ve Had Enough Smut!”

January 4, 2016 New York City Comments (0) 204

Liz and I made our first visit to the Museum of the City of New York this afternoon. It’s a great museum and I recommend it–we especially enjoyed the exhibits on protecting New York City landmarks and about the history of activism in New York City.

Speaking of that latter exhibit, the section on Conservative Activism in NYC was amusing. A few photos below for your enjoyment.

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Watching the Storm Roll In

June 24, 2015 New York City Comments (0) 149

Shortly before heading into Manhattan for Erika’s book launch, I got to watch from my apartment window as a heavy storm rolled in over Manhattan. The photos below were taken over a period of less than three minutes; afterward we had maybe 1-5 minutes of very heavy rain (which fell mostly sideways) then a few minutes of drizzle, and then the rest of the night was calm.

Also, I only noticed it just now, but that electronic billboard at the bottom right just perfectly captures the cultural zeitgeist, doesn’t it?

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The rest of the interview will be centaur questions.

May 29, 2015 New York City, Pop Culture Comments (0) 211

This billboard is right near my office, and I often catch it in varying states of completion. It’s great fun.

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Long Island City Sunset 03.24.15

March 30, 2015 New York City Comments (0) 241

20150324_185434-PANOThese last few months have been rough, but sometimes this city isn’t so bad. I took this from the roof of our building the other night, while waiting for a GPS signal before a run.

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We Are All of Us Irrelevant

March 27, 2015 New York City Comments (1) 262

Kips Bay Towers March 2015Out for a walk one afternoon, and this building just grabbed me. The way it filled the entire frame with faceless identical units, the way it towers over the block despite being set back quite a bit, overwhelming you with its sheer scope. I guess that’s why they call this style brutalist*.

*Apparently it’s not–it has something to do with the French for concrete–but fuck it. This building is brutish.

Turns out this is an I. M. Pei building, Kips Bay Towers, which house more than 4,000 residents on three blocks of the East Side and which were part of the condo frenzy in the early 1980’s.

A friend remarked that, “behind each of those windows are people who will likely never meet each other.” That seems to me like a pretty good symbol of life in New York City, or any really big city.

It’s like a human honeycomb, and in each cell is a family or an individual with a whole universe that revolves around them, a complex web of relationships and goals, desires and failures that feel overwhelming even though they’re surrounded on all sides by people who couldn’t care less. Each cell bears the decor that is the physical accumulation of a lifetime lived, but when somebody dies that will all will be moved out, and the space cleared so the next person can fill that blank space with their life and their mementos.

The longer I look at this photo, the less important I feel. I begin to understand why this was the chosen architectural style of fascist governments.

“From the outside I am thinking / I’m a number, not a man
From the outside I am thinking / What were they thinking?”

– They Might Be Giants, “Albany (The Egg)

 

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Photo: A rather dramatic NYC sunset

March 26, 2015 In The News, New York City Comments (0) 177

SmokyNYCMarch262015A massive building fire destroyed three buildings in New York City’s East Village late this afternoon, including my favorite spot to get poutine–but that hardly seems important considering the number of people who were injured and put out of their homes. It took more than 200 firefighters to put out the blaze, and last I heard they were knocking all the buildings down rather than risk an uncontrolled collapse.

I happened to catch the sunset at just the right moment, as the rain clouds (which hung over us most of the day) cleared, leaving Manhattan awash in smoke from the fire and bathing the Empire State Building in visible sunbeams. I’ll refrain from waxing philosophical on this and just say it made for a nice photo. If you think there’s something more to it, feel free to say so in the comments.

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Winter has been hard on all of us.

March 26, 2015 New York City, Personal Comments (0) 141

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This is the second such hole to show up quite suddenly outside of my apartment building, and I’m wondering if I should be concerned about the building’s foundation. What does one even call this? Pothole? Sinkhole? Abyss?

I looked in, and might have seen tiny claymation demons running around.

It’s been a long, hard winter in the Northeastern United States. If you live somewhere else, I envy you. And your traffic control devices.

 

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