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quick tourist guide to nyc

So I feel a little ridiculous writing this … but actually not everyone has been to NYC and I have two coworkers visiting for the first time in March and thought I’d write them a quick guide.

To begin with, two important tips: Know the difference between New York City and Manhattan (Manhattan is one […]

free stuff to do in nyc

So I drew up a list of free and cheap things to do for some kinda broke houseguests recently and decided to turn it into a blog post. There are a lot of cool free and cheap things to do in NYC and here is a list of some of them.

Sundays – check out […]

interesting NYT story on gender roles at restaurants

By Frank Bruni:

Although the goal in many public places and in much of public life is to treat men and women equally, most upscale restaurants haven’t reached that point.

Then again they haven’t really tried all that hard. They’ve learned that ignoring gender is risky, and often foolish, because men and women approach and […]

small claims court case – update

So regarding my previously-blogged-about small claims case against my ex-landlord, I did get the check from the management company this week. Have already sent half to my ex-roomie and used the rest of pay off debts…

four giant waterfalls to rise from East River

Have other people heard about this? There’s going to be four giant, temporary waterfalls in the East River this summer, including one at the Brooklyn Bridge.

I win!!!!

So remember how my old landlord withheld one month of my security deposit last year? In case you don’t, to recap: A few months after signing a two-year lease with my then-girlfriend C., we split up. We gave them plenty of notice, but they didn’t find a new tenant. So we continued paying rent […]

‘A singles map of the United States of America’

Interesting story from the Boston Globe on male-female ratios in American cities:

It’s not just that some places have more singles than others. If you’re a single man or a single woman the odds of meeting that special someone vary dramatically across the country.

By far, the best places for single men are the […]

where’s winter?

Man, I remember when I first moved to New York, all the men had these shin-length black coats and the women the puffy ankle-length white full body parkas … you hardly see that anymore. I don’t really had a good winter coat.

I remember going to some press conference with Rudy Giuliani at his […]

missed connections on the a-train

I got onto the A-train around 12:30 a.m. and took plopped down next to you: a stunning brunette in fishnets, heels, and some kind of stylish plaid/white miniskirt and matching blazer. I got out my phone and furiously started playing Tank War so as not to stare while trying to think of a conversation gambit. […]

ReBeCA V.?

So Curbed is having a contest to name my new neighborhood, which it calls “not quite TriBeCa, not quite FiDi” (Financial District, although I’ve never heard it called that.

A lot of people are saying it really is TriBeCa, but other suggestions include ReBeCA V. (Rectangle Between Chambers and Vesey), Lower West Side, Calvin, ChaCHa […]

nelson blue

So on Thursday I went to Nelson Blue, New York’s first kiwi bar by the South Street Seaport, about a 10 minute walk from my new pad. It is a sleek, beautiful bar that was quite busy around 1 a.m. It is named for Nelson, New Zealand, where owner Pauli Morgan hails from. I walked […]

goodbye to all that

Sooo, I am at the Coffee Pot across the street from my apartment writing this, as my computer is all packed up. I am waiting for the moving truck to come — they went to Ninth Street rather than Ninth Ave. Grrr. Just a few more hours in Hell’s Kitchen, then I’ll be Tribeca boy. […]

my apartment on youtube

After the jump, you can see it as it was shown to us.

apartment in shambles…

messy apartment… Originally uploaded by derek7272.

So we moved in Thursday and are still unpacking. It is sort of a disaster zone in fact. I’m def. happy to be living with my girlfriend, but we have lots of work to do getting settled! We have two of everything and so much “stuff.” It can […]

In the new apartment!

Last night was the first night in the new apartment! We slept on a mattress on the floor as there’s a tight turn in the stairs, too tight to bring up C.’s box spring. She is going to try to get super to bring it in through a window this afternoon.

We both have […]

My (old) apt., on craigslist

Here. They’re trying to get more money for it.

I will have more to say in a bit … been busy moving. Almost out of this apartment, as you can see. (Anyone want to buy my queen-sized IKEA bed?)


apartment signing Landlord marks X-s for us to sign at landlord’s office.

So guess what loyal-blog readers. Mere hours ago girlfriend C. and I gave a large chunk of money a broker and a landlord … and are moving in together!

It’ll be the first time I have ever truly lived with a girl, […]

i heart immigrant labor

I’m not trying to be facetious at all … just thinking about this today, all the ways low-wage, mostly immigrant labor makes my life easier:

Feeding me. Like many Manhattan residents, I very rarely cook for myself. Instead I just eat out. I can get a good meal for $5.50 at the Desi Deli […]

housing deals

Obv. hard to find a super housing deal in Manhattan, but I feel they’re out there. Like one of my friends at the Times was among a group who homesteaded a Lower East Side property years ago (basically a legal squat). Another close friend and sometime blog-commenter got to pay no rent increases for years […]

weekend update

Okay, yes C. did come with me to the Flyer party … and this would have been a good picture of us together if it wasn’t so blurry. Alas… There’s actually a good picture of C. here, but I look retarded. Ooops.

Anyway it was a fun evening. C. and I took […]