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The Subway Swagger

One of the most amazing, complex human creations is the subway system. Sure, here in New York the subway is a little smelly, grimy, rat-ridden, expensive and unreliable on the weekends but we pride ourselves on it anyway. Hey, at least we’re not driving some gas-guzzling SUV and contributing to global warming like our Midwest […]

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Dinner with Italian Nonnas on Staten Island

I never thought the words “I want to go to Staten Island” would leave my mouth. True, I wanted to take the Staten Island Ferry as a free nautical tour of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the lower part of Manhattan but actually getting off the ferry and stepping foot on Staten Island […]

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A Car-Free Broadway for the People?

Ah, Broadway! The street name has inspired many a song, a movie and is most notably associated with theatrical success.  To the modern New Yorker, however, the name may not first bring to mind musical merriment, but rather a cringe and nightmares of traffic and tourists.  Earlier this year, the city carved out a chunk […]

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Summer Float Trip: If You Give A Duck a Cheeto… It Will Just Want More

The summer float trip is a longstanding tradition among my friends. This activity started back in college, on the Huzzah River in the lovely, lush state of Missouri. Every summer we would pack our coolers, always with ample booze and Cheetos and hit the rapids. By rapids I mean the slowest river you could possibly […]

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Survivor NYC: How to Get Off the Island

Since I moved to New York I have developed an assortment of seemingly irrational fears. I fear that an air conditioning unit is going to fall from a building as I walk underneath. I fear that that the liquid dripping from those air conditioning units isn’t really water, but rather some radioactive chemical that is […]

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No A/C in AC: A Night in Atlantic City

I boarded the bus to Atlantic City on Saturday afternoon with a sunglasses, a Starbuck’s Double Shot and a dream.  This trip had been talked about for years and finally we decided to pull the trigger for my roommate, Hillary Clinton’s birthday celebration.  The brilliance of this bus company, Academy Bus,  is not to be missed. Every […]

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Sidewalk Traffic Lanes for All

In the same spirit of Lady Gaga’s pre-released Telephone video, the internet blew up a couple days ago upon the sighting of tourist walking lanes on Fifth Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets. The lanes were drawn by an anonymous artist that probably hails from the same clan as the Subway etiquette artist from a […]

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NYPD Snubs Cyclists on Earth Day

So much for going green and promoting exercise! The NYPD had a rude Earth Day surprise for bike riders that call Houston St. home yesterday: they clipped the locks and took the bikes away!  The justification for such an assault on the city’s cyclists is that the police were instructed to clear all sidewalks for […]

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Props to the Subway Etiquette Artist

Though he has already been applauded by the masses, I feel that Jason Shelowitz and I are very much kindred souls. Schelowitz is the artist behind the subway etiquette signs. If you have not been fortunate to see one of his MTA-esque signs encouraging proper behavior while using mass transit, then keep your eyes peeled. […]

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Civilized Travel with Amtrak

There is something so comfortable and classy about train travel these days, or maybe that’s just in comparison to the dire state of the battered airline industry.  This past weekend I had the fortune of round-trip Amtrak travel along the Northeast Corridor from NYC to DC. This is a journey my frugal wallet usually takes […]

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