#tuesday (at O Cafe NY)

#tuesday (at O Cafe NY)

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…just as there is no most “real” New Yorker, there is no “most authentic” New York neighborhood. Some people are confused by this, because they think that whatever type of neighborhood they grew up in (or grew up watching on TV) has got to have some priority over the others. So if you grew up watching All in the Family, you might think places like Astoria or Corona or Canarsie are most “quintessentially” New York. But if you grew up watching Seinfeld, it’d be the Upper West Side. This is bullshit, of course. As Jane Jacobs says, “the good city sidewalk never repeats itself” and a good neighborhood is always evolving and in a state of flux.
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Seventh avenue. Looking uptown from midtown. Looking downtown from uptown (Adam Clayton Powell Ave).

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#thursday.  (at Caffe Bene at 7Th Av)

#thursday. (at Caffe Bene at 7Th Av)

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#sold. #wednesdayhumpday (at Argo Tea Cafe)

#sold. #wednesdayhumpday (at Argo Tea Cafe)

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People kept their books, she thought, not because they were likely to read them again but because these objects contained the past — the texture of being oneself at a particular place, at a particular time, each volume a piece of one’s intellect, whether the work itself had been loved or despised or had induced a snooze on page forty.
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I was not the first to think so, but it first became clear to me when driving every morning to my uncle’s restaurant on Staten Island, when the slight dips in the Pulaski Skyway driving northbound and looking east put the island’s entire skyline on display, that Manhattan just had to be humankind’s most brilliant work of art. Order and chaos don’t just co-exist, they complement, like rhythm and melody. A paradox of opposites making each other stronger, like the nature of the artists that created it.

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A musical case for H.R. 40

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The City of New York unveiled Miles Davis Way, at West 77th Street between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive, on May 26 this year. It would have been Davis’ 88th birthday. For twenty-five years, until the mid-1980s, he lived on that block, in the brownstone at 312 West 77th, out front of which he routinely held jam sessions.

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Happy 2nd birthday, @chippedcupny. #harlem #nyc #coffee  (at The Chipped Cup)

Happy 2nd birthday, @chippedcupny. #harlem #nyc #coffee (at The Chipped Cup)

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#thursday (at Kissaten Jin)

#thursday (at Kissaten Jin)

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Why in the world is there a hotel here? #UES (at Courtyard New York Manhattan/Upper East Side)

Why in the world is there a hotel here? #UES (at Courtyard New York Manhattan/Upper East Side)

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#wednesday.

#wednesday.

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#tuesday.

#tuesday.

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