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The Nostalgia Train

Chalk this one up under “Another Reason New York City Totally Rules”… The missus and I attended brunch yesterday at a trendy location on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a borough some people think is great. As we were transferring from our local #7 train to the downtown B/D/F/V options, the Nostalgia Train pulled [...]

I Remember This: It’s Called Cold

Oh, yes, B&E; readers, New York City has had its first really cold day, and I don’t mind telling you that I like it. Well, I like it other than the fact that it was also 54-degrees at my job today. (In case I need to clarify, we do actually work inside.) It’s sort of [...]

Tourists Stink

With my outer-borough lifestyle (living in Queens, working in Brooklyn), I’m not one of those New Yorkers that gets annoyed at the tourists. In fact, I’m fairly convinced that it’s because of rich foreigners that New York hasn’t seen the brunt of the recession the rest of the country feels (and that we’ll now feel [...]

A Water Falls in Brooklyn

First the telectroscope and now the waterfalls. New York’s on a public art kick. Look out! Some Danish guy who likes making fake weather environments decided that New York City could use some waterfalls. So the Public Art Fund and a bunch of private donors (Look, conservatives! No tax money for art!) got together to [...]

Nothing Satisfies Like Jayson

I got a rare seat on the downtown number 5 train this morning and found myself in front of a homemade ad for Jayson the Massage Therapist. I’ve doctored the photo only to get rid of the phone number. Other than that, it is exactly as I saw it. But Jayson, I have some questions [...]

I Have Low Expectations

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) owns what might be the last undeveloped piece of land in Manhattan (if you consider rail track undeveloped). They recently sold it to a developer called Tishman Speyer. It was some sort of $1 billion deal. Well, Tishman Speyer backed out. Now I’m not gonna pretend to know anything about [...]

The Nastiest Commuters

Good night. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bedbugs bite. New York City has had a bit of a bedbugs epidemic the past few years. Several people I know have had to deal with the nightmare, and I think an infestation ranks among the missus’ biggest fears. They don’t discriminate: housing projects, luxury hotels, working class [...]

This is Bad Even by MTA Standards

A Mets article in the New York Times leads with this: The journey from Brooklyn to Queens is a short one geographically, but it took Nelson Figueroa 13 years to make the trip. Looks like Nelson discovered the perils of the G train! Zang! zzP-POW! Wocka-wocka-wocka!

Someone Needs to Blow Manhattan’s Nose

I would normally have more to say on the matter, but for now, I’m just going to voice my displeasure at the brutal assassination of Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan. It works in London, and it could work here. I never thought I’d see the day that I’d agree with Joe Bruno about something. Shame [...]


A moment of exposition for you non-NYC-dwelling B&E; readers: One sees homeless people every day in New York City, on and off the subway. It’s a semi-regular occurrence for one of those homeless people to be exceptionally stinky. Particularly potent cases can clear subway cars. That’s a fact, not a judgment. Today, on the platform [...]