Archive for September, 2009

Fri 11 Sep 2009 8:46 am   //   Posted in: New York is different


Friends outside New York City often ask what’s going on at the World Trade Center site. Here are some pictures that show the progress of the site:



Wed 9 Sep 2009 7:37 am   //   Posted in: Labeling, The suburbs, Transit

Dumb sign


I’m sure there’s a sensible reason for this sign to exist. But the hell if I can figure it out. Aren’t most places not bus stops?

(Spotted on an unremarkable street corner somewhere around Ridgefield Park, during a bike ride exploring the New Jersey suburbs Monday.)

Sun 6 Sep 2009 10:27 am   //   Posted in: Books

Library books

One unique quality of library books is the notes past readers have written in them. To be clear: I never write in library books. But I enjoy that extra layer of the reading experience—trying to puzzle out what other readers were thinking based on scrawls in the margins. (Within limits—and I’m talking about legible notes, not obsessive highlighting or underlining, which is annoying.)

I especially like it when a reader has corrected a mistake, or made a sophisticated editing judgment:



Thu 3 Sep 2009 10:00 am   //   Posted in: Travel

Practicing writing like F. Scott Fitzgerald


By four o’clock on a Friday in late August, with all sensible work having ceased after lunch, Manhattan is in the midst of a mass exodus. The commuter trains teem with office workers bound for summer excursions, overstuffing the luggage racks with rolling suitcases and sipping bottled beer from paper bags.


Tue 1 Sep 2009 10:00 am   //   Posted in: Books, Brooklyn, New York is different

“Sentimental value”

I saw this sign recently near my apartment. I think it sums up the kind of neighborhood I live in: