Don’t buy it: Black Friday is for suckers

Black Friday shoppers

Doesn’t this look fun?

I’ve spent the last 13 years consumed by Black Friday (as a shopping expert, it’s part of the job), and I see it for what it is: Over-hyped, overdone, over-advertised, and like me, you should be over it. Continue reading

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I couldn’t have said it better than Lauren, who was there.

“Red Hook, Where Fairway Is”

If you do a google news search for ‘Red Hook Brooklyn’ today you’ll find dozens of stories about my little low-lying, mixed income Brooklyn neighborhood. Surrounded on three sides by water, and on the other by an elevated portion of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, Red Hook bore a serious brunt of Sandy’s load.

From The Daily Beast to Bloomberg, you’ll hear about the rush of water that rushed up our main street, Van Brunt St., and spilled into the side streets. You’ll read about the shops along the main drag, and how many of them took in more than four feet of water.

The shops in my neighborhood are all small, independent, privately owned businesses. Many of them lost crucial and expensive supplies like

Imagerefrigerators and freezers, as well as stock like cases of food. Many of these losses won’t be covered by insurance, as many of…

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Any-veg Indian Masala

Cauliflower

Matar (green pea) masala with cauliflower

I love Indian food. But of all the restaurants in my Park Slope radius, there just isn’t a good Indian joint. So I’ve been fiddling with a recipe of my own. I think I’m on to something; I’ve got a pretty good base recipe with a bunch of variations that (so far) has been a no-fail. Continue reading

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Behind the fence at Prospect Park’s Lakeside

Lakeside rendering

Rendering of what the water feature is supposed to look like. Image: dbox via OHNY.org

Thanks to Open House New York this past weekend, I got to snap some photos of the new Lakeside project in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The area has been fenced off and boarded from view ever since I moved to Brooklyn, and since I run past the project every time I’m in the park, it’s taken on quite an air of mystery.  The tour was led by Christian Zimmerman, VP of design and construction for NYC Parks. This guy is great — his eyes shine when he talks about the project, which is one part restoration of the original Frederick Law Olmstead landscape design, and one part new construction of a huge ice rink and water feature.  Continue reading

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Ironmanish

Bike course, Ironman 70.3 Poconos

Me on the bike course

Mist rises over the lake as the pre-dawn full moon catches wisps of fog. Birds begin their morning chatter as the eastern sky begins to glow orange, lighting the low peaks of the Pocono-mountain landscape. Dew covers the ground, bending blades of grass with the weight of droplets. And nearby, 1,000 people are lined up to crap¹ in port-o-potties while others rub anti-chafe cream² between their ass cheeks and I begin to encase myself in the membrane of my wetsuit.

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For 10 years running

NYC Marathon 2003

Me at the NYC Marathon in 2003

This October marks my tenth year as a runner. The me from 15 or 20 years ago would have found that absurd. Continue reading

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Abandoned JFK: Neat photos of hangars and stuff

Old JFK logo

The old logo

I really like riding my bike in places where you’re not supposed to ride a bike. So last week, when I needed to pick up a rental car at JFK airport, I decided to bike there (JFK is about 13 miles from my apartment in Brooklyn). The cycle trip was so interesting, I decided to return the car the same way, but this time I brought a camera. Continue reading

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