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Valley Girl, Meet Bronx Girl

Monday, 7:30pm, the S trainGirl 1: So I was all “As if!” and she was all “whatEVER!” Girl 2: Yo, dats some fucked up shit. Girl 1: So when I got home, I totally unfriended her on MySpace. Girl 2: I’mo hafta smack dat bitch up, fo realz! Girl 1: Oh, just unfriend her! She’d hate that even more!

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Morning View – Trump Palace

I’ve ragged on other Trump Buildings around town, but this one I really like. Trump Palace, built in ’91, is the tallest building on the Upper East Side at 55 stories. With balconies for every unit and windows that actually open, it looks bright, airy and livable. It’s peach-ish color seems more suited for South Beach than Manhattan, but I …

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Scaffolding Ad Crackdown Imminent?

Today’s Metro has a bit of good news. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer appears ready to crack down on the abuse of scaffolding advertising, something that has irked me ever since I got to town. The way the scam works: 1) Building owners schedule some kind of repairs or maintenance. 2) Scaffolding goes up to protect pedestrians from falling tools/debris. …

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More Violence In The Village

This spring I wrote about the problems the West Village was having with gangs of violent gay black and latino youth, a topic which generated considerable debate among the readers. Today comes news that a “gang” of seven young lesbians from New Jersey stabbed and beat a 28 year old man for “coming on” to one of them. The New …

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Parking

I have a habit of noting the monthly rates at the parking garages around the city. I don’t have a car and don’t plan on getting one, but I like reminding myself how insanely expensive keeping a car in Manhattan would be. The garage next to my apartment building (shown) has the lowest rate I’ve seen so far. Notice NYC’s …

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Female To Mostly Male

Today’s NY Times has a fascinating look into the lives of female-to-male transexuals, a growing phenomenon that is sowing anger and dissention among some lesbians, who see gender transitioning as a betrayal of feminism and lesbian activism. Many of the women who transition to male do not completely change their gender, leaving the so-called “bottom surgery” unperformed. The article raises …

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Morning View – West 42nd Street

This shot was taken from the 14th floor outside deck of the AMC Theatre on 42nd Street, looking north. That green-roofed building is the current headquarters of the New York Times at 43rd & Broadway. In 1904, Longacre Square was renamed Times Square when the Times built their first home on 42nd Street, the building now topped by the giant …

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Fakes On A Train

I tried to get a photo of the young men from Ivory Coast who stand on the train platforms with open briefcases full of counterfeit watches, but when their sentry saw me aim my camera, he shouted, “Mbuala a’fahti!”, which is Yaoure for “That fat guy has a camera!” and they all snapped their cases shut and began chatting about …

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