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A Hate Letter To New York City

Dear New York City,

We’ve had our good moments. In my youth, I spent a good six years roaming your streets, soaking up the thrill that only you seem to offer.

Maybe I am just getting old, and that’s not your fault. But, with age comes crankiness, impatience, and a need for a modicum of personal space. As I sit on a non-air conditioned subway car, clinging to a pole for dear life with five other passengers, listening to the conductor blare for the fourth time: “Ladies and gentleman, we are delayed because of train traffic ahead of us,” I can’t help but think: Thank God I don’t have to do this every day.

When I was young and sprightly, your quirks were charming. Newsflash: It is no longer charming when maneuvering up 6th Ave. feels like an episode in the Hunger Games. I am not certain about much in life, but this I know: That is not a normal way to live.

Subway - tie

When I was young, you were exciting and accessible. Who wants to get something to eat at 11:30 p.m.? Who wants to take a 3 a.m. bus to Washington D.C. from Port Authority? Why? Because we can. This is New York City for goodness sakes.

You are never boring, and there is something to be said for that. I’ve enjoyed your museums, your restaurants, your soaring buildings, your constant indulgence for more, and the shopping – we can’t forget the shopping. I’m still very much a city girl. I like the options, the hum, the productivity – and did I mention the shopping? – that comes with city life.

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New World Trade Center Oculus transportation hub

But you are the edgy, sullen friend that appeared oh so very cool when I was in high school. Now, you are just a colossal pain in my ass.

Or maybe – in the spirit of “its not me, its you” – you are the one getting old. Your arthritic infrastructure heaves and sighs beneath the weight of eight¬†million people competing for meager crumbs of space. Maybe your subway tracks need a new jolt of life (or a complete overhaul). Maybe you need a custodian (read: mayor) more concerned with livability than ideology.

Either way, we will be forced to grow old together. You are home to my favorite people in the world, and so this relationship will carry on. I’m sure we will have good moments ahead of us and many more f-bomb laced bad ones.

Sincerely,

Nam

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Bring it On: March 2016

March has landed! Here are the things I’m looking forward to.

  • Spring! Fuck winter. It is seriously the worst. It will be 70 degrees next week in DC, and I plan on loving every single second of it.
  • New York. I have two trips planned to New York City to visit family this month (including my very special, very important, very adorable niece).
  • Sleep. Guys, I’m exhausted. Work has been piling up among other things, and I wouldn’t mind hibernating for a bit.
  • Cuba. Okay, I’m not going to Cuba…yet. But U.S. airlines announced their proposed flight routes for commercial flights to Cuba, and I am excited and ready to go.
  • New TV. Lots of great TV returning in March. Awkward season 5… Daredevil season 2… I am a huge, unapologetic fan of staring mindlessly at the TV.
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Bad Blogger. Bad, Bad Blogger.

I’ve been a bad blogger. In my defense, I’ve been sick. AGAIN. What the hell? And I’ve been traveling — no where exotic, but there has been lots of time spent in train stations, in the airport, in rental cars and complaining about being sick. Some highlights…and lowlights.

I really need to know if this New York City Subway sign is real or a joke.

I really need to know if this New York City subway ad is real or a joke. Do people really pay for plastic surgery for their dogs??? And who would pay for a joke subway ad???

No offense Pittsburgh, but it sometimes seems like you're trying to make me dislike you.

No offense Pittsburgh, but it sometimes seems like you’re trying to make me dislike you.

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The Great Tall Buildings Walk

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned how much The Boyfriend loves skyscrapers. So much so that I made him this map in a demonstration of what an awesome girlfriend I am. Well, we finally got around to doing the 14.67 mile walk (Yes, we walked the whole way!), complete with photos of New York City’s tallest buildings.

Here’s the map:

And now, the best part – the pictures!

(A) One57: This residential building is still under construction but has topped out at 1,005 feet. The crane you see at the top broke loose during Hurricane Sandy, resulting in the neighborhood’s evacuation.

One57

(B): The City Spire Center: 814 feet

City Spire Center

(C) GE Building: This iconic building, probably better known as 30 Rock, tops out at 850 feet. I love this shot with the flags of Rockefeller Center peeking out at the bottom.

30 Rock

(D) 432 Park Avenue: This building is officially under construction but there’s not much to see. It’s debatable whether it should be included in The Great Tall Buildings Walk, but I opted to include any buildings in which ground has been broken. This building will be 1,379 feet.

432 Park Ave

(E) Bloomberg Tower: 806 feet.

Bloomberg Tower

(F) Citigroup Center: 915 feet

Citigroup Center

(G) Trump World Tower: Not far from the United Nations, the Trump World Tower is the second largest residential building in the city at 861 feet.

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Trump World Tower

(H) The Chrysler Building: Standing at 1,046 feet, it was the tallest building in the world from 1930 until 1931.

The Chrysler Building

(I) The MetLife Building: 808 feet.

MetLife Building

(J) Bank of America Tower: At 1,200 feet, the Bank of America Tower is the 4th tallest building in the U.S.

Bank of America Tower

(K) Conde Nast Building: 809 feet

Conde Nast Building

(L) New York Times Building: At 1,046 feet, it is the 8th tallest building in the U.S.

New York Times Building

(M) Empire State Building: Standing 1,250 feet tall, it is the 3rd tallest building in the U.S. and was the tallest building in the world from 1931 until 1972.

Empire State Building

(N): 8 Spruce Street: Designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry, 8 Spruce street is the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere. It stands at 876 feet.

8 Spruce Street

(O) 70 Pine Street: 952 feet

70 Pine Street

(P) The Trump Building: At 927 feet, the Trump Building was the world’s tallest building for less than two months in 1930.

The Trump Building

(Q) One Chase Manhattan Plaza: 813 feet

One Chase Manhattan Plaza
(R) Four World Trade Center:¬†There’s not much to see because the building is under construction and my iPhone died. When completed, the building will be 977 feet.
(S) Three World Trade Center: The building will be 1,171 feet

Three World Trade Center

(T) One World Trade Center: Also known as the Freedom Tower, it will be 1,776 feet when it’s done.

One World Trade Center

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