Suds in the City

Suds in the City

Lately I’ve been thinking about the scents I associate with New York. There’s the infamous “eau de garbage,” which wafts malodorously from many a street corner, especially in the dead of summer. And then there’s the uplifting smell of fresh laundry that hits you unexpectedly as you walk by the side of a building. New York is a place of contrasts, even for the nose. In her unforgettable essay Goodbye to All That, Joan Didion remembered smelling “lilac and garbage and expensive perfume.” These thoughts on scent are tied to…

Holiday Season in New York

Holiday Season in New York

Hard to believe it, but 2013 is almost over. There’s not much to love, for me, about winter, especially when it starts getting dark at 4:30 p.m. It weakens the will. I completely understand why some animals go into hibernation. And yet, there’s a bright spot in these long cold nights:  the streets of New York, a city that twinkles like no other during the holiday season. My favorite walking tour at this time of year is from Madison Park to Union Square, starting down Fifth Avenue, and then turning…

New York In Bloom

New York In Bloom

Spring is here, and this time I know it’s for real. The air smells undeniably sweeter, infused with the fragrances of newly bloomed trees and flowers. Enjoy a picture tour of the neighborhood at its best:

Gawd!

Gawd!

I was walking around the neighborhood today, as I like to do when the temperature drops to 16 degrees and the winds rise to 30 mph, and noticed this extremely odd car. It’s filled to the brims with old newspapers, empty soda cans, Styrofoam cups, and other hard-to-identify paraphernalia. At first I thought it must be some kind of art project, left there by an avant-garde collective from Brooklyn, or something like that. But then I noticed that the driver’s seat was actually free of clutter, thus making me wonder…