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One Neighborhood, Five Things — Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

| October 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Yes, “Hell’s Kitchen.” The area in Manhattan from 34th Street to 59th Street and west of Eighth Avenue, goes by many names: Midtown, Midtown West, West Side, the Theater District, and Hell’s Kitchen. It is not, however, known by its official name, “Clinton,” no matter how many times New York City officials write it on […]

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One Neighborhood, Five Pubs — The Steyne, Dublin 2

| August 1, 2012 | 1 Comment

  My neighborhood doesn’t seem to have a modern name, and like most neighborhoods in Dublin, it is identified by the closest pub. There are probably fifteen pubs within a three-block radius of my apartment. For my own purposes I am going to use the 13th-century name for it, The Steyne, though at that time […]

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One Neighborhood, Five Things — Indre By, Copenhagen

| July 17, 2012 | 2 Comments

The Danish capital of Copenhagen is a mini-metropolis that easily surpasses nearly every city in the world in aspects of livability. The Danes are famous for their food, for their environmental sensitivity, for their open and diverse culture, for their sense of design, and for their continuing pursuit of science. And if all of this […]

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One Neighborhood, Five Things – Alphabet City, NYC

| June 27, 2012 | 5 Comments

Once considered a feared no man’s land chock-full of gangs, drug dealers, and squatters, Alphabet City has cleaned up its act — more or less — and become a safer place to live and visit. This scrappy little bitch sister of both the Lower East Side and the East Village has finally come into its […]

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One Neighborhood, Five Things – Marais, Paris

| June 12, 2012

    How many Americans, at some point in their lives, dream of living in Paris?  Few actually make the move, but for those who do, the reality is seldom like the storybook tale they envision. As an American who has lived in Paris for over five years now, I can tell you that the […]

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One Neighborhood, Five Things – Capitol Hill, Seattle

| June 6, 2012 | 2 Comments

    “I’ve never been there myself, but I hear it’s lovely.” Such is the typical response from even the most well-traveled New Yorkers, when asked about Seattle, Washington. And who can blame them for not venturing out to this faraway neck of the American woods? Granted, they’ve heard great things. From its grunge heyday […]

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One Neighborhood, Five Things – Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok

Hop in a tuk tuk and tell the driver you want to go to “Thailand Route 3” and see how far you get. Bangkokians have no idea where that is, but tell him  “Sukhumvit Road” and you’ll be puttering loudly through the streets to your destination in no time — assuming that Bangkok’s notorious traffic […]

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One Neighborhood, Five Things – Lalibela, Ethiopia

| May 17, 2012 | 2 Comments

“Do they know it’s Christmastime at all?” To answer the music world’s rhetorical cri de coeur about the Ethiopian famine of the mid-1980s, “Yes, they did.” Furthermore, the town of Lalibela has been celebrating the holiday in its rock-hewn churches for over 800 years. While the Europeans were building their cathedrals to scrape the heavens, […]

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One Neighborhood, Five Things — Inwood, NYC

| April 25, 2012 | 4 Comments

Child-free literates and impoverished hipsters began populating the northernmost neighborhood of Manhattan a little over a decade ago, though little has changed in roughly fifty years. Recent progress can be found, however, with the yet-to-be-bombed gay bar on Dyckman Street, and a smattering of new coffee shops, and wine bars. The main draws for this […]

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