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Meet Plan Go: Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

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Meet Plan Go in New York City

I think this picture of me expresses how most people feel when they’re contemplating the possibility of ditching their 9 to 5 in order to embark on their dream journey.

Back in 2003, I graduated college and decided to delay employment for fifteen months. Instead, I traveled the world. I surfed the best waves, started writing novels, and learned that I could take care of myself even when the proverbial shit hit the fan. In one instance, the shit was my surfboard fin and the fan was my head. But, I managed to paddle my bloody scalp out of sharky waters, hitch a ride to the island’s “medical center,” and even score a free room at the clinic and free meals with a Maori tribe. Read more

Food Film Festival

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Food Film Festival

One of the worst experiences as a film-goer is to watch a character eat something delicious–take the Katz’s Deli scene in When Harry Met Sally, where everyone is enjoying their pastrami sandwiches in the background (and I don’t even like Katz’s)–and then you reach down for the soggy popcorn in your lap. But now there’s a solution for audiences that want to feast like the subjects on the screen. It’s an event called the Food Film Festival, which was cooked up when filmmaker George Motz paired his documentary Hamburger America with Harry Hawk’s hamburger joint. Forget watch what you eat, it’s eat what you watch.

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Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Irene Before Hurricane Sandy Hit Long Beach

On Sunday, when Hurricane Sandy was making its approach and most Long Islanders were preparing for what was being dubbed a Frankenstorm, I surfed Long Beach. When hurricanes reach New York with some strength, they usually produce incredible waves. The swells on Sunday, however, were not that impressive. (The currents, however, did send me one mile down the beach after about ninety minutes of surf and over the next twenty four hours, the waves jacked up.) But at the time, I wondered if I would’ve evacuated Long Beach if I had still lived in town, the way I had done the previous year when Hurricane Irene came through and turned out to be mostly hot air.

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Sleep No More

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Sleep No More

The McKittrick Hotel in Manhattan was completed in 1939, but this luxury hotel was condemned and never opened… until now when the performance of Sleep No More checked in.

 

“Here is your room key,” the usher said to my wife and me. She handed us a playing card. Mine was a two, my wife’s was a three. “This way, sir.”

 

But she didn’t guide us on the walk through the labyrinthine darkness. It felt like a snaking darkroom. I guided my wife by dragging a hand along the felt wall. It led to a bar or the 1930s, a resurrection of a decadent hotel bar never opened or a portal back to a gothic speakeasy.

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Remembering 9/11: A Class Trip to Ground Zero

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911: Ground Zero, 10/03/2001.

When I first started teaching in Queens in 2005, my high school students knew about the September 11th attacks. After all, they had lived it. They remembered the terror that filled their New York City classrooms, the fear in their parents’ eyes when they picked them up from school, the inescapable newscasters interrupting their regularly scheduled broadcasts.
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