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David Serchuk

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The Upright Citizens Brigade and Me

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 3:00 PM

New York magazine, which gets my vote for best magazine in the world, has a great oral history of the Upright Citizens Brigade online.

I knew the UCB Theater (UCBT) would someday get this royal treatment, because it really has changed comedy, and the larger world of entertainment....

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New York City Apartment Hell Pt. 8

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 3:35 PM

(Hi Readers, this is the stirring conclusion to our tale! If you want to get caught up from the start please click here. If you just want to go back one chapter click here!)

After seeing so many places our present apartment was starting to...

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New York City Apartment Hell Pt. 7

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2011 | 6:03 PM

(Wherein we seem to have not one, not two, but three great choices. For Part Six of this story please click here. For Part One, so you can get all caught up and stuff, click here!)

After seeing this Jetsons-esque high-rise we all piled into...

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New York City Apartment Hell Pt. 6

(5) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 1:17 PM

(Wherein we experience the wonder that is talking elevators. Oh yeah, for Part Five click here. For Part One of this saga click here and get yourself caught up!)

That night Randi took the Q train to Ditmas Park to see the apartment. She had...

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New York City Apartment Hell Pt. 5

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 11:13 AM

(For Pt. 4, click here.)

Randi, ever efficient, soon found another lead. Hmm, this sounds like it has potential: a two-bedroom in Ditmas Park, for only $1350 a month. I have to admit, though, by now I was starting to feel a little pressured, and somewhat wary of...

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New York City Apartment Hell Pt. 4

(2) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 4:52 PM

(Wherein we are basically extorted by our broker and revisit, once again, a place we didn't even like that much the first time. For Pt. 3 click here.)

That night we waited in our apartment for Lauren to drop by and pick up the deposit. "I'm going...

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New York City Apartment Hell Pt. 3

(3) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 12:58 PM

(Wherein we seem to not get the message. For Pt.1 click here, for Pt. 2 click here.)

Following that, every weekend, and many weeknights, were dedicated to schlepping all over our allotted neighborhoods, looking for that mystery apartment that had eluded us so far. I'd found...

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Enough With the Teacher Bashing

(38) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 7:38 PM

Punish the poor for not being able to afford private schools. Punish the teachers for wanting the wages and pensions THEY NEGOTIATED FOR. Punish those who believe a public education should be a right and that teachers deserve to be paid as professionals. Punish the teachers again for daring to...

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New York City Apartment Hell Pt. 2

(10) Comments | Posted March 2, 2011 | 2:05 PM

(Wherein we meet some Orthodox Jewish brokers in Bay Ridge. For Pt. 1 click here.)

Over the course of three months or so, we saw literally dozens of apartments. Suffice it to say, we set the bar kind of high. We didn't know this, and in the...

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New York City Apartment Hell Pt. 1

(2) Comments | Posted March 1, 2011 | 4:21 PM

(This is a multi-part story for those who can appreciate a good yarn about how impossible it can be to find a decent apartment in New York City. Some background: before my wife and I had our daughter, Stella, in April 2008, we decided to seek a place with more...

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Smackdown! Obama vs. Hitler!

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2010 | 8:14 PM

Editor's Note: This post is a work of satire.

Recently private equity kingpin Stephen Schwarzman said President Obama's plan to raise taxes on, ahem, private equity firms was akin to Adolph Hitler's invasion of Poland in 1939. I thought this was remarkable for many reasons. One, Schwarzman is...

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Smackdown! New York vs. Louisville

(12) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 2:33 PM

As a newcomer to Louisville (that's in Kentucky) I can't help but compare it to my old stomping ground, New York City. Why did I move here? Should you care? Those, my friends, are questions that have no answer. Today I am just going to shoot from the hip and...

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CEO Cover Stories For Dummies

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 2:33 PM

After writing about the problem with financial journalism for the Huffington Post I realized I had left out something crucial. Here I had spent all that time on why so much financial reporting is bad, and only touched upon the most important part: The Cover Story CEO Profile™....

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The Problem With Financial Journalism

(10) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 1:30 PM

The peculiar sport of fox hunting was described by Oscar Wilde as "the unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable." I feel a similar aphorism can be applied to most financial journalism: "The unspeakable perusing the unreadable."

Okay, maybe it's a bit harsh to call my (former) readers the unspeakable,...

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The Real Housewives And The Recession

(4) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 4:31 PM

Like most of you I have watched more than my fair share of the "Real Housewives" series on Bravo.

In most of these series the women start out normal enough, I guess. They're kind of rich, kind of spoiled, buy $2000 Gucci bags without thinking about it too much,...

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Parenting: Everybody Has A Plan

(2) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 9:57 AM

I titled this blog entry in honor of that great philosopher and statesman of our age "Iron" Mike Tyson. In addition to having been one of the most fearsome fighters of all time, he was also a strategist on par with Alexander The Great. I make these claims based on...

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Glass-Steagall Fans Are Not Fools

(17) Comments | Posted April 2, 2010 | 2:23 PM

In a recent interview with my former boss, Steve Forbes, Barclay's Chief Executive Bob Diamond said something truly shocking. The subject was financial industry regulation, specifically The Glass-Steagall Act. Diamond contended that those who wish to see the return of this act simply don't know what they're talking...

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