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Thank You, F*ck You, I Love You, Goodbye

(18) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 4:10 PM

The first time I came to New York City I stayed six hours. The next time I stayed 14 years. And last month, I moved, to Los Angeles. No, seriously. I did.

Now that I'm a little more settled and the move has become considerably more real, I have...

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Django Unopened -- My DVD Revelation

(7) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 4:59 PM

It's been nearly four months since the multi-Oscar award winning, cinematic lightening rod Django Unchained opened nationwide. It met with critical acclaim, social uproar, and sold a lot of tickets. But, it ultimately came and went like all movies, good, bad, overrated (Wes Anderson) and shameful (Tyler Perry) tend to...

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To Live and Try in L.A.

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 5:45 PM

As I sat at the gate prior to my most recent flight to Los Angeles, enjoying a few moments of relative silence, a fairly attractive, boho-chic, 20-something woman began to strum her ukulele. Then, she started to sing. Seconds later, a young couple across the way decided to rehearse scenes...

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New Year, New York

(5) Comments | Posted December 30, 2012 | 5:17 PM

As we sing Auld Lang Syne and sway back and forth with champagne in hand and loved ones in arm, I'd like to propose a toast to the year that was and the year that will be.

Though my book and often this blog are dedicated to listing...

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All Love (No Hyperlinks)

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 2:28 PM

About ten years ago, I wrote a letter about love to myself and a select group of my New York City friends.

It was intended as inspiration, motivation and an expression of a little desperation for all of us who were searching for love. That feels-good-deep-down-inside kind of love....

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Sinking or Swimming in NYC

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 1:37 PM

With the impact and after effects of Hurricane Sandy still very much surrounding us all, I find myself thinking back to all I've witnessed, experienced, and survived during my 13+ years in New York City.

This is the only place I've ever really wanted to live. I...

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Fall-ing in Love Again

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 12:24 PM

It's 4:45 a.m. as I begin to type. I'm sitting in my Brooklyn, USA apartment. It's unofficially the coolest city on the planet. It's officially my home, and refuge, for the last 13 years. And I'm feeling quite reflective at the start of a new season.

Autumn,...

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Pressing My Luck With Pat Kiernan

(3) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 7:02 PM

As a writer, creative director and self-proclaimed man of the people, there are only a few things I hold dear. Among them, my pop culture knowledge, the ability to recognize and tell smart, entertaining stories, and the undeniable New York-ness of my existence.

So, when TrivWorks founder,...

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Dear, TV Theme Songs: Thank You for Being a Friend

(73) Comments | Posted August 4, 2012 | 6:05 PM

New York has been kicking my behind lately. The weather has been oppressive, my therapist is on vacation, freelance work has been slow this summer and I've come to accept I won't be representing the United States in a single event during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

So, a...

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More Reasons to Leave New York: Hate, Mirror-time and Fair Play

(5) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 12:45 PM

117. Hate. Hate. Hate.

New York City has the unique ability to turn the grateful into the hateful. Not the kind of hate that automatically thinks or speaks negatively of someone purely based on race, gender, or sexual orientation. And not the kind that adds years to a felony sentence....

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Next Up: Harriet Tubman: Werewolf

(5) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 12:45 PM

Sitting in a private Soho House screening of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter last week, I was forced to ask myself three questions: What is this crap? Why do I absolutely love this? And most surprisingly, when is Harriet Tubman: Werewolf being released?

This isn't a review of the film. It's...

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More Reasons to Leave New York: Taxi TV, Ghosts and Your Autograph

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 6:39 PM

114. Taxi TV.

When you're out, about, and fully engaged in your New York City hustle, there's one particular experience capable of granting you a little space all your own to catch your breath and use exactly as you see fit: Cab rides.

So, if you want to enjoy a...

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More Reasons to Leave New York: 7-Eleven, Pain and Freak Flags

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 5:41 PM

The unofficial start of summer means it's time to do a little housecleaning, change your closet over, and prepare for Con Edison to use and abuse you on a monthly basis for daring to turn your air conditioner on.

So as you look forward to three-day weekends and extended...

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More Reasons to Leave New York: Pat Kiernan, Insomnia and the Pencil-In

(2) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 1:18 PM

There are times when preambles are rendered unnecessary, because all you really need to do, is that thing you do. This is one of those times. So here we go.

108. Pat Kiernan may leave NY1.

Who really cares if the co-hosting chair on Live! With Kelly...

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More Reasons to Leave New York: The Knicks, Girls, and I

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 5:17 PM

Before we get started, it's important to make one thing clear. Since this blog is a continuation of the book 101 Reasons To Leave New York, the entries featured in the initial post are actually reasons number 102, 103 and 104.

With that said, it's time for this blog to...

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(More) Reasons to Leave New York

(4) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 6:20 PM

First things first, let's establish a couple of very important ground rules. In this blog and in the city, New York refers to Manhattan and very specific, very cool parts of Brooklyn and the outer boroughs. You refers to anyone who has, ever will, or wants to, come to the...

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