Posts Tagged ‘NYC’

Q: 96th Street, Manhattan

Posted on March 28th, 2017 by Viveca

Second Ave

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 It’s been almost three years. At this rate, the project might never be possible because new stations open faster than we visit the existing ones. I might learn Chinese from fortune cookies before I explore all the city’s subway line ends. But it doesn’t matter. It’s the journey, right? New York […]

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A: Howard Beach/JFK, Queens

Posted on March 18th, 2015 by Viveca

Fence cling

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Damaso and I were both in town at the same time, which is a lot rarer since he moved to Barcelona and I took a touring job. I’m almost caught up posting the … hang on. My spell check has a squiggly green line under “rarer.” When I hover over the word, […]

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Grad Giveaway Grief

Posted on June 29th, 2014 by Viveca

Test prep materials

Test Prep Materials (Williamsburg) Teachers’ materials for SAT, GRE, SHSAT, and GMAT. Mostly 2005-2012, some with notes on them. That’s what I posted on Craigslist. In the interest of not bogging down this story, I’m going to try to let it tell itself. It’ll be whatever the modern, electronic version of epistolary is. Well, almost. […]

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SIR: St. George, Staten Island

Posted on May 11th, 2014 by Viveca

Weighing the options

Monday, April 9, 2012 Spring break for the Salisbury (CT) public schools usually means Camp Viveca for my nieces., only this year niece number one turned into a teenager, so she went away with a friend instead of coming to stay with me. Niece number two, who just turned ten (whoo-hoo: double digits!), came anyway, […]

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Personal Identification Crisis

Posted on January 9th, 2014 by Viveca

Personal Identification Number

PayPal told me to enter my four-digit security code “one digit at a time.” How else do people type them in?

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3: 148th Street/Harlem, Manhattan

Posted on November 15th, 2013 by Viveca

A Touch of Dee

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 I read a bit of that Quran, but I didn’t get far. First of all, I hated the defensive translation, which kept inserting parenthetical notes explaining how the text didn’t really mean to kill all infidels, only those who tried to kill you first. Uh, it didn’t say that. Secondly, it […]

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S: Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn

Posted on September 5th, 2013 by Viveca

Quran explanation

Thursday, August 11, 2011 Boy if I thought Damaso changing his order was “cheating” on the purity of this project, how do I justify our actions this week? Neither of us even took the train! We didn’t have a lot of time and wanted to squeak in one more restaurant before Damaso leaves for a […]

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NQ: Astoria/Ditmars Boulevard, Queens

Posted on February 24th, 2013 by Viveca

Painted N train

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 It’s been almost five months since our last trip, during which time Damaso has been living in Barcelona. I was sure that by the time he got back I’d have viveca.net up and have started publishing these stories. I’m a little sheepish to see him again without any progress to report. […]

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JEZ: Jamaica Center/Parsons Archer, Queens

Posted on December 18th, 2012 by Viveca

Roots Man

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 We take the J because we both live on it, but it’s also the end of the line for the E and the Z. Wait, do I live on the J or off the J? I live off the BQE, but I’m pretty sure I live on the J, and I […]

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The Good, the Fair, and the Right

Posted on December 14th, 2012 by Viveca

Two blow dryers

Sometimes doing what’s fair doesn’t result in doing good. Smart people analyze how this counter-intuitive truth affects big issues. James Surowiecki discusses it in the context of the Eurozone crisis (The Fairness Trap from The New Yorker, June 4, 2012), and Malcom Gladwell raises it with regards to solving homelessness (Million-Dollar Murray, also from The […]

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Weighing the options

SIR: St. George, Staten Island

Monday, April 9, 2012 Spring break for the Salisbury (CT) public ...

3: 148th Street/Harlem, Manhattan

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 I read a bit of that Quran, ...

S: Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn

Thursday, August 11, 2011 Boy if I thought Damaso changing his ...

NQ: Astoria/Ditmars Boulevard, Queens

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 It’s been almost five months since our ...

JEZ: Jamaica Center/Parsons Archer, Queens

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 We take the J because we both ...

SIR: Tottenville, Staten Island

Saturday, March 26, 2011 Holy end-of-the-line, Batman, Staten Island is really ...

2: Wakefield/241st Street, The Bronx

Thursday, March 24, 2011 We pull a last-minute switcheroo on our ...

R: Bay Ridge/95th Street, Brooklyn

Sunday, March 20, 2011 Ooph. No beautiful glowing glass art at ...

L: 14th Street/8th Avenue, Manhattan

Friday, March 18, 2011 This trip feels oddly important. It’s the ...

1: South Ferry, Manhattan

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Sometimes, admittedly not as often as I’d ...

L: Rockaway Canarsie, Brooklyn

Sunday, March 13, 2011 After 18 years here, the cultural associations ...

6: Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx

Monday, February 21, 2011 We went to Manhattan. We went to ...

M: Middle Village, Metropolitan Ave., Queens

Saturday, February 19, 2011 Yesterday kids were playing basketball outdoors in ...

A: Inwood-207th Street, Manhattan

Thursday February 3, 2011 The idea had been hanging over my ...