Spotted on NYC Subway: (Fake) Ad for ‘Canine Plastic Surgeon’

I spotted this “ad” for a “canine plastic surgeon” recently on the 1 train here in New York. Despite the silliness of the concept, the ad is pretty convincing, since it’s done very much in the style of many local NYC subway ads. (Dermatologist Dr. Jonathan Zizmor‘s ads come to mind.) However, a quick visit […]

Springtime Weather Arrives in NYC

This was the scene on the Columbia campus around mid-day yesterday: Yes — it was sunny. And with temperatures in the 60s, it felt almost hot after the last several months of winter. People were wearing shorts. And napping on lawns. And buying treats from a frozen yogurt truck. Yes, springtime weather has arrived. Finally. […]

My 2 Favorite NYC Public Transport Apps

Navigating New York City’s massive subway system, seen above, can be difficult. Especially for those, like me, who are new — or newish — to the city. I use two helpful iPhone apps to streamline my various journeys. Embark The first is called Embark. Opening this free app reveals a touch-responsive map of the city’s […]

The Mysterious NYC Fire Hydrant Poles Marked ‘Thailand’: We Have an Answer

We have a definitive answer to the question I posed back in October: What’s with the New York City fire hydrant poles marked ‘Thailand’? Above is a photo I took back in the fall. Michael De Stefano left a comment on the post Tuesday saying that: Actually, it’s rather prosaic. By law, the Country of […]

Twitter accounts for following snowstorm Nemo as it approaches NYC

A big snowstorm, Nemo*, is now making landfall in the Northeast. I just Tweeted some NYC-specific Twitter accounts worth following, and thought I’d share them here as well: 1. #FF NYC #NEMO storm resources: @mtainsider @notifynyc @nycgov @nycarecs @nwsnewyorkny @conedison @nycmayorsoffice @nyc_dot @ny_njairports — Newley Purnell (@newley) February 8, 2013 2. #FF NYC #NEMO storm […]

Tracking Hurricane Sandy as it Approaches NYC (Sat., Oct. 27)

Note: Go to the home page or click the Hurricane Sandy tag for more recent posts. Updated Sat. at 7:45 p.m. Here are some resources for following Hurricane Sandy as it approaches New York City. (Additional locations will also be affected by the hurricane and the accompanying “Frankenstorm,” of course. But I’ll be focusing on […]