Destination: New York City

‘If You See Something, Say Something’?

In the wake of this weekend’s attempted car bombing, Slate’s Noreen Malone heads to Times Square in search of “suspicious activity.” The result is an unusual sort of ode to one of the world’s most famous public spaces. Here’s a taste:

I asked Ghazi what sort of “unusual” behavior might grab his attention. “Someone panicky or paranoid,” he said. “You make a logical assumption that he’s off his meds.” And how often does he see that? “Oh! Every day.”

76-Second Travel Show: The San Francisco-New York Showdown

New Yorker Robert Reid asks: Could San Francisco be the better city?

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How to Drink for Free in New York City

Frugal Traveler Matt Gross tells all. Hint: Neighborhoods with a high wine shop density are key.

76-Second Travel Show: At the African Burial Ground

Robert Reid visits a new museum in New York City and asks, "What took so long?"

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Are New York and Chicago the Tolstoy and Dostoevsky of American Fiction?

Andrew Seal makes his case over at Blographia Literaria:

Sorry, Boston. Sorry, L.A. Sorry, D.C. Sorry, San Fran. Sorry, the South. You have your claims, no doubt, but they are as the claims of Pushkin, Lermontov, Chekhov, or Gogol. To be sure, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky do not account for the entirety of Russian literature, certainly do not exhaust all options, but they are irreplaceable, irreducible forces upon the landscape of the national literature, and so it is with New York and Chicago, Chicago and New York.

There’s plenty to chew on in the comments, too. (Via The Book Bench)

76-Second Travel Show: A Very Presidential Sandwich

Robert Reid celebrates President's Day by chowing down in Chester A. Arthur's one-time bedroom

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76-Second Travel Show: Black History Month in Bed-Stuy

Robert Reid heads to the historic Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant

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76-Second Travel Show: Happy Birthday, Manhattan Bridge

Robert Reid throws a party, complete with commemorative booklets, for the venerable New York bridge

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Video You Must See: The Bending of the Manhattan Bridge

(Via Kottke)

Travel Song of the Day: ‘Manhattan’ by Kings of Leon

How to Survive a Holiday Visit to New York City

You and one million of your closest, most inebriated friends will be visiting the city. New Yorker Mike Barish offers tips.

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Photo You Must See: Yankee in Times Square

Photo You Must See: Yankee in Times Square REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A New York Yankees fan in Times Square reacts to video of a play during game six of the World Series.

Fall Foliage Around the World

Central Park, New York Photo of Central Park, New York City, by joiseyshowaa via Flickr (Creative Commons)

From Osaka to Chicago, seven photos of turning leaves around the shrinking planet

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World Hum Goes to the Travel Blog Exchange ‘10

We’ll be communing with our fellow travel writers and bloggers in New York City June 26-27, 2010, at the second annual Travel Blog Exchange. Founder Kim Mance and her crew launched TBEX last July in Chicago with a memorable day of travel talk.

Next year, the event spans two days and World Hum, one of the event’s media partners, is on the organizing committee. We’re working with Kim and several others in the travel blog universe to help develop the event, and we’ll also be preaching the Travel Writing in the Digital Age gospel with a small taste of our new workshops. If you’ve got any thoughts, suggestions, etc. about what you’d like to see covered, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Drawing the New York City Skyline, From Memory

That’s what autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire is doing in this live webcam feed. The Huffington Post has some background on Wiltshire and his “uncanny ability to draw and paint detailed landscapes and cityscapes entirely from memory.”