Oct. 6, 2013 | My NYC life
Subway étiquette is a real thing. Some people follow it, some people don’t. Some people are just crazy. Even the ones who aren’t actually crazy.
Standing from Brooklyn to the Garment District is trying, but here’s the deal on sitting in the subway: If you do sit, you should give up your seat for an elder. But then if they’re not old enough, there’s a chance you could offend them with your offer. You should get up for pregnant women, but if you’re mistaken about there being a baby in that tummy, you could be in trouble. You should generally give up a seat for people with small children, but if you accidentally punch the kid for using you as a jungle gym and screaming in your face, you could have a little problem on your hands. The best thing to do is either not sit or arbitrarily rise without pointing out your seat to any one person in particular. But most people don’t do that. Most people–including able-bodied young gentlemen who should regularly be offering up their seats–just stare at their phones, never noticing another’s need to sit.
Whether you get a seat to the theater that is the NY subway or not, there’s plenty to see from standing room only. You might catch a singer, you’ll always hear a long-winded lament and sometimes you’ll just find a vagrant mid morning routine…
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Sept. 18, 2013 | My NYC life
So there’s something about Shake Shack in New York that makes people silly–makes them pay ten bucks for a fast-food burger plus fries, makes them break diets and makes them say crazy things like, “Shake Shack is way better than In-N-Out.”
Postcard from Culver City
Sept. 13, 2013 | Postcards
I was back in California recently for an actual visit instead of a wedding-based blur and I actually got a chance to enjoy old habits, namely In n’ Out (more on that later), sunsets and funny little palm trees. They look a little like they got shaved at the bottom but it wouldn’t be Los Angeles without them.
4 tips for packing lighter
Sept. 3, 2013 | Travel Tips
I’m really into good travel products. So much so that I write packing guides based on the gear I love the most. Here’s the latest one I wrote for Mariner magazine, Holland America Cruise’ Line’s private print publication. It’s my first piece in a glossy travel mag and I’m excited!
Standing where King stood
Aug. 28, 2013 | Musings
It was 50 years ago today that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his ‘I Have a Dream‘ speech at the momentous March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. In some ways, we’ve come a long way: We have a cool Black president, minorities hold top positions and…
Postcard from Bahrain
Aug. 23, 2013 | Postcards
This is a magical tree. It grows in the middle of the Bahraini desert near Jebel Dukhan all by its lonesome with no known water source. Naturally, tourists flock to see this Tree of Life, some tagging the 400-year-old wonder with love notes (but now there’s a guard of sorts patrolling to prevent further damage).
Postcard from Coney Island
Aug. 16, 2013 | Postcards
Today is National Roller Coaster Day. In honor of this weirdly random “holiday,” this week’s postcard is from the dreaded Coney Island Cyclone, the wooden coaster that may just have convinced me to never ride another roller coaster in my life. Maybe.
Postcard from Laguna Quilotoa, Ecuador
Aug. 2, 2013 | Postcards
Every Friday from now on, I’ll be posting a photo from my travels, a postcard of sorts. This week’s postcard is from Laguna Quilotoa, Ecuador a stunning crater lake so high in altitude that when you breathe, it feels like you’re inhaling through a tiny cocktail straw–
Marcus Samuelsson makes airplane food yummy
July 23, 2013 | Food
Let’s be real–if you’re not flying in an upper class aircraft cabin, the options for sustenance are under par. Flavorless chicken slabs, runny green beans and a rocky roll of cold bread that’s only good for pelting at a disorderly child. Economy class gets no love.