Bookworm nerd alert

Since I don’t foresee myself finishing Rogues’ Gallery (at all, never mind by tomorrow) or Do You Speak Shoe Lover, I think I’m going to finish 2013 with 35 books read (and 5 unfinished). That is short of my goal, but not bad at all. Huge shout out to the 6 I read while away… Read More »

#GoTheDist: 4 days left in 2013

and at 36.55 miles biked (28.87 in December!) I’m 15.95 miles from my goal of 52.5 miles on the bike. Can I do it? I don’t know, but I think so. I wish my gym was closer to go this weekend, but I think I can go Monday and Tuesday. Walking wise, I’m all set.… Read More »

#GoTheDist Q4: Two months in

Whoops, I’ve been bad here since I discovered Tumblr. My Q4 goals were: 102.7 miles walking and 52.5 miles on the bike.  My comment on that was that I hoped to have hit both by the end of November. I nearly hit that in October, walking wise, with 99.11 miles walked but fell short on… Read More »

Red Square in the East Village

every time I do a tour with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, I learn things that have nothing to do with Judaism and/or the Lower East Side. I attribute this to the diverse range of guides they use, each of whom bring their own flavor to their tours. This bit of history might actually… Read More »

Crossing Delancey

with photos. on a day where crossing 1st Ave. due to the marathon was the bigger odyssey. Luckily, the m15 was (sort of) running and I was able to make it down for the Jewish Heritage Festival.Before I made it to the Festival, however, I caught a peek of a broken-down synagogue on what I… Read More »

#GoTheDist Q4: One month in

In addition to way too much candy, October 31 marked the end of the first month of Q4. My Q4 goals were: 102.7 miles walking and 52.5 miles on the bike.  My comment on that was that I hoped to have hit both by the end of November. October activity: 99.11 miles walked and 7.68… Read More »

The difference being a fan makes

It’s no secret that I’m a Yankees fan. I also happen to be a quick hop from the stadium via the 4 train. Makes going to games easy peasy. Although I’m a Yankees fan, I don’t particularly dislike the Mets, but I find myself declining tickets more than I go. Why? Not because of their… Read More »

A walk down Wall Street

I had only vague plans of what I wanted to do after finishing the Trinity Church tour. Walk up to the Lower East Side and explore more of my adopted home? Walk down to Wagner Park and read while taking four million photos of the Statue? Walk the last section of the #GreatManhattanLoop that I… Read More »

openhousenewyork: Trinity Church

I adore openhousenewyork weekend. Last year, it was a Vertical Tour of St. John the Divine. This year I opted for a tour of the Trinity Church Bell Tower. For someone whose time at religious services is limited to weddings and funerals, I am fascinated by church architecture and could easily make a weekend of… Read More »

Accountability 3.0

Via LifeWithFitness.when I was rebuilding the blog, I stopped to read my early thoughts on accountability, which I revisited in April. I said I was going to get the rest of the way to goal this year, and while that isn’t going to happen, the above summarizes my feelings on my progress this year. I’m… Read More »

#GoTheDist minigoal: met

At the beginning of September I said my newest goal was to do better Q3 than Q2 I knew it was going to be a tall order with some long walks this spring, but I thought I could do it. Well Q3 ended this week, how did I do? Time Frame Steps Miles walked Miles… Read More »

Back

To be honest, I didn’t know I was gone until Robby told me. Hacked, backup corrupt, all that jazz. Reconstructing what I can, so please stay tuned. I resurrected the last two years. Thank you Internet Archive and Google’s cache. However, I’m not going any further than that right now. In the mean time, some… Read More »

GoTheDist: Went and other NSVs

I am kicking #GoTheDist‘s ass.Some recent totals by month: June –  315,031 steps and 132.24 miles July – 261, 380 steps and 108.1 miles (suburban vacation, drove me nuts how little I walked) August – 271, 288 steps and 112.5 miles My original GoTheDist goal was 750 miles which I revised to 500 in May.… Read More »

Review: The English Girl by Daniel Silva

This book has nothing to do with travel, weight loss, or New York City. Why is it here? Because, this series was the tipping point in finally getting me to go to Israel. I wanted to see the places that Silva described so vividly. Shamron’s Tiberias. Gabriel’s place on Narkiss Street. … As an aside,… Read More »

12,901 steps

12,901 steps, four buses, and one bridge crossed. Twice. My Sunday, in a nutshell. Was any of that planned? Of course not. The awful heat wave finally broke and I felt like exploring and reading. That eliminated one of my famous walks since I can’t walk and read, but I really had no plan when… Read More »

Review: Drop Dead Healthy

First off, I want to say I should get bonus points for “weight lifting” a hard cover, my first dead tree book in a while. I ducked into the library yesterday as much for AC as for a book, and saw A.J. Jacobs’ Drop Dead Healthy which had been on my wishlist since I transitioned… Read More »

#GoTheDist: Halfway There

Whooah, we’re half way there Livin’ on a prayer Take my hand and we’ll make it – I swear Livin’ on a prayer Holy crap. Not only am I way more than halfway to my 500 miles goal, but I’m almost halfway to my original goal of 750 which I revised in early May. Part… Read More »

Columbia University in the City of New York

Yep, that is apparently the school’s full name. Maybe that’s why it needs to expand so badly, it needs to be the same size as its name. Friday was another Manhattan bout of sightseeing inspired by a whim rather than a plan. The sky couldn’t make up its mind and I didn’t want to be… Read More »

Jewish Harlem

Another Sunday, another day of exploration with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC). Another day of not actually visiting the lower east side with the Conservancy, although I’m desperate to learn more about the neighborhood I’ve somewhat explored the last two Sundays. This time was Jewish Harlem, an area I haven’t explored in really… Read More »

#GreatManhattanLoop meets CitiBike and Egg Rolls

come again?Last year when I went to Egg Rolls & Egg Creams I had thoughts of completing some of the Lower East Side section of the Loop. Yeah, it didn’t happen. I did some exploring, but not along the river. In truth, some of the same happened yesterday.It was a beautiful day for the Festival,… Read More »

Iraq in my Shoe

Did I love this book? Did I hate it? In truth, I’m really not sure, but I finished it to make 22 books finished on the year. Progress! I think I might have gotten more from this book if I’d read/seen Gone with the Wind since comparing herself to Scarlett O’Hara was Berg’s favorite past… Read More »

AIDS in New York

My hope is that the spirit and memory of these children with AIDS will live on and not be forgotten. During their brief lives, they suffered. Yet they were loved and cared for, and they became part of our lives. They will remain with us forever. ~ Claire YaffaGo to the New-York Historical Society. I… Read More »

Crack is Whack

and so is trying to get back to Manhattan from Randall’s Island.Of course, I had no plans to visit either when I left my apartment. 9.4 miles later… I left, intending to go to Marcus Garvey Park via the East River Promenade because I wasn’t in the mood for the noise & clutter of streets.… Read More »

Jewish Upper West Side and Riverside Drive

so how, exactly, does a walking tour of the Jewish Upper West side turn into an 8.9 mile walk that includes a long overdue visit to Riverside Church and Grant’s Tomb? Pretty much the same way a “quick walk to Bennett Park” turned into a walk to Inwood Hill Park last Friday. The tourist side… Read More »

Chubster: where reading and weight loss intersect

Part of the reason for the increased number of book reviews here is simple, an increase in reading. It’s partially the iPad, partially more down time, but whatever it is, I’ll take it. It has led to this blog being a bit disjointed but, to be honest, it always has been at heart. Anyway, Chubster,… Read More »