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New York blog diary, November 2002

New York diary:
Blog from my New York trip, November 2002

Saturday, November 09, 2002
Greetings from New York!
Flew over in a super-high tech Virgin AirBus. The video screen was so hi-tech, you could text/ring/email the ground, send text messages to fellow passengers and fart around with untold amount of video/audio settings.

Once I'd finished trying to work out ways of updating urban75 mid flight, I settled down to watch the excellent ' Once Upon a Time In The Midlands' film...

We're having fun in NYC despite a near arrest after I - apparently - tried to photograph a 'high security' building: the Holland Tunnel!

Last night we visited my mate Jim, who was DJing at the Raven in the East Village.

Resplendent in a mad Goth-meets-Duran ensemble, he played some excellent tunes (apart from a troubling death metal selection) while we wolfed down the junior-sized 'pints' (US pints being about a third smaller than UK ones - when you're drunk it makes you feel like your hand has expanded!)

Tonight we're off to enjoy a pub crawl around Tribeca... expect some updates soon!

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Sunday, November 10, 2002
NYC diary...
spent the day hanging in Brooklyn and Williamsburg today: Brooklyn is a fab mix of bleak industrial grimness and beautiful Hampstead-esque village houses and W'Burg truly rocks - I want to live here!

We checked out some great stores/cafes, browsed in a top political bookstore, Clovis Press Bookstore, and looked out across the Hudson to see the Empire State at night... wonderful stuff... ;)

Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Update from rainy Manhattan
Still having a fantastic time out in NYC although the weather's turned to a London-stylee constant drizzle...

The good news is that I've managed to get my snazzy wireless internet/laptop connection working - the bad news is that I have to sit in an arsing Starbucks to get a connection.

Still, at least I get to use their electricity and comfy chairs without spending a dime there.

New Yorkers sure do 'chilled' well here: there's a guy next to me who's fast asleep with his laptop on his chest while another has recreated an entire office around his table...

Last night we went to the Luna Lounge, a small East Village comedy club with UK comedian Bill Bailey topping the bill (he's starring in a show uptown) - and he was hilarious!

He's a dead nice bloke too - we had a chat with him afterwards and he was really friendly.

Today we're heading off down to my old haunts in Wall Street to take some photos and maybe take the Staten Island ferry if the weather isn't too grim. Then maybe the Natural History museum and a movie after.

NYC is great!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2002
It's finally stopped raining!
After two days of torrential rain the thunderous deluge over New York has finally cleared.

Yesterday we walked downtown and passed the site of the WTC, decked out in flags and personal messages.

It was a desperately sad place. My girlfriend cried in the rain.

A hot dog vendor was plying his trade with passing tourists: I guess that's a true sign of New York's recovery.

Last night we watched the excellent Michael Moore 'Bowling for Columbine' movie (a must see movie!) and then checked out some more bands, bars and cafés around Ludlow St. It's a great part of town. ;)

Friday, November 15, 2002
Argh! My hangover!
Spent last night hitting the bars of Williamsburg and it rocked! Our friendly bartender dispensed the free drinks and shots like they were going out of business and we were only too happy to wolf 'em down!

Later on checked out a mad punk rock outfit at the Luxx before grabbing a cheap cab home - why are London cabs such an arsing rip off?!

Earlier in the day we wandered through Central Park which looked sensational in autumnal browns and I finally managed to track down a UK power adaptor so I could burn a backup of my 500+ NYC photos!

Today, we're going to be wandering around SoHo and grabbing a coffee at my favourite cafe - the appropriately named Café Café on Greene Street.

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Saturday, November 16, 2002
Hungover in Manhattan
Last night proved to be another lager fest, taking in an alcoholic stroll along the Lower East Side before finally crashing into the Raven Bar at 2am, much the worse for wear.

Pissed off that today is our last full day in NYC but we'll do our best to make sure we go out in style!

The weather's gone gale-force rain again, so it looks like we'll spend the day doing a bit of art, coffee-shops and shopping. Next stop: urban75 mini-meet @ the Pink Pony in Ludlow Street

Sunday, November 17, 2002
A rainy day in Soho
The rain is still blasting down in Manhattan but we've spent a lovely day all snug on the Pink Pony cafe on Ludlow Street.

Now we've got to pack up our bags and go through the trauma of an overnight flight...

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