Monthly Archives: February 2005

How to Fix an Overly Wide Street

One hopes that the planners who are working on the 125th Street River-to-River Study will consider Hancock Place, a one block street that connects the oblique portion of West 125th Street with diagonal lower St. Nicholas Avenue. Maps dating back … Continue reading

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Hartley Pharmacy?????

I was riding the bus yesterday when my eye was attracted to a new bright green sign advertising the Hartley “Pharmacy.” This is a small independent apothecary shop that has managed to survive in an age dominated by CVS, Duane … Continue reading

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Speeding Up a Slowpoke

To travel to a previously mentioned doctor’s appointment in Morningside Heights yesterday, Startsandfits.com took the M60 bus across town on 125th Street. Buses in New York City are unbelievably, notoriously slow. The M34 travels at an average crawl of 4 … Continue reading

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Agglomeration Economies

Yesterday afternoon, startsandfits.com went to see a dermatologist for a very serious health problem: acne. Because of my new medical insurance, I am required to get a referral from my primary care physician before seeing a specialist. This is a … Continue reading

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Retrofitting the Projects

Construction is underway at the James Weldon Johnson Houses, a public housing project consisting of 10 residential towers on two superblocks in East Harlem bounded by 112th and 115th Streets, Park and Third Avenues. The housing project, administered by the … Continue reading

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$1 Tax Per Gallon, Peak Oil and Amtrak Funding

Thomas L. Friedman of The New York Times last weekend reaffirmed his commitment to a federal $1-a-gallon tax on gasoline. He noted, By adamantly refusing to do anything to improve energy conservation in America, or to phase in a $1-a-gallon … Continue reading

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The Subsequent Vilification of Robert Moses

The Off Off Broadway play Boozy: The Life, Death and Subsequent Vilification of Le Corbusier and, More Importantly, Robert Moses opened last night at the Ohio Theater in SoHo. Startsandfits.com had a great time and was delightfully entertained by the … Continue reading

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New and Old at a Neighborhood’s Edge

Gentrification in New York City has been overwhelming and relentless in recent decades. Time was when a segment of the young, well-compensated and upwardly mobile people who drive large segments of the city’s economy would have had to live in … Continue reading

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"The Buckets," a Great Public Art Exhibition

I walked to Central Park today because I heard there was going to be a great “public art” display. Since art is always in the eye of the beholder, I was afraid that when I got to the park I … Continue reading

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Flash Gordon Finials Gaze Upon … Rows of Orange

Did anybody else notice that someone has placed a bunch of wacky orange thingys in Central Park? I wonder if anybody else blogged this . . . At any rate, this is a picture of a few of them waving … Continue reading

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