NYC –> Shanghai, 3 days! It’s My Block and I’ll Party If I Want To

September 7th, 2013. 3 days. One block away from where I live. All block long. All day long.  A classic block party. What’s not to love? Heard it all day long from our apartment – our windows were open to take advantage of the beautiful, first hints of fall air we’ve been enjoying over the […]

NYC –> Shanghai, 4 days: Too Great for its Own Good?

September 6th, 2013, 4 days. Soho. Today. 4pm. Can a place be a victim of its own success? This picture doesn’t even begin to capture the scene in Soho today. Crowded. Unpleasant. Aggressive. I was just trying to get through some pressing, essential errands leading up to my impending trip. At this point in the […]

NYC –> Shanghai, 5 days! What’s Love Got to Do With It?

September 5th, 2013. 5 days! It’s more than “physical attraction” Walking through the city this weekend with my in-laws-to-be, I took them to many of my favorite haunts (read: urban design loves) – I knew it would likely be the last times I saw many of these places before I left for China and I […]

NYC –> Shanghai, 6 days! L’Shanah Tovah! Easily ringing in the New Year

September 4th, 2013. 6 days. An impromptu Rosh Hashanah dinner. Earlier today: Phone rings. My fiance, Daniel is calling. D: Did you know today is Rosh Hashanah? M: Yes, shoot, I just realized. What are we doing? I have a meeting. I can try to move it. How about you? D: Me too, but I […]

NYC –> Shanghai, 7 days. Walking. Whimsy. Wonderment.

September 3rd, 2013. 7 days. One freaking week!  I had an errand to run today. In Midtown. Over two miles away from my apartment. I’d normally take the train, but with one week left to absorb this magnificent city, I decided I’d forgo my gym workout for a vigorous walk to and from my destination. […]

NYC –> Shanghai, 8 days! Pinyin at home; Wǔdǎo in the Park

September 2nd, 2013. 8 days. Wǔdǎo (dancing). 11pm. Tompkins Square Park Please excuse the quality of the video, but do enjoy!) Having moved into the single-digit range in my countdown to Shanghai, I’m now in the midst of serious – real – preparations for my six-month Fulbright. While searching for a good phrasebook and pronunciation […]

NYC –> Shanghai, 9 days: Wheeling Mobility and Community

September 1st, 2013. 9 freaking days! Right outside my stoop. “What will happen with this wheel now?” I ran across this right outside of my doorstep a couple of days ago. Unfortunately, I cannot say it’s the first time a bike – or most parts thereof – have been stolen on my block, in my […]

NYC –> Shanghai, 10 days: Street Anatomy 2 – Dissecting the Good

August 31st, 2013. 1o days! Close up, Scene 5 – the winner by a hair… Yesterday, I explained that there isn’t exactly one right answer to this week’s pop quiz – and that’s particularly true of the part of the question that asks you to identify the “best” scene. The scene to the left is a close-up […]

NYC –> Shanghai, 11 days: Street Anatomy – Grades Are Up!

August 30th, 2013. 11 days. One month into the mini-blog! And the answers are (insert drumroll here)… Scene 1: Worst                                                         Scene 5: Best To be honest, there […]

NYC –> Shanghai, 12 days: “Live Between Buildings” – Literally?!

August 29th, 2013. 12 days. Fantasy, Reality – or Ingenuity?? I came across this illustration on my Facebook feed today and felt compelled to mini-blog about it given yesterday’s life inside of buildings theme. It depicts one of several designs for “micro-homes” that are designed to literally fit between buildings. The design concept recently won […]