new city, new city

20Jun09

i left copenhagen about a month ago.  in the interim, ive spent some time with the home clan in new jersey, with the school clan at MIT, weekending at dartmouth, a little bit in new york city, and now i am settled in the bay area for the summer.

like i wrote in my Dear City essay, i am forever comparing each new place i visit back to my experience in copenhagen.  i wonder if this is irritating to my friends at home.

11am at 31st x 8th in new york. why are there only 3 people sitting and relaxing and taking advantage of these sunshine-laden stairs???  while waiting for my megabus to boston, i silently egged on the few lone bikers weaving in and out of the arrogant manhattan car traffic.

11am at 31st x 8th in new york. why are there only 3 people sitting and basking and taking advantage of these sunshine-drunken stairs??? if this was copenhagen, people would be all over that beautiful urban seating like flies on a caramel apple

while waiting for my megabus to boston, i couldn’t help but silently egg on the few lone bikers weaving in and out of the arrogant manhattan car traffic.

MUCH BETTER!  thanks to janette sadik-khan, the the current Commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation, and her admiration of Copenhagen's pedestrian culture, this pilot program in times square is finally being realized.

much improved! i couldn't believe my eyes when i exited the subway in times square. thanks to janette sadik-khan, the current Commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation, and her admiration of Copenhagen's bicycle+pedestrian culture, this 'radical' pilot program in times square has finally gotten people strolling and relaxing without fear of becoming roadkill.

i’m working as Dwell‘s online editorial intern for the summer in San Francisco, and my first blogpost was actually about the opening of the High Line in Chelsea/Meatpacking, and all this relatedly good stuff happening in new york.

jackson square/columbus ave near the financial district in san francisco.

jackson square/columbus ave near the financial district in san francisco -- a 5 minute promenade from the dwell office. fantastic variety of food choices in the vicinity (italian, thai, chinese, vietnamese, mexican, sandwichy, + more more more) but not enough restful green public spaces to sit and enjoy lunch outdoorsily.

nearest park:

this is the nearest park: the smallish transamerica redwood park filling in and around the base of said building.

after a semester of wanderlusting nomadicness, it’s nice to be sort of anchored for awhile.  i’ll be living in hayes valley soon, and hopefully riding my new pretty bike, courtesy of christine!), but for now, i’m currently settled in san mateo with john for june.  he has just finished U.S. Puzzle Championship, which occurred this morning from 10am-12.30pm.

next week, the Dwell crew will be trekking down to the Dwell on Design 09 conference in LA in two raucous caravans, and i’m so excited.

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5 Responses to “new city, new city”

  1. 1 inmexico

    i don’t know if its annoying for other people, but i get it! public space is so different in europe. i kept wondering whether cultural lifestyle spaces public space or whether public space shapes public interactions? i don’t know.

    i love that in europe there are so many different forms of public spaces. there are courtyards (any country), squares and plazas, or just stretches of walk (like las ramblas in barcelona). whereas in america, so many public places look like a standard watercolor rendering by some landscape firm. in the end, i don’t think US architect/landscapers get what makes space a place, but they seem to understand it in europe a bit more….

  2. 2 courtney

    mmm i feel you…i love copenhagen and lucky you got to spend a whooole semester there. ps im sad i didnt see you when you came to mit!

    in other stuff – your job sounds SO COOL.

  3. interesting concept. my favorite public spaces are the ones you’d never expect to find, like a random tree-lined sidewalk in central square and most definitely the cherry blossom groves in DC.

    hope you’re having a fabulous summer ^_^

  4. As a New Yorker, I doubt we take on the European laissez-faire sunny attitude that I guess you learned Danes do so I’ll apologize that no one was basking in the sun. ;)

    Excited to hear about all your adventures!

  5. 5 vida

    Hello!

    I randomly found your blog as I was searching for DIS related stuff. I’m an architecture major planning to do DIS for Spring 2010. Since I’m from california, I’m really worried about one thing: the lack of sunlight during january and february. How was your experience in regards to the sunlight? I’m afraid I’m going to get depressed…


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