Chaperoning several pre-teens to this area of Brooklyn where none of us have ever been; we're out-of-towners. What are some quirky, offbeat stores, ethnic restaurants, haircutting places--no tatoos, or piercings--that some 13-14 out-of-town kids might find fun within, say, 20 minutes' walking time from the NYC Transit Museum at Boerum and Schemerhorn in Brooklyn Heights? Yes, we'll be doing the Brooklyn Bridge separately.
I've had the busiest and most stressful year of my life, how do I recover (mentally, physically, emotionally, socially)? [more inside]
So I've got this round the world ticket. And I've got a little over 3 weeks to use it. So I want to see as much as I can in the time. But I don't want to blow through places that clearly deserve more time to see. I did that in Vienna and regretted it. So what are the best cities in the world to see for just limited times. As in, VERY worth seeing but spending MORE than two days seems excessive.
What is the best, most cost-effective transportation for me and my bags to get from JFK to my hotel in Times Square? [more inside]
Help me pick out a Lego set! [more inside]
I am in some conversations about a potential new job at an organization based in Newark, NJ. When I was growing up in NJ the city had a reputation for being unsafe. My sense is that things have improved, but how much? What is it like to work in, and live in or near Newark? [more inside]
I am planning a vacation to Quebec City and on my drive to the area I would like to listen to some fiction set in the area. Any audio book recommendations? [more inside]
I'm thirsting to get outdoors this summer, and would love to do some hiking/camping a bit off the beaten path. But I live in Brooklyn and don't have a car. What are my options? [more inside]
Seeking hacks or vehicle recommendations for safely navigating cramped urban neighborhood intersections with too many parked cars and poor visibility. [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of small-to-medium sized U.S. cities and towns that are known for having exceedingly radical city governments (whether left- or right-wing). What have these governments done that makes them considered radical? What obstacles have they faced in attempting to implement their policies?
We are looking for a small city without cold winters that has a large body of water - no inland towns for us- and is vibrant, cultured and intelligent. We have lived in LA, NY and Miami and are now in Durham, Nc - finding it too woodsy and land locked and way to hot in the summer here. We both work and are in our early sixties.
I am currently reading Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn, which includes wonderful vivid descriptions of a city built high in the trees on a jungle planet. Please recommend more novels that feature civilization in the trees! Not Tarzan; I'm looking for town or city life, arboreal style. I am searching for Dendropolis. [more inside]
I met this girl from an online dating site from Peru, and we have been chatting by text and on skype for seven months. Now she has moved to Toronto in Canada for school, but I live in Boston, and we agreed to do a long distance relationship for some time while I look for jobs in Canada or Buffalo, NY (which is close to Toronto). I only know this girl through 7 months of skype and texting, and she came to visit me one weekend recently and we got to hang out, and we had a really good time together. But I am having doubts about moving to a brand new city for someone I hardly know but I am still attracted to her, and as far as I know she has a really nice personality. Would it be worth it to leave everything behind to move to Toronto just to be close to her? The other thing is that I really like Toronto as a city, and I have a close friend who lives there.
How long does it take to find another job in another city? On average? I am currently living in Providence RI, but I want to move to Buffalo NY, and I want to secure a job in Buffalo first. How long would it take to find a new job in a new city that is many miles away?
Yay! I have a short (4 days) visit coming up to Mexico city, leaving next week. I've got one day marked for Teotihuacan and another day for the National Museum of Anthropology and other museums in that area. That leaves two days with little to no plans, any mefites with experience in the DF who could share their must do's? Also, I am staying in Zona Rosa, planning on using the metro as much as possible for transport.
We moved to a new city a few months ago. The move itself went fine, but I miss the feeling of belonging to a place I know well. How can I get that feeling here? [more inside]
Are there any reputable sources from whom I can purchase a Mexico City SIM card while I am still in the USA? [more inside]
Adult vacationing with his parents for two weeks in Mexico City. We are all fluent Spanish speakers and eager to experience the best of the performing arts and culture here. [more inside]
My mother and I are driving up to Kansas City this weekend for a coffee crawl and I am hoping to get suggestions for places to eat. [more inside]
Help a geeky, introverted West Coast girl find good food and fun stuff to do in NYC. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
I am looking to find out the average # of residents on a block within the 5 boroughs. The hard part is finding out how many blocks are in a square mile. The estimates of how many blocks are in a square mile varies a lot. Do you have any idea of how many people on average live in a city block within the 5 boroughs? Thank you for your help!
What plants would do well on our 3rd story rooftop garden in Toronto? [more inside]
I have two "retired" city street signs, but the paint is peeling off. I'd like to slow their decay and prevent the paint from flaking off. [images and detail inside] [more inside]
Looking for some good online tutorials for shooting cityscapes, particularly neon signs and in low light. I work near Piccadilly Circus so will get chance to practice once the nights draw in, but I want to get my head around long exposures etc. first! If relevant, I'll be using a Canon DSLR and possibly a medium format camera too.
Keep meaning to ask. Does anyone have any recommendations for videogames which are particularly of interest with regard to the urban-as-in-city pedestrian experience? Assume that I'm aware of e.g. the GTAs and Saint's Row (love #3!) style games and prefer exploration over random aggression. I'm particularly interested in anything from any era, any genre which either foregrounds the pedestrian experience or which in your opinion incorporates/exaggerates it particularly well. [more inside]
The kids and I will be accompanying my husband when he goes to a conference at Snow Bird for a week. My kids range from 10 to 15, love science, nature and hiking. We plan to go at least 1 day to Antelope Island and to look at the Temple. What are some not to miss things to do, hikes to see while we are in the area? Please put approximate lengths for hikes if you know them. Awesome museums, historical sites and others also welcome. We will be there Monday through Friday. Thanks.
Would love to hear feedback from someone familiar with municipal HR practices. Yesterday I interviewed for a position with a city department. The interview was set up by someone from city HR, but was I was actually interviewed by people in the department. At the end of the interview, the contact from HR told me I could not contact the interviewers, but I could direct questions to her (the HR contact). I believe this is all because of various regulations regarding city hiring. When I've been interviewing for other jobs (private companies), I have sent a post-interview "thanks" email to the interviewer. Since I can't contact the people I interviewed with, is it appropriate to send a "thank you for organizing the interview" email to the HR person who has been my point of contact so far?
Please help me understand if this is a bedbug. [more inside]
I commute on Central Expressway (County Route G6) between Santa Clara and Palo Alto CA daily and have a question as to it's history.... [more inside]
I'm interesting in better understanding the roots of gentrification (on both a historical level and a systemic level) and what some of the ways that new urbanists, activists, community groups and city planners are working to make cities and small towns more equitable. I know its much more complex than "rich people move in and push the poor out." [more inside]
The city says they will remove the negative report upon payment. Should I also contest it from my side with the credit agencies? [more inside]
My wife and I are in our late thirties with a young child of 2, living in a big European city. Though we still have social lives outside and host a few dinners a month, we're finding ourselves increasingly isolated at home, and it's kinda depressing. We long for the days when people used to just 'drop by' and the home was filled with people. How can we shake things up and make our apartment more social? [more inside]
Mrs Tough Love - who does not share my gentle, sensitive demeanor - wants to see Mark Knopfler when he comes to Austin in September. [more inside]
I have a toothache and need someone to look at it in New York City. No insurance. [more inside]
We are thinking of moving out of the city to live in a suburb of Boston. It seems like a mysterious, scary, massive step to take. Do you have experience in real estate? Have you moved from the city to a suburb? Please help us think through the pros, cons, and logistics of buying a house for the first time, like we're 5 years old. [more inside]
I want to grow vegetables and herbs on my apartment terrace. I am feeling overwhelmed, as I've never had a garden before. I need help! [more inside]
I currently live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and I'm considering moving to a larger city, most likely Chicago. What are the differences between living in a smaller city and a larger city? [more inside]
I have 3 weeks of free time before school starts and want to make the most of it. [more inside]
So yeah. Keep going with extremely rare job in a town that doesn't support my ideal personal life, OR go with a slightly less rare (but still rare) job in the city where I know I'll get my ideal personal life? More below... [more inside]
I just moved to NYC, successfully thanks to my last ask. I downloaded the basic apps on my iPhone (Seamless, Uber, Yelp). Is there anything else that will make my life easier? [more inside]
I traveled to DC, SF, NYC, and a few other cities taking photos with a film camera... and I can't tell where this photo's from. City-identifiers with good memories, help me!
Mexico City Hotel? Trinidadian Fashion? [more inside]
What are the dates that the Myrtle-Chambers Street Line of the BMT traveled over the Brooklyn Bridge?
Life has been really good to me, yet I feel unfulfilled in this endless cycle of daily routines. Am I expecting something unrealistic or is this a sign I need to change my lifestyle? [more inside]
I've been reading Scouting NY ever since Slap*Happy's post about Willets Point and loving it the descriptions of bizarre landmarks, unusual neighborhoods, and hidden bits of history and culture in NYC. What are the equivalent places in Washington, DC? [more inside]
I will be in HCMC for the next 48 hours (including Reunification Day.) Other than the obvious sites, what are some quirky and worthwhile things to do/see and places to eat in Saigon? Also what is the best place to go to witness the parades and holiday celebrations? [more inside]
Just moved to New York City to a clean, small apartment. I've been here a month and in the past few days have found several, small, brown bugs. My first thought, roaches! But these guys are really, really slow and come out in the daylight a lot. I've had roaches before and you can't catch them with your hands, these guys I can just swoop down and snag. [more inside]
My landlord just installed an alley gate between my building and another. It was in response to some attempted break-ins from the back of the walkup. The problem is that when the door slams shut, it’s really loud and startling. On a Saturday, it slams shut very loudly around 20 or so times a day (not really an exaggeration). To me being the noise sensitive type, who gets a jolt of adrenalin each time it happens, this is a very bad addition to my already urban environs. [more inside]
I've been in Rochester, NY for two and a half years now for graduate study, and I have about that much longer to stay here. I haven't liked the city since I moved here (the weather is terrible, the city is small and geographically isolated, it feels like everything important is happening elsewhere, the natural beauty is underwhelming, etc. etc.). Recently I've come to believe that it isn't really the town's fault, but mine, since I never really gave Rochester a chance. How do you cultivate a love for a city that you didn't grow up in, never intended to come to, and plan to leave as soon as professionally possible? [more inside]
I'd like to buy a home in a very cheap place that still has culture--local, regional, and national music. Museums, public attractions, parks. Bike friendly and/or walkable and/or good public transportation system. Great natural attractions nearby--hiking, rafting, kayaking, swimming, climbing, caving, hunting, fishing. Where is this possible? [more inside]