10 things I now know about Boulder, Colorado

Dachshunds – the people here are crazy about them. Which is weird because the people here are also crazy about trekking up mountains with their dogs. And I’m pretty sure there are many other dogs better suited to the job than dachshunds. Everyone says hi and everyone smiles. It took us a while to remember that we aren’t in New York and therefore these people aren’t clinically insane – they’re just friendly. It’s the wonderfullest thing to look up from the Covent Garden-like shops and street performers to see a honking big mountain…

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Your really useful guide to New York neighbourhoods

Six months ago we moved to New York for six months, and in that time we lived in EIGHT different neighbourhoods. Here is a (hopefully) useful summary of them all. Park Slope Everyone (well, New York magazine in 2010, at least) considers Park Slope to be one of NYC’s most desirable locations. And I can see why: it’s pretty, for one thing – there are lots of brownstone houses and leafy streets. Then there’s all that green space in Prospect Park – actual green, regular, open space rather than carousels,…

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Why Brooklyn Botanic Garden is frankly rather awesome

brooklyn botanic garden

This picture is the lamest of introductions to the kind of stuff you'll see there

Me and plants don’t have a happy relationship because I accidentally kill them all. It’s usually through neglect (accidental), but sometimes through force-feeding (accidental) and occasionally through chucking them in the bin (part accidental, part because their neediness overwhelms me. Correct: children are a long way off). When it comes to simply looking at/admiring plants and flowers and things, I’m no better. I’m just not very impressed by them. Roses are quite nice, I guess. And daffodils – they’re quite pretty. Beyond that, I’m about as interested as a carnivore…

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10 things I now know about Park Slope

If you’re not a baby, a parent, a lesbian or a dog, prepare to feel left out.  There are more restaurants, bars and cafes than people (I haven’t checked this out for definite, but I’m pretty sure it’s true).  Cafes and restaurants like to have two venues – one on 5th Avenue and one on 7th Avenue, or two on the same avenue – to catch all possible passing trade. (And we’re not talking massive chains like Starbucks here; ee Konditori, Zito’s, La Bagel Delight…) The F train is utterly…

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