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June 5, 2013

…rocked out at an air guitar competition (and met the U.S. champion)

At the zombie parade on Sunday, I bumped into my friend Darla, who suggested I go to something even more bizarre this week: An air guitar competition. Yes. This actually exists. So tonight Jeff and I headed to St. Vitus, a dingy, divey metal bar on the northern tip of Greenpoint, to meet Darla for …

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June 4, 2013

…cycled to work on a Citi Bike

Every morning I have a 23 minute walk to work. Okay so I know that’s quite a luxury but seeing as I start at 7am, I’m happy to do anything that’ll shear off 10 minutes. Well, finally, it’s here! The Citi Bike. The clunky blue bikes have been up and running (rolling?) for a week now, …

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May 19, 2013

…walked through Central Park with 30,000 people

It’s about time I did something good, so today I battled the rain and took part in the city’s AIDS Walk – an annual event where thousands of participants power through Central Park to raise money for HIV/AIDS awareness, services and treatment. I was supposed to take part with a friend (who shall remain nameless) but after …

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May 18, 2013

…danced in Tompkins Square Park

I’d planned to watch the city’s 7th annual dance parade today, but somehow my Saturday boozing got a little out of hand. Thankfully, said boozing was taking place just a stone’s throw away from Tompkins Square Park, where the dancers congregated after taking to the streets. It meant that I did even better than just watching them …

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May 12, 2013

…took an archery class

Today Noah and I headed to Brooklyn Heights to make good on a Groupon I’d nabbed a few months ago – an archery class for two. I booked us in for a beginners slot – because, well, I’m a beginner, and also because Noah had been pretty modest about his archery skills until this morning. He …

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May 3, 2013

…took a barre class

I’ve had a semi energetic week for once and today I decided to keep it up with an exercise class. But come on, it’s Friday! I didn’t want to be too energetic. I scoured the internet for a low impact, relatively short class and decided to opt for a one-hour barre session – using a …

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April 30, 2013

…jogged around Central Park

While I might not have the Rocky Mountains in my backyard, I do have Central Park. Each time I visit, I’m always in awe of – and a little bit jealous of – the runners bouncing along the paths. So tonight I decided to be one – and to appreciate the (sometimes minimal) nature we have …

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April 28, 2013

…hiked a Colorado mountain (and saw elk)

After awaking to hangovers and piles of dishes from last night’s feast, we decided a bit of exercise might not be a bad idea. So we headed to a hiking trail at Estes Park that would take us to Gem Lake. On the way there, we saw these beauties on the side of the road: …

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April 20, 2013

…hit golf balls at the Hudson River

When I met Dan and Amanda a few weeks ago, I made the mistake of telling them that when I lived in Atlanta, I used to play golf weekly – and even once attempted a few holes at Augusta. It looked like it was going to bite me in the tusch today when they asked if …

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April 18, 2013

…went to the Chelsea Pier batting cages

After watching the Nats’ questionable form on Sunday, I wondered how hard it could really be. Tonight I headed to the batting cages at Chelsea Pier with Noah and, if possible, I put on an even worse show than I saw at the weekend. Chelsea Piers have everything – skate parks, football pitches, rooms made …

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April 14, 2013

…watched a Nats game

Any excuse to drink beer in the sun. And if there’s some baseball playing, all the better. This afternoon, Kate, Josh and I went to Nationals Park to watch the Nationals battle the Atlanta Braves. The scheduling had worked out perfectly for my D.C. trip; obviously I’m a bit of a fraud when it comes to …

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April 6, 2013

…had a massive pillow fight

Ah New York, you’re so bizarre. Today I headed to Washington Square Park for a massive pillow fight – an annual event that sees people smacking each other over the head with pillows for three hours. Because, why not? I met up with Elektra and we threw ourselves into the sweaty, surprisingly violent mob. It …

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March 29, 2013

…skipped over the Manhattan Bridge

Spring has finally shown its face and tonight I wanted to make the most of it. I’ve already been to the Brooklyn Bridge, so I decided to shake it up by heading over the Manhattan Bridge instead. And whereas I ran the previous time, tonight I opted for a different mode – a skipping rope. …

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March 28, 2013

…turned the cube at Astor Place (just)

Whenever Dylan and I passed the massive cube sculpture at Astor Place, he would tell me you could spin it – and I’d make sceptical noises. Well, it turns out that he was actually right about something the whole time. The cube is a huge steel sculpture by Tony Rosenthal that was put up in …

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March 12, 2013

…climbed a volcano

Four days after I went to the top of the Empire State Building for a view of New York City, I have completed Edinburgh’s equivalent: climbing to the top of Arthur’s Seat. Arthur’s Seat is a dormant volcano looming over Edinburgh – one of my favourite cities in the UK. Its steepest part is at …

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March 7, 2013

…took a Zumba class

I’ve always thought of Zumba as a bit of a fad and not much more – definitely not something I’d ever try. But over the last couple of weeks as I’ve been writing about Zumba (in not a very flattering light, unfortunately), I realised it was something new I could give a go. And after a single session, …

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February 11, 2013

…went cycling at a disco

Because sitting at my desk for 11 hours a day isn’t enough, I decided to sit for an extra hour tonight. But this is was the most intense sitting of my life: SoulCycle. SoulCycle is a bizarre concept, but perfect for New York. It involves around 70 cycling machines in a very warm room, some very loud music …

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February 8, 2013

…went to boot camp

Five weeks into doing a new thing every day and I’m starting to realise some things. Who knew that I’d take to martial arts? Or that spiritual stuff doesn’t always get my goat? Tonight I went to a boot camp – but in place of monkey bars, jump ropes and truck tyres, there were bare …

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February 5, 2013

…ran over the Brooklyn Bridge

With all these vats of cheese and doughnuts I’ve been consuming, it’s about time I did some exercise. I combined it with a New York must-see by running over the Brooklyn Bridge. Twice actually, if you count there and back.

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February 3, 2013

…watched the Super Bowl

Tonight I dunked chips in dip, swilled beer, oohed at the halftime show, groaned at the commercials and yelled at the players – just like a true American. And you know what? I still don’t understand football.

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January 29, 2013

…learned how to kick ass

Mayor Bloomberg may always be reminding us that New York is the ‘safest big city in the U.S.’, but it still has a lot of dark corners. So I thought it might not be a bad idea to learn some moves to protect myself – just in case.

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January 22, 2013

…watched a squash tournament at Grand Central Station

For some bizarre reason, the Squash Tournament of Champions chose to set up its court in Grand Central Station, so tonight I went to watch the women’s quarterfinals. For the non-paying spectators, the game is viewed through the massive glass back wall, which means they smack the ball directly at us. I spent the first ten minutes …

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January 20, 2013

…played freeze tag on Wall Street

Forget Occupy. Today, hundreds of us unleashed chaos on Wall Street – in the form of a massive Freeze Tag game. The annual event organised by father-and-sons company Levys’ Tours celebrated its eighth year with two hours of playground favourites, including Blob Tag (where tagged players join hands with the tagger), and a few games I’d never …

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January 12, 2013

…went to a Gyrotonics class

I seem to have done a fair amount of eating and not a lot of exercise since starting this project – not very New Yorker of me. So to ease me back into the new year after a gluttonous holiday season, I signed up for a Gyrotonics class at the SoHo Living Room. The machine …

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