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Written by Remi Frazier   
Thursday, 22 June 2006


12:01AM hit just before I was to board the plane at Denver International Airport, leaving time for only two calls related to this project. We landed at about 6:30AM; Frontier Airlines is to be complimented for its ready and considerable supply of hot coffee. Laguardia Airport is to be complimented for its ready supply of city maps. Apparently New York City has five boroughs. (Okay, so the Beastie Boys had taught me that, but I'd never even googlemapped the city. This way is a lot more exciting, I promise.)

By 11:00am, I had successfully identified and pursued three contacts in New York City after inquiring through my personal network: A close friend here for a summer intensive, an old friend who was visiting for the day and an online friend who has moved back to the city. Through them I was able to pin down lodging for the first night as well as an introduction to the city's public transportation system. A series of comedic misadventures and poorly chosen subway transfers led me through Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx and back to Manhattan until, frustrated, I gave up and left the subway to figure out where I actually was.

My first real view of the city was walking up into Columbus Circle, splitting my view perfectly between skyscrapers and Central Park. Accordingly, I spent half the day filming and phoning in Central Park, and half the day wandering through the city.

Spent the night in Brooklyn with a friend; we managed to track down a computer to upload about half of the day's video and text. That's a problem that needs to be fixed forthwith; also, MySpace's video approval system is breaking. I think the videos will all be moved off-site tomorrow. (Also, a lot of this text will get uploaded late...apologies. Hopefully won't happen again.)

Tonight was a rare orbital overflight, so we stood outside and watched the tiny reflection of the International Space Station cut across the lights of the city. I can already tell I'm going to fall in love with this place.

Remi Frazier, at the 43-hours-without-sleep mark, saying good night.

Listening to: The Beastie Boys, To The Five Boroughs. Singing it to myself in my head...naturally.


Total times lost for no good reason: 5 (5 new)

- Queens is not Manhattan
- Brooklyn is not Manhattan
- Express trains to the Bronx don't go to Manhattan
- That was the southwest corner of Central Park, not the northeast corner
- If the guy behind you yells "Move it, people, I gotta get on that train!" it doesn't mean that you have to get on that train too.


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