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  • Farewell, Yaffa Cafe.

    Photo: ‘Open All Night, East Village, NYC’ by Shawn Hoke I woke up this morning to the sad news—delivered by the excellent EV Grieve blog—that Yaffa Cafe has officially ceased to exist.…

  • For sale (again!), Newburgh.

    Back in 2008, I blogged about a house for sale in Newburgh that was in need of a lot of renovation work—plumbing, electric, heating…pretty much everything. It’s right around the corner from…

  • An ode to the Kentile Floors sign.

    To the non-New Yorkers (non-Brooklynites, really) reading this, I apologize in advance. This is a location-specific lament and farewell that I don’t expect to resonate with you. I’m writing this for myself,…

  • Home buying moment (actually more of a saga).

    A couple of weeks ago, the 8th anniversary of our home-ownership came and went. I realized it later while I was looking for a before picture of the dining room, which led…

  • Stockholm! Part two.

    Remember when I went to Stockholm like three years ago? OK, it was last month, but geez, could it take me any longer to put a second post together? I know I’ll…