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Writing Abroad

Writing Abroad

Seth Kugel pens the peppy and adventurous Weekend in New York column for The New York Times, but last Sunday’s installment, sadly, was his last. After fifteen years living in New York City and 130 columns later, Kugel is moving to a new city, and in fact has already made the trek to his new place of residence—Brazil!
 
Kugel always writes with a sincere and excited voice, clearly a lover of New York who didn’t have to force out a weekly column that took him to the far reaches of the city. Of all the newspaper columns I regularly read, Weekend in New York was always the one I dreamed of writing myself, since I try to emulate his explorer’s spirit as much as I can.
 
What did he dish up for his final column? Very appropriately, he decided to hit up those places and/or events that he just never made it to, including a taping of Late Show with David Letterman, jogging around Central Park and dining out at a well-known steakhouse
 
Moving to a new city doesn’t imply a permanent stay, and you can always visit your “old” city. Kugel is already looking forward to staying on top of New York City culture and ends on a positive and funny note: “When I do come back, though, it won’t be for some rushed Friday-through-Sunday jaunt, because come on: Who in their right mind comes to New York for just a weekend?”
 
If you’re preparing for a move, have you made a list of those “must-do” items you never got around to doing?

—Alicia Kachmar

Posted: 12/19/08