neighborhood spot

A/N: I have worked on this AU longer than anything I’ve ever written. I’ve edited it so many times and I think now it is finally perfect enough for me to share with you all. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my work. It means so much. Enjoy!

You sighed and ran your hands through your hair restlessly as your plane began to descend. You looked out the window at your old hometown, looking for all the familiar buildings, trying to spot your neighborhood. It had been over a year since you’d been back here and happy and painful memories alike were beginning to resurface.

Things had been much different before you had left for L.A. You were blissfully happy, about to graduate college, in a steady relationship, good friends. Everything seemed to be falling into place, when suddenly you’d gotten an offer to work at a huge music magazine, halfway across the world.

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i had an interesting interaction a minute ago. i was walking home through my neighborhood when i spotted a giant snow-bunny in someone’s yard. i was admiring it when i looked over and saw someone in the house staring at me from their library. it was an older guy in a blue cardigan, with a hard-bound book open in one hand, looking over his glasses and half-over his shoulder at me, as if he was midway through choosing a book to read and the movement of me walking by his house caught his attention through the window

i was both like, “hey man, stop staring at me, i’m just admiring the snow-bunny” and also like, “i want to be that man”

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Yuuka eats “daigaku” fries. They’re covered in deep fried sweet potato sauce full of black sesame seeds.

I’m trying to imagine what she looks like carrying all this stuff home all the time. xD She must be a fun neighborhood Youtuber to spot.

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Spent an afternoon walking around Seongsu-dong, the “Brooklyn of Seoul” and one of my favorite neighborhoods.

One highly recommended spot is Daelim Changgo (bottom two photos), an awesome theater/gallery/cafe/all-around culture space in a renovated old warehouse.

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Today we have new feature – Cool Stuff in the Neighborhood! Sharp-eyed coworkers spotted this pop-up bookstore in a vacant storefront near our building. It’s a project of Carpe Librum, a local used bookstore whose proceeds go towards helping DC schoolkids.  If you’re in the NoMa neighborhood, check it out – but keep yer grubby paws off that Bertrice Small book, it’s MINE.

– Petra

While visiting a SoHo neighborhood, the pair was spotted visiting apartments that were available for rent.

Before you think this pair is ready to pack their bags and find one home, however, a source tells E! News that they are not looking to move in together. Instead, they are more than ready to look their best while taking in the sights and sounds of the Big Apple.
—  Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Go Apartment Hunting in New York City—Are They Ready to Move In Together? (E! Online)
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The NYPD's 'Work Stoppage' Is Surreal

This article explains exactly what I’ve been thinking about the NYPD’s “protest.” In a word: Fantastic.

So this police protest, unwittingly, is leading to the exposure of the very policies that anger so many different constituencies about modern law-enforcement tactics.

First, it shines a light on the use of police officers to make up for tax shortfalls using ticket and citation revenue. Then there’s the related (and significantly more important) issue of forcing police to make thousands of arrests and issue hundreds of thousands of summonses when they don’t “have to.”

It’s incredibly ironic that the police have chosen to abandon quality-of-life actions like public urination tickets and open-container violations, because it’s precisely these types of interactions that are at the heart of the Broken Windows polices that so infuriate residents of so-called “hot spot” neighborhoods.

In an alternate universe where this pseudo-strike wasn’t the latest sortie in a standard-issue right-versus left political showdown, one could imagine this protest as a progressive or even a libertarian strike, in which police refused to work as backdoor tax-collectors and/or implement Minority Report-style pre-emptive policing policies, which is what a lot of these Broken Windows-type arrests amount to. […]

It would be amazing if this NYPD protest somehow brought parties on all sides to a place where we could all agree that policing should just go back to a policy of officers arresting people “when they have to.” […]

Most people, and police most of all, agree that the best use of police officers is police work. They shouldn’t be collecting backdoor taxes because politicians are too cowardly to raise them, and they shouldn’t be pre-emptively busting people in poor neighborhoods because voters don’t have the patience to figure out some other way to deal with our dying cities.

This police protest, ironically, could have shined a light on all of that. Instead, it’s just more fodder for our ongoing hate-a-thon. Happy New Year, America.