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New York, New York, United States · Member since December 2011
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Earlier in my career I was a travel guide editor, and in that capacity and otherwise over many years, I've traveled pretty widely. As a traveler (and as a person) I'm a big fan of advance planning - the better to see and do as much as possible (a priority for me).

I'm the founder and proprietor of a now five-plus-year-old book publishing company, and I'm now in my 17th year of daily bicycle commuting between Brooklyn and Manhattan. In addition to weekday bike-commuting, I run or swim daily. And thanks to the luck of timing (and, admittedly, varieties of hard work), I own a two-family townhouse so close to Brooklyn's waterfront that I can see the Statue of Liberty from my front stoop (at least when the trees are bare).

Especially as a homeowner (and a landlord), I'm highly conscious, and greatly appreciative, of how generous all you airbnb hosts are, to open your homes to strangers. (I'd do the same, if I could figure out a way to be in two places at once.)

And somehow I didn't get the gene for hotel-staying; when I travel I always try to come up with an alternative to a hotel (especially your standard-issue one), if I have a choice in the matter.