>> My much-loved Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is the single most misunderstood newspaper out there. If you're a guitar pickin', granola eatin', napkin scribblin', save-the-rainforest songwriter like myself, you might think you'd be as turned on by the WSJ as you would be by slaughtering a new born calf.
Well, it's time to re-attitude! The WSJ is so much more than a daily scoreboard of the world of stocks. And it goes far beyond financial savvy. That said, I still have no clue about hedge funds even though I've read the WSJ for years. (Egads, "NASDAQ" is the most challenging acronym around.)
Check It Out: The paper version of the WSJ, which is sold everywhere, is a great resource for out-of-towners to get the skinny on what's hot and not when visiting New York. The writing is so engaging that you'll develop interests in subjects you habitually ignore.
Calling all artists! If you're a songwriter like myself, the WSJ is an excellent resource for new material and is as much apart of New York City as pretzel stands and foul mouthed taxi drivers. Journal writers are hip. They dish the goods before other publications even taste them.
Would you believe this? The WSJ lead me to www.Garageband.com, one of the coolest sites in the world for unsigned musicians.
Need story ideas? It recently reported about shiploads of chocolate cargo held up in a Venezuelan seaport, a tantalizing subject for a novel!
Need insight for behind the scenes? The WSJ provides it. After all, business really is behind almost everything we do.
Don't let the conservative nature of the paper steer you away. By ignoring the editorial page (please!), you'll find most articles lively, easy to read, and highly informative.
How to Navigate the Wall Street Journal
When you visit a new area, it's best to be somewhat familiar with it, or you're lost. The same with reading a newspaper, especially one you might think is stuffy or filled with unfamiliar phrases. To find out more about the paper, this link details the paper's index, complete with descriptions for each section:info.WSJ.com
That said, I usually head straight for the Personal Journal section to read up on the pop culture editorials.
The Personal Journal is the revamped lifestyles section that appears on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The Weekend Journal, published on Fridays, is my favorite section. It's chock-full of info on wine, travel, books, theater, music and shopping.
The Tastings section rocks, making you a wine expert in a few reads. It also features some of the coolest illustrations you'll see anywhere.
The WSJ, by the way, features the most cutting-edge illustrators in the nation. Besides being a songwriter, I'm an art buyer for a major educational publishing company, so I know! The WSJ commissions the best and brightest, setting visual standards for other publications to match.
The Leisure & Arts section runs daily, although the weekend edition is bigger, so if you buy only one issue, make sure it's on Friday. Here you'll find very up-to-date, edgy articles on cultural trends in film, television, art and the like.
Although I have about as much interest in sports as I do in car parts, I should mention that Friday is a good day for sports fanatics to pick up a copy of the journal, too.
Love decorating? Want to be exposed to over-the-top ideas? Want to see these things in New York (of course you do)? Then read The Home Front.
And, of course, it seems like every other New York-block has shops that sell computers and electronic gadgets. If you love everything containing microchips, read Home Office. There you find the latest gadget and furnishing trends.
The writing in the WSJ is always excellent, with the majority of its writing staff located in New York proper. How to put? It's written way better than most travel guides, it's always current, you don't have to fumble through the lodging section, and you don't need to be on-line to use it!
Even finding Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal's publisher, is interesting. It is by Wall Street, after all, as well as other historic sights. Right now, the reconstruction of Ground Zero is a reason to visit all by it self. See the sidebar for some more information!
Questions or comments?
April 5, 2004
NEW THIS YEAR (2004) IS THE FABULOUS WORLD TRADE CENTER PATH STATION ON CHAMBERS STREET. EXAMINE IT, THEN TAKE THE TRAIN TO HOBOKEN, NJ, CHECK OUT THAT STATION'S BEAUTIFUL ROTUNDA. THEN HEAD BACK TO NEW YORK, ALL FOR UNDER $5.
RIGHT NOW, THE WTC CONSTRUCTION SITE IS RINGED WITH A CHAIN LINK FENCE AND PHOTOS OF THE SITE'S HISTORY. IN THIS PHOTO, DOW JONES IS NEAR THE ROUND BUILDING (WINTER GARDEN OF THE WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER) ON THE LEFT.
THIS MAP MIRRORS THE PHOTO ABOVE. THE RED DOT MARKS DOW JONES.
THIS WILL BE THE LAST YEAR YOU CAN GET A CLOSE-UP OF 9/11 DEVISTATION ON LIBERTY STREET.
THE OPENING IN THE BLACK SHROUDED DEUTSCHE BANK BUILDING SHOWS 9/11 DAMAGE. TOWARD THE END OF 2004, THE BUILDING WILL BE CAREFULLY DISMANTLED PIECE-BY-PIECE TO AVOID DISTRIBUTING THE CONTAMINATES THAT FILLED IT DURING THE COLLAPSE OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. [NEW YORK TIMES, 4/16/04]
DON'T BE AFRAID TO GO UP THESE RUSTY STAIRS ON LIBERTY STREET AS THEY LEAD TO THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER.
THE STAIRS LEAD TO THE WINDOW-LINED BRIDGE. LOOK OUT OF ALL WINDOWS FOR STUNNING VIEWS OF DOWNTOWN'S SITES...VIEWS THAT WEREN'T SEEN BEFORE 9/11.
A BIG, BRIGHT, BRASS SIGN GREETS YOU AT THE END OF THE BRIDGE. ONCE INSIDE, YOU'LL BE LED TO MAGNIFICENT AREAS, HOWEVER, TUCK YOUR CAMERA AWAY FROM THIS POINT ON.
AMONG THE MANY INTERESTING THINGS YOU'LL SEE ALONG THE BRIDGE IS A VIEW OF ONE OF 9/11 DAMAGED BUILDINGS ON THE CORNER OF JOE DIMAGGIO HWY AND LIBERTY NEXT TO THE DEUTSCHE BANK BUILDING. DOW JONES IS ACCROSS THE STREET TO THE RIGHT (WEST). THIS AREA IS A SHRINE, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE OF US WHO WERE THERE THAT DAY. KAREN LITTLE