The Intersection

Arrival in Princeton


So…I have a new home.

Just two days ago now, I arrived in Princeton, New Jersey and occupied a new apartment here, along with the fiance and the puppy. Los Angeles was a blast, and it’s somewhere I think everyone ought to try to live–but I wanted to get back to the hoary old east coast.

I also had reason to do so: I’m now a visiting associate at the Center for Collaborative History here. The professor I’ll be collaborating with is D. Graham Burnett, a science historian who taught me Darwin at Yale back in 1997. We’re working on a history of science project, not surprisingly…and that’s all I’ll say for now.

Meanwhile, I’m getting familiar with Triumph, Small World Coffee, and Nassau St…if you’re in the area or know it, leave a comment!


  1. #1 Linda
    January 29, 2009

    Wish you well in your new location, enjoy.
    Princeton is beautiful.

  2. #2 Sheril R. Kirshenbaum
    January 29, 2009

    Duke was modeled after Princeton and I could have taken that photo in Durham. Can’t wait to visit 😉

  3. #3 Ashutosh
    January 29, 2009

    I am not in Princeton right now but I am going to move pretty close to Princeton around May for a postdoc. If you are still there, I would definitely be interested in meeting up.

  4. #4 Eric the Leaf
    January 29, 2009

    What a fantastic opportunity to look up Professor Emeritus of Geosciences Dr. Kenneth Deffeyes, a world leader in energy issues and intellectual heir to M. King Hubbert.

  5. #5 chezjake
    January 29, 2009

    While you’re getting familiar with local microbrews, try to find brews from River Horse Brewery in Lambertville, NJ (right on the Delaware). In particular, I’m enamored of their Hop Hazard ale, which despite the name is not super hoppy. It’s just a really good pale ale that has been nicely dry hopped at the finish.

    Also, don’t neglect exploring upper Bucks County, PA while you’re in the area. New Hope and Doylestown are quite nice and have numerous good restaurants.

  6. #6 Shelley
    January 29, 2009

    Welcome back to the east! My husband and I recently made the same journey you guys did. We were living in Monterey, CA but we really needed/wanted to get back east. I took a gig w/ NOAA and we’re now settled in Maryland!

  7. #7 Abel Pharmboy
    January 29, 2009

    Great news to have you kids back east – couldn’t quite make it to L.A. over the last year.

    chezjake speaks the truth, especially about Lambertville. When the weather gets nicer, go spend a nice romantic weekend at the Inn there, have a couple of nice dinners on both sides of the Delaware. A lovely place. Talk to you soon.

  8. #8 Orac
    January 29, 2009

    I liked Triumph Brewing Company, but if you want a really great brew pub, go to Harvest Moon in New Brunswick, about 10 or 15 miles up Route 27.

  9. #9 NoAstronomer
    January 29, 2009

    Welcome back! I don’t know the immediate Princeton area so you’re on your own there but if you need anything give me a shout.

  10. #10 --bill
    January 29, 2009

    yeah for Hoagie Haven!
    and try the Pizza Star at the Princeton Shopping Center

  11. #11 sirhcton
    January 29, 2009

    Does the sandwhich/hoagie store across Nassau Street from the main campus still exist? Does it still offer ‘adult’ books? Does the Dinky still run? Are the Proctors (not the campus police, who wear normal uniforms) still the best dressed campus police in the country?

  12. #12 Karen Runyon
    January 29, 2009

    I read Burnett’s A Trial By Jury. He is an interesting man. I hope you will share your learning experiences from your collaboration.

  13. #13 Jason Rosenhouse
    January 31, 2009

    Definitely go to Hoagie Haven. Best. Sandwiches. Evah. I went to Princeton High School and we use to refer to Hoagie Haven as the school’s second cafeteria.

    Also, Labyrinth Books on Nassau Street is a really terrific bookstore, specializing in nonfiction, academic literature. Good for hours of browsing.

    My parents live twenty minutes from Princeton and I get back there several times a year. Maybe we can do lunch sometime!

  14. #14 Peter
    February 1, 2009

    Hoagie Haven: check (it’s been around, btw, since I was a teen-ager in the 80’s). Get a “souvlaki”; you’ll thank me for it. The number 1 and the roast beef are also tasty.

    Dinky: exists as of last november. It’s the Train That Cannot Die because too many rich people ride it 🙂

    Visit the “community park north” park — it’s a very pretty area, formerly a spot for A Very Rich Person, also formerly a set of ice ponds with lakes.

    (And not the little lake next to the highway — park there, but then walk in over the long, long driveway).

    And if you need a church, there’s a good Unitarian church right there, too.

    (I grew up in Princeton)

  15. #15 Chris C. Mooney
    February 2, 2009

    Thanks, everybody.

    I have to say, Triumph is becoming a regular stop for me. Small World Coffee to some extent too, though the wireless so far has been a hassle for me, and I don’t like the cash only thing they do.

    I have not yet been to Hoagie Haven, but it’s only a few blocks from where I’m living. So that will happen soon enough. Thank you so much for all the recommendations…I’ll be reporting more from Princeton soon enough!

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