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Please Welcome Our New Editors

by 11/15/2013
Neighborhood: All Over, Featured, News, Uncategorized

Like 3 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 After almost three years of working on Mr. Beller's Neighborhood as Managing Editor, the time has come for me to pass the torch to the next in line. While I had intended to write some sort of grandiose proclamation to sound my departure and welcome their arrival, it […]

The Dress

by 06/18/2013
Neighborhood: All Over, Greenwich Village, SoHo, West Village

Like 22 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 For thirty-five years its posture has been folded into a deep curtsy, dormant over a hanger, as if waiting for a curtain call. After that one moment in the spotlight, it’s never been worn again. Unless we consider fleeting fantasies of varying scenarios I’ve had over the decades […]

The Circle Line

by 04/02/2013
Neighborhood: Across the River, All Over, Featured

Like 9 Google +1 0 Retweet 11 She throws an envelope onto the kitchen table, vaguely in my direction. She has written my name on it, and underlined it twice. I know what’s in it: it’s my birthday and inside it there will be, as always, a check. I am only ten-years-old, and I do […]

Found in Transit

by 02/09/2013
Neighborhood: All Over, Grand Central Station, Union Square

Like 58 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 A woman once offered me her seat on a rush hour 3 train. New Yorkers only donate seats to the elderly, the injured, and the pregnant, so it was obvious what she thought. “Not pregnant – just fat,” I told her, matter-of-factly, compelled to set precedent before this […]

Non-Fiction Poetry

by 02/03/2013
Neighborhood: All Over, Red Hook

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0  Okay, I admit it. I once wrote and recorded a full-length country album. I know, I know – it was a foolish thing to do, but it got me thinking about the nature of non-fiction. The album was arranged as timeline – a chronology of mental and emotional […]

After the Storm

by 12/28/2012
Neighborhood: All Over

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 In the immediate wake of the storm nothing worked. Neither power nor light, neither running water nor heat, neither internet nor ATM, the fundamentals of middle class life, without which we don’t believe we can live happily nowadays. Fish and flesh rotted in the refrigerator. Dirty dishes piled […]

Letting Go of My Faux Boyfriend

by 11/13/2012
Neighborhood: All Over, Citifield, Midtown, Tribeca

Like 8 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Last week I officially let go of my faux-boyfriend. The moment of truth happened in a lavender room with a gray sofa and wooden lectern at the Office of the City Clerk on Worth Street. Jamie and Tomoko said, “I do,” and smiled. They kissed each other and […]

It’s Not A Cult

by 10/10/2012
Neighborhood: All Over, Featured, JFK/LGA, Letter From Abroad

Like 1 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 "I have to get to New York" says the woman in front of me at the Portland, Oregon airport. "You don't understand, I have to get there." She repeats this urgently, in a slightly hysterical voice to a man in uniform behind a counter. I smile at her […]

Facing The Day

by 06/25/2012
Neighborhood: All Over, Chelsea, Gramercy Park, West Village

Like 17 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 On the first Wednesday of every month for the past year, my walk east from Fourteenth Street and Seventh Avenue where I teach, to the corner of Eighteenth Street and First Avenue took about twenty minutes. There are intriguing neighborhood changes along the way but I was usually […]

15 Seconds With Andy Warhol

by 06/09/2012
Neighborhood: All Over, East Village, Featured, Midtown

Like 13 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 When I was a kid, Campbell’s Tomato Soup almost tasted home-made, especially if milk was added as suggested by the directions. Everyone ate it in 1964. The rich, the poor, the in-between and twelve year-old boys like me, so I was pleased to read in LIFE Magazine that […]

Retweet Your Favorite Stories and Like Them on Facebook.

by 05/29/2012
Neighborhood: All Over, Featured, News

Like 1 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Hey Neighbors, You may have noticed that you can now Like your favorite stories on Facebook and Retweet them on Twitter by clicking the aptly labeled "Like" and "Retweet" buttons in the upper right corner where it lists the story's neighborhood. It's a fast and easy way to […]

Growing Up Beastly

by 05/17/2012
Neighborhood: All Over, Letter From Abroad, West Village

Like 54 Google +1 0 Retweet 14 In 1986 I became an international pop music recording sensation. I don’t mean that at the age of 15 I admired and tried to emulate Ad-Rock, a squeaky, strutting third of the fresh hip-hop phenomenon the Beastie Boys—I mean I was Ad-Rock. His band mates—Mike D and MCA—were […]