Listed as "Allan Goldstein" and "Allan B. Goldstein."
Essays on Mr. Beller's Neighborhood: THE LAST LESSON, ASKING FOR LOVE, and DEATH AND ICE CREAM.
I am an essayist, memoir writer, and Assistant Director of the Writing Program at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. My essays appear in Thicker Than Water, Essays by Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities edited by Don Meyer (Woodbine House, 2009) and in Lost and Found, Stories from New York edited by Thomas Beller ("DEATH AND ICE CREAM", Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood Books, distributed by WW Norton, 2009). I also maintain a blog about my brother Fred, who has intellectual disabilities, and our search for a publisher of our memoir Finding Fred.
At 16, my dream job was working behind the deli counter at Daitch Shopwell. As a stock boy this would be a coup. Watching Milton or Marty cut thin slices of rare roast beef and Jarlsberg Swiss, I cried with pain. Pain that some son of a bitch was going to eat that tasty mound […]
When we were kids, starting at about 15-years old, there was a bar we’d frequent on Fifth Street east of Avenue A, just past the Con Edison substation. It was called the Chic Choc, but we knew it either as Chic’s or Mrs. C’s. Customers addressed the woman behind the bar who owned the place […]
(Author’s Note: I saw the homeless woman sitting in front of Saks Fifth Avenue holding her sign, interacting with the passers by, taunting some, flirting with others, cajoling the rest, So I gave her a name, created her back story and decided to tell it as I thought she might.) A Yellow Cashmere Scarf “She […]