Jay Blotcher moved to New York City in May 1982 and began writing for Christopher Street and The New York Native, two publications for the New York City gay community. Blotcher was a member of the founding chapters of the activist groups ACT UP and Queer Nation. Blotcher has written for The New York Times, Spy, Backstage, Boston Phoenix, Salon, Outweek, Advocate and Out and his nonfiction essays appear in eight anthologies. He currently lives in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York State and writes for several regional magazines.
Most mornings are like this: you are walking alone, very underdressed for the harsh whip of winter (sorry Mom), multiple book bags in hand, and struggling. You are out when the shop owners dump buckets of soapy water onto the street, to wash away dog piss. You are out when the bums are still too […]
The day before hurricane Sandy hits New York I go to the beach. The subways are shut down. The mayor has recommended evacuation of coastal areas. The news warns of widespread blackouts and flooding. The wind pulls garbage from gutters and tosses it against the legs coming out of the grocery store, shuffling under the […]
New Yorkers of a certain age who dig hoops can tell you that there is a lot of Jewish DNA in the city game. Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith, an instructor at a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, but the game’s popularity really took off early in the 20th century in the settlement […]