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.
I hated the cold walking west on 58th street, 1am on January 20th. The freezing currents had a way of trapezing down from steel cut condos, making the walls of my nostrils suddenly raw. My arms crossed themselves as I braced my way toward 10th Avenue. I had been in New York for several months, […]
My first encounter with the Pelham Parkway neighborhood took place in my mid-teens, around 1970, when my grandparents moved to a building at Lydig and Wallace. Most of the Jews in the Bronx were moving to Co-op City or the suburbs, but Pelham Parkway was very likely the last of the old-fashioned Jewish immigrant neighborhoods […]
When I think of my dad, I think of the stories he’s told me. What he knows and what he wants me to know. I think of the time at Friendly’s when he etched the web of our ancestors onto a napkin. Patrick to Matthew, Edward and Agnes and Teresa and Mary, and at the […]