Steve Turtell is the author of Heroes and Householders, a collection of poems (Orchard House Press, 2009). He is currently at work on a memoir, How to Be Poor, and a novel Sailing To Byzantium, or The War of Art. His work is in the anthologies Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard (Painted Leaf press, 1999) and Bad Boys, Gents and Barbarians II (Windstorm Creative, 2004).A native New Yorker, he has been Director of Public Programs at the Museum of the City of New York, South Street Seaport Museum, and The New-York Historical Society.
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 […]