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.
Aunt Judy’s a teenager and my grandmother takes her shopping at Mays Department store in Downtown Brooklyn. Nana chooses the item she wants, then leans close to Judy. “Watch this.” Nana trumpets: “This is too expensive! I’m not paying this much!” A clerk says, “Ma’am, that’s the price.” “Oh, no! You’re not doing that to […]
“That’s it. I’ve had it.” Staring at the dirt encrusted window I made up my mind to cheer myself up. After September 11, 2001, my job relocated from a building overlooking the World Trade Center to the industrial center of Long Island City – the old Bloomingdale’s Warehouse on a concrete hill overlooking the Long […]
On weekends it’s a tossup, either my wife or I go on expedition for our Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and this was my turn. Because I knew the usual place on Queens Boulevard was closed for repairs I had to head down to the one on 61st in the Woodside valley. On the way back I […]