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You’re Out of the Night

by 06/17/2016
Neighborhood: Featured, Flushing, Lower East Side, Queens, Uncategorized

Like 76 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 On Match.com, Ken’s moniker was “Dull.” He wrote that among his favorite things were office carpeting, spam, and waiting rooms. “I bet he lives in one of those storage units off the highway,” my friend Meg said as she read over my shoulder. My own profile was styled […]

The Tape

by 04/26/2016
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Chelsea, Featured, Jackson Heights, Manhattan, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Sunset Park

Like 139 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 -1- Once upon a time, there existed a New York City economy where a young person fresh out of college could, with a straight face, think in terms of “building a career.” Imagine such optimism. The notion of “career” seems so trite now, forty-plus years on, so immaterial, […]

Bed Bugs and Rolling Stones

by 01/11/2016
Neighborhood: Featured, Uncategorized, Upper West Side

Like 8 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 Does anyone move to Manhattan with plans of anything but taking over the city? Imaging the opening credits of my life, I could practically feel the crane shot tracking me as my mother drove me over the Brooklyn Bridge. The camera pushing in closer and closer, past hundreds […]

Panic at Beth Israel

by 11/08/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Uncategorized

Like 29 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 I was on an evening Metro North train home from the Adirondacks. Catherine and I were taking turns sucking Merlot out of a plastic nozzle attached to a plastic sack. We were each lying down long ways across a row of seats, facing each other, passing the bag […]

The Empire State Building Loves Me

by 09/13/2015
Neighborhood: All Over, Central Park, Featured, Midtown, Union Square

Like 61 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 The day before my birthday was beautiful. It was one of those clear summer days in New York that somehow evades the typical humidity and the sun’s unbearable heat. Instead of roasting everything beneath it, the sun proudly showcased New York’s beauty. The pink and purple flowers on […]

We’ll Always Have The News

by 07/13/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Herald Square

Like 12 Google +1 0 Retweet 5 The red-smocked amNY guy smiled wide and with a proud, “Good morning, big bro!” extended a copy of the subway newspaper my way. I stood there grinning sheepishly, neither taking the paper nor brushing him off. This was a breach of the rules of our relationship, not unlike […]

With You Without

by 07/08/2015
Neighborhood: All Over, Featured

Like 16 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 I am writing this on the laptop you stole from me. Remember? No of course you don’t. What an asshole you were! I had gone back to New York to visit my father at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Head Trauma Unit (he had fallen and bashed his brains in […]

52 Places to Go in 2015: Bum-Fuck Middle of Nowhere

by 05/28/2015
Neighborhood: All Over, Featured

Like 13 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 The week before I pried myself away from New York and moved to Japan to teach English, the New Yorker carried a tourism advertisement for the rural island where I’d be heading: “For travelers who have seen and experienced Tokyo, Kyoto, and other hot spots in Japan, and […]

I Know About His Ear

by 05/03/2015
Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn, Featured

Like 28 Google +1 0 Retweet 7 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.” […]

Someone Should Keep an Eye on Him

by 04/29/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Union Square

Like 31 Google +1 0 Retweet 14 “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 […]

Remembering, Memorial Day

by 04/17/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Queens

Like 77 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 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 […]

Hell’s Kitchen and All That Jazz

by 04/09/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Hell's Kitchen

Like 54 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 I was dropped off in Hell’s Kitchen with my turquoise vinyl trunk, my art school scholarship, and the soundtrack to Midnight Cowboy sensurrounding my dreams. Everybody's talking at me I don't hear a word they're saying Only the echoes of my mind I was eighteen, and ready for […]