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Wild Thing

by 03/11/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Upper West Side

Like 10 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 I was walking down Broadway near Lincoln Center at noon on a Thursday afternoon in May with my old friend Ruth Lopez when we came upon two people on the sidewalk, doing it. It was daytime, it was close to lunch even, and yet there they were in […]

Good Eye

by 02/20/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Uncategorized

Like 7 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 It’s the middle of the season and my son won’t swing at the ball.   Jesse is seven and this is his third year playing league baseball.  For the entire season he hasn’t swung the bat.  Since the pitchers on the other teams have little or no control, he […]

Smartphone

by 02/18/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Uncategorized

Like 6 Google +1 0 Retweet 7 Martin Able had most people fooled. The 94-year-old retired history professor prided himself on owning the very latest smartphone. For the past five years he upgraded annually. His latest could shoot video in slow motion and download music with the touch of his thumbprint. The phone even included […]

I Remember I Forget, And Why

by 02/18/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, West Village

Like 126 Google +1 0 Retweet 6 I've lived in the neighborhood practically forever, but to my girlfriend it's all new. She's always making some new discovery. Once she came home with a small box of Japanese chocolate wrapped inside a perfect silver bag and with a sleek packet of dry ice. I asked her […]

Piano Piece

by 01/28/2015
Neighborhood: Astoria, Featured

Like 29 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 A vintage piano stood alone on a deserted city street. Moments earlier, the piano had been saved from oblivion by a man named Oscar, who had stepped out of his apartment just as the workers of the New York City Sanitation Department had been struggling to lift the […]

Al Pimsler: A Man’s Men’s Illustrator

by 01/20/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Uncategorized

Like 5 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 A dapper anomaly in those still shaggy post-Woodstock years, he walked with purpose and panache to the Saks Fifth Avenue offices where he took up residence at the drawing table. Handsome. Diminutive yet self-assured, debonaire, even--an outdated word, but it suited. With a full head of white hair […]

Two Guys Talking on the Corner

by 01/06/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Yorkville

Like 13 Google +1 0 Retweet 20 Dad and I did four things together: play sports, attend sports, watch TV, and go to the movies. I liked movies the best; it’s much harder telling a kid what to do in the dark. You would have loved taking me to the movies when I was 6 […]

The Last Winter Dance Party of America

by 12/15/2014
Neighborhood: Featured, Uncategorized

Like 4 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 It’s 1957, and the three of us, Jacky,Vinnie from 19th Street, and me, are doing this Brooklyn strut sort of a walk down Eastern Parkway. Vinnie is a thief. He will steal anything he can get his hands on, doesn’t matter who owns it. That’s just the way […]

An Unsentimental Education

by 12/09/2014
Neighborhood: Bronx, Featured

Like 3 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 In a school full of hard cases, Theresa Fulife was the hardest. She looked like the oldest kid in the eighth grade because at 16 she was. Her scarred, nearly six-foot muscular frame looked like it had been tattooed by a drunken sailor. Her face resembled the pitted […]

Library Meditations, 8am

by 11/18/2014
Neighborhood: Featured, Uncategorized

Like 13 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 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 […]

Dead Horse Bay

by 11/12/2014
Neighborhood: Featured, Uncategorized

Like 57 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 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 […]

Jews Playing Basketball

by 11/06/2014
Neighborhood: All Over, Bronx, Brooklyn, Featured, Lower East Side

Like 140 Google +1 0 Retweet 11 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 […]