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The Tape

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

Like 138 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, […]

COFFEE, MY FAMILY

by 06/14/2014
Neighborhood: Chelsea, Featured, Washington Heights

Like 20 Google +1 0 Retweet 6 It had become a habit that week—reading Richard Rodriguez’s “Brown” on the A train, riding a gradient line between the ochre of Washington Heights and the powdered white walls of NYU. I reveled in holding the book upright, spine stiff, and the bent paperback cover like a sail […]

Facing The Day

by 06/25/2012
Neighborhood: All Over, Chelsea, Gramercy Park, West Village

Like 17 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 On the first Wednesday of every month for the past year, my walk east from Fourteenth Street and Seventh Avenue where I teach, to the corner of Eighteenth Street and First Avenue took about twenty minutes. There are intriguing neighborhood changes along the way but I was usually […]

My Friend, The Fire Chaplain

by 09/11/2011
Neighborhood: Chelsea, Uncategorized, Washington Heights

Like 47 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 I met Mychal Judge in the spring of 1985 when my boyfriend, Javier, and I decided to get married. As a lapsed Catholic, estranged from the Church for over a decade, I was tormented with guilt and worry, yet I wanted to have a church wedding without having […]

Spanked

by 07/08/2011
Neighborhood: Chelsea, Featured

Like 6 Google +1 1 Retweet 0 WHAP! The paddle hit my ass. The first time I recall getting spanked, I was four. I had stolen a box of matches and lit a fire behind my house. My father spanked me down the hall. The last time I recall getting spanked, I was 25. I […]

Have I Heard of You?

by 02/28/2011
Neighborhood: Chelsea

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 Have I Heard of You? By Peter Wortsman The following encounter between the late William Packard (1933-2002), poet, playwright, teacher, and publisher of the literary journal The New York Quarterly, myself, and a postal worker, took place at the Chelsea Station Post Office in the 1980s. I immediately […]

Three Basketball Vignettes, 2001

by 06/03/2010
Neighborhood: Chelsea, Featured, West Village

Like 2 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 1. March 25th, 2001 Basketball City Chelsea Piers There Were Horses A pick up game at Basketball city. Cold Sunday afternoon. The academy awards that night. Dreading them. Miserable but psyched about the game. We ended up playing four on four full court. On the other team were […]

Trolling Whores for Coke: How to Get Started

by 03/17/2010
Neighborhood: Chelsea, Washington Heights

Like 75 Google +1 0 Retweet 6 So you’ve got the wife and the kids. You’ve got and are just barely hanging onto, the co-op in the chic enclave, you’re so middle-aged. Some men, finding themselves adrift in a wood in their middle years, go to the gym: I troll whores for coke. After you’ve […]

Sharing Vectors with Jesse Lee

by 03/07/2008
Neighborhood: Chelsea

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 “Do you know–” “Of any sports bars around here?” I interrupted. The towering man paused, chapped lips parted in a bewildered grin revealing white teeth caulked with white material. “You looking for one too?” “No,” I said, “you asked me that last week.” We stood this December afternoon […]

Petrillio, or Love on the 90th Floor

by 02/23/2008
Neighborhood: Chelsea

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Even the janitor’s wife has a perfectly good love life and here am I, facing tomorrow, alone with my sorrow, down in the depths of the 90th floor.  &nbsp–Cole Porter It may not have been the 90th floor, perhaps the 30th or 40th. The exact number is foggy […]

Heteroflexibility

by 12/31/2006
Neighborhood: Chelsea, Multiple

Like 1 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 I troll craigslist searching for traces of my ex. He dates trannies and the dregs of society. I had lunch with him the other day and I said, “Hey Luke, did you put this ad up?” “Oh my god! How the hell did you know!” I wanted to […]

Cold Storage

by 11/16/2006
Neighborhood: Chelsea

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 I’ve always preferred to do things the hard way, without anybody’s help. For the first five years my husband and I lived in New York, half our things were in storage. The other half were crammed into a 280-square foot apartment on the fifth floor of a tenement […]