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Battered Carnations

by 08/31/2014
Neighborhood: Chinatown

Like 104 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 To say that I am not a morning person is both unimaginative and a gross understatement. Each day I try to avoid the morning, altogether. When I wake up in the afternoon, it takes me multiple cups of water and coffee as well as several scrolls through my […]

Real Estate Rhetoric: A User’s Guide

by 03/02/2014
Neighborhood: All Over, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Chinatown, Featured, Harlem, Hell's Kitchen, Williamsburg

Like 38 Google +1 0 Retweet 8  Affordable housing. For most New Yorkers the term is an oxymoron. Niklas and I moved to the West Village when we got married a few years ago, a romantic notion if not an especially realistic one. In the beginning we joked that we could live on love. But […]

They Steal Young Girls

by 03/23/2009
Neighborhood: Chinatown

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 “You can’t walk around here! They steal young girls and sell them as slaves.” Grandma’s voice hit a higher pitch with each syllable, her blue eyes sparking with agitation behind the dark rims of her glasses. I was momentarily stunned by her vehemence as much as by her […]

A Blue Chicken, and My First Naked Lady

by 06/22/2008
Neighborhood: Chinatown

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Growing up on Staten Island, a trip to Manhattan, while covering only several miles, and less than an hour away, was an adventure. There are things I remember about “going to the city” from my childhood. I remember holding my ears and laughing when the horn of the […]

Moving with My Father

by 06/29/2006
Neighborhood: Chinatown

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 My dad was helping me, his oldest daughter, carry a stuffed duffel bag up a dirty Chinatown staircase, in a dirty Chinatown building, with no-longer-usable brooms on the landings and cigarette butts on the sills. We could hear babies crying though the walls, drowning out television sets. He […]

I Hate New York, I Like Beijing

by 06/04/2006
Neighborhood: Chinatown

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 I am one of those people who can’t stand New York. The first time I was in New York I was mugged by a young Hispanic man wielding a Phillips head screwdriver. It was long ago, I was young, and not about to give him $20, all the […]

Love and Money at Sun Lin Garden

by 06/04/2006
Neighborhood: Chinatown

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 It’s common practice for a bar/restaurant to save their first dollar and hang it on the wall. Sometimes it’s framed. Other times it’s taped. But it’s up there for luck. Or at least celebration. A sort of diploma from the school of capitalism. Some businesses even save their […]

Foxy Kropotkin

by 10/20/2005
Neighborhood: Chinatown

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 All night Foxy Kropotkin had thrown the covers on and off. It had been hours since she told Virginia to get her an orange soda. She thought to herself, Larry’s not cold yet three days—but I still have the credit card. In an instant she was out of […]

TuCan: The $1 Kingdom

by 05/22/2005
Neighborhood: Chinatown

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 I have given my neighborhood a trendy new name. TuCan. What does it mean? Too Close to Canal Street. My windows are over Canal Street, but my street is named “Lispenard.” Have you heard of it? Neither has any cab driver in New York City. Every day, I […]

Some Light, Some Don’t

by 03/10/2005
Neighborhood: Chinatown

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 We are in Chinatown looking for a good price on a Zippo lighter. My son wants one with with no logo, no Elvis face, no Mets, no #1 Stunner in fancy script. Just plain silver, the size of a matchbox, when matchboxes were the size of matchboxes. He’s […]

The (Chinese) Gangs of New York

by 03/08/2003
Neighborhood: Chinatown

Like 15 Google +1 0 Retweet 5 Late last year, the young Chinese couple who ran the Szechuan D’Or restaurant on East 40th Street were murdered. The incident sparked fear that the crime which had riddled Chinatown was moving uptown. Police launched a citywide campaign to wipe it out. The crackdown played havoc with established […]

Why Won’t You Learn Chinese?

by 02/01/2003
Neighborhood: Chinatown

Like 1 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 For a few months while I was writing my graduate thesis, I was a classroom instructor at an after-school program at P.S. 2, on the northeastern edge of Chinatown. From my apartment on the lower East side, I would walk south on Essex Street to go to work. […]