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Is My Arched Spine Still Pretty?

by 01/15/2016
Neighborhood: East Village, Manhattan, Uncategorized, Union Square

Like 2 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 1. I went into college with virtually no experience, so virginal I believed myself to smell of baby powder. Touching a boy daringly was grazing his shoulder. That was till I met him, a studio art student from England (a would-be dream for high school me). He pursued […]

Last Night at Mrs. C’s

by 04/16/2014
Neighborhood: East Village, Featured

Like 73 Google +1 0 Retweet 7 When we were kids, starting at about 15-years old, there was a bar we’d frequent on Fifth Street east of Avenue A, just past the Con Edison substation. It was called the Chic Choc, but we knew it either as Chic’s or Mrs. C’s. Customers addressed the woman […]

An Education on Avenue B

by 03/23/2014
Neighborhood: East Village, Featured

Like 284 Google +1 0 Retweet 9 In 1971, when I was 11 years old, my world was turned upside down when my parents decided to send me to a Jewish Day School on the Lower East Side. From grades 1 to 5, I’d gone to the Downtown Community School, or DCS as it was […]

After the Graveyard Shift

by 01/28/2014
Neighborhood: East Village

Like 75 Google +1 0 Retweet 8 Always wear a bag on your head if you don't want people to bother you. I figure this out in 1989 while I'm working the midnight to 5am waitressing shift at 7A Cafe in the East Village. It is right across the street from Tompkins Square Park during […]

Will Probably Be Late to the Party

by 01/21/2014
Neighborhood: East Village

Like 36 Google +1 0 Retweet 4 I am apologizing to Michelle because I’m crying and I don’t know why. I’m not sad or anything, I’m actually having a good time. This is one of the first times that Michelle and I are hanging out outside of class, and we don’t know each other well […]

Good Humor

by 12/06/2013
Neighborhood: Bowery, East Village, Lower East Side

Like 725 Google +1 0 Retweet 20 The week before my high school graduation, I wandered into the Good Humor ice cream garage on East 3rd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue, just a block from my apartment. I was looking for a summer job. A friend of the family, a college kid named Keith, […]

Katya

by 08/09/2013
Neighborhood: East Village, Featured

Like 109 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Yellow police tape stretched across the doorframe of Apartment 5. I had walked past this door every day for the last two years, past its tortured wood, pockmarked like the cigarette-burned arms of its inhabitant. The door was so battered, a neighbor told me, from all the times […]

Can I Get This To Go?

by 07/02/2013
Neighborhood: East Village, Featured

Like 13 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 As someone who was born and raised in the famous “city that never sleeps,” it comes as no surprise that I have suffered from insomnia since the age of thirteen. Not a believer in medicinal sleep aids, I experimented with every natural sleep remedy suggested by friends, store […]

Date One

by 06/28/2013
Neighborhood: East Village, Featured

Like 11 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 He gives me a blow by blow while I wait: “might be like 10 min late or so,” and “taking the ACW from 42nd to 14th,” and “2 blocks away.” He is 20 minutes late by the time he makes an appearance. Cute, I think. Tall. Thank you, […]

Below 14th

by 05/30/2013
Neighborhood: East Village, Lower East Side

Like 82 Google +1 0 Retweet 4 In the summer of 1984, I sublet an apartment on East 3rd Street between Avenue A and B, about one hundred yards from the building in which I had spent the first 18 years of my life. I’d been away for six years—the first four at a small […]

15 Seconds With Andy Warhol

by 06/09/2012
Neighborhood: All Over, East Village, Featured, Midtown

Like 13 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 When I was a kid, Campbell’s Tomato Soup almost tasted home-made, especially if milk was added as suggested by the directions. Everyone ate it in 1964. The rich, the poor, the in-between and twelve year-old boys like me, so I was pleased to read in LIFE Magazine that […]

Get Busy

by 05/22/2012
Neighborhood: East Village, Featured

Like 20 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 My friend Flip didn’t read, he told me, because he was all about music. Slick, shiny, high-gloss music. Nothing got him more excited than discussing “production values.” He’d play dance remixes for me and practically conduct them as some new version of an awful song stomped and restomped […]