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The River, the Floating Lanterns and the White Balloons

by 10/16/2014
Neighborhood: All Over, Featured, Financial District, Tribeca, West Village

Like 1 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 Friday, September 9, 2011. My friend and neighbor Judy the Therapist and I ponder the upcoming 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. On that terrible day, Judy and a young couple from my building had just picked up the morning paper at a news […]


by 08/26/2014
Neighborhood: Featured, Financial District, Manhattan

Like 8 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 I'm not the girl who woke up from another one-night-stand. But I could be, in the view from the Sephora window. It's raining: The dull Saturday too-early morning pitter-patters against the makeup counters; my nerves, pounding on the exposed brick. I feel like a quasi-well-dressed spy. Partly because […]

Manhattan Mirage

by 08/02/2014
Neighborhood: Financial District, On the Waterfront, Staten Island

Like 7 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 I am a New York City booster. And I travel its streets with all its positives and negatives crammed into my head, coloring everything I do, everything I see, everything I feel.  I am very familiar with the city. And I love the sheer unpredictability of it, the […]


by 04/18/2013
Neighborhood: Featured, Financial District

Like 7 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 Once upon a time, when I was a teenager working as a bike messenger, I would stop midway across Central Park, somewhere along the North side of the Great Lawn, and take a break to regard the skyline along the park's southern edge. I was always hoping to […]

New York Is Oakland

by 09/08/2012
Neighborhood: Featured, Financial District, SoHo, Union Square, Zuccotti Park

Like 18 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 Two days after the Occupy Oakland police raid, where an Iraq War vet was shot in the head with a police projectile and hundreds more were sprayed with tear gas while they were sleeping, I get a text from Denise as I’m wrapping up dinner with some friends […]

Elevator Days

by 02/10/2012
Neighborhood: Featured, Financial District, Lower Manhattan, Manhattan

Like 1 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Whenever I go to a party or I am introduced to people I don’t know, they invariably ask me what I do. “What do you do?” And I always tell them, “I am an elevator operator.” I say that I drive an elevator in downtown Manhattan. The reaction […]

Talking Back: My First Encounter with the Human Microphone

by 12/31/2011
Neighborhood: Financial District, Uncategorized

Like 8 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 I first visited Occupy Wall Street on a chilly evening in the middle of October. A few hundred people were gathered near the eastern steps of Zuccotti Park for the nightly meeting of the General Assembly. On the steps a young man was shrieking inaudibly. A few yards […]

The Whip and The Bonnet

by 02/14/2011
Neighborhood: Featured, Financial District, Uncategorized

Like 3 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 For a long time I used to go down to Pearl Street at the bottom of Manhattan. It was around the time that I had started writing a book about the famous case of the man and the woman who had disappeared from Pearl Street in 1997. The […]

Falling In and Out of Love with a Neckless Scotsman

by 12/15/2007
Neighborhood: Financial District

Like 9 Google +1 0 Retweet 4 He began calling her everyday from Scotland. Once she heard his voice she couldn’t get enough. The first time she spoke to him she was working at home writing up a press release for one of her authors. She forgot all about work. He emailed her the day […]

The Enchanted Jury Summons

by 12/31/2006
Neighborhood: Financial District

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 I had gotten a summons for jury duty. Or should I say yet another one. I was afraid of those tall, gloomy, impersonal Wall-Street-area buildings full of people in somber look-alike suits. Jury duty was some sort of gulag. Stripped of rights. Where was the joie de vivre? […]

Joyless Dancer

by 12/31/2006
Neighborhood: Financial District

Like 4 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 A young woman dressed in a leotard was dancing in City Hall Park today. The sun was brilliant and warm, the fountain flowing with water and the soft sound of an alto sax in the background. I felt nurtured in the sun, and great joy looking at the […]

Rage & Thanksgiving

by 12/01/2006
Neighborhood: Financial District

Like 1 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 It was 60 degrees this morning so I decided to do some of my work in City Hall Park. The park was relatively empty. I was reading my magazines and enjoying the outdoors when I began to hear this loud screaming. Living in NYC, you get used to […]