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New York! Just Like I Pictured It, Sorta. Well, No.

by 03/16/2016
Neighborhood: Hell's Kitchen, Midtown

Like 42 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Stepping outside the slightly threadbare art deco hotel lobby—which I refused to perceive as anything but Busby Berkeley glamorous—I melded into the midtown throng. While no one looked like Holly Golightly, I was not going to be disappointed on my first day in New York City. Not if […]

Jersey Nights on Broadway

by 03/14/2016
Neighborhood: Midtown

Like 66 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 We saw Jersey Boys on Broadway not long ago, and it was a grand show, but of course we're Italian-Americans from northern New Jersey, my husband and I, and our two boys, so naturally we'd love it. Frank and I are just old enough that we remember Frankie […]

Brownies

by 01/02/2016
Neighborhood: Manhattan, Midtown

Like 75 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 There were very few places to score any weed in the suburbs of Chappaqua, NY, in the winter of 1986. Feeling itchy and bored during my Christmas break from the School of Visual Arts, I hopped into my orange 1974 VW Super Bug on a mission to get […]

The Empire State Building Loves Me

by 09/13/2015
Neighborhood: All Over, Central Park, Featured, Midtown, Union Square

Like 61 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 The day before my birthday was beautiful. It was one of those clear summer days in New York that somehow evades the typical humidity and the sun’s unbearable heat. Instead of roasting everything beneath it, the sun proudly showcased New York’s beauty. The pink and purple flowers on […]

A Yellow Cashmere Scarf

by 04/04/2014
Neighborhood: Midtown, Uncategorized

Like 6 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 (Author’s Note: I saw the homeless woman sitting in front of Saks Fifth Avenue holding her sign, interacting with the passers by, taunting some, flirting with others, cajoling the rest, So I gave her a name, created her back story and decided to tell it as I thought […]

Old Brownie

by 02/09/2014
Neighborhood: Midtown

Like 6 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 Yesterday was a quiet day on 47th Street. A winter snow was having its way with New York City. Snow piled up on the street. The porters had a hard time clearing the sidewalk and I was having difficulty looking busy. There was nothing to do. No one […]

Will Work For Free

by 06/25/2013
Neighborhood: Midtown

Like 21 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 I didn’t come to New York City to work for free forever. But as a chronic unpaid intern, this had been my experience for the better part of four years. The ability to do pretty much anything for little or no money is a precious skill for any […]

Dreams of Taylor

by 06/18/2013
Neighborhood: Featured, Midtown

Like 3 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 The term ‘generation gap’ was coined during the tumultuous Post WWII years, as the focus of the American media swung from the conquerors of the Axis Powers to their spawn, the Baby Boomers. Bing Crosby gave way to Elvis and the King was deposed by the Beatles, as […]

What’s in a Name

by 05/06/2013
Neighborhood: Bronx, Midtown

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Sitting in the second row of the balcony at the New York City Center ballet, I, sixteen, entranced by the melodies of Swan Lake, watched a tall, muscular sun-god pirouetting and jeteing on the stage. As he soared, I gasped at the height of his jumps and his […]

Chowdah

by 01/17/2013
Neighborhood: Grand Central Station, Midtown

Like 2 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Last week my boss Manny hated me. The business was slow on 47th street. I had been hired part-time to help my replacement H-Love, but neither of us had made a sale between Xmas and the New Year. “I feel like I’m running a charity ward. The two […]

SMASHING KNIVES

by 12/28/2012
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Midtown

Like 9 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 In the Greater Depression the employment opportunities for a man my age were limited in New York. No company wanted to pay my worth, for a younger man will do the job for a third the wage and his knowledge of labor resistance is zero. However my absolute […]

Letting Go of My Faux Boyfriend

by 11/13/2012
Neighborhood: All Over, Citifield, Midtown, Tribeca

Like 8 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Last week I officially let go of my faux-boyfriend. The moment of truth happened in a lavender room with a gray sofa and wooden lectern at the Office of the City Clerk on Worth Street. Jamie and Tomoko said, “I do,” and smiled. They kissed each other and […]