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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 […]

On Turtle Bay

by 11/11/2011
Neighborhood: Featured, On the Waterfront, Turtle Bay

Like 66 Google +1 1 Retweet 4 Twice weekly, we ride the ferry across the East River from the India Avenue landing in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn to 34th Street on the Island of Manhattan. Two hours later, we make the return trip. Each time we come aboard, the pilot, the bill of his […]

Once More Over the Bridge: May 24, 2008

by 07/01/2008
Neighborhood: Multiple, On the Waterfront

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 I walked over the Brooklyn Bridge on my last day of classes. It was a beautiful day in May. I had walked over the bridge many mornings this year, dropping my daughter at her school in Brooklyn Heights and continuing to work. I teach the essay to first-year […]

Young Russian Immigrants Turn to Heroin

by 03/31/2008
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, On the Waterfront

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Her daughter tried dozens of rehab clinics and treatment programs. After awhile, Olga says, they blurred into a familiar pattern: “program, back, program, back.” “Back” meaning: back on heroin. Olga, who asked that her and her daughter’s names be changed for this story, came to New York City […]

When Motorcyclists Can’t Feel Solitary Anymore

by 03/02/2008
Neighborhood: On the Waterfront

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 One of the children’s favorite holidays is now past, the heart-warming annual Recycling of the Desk Calendars. This followed hard upon the Transfiguration of the Christmas Décor, when inexplicable magic occurs: wreaths and lights, trees and cheery blow-ups quivering on lawns in vast profusion are overnight divested of […]

On the Train Tracks in Marble Hill AKA Manonx, New York City- the circumsized north end of Manhhhhhaaaaattaaaaan

by 02/14/2006
Neighborhood: Bronx, On the Waterfront

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 That morning I got up in the afternoon. My friend Micki came from 204th/Post Avenue, from her man’s crib complaining about his small penis saying, "My baby brother’s got a bigger dick than his!" And I had to get up and shower, leaving her in my room and […]

Rockaway Beach Memoirs

by 07/12/2003
Neighborhood: On the Waterfront, Queens

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 I was nearly there. Carrying my chair, beach bag and small cooler the few final yards to my usual spot, I was almost past the part I dreaded. It was the trek from the parking lot at Riis Park in the Rockaways, to my little beach at the […]

What is Flotsam?

by 09/03/2002
Neighborhood: On the Waterfront

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 There it was, in my Inbox, mocking me. Dragging me down to its oceanic depths. Instantly, drowning me in thoughts of that horrific day downtown in August of 2000 when I attempted to swim a mile in the Hudson River. The New York City Swims people e-mailed a […]

The Warehouse Fire

by 12/29/2001
Neighborhood: On the Waterfront

Like 1 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 We were on our way to a downtown loft party in Emily’s Volkswagen, Emily, Kay and I, when we stopped off to see the ruins of a fire in the waterfront district, on Thritieth Street and Twelfth Avenue. This whole neighborhood, along the western spine of Manhatan, has […]

Diana and Maddy

by 11/24/2001
Neighborhood: On the Waterfront

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 I often walk down the asphalt path that runs the length of Manhattan, on the shore of the Hudson River, hoping to see Diana. When I was with her things were not so pleasant. She smelled awful, and she sapped my energy, working me all night long and […]