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Easier Than it Looks

by 03/03/2016
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Waiting at the bus stop, I found myself next to a tall, nice-looking young man with a red-tipped, white, aluminum cane. Since it was none of my goddamn business, I asked him, “You get around the city completely blind, or do you have some vision?” “Completely blind!” he […]

My Damn Love Affair

by 01/18/2016
Neighborhood: All Over, Uncategorized, Upper West Side

Like 34 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 The New York of the 80’s was not a town that met you halfway. It stopped well short of that, just looking right through you. It really didn’t give a damn what happened to you, daring you to ride the subway late at night and then picking your […]

Bed Bugs and Rolling Stones

by 01/11/2016
Neighborhood: Featured, Uncategorized, Upper West Side

Like 8 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 Does anyone move to Manhattan with plans of anything but taking over the city? Imaging the opening credits of my life, I could practically feel the crane shot tracking me as my mother drove me over the Brooklyn Bridge. The camera pushing in closer and closer, past hundreds […]

West Side Judaica: “He had a chance to go big”

by 12/15/2015
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

Like 3 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 How many times do expect me to walk past West Side Judaica, right around the corner from us at Broadway and 89th, and not go in? I went in and met the owner, Yakov Saltzer. “So every time I drink a seltzer you get a royalty?” I asked. “Don’t […]

Wild Thing

by 03/11/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Upper West Side

Like 10 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 I was walking down Broadway near Lincoln Center at noon on a Thursday afternoon in May with my old friend Ruth Lopez when we came upon two people on the sidewalk, doing it. It was daytime, it was close to lunch even, and yet there they were in […]

Dancing in the Dark

by 10/13/2014
Neighborhood: Featured, Greenwich Village, Upper West Side

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 4 In 1974 I was twenty-five. I’d just left my secure job as a kindergarten teacher. The job: compliments of my, Bubbie, who was always yelling, “Get security. Be a teacher!” Deciding to leave the job? That was compliments of my Women's Consciousness Raising Group. Every woman in the […]

Pimping Trixie

by 02/02/2014
Neighborhood: Featured, Upper West Side

Like 33 Google +1 0 Retweet 8 I won’t go into how our two-year old standard poodle got Lyme disease and died horribly, triggering a deep depression in my then 14 year old son, Jake. Lulu was smart and devilish and silly. She chewed a carved leg of our 120 year old Steinway, the molding […]

Respect for the Dead

by 04/08/2013
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

Like 20 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 I was on the 2 Express uptown on my way home after work. It was about 6:30 pm. We straphangers who were standing were packed in like sardines. As the train pulled into the 79th Street station, there was a sound, a whooshing of air, a release. It […]

At Home on the Church Steps

by 02/08/2013
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

Like 64 Google +1 0 Retweet 5 On a blustery December evening on my way to a friend’s dinner party, I stopped in front of a jumbo cardboard box on the steps of the church around the corner. “Jim?” I called out. A moment later a hand emerged and gave a little wave, followed by […]

Stellar Decisions

by 12/04/2012
Neighborhood: Featured, Upper West Side

Like 135 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 I was supposed to meet Christopher, but not the way I met him. The circumstances were of the sort that makes people believe in a higher power, which wasn’t exactly my thing. I’m not saying it is now, but I’m not saying it isn’t. It was early December, […]

Doc Pomus

by 10/03/2012
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 My songwriter friend Robin called me with an opportunity to make some easy money, fast. She gave me the name and address of a friend of hers and, although I was pretty busy kicking drugs and booze, I jumped at the chance of making some money. I hopped […]

Larry’s Bench

by 09/25/2012
Neighborhood: Featured, Upper West Side

Like 5 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Larry Polshansky, dead. I cannot believe this. He wasn’t that much older than my husband, Gregory, who died of melanoma at age 56, five years ago. Larry chain-smoked, I remember. Maybe it was lung cancer that got him. I am walking my two dogs, Sophie, an eager-to-please golden […]