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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 […]

Playing Hide and Seek in the Bronx

by 04/25/2013
Neighborhood: Bronx

Like 7 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 Decades ago, when my brother was about ten and I around fourteen, he began to spend an extraordinary amount of time in his room. We lived in an apartment in a sketchy neighborhood in the Bronx. There were muggings, petty and not so petty thefts, and a few […]

Dope

by 04/25/2013
Neighborhood: Featured, Williamsburg

Like 4 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 *This story is written from the perspective of the author's former roommate. The names have been changed but all events happened as stated. Andy is being a serious cocksucker and holding onto my money. He won't give me any. He says it's for my own good and that […]

That’s My Daughter In The Water

by 03/27/2013
Neighborhood: Featured, Upper East Side

Like 9 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 Getting your two year old daughter into a bathing suit in a men’s changing room can be a bit like stuffing an eel into a pillowcase. For some reason I thought the smart move would be to undress myself first, get my trunks on, my flip-flops, grab my […]

Ellis Island

by 02/03/2013
Neighborhood: Ellis Island

Like 4 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 The following sonnets are excerpted from Robert Viscusi's forthcoming book, Ellis Island, which will be published in March 2013 by Bordighera Press. Random arrangements of lines from the 624 sonnets that comprise this epic work can be discovered via the Random Sonnet Generator at ellisislandpoem.com. This is the first […]

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 […]

After the Storm

by 12/28/2012
Neighborhood: All Over

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 In the immediate wake of the storm nothing worked. Neither power nor light, neither running water nor heat, neither internet nor ATM, the fundamentals of middle class life, without which we don’t believe we can live happily nowadays. Fish and flesh rotted in the refrigerator. Dirty dishes piled […]

The Love Seat (A Ghost Story)

by 10/21/2012
Neighborhood: Featured, Yorkville

Like 28 Google +1 0 Retweet 17 As a boy in the early 1960s, I'd go up my grandparents' second floor apartment on York Avenue several times a week. Their hallway was lit by one low watt exposed bulb. The dark hall frightened me. Sometimes my fear was compounded when I'd hear fuzzy radio sounds […]

The Owner Likes It Loud

by 06/19/2012
Neighborhood: Upper East Side

Like 1 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 In the mid ‘70s I, a lifelong New Yorker, eagerly departed the crazy hustle and bustle of New York City when I landed a job in Birmingham, Alabama. I didn’t expect to miss New York or anything about it. But a few weeks after I moved to Birmingham, […]

An Upper West Side Tragedy Set To Music

by 05/18/2012
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

Like 7 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 He always said, “Hello, I’m so glad to see you? How are you?” even when he no longer knew our names. Starting in the last year, he didn’t care about answers. He cherished his long career as an impresario in the world of music, selecting and programming concerts […]

From Howard Beach To An Ashram; A Mafia Journey

by 04/06/2012
Neighborhood: Featured, Howard's Beach

Like 9 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 All names in this story have been changed. It is not every day that one visits an Ashram for yoga and encounters a “retired” Mafia soldier, adrift there because of illness and poverty. From my end, I envisioned a documentary film covering his faded world; however, for his […]

The Clerk, the Librarian, the Hobbit and the Cop

by 01/08/2012
Neighborhood: Zuccotti Park

Like 1 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 “This,” I realized, “I’ve got to see."   In and out of grass-roots politics my entire adult life, I’ve marched, demonstrated, phone-banked, written letters and e-mails, signed petitions, sold buttons, attended meetings, gone on the radio, made documentaries, and helped with organizational duties. Early this October, I had […]