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Ironing

by 03/28/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Tribeca

Like 2 Google +1 0 Retweet 5 It was one of those days where the sky was an azure sheet pulled taut against Heaven and the water was as flat and reflective as a mirror. This was the view of the Hudson from my then-boyfriend’s Battery Park apartment. We had both just graduated from college. […]

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 […]

I Just Want to Stay In and Get High and Watch Netflix

by 07/20/2014
Neighborhood: Bushwick

Like 48 Google +1 0 Retweet 4 I was not where I wanted to be. This was because I was out. I was out at a bar called the Narrows in Bushwick–or East Williamsburg if you’re a real estate broker. The bar is called the Narrows because the building is very narrow. But really every […]

Vesuvius Ave.

by 05/08/2014
Neighborhood: All Over, Bronx, Brooklyn, Featured, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island

Like 7 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 May and the city rejoices in spring, in light and color, in the sheer goodness of life and its improvements. Spring shows us that things do indeed get better; it’s not all decline — old buildings sparkle, trees quiver in green, mundane streets are remade as pageants. However, […]

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 […]

Uptown

by 01/08/2014
Neighborhood: Featured, Harlem

Like 11 Google +1 0 Retweet 7 “Uptown or Downtown? UPTOWN OR DOWNTOWN??” Mark sputtered, drowning out the Oasis tape in my little red Honda, as he downshifted to take the curve. My spiral-permed hair fluttered in the breeze as I flicked a Marlboro Light out the window. We had just popped out of the […]

Fighting For What

by 07/01/2013
Neighborhood: Bowery, Featured

Like 16 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 Everything happened quick in CBGB's subterranean toilets. The release of body waste was rivaled by magic-markering a band’s name atop the thousands of previous honorees in the toilet’s hall of fame and while the inhalation of cocaine or heroin in the stalls was more popular than shooting up […]

Date One

by 06/28/2013
Neighborhood: East Village, Featured

Like 11 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 He gives me a blow by blow while I wait: “might be like 10 min late or so,” and “taking the ACW from 42nd to 14th,” and “2 blocks away.” He is 20 minutes late by the time he makes an appearance. Cute, I think. Tall. Thank you, […]

The Dress

by 06/18/2013
Neighborhood: All Over, Greenwich Village, SoHo, West Village

Like 22 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 For thirty-five years its posture has been folded into a deep curtsy, dormant over a hanger, as if waiting for a curtain call. After that one moment in the spotlight, it’s never been worn again. Unless we consider fleeting fantasies of varying scenarios I’ve had over the decades […]

Of Love and Real Estate

by 04/01/2013
Neighborhood: Featured, Park Slope, Prospect Park, Windsor Terrace

Like 65 Google +1 0 Retweet 8 Breaking up is hard. That’s true even if you’ve been thinking about it a long time – weighing the scales back and forth. Am I better staying in this thing or am I better getting out? Sometimes it can go on for years, like it did for me. […]

School Spirits

by 03/20/2013
Neighborhood: Featured, Jamaica

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 I’ve been teaching Writing and Literature in New York City’s public school system for almost nine years. This spring, my former building will graduate its final class just shy of reaching the century mark. The school’s phase-out process followed the usual script that no ‘education reformer’ cares to […]

Hurricane Kingdom

by 01/07/2013
Neighborhood: Featured, Lower East Side

Like 4 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 It was like the prom. Only it wasn’t the prom. It was Hurricane Sandy. All the anxious preparation, the heart slightly aflutter, the pure angst and nervous excitement all at once. What to buy in advance, who to spend the night with, hell, even what to wear. It […]