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With You Without

by 07/08/2015
Neighborhood: All Over, Featured

Like 16 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 I am writing this on the laptop you stole from me. Remember? No of course you don’t. What an asshole you were! I had gone back to New York to visit my father at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Head Trauma Unit (he had fallen and bashed his brains in […]

I Know About His Ear

by 05/03/2015
Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn, Featured

Like 28 Google +1 0 Retweet 7 Aunt Judy’s a teenager and my grandmother takes her shopping at Mays Department store in Downtown Brooklyn. Nana chooses the item she wants, then leans close to Judy. “Watch this.” Nana trumpets: “This is too expensive! I’m not paying this much!” A clerk says, “Ma’am, that’s the price.” […]

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. […]

Good Eye

by 02/20/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Uncategorized

Like 7 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 It’s the middle of the season and my son won’t swing at the ball.   Jesse is seven and this is his third year playing league baseball.  For the entire season he hasn’t swung the bat.  Since the pitchers on the other teams have little or no control, he […]

Two Guys Talking on the Corner

by 01/06/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Yorkville

Like 13 Google +1 0 Retweet 20 Dad and I did four things together: play sports, attend sports, watch TV, and go to the movies. I liked movies the best; it’s much harder telling a kid what to do in the dark. You would have loved taking me to the movies when I was 6 […]

An Unsentimental Education

by 12/09/2014
Neighborhood: Bronx, Featured

Like 3 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 In a school full of hard cases, Theresa Fulife was the hardest. She looked like the oldest kid in the eighth grade because at 16 she was. Her scarred, nearly six-foot muscular frame looked like it had been tattooed by a drunken sailor. Her face resembled the pitted […]

The Ancient Swirl of Time that is Always Present Over Coney Island

by 10/20/2014
Neighborhood: Coney Island

Like 44 Google +1 0 Retweet 9 It’s a bone chilling day in winter as I park my car on a side street next to the Cyclone roller coaster. My head is spinning with all these old Brooklyn memories, and I’ve come back here now looking for signs of them, looking for pieces left behind […]

COFFEE, MY FAMILY

by 06/14/2014
Neighborhood: Chelsea, Featured, Washington Heights

Like 20 Google +1 0 Retweet 6 It had become a habit that week—reading Richard Rodriguez’s “Brown” on the A train, riding a gradient line between the ochre of Washington Heights and the powdered white walls of NYU. I reveled in holding the book upright, spine stiff, and the bent paperback cover like a sail […]

Uninvited Guest

by 05/28/2014
Neighborhood: Bronx, Featured

Like 1 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 We were living in a tenement apartment building in the Bronx, and it was full of all things common to such. I was doing the breakfast dishes one Saturday morning when I felt something feathery run over my bare foot. Of course, I already knew what it was, […]

Rejoice for the Winter that Was

by 03/28/2014
Neighborhood: All Over, Brighton Beach, Central Park, Union Square

Like 34 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 Long lines at Whole Foods in Union Square again. It feels like the Russian bread lines, but no, it’s another snowstorm shopping spree. I’m not the only one anxious about running out of food—even though the streets are always plowed before my stomach growls uncomfortably. Everyone is complaining. […]

Sliced Tomatoes

by 03/16/2014
Neighborhood: Boro Park, Featured

Like 22 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 In the Jewish neighborhoods he was “Morris, the Maven of Tomatoes.” The orthodox women hardly talked to him, except to call out their orders in Yiddish, enough of which he understood, or to haggle about his high prices or to complain about the accuracy of the scale that […]

Flat Fixed

by 02/13/2014
Neighborhood: Featured, Staten Island

Like 24 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 The strip of Bay Street that runs through Stapleton is an example of conspicuous gentrification. There's a Spanish tapas bar, and a Japanese Bistro, and a Sri Lankan clay pots restaurant, all opened in the last few years. In counterpoint, the old Paramount Theater has failed at numerous […]