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The Tape

by 04/26/2016
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Chelsea, Featured, Jackson Heights, Manhattan, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Sunset Park

Like 140 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 -1- Once upon a time, there existed a New York City economy where a young person fresh out of college could, with a straight face, think in terms of “building a career.” Imagine such optimism. The notion of “career” seems so trite now, forty-plus years on, so immaterial, […]

Piano Piece

by 01/28/2015
Neighborhood: Astoria, Featured

Like 29 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 A vintage piano stood alone on a deserted city street. Moments earlier, the piano had been saved from oblivion by a man named Oscar, who had stepped out of his apartment just as the workers of the New York City Sanitation Department had been struggling to lift the […]

The Last Winter Dance Party of America

by 12/15/2014
Neighborhood: Featured, Uncategorized

Like 4 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 It’s 1957, and the three of us, Jacky,Vinnie from 19th Street, and me, are doing this Brooklyn strut sort of a walk down Eastern Parkway. Vinnie is a thief. He will steal anything he can get his hands on, doesn’t matter who owns it. That’s just the way […]

The Laughter of the Maestro

by 03/09/2014
Neighborhood: Featured, Fort Greene

Like 10 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 Last week I was walking home through a snowstorm. Turning the corner toward Fulton I called Cecil Taylor, who lived in the last unrenovated brownstone on that street. We knew each other from back in the 70s. The jazz pianist’s manager James Spicer had been a mutual friend, […]

Instantly, Life Got Better

by 02/19/2014
Neighborhood: Featured, Upper East Side

Like 26 Google +1 0 Retweet 14 Together, Rory, 7, and I, 9, zoomed up 86th Street to Woolworth's 5 & 10 for our “start the weekend” ritual: carefully look over all the records in the store’s basement after our pizza dinner on Second Avenue. "I Want to Hold Your Hand," the Beatles first U.S. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Look Homeward, Brooklyn

by 09/07/2012
Neighborhood: Brighton Beach, Gramercy Park, Long Island

Like 11 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 We move the summer before ninth grade from our four-room apartment in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, to a four-bedroom Colonial house with a two-car garage on the south shore of Long Island. A town where every street is a drive or a place or a court. A place where […]

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, […]

15 Seconds With Andy Warhol

by 06/09/2012
Neighborhood: All Over, East Village, Featured, Midtown

Like 13 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 When I was a kid, Campbell’s Tomato Soup almost tasted home-made, especially if milk was added as suggested by the directions. Everyone ate it in 1964. The rich, the poor, the in-between and twelve year-old boys like me, so I was pleased to read in LIFE Magazine that […]

Get Busy

by 05/22/2012
Neighborhood: East Village, Featured

Like 20 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 My friend Flip didn’t read, he told me, because he was all about music. Slick, shiny, high-gloss music. Nothing got him more excited than discussing “production values.” He’d play dance remixes for me and practically conduct them as some new version of an awful song stomped and restomped […]

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 […]