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Someone Should Keep an Eye on Him

by 04/29/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Union Square

Like 31 Google +1 0 Retweet 14 “That’s it. I’ve had it.” Staring at the dirt encrusted window I made up my mind to cheer myself up. After September 11, 2001, my job relocated from a building overlooking the World Trade Center to the industrial center of Long Island City - the old Bloomingdale’s Warehouse […]

Will Work For Free

by 06/25/2013
Neighborhood: Midtown

Like 21 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 I didn’t come to New York City to work for free forever. But as a chronic unpaid intern, this had been my experience for the better part of four years. The ability to do pretty much anything for little or no money is a precious skill for any […]

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 […]

Found in Transit

by 02/09/2013
Neighborhood: All Over, Grand Central Station, Union Square

Like 58 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 A woman once offered me her seat on a rush hour 3 train. New Yorkers only donate seats to the elderly, the injured, and the pregnant, so it was obvious what she thought. “Not pregnant – just fat,” I told her, matter-of-factly, compelled to set precedent before this […]

Chowdah

by 01/17/2013
Neighborhood: Grand Central Station, Midtown

Like 2 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Last week my boss Manny hated me. The business was slow on 47th street. I had been hired part-time to help my replacement H-Love, but neither of us had made a sale between Xmas and the New Year. “I feel like I’m running a charity ward. The two […]

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 […]

Starry Night

by 12/04/2012
Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn

Like 45 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 “If stars are lit...” - V. V. Mayakovsky Had the receptionist been Dante Alighieri, he might have strung a banner along the wall of the windowless waiting room advising visitors to “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” But the person who pointed me in the direction of […]

Cookie Friday

by 06/09/2012
Neighborhood: Midtown

Like 5 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 There’s no real sorrow in this account. I wasn’t working the red light district, nor had I become a Mole Person. I wasn’t destitute or physically mistreated. I was a recent college graduate, holding an entry-level position as a paralegal at a personal injury firm in East Midtown, […]

A Longer Walk

by 04/20/2012
Neighborhood: All Over, Upper West Side

Like 13 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 For twenty-one years I walked the same beat on Manhattan’s Upper West Side – from my apt on West 86th Street to my office on West 64th. I have lived in the same apartment for thirty-two years and have worked in the same office for twenty-one. I am […]

Bento Box Bingo

by 02/26/2012
Neighborhood: Featured, Lower East Side

Like 8 Google +1 0 Retweet 5 Many things are curated in this day and age. Google will happily refer you to “a curated book,” “curated digital apps,” “a curated list of televised soccer games,” a “meticulously curated” fixed-gear bicycle boutique in Paris, and “a curated set of grooming products.” A curated door, such as […]

Elevator Days

by 02/10/2012
Neighborhood: Featured, Financial District, Lower Manhattan, Manhattan

Like 1 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Whenever I go to a party or I am introduced to people I don’t know, they invariably ask me what I do. “What do you do?” And I always tell them, “I am an elevator operator.” I say that I drive an elevator in downtown Manhattan. The reaction […]

Bearded Strangers Unite!

by 01/08/2012
Neighborhood: All Over

Like 2 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 I was sitting on a bench on the Lower East Side, waiting for an appointment with my barber, when a homeless lady came shuffling by, dressed in black rags. These were particularly witchy rags, it seemed to me, like she’d bought them at a store as part of […]