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I Remember I Forget, And Why

by 02/18/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, West Village

Like 126 Google +1 0 Retweet 6 I've lived in the neighborhood practically forever, but to my girlfriend it's all new. She's always making some new discovery. Once she came home with a small box of Japanese chocolate wrapped inside a perfect silver bag and with a sleek packet of dry ice. I asked her […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Picnic in Eden

by 09/01/2014
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Williamsburg

Like 13 Google +1 0 Retweet 6 "No, it is not only our fate but our business to lose innocence, and once we have lost that, it is futile to attempt a picnic in Eden.” — Elizabeth Bowen There’s a man across the street. He’s seventy-five, maybe eighty years old. He comes out of a […]

Scented

by 08/26/2014
Neighborhood: Featured, Financial District, Manhattan

Like 8 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 I'm not the girl who woke up from another one-night-stand. But I could be, in the view from the Sephora window. It's raining: The dull Saturday too-early morning pitter-patters against the makeup counters; my nerves, pounding on the exposed brick. I feel like a quasi-well-dressed spy. Partly because […]

Cigarette Break

by 08/26/2014
Neighborhood: Manhattan, Tribeca

Like 2 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 She has just stepped out of her Tribeca branded content office and is leaning against the wall, wondering if she should buy some cigarettes, when she sees a man eating from the trash. His clothes are neat. T-shirt tucked into belted jeans. He must do this often, because […]

Winners of an Illicit Race

by 07/27/2014
Neighborhood: Featured, Staten Island

Like 23 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 When the ramp to the Staten Island Ferry was razed, I happened to be passing, and stopped to watch, feeling a sense of loss as the crane took out the span that dangling across from Borough Hall, repeatedly smashing it, and sending large sections crumbling to the ground […]

The Brownie Caper

by 06/19/2014
Neighborhood: Featured, Gramercy Park, Manhattan

Like 40 Google +1 0 Retweet 5 I once took the New York City police exam on a whim. In the suburbs of Long Island where I grew up, a large portion of high school buddies already had badges and guns by their early twenties. “Dude,” an acquaintance would say from the stool of a […]

Christmas Morning

by 05/26/2014
Neighborhood: Forest Hills

Like 1 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 This morning I made Ramen noodles with extra veggies in it, and peanut butter and Korean bean paste. Then took a walk, crossed Grand Central on over to Queens Boulevard where an Asian woman walking a little dog caught my eye. She saw my eye was caught by […]

There Will Be Blood

by 04/23/2014
Neighborhood: Featured, Yorkville

Like 33 Google +1 0 Retweet 15 At 16, my dream job was working behind the deli counter at Daitch Shopwell. As a stock boy this would be a coup. Watching Milton or Marty cut thin slices of rare roast beef and Jarlsberg Swiss, I cried with pain. Pain that some son of a bitch […]

Last Night at Mrs. C’s

by 04/16/2014
Neighborhood: East Village, Featured

Like 73 Google +1 0 Retweet 7 When we were kids, starting at about 15-years old, there was a bar we’d frequent on Fifth Street east of Avenue A, just past the Con Edison substation. It was called the Chic Choc, but we knew it either as Chic’s or Mrs. C’s. Customers addressed the woman […]

An Education on Avenue B

by 03/23/2014
Neighborhood: East Village, Featured

Like 275 Google +1 0 Retweet 9 In 1971, when I was 11 years old, my world was turned upside down when my parents decided to send me to a Jewish Day School on the Lower East Side. From grades 1 to 5, I’d gone to the Downtown Community School, or DCS as it was […]