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Manhattan Mirage

by 08/02/2014
Neighborhood: Financial District, On the Waterfront, Staten Island

Like 7 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 I am a New York City booster. And I travel its streets with all its positives and negatives crammed into my head, coloring everything I do, everything I see, everything I feel.  I am very familiar with the city. And I love the sheer unpredictability of it, the […]

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 […]

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 […]

On the Train in Winter

by 02/08/2014
Neighborhood: Across the River, All Over, Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens, Downtown Brooklyn, Featured, Gowanus, Greenwich Village

Like 9 Google +1 0 Retweet 9 I have always lived near subway stations that are above ground, meaning that many of my days have begun by standing in the cold for a few minutes waiting for the train to roll in – the 1 at 125th Street, then the F at Fourth Avenue and […]

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 […]

That’s Mad Creepy, Bro

by 01/01/2014
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

Like 88 Google +1 0 Retweet 6 I’m on the E train and a child who isn’t mine is leaning her head on my left shoulder. She is sleeping and I don’t quite know what to do yet. Her mother is to her left daydreaming, completely unaware that her daughter’s head has shifted onto a […]

Polyester Skirt Suit

by 12/28/2013
Neighborhood: Featured, Prospect Park

Like 3 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 I was wearing a camel-colored Brooks Brothers skirt suit that my father had bought for my mother in the early 80s when garments from Brooks Brothers were still Made in the USA, and people actually bought polyester suiting. My mother disliked its texture and never wore the outfit, […]

Man Kicks Car

by 09/26/2013
Neighborhood: Morningside Heights

Like 26 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Learning to walk the streets of Manhattan means learning how to jaywalk. When we first moved here, several years ago, from California, I was amazed at others and then at myself for jaywalking even while under the gaze of police officers. Crossing the streets in New York means […]

Respect for the Dead

by 04/08/2013
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

Like 20 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 I was on the 2 Express uptown on my way home after work. It was about 6:30 pm. We straphangers who were standing were packed in like sardines. As the train pulled into the 79th Street station, there was a sound, a whooshing of air, a release. It […]

Zone A

by 02/27/2013
Neighborhood: Featured, Staten Island

Like 36 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Hurricane Irene bared down on the East Coast, while my mother was in the Vent Unit of Staten Island University Hospital, on a respirator and recovering from her second abdominal surgery. Located in South Beach, designated Zone A, the hospital faced mandatory evacuation. A team of medical personnel, […]

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 […]

Ellis Island

by 02/03/2013
Neighborhood: Ellis Island

Like 4 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 The following sonnets are excerpted from Robert Viscusi's forthcoming book, Ellis Island, which will be published in March 2013 by Bordighera Press. Random arrangements of lines from the 624 sonnets that comprise this epic work can be discovered via the Random Sonnet Generator at ellisislandpoem.com. This is the first […]