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Underground Analysis

by 02/08/2016
Neighborhood: All Over

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 On the subway Thursday morning, a man sat beside me, with his wife or girlfriend (no ring) standing over him. He was about 35, with long wavy hair pulled into pony tail, and a scraggly beard — kind of a 21st-century beatnik look. She was done up like […]

Hell’s Kitchen and All That Jazz

by 04/09/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Hell's Kitchen

Like 54 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 I was dropped off in Hell’s Kitchen with my turquoise vinyl trunk, my art school scholarship, and the soundtrack to Midnight Cowboy sensurrounding my dreams. Everybody's talking at me I don't hear a word they're saying Only the echoes of my mind I was eighteen, and ready for […]

Wild Thing

by 03/11/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Upper West Side

Like 10 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 I was walking down Broadway near Lincoln Center at noon on a Thursday afternoon in May with my old friend Ruth Lopez when we came upon two people on the sidewalk, doing it. It was daytime, it was close to lunch even, and yet there they were in […]

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 […]

I Just Want to Stay In and Get High and Watch Netflix

by 07/20/2014
Neighborhood: Bushwick

Like 48 Google +1 0 Retweet 4 I was not where I wanted to be. This was because I was out. I was out at a bar called the Narrows in Bushwick–or East Williamsburg if you’re a real estate broker. The bar is called the Narrows because the building is very narrow. But really every […]

Kant’s (Revised) Critique of Judgement

by 05/16/2014
Neighborhood: Featured, Greenwich Village

Like 14 Google +1 0 Retweet 8 I’m quite sure I could have killed the whole lot of them. I’ve drawn too many skull and crossbones on the margins of my handouts. It’s difficult for me to concentrate on the enthralling discourse on Lacan because I am too disturbed by that Babushka girl and her […]

Vesuvius Ave.

by 05/08/2014
Neighborhood: All Over, Bronx, Brooklyn, Featured, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island

Like 7 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 May and the city rejoices in spring, in light and color, in the sheer goodness of life and its improvements. Spring shows us that things do indeed get better; it’s not all decline — old buildings sparkle, trees quiver in green, mundane streets are remade as pageants. However, […]

Old Brownie

by 02/09/2014
Neighborhood: Midtown

Like 6 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 Yesterday was a quiet day on 47th Street. A winter snow was having its way with New York City. Snow piled up on the street. The porters had a hard time clearing the sidewalk and I was having difficulty looking busy. There was nothing to do. No one […]

No Slices

by 02/04/2014
Neighborhood: DUMBO, Union Square

Like 52 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 Pizza had been on my mind that summer. Who could forget the ever-present sensation of melting? Our skin like sweating cheese, like crusts toasted to a golden brown. We stank, all of us — the garlic you had for lunch, everyone could smell it in the subway car, […]

After the Graveyard Shift

by 01/28/2014
Neighborhood: East Village

Like 75 Google +1 0 Retweet 8 Always wear a bag on your head if you don't want people to bother you. I figure this out in 1989 while I'm working the midnight to 5am waitressing shift at 7A Cafe in the East Village. It is right across the street from Tompkins Square Park during […]

My Neighbor Cries a Chain Link Fence

by 12/31/2013
Neighborhood: Astoria

Like 46 Google +1 0 Retweet 4 To the young beautiful woman with tears in her eyes who lives above me: now I know why you run in the apartment for hours backandforth backandforth. I know why you don't talk in the hallway. I know because the building is old and my ceiling is thin. […]

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 […]