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Escort Surgery

by 06/17/2016
Neighborhood: Columbus Circle, Uncategorized

Like 4 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 I hated the cold walking west on 58th street, 1am on January 20th. The freezing currents had a way of trapezing down from steel cut condos, making the walls of my nostrils suddenly raw. My arms crossed themselves as I braced my way toward 10th Avenue. I had […]

You’re Out of the Night

by 06/17/2016
Neighborhood: Featured, Flushing, Lower East Side, Queens, Uncategorized

Like 77 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 On Match.com, Ken’s moniker was “Dull.” He wrote that among his favorite things were office carpeting, spam, and waiting rooms. “I bet he lives in one of those storage units off the highway,” my friend Meg said as she read over my shoulder. My own profile was styled […]

My Damn Love Affair

by 01/18/2016
Neighborhood: All Over, Uncategorized, Upper West Side

Like 34 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 The New York of the 80’s was not a town that met you halfway. It stopped well short of that, just looking right through you. It really didn’t give a damn what happened to you, daring you to ride the subway late at night and then picking your […]

Is My Arched Spine Still Pretty?

by 01/15/2016
Neighborhood: East Village, Manhattan, Uncategorized, Union Square

Like 2 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 1. I went into college with virtually no experience, so virginal I believed myself to smell of baby powder. Touching a boy daringly was grazing his shoulder. That was till I met him, a studio art student from England (a would-be dream for high school me). He pursued […]

Bed Bugs and Rolling Stones

by 01/11/2016
Neighborhood: Featured, Uncategorized, Upper West Side

Like 8 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 Does anyone move to Manhattan with plans of anything but taking over the city? Imaging the opening credits of my life, I could practically feel the crane shot tracking me as my mother drove me over the Brooklyn Bridge. The camera pushing in closer and closer, past hundreds […]

Panic at Beth Israel

by 11/08/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Uncategorized

Like 29 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 I was on an evening Metro North train home from the Adirondacks. Catherine and I were taking turns sucking Merlot out of a plastic nozzle attached to a plastic sack. We were each lying down long ways across a row of seats, facing each other, passing the bag […]

Good Eye

by 02/20/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Uncategorized

Like 7 Google +1 0 Retweet 2 It’s the middle of the season and my son won’t swing at the ball.   Jesse is seven and this is his third year playing league baseball.  For the entire season he hasn’t swung the bat.  Since the pitchers on the other teams have little or no control, he […]

Smartphone

by 02/18/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Uncategorized

Like 6 Google +1 0 Retweet 7 Martin Able had most people fooled. The 94-year-old retired history professor prided himself on owning the very latest smartphone. For the past five years he upgraded annually. His latest could shoot video in slow motion and download music with the touch of his thumbprint. The phone even included […]

Al Pimsler: A Man’s Men’s Illustrator

by 01/20/2015
Neighborhood: Featured, Uncategorized

Like 5 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 A dapper anomaly in those still shaggy post-Woodstock years, he walked with purpose and panache to the Saks Fifth Avenue offices where he took up residence at the drawing table. Handsome. Diminutive yet self-assured, debonaire, even--an outdated word, but it suited. With a full head of white hair […]

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 […]

Exhaustion, Faith, or Madness

by 12/12/2014
Neighborhood: Jackson Heights, Queens, Uncategorized

Like 37 Google +1 0 Retweet 4 A group of Asian teenage boys with shaved heads slows down in front of me. It is around 7 pm, not yet dusk, not really day, and we're passing by a series of low brick row houses with bar-covered windows on 73rd Street in Jackson Heights. The boys look kind […]

Library Meditations, 8am

by 11/18/2014
Neighborhood: Featured, Uncategorized

Like 13 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 Most mornings are like this: you are walking alone, very underdressed for the harsh whip of winter (sorry Mom), multiple book bags in hand, and struggling. You are out when the shop owners dump buckets of soapy water onto the street, to wash away dog piss. You are […]