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Beside Themselves

by 02/25/2002
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Williamsburg

Another morning at the Bedford L stop, reluctant professionals line the platform waiting, not saying much. Several dozen yards into the crowd, you hear screaming — a high-pitched, angry sound — against the tinny sound of recorded music. People closer to the commotion direct their attention towards the center of the platform, next to the […]

Mickey Cooks The Tenderloin

by 02/24/2002
Neighborhood: Times Square

Imagine a 20th-century history of the United States that omitted the 1900s, 1930s, 1950s, and 1960s. Something of the kind has attended the chronicling of Times Square’s latest identity as Disneytown, Goofyville, or Mickeymart. Most accounts of West 42nd Street’s conversion have been content to say that for decades the district was a magnet for […]


by 02/22/2002
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Clinton Hill

The roof was going to collapse....

The Big Spender

by 02/18/2002
Neighborhood: Manhattan

I met Marty between Fourteenth and Forty-second Streets after having waited most of my ride for a seat to free up. One finally did, next to him. “Is this Fourteenth Street?” he asked as soon as I sat down, ignoring the fact that I was deeply engrossed in the Metro section. I replied that it […]

K-Hole at Columbia

by 02/17/2002
Neighborhood: Morningside Heights

My girlfriend, Amanda, and me, and her friend Heather were at Nacho Mama’s, drinking. It had just gotten cold. My friend Sal came in. He had been drinking, too. Heather brought up liquor, how old it had become, how tired she was of it, and asked him if he had any drugs. He said he […]

Lypsinka Speaks!

by 02/17/2002
Neighborhood: All Over, Manhattan

ohn Epperson keeps a daily journal during the last two weeks of his run in, "Lypsinka: The Boxed Set." With cameos from Lily Tom

High Noon at the B-29

by 02/17/2002
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

A story about New York's most difficult Maitre D.

The Neighbor Downstairs

by 02/17/2002
Neighborhood: East Village

Nick was an older man who lived downstairs from us. Since he didn’t have a phone and we were his best friends in the building, h

Hot Summer Day

by 02/17/2002
Neighborhood: Clinton

Some ex's avoid you. Some ex's flirt with you. It is unclear which is worse.

Bronx Swans

by 02/17/2002
Neighborhood: All Over, Bronx

Her big white body was a little awkward out of the water, waddling, almost toppling, on top of the mound of reeds that was the f

The Plight of the Organized

by 02/17/2002
Neighborhood: All Over, Manhattan

In which we enter an architect's mind, and can't find our way out.

Saturday Morning at Puffy’s

by 02/17/2002
Neighborhood: Tribeca

I witnessed one of the worst played football games of the year.