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Why There Is Rust

by 12/31/2003
Neighborhood: Morningside Heights

Aspiring poets learn, early on, the value of concrete imagery; of replacing metaphorically huge words with small sensory explosions which blow the reader into reality. Allen Ginsberg didn’t write “live life,” he wrote of those “who lounged hungry and lonesome through Houston seeking jazz or sex or soup.” Sylvia Plath didn’t say, “I mourn the […]

Event Horizon & The Baby Blue Jordans

by 12/31/2003
Neighborhood: East Harlem

“The movie was mad nice,” said Anissa. “That movie was the dumbest movie I ever seen,” Brian answered. “It was a waste of money. I thought that Event Horizon would be the scariest movie of the month, but turns out it was just another dumb movie.” Anissa answered, “The only reason you think it’s dumb […]

New York Orientation Part II: On Not Getting the Job

by 12/19/2003
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Greenpoint

Dear, I was out on the front stoop today, where I have to smoke now that the super of my building has declared the fire escape off limits, on account of he found a few cigarette butts on the pavement underneath. There’s a whole funny story about this, actually, considering my roommate begins tearing […]

Holiday Pets (Upper East Side Dogs)

by Thomas Beller 12/19/2003
Neighborhood: Upper East Side

It was the day before the day before Christmas. Several puppies were carousing in the window of a pet store. The avenue was full of people. It was not the normal crowdedness, he felt. It was a less stressed out crowdedness, a crowd in the mood for lingering. He joined the crowd watching the puppies. […]

BLACKOUT ’77: Part 1

by 12/16/2003
Neighborhood: All Over

On July 13, 1977, the power went out in New York City. What happened next depended on who and where you were. “This is the greatest,” said a twenty-year-old in Rego Park. ” People aren’t afraid to come out of their houses. There are so many people on the street, nobody’s getting mugged.” “I want […]

The Deli Wars

by 12/15/2003
Neighborhood: Upper East Side

K.Y. Grocery, near the corner of 83rd on the east side of York, is run by a Korean family who are friendly with the Japanese fish market that lies next door. If you are a regular, they will let you run small tabs if you’re short on cash, and they always round up or down […]

Who’s Got The Biggest Balls Of Them All?

by 12/09/2003
Neighborhood: All Over

Whether they are Hispanic, Black, Asian, Jewish, White or Latin, whether they are riding the A, C, D, 1, 2, or, 3, the men who sit with their legs spread wide open on the subway do so with a Cro-Magnum sense of entitlement. illustration by I asked a bunch of them why, exactly, they […]