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The Old Man and the Strike

by 01/05/2006
Neighborhood: Morningside Heights

You would think that everyone would know about the New York City Transit Strike, with its coverage in newspapers and television around the clock. On the 2nd day of the strike, I discovered I was wrong. After meeting with a friend at a Starbucks in Morningside Heights, I faced the prospect of either walking to […]

My First Kreplach

by 01/05/2006
Neighborhood: Midtown

1. If one peers through the storefront windows of the National Jewelers Exchange on West 47th Street, past the hundred or so feet of bustling merchants and shoppers and side-by-side display cases filled with gold and silver, all under the harsh track lighting suspended on cables from the 20-foot ceiling, one can just make out […]

The Surprise Visit

by 01/05/2006
Neighborhood: Uncategorized

Where do I begin? On Christmas Eve 1999, I was doing the usual stuff… Following my family’s long tradition of going from one home to the next, delivering Christmas presents and cookies, eating and eating some more, singing carols, and sharing midnight mass together downtown. This year, my brother needed a ride back to his […]

Head Trip

by 01/05/2006
Neighborhood: Letter From Abroad

Before we could convince him to go the neurologist, my father had two head-on collisions in eleven months without remembering how he’d gotten into either of them. Despite my suspicions, I didn’t learn it was Alzheimer’s for sure until my oldest brother called to tell me on the day before Thanksgiving. The call came ten […]