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Over the Falls in a Barrel

by 07/31/2006
Neighborhood: East Village

“Now, you know, when I was a young girl, before your Granddad came along, I lived in Chicago. And boy was that an experience.” My grandmother takes a sip off her still steaming coffee; black the only way she’ll take it. “It was a grand time. So much energy, so lively. And then we moved […]

The Chain Dance

by Thomas Beller 07/31/2006
Neighborhood: West Village

I have an intimate relationship with my bike lock.

Alice Quinn

by 07/31/2006
Neighborhood: Chelsea

The woman comes into the New York restaurant where I work and is reading a poetry magazine. “Say,” I say, “is that some sort of poetry magazine?” “Yeah,” she says. “I like Billy Collins,” I say. “Yeah?” she says. “Yeah,” I say. “But don’t you think Poetry is Dead, kinda?” “Not really,” she says, and […]

Power (Outage) to the People

by 07/27/2006
Neighborhood: Astoria, Queens

I slept on my fire escape one night last week but it wasn’t due to martial strife or a daredevil spirit. Rather, the sight of yours truly three flights up sporting boxer shorts and a death grip on the bars came courtesy of Con Edison (with a nod to Mayor Bloomberg). The lights first dimmed […]

The Bird Funeral

by 07/27/2006
Neighborhood: Midtown

This morning I saw a dead bird on 52nd Street. It was lying on its back on the sidewalk in between Park and Madison Avenues, in front of a Duane Reade Pharmacy. Its feet were in the air. At first I wasn’t sure if it was dead. It looked like it was just dozing, sunning […]

Monthly Nut

by 07/26/2006
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

James’s finances are in the red, but when push comes to shove can he really sell his coop?

Aroma-Deo

by 07/26/2006
Neighborhood: West Village

A perfume aficionado sniffs her way around town in search of the perfect spritz…

The Origin of Pickles

by 07/26/2006
Neighborhood: Queens

The author attempts to influence some impressionable young minds in some very unconventional ways…

The Soon-to-be-Senior Mixed Doubles Circuit

by 07/19/2006
Neighborhood: West Village

Candy plays a few sets of tennis and realizes that you're never too old for a little healthy competition...

Flipturn

by 07/19/2006
Neighborhood: Midtown

A California native, Marla finally gets a grip on New York--underwater...

Scenes from a Jewish Girlhood

by 07/19/2006
Neighborhood: Bronx, East Bronx

Growing up in the Bronx in the 1950s, Alice reflects on her Jewish heritage…

Finding Fred: Death and Ice Cream

by 07/19/2006
Neighborhood: All Over, Brooklyn

When his mother dies, Allan begins to rebuild a relationship with his long-lost brother...