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Single is Not a Four Letter Word

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

In the past decade, many attempts have been made to assist women in our efforts to meet a significant other. Self-help books with titles like The Rules or He’s Just Not That Into You proliferated, but instead of providing a sense of relief or assurance, they seemed only to add to the mass hysteria. Well, […]

The Man in the Window

by 07/06/2006
Neighborhood: East Harlem

I noticed him during the first week of living in my new apartment. I was staring down from my fourth floor two bedroom. He sat in a window on the south side of the block, to the west of Kelly’s Flat Fix facing 3rd Avenue, his elbow hanging out the window as if he were […]

The Cry of the Water Wolf

by 07/06/2006
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Williamsburg

Last July, a friend of mine called to tip me off about an upcoming water gun assassination tournament. I was swamped at work when he called, crimping duvets for a big Neiman Marcus order—but seconds later I was on the tournament’s website, reading the requirements for entry. By midnight I was in the back of […]

Washington Heights Playing Field

by 07/06/2006
Neighborhood: Washington Heights

175th Street, between Audubon and Saint Nicholas Avenues was the playing field for hundreds of boys each year, in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Anchored mid-block by Incarnation Grammar School, 175th Street was a four-car-wide, smoothly paved, level, treeless, usually-blocked-off-during-school-days street. The sidewalks were also wide and level, the street curbs sharp and unbroken, […]