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Chelsea’s Least Wanted

by 10/10/2006
Neighborhood: Chelsea

I’m at the opening of Least Wanted, a collection of mugshots, many of them enlarged, from the 1930’s through the early 70’s. The young and the bad are beautifully indignant in black and white, and I could stare for hours at the badass mug of a 17 year old boy caught rioting on the streets […]

The Important Visiting Friend

by 10/10/2006
Neighborhood: Midtown

The bouncer pulled the door. Daylight, quite a shock. How long were we unconscious, the Important Visiting Friend and I? We squinted our way out into the day, me very reluctantly, him, I recall, more bravely. He wanted to see a movie, as usual. Had he planned to see this film, memorized the location and […]

A Blue Day in Tight Skin

by 10/01/2006
Neighborhood: Midtown

Day talked about those skintight hologram jeans for weeks. It was 1978, and they’d look nice for shooting heroin in the basement lavatory at CBGB, especially in the snazzy lilac color with the lime iridescent overlay, and they’d look nice later–complementary–when she turned blue outside on the sidewalk. The jeans cost $65.00, a considerable sum […]

THE COFFEE INCIDENT

by 10/01/2006
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens

The story starts with two things about me. First thing: I love coffee. I drink coffee every morning. When I gave up caffeine for several months last year, I brewed myself a mug of decaf every morning and called it my “coffee.” Second thing: I habitually run late. Not catastrophically late, just late enough to […]

Transplant

by 10/01/2006
Neighborhood: Midtown

Rada told me to be at the broker’s office at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. I showed up eating the last of my sublet’s granola bars. Abandoned desks sat side by side without cubicle separators; it was like the newsroom of the Daily Planet. The receptionist seated me, then quickly disappeared into the bathroom. She did […]