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Yawning Prohibition

by 07/28/2007
Neighborhood: Midtown

Nitpicking and brown-nosing on an Amtrak train where silence is the rule

Requiem For a Regular

by 07/28/2007
Neighborhood: Morningside Heights

We called him Broadway Johnny, and as far as I know, none of us ever learned his last name. Every morning for the past fifteen years, he’d hobble out of Amsterdam House, the nursing home on 112th Street, and head for Straus Park to wait for Cannons, the dark Irish bar on 108th where Hemingway […]

Losing Your Mind at the Russian-Turkish Baths

by 07/28/2007
Neighborhood: East Village

I’ve been living half a block away from the Russian-Turkish Baths on 268 East 10th St for two years, and until the other day I’d never been inside. The sidewalk thereabouts smells faintly of eucalyptus, like parts of San Francisco, but not because of the trees (which are mainly gingko and ailanthus). Eucalyptus and lavender […]

Window Displays

by 07/20/2007
Neighborhood: Midtown

Herald Square is not a good neighborhood in which to work. In fact, it’s not a neighborhood at all. It’s an area. On street level there is nowhere to go, nowhere to hide. Office buildings empty into crowds of slow-moving shoppers who move in and out of the oxymoronic Manhattan Mall. They move about at […]

Cappozelle

by 07/20/2007
Neighborhood: East Village

When I was a kid, Avenue B was a neighborhood for the working poor. Old guys would sell hot knishes from a portable oven on wheels for a nickel, and in my family, that was considered “eating out.” We didn’t have a phone, or even a radiator, until the city made the landlady put one […]

It Wasn’t Our Turn

by 07/20/2007
Neighborhood: Bronx, Outer Boroughs

Only the second of two crucial orders reach Ziegler and his buddy, and disaster results

The Diamond Cutter’s Daughter

by 07/12/2007
Neighborhood: Midtown

Hadara's father was like a ghost in her life, but, like a ghost, he can never die inasmuch as he was never there to begin with

Moonlight Exterminator

by 07/12/2007
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Fort Greene

A desperate cockroaches infestation situation calls for desperate measures: It's like DIE HARD in an apartment

The Silent Minority

by 07/12/2007
Neighborhood: Jamaica, Queens

Joseph's wife volunteers to host Bernardo, a poor child from SoBro, a fact which her AWOL husband learns too late to stop

Foreign Tongues and Native Toenails

by 07/02/2007
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

Samantha loves to get her nails done at Asian salons, but, as a Korean adopted by a white family, she's not sure where she fits

Eye Only Has Eyes For You

by 07/02/2007
Neighborhood: Upper East Side

Luciana tries to play matchmaker at the office of a dermatologist specializing in the eye--new meaning for the term *blind date*

Nutcracked

by 07/02/2007
Neighborhood: Midtown

Making fun of people with disabilities is in bad karma, but if I didn't laugh I would cry and that would make the children upset