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Phone Numbers of Strangers

by 09/11/2011
Neighborhood: Uncategorized

The phone rang behind a closed door and a door slammed open, frantic shuffling and the t.v. went on. “You guys get in here!” one of the girls yelled. We left our beds so fast we were still half asleep, wiping our eyes as we watched a black dot on the t.v. screen crash into […]

Guided Tour

by 09/11/2011
Neighborhood: Uncategorized, Upper West Side, World Trade Center

I was born in Manhattan, have lived there most of my life, but my last look at the twin towers of the World Trade Center was from the front deck of a Staten Island ferry moving through the dark waters after a Staten Island Yankees night game, July, 2001. I’d boarded the boat alone, was […]

She Looked Like She Was Dancing

by 09/11/2011
Neighborhood: Uncategorized, World Trade Center

She was my cousin, in that by-the-way, six times removed way that a lot of cousins seem to be in the Jamaican-American Seventh-day Adventist community. You find one another when you’re 12 or 14 because everyone migrates to the same part of New York, belongs to the same cluster of churches, drive upstate every spring […]

Dear NYK People

by 09/11/2011
Neighborhood: Letter From Abroad

Dear American people Dear NYK people Ten years ago I wrote my emotion published on this web place. Ten years after, my emotion and compassion is still strong! Ten years after, one thing is very clear: we must be united to struggle against enemies of freedom. We must be all together finding solutions for economic […]

NYC Me

by 09/11/2011
Neighborhood: Letter From Abroad

10 years ago today, 9/11/01, I had not yet read E.B. White’s 1949 essay “Here is New York,” which includes the following passage: “The sublest change in New York is something people don’t speak much about but that is in everyone’s mind. The city, for the first time in its long history, is destructible. A […]

Another Visit

by 09/11/2011
Neighborhood: World Trade Center

An Update to my April 2002 story, The Visit. For me, a native Manhattanite who has never in my 72 years been off the island for more than two consecutive months, normalcy has never returned since 9.11. There’s a permanent emptiness in the skyline – the towers missing from the views from the Throgg’s Neck […]

Photographic Memories

by 09/11/2011
Neighborhood: World Trade Center

The thing that intrigues me about photographs is not the spontaneity in which they’re taken, nor the way they freeze time, but the fact that in the split second when the shutter snaps, one doesn’t know which moments will become meaningful until much later. Capturing chance moments and random events, we can’t know the value […]

Irene

by 09/07/2011
Neighborhood: Uncategorized

Hurricane Irene Visits The West Village. A Short Film by Josh Gilbert on Vimeo.

Mayoral Control – A Love Story

by 09/01/2011
Neighborhood: All Over, Greenwich Village, Uncategorized

It had always been an in-joke between us. I was the one who hailed the cab. “Let them see that big yellow head of yours,” Tiffany would say. We broke tradition only once, separating at a corner during a light summer rain in Greenwich Village. The ugly truth left me stunned and incensed. The cab, […]