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Tri-State Grocer

by 04/13/2024
Neighborhood: Co-op City

Ever since I’d gotten the job as a reporter/assistant editor on a small trade paper called the Tri-State Grocer with the help of its secretary — who happened to be the wife of one of my father’s friends — I knew something was wrong. The pay was terrible — not enough for me to move […]

Sexual Frustration at the NYPD Police Academy

by 06/27/2021
Neighborhood: Co-op City

Most people see the “Police Academy” movies and laugh. I went through the real Police Academy, and felt nothing but pain. In May, 1975, CETA, a long-defunct government jobs program, announced that it was hiring people who had some college education.  It was the middle of a recession, and I remember standing on a long, […]

The Therapist Who Was Always Late

by 09/24/2018
Neighborhood: Bronx, Chelsea, Co-op City, Upper West Side, Washington Heights

As a young man in my mid-twenties in the late ‘70s, I was in a precarious state. I had just failed miserably at an attempt to work at a job on the west coast and was back with my parents in Co-op City. I was on the list for a civil service job at the […]