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The King of New York

by 03/05/2017
Neighborhood: Astoria, Queens

From a distance the crown almost looks like solid gold. But as I walk farther up 30th Avenue in Astoria, I can tell there is something not quite right about it. It is glinting, sure, but I realize the crown is made of curled paper. It’s from Burger King. I am now only a few paces behind the man wearing it, who looks like he might be homeless.

Piano Piece

by 01/28/2015
Neighborhood: Astoria

What I knew when I left my apartment, thinking of pianos, as I often do, was that I turned right and saw a piano alone on the street.

My Neighbor Cries a Chain Link Fence

by 12/31/2013
Neighborhood: Astoria

Last night I heard him - the guy who pouts and steams outside on the fence smoking cigarettes with a rippled back - I heard him scream at you...

From Ditmars Blvd. (the Last Stop)

by 02/03/2013
Neighborhood: Astoria

From Ditmars Blvd. (the Last Stop). Abigail Frankfurt's homage to Allen Ginsberg’s America

Everyone’s Glass Onion

by 11/26/2009
Neighborhood: Astoria, Queens

There is something unsettling about having a therapy session at the home of your therapist. It is on par with a Halloween night of childhood trick or treating and having to step through the threshold of a nameless neighbor’s doorway for handful of candy corn or tootsie rolls. Your seven-year-old nose inhales a waft of […]

Supporting Mick Jagger’s Habit

by 03/31/2008
Neighborhood: Astoria, Queens

Mickey Z. takes his Mom to a head shop in Astoria, Queens.

Dom’s Wife

by 11/24/2006
Neighborhood: Astoria, Queens

As a teenager, the author savors the streams of extravagant verbal abuse pouring out of a neighboring apartment

Power (Outage) to the People

by 07/27/2006
Neighborhood: Astoria, Queens

I slept on my fire escape one night last week but it wasn’t due to martial strife or a daredevil spirit. Rather, the sight of yours truly three flights up sporting boxer shorts and a death grip on the bars came courtesy of Con Edison (with a nod to Mayor Bloomberg). The lights first dimmed […]

Waiting to be Deciphered

by 04/20/2006
Neighborhood: Astoria, Queens

A mysterious message on a sidewalk in Astoria holds out boundless possibilities of interpretation

Schooling at 204 Center

by 01/12/2006
Neighborhood: Astoria, Queens

Recalling lessons learned while staying warm, staying busy, and playing basketball at JHS 204 in Astoria

Seeing Socrates

by 11/10/2005
Neighborhood: Astoria, Queens

A stroll down a gloomy, overcast, trash-strewn memory lane

Monkey Bars For a Jail

by 11/03/2005
Neighborhood: Astoria, Queens

There was always one overweight student who would sit on the seesaw and yell for someone to join. It was usually the tiniest kid