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Manhattan Mirage

by 08/02/2014
Neighborhood: Financial District, On the Waterfront, Staten Island

nd suddenly, there it was, emerging melodramatically out of the dusk like some reinvented Shan-gri-La or a newly-risen Atlantis.

Winners of an Illicit Race

by 07/27/2014
Neighborhood: Staten Island

Tom explores a new ramp and that strange, familiar way that chunks of steel concrete become more than that, carry memories, take on symbolism...

Vesuvius Ave.

by 05/08/2014
Neighborhood: All Over, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island

In a summer dress, all women are irresistible. Don't they know this, the excruciating and mystical power of dresses?

Flat Fixed

by 02/13/2014
Neighborhood: Staten Island

Tom Diriwachter shares a glimpse of a Staten Island neighborhood, a day with his father, and the mysterious nuisance of a flat tire.

Body English

by 05/25/2013
Neighborhood: Clifton, Staten Island

Tom Diriwachter used a little "body English" to find his childhood passion - bowling.

Zone A

by 02/27/2013
Neighborhood: Staten Island

Tom Diriwachter waits out the storm with his ailing mother during Hurricane Irene.

Pizza at the End of the World

by 01/15/2013
Neighborhood: Staten Island

Tom Diriwachter surveys Sandy's damage on Staten Island and is amazed to find his favorite pizza place open.

The Wild Turkeys Of Staten Island University Hospital

by 04/17/2012
Neighborhood: Staten Island

Tom Dirwachter reflects on the wild birds he would frequently see while visiting his mother at a Staten Island hospital.

Son of Sam Got Me Out of Guitar Lessons

by 12/19/2010
Neighborhood: Staten Island

In 1976, Tom Diriwachter was learning to play the guitar. He achieved a small measure of proficiency, and then was forced to give up his lessons due to Son of Sam hysteria.

That’s So Sad

by 11/24/2010
Neighborhood: Staten Island

After dinner with his parents, Brian Quinn finds himself contemplating their mortality.

Number 89

by 04/06/2010
Neighborhood: Staten Island

Not a Yankee fan, Tom Diriwachter experiences a Proustian moment as Yankees fans during the World Series delay the arrival of his usual ferry.

The Most Important Thought In the World

by 03/23/2009
Neighborhood: Across the River, Staten Island

When the production of his play starts to get a little problematic, Tom Diriwachter finds himself in the presence of Christ.