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Three Basketball Vignettes, 2001

by 06/03/2010
Neighborhood: Chelsea, West Village

Thomas Beller writes three vignettes on the vicissitudes of being a basketball junkie in New York City in the year 2001.

Graffiti

by 05/12/2008
Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh didn’t quite remember that 311 is the number you call if you’re really concerned about graffiti.

Biking through the Apocalypse

by 02/22/2006
Neighborhood: Union Square

A bicyclist and Manhattanite feels left out when the transit strike actually improves his life. First appeared at nytimes.com

On The Aesthetics of Urban Walking and Writing

by 03/24/2004
Neighborhood: All Over, Multiple

For all but the disabled, walking is a basic human activity, just below eating and sleeping. rarely does a novel or poetry volume lack some walk.

Death Visits the Waterfront

by 02/23/2004
Neighborhood: All Over, Manhattan

Inasmuch as New York was a port, drowning was an extremely common form of death.

The Numbers

by 03/11/2002
Neighborhood: Lower Manhattan, Manhattan, World Trade Center

Here was a morning like any other. I got up at 6:40, took a shower and got ready for work. I hadn’t slept well the night before. My eyes burned. Walking to the bathroom required tremendous energy. I blamed my new neighbors. Their surround-sound TV was set up just a few feet from my head. […]