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The Tape

by 04/26/2016
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Chelsea, Jackson Heights, Manhattan, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Sunset Park

Every week I bought a cassette tape and poured my heart out to the Shrink. We were discussing my parents when a long-buried memory sprung to mind

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.

The Last Winter Dance Party of America

by 12/15/2014
Neighborhood: Uncategorized

It’s 1957, and the three of us, Jacky,Vinnie from 19th Street, and me, are doing this Brooklyn strut sort of a walk down Eastern Parkway.

The Laughter of the Maestro

by 03/09/2014
Neighborhood: Fort Greene

On a snowy New York evening, Cecil Taylor talks about his musical journey up to Toronto, back down to Harlem, and everywhere in between.

Instantly, Life Got Better

by 02/19/2014
Neighborhood: Upper East Side

My brother, Rory, and I, agreed on two things in early 1964: we loved bacon and we were crazy cuckoo nuts over the Beatles.

Fighting For What

by 07/01/2013
Neighborhood: Bowery

Fights sometimes start and end for the same reason. Peter Nolan Smith learned this at CBGB.

Doc Pomus

by 10/03/2012
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

Mary Shanley found an unlikely guardian angel in an award-winning songwriter/record producer.

Look Homeward, Brooklyn

by 09/07/2012
Neighborhood: Brighton Beach, Gramercy Park, Long Island

Robert Weinberger gets his big break at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

The Owner Likes It Loud

by 06/19/2012
Neighborhood: Upper East Side

Carl Schinasi comes home to New York for the pizza, stays for the intimidating mafiosa.

15 Seconds With Andy Warhol

by 06/09/2012
Neighborhood: All Over, East Village, Midtown

As a child Peter Nolan Smith draws Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Can and dreams of working in Warhol's Factory. Years later, he tells Andy about it in person.

Get Busy

by 05/22/2012
Neighborhood: East Village

Damian Van Denburgh moved to New York thinking he had lots of time to waste, until he met others who had once believed that as well.

An Upper West Side Tragedy Set To Music

by 05/18/2012
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

He always said, “Hello, I’m so glad to see you? How are you?” even when he no longer knew our names. Starting in the last year, he didn’t care about answers. He cherished his long career as an impresario in the world of music, selecting and programming concerts for major institutions in New York City. […]