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A Biker in the City

by Thomas Beller 06/03/2006
Neighborhood: Midtown

For some people, a bicycle is something to be taken out for a pleasant jaunt in the park on weekends, an opportunity to feel the breeze in your hair and to coast alongside novice roller bladers whose eyes are wide with terror. Then there are the brave souls who use it to make a living, […]

I Wanna Be Sedated: A Night at the Roxy

by 06/03/2006
Neighborhood: Chelsea

Between 10th and 11th avenue, on the north side of 18th street sits the Roxy night club which, on Wednesday nights, houses a medley of characters whom appear to have been pickled by time. Wednesday at the Roxy is “disco night.” Everyone is on roller skates. The speakeasy secrecy of this sub-culture scene contaminates one […]

The Slump at Shea

by Thomas Beller 05/31/2006
Neighborhood: Midtown

1993 Like most of the people who haunt Shea Stadium these days, Steve Calandro is a diehard Mets fan. He’s also a vendor, and the vendors, like the Mets, aren’t having a terribly good year. The vendors work for the Harry M. Stevens Corporation, and when things are slow, as they have been this season, […]

Rockaway Beach Memoirs

by 07/12/2003
Neighborhood: On the Waterfront, Queens

I was nearly there. Carrying my chair, beach bag and small cooler the few final yards to my usual spot, I was almost past the part I dreaded. It was the trek from the parking lot at Riis Park in the Rockaways, to my little beach at the start of neighboring Breezy Point. To get […]

Horsing Around With Jason Kidd

by Thomas Beller 06/06/2003
Neighborhood: Across the River, Letter From Abroad

The following article was reported and written in the winter and spring of 2002. This article deals, in part, with the fact that Jason Kidd’s childhood was formed in part by his chores caring for horses. ** It was a cold winter night, and the Knicks were playing the Nets. I took the bus from […]

Evan’s Ramp

by 05/16/2003
Neighborhood: Dumbo

Snow and cold are anathema to the skateboarder. The winter in New York can be a frustrating time to pursue an activity best done wearing jeans and a T-shirt. Hardcore skaters still hit the streets to skate midtown’s smooth plazas on frigid nights, but that can be a slightly masochistic and uncomfortable experience. One remedy […]

The Return of John Starks

by Thomas Beller 05/07/2003
Neighborhood: Uncategorized

The Westchester Wildfire, a newly formed franchise of the United States Basketball League, held open try-outs the other day at their practice facility at Suny Purchase, and nearly eighty people showed up, in spite of the $150 dollar fee. A fair number were playground all-stars for whom the try out was a kind one day […]

Knicks Notes: The Golden Age of Losing

by 12/04/2002
Neighborhood: Clinton

The more games the New York Knicks won the more they raised the ticket prices. I could only afford to see them at Madison Square Garden if they continued to have losing seasons. I’d buy a ticket from a scalper. Instead of charging more he’d sell it for a fraction of what it was worth, […]

What it Feels Like for a Mets Fan

by 11/21/2002
Neighborhood: Queens, Shea Stadium

Men will ruin $500 suits scrambling for a $5 baseball. It’s an adage as old as the idea of men wearing suits to a ball game. It also happens to be true. Every person attending a major league baseball game — from the youngest child being indoctrinated into the ritualistic church of Baseball at the […]

58 Inches of ambiance

by 11/14/2002
Neighborhood: Manhattan

I choose what I’m wearing carefully on Tuesdays. I like to show a little midriff, some shoulder. In a bar, before I play, I look around and notice other people’s midriffs and shoulders. I look at the curve of bodies bending across tables and feel my own. I want to laugh the throaty laugh of […]

Applause: The New York City Marathon

by Thomas Beller 11/03/2002
Neighborhood: Central Park

The New York City Marathon is fun to watch for several reasons. The leaves in Central Park are beautiful–still on the trees but fragile and colorful. It’s moving to see the look of physical pain on the runner’s faces. It’s moving to see that zoned out, exultant look on the runner’s faces. It’s interesting to […]

Half-Time Show at the Jets Game

by Thomas Beller 10/24/2002
Neighborhood: Letter From Abroad, Outer Boroughs

We arrived at Giants Stadium. There are four huge spiraling ramps through which the stadium’s population of 80,000 enter and exit. They wind their way from the ground level up to the top, a huge cement coil faintly reminiscent of the Guggenheim Museum, though with a more prison vibe. My friend explained that it was […]