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Jersey Nights on Broadway

by 03/14/2016
Neighborhood: Midtown

We saw Jersey Boys on Broadway not long ago, and it was a grand show, but of course we’re Italian-Americans from northern New Jersey, my husband and I, and our two boys, so naturally we’d love it. Frank and I are just old enough that we remember Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons not as […]

Dancing in the Dark

by 10/13/2014
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village, Upper West Side

In 1974 I was twenty-five. I’d just left my secure job as a kindergarten teacher. The job: compliments of my, Bubbie, who was always yelling, “Get security. Be a teacher!” Deciding to leave the job? That was compliments of my Women’s Consciousness Raising Group. Every woman in the group encouraged me to leave my job […]

What’s in a Name

by 05/06/2013
Neighborhood: Bronx, Midtown

Sitting in the second row of the balcony at the New York City Center ballet, I, sixteen, entranced by the melodies of Swan Lake, watched a tall, muscular sun-god pirouetting and jeteing on the stage. As he soared, I gasped at the height of his jumps and his sure-footed landings. But I had not come […]

Courting Coincidence

by 03/13/2011
Neighborhood: Morningside Heights, Uncategorized

With amorous eyes I looked forward to the summer of 1976. Not long out of law school, I had just landed a job with a landlord/tenant law firm in lower Manhattan, and had rented a beach house on Fire Island for the season. I was dating a girl named Elizabeth, and though we had not […]