Category Archives: A Walker in the City: Flaneur Pieces

When You Learn How to Do It, Please Let me Know…

Stepping out of Yonah Shimmel’s Knish Factory the other day, down on Houston and Forsyth, a giant belch escaped my gorgle, in studied satisfaction with my late-day pit stop. Yonah’s is the only restaurant that I frequent with a working dumbwaiter. Its greasy tables and unwashed floor only add to the taste of the diet-busting […]

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Stella, STELLA KOWALSKI!!!

For a decade and a half I suffered from nerve twinges and occasional numbness in my right arm and shoulder. Nothing seemed to help. One sorry attempt at homeopathy years ago brought only yellow pee from ingesting great gobs of Vitamin B-something. But having just turned 55, and sensing more than ever my body falling […]

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With My Head In the Clouds…

The attendants at the garage where I park my van are always gracious when I show up with that expectant look on my face. It’s not because I love my car. Prostate cancer treatment has perhaps forever altered my bladder management, so before I head out, I routinely ask to use the little concrete-block enclosure […]

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And now, a word from our sponsor

The MSN homepage during the week of October 2004 featured a small ad line for visitors in New York City to take bus tours of sites where popular television shows have been filmed over the past few years. For a considerable sum, customers would be treated to double-decker accommodations on diesel fume spewing motorcoaches that […]

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At the Helm

The maelstrom of 9/11 brought many gifts to our city, among them the reinstitution of long-gone ferry service between Manhattan and Brooklyn. A modest-sized high-speed twin hull from the New York Water Taxi fleet now plies Upper New York Harbor between the Wall Street pier and Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge waterfront during rush hours on weekdays. […]

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