Category Archives: Lost New York

Dressed to Kill – Part 2

Growing up in post-War Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a Jewish boy like me struggled in a perpetual state of anomie. Namelessness has many sources and many reasons. Living as an other in a homogenous community reinforces the sensation of unrecognizability. One’s surname might be Smith, but where everyone else’s name ends in Armenian infinity, the search […]

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A Hunt’s Point Hymnal

On a solitary bike trip years ago, I suddenly and unexpectedly found myself on the edge of Joseph Rodman Drake Park, 2.49 manicured Bronx acres, bounded by Hunt’s Point, Longfellow and Oak Point Avenues. The site of Joseph Rodman Drake Park in Hunt’s Point was part of an Indian Village. In the late 17th century […]

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The Victory Star Club – Part 1

The crush of widespread narcissism and incessant modernity that inhabit every corner of my Yorkville neighborhood frequently bum me out. Constant scenes confront me as my wannabe-wealthy neighbors rush across our proscenium, playing their roles in their soon-to-be-released Movie about Me. Even the briefest saunter down many of its side streets provides relief, however. Better […]

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A Sad Goodbye

After a years-long adieu, the last major food exchange in lower Manhattan has disappeared. The Fulton Fish Market is no more, moved lock, stock and barrel this past November to a barren industrial park in the East Bronx. A site that nourished our souls for generations has vanished. The loss in incalculable. No longer will […]

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