Monthly Archives: June 2004

May the Show of Force be With You

Outside down on Whitehall Street there’s a phalanx of uniformed cops and a double row of prowl cars, parked nose-out into the street on both sides for at least two full blocks. Side streets are blocked off and formations are … Continue reading

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Sic Transit Gloria Olsen

The giggly breathy squeaky sound you heard Sunday was Ashley Fuller Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen turning legal. I was going to get up early to watch it, but one thing led to another and sunrise isn’t really my specialty. Besides, … Continue reading

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Baby Gramps

“My parents were … bizarre,” Baby Gramps mutters at Hank’s Saloon on Sunday night, from somewhere behind his bushy moustache. Genes never bred truer. The Seattle singer, on a solo trip through New York (he also already played at Terra … Continue reading

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The Days, The Daze

[Luxuriant stretch, the human equivalent of a purr] Rustle, rustle, rustle … creak. [Rumpling noises, gummy first-voice sounds] Ahem. Anyone in here? It’s, uh, been summer. I was outside, and napping. Starting this week the explosive distractions at work should … Continue reading

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A Touch of Classmates

The Scary High School Reunion, to which we add the Curious High School Centennial celebration, has come and gone, and it was odd and wonderful fun. This is the Cliff Notes short version; the saga won’t come out without judicious … Continue reading

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Past Times at Stuyvesant High

Some astute Class of ’79 grads brought their Indicator yearbooks to our 25-year high school reunion today. I didn’t buy a yearbook or class ring when I trailed away from Stuyvesant back then, and that was the last yearbook to … Continue reading

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Drink and Spell

Freddy’s Back Room is –hardly unexpectedly– the back room at Freddy’s, a bar at the edge of Park Slope, Brooklyn, that is threatened by the despicable sport complex planned for the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. On Wednesday, June … Continue reading

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Caroline and Sarah

I’ve been following the terrible news about young Sarah Fox at a distance and with tightly-woven sorrow. It sits very close to home, and so I haven’t wanted to look it in the facts. Tragedy defies ranking; there isn’t any … Continue reading

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Summer or Later

Summer in New York City is imponderable; you never quite know when it arrives, until suddenly the dog days are sweating the walls of your apartment into jelly. Top ten onset signs, then, for our love-it-til-you-hate-it affair with the hot … Continue reading

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