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It’s All About the Shoes

Posted on February 22nd, 2012 by Viveca

Manolo Blahnik shoes--NOT the ones in the story

In Soho recently I was attacked by a “Going Out of Business” sale. I hadn’t bought any clothes for months, maybe a year, but suddenly I was powerless before the sign. “60% off, 70% off, 90% off! Our hangers are for sale! Our clothing racks are for sale! Make us an offer! Everything must go!” […]

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The Smell

Posted on February 21st, 2012 by Viveca


The Smell must have started between 10:00 p.m. Saturday night and 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning. It didn’t start slowly like something rotting should have; it came on suddenly and with full force. I was sure it had something to do with circus people. I’d left the house around 10 o’clock Saturday night to go to […]

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Posted on February 20th, 2012 by Viveca

Planet Venus

The F train has a section in Brooklyn that runs outside on elevated tracks. My train was stopped there, and the conductor made some announcement about why were waiting and when we would start to move again. After a few minutes of silence, he started chatting with another train operator, but we could still hear […]

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Subway Shooting

Posted on February 20th, 2012 by Viveca

Bernie Goetz

When I was a kid one time in the playground someone started shooting at us. We heard the first shot and looked around because it seemed close and only then saw the long, smoking barrel pointing at us through a second story window. We started to run before we heard the rest of the shots. […]

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Please Wait To Rob This Bank

Posted on February 19th, 2012 by Viveca

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Posted on February 18th, 2012 by Viveca

NYC subway token

When the subway fare went up from $1.25 to $1.50, the Transit Authority issued a new token. I still had two of the old tokens left though, so I asked a transit employee whether I could trade them in for new tokens if I paid the difference in cash. She said I could, so I […]

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Posted on February 16th, 2012 by Viveca

NY logo rhinestones

I found a baseball cap with the intertwined N-Y logo in rhinestones. Now, that logo identifies the New York Yankees, but it was originally designed by Tiffany’s for a medal the city’s police department gave to its first officer shot in the line of duty. It’s a cool story, a cool logo, and a very […]

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Moral Dilemma

Posted on February 15th, 2012 by Viveca

paper towels

Living in New York is expensive. It’s not Tokyo or Zurich expensive, but it’s more expensive, than say Lincoln, Nebraska, or Sioux City, Iowa, or wherever Tricia was from. That’s my most charitable guess, anyway. I like thinking this was about money more than thinking about what else this could have been about. In 1996, […]

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Taking Out the Trash

Posted on February 10th, 2012 by Viveca

trash can

One day my shower curtain rod buckled. It just did; I don’t think the shower curtain suddenly got heavier or anything, but the rod is only aluminum, and it folded, and I had to get a new one. Which I did. That’s not a story, even for me. Anyway, I installed the new one and […]

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Posted on February 10th, 2012 by Viveca


Today I went to the Empire State Building for lunch. In the faux-French fast food franchise, I ordered a herbed cheese sandwich, a bag of potato chips, and a Diet Coke. After I placed my order, the middle-aged man behind me on line gently touched my arm. “That is a great lunch,” he complimented me, […]

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The End of the Line

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SIR: St. George, Staten Island

Monday, April 9, 2012 Spring break for the Salisbury (CT) public ...

3: 148th Street/Harlem, Manhattan

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 I read a bit of that Quran, ...

S: Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn

Thursday, August 11, 2011 Boy if I thought Damaso changing his ...

NQ: Astoria/Ditmars Boulevard, Queens

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 It’s been almost five months since our ...

JEZ: Jamaica Center/Parsons Archer, Queens

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 We take the J because we both ...

SIR: Tottenville, Staten Island

Saturday, March 26, 2011 Holy end-of-the-line, Batman, Staten Island is really ...

2: Wakefield/241st Street, The Bronx

Thursday, March 24, 2011 We pull a last-minute switcheroo on our ...

R: Bay Ridge/95th Street, Brooklyn

Sunday, March 20, 2011 Ooph. No beautiful glowing glass art at ...

L: 14th Street/8th Avenue, Manhattan

Friday, March 18, 2011 This trip feels oddly important. It’s the ...

1: South Ferry, Manhattan

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Sometimes, admittedly not as often as I’d ...

L: Rockaway Canarsie, Brooklyn

Sunday, March 13, 2011 After 18 years here, the cultural associations ...

6: Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx

Monday, February 21, 2011 We went to Manhattan. We went to ...

M: Middle Village, Metropolitan Ave., Queens

Saturday, February 19, 2011 Yesterday kids were playing basketball outdoors in ...

A: Inwood-207th Street, Manhattan

Thursday February 3, 2011 The idea had been hanging over my ...