Category Archives: NYC History

New York History pt 5: Steal This Book

I first read Abbie Hoffman’s “Steal This Book” when I was 15, in a reissued collection of his books that coincided with early 90’s Woodstock nostalgia. Reading Hoffman’s self-styled streetwise revolutionary patter was perfect for a high school freshman, because … Continue reading

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“Best” Bar To Watch The Mets in NYC / Worst Article in the Village Voice

Browsing the Village Voice website and seeing a headline that promised that “This Bar Is the Best Place to Watch the Mets in New York City” I clicked, thinking I’d see a piece on some firefighter bar in Brooklyn or … Continue reading

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NYC History Pt 4: Serpico and 778 Driggs Avenue

Recently I found myself on such a spot, on Driggs Ave near South 4th St, where in bygone days , the Novelty Theater was located. I pondered on the trials, tribulations, and vicissitudes of the building that housed this theater … Continue reading

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George Cain: Blueschild Baby

The similarities between authors Jim Carroll and George Cain seem obvious from a cursory example of their backgrounds. Both Carroll and Cain grew up in New York City during the 60’s, were high school basketball stars, and became junkies soon after. Both … Continue reading

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Pinball in NYC

David Johanson, Lenny Kaye, Dee Dee Ramone, and Andy Paley play pinball at CBGB’s in 1977.  Photo by Bob Gruen. Records and pinball are two things I love that make me feel older than I am, because I am just … Continue reading

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Chinatown Buses: A History

I first took a Chinatown bus to Boston back in 2000. A friend had told me to just walk under the Manhattan Bridge, near East Broadway, and look for the buses. I can’t remember which company it was, but a … Continue reading

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Lou Reed, I Love You

One terrible, cold, sleet-filled October day in 2011, I was walking down East 17th St on the way to a friend’s office. Just as I got to their building, I noticed this graffiti on a Muni Meter out front. Being … Continue reading

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