Compact little essays from a stay-at-home tourist.
Yearly Archive for 2010
Turns out the blizzard has coated NYC with over 20 inches. Everywhere are icy fields. What a treat: Macadam and pavement are whited out, under a bone-grey sky. This morning at around 8:00 I take the dogs out. In the past couple of days we’ve seen very few people but colossal dog breeds: light-grey Malamute, […] [Read More]
Second day of the big snow. Yesterday’s slippery slush now is buried under many feet of full, fat, dry flakes. Ms. Church on WPIX says seventeen inches cover Central Park. The other weather-people again urge caution: “Stay home if you possibly can! Airports and schools are closed! Treacherous conditions!” There is, indeed, a ubiquitous whiteout […] [Read More]
I awake in the dark and the TV confirms that yes indeed, we are experiencing precipitation in the form of a snowstorm. More precisely, it’s a slushstorm, and not expected to abate until the morrow. The anchors on three stations (I change channels to see if they concur) advise everyone to “stay home if at […] [Read More]
When: 2/2. Where: Greenwich Street. Who: Little boy (about 5) among friends. Attitude: Jubilant. Quote: “I’m so glad I’m going to the dentist!” When: 2/3. Where: Greenwich Village. Who: Young woman to friends. Attitude: Cheery. Quote: “I’ll be coming over in a couple of weeks to try out your bidet.” When: 2/4. Where: inside the […] [Read More]
When: 1/13/10. Where: Hudson and N. Moore, Tribeca. Who: Girl to guy. Attitude: Smug. Quote: “I have great peripheral vision.” When: 1/14/10. Where: The A train. Who: African American teenager to boyfriend. Attitude: Resigned. Quote: “Well, that’s Harlem for you. It’s so small, everyone knows everyone.” When: 1/21/10. Where: Washington Square South. Who: Little boy […] [Read More]