Category Archives: 2000s

NEVER WANT TO GIVE YOU UP by Peter Nolan Smith

THE GODFATHER 3 was a horrible movie; Andy Garcia, Sofia Coppola, and Al Pacino’s wretched line, “No sooner than I think I’m out, then they pulling me back in. Unfortunately those words held personal resonance in early November of 2007 for like Michael Corleone’s failure to leave the Mafia, I was unable to end my […]

BEAR SEASON by Peter Nolan Smith

Hunting season along the Hudson River opened in mid-October. Bow and arrows only. Guns weren’t allowed until November, so I felt relatively safe walking in the woods wearing a neon-orange hooded sweatshirt. No animal in that color existed north or south of Troy, New York and during the shooting season non-hunters drape their bodies in […]

RAIN 9/10/2001 by Peter Nolan Smith

September 10, 2001 was a rainy day in New York and the Weather Channel predicted precipitation throughout the afternoon. .3 inches humid and wet. I exited from my East 10th Street apartment at 9.13 and headed toward Velseka’s on 2nd Avenue. My breakfast of a bagel and coffee came to $2.11. I gave the waiter […]

Mad Dogs And Farangs

Several hot seasons ago I met Jamie Parker at a bar on Soi Concrete. I wasn’t going to my old local. The owner had stiffed Nick Von Reiter for $5000. I had fought him on Soi 6, actually the brawl was two punches with the keys in my fist. At my age there is no […]

TOUGH GUYS / BET ON CRAZY by Peter Nolan Smith

Brownsville has always been a tough section of Brooklyn. The one-mile square neighborhood was actually tougher than tough. Its unofficial motto “Brownsville! Never ran, never will!” guaranteed Kings County Hospital the title of the most gunshot victims admitted to a E.R in the USA. The US Army even set up a training program called the […]