Category Archives: brooklyn

Man O Manischewitz by Peter Nolan Smith

Fort Greene is a friendly neighborhood. Unlike Manhattan Brooklynites say hello to each other. I usually smile a greeting, glad to be here in a ‘we’ world. This rainy afternoon I exited from the Fort Greene Observatory. It was an off day from my usual struggles to get cash, since I had worked the weekend […]

Rent-Free Hell

Yesterday on the C train between Hoyt-Schmmerhorn and Lafayette Street a young man was preaching about the wrath of his lord. “God loves his flock, but hates a sinner. All you sinners will have a special place of torment in Hell.” He glared about the subway car like Josef Mengele, the SS Angel of Death […]

Holy Saturday

AP and his family left Fort Greene for the Easter Weekend. I’ve been alone in the brownstone, feeding the cats, turtle, and fish. My sense of worth is low and I treat that with beer, preferably Narragansett. That lager tasted of New England. This morning I finished re-writing IN HEAVEN ABOVE, my comedy script about […]

Blizzard Conditions In Fort Greene

No snow fell on Christmas Day in New York. None fell on New Year’s Day north in Duchess County either, although snow clung to the rocky shadows in the woods. The North Atlantic states were experiencing an extraordinarily warm winter, despite my prayers to pagan snow gods. Two days ago the weathermen predicted a change. […]

Opps. Ouch.

Last week a woman photographer shooting a furniture catalogue at the brownstone stepped off the steps and rolled her ankle. Two snaps. I comforted her while we waited for the ambulance and lied to her, saying, “It’s probably ligaments.” “How do you know?” “Because I played basketball for years and we were always getting injured.” […]