Category Archives: brooklyn

A Night Without Northen Lights

From my roof I sought the northern lights The moon shone silver in the clear night keeping the aurora borealis out of sight banning the promised show from a city too bright. clouds soon blanketed the heavens with a soft white disappointed I descended from the the roof’s heights to my room and drink beer […]

55 REMSEN by Peter Nolan Smith

In the fall of 1975 I worked as a substitute teacher at South Boston High School. The city’s school system was torn by busing riots. Poor white kids attended school in poor black neighborhoods and vice versa. No one went to classes, unless the TV crews showed up to interview a politician, then the white […]

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 […]