Category Archives: East Village

WHY I MISS JUNKIES by Peter Nolan Smith

Most New Yorkers depend on air-conditioning during the summer heat waves, however AC always felt to me, as if a dirty old man from the Arctic was breathing down my neck and that dirty old man wasn’t Santa Claus. Truthfully I liked the heat and any temperature under 92 was survivable with the aid of […]

What Would Johnny Thunders Do?

What would Johnny Thunders do in these times? Sable Starr and a bag of Chinese Rocks. To hear CHINESE ROCKS by Johnny Thunders and Heartbreakers, please go this URL

Belated Happy Birthday Cookie Mueller

Today Marcus Leatherdale wished the late Cookie Mueller happy birthday. The Baltimore-born starlette of many John Water’s films passed from this life back in 1989. Cookie exalted in her childhood home stuck between the woods, a state mental hospital, and the railroad tracks. “There was no way I could turn good against those odds.” The […]

KLAUS NOMI LIGHTNING

A blizzard struck Manhattan on February 4, 1978. The snowstorm closed the city within the first hours. The streets became impassable for cars soon afterwards, as 100 mph winds buried the sidewalks under 5-foot drifts. My hillbilly girlfriend and I were trapped in our East Village apartment for days. The gas stove’s four burners prevented […]

WHEN FAT MEN FLY by Peter Nolan Smith Chapter 2

Two days before New Year’s Eve Sookie and Marie arrived at Wayne’s house. The two girls wore matching white leather jackets, mini-skirts, knee-high boots, and turtleneck sweater. They were excited about their first trip to the big city and Marie asked Wayne’s mom, “Do we look like sisters?” “Like Eva and Zsa-Zsa Gabor.” Wayne’s mom […]