Category Archives: friends


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 […]

ENTREZ NOUS by Peter Nolan Smith

January 1983 was a good month to get out of New York. The NYPD wanted to interrogate me about a murder and police corruption at the Continental Club on West 25th Street. While the case was a year old and the killer’s trail had gone cold, Sgt…. Ferguson thought I knew more than I was […]

CHICKEN MESSIAHS by Peter Nolan Smith

Several years ago the media covered a story about rat-infested aGreenwich Village KFC. The stock for Yum Corp, which owns the fast food chain along with Taco Bell, dropped fifty cents on the NYSE with the negative news and I felt bad, because for several years I had been a quality control inspector for KFC […]


“Why don’t we do this tomorrow?” I was happy in my SRO room on West 11th Street. “B Last January my good friend Alan Lage passed into eternity after a long life on planet Earth. I was listening to the Youngbloods’ GET TOGETHER and thought back to meeting ‘Jim Rockford’ on Moonlight Beach in the […]

Stefania Fumo Photograph / Journalist / Cineste

Stefania Fumo went into exile several years ago. She was in love. Her husband and she crossed the equator to live in the capitol. They ended up in his native Argentina. His home city Buenos Aires meant Good Air in Spanish. The relationship lasted a couple of seasons of better and worse, then he broke […]