Category Archives: holiday

2015 Amok

Last New Year’s Eve I stayed off the streets of New York. Many people call the celebration ‘amateurs’ night and Joel Goodman’s photograph of Manchester’s last night of 2015 holiday showed the veracity of that comment in spades. Drunks everywhere. The coppers battling drunks. Drunks strewn across the street. Ah, 2016 NYE I barely knew […]

The First Day Of 2016

After babysitting at the Fort Greene Observatory I woke early on the first day of 2016 and rushed to catch the 9:45 from Grand Central Terminal to Dutchess County. The subway was uncrowded and Lexington Avenue was devoid of people other than early morning risers searching coffee and a bagel. I caught the train with […]

New Year’s Resolutions 2015

Every January 1st millions of Americans vow to better their lives and the world. The Top Ten New Year’s resolutions rarely differ from year to year, since few people ever realize these impossible resolutions. Last year I made no resolutions.

Boxing Day

Boxing Day is a strictly English holiday dating back to the Middle Ages when the lower class received hand-outs from their feudal overlords. In early capitalist era customers dropped coins for the workers into a shop’s clay pot and on December 26 the high-class owners would dole out the year’s bonus to their underpaid workers, […]

BOXING DAY ON THE BOWERY by Peter Nolan Smith

Boxing Day has been celebrated on the day after Christmas in the UK and host of Commonwealth nations such as Australia, Canada, Ghana, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Kenya, Guyana, Trinidad , Tobago, and Jamaica since the 1830s. For years I thought ‘Boxing Day’ was when the aristocratic rich gave the poor ornate empty boxes […]