Category Archives: NEW YORK

Bowie Ball

Several years ago I received an invitation to the Bowie Ball. A homage to David Bowie’s Glam Years on Columbus Day at Le Poisson Rouge or Red Fish. I had nothing to wear. My gold Elvis suit is history. My platform shoes were tossed in 1975. I was so out I can never be in […]

Times Square Of Yore

Close to 300,000 people pass through Times Square every day. A good percentage are commuters heading to the Port Authority bus terminal and the rest are tourists, who come to gawk at the theaters’ bright lights, shop at the name-brand stores, and dine at the chain restaurants. Times Square wasn’t always that safe for citizens. […]

KOSHER CHINESE FOOD by Peter Nolan Smith

After Valentine’s Day business on 47th Street slowed to a halt. The rich were vacationing in St. Barts and Palm Beach. Oil bills taxed normal New Yorkers to the bone and purchasing a diamond was the last thing on most people’s mind in a bad economy during the harshest winter in modern memory. Hlove the […]

Times Square Babylon Then

Rent boys. Hookers on the Strip. Flesh peddlers. Martinis at Hojos. And let’s not forget the pimps. And now. No more Babylon. But it was something. And we all knew that.

Oh Poor Babylon

This month I’ve had a number of opportunities to pass through Times Square. Each time I’m shocked by the gross commercialization of an infamous sex entrepot. Go-Go bars have been replaced by Starbucks. Old movie theaters are shopping malls for uniform fashion and tawdry clip joints have been replaced by mainstream eateries serving GMO food. […]