Category Archives: NEW YORK

Johnny Rotten Lives

In the winter of 1977 GOD SAVE THE QUEEN hit the jukebox of CBGB’s. Punk had gone international. The song was #1 on the UK charts without getting airplay and the Sex Pistols further immortalized the hit by playing the nihilistic anthem on a Thames River cruise. The band never performed in New York, but the words to ANARCHY […]

Pablo Was No Asshole

Pablo Picasso’s career spanned decades, highlighted by GUERNICA depicting the fascist bombing of the Basque city. I saw the anti-war painting once. Maybe at the Modern Art Museum in New York. His ‘blue’ period painting were easier to hang on a wall than his Goya knock-off, but I’d love an Picasso, for the only valuable […]

Times of Nothing

Thanks to Daylight Savings Time sunset came an hour later this evening. I like the extra hour, but hate the winter shift of an hour. Several years ago I was working at a diamond store off 5th Avenue. A good address. Not 47th Street. Dusk was always a little scary from November to March and […]

TRANNY TRICK OR TREAT by Peter Nolan Smith

My friend Richard is teaching school in Saudi Arabia. He says it sucks, but he’s coining good money. He asked if I want to join him. If all else fails, “Why not?” Saudi Arabia is closer to Thailand than New York. He sent an old joke yesterday. A man is in bed with his Thai […]

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre / BET ON CRAZY by Peter Nolan Smith

Every Valentine’s Day diamond dealers and jewelers on 47th Street anticipated a winter spending spree by lovers for their loved ones, but each year of the 21st Century the sales numbers dropped drastically, as the economic downturn cut into everyone’s surplus, but the rich. Valentine afternoon in February 2011 shoppers crammed the chocolatiers along 5th […]