Category Archives: NEW YORK

WALK LIKE A WOMAN by Peter Nolan Smith

Billy Wilder’s film SOME LIKE IT HOT was a funny movie, but I didn’t think much about men dressing up as woman, until my next-door neighbor asked me in his basement, “Who you think is prettier? Jack Lemmon or Tony Curtis?” “Neither.” The year was 1964 and men in dresses weren’t pretty to twelve year-old […]

SCHNORER / BET ON CRAZY by Peter Nolan Smith

On a late October afternoon in 1994 I hurried from the subway to the diamond exchange on 47th Street. A cold drizzle dampened the sidewalk. My leather jacket fought off the cold and my boots prevented the wet from touching my feet. It was 9:25 and I would have arrived to work on time, except […]

SUKKOT / BET ON CRAZY

Two years ago the Diamond District on 47th Street was dead on the high holiday of Sukkot. All throughout the shetls of Williamsburg families were commemorating the Hebrews’ wandering in the desert after the Exodus in Egypt by setting up sukkahs or outside dwelling to symbolize the tents on that decades-long journey to find someplace […]

Hey Louie Hey

Studio 54 had famous guests such as Liza Minelli, Andy Warhol, Halston, and Michael Jackson, but anyone who was grooving on the scene ignored those fame whores for Larry, who sold ludes. 2 for $5. No historians know his name. Larry knew how to keep his sand. “Who wants ludes?” ps fuck the rich. fuck […]

Celebrating The End of Christianity

Fireworks on the East River echoed across Brooklyn to Fort Greene. October 5. Fireworks for what? I googled the date for a clue. I found that in 1793 revolutionary France rejected Christianity. Ca va, ouais! Fuck God. Further researched revealed the pyrotechnical display was for the Association of Indians in America. A little of a […]