Category Archives: NEW YORK

The Source Of The Gowanus Canal

The native Lenape Indian tribe had fished and hunted the Gowanus Creek since the Ice Age. Gowanus Creek was first explored by Henry Hudson and Giovanni da Verrazzano. The Dutch bought the land to raise tobacco and later built a grist mill to process wheat and corn. The Dutch also harvested oysters by the billions. […]

30 Years From Nomi

Thirty years ago my good friend Klaus Sperber aka Klaus Nomi passed from this world. This photos hang on my wall. He is never far from my thoughts as well as my many friends and family missing from the Here-Now. Catch him in the following URL of YOU DON’T OWN ME, please go to the […]

Watch The Steps / Hurrah Nightclub

Throughout the late 1970s Hurrah was New York’s premier punk/new wave dance hall with DJs filling in between the live bands such as the Damned, Buzzcocks, Dead Boys, Klaus Nomi along with Divine in the off-Broadway exploitative prison play WOMEN BEHIND BARS. Jim Fouratt hired me to work the front door. Haoui Montaug handled the […]


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 […]

15 SECONDS WITH ANDY WARHOL by Peter Nolan Smith

When I was a kid, Campbell’s Tomato Soup tasted home-made, especially if milk was added as suggested by the directions. Everyone ate it in 1964; the rich, the poor, the in-between, and twelve year-old boys like me, so I was pleased to read in LIFE Magazine that a New York artist had painted large portraits […]