Tag Archives: 47th street

BET ON CRAZY – THE FOUR CS By Peter Nolan Smith [Kindle Edition]

In 1990 a friend in the New York’s Diamond District asked me to help him at his exchange. I knew nothing about diamonds other than Superman could squeeze coal to create them. Coal was a diamond after intense pressure changed its density. At first that was all I knew, but I slowly learned about the […]

BET ON CRAZY 1 by Peter Nolan Smith

I knew very little about diamonds as a child other than Superman could transform coal into diamonds with a squeeze of his hand and my father had bought a diamond ring for my mother. It was a hundredth of the size of the diamonds that Superman never gave to Lois Lane, but my mother loved […]

THE GUILT OF MOTHERS by Peter Nolan Smith

Back in the 90s I deserted New York to spend the Christmas holidays with my family on the South Shore. Despite my abandoned God as a child my mother persisted in requesting my attendance at Midnight Mass. It was a small sacrifice to the woman who brought me into this world and I always said, […]

BET ON CRAZY / The Blue Diamond Affair

In the autumn of 2008 Richie Boy opened our jewelry store in the Plaza Hotel’s Retail Collection. I thought we were going to coin a fortune. The Plaza was a legend. Rich people stayed there. It didn’t take me long to see a disaster looming on the horizon. The American economy was in the can […]

SOME CHOWDAH, BOBBY by Peter Nolan Smith

Last holiday season Richie Boy had hired me to help with sales and schlepping merchandise between dealers and jewelers. Hlove and I worked together to make sales, but business on 47th Street was murder. There was no foot traffic and my old customers hated the street and all the hawkers shilling to buy gold. “Back […]