Helene Hanff and a Letter From New York

July 7th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

A friend sent me a copy of Helene Hanff’s Letter From New York. What a pleasure. She’s writing about New York in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. I moved back to New York and New York City in 1981, I think it was. I was here when she was here! She describes a New York that was already starting to disappear, although theatre (not like it was) and dog communities are still here, and other things will never change. She also writes with a certain timelessness. But I was into punk rock when she was writing, and CBGB’s, and soon after that, the internet. But I chase concerts in churches the way she did, and bemoan the fact that they are no longer free.

I was thinking if I described my New York, people in their twenties would have a similar reaction. I’m living in a bygone city. Actually, people in their twenties are now all out in Brooklyn, which I’ve always loved, but still don’t spend a lot of time in, out of sheer laziness.

Depending on which block I walk to the subway, I pass by these guys. The owner puts them out on the street daily to see the sights.

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Electrocution and Weird Things I learned Researching Blackwell’s Island

July 1st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Elbridge T. Gerry, one of the founders of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, was a member of a three man commission whose job was to find a more humane method of execution than hanging. I originally had a chapter about a hanging on Blackwell’s so I wanted to learn what is was like to be hung, (it’s horrible). This led me to the commission to find an alternative.

They explored and ultimately went with electrocution. The first experiments were on dogs, (poor puppies) but they realized the amount of current would have to be adjusted for people. So they electrocuted a 124 1/5 pound calf at Thomas Edison’s laboratory in New Jersey (sob). A doctor from the Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s witnessed and dissected the calf afterwards.

Elbridge Gerry was also a lawyer for the ASPCA, where I now work! I don’t see how he could have okayed such experiments. Except, if they believed electrocution was humane, I imagine they thought they weren’t hurting the animals. Still.

I took this at the park on the East River, while on lunch break from the ASPCA.

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The View Outside My Window Right Now

June 30th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Holy shit. These guys are outside my window right now taking pictures of the front of the building. Someone asked them what they were doing and they said, “Yes, this is kinda awkward, it’s for a project,” but gave no details. I’m barely dressed and I just immediately closed the curtains. Damnit. I want the sun and the breeze.

Hello? Go away please!

Yay! They’re shooting a little further down now. I can pull back the curtains again.

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Looks like I Can Stop Worrying About Bleecker and the Kittens

June 24th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

In the five years I’ve had Bleecker I have never seen this side of him.

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Bodhi and Bali’s Home During the Day

June 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

While I’m at work I put the kittens in the bedroom, to limit the trouble they can get into, and to keep Bleecker away from them until I know for sure they all get along all the time.

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