The Candidates: Borough President

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. — Franklin D. Roosevelt So, change is in the air. It’s not that Manhattan is a conservative place. It’s not. We all have friends, you know, mostly old white guys who still compliment women on how […]

Rainy Street Stories

John Davis …, now retired after 40 years of service to our country, has just completed a book of poetry, essays and remembrances that give us, the readers, a glimpse of the secret world of espionage war…–D. Clark MacPherson, SoHo Journal. Poet and counterspy John W. Davis has written a cache of messages about deceit […]

Affordable Housing

“I just love real estate.” — Donald Trump In a recent article published in The Real Deal a landlord bemoaned the fact that a rent-stabilized apartment tenant wasn’t paying rent and he had no incentive to get him out. The landlord could no longer increase the rent once the tenant left. All of this was […]

The State of SoHo

“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”  ― Albert Camus Sometimes it’s better just to show you what’s really going on. Despite the fact that the pandemic seems to be abating somewhat and that the tourists have minimally returned, we still have a way to go. So, I decided to walk […]

Politics as Usual

“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.” — Nikita Krushchev With Donald Trump and his tribe attempting to re-group in Florida, Biden has moved forward with only a few mentions of the January 6th riot. And, in the Hamptons, little has been said about […]

SoHo’s Grand Hotels

There was a girl knocking on my hotel room door all night. Finally I let her out.” — Henny Youngman      Apparently, the lack of tourists and grounded flights from Europe are finally starting to have an effect. SoHo hotels are feeling the pinch. The Trump SoHo project which was initially envisioned as a condo, […]

The Snow Job

“I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.“ — Henry Bukowski I think it was at the beginning of my third year in prison that I’d decided I had a problem with Truth. Having written copiously about political corruption in SoHo and in the Hamptons, I knew […]

The State of SoHo

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out…” — Hunter Thompson Masked men and women proliferate as the stores have lines outside as people […]

Covid Redux

“New York is not the place that it was. Everyone’s leaving.” — Donald Trump As the helicopters flew overhead, no doubt searching for wayward protestors, West Broadway was like a walk down memory lane. Several of the restaurants were closed and gone while others were holding on, no doubt in anticipation of the second round […]


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