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by Marvin V. Arnett
Seeing Socrates

by Zack Pelta-Heller
Antihistamines

by June Coleman Magrab
Getting More Than My Teeth Cleaned

by Hal Sirowitz
The Blind Photographing the Blind

by Amy Shearn
The Midtown Report: Waiting For Todd and Buffy

by J. Paul Ghetto
My Current Favorite School

by Emily Baierl
Pink Eye

by Iris Smyles
Monkey Bars For a Jail

by Hal Sirowitz
Must Love Brooklyn

by Tara McCarthy Altebrando
Dreaming about Jones Beach, 1944

by June Coleman Magrab
The Dirt on Vets

by Molly McCloy
Man Maid

by Liza Monroy
A Scene from Maiden Lane

by Marian Hailey-Moss
Foxy Kropotkin

by Bonny Finberg
Miller and Joey and the Exploding Korma

by Ken Krimstein
Double-Crostic

by Lisa Bergtraum
Fish Guts & Glory

by Lucy Baker
You Want My Ball?

by Saki Knafo
Rita: A Baton Rouge Diary, Part 6

by Johnny Adriani
Fiberglass Dogs

by Griffin Hansbury
Mop Her Up: Homeless at the Vertical Club

by Mickey Z.
Milton: Alternative Abuses for the Yarmulke

by Richard Grayson
Two Stories About Teaching in Queens

by Hal Sirowitz
Brand New Leather Jacket

by Wayne G.
Katrina: A Baton Rouge Diary, Part 5

by Johnny Adriani
Katrina: A Baton Rouge Diary, Part 4

by Johnny Adriani
Hugging Away the Dishwasher

by Mélanie Griot
Two Feet of Slippery Vinyl

by Marla Lehner
Katrina: A Baton Rouge Diary, Part 3

by Johnny Adriani
The Conduct Slip

by Michelle Kane
The First Client I've Wanted to Kiss

by Mistress X
The Truth About Christmas Eve

by Fontae W.
Found: Tyrannosaurus Rex

by Patrick Gallagher
Introduction to Katrina: A Baton Rouge Diary

by The Editors
Katrina: A Baton Rouge Diary, Part 2

by Johnny Adriani
Katrina: A Baton Rouge Diary, Part 1

by Johnny Adriani
Siddhartha of Central Booking

by Patrick Gallagher; Photos by Stephen Hoban
Ex Post Facto Intro

by Patrick Gallagher; Photos by Stephen Hoban
An Open Letter to Paul Wellstone

by Max Gordon
Convergence

by Jessica Frank
A Cab Driver Prepares

by Andy Christie
At the Edge of the Frozen Zone

by Christine Nieland
Pregnant and Protesting The Lion King

by David Michaelson
Vacation as Defiance

by Pamela Grossman
RNC Email Diary

by LL Smooth J as told to Stephen Hoban
New York Public Library Order Display

by Julia Nevarez
A Waitress on the Convention Floor

by Martha Burzynski
A Specter is Haunting Williamsburg

by Emily Clark
Smiling at the Rain

by Eric C. Novack
Dog vs. Duck

by Gabriel Cohen
The Sea-Green Incorruptible

by Luc Sante
Chronicle of a Divorce Foretold

by Debbie Gershenowitz
Sweat: The Fortified Connoisseur

by Saki Knafo
Dante's Traveling Inferno

by Fran Giuffre
The Red Room

by Maya Cadwell
Dissent is a Marathon . . . Not a Sprint

by Mickey Z.
Cleanup in Aisle Five

by Chris Sullivan
Should Have Worn Boots

by Alicia Sanzica
Remembering Gimbel's

by Mickey Z.
Subway Redemption

by Marla Lehner
My Name in a Book of Matches

by Sairy Gold
The Crayola of Misfortune

by Maya Cadwell
Industrial Ruins, Digital Gallery: An Interview with Lowell Boileau

by Patrick Gallagher
Goose Bumps: Oil Fields and Air Conditioning at Film Anthology

by Vinicius Rodrigues
Reflections on Glass

by Andie Miller
Inhaling the Distractions on the Yellow Interstate

by Sophia Israetel
Fairway, Once Green

by Elyssa East
Justice at the Parking Meter

by Johanna Garfield
Bowling and Betrayal in 1964

by Andy Christie
Rear Guard: Right Guard

by Luke Krueger
Detroit Tourists

by Margaret Wilkie
My Life as a Kid: A Nostalgic Look Back on Raves in the 1990's

by Patrick Gallagher
The House of Carpati

by Michelle Zaffino
Today's Prophet of Misery

by Katia Mossin
Lesbian Night in Ferndale, MI

by Julie Lanway
Exchanging Vices with the McDonald's Breakfast Crowd

by James Braly
11 Years to Go: A Daughter Learns the Piano

by Candy Schulman
A Tale of Three Landlords

by Gabriel Cohen
XXX Father's Day

by Fran Giuffre
Footlight Records

by Thomas Beller
Eugenia

by Abigail R. Esman
The Non-A**hole

by Lia Norton
The Sawed-Off Past

by Abby Thomas
TuCan: The $1 Kingdom

by Laurie Rosenwald
Morning at the Morningstar

by Stephen R. Johnson
The Difference Between Chickens and Goats

by Daniel Nester
The Shave

by Joseph Scalia
Girlfriendless at the Grocery Market

by Evangelos Vasilakis
Flushwick

by Tony Antoniadis
SWF Seeks Dream Apt.

by Liza Monroy
Exercise Astronauts!

by Naomi Semeniuk
Until It's Over

by J.B. McGeever
Letter From Bedford-Stuyvesant

by Denise Campbell
You Must Really Want It

by Marie Sabatino
The View From My Mother's Hospital Room

by Bonnie Ellman
Doin’ the Pigeon

by Marian Hailey-Moss
Sharon and the Falafel

by Iris Smyles
Big Apple for the Teacher

by J.B. McGeever
The Northern Dispensary

by Kenneth Hamner
Tulips in the Dark

by Thomas Beller
Blue Disco

by Laura Silver
Pizza: An Owner's Manual

by Iris Smyles
MY SCHEDULE C FATHER

by Carol Forget
JFK on Broadway

by Patricia Bosworth
Sullivan Street News

by Abigail R. Esman
Filing Away

by Kate Walter
The Doorman's Double Life & Benitez

by Mr. Murphy
Art Star Wars

by Ken Paprocki
My Own Private Vonnegut

by Matthew Wills
The Whistler

by Ellen Moynihan
Waiting On My Agent

by Jill Bauerle
Bollywood at Radio City

by Ron Chowdhury
Shooting Fitty

by Matthew Roberts
Pictures of Electronic Ed, Circa 2002

by Josh Gilbert
Magic Hair

by Winnifred Choi
Some Light, Some Don't

by Pia Ehrhardt
Four Stores and Fifty Years Ago

by Tina Portelli
I Got Gooned

by Daniel Maurer
A Reading with Joe Tarot

by Annie Bruno
Editorial Associate Needed Starting October, 2007

by lines
Pete's Gun

by Mickey Z.
On Eavesdropping

by Debra Castellano
Fashion Week Frustration

by Matthew Roberts
The Gates, in Context

by Mindy Aloff
Wagner in the Park

by Jerome Eric Copulsky
Letting Loose at Spectrum

by Anne C. Wheeler
The Doorman's Double Life, #2

by Mr. Murphy
Roshomon on the 1/9 Train

by David Holbrook & Thomas Beller
Brookti & Me: A Story of Adoption, Episode #2

by Betsy Berne
Love and Heartbreak in New York

by Coastal
The Butcher Shift--a Gotham Hazing.

by C. Marisol de la Rosa
Something about Ricky Powell, via a guy named Mike

by Thomas Beller
Kind of

by David Holbrooke
Love and Bridges

by Jasmine Dreame Wagner
Blinking at The Kiev

by Victoria Reggio
Sunset Panic

by Sam Booker
Leonardo DiCaprio and Clair Danes in Baz Luhrman's "Romeo and Juliet"

by Thomas Beller
Just Used: Altruism and Punishment on the MTA

by Jessica Wapner
The Doorman's Double Life

by Mr. Murphy
The Joys of Picking Trash

by Aaron Wolfe
Brookti & Me: A Story of Adoption

by Betsy Berne
When the Guard Was the Guard

by Peter F. Eder
The Christmas Letter

by Linda Umans
Stories about Hair

by Many Different Writers
All Hail Pale Male

by Thomas Beller
The Bush Tree in Philly

by Matthew Roberts
Elvis is the in the Building

by Ariel Leve
A Little Bit of Smut

by Four Writers
To the woman on craigslist who wanted to know the difference between ‘booty call’ and ‘f*ck buddy.’

by Vince Passaro
The Local F*ck

by A. Leigh
Mocking People Who Vote Differently Than You

by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
The Doll Hospital

by Nelly Reifler
The Doll Hospital

by Nelly Reifler
Memoirs of the Kerry Administration

by Thomas Beller
Spinning Out of Control

by Fran Giuffre
"Thank you for helping save democracy."

by Thomas Beller
The Kerry Pumpkin and Realistic Street

by Thomas Beller
Where is Peter Sellers When You Need Him?

by Thomas Beller
Talking to Folmar Gun & Pawn, in Tallahassee, FL.

by Thomas Beller
Driving with Signs

by Thomas Beller
The Other Sinclair

by Thomas Beller
A Bar Called Denial

by Dara Colwell
The Religious Life of Objects

by Kim McCaffery
Post Oaks in Pelham Bay Park

by Bram Gunther
The Community Bookstore

by Christopher Hacker
Players

by Jennifer Sears
A Day with the Delegates from Texas

by Debbie Nathan
Bjork in New York.

by Thomas Beller
Good Vibrations

by Stacy Pershall
About a Toy

by Paul Felten
Esteban Vicente Works Alone

by Thomas Beller
"The Priest and the Acolyte"

by Peter Cooper
Peter Vallone and The Allies

by Mickey Z.
Printing up Resumes

by Lorimer Kolb
The Pole Greasers

by Vestal McIntyre
The NY Companion Bird Club Bites Back

by Roxana Darnell
The Afflicted

by Said Sayrafiezadeh
Uncle Ayman's Hot Dog Stand

by Courtney Coveney
Gas to Go

by Catherine Price
Death Masks at Ground Zero

by Kendra Hurley
Goons of New York

by Jean Paul Cativiela
The Joseph LaRose Shoe Collection

by Betsy Berne
Strikers in an Alley

by Thomas Beller
Straight Talk on Hair Village

by Rachel Sherman
Cubicles Are Six Feet High

by Tracy Marx
A Night in the Psychiatric ER

by Stacy Pershall
Karaoke Fever at Spectrum

by Angela Cardinale
Vice President of Procurement

by Matthew Roberts
B-Man: The Next Door Neighbor From Hell

by Kristin B.
Creole Commuting

by Claudine Corbanese
Confessions of an Accidental Voyeur

by Mickey Z.
Count Down in Red Hook

by Patrick J. Sauer
Arbor Day for Rudy

by Matt Power
Closing Time

by Thomas Beller
Co-op Confessional

by Catherine Price
The Comeback

by Peter Nolan Smith
Going Home to Maine

by Mary Phillips-Sandy
Palpating the Margins at Otto

by Noah Raizman
Columbia University's Cash Cow Is Disgruntled

by Angela Cardinale
The Brewbar Break-up

by Christopher Hacker
Sabina meets Kao Yang in the Dark.

by Kao Yang
Outsiders at the Outsider Art Fair

by Michael Rymer
Chico's Loisaida

by David Gerlach
The New Man of Perry Ellis

by Betsy Berne
Golf is Vile: A Jock Opera in the land of Sir and Ma'am

by Thomas Beller
Before and After: Stories From New York

by Over Fifty Writers
Portrait Of The Bagel As A Young Man

by Thomas Beller
LE GAMIN

by Annie Bruno
On The Aesthetics of Urban Walking and Writing

by Phillip Lopate
Firemen and Kosher Salt

by Sairy Gold
Notes from the Audobon Society, Part 2

by E.J. McAdams
For the Birds

by Angela Cardinale
A Dance With Spalding Gray

by Neda Pourang
The Passion of the Anti-Christ

by Said Sayrafiezadeh
Bucket Boy

by Matthew Roberts
The Lost Art of Haggling

by Amy Zimmer
A Conversation with Richard Ashcroft

by Thomas Beller
Knickerbocker Village

by Phillip Lopate
Mel Gibson's Passion for Blood

by Thomas Beller
Death Visits the Waterfront

by Phillip Lopate
Loveseats & Sex Crimes

by Maura Kelly
Harlem on My Mind

by Denise Campbell
Spare Change with Bullets

by Peter L. Strauss
Cat and Prostitute, 1969

by Hadley Price
Personal Space in the 181st Street Elevator

by Rebecca Toby Letz
Ghetto Superstar Maurice Ashley (He Plays Chess)

by Robin McDowell
On the Anniversary of Not Seeing Her Again

by Alex Jablonski
Do Black Children Scare You?

by Michelle J. Lee
Grant's Tomb

by David Michaelis
The Going Away Party

by Jay Blotcher
Something About Turtles

by Thomas Beller
Crossing the Pulaski Bridge

by Fritz Buehner
Blackout '77: Conclusion

by James Goodman
The Harmonie Club

by Thomas Beller
In Schrafft's

by W.H. Auden
Secret Shelter

by Tess Wilkinson-Ryan
Life on a Park Avenue Balcony

by Adrian Dannatt
Girls: Use Only as Directed

by Abigail A. Frankfurt
Making It

by Kendra Hurley
Scenes from Graham Avenue

by Ellen Finnigan
Metropolitan Diary

by Kevin Kinsella
Mr. Cheese and the Pajama Party

by Diedre K.
E-mailing Ellen

by Anna Marrian
Blackout '77: Part II

by James Goodman
Why There Is Rust

by Stan Friedman
The Dynamite Brothers Meet The Slapper

by Snooder Greenberg
Today's Publishing: Better by the Book or by the Web?

by MATTHEW MIRAPAUL
New York Orientation Part II: On Not Getting the Job

by Greg Purcell
The Deli Wars

by Ona Rynearson
The Hot Dog Wars

by Thomas Beller
Who's Got The Biggest Balls Of Them All?

by Abigail A. Frankfurt
Catnap

by Elizabeth Frankenberger
BLACKOUT '77: Part 1

by James Goodman
The Condiment War

by Daniel Maurer
5 Blurry Women

by Shannon Greer
Loose Tiles

by Jonathan Ames
Segway Sightings

by Maud Newton
A Playbunny Speaks Her Piece

by David Gerlach
No Perfect Words

by Nava Renek
The Boiler Makers, Putnam Securities, and Eliot Spitzer's Game

by Matthew Roberts
Dear Ms. Occupant

by Cynthia Weiner
The Whitney Party

by zantine
The Hummer Files

by a variety of people
Captain Z. and the Blackout

by Eugenia Klopsis
Make Clothes, Not War: Notes From Fashion Week

by Pamela Grossman
Brief Glimpses of Jonas Mekas

by Paul Felten
Russian President Putin Stops for a Donut in Chelsea

by Thomas Beller
George Plimpton

by Thomas Beller
My Sister's Diary

by John Kim
Things Inside My Head

by Sarah Fay
The Vampire Upstairs

by Karen Tina Harrison
The Office in the Afternoon

by tt teirney
The Fight Over 99 Orchard Street

by Said Sayrafiezadeh
New York Orientation: Part One

by Greg Purcell
Reunion in Darkness

by A. Leigh
Blackout '03: Your Turtle Needs a Place to Rest

by Amy Brill
Schooling the Teacher

by Dan Storchan
The Drano Kids

by Natalie M.
The Next Door Neighbor from Hell

by Kristin B.
The Red Light

by Keilla P.
Taking Orders (Next)

by Shavel M.
Event Horizon & The Baby Blue Jordans

by Llanira G.
The Truth about Christmas Eve

by Fontae W.
My Damn Sister

by Cinetra C.
Parades

by Aundrea C.
Street Fight

by Miguel C.
Rivers of Tears

by Jessica D.
A Change in Time

by Shyla C.
The Old Lady on the Steps

by Mike W.
A Day of Kindness

by Krystle C.
The Irony of Identity

by Jerrod S.
Snapped

by Antonio C.
The Beheading of a Bank Manager

by Matthew Roberts
The Mestizas

by Debbie Nathan
The Kept Boy

by John Epperson
Unleashed

by Bram Gunther
Others Might Cry Insanity

by Joe Rein
Camp Camelot

by Diana Halle Gordon
Rockaway Beach Memoirs

by Fran Giuffre
The Art of Tipping

by Said Sayrafiezadeh
World Gym

by Robert Reynolds
Gangland in Greenpoint

by Colin P. Delaney

by Joe Rein
The Hubris of Youth

by Joe Rein
The Cost of Silence

by Joshua M. Bernstein
Drama at Dramatics

by Rachel Pine
Smalls is Dead

by Maura Kelly
Village Car Wash

by the man with the funny camera
The Other Church Lady

by Sara Shepard
The Rudolf Hearing

by Alan Ditmore
Stillman's Gym: The Center of the Boxing Universe

by Joe Rein
Inventing Life Stories

by Abigail R. Esman
War and Peace in Bryant Park

by The Man with the Funny Camera
Summer Expectations

by Robert Bingham
Kate Millett Versus Elizabeth Wurtzel at the 10th St. Lounge

by Reid Smith

by Thomas Beller
Notes From the New East Harlem

by Periel Aschenbrand
National Tartan Day in New York

by Cathryn Drake
The Return of John Starks

by Thomas Beller
side stage and backstage at the jicks may 15 Irving Plaza

by the man with the funny camera
Evan's Ramp

by Jocko Weyland
The Ghost of Rem Koolhaas

by the man with the funny camera
Forts and Fortifications

by Lee R. Unterborn
Why Pay $36.09 for Rancid Chicken?

by Stephen J. Dubner
The Auditioners

by the man with the funny camera
Kip, before his days with TV ON THE RADIO, at Clovis Books

by the man with the funny camera
Wartime in Williamsburg

by Maud Newton
Saying Goodbye to Myself

by Eugenia Klopsis
Anti-War: Report from the U.S. Provinces

by Susan Connell-Mettauer
Tupperware with a Twist

by Dorothy Spears
The Zeta Jones Stake-Out

by Matthew Roberts
Going to Washington D.C.

by Said Sayrafiezadeh
Dewey Defeats No One

by French Clements, a.k.a. Dewey
One Hour Till Midnight at the Post office

by Thomas Beller
The Ayatollah of Nueva York

by Debbie Nathan
The Red Shoes

by Kathleen Widdoes
War and Duane Reade

by Said Sayrafiezadeh
Scumbags with Cameras

by Thomas Beller
The New York--Baghdad Connection

by Said Sayrafiezadeh
A Real Bomb in America’s Secret War

by Nhek Sarin
The Ribald and Defiant

by Matthew Roberts
The Fracas at Washington Square Park

by Sam Lipsyte
Take Your Pick: A Rally or a Movie Today?

by Vivian Barsanti
The Day The War Started

by Gerald Howard
Notes and Pictures From An Anti-War Rally

by Thomas Beller
One of the Singer Girls

by Fran Giuffre
Mediterranean Nights

by Sairy Gold
Con Men

by Said Shirazi
Swimming Women

by Annie Bruno
The (Chinese) Gangs of New York

by Mark Jacobson
Any Given Sunday

by Nina D'Amario
Please Don't Touch the Dancers

by Alex Simon
Snowfall

by Jonathan Ames
The Man Who Ran Me Over with His Car is Dying

by Elizabeth Grove
K-Hole at Columbia

by Evan Butler
Lypsinka Speaks!

by John Epperson
Bubby's Departure

by Josh Gilbert
Cristina

by Snooder Greenberg
More Than A Woman

by Suzan Sherman
High Noon at the B-29

by Zaphra Reskakis
Burrito

by Jocko Weyland
Room With A View

by Stacia J.N. Decker
The Neighbor Downstairs

by Kate Walter
Butch And Nancy

by Jenni Olson
Bronx Swans

by Bram Gunther
The Plight of the Organized

by Richard Eoin Nash
Saturday Morning at Puffy's

by Erich Eisenegger
The Prescription Scam Investigation

by Stephen Arrendell
Ladies & Gentlemen at the Rally

by Debbie Nathan
Ambulance Driver

by Jeff Tolson Interviewed by John Bowe
Tom's Restaurant

by Vince Passaro
Say It In Yiddish

by Michael Chabon
French Kissing The Cab Driver

by Maura Kelly
I Ran Away to Manhattan with a Rich Girl

by Abbey Castle
Liv Ullman's Mouth

by Thomas Beller
A Small Price to Pay

by V.K. Scott
To the Man Who Forgot his New Books on the Subway Platform at Lincoln Center

by Carolyn Murnick
Defending Dave's Wall

by Dave Prager
Milk & Chocolate

by Elisha Cooper
Billy Blanks Owes Me $150

by Mickey Z.
The Slap of Love (Part 2)

by Michael Cunningham
The Slap of Love (Part 1)

by Michael Cunningham
The Parakeet Book

by Josh Kramer
It's a...

by Thomas Cushman
A Bipolar Year

by David Handelman
Everybody Poops

by Sabin Streeter
Letters to the Principal

by Dorothy Spears
Shelivedinpublic.Com

by Carolyn Murnick
Razing the Fillmore

by Kate Walter
Hurrah's

by Robert Nedelkoff
My Father's Hat

by Melissa Price
On Cleaning: An Interview With My Mother

by Betsy Berne
On the Steps of Club Salmagundi

by Adam Brightman
The Model Apartment

by Erich Eisenegger
The Flushometer (plink, plink)

by Lisa Bergtraum
The Scream

by Elizabeth Frankenberger
I Found a Man in Central Park

by Fiona Capuano
Introduction to the Brooklyn Maps

by Thomas Beller
Why Won't You Learn Chinese?

by Brenda Lin
How Do You Want It?

by Rene Georg Vasicek
Becoming A Badass

by Cara O'Flynn
Kansas City Justin

by A. Leigh
Farewell George’s Five-Dollar Shave

by Scott Schnipper
Crossing The Brooklyn Ferry

by Walt Whitman
Nina Talbot's Shoppers

by Nina Talbot
Old Boilers and Old Men

by Nick Mamatas
The Brie Burger

by Gabriel Marc Delahaye
The Doctor From Norfolk, Virginia

by Brook Hauser
Kristopher Medina: Stunt Double

by Interview by John Bowe
Hungry Like the Wolf

by A. Leigh
Mr. Impatient

by Tim Traynor
London Terrace Diary: In The Elevator

by Dean Smith
Behind the Counter at Ivy's Books

by Jay Pearsall
Trash Like White Elephants

by Minter Krotzer
Brother Theodore is Dead

by Nick Mamatas
The Ghost of Uncle Dick

by Text and Pictures by Josh Gilbert
The Intervention

by Jim O'Grady
A few scenes from the Pen Literary Gala

by Thomas Beller
Unhinged, Baby In Tow

by Daniel Forbes
A Tale of Two Coats

by Theodore Mann
Village Cowboys

by Deborah Soffel
July, My Love

by J.D. Arens
Turpentine Encounter

by E. Franke
Pasta Peculiar

by Richard Nash
Limousine Love Affair

by Annie Baumgarner
Ali Mcgraw on the Cross Town Bus, and Other Problems of Therapy

by M. Loomis
Pick a Pepper

by Don Weinreich
Shoot-Out at the Plaza Hotel

by Matthew Higgins
The Criminal Look on Ditmars

by Dorothy Margaret McGivney
Murder Ink Diaries

by Tom Cushman
Things We Say To Cops (Things Cops Say to Us)

by Rick Rofihe
Leon Forrest and The Baffler Fire

by Mike Newirth
Cocktail

by LindaAnn Loschiavo
Harlem Slapshot

by Carolyn Murnick
Co-Op City Blues

by Victor A. Jouvert
Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams--Well, Not Quite

by Meredith Boylan
A Scene From Two Marriages

by Kevin Murphy
Letter from Alaska

by Christopher Nicolson
Getting Che

by Susan Connell-Mettauer
The Couch Diver

by Michael Austin
The Sleepwalker

by Maura Kelly
Virgo for Hire

by Tess Wilkinson-Ryan
Mr. Faulkner is Here and He's Drunk

by Gary Counsil
The Demise of Broadway Farm

by David Handelman
Atheist Hit By Truck

by John McNulty
Three Lives Books

by Daniel Oppenheimer
Free Associating On The Upper West Side

by Leland Pitts-Gonzalez
The Lonelyhearts Patrol Group

by Eugenia Klopsis
Now Leaving Manhattan; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Brooklyn

by Hannah McCouch
Rent-Controlled Dreams

by Cara O'Flynn
Fedora

by Alfred H. Lane
Wedding Proposal At Cafe Loup

by Meghan Daum and Thomas Beller
Italian Stirrings

by Alexander Chancellor
Special Ed

by Stan Banos
Natural Selection

by Bram Gunther
Holiday Pets (Upper East Side Dogs)

by Thomas Beller
Subway Studies

by Mickey Z.
Brushes with Joe Strummer

by Jim Merlis
Being Steve Malkmus

by Bryan Charles
Elevator Logic

by Zachary Levin
My Mortal Enemy

by Jim Merlis
Claude, at Max's Kansas City

by Susan Connell-Mettauer
Seltzer Man

by Zachary Levin
Orange Lipstick at the Gotham Bookmart

by Beth Passaro
Three Lives Books

by Daniel Openheimer
Still In the Game

by Patrick Jennings
The Stool Pigeon and the Indian Lake

by Irving Bronsky, M.D.
Finger Girl at the Ritz

by Sean Altman
Moose Calls in Brooklyn

by Fran Giuffre
The Polite Runner

by A. Leigh
Ratspotting

by Rene Georg Vasicek
Sunshine Travel's Challenge (survive!)

by by Jennifer Sears
Ann Magnuson: Moneybags Unmasked

by Daniel Oppenheimer
Jam Master Jay: His Sounds Will Stay

by Patrick J. Sauer
Altered States

by Susan Connell-Mettauer
Unfinished City

by by Said Shirazi
Bad Day in Chinatown

by David C. McAninch
Not Far From Heaven

by Thomas Beller
"The Burning Wall" at Film Forum, Through December 3rd

by Thomas Beller
Gabriel Garcia Marquez Goes Shopping

by Jon Michaud
A Star Shines in Marie's Crisis

by Virginia Vitzthum
Hilda Still Lives Here

by Kate Walter
The Spirit of Scandinavia

by Lauren Grodstein
The Pitch

by Joshua M. Bernstein
Boots and Saddles

by Susan Connell-Mettauer
The Humming

by Debra Fontaine
Brief Glimpses of Mekas

by Paul Felter
Walking in the Footsteps of Kazin

by Anderson Tepper
The Slam

by Ashley Shelby
Horsing Around With Jason Kidd

by Thomas Beller
The Politics of Hair Removal

by Alicia Erian
The Believer

by Henry Bean
Among The Thugs, Part Two

by Thomas Beller
What it Feels Like for a Mets Fan

by Daniel Nelson
Chemical Fire

by Jasmine Dreame Wagner
War Games in Van Cortlandt Park

by Bram Gunther
The Cottonwood Cafe

by Victoria Reggio
Back-story on the Guy Who Started the Bjork Brawl

by Jennifer Stroup
Bjork Brawl

by Thomas Beller
He Hates Garbage

by Terry Stoller
The Limousine

by Annie Baumgarner Annie Bumgarner
The Crazy Kid from Greenwich

by by Chris Tsakis
The Middle East In Brooklyn

by Lauren Grodstein
Memo to CBS: Electronic Ed is your man!

by Thomas Beller
Mother's Day

by E. Franke
58 Inches of ambiance

by Heather Beyer
Composer's Haven

by Charles Waters
The Jumper

by Manny Howard
The Jumper Part 2

by Manny Howard
Among the Thugs, Part I

by Thomas Beller
Being An Oasis Fan Means Never Having To Say You're Sorry

by Thomas Beller
Violins at School

by Thomas Beller
The Four-Dollar Haircut, or Shaving Above the Apple

by Joshua M. Bernstein
Pick-up of a Dancer

by Jill Emerson
The Best Sushi In New York

by Thomas Beller
Speed Freaks

by Susan Connell-Mettauer
Schvitzing

by Vanessa Melter-Ahern
Sad Song Scenarios Part Two

by Jeff Johnson and Hunter Kennedy
Sad Song Scenarios Part One

by Jeff Johnson and Hunter Kennedy
600 Schools

by Stan Banos
Riceman

by Peter F. Eder
Detachment and the Yoga Teacher

by Annie Bruno
The Doormen Watching Over Me

by Meredith Boylan
Snapshots

by Joshua M. Bernstein
Applause

by Thomas Beller
Noppi

by Eugenia Klopsis
Inside Inside.com

by Thomas Beller
The Whiffle Ball Kid

by Thomas Beller
A Few Facts About Tuba Repair

by Rebecca Toby Letz
My Secret Socks Life

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Inside the Needle: The Chrysler Building Gets Lit

by David Michaelis

The cellar of the Chrysler Building is midtown's one great monument to the American filling station. It offers (for free) the same perfume of motor oil, the same lulling throb of distant engines, the not unpleasant heat, the mesmerizing hiss of compressed air. And it is always noontime in the Chrysler Building cellar, the same endless noontime with everything suspended in slow motion, even the traffic that comes and goes, and the customer's call bell that maybe just rang, no one's quite sure. The office is still the coolest spot outside the soda machine, and the words "container" and "pop" still get you coffee and Coke. The bottlecap-bitten desktop and the rabbit-punched green locker are still around, too, along with the butter-colored trophy and the wood paneling, the rickety adding machine and the old steam pressure gauge, the American flag (folded) and the indispensable Playboy (unfolded)---both of which have been folded and unfolded an equal number of times since yesterday. The same thick-shouldered young mechanic is taking the same nap on the same sweated-out sofa after the same all-night shift, and when his boss calls out, "Reilly, you in there?" the mechanic still awakens instantly and with a jaw-snapping start---groping for his keys, swinging his big stockinged feet straight into oil-darkened boots, lurching to attention, all in one unhurried motion.

Thirty of the building's men wear blue work clothes with their surnames embroidered in red script over the right breast pocket. Ten of them are called Frankie. After a job is done (for instance: every six weeks six men are supposed to wash five thousand windows), all the men report back to David Gibb, the knob-shouldered assistant chief engineer, who wears thirty-two keys on his belt and reports to Walter Murphy, the walrus-mustached chief engineer who wears forty-four keys and answers to Bartholomew Cournane, the no-nonsense building manager, who carries twenty-six keys (mostly masters) whenever he leaves his cellar office to report to John Filbert, the unseen general manager who works on the 39th floor with only three keys in his pocket---two for his office and one for the men's room.

Ernie Colin, chief electrician, is probably the only man in midtown who wears two rings of forty-two keys each and also lives on top of a mountain. Ernie's house stands 1,279 feet above sea level. It lies nine miles north of Milford, Pennsylvania, ten miles west of the Appalachian Trail, and 122 miles northwest of the Chrysler Building. Ernie spends twenty hours every week commuting to and from his desk, which stands in the cellar, six feet four inches above sea level. As director of Apelco Inc., the building's electrical contractor, Ernie is responsible for the performance of 750 miles of electrical wiring---a distance, one senses, that Ernie Colin would gladly travel every day if every day Ernie Colin could exit the clammy, hierarchical cellar and climb into the building's Olympian spire.

Ernie is a specialist in high places. "Height never bothered me. This building is a little lower than the height of the mountain live on in Pennsylvania. I feel at home up there." Ernie has felt at home on the tip of the antenna above the roof of the World Trade Center (1,718 feet: "It's nice"), at the pinnacle of the dirigible mooring mast atop the Empire State Building (1,472 feet: "Nicer yet") and at the extreme tip of the Chrysler's spire (1,046 feet 4 inches: "One word---peace"). He has the build and disposition of a seasoned rock climber, compact and muscular. He stands five feet six inches tall. Laconic, gruff as a mountain ram he possesses deep affection for the building; he has seen it survive five owners.

When Ernie came to work for Walter Chrysler Jr. in 1951, the spire was lighted every night and every window opening was illuminated by ordinary 50-watt General Electric light bulbs. Ernie was sixteen, an electrician's helper. In those days ("When Chrysler was Chrysler," Ernie recalls), contractors were rarely substituted for the 350-man in-house work force. Every electrician worked for Mr. Chrysler. When a fifty-watt bulb needed changing, a man climbed up and changed it. The spire now illuminates the skyline from dusk until midnight; 2,756 four-foot long General Electric Warm White Deluxe fluorescent lamps are bracketed inside the spire's 112 window openings. Burned out lamps are removed and replaced by no fewer than four of thirteen union-sanctioned electricians. The high cost of their time prohibits more than one monthly expedition to the spire.

One morning not long ago I joined Ernie as he left the Chrysler Building's cellar and started out for the spire. The ascent began at a thousand feet per minute. We took an express elevator to 57, then to 71 in the 700-feet-per-minute tower elevator. Originally open to the public as an observation spot---it cost 50 cents---the 71st floor gives a radial view of 50 miles. It measures 3,900 square feet. When the elevator doors opened, Ernie and I stepped into a room that was all brightness and order---the outer office of Morse & Harvey, architects. Here was a Mozart symphony, neatly appointed drafting tables, and the promising but opaque gaze of a receptionist.

This was the last floor on which we could be certain of finding a world of straight lines. Above this elevation lay curious, irregular terrain. A trompe l'oeil mural painted on Morse & Harvey's south side ceiling attempted to represent the view of the spire that Ernie and I would have seen if we looked up and found a big hole in the architects' ceiling. There were the five gleaming, crescent-shaped tapering upward to a needle-point finial. We would also have seen five groups of dark, triangular-shaped window openings, arranged in each arch like rows of' sharks' teeth.

Apparently, we had already ascended to within five arches of the top of the building. This seemed to make sense: we were standing on the 71st floor of a skyscraper that is widely known to contain 77 floors. It would be logical if there were six more floors. But, as Ernie described it, "From here on, there are floors, but you're not on floors. You're never on the floors. You're always in between the floors."

To demonstrate, we mounted the fire staircase in the building's central core, and Ernie began to climb: eight steps north, two steps east, five steps south---fifteen ordinary cement treads and risers---which brought us to a brick-walled landing that was marked with the numerals 72. But there was no 72nd floor here---only a landing leading to more stairs, which we took. Another 15 steps and we arrived at a similar landing, marked 73. But, as before, the 73rd floor was nowhere to be seen---it was up another three steps, to the west, through an unmarked, locked door.

At this elevation, the Chrysler building tapers to 2,700 square feet. The north side of the floor harbors a rectangular water tank, about the size of a comfortable houseboat. It contains 15,000 gallons of water, 3,500 of which are kept in reserve in case of fire. On the south side, two Oz-green motors hoist the tower elevators. On all sides, trapezoidal portions of three large triangular windows rose up from somewhere underneath the floor and, before vanishing through cement bays into the ceiling, admitted shabby slivers of daylight. Altogether, the floor contained exactly what the Chrysler Building's blueprints testify that the 73rd floor contained in March 1929. Only this was not 73 either. "Right now," said Ernie, "you're on seventy-three-and-a-half, which drives you a little cuckoo."

The standard distance between floors in a midtown office building is eleven feet. William Van Alen, the Chrysler Building's architect, drew elevation measurements for the spire that describe floors on which, with no remodeling whatsoever, M.C. Escher could have opened for business: a measurement of 13 feet 7 inches between 69 and 70; 12 feet 7 inches between 70 and 71; 10 feet 9 inches between each floor from 71 to 75; 15 feet 1 inch between 75 and 76; 15 feet between 76 and 77. Yet these same floors were framed inside five levels of exterior arches, which, from the outside, at any rate, appear to function something like a Russian nesting doll: each ascending arch a slightly smaller but exact duplicate of the one below. The window openings only preserve the illusion. They are the same shape, all different sizes, and some of them are so tall they furnish as many as three floors with light, albeit in varying amounts. But the floor frames and the floors themselves account for most of the Escher illusion.

For one thing, they were the last part of the spire to be built. When William Van Alen learned that H. Craig Severance, his former partner, had topped out at 927 feet at the Bank of Manhattan Company at 40 Wall Street, Van Alen ordered a 185-foot-tall steel needle to be assembled in secret inside the scaffold-shrouded spire. Then, on the night of September 27, 1929, the entire 27-ton needle was hoisted up through the spire and bolted into place, giving Van Alen 120 feet over his rival.

On 74, Ernie and I slipped past four transformer vaults and the dark, airless, pegboard-covered offices of an abandoned radio station, WPAT. In the next 18 steps upward, the temperature dropped by as many degrees. The door to 75 gave way to a weightless feeling. All of a sudden, nearby clouds seemed even more nearby. The wind sounded louder. The wind was louder. The wind was blowing across the 75th floor at about eight to ten miles per hour.

On 75---and on all remaining floors---the window openings in all four walls have never in their history contained glass panes. Several feature safety nets. "If you fall," said Ernie, "you don't fall out." At this altitude, fluorescent lamps are not so much burned out as iced. Posted inside the window openings, like sentries inside castle loopholes, the lamps and fixtures suffer severe seasonal exposure. On a windy winter's day, when the mercury stands at 32 degrees above zero on Lexington Avenue, the temperature on the 75th floor---868 feet 1 inches above sea level---can reach 20 below zero. Intense cold shortens the five-to-six-year life of an $8 General Electric Warm White Deluxe lamp to as few as sixty hours. In winter, there are but two sources of warm air on this floor: Puffs of heat float up from the mouth of the fire tower court, carrying crude scents from deep within the 862-foot tall brick shaft; and, from across the floor, the whir of a space heater fan, the first of 12 such fans between 75 and the summit. The heaters have been installed to prevent ice from falling onto the world below. Under certain conditions, especially when a north wind blows on a day of high humidity, when ground temperatures are between 28 and 35 above zero, a wrap of ice can form on the spire's metal skin, clinging to the smooth arches like a science fair demonstration of latent energy, or, high above midtown's crowded pavements, latent litigation.

Twenty-three steps and risers brought Ernie and me to 76, where the wind subsided temporarily, as if we'd stepped into a mountain cave. The tips of windows, reaching up from below, pierced the gloom. Dark, gritty, tucked into the upper reaches of the fourth arch, this floor offered shelter, as the ones above us did not. The last outpost of commerce, 76 contains the highest parcel of real estate on which the Chrysler Building earns money. Inside the south face of 76, Eastern Communications, a two-way-radio company ("We' re involved with police and government stuff," Eastern's president Mike Wolfe told me) clung to the tapering spire with a lease that will not expire until the year 2009. No one but a Manhattan branch of Outward Bound would want to lease on higher floors. At this elevation, there were no more stairwells, no more treads and risers. One hundred and fifty-eight flights of stairs had reached their climax. There was just one way to continue upward.

The ladder was made of steel. It was tall as a foul pole and measured just less than one foot in width. The ladder was cold. It was five years older than Ernie, who, at fifty-one, was eager to ascend. Quickly, nimbly, he climbed, passing structural steel beams, gaining altitude over the center of 76. After 14 rungs, Ernie said, "Right here is equal to one normal floor." After 22 rungs, we emerged into the kind of clean brightness that floods an aircraft cabin as the plane clears the clouds and climbs to cruising altitude. All around us were wide bays of blue. The window openings---there were now just three to an arch---had never before seemed so open, medieval. Rushing wind and bleating heater fans competed for climatic control of the floor.

The floor itself had shrunk to the dimensions of three standard sheets of plywood abutting one another on the long side. There was the constant presence of a precipice and the nearness of its edge. A nesting peregrine falcon, a rappelling rock climber---these would not have seemed unusual sights on the 77th floor. According to real-estate directories, architectural histories, and by all accounts of its construction, the Chrysler Building contains 77 floors. But as I stood there on the 77th floor and looked up, I saw more floors. Directly in front of Ernie and me was a ladder---another ladder, skinnier by two inches than the one between 76 and 77---and this ladder led upward to---count 'em---eight additional floors. True, all signs of human life end right here on 77, but there was still room at the top, and---this being the Chrysler Building, symbol of a city that is itself a symbol of climbing rung by rung to the top---up we went.

Up in the eighties, I kept thinking of some movie I'd seen as a child of daring young men in scarves and goggles monkeying around on the upper reaches of the Eiffel Tower. I wished I had either a scarf or goggles. It was cold, and the sudden absence of civilization in the middle of civilization made me feel alone and worried. It was strange to think that here in the middle of Manhattan, I was in a place where there was no drinking water, no toilet, no telephone, no stairways or elevators. There was only a frail-looking ladder, creaking under the weight of Ernie and me as we climbed past the four-foot-square platforms at 79, 80, 81, 82. At 83, there was room for just one of us to press onward to the summit.

Deep-sea divers in deep-sea depths are said to experience something called rapture of the deep. A diver's euphoria proves so overwhelming that he fails to return to the surface even when his air runs out. From the 83rd floor of the Chrysler Building, the city below appears as dreamy, distant, and unnecessary as the mercury-colored surface of the sea must look to an enraptured diver. Looking up with some relief that I did not have to climb still higher, I watched Ernie Colin pull himself onto the 84th---and highest---floor in the building. Up there, inside the pyramidal walls, four narrow window openings face the cardinal directions of the compass. The floor is about a yard square. Directly overhead there is a small trap door, inside of which is a small ship's ladder and then another---smaller---Alice-sized trap door, beyond which is another tiny ladder climbing up into the sepulchral darkness of the needle.

The needle is in fact a very tall, very slender pyramid. Outside, at the tip of the needle, stands a lightning rod, the grounding wire of which Ernie checks once a month by climbing up inside the needle. Ernie loves it in there. He says that inside the needle, the wind is a whisper, and a feeling of tranquility and enchantment and rapture takes over. He says it's like being on the moon, weightless, floating. He smiles when he talks about going up in the needle. He says raindrops make a beautiful sound in there.

The story was posted on 2002-03-31

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A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Intuit House Poetry)

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My Liar: A Novel

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The Dead Fish Museum

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The History of My World Tonight

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Father Said: Poems

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My Therapist Said

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All Souls' Rising

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Charm City: A Walk Through Baltimore (Crown Journeys)

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The Playful Way to Knowing Yourself: A Creative Workbook to Inspire Self-Discovery

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Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 (The History of New York City)

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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

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Bad Timing: A Novel

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The Hours: A Novel

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Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York

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Blue Peninsula: Essential Words for a Life of Loss and Change

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Dance Anecdotes: Stories from the Worlds of Ballet, Broadway, the Ballroom, and Modern Dance

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Some Times in America

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Getting Personal: Selected Essays

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Notes on Sontag (Writers on Writers)

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50 American Revolutions You're Not Supposed to Know: Reclaiming American Patriotism

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After the Fall: Poems Old and New (Pitt Poetry Series)

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American Boy

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Girl Cook: A Novel

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Storms Can't Hurt the Sky: A Buddhist Path Through Divorce

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The Graving Dock (Detective Jack Leightner)

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Lightning on the Sun: A Novel

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Visiting Langston

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Where a Nickel Costs a Dime

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How to Be a Man: Scenes from a Protracted Boyhood

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Capture the Flag: A Novel

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