Saturday, July 23, 2011


When Sitting at the T.S.P. Chess Tables Be Sure to Have a Chess Set with You

The only guys remaining at the tables this morning were the ones with chess pieces in front of them .


Morning at 7th Street and Avenue A

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Group Dressed in Black Trashes 2nd Avenue

30 or so protesters trashed a stretch of 2nd avenue from 9th street to below St. Marks Place around 10PM Wednesday night . Witnesses claimed that the group mostly dressed in black , some with black bandannas , emptied trash containers and tossed newspaper dispensers into 2nd avenue while chanting anti-police rhetoric. .The group proceeded  down 2nd avenue seeming to have come from nowhere  and disappearing as mysteriously . Several police vehicles were seen on 2nd avenue and in the surrounding area prowling , looking for remnants of the group .

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Vigil for Mars Bar

A candle lit end to an era .It rained at times while some inside the bar ripped the guts and soul out of Mars Bar removing the bar , brass rail and portions of the walls.  Outside on the sidewalk folks held candles , drank beer and smoked acknowledging the end .


Another Day in the Neighborhood

I had spent a wonderful bright summer afternoon walking with a friend down the west side of Manhattan , along the Hudson River .On my way home I decided to wend  my way through the heart of the neighborhood , Tompkins Square Park .Shortly after I had entered the park a woman in the children's playground cried out "camera man!". When I turned to her she pointed to a large low limb in a tree.On that broad flat limb was a pigeon ,dead and supine , offering up it entrails to a ravenous Red Tailed hawk .

As the hawk's beak ripped pink guts from the pigeon's carcass , a child's water gun propelled an arc of water droplets insufficiently high to reach the hawk .A portion of this errant stream though did reach some on Crusty Row . Some angered and vocal  , one wetted man rose and walked to the fence near me saying "I'm goin' down man . Take one last picture of me before I'm dead" .I took a picture as the young man sank , finally with his knees on the asphalt , one hand clutching the iron fence .

He had a new prescription for suboxone he said  , a new drug for him and he was taking it beyond the prescribed quantity  with beers to get high .He achieved his desired end .An ambulance was called . Dramatic for a few moments , all changed when the now laid out young man some how rose to his feet , asked for a cigarette ,which no one had , and walked out of the park to avenue A to find one .

Monday, July 18, 2011


He Wears His Sunglasses at Night...

....but the night before he was buck-naked passed out on a sidewalk , he thinks it was avenue A but he's not sure . He woke dressed but missing his I.D. and his underwear. Jewels conjectures that it was cops that dressed him disregarding his underwear which they likely did not want to touch .He has no theory concerning the disappearance of his I.D.

He spent a long miserable dry day downtown getting an I.D. and a SNAP card for electronic  food stamps. There was some good fortune this day though , an acquaintance gave him a bag of dope and later in the day a bottle of vodka , which he needed because he hadn't had a drink all that day and was tremblin' a bit .

Jewels said that the shakes weren't as bad as they have been , he's been taperin' down his consumption .His doctor told him that he needs but a shot an hour to stay straight ... it keeps a little buzz on too . He's been thirsty though because he's been drinkin' vodka only , not beer . He's been drinkin' more water lately to help diminish this thirst but he hasn't accommodated successfully , the  clear tasteless liquid still occasionally makes him puke .

Not all has been good with his love life either .He's been told by cops to keep his hands off  the new (variously claimed  17 to 19 years of age ) admirer that he was recently seen canoodlin' with in Tompkins Square Park . Jewels claims that in the future he thus will devote his attentions to women closer to his own age , 42 .

P.S. 12 PM Monday , 18 July  2011:

Monday morning Jewels woke a little sick and as usual confused wondering what had happened the night before . This Monday morning there was blood on Jewels' hands and he had no idea why it was there .His associate from the night before woke not far away  with blood on his hands too .Neither of them had a clue as to what had happened .

Later a tearful Jewels and his pal spied Timmy with a bloody shirt . Jewels and his pal had pounded on Timmy for some reason the night before .Timmy didn't remember why the two had beaten him but he did remember the beatin' and with Giovanni at his side confronted Jewels . It looked for a while like Giovanni and Timmy were going to hand Jewels his ass but Timmy and Jewels sort of made up since it took both of them to make the price of  half pint at the liquor store at the corner of 4th street and avenue A

Sunday, July 17, 2011


At the Movies in Tompkins Square Park


Second Avenue Saturday Night

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