Susan Braudy: Manhattan Voyeur: A Writer’s Journal

I’m Susan Braudy. Writer. Urban Voyeur. Streetwalker.

My beat is Manhattan. Even though I am an insider, this city always surprises.

On Manhattan sidewalks, and even in restaurants, people don’t notice when you cross the line between looking and staring.

When I hit our electric streets, I feel the bingo bam buzz, an instant adventure in thought, sites, sounds, and people coming at me. Models and murderers. Pets and kids. Okay, I’ve admitted I’m a voyeur. I love eavesdropping on intimate conversations in French, English, and a hundred languages I don’t speak. I love to write about New York city and its gems– hidden and in full view.

Even indoors, I am thrilled to look down on Central Park stretching out long like a rain forest as people and cars move in synchronicity.

Living in Manhattan is better than living by Niagara Falls or by the Grand Canyon.

Is Fidel Dead? And if so when did he die?

Am I the only person who is suspicious of Fidel Castro’s final exit from the world stage?

Fidel Castro photo

Did he really just die right after our presidential election? Or did he mastermind a fake death. How could he have resisted manipulating news of his death?

The man is a political genius, out-manoeuvering the U.S. at every turn. I’d assumed that the transfer of power from Castro to his successor would be a bloody horror with the U.S. playimg a ghastly role.  I even wrote a screenplay to that effect for Martin Scorsese.  But I underestimated Fidel.

He stealthily  became a recluse, so that no one could ever be sure if he was alive
or dead.  The transfer of power took place while he was alive.

Are his ashes really being carted around Cuba?  If so, they don’t prove he just died, do they?

Photo by Adi ALGhanem

 

Down With Trump

We’re not bad people. When Hitler started mouthing off, someone brilliant said he was driving the German people crazy. We all contain the possibility of fearing or disliking the other–ie people who are different from us. Trump is driving the American people crazy.  I know it will not be permanent. We are not the dirty…

How Nuts Are We to Protect Gun Ownership??

Why doesn’t somebody who hates guns as much as I do ask for examples of Americans who’ve used guns to protect themselves, their homes, or families?

Black Swagger, French Aesthetics– Whoopee I Am in the Center of The Material World As I Think I Know it

sneakers

Sometimes–not very often–your Manhattan Voyeur takes a deep breath and realizes she is in the best of all places. Standing on the corner of 57th and Fifth Avenues I find myself in the red hot center of the material world. It’s more fun being a voyeur here than at any fashion museum or display at the Met or faux exciting haute couture show.

Up Against The Centerfold

Hugh Hefner living the Playboy lifestyle

Hugh Hefner freaks out in a memo about the women’s movement and the “extremely anti-sexual unnatural thing they are reaching for.” He vowed to “destroy them before they destroy the PLAYBOY way of life.”

Dump Trump: Independents Can Vote Against Trump In Republican Primaries

The buffoon, Donald Trump

Donald Trump scares me. He stands for the Devils of our natures. I propose a Dump Trump movement. A vote against Trump is an act of philanthropy.

6 of the Best Insider Cleaning Tips for Clothing

laundry hanging on the line

Your Manhattan Voyeur likes to eat while reading a book. So dry cleaning blouses and sweaters could become an expensive necessity. Fear no more. Dishwashing liquid and a little COLD water AND a good rub take out every stain I’ve inflicted on treasured clothing.

A Joyful Noise: Pope Francis Arrives in Central Park

Pope Francis

Standing on my balcony 16 floors above Central Park I waited for Pope Francis to ride by. Hundreds and hundreds of fellow New York people squeezed together on lawns and lanes down below.I trained my binoculars on the Seventh Avenue exit to the park.

Beauty and Ugliness In Manhattan

One thing I love about our streetscapes is how ugly stuff and great beauty exist in such proximity. Never a dull moment.

No Room In Manhattan Streets for Bicyclists

traffic light on red- STOP

Why is it that bicyclists get away with running red lights endangering pedestrians. After being nearly mowed down by one, I’m pissed. Where’s the justice?