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.

How Nuts Are We to Protect Gun Ownership??

gun violence photo

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.

 

I haven’t seen any news of such people.

For example, in these massacres does anybody shoot back?

Phooey on the second amendment. The second amendment is about a militia’s right to have guns. A state militia isn’t a hunter or a gun enthusiast.

 

Photo by MDGovpics

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?

How to Get Smarter: A Tip from Susan Braudy

A book recommendation from Susan Braudy to help you be smarter. Television is the New Television by Michael Wolff. About what’s up in the new and old media.

Tinnitus can be stopped

man holding his ears to block the sound of tinnitus

Tips For Living From Susan Braudy Joan Pfitzenmeyer, a savvy PT and Feldenkrais practitioner, told me a trick. I simply hum the note the ear is ringing and presto it stops ringing.  Also an ENT doctor can help by cleaning out wax.