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.

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Up Against The Centerfold

The next day, Hugh Hefner materialized and handed me a memo about my piece. He was the first man I’d ever spoken to with dyed hair.

Hugh Hefner photo

Hugh Hefner living the Playboy life.

Hefner claimed he’d gotten late word that an objective article was in the works and he was furious that such a piece could have been assigned behind his back.

I skimmed his memo, my stomach churning. I hurriedly copied as much of it as I could:

The women’s movement is rejecting the overall roles that men and women play in our society—the notion that there should be any differences between the sexes whatever other than the physiological ones. It is an extremely anti-sexual unnatural thing they are reaching for. It is now up to us to do a really expert, personal demolition job. Clearly if you analyze all of the most basic premises of the extreme new form of feminism, you will find them unalterably opposed to the romantic boy-girl society that PLAYBOY promotes. Doing a rather neutral piece on the pros and cons of feminism strikes me as being rather pointless for PLAYBOY. What I’m interested in is the highly irrational, emotional, kookie trend that feminism has taken. These chicks are our natural enemy — and there is, incidentally, nothing that we can say in the pages of PLAYBOY that will convince them that we are not.

We must destroy them before they destroy the PLAYBOY way of life.


My stomach growled, but I was speechless.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Haughty Karl Lagerfeld

Drawing of Karl Lagerfeld

Haughtiness carries you to the finish line. It makes artists out of arrogant boobs. Isn’t it time someone pulled the plug on Karl Lagerfeld. He looks like a monster, a vampire. Or worse. What kind of taste must he have if he pulls himself together to look so creepy. Why is he an arbiter of…

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Is Our Dave Letterman All Right?

The Late Show marquis

I keep wondering what Dave Letterman thinks about Donald Trump and his silly-ass presidential aspirations. I keep wondering if Dave Letterman is okay. I keep wondering what Dave is doing. Has someone taken cell phone photos of him at a shopping mall? Why can’t he email us?

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