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.

6 of the Best Insider Cleaning Tips for Clothing

The Simplest of Ingredients Do the Trick

1.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.

2. Mme. Cadollle, a formidable fourth generation Parisian designer and executrix of hand made lingerie told me that silk underthings will last forever (barring hurricanes etc.) if washed in cold water and SHAMPOO.

3. The delicate cycle of your washing machine does a great job and extends the life of garments.

4. Whenever plausible avoid the dryer. Hanging out blouses after buttoning them prolongs their life as well.

5. Baking soda is the miracle cleaner when it comes to whites.  My oldest white shirt sprang back to life with a hefty

addition of baking soda.  My washable white rug became new again under baking soda’s tender hand.

6.  Go easy on laundry detergent. If your clothes smell of it when the washing cycle is finished, you’re using too much.

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.

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…

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?

Marco Rubio, Oy, He’ll Be My President

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

I am not a cynic. I am an empiricist. Do the math. We’ve started electing people who are first and foremost telegenic (looking) and second who speak stirringly. We want Presidents who will be fun to watch on TV. Lots of fun. Sex appeal is another way to describe the winning phenomenon. Marco Rubio has…

Great Tips For Clothes Shopping in Manhattan

Today’s Secrets: Strawberry, J. Crew & Niketown Your Urban Voyeur is in a generous mood. So I’m imparting secrets gleaned from years of poking my nose in open shop doors. Strawberry is a gem!  J. Crew on Fifth at 15th Street is a bargain hunter dream come true!   And Niketown  is where your cool looking…