Category Archives: Urban Voyeurism

Reflections on the act and process of taking in the city on foot while eavesdropping and staring.

Don’t Bank at J.P. Morgan Chase. Chase Mugs Clients.

It started last week when I was mugged on the Madison Avenue bus. Then I was mugged seven more times by J.P.Morgan Chase bank. Buyer beware of too big to fail/jail banks.

Attention Mayor Bloomberg: Watch “Changing Minds at Concord High School”

The other night a schoolteacher friend dragged me to a moving and mind-blowing screening of an important documentary: Changing Minds at Concord High School.

I Hate Verizon. I Like AT&T

My First Cellphone Your voyeur recently purchased her first cell phone.  I’d gotten by nicely cadging other people’s phones when I needed,  But when a doorman wouldn’t reveal the room number of a physical therapist I wanted to visit I joined the plugged-in horde. Since I own an iPad I was counseled to purchase a…

Don’t Do Business With MACY’S: A Scary Story

In a burst of holiday cheer I agreed to open a Macy’s charge account. Oy. Suddenly and stealthily I began to receive all kinds of bills. Yesterday I received a $2.00 late charge(with promises that the $2.00 would shortly grow to $10.00) out of the blue –and this was several weeks after I closed down the account!!!!

Be All You Can Be: live green and clean and inexpensively

baskets of apples and squash

Your Manhattan Voyeur soaks up strategies for living a good life 1 Pops of intense color should be in your best tsotchkes, paintings, or even better in flowers. These grab the eye ( as it were) and draw attention away from lesser stuff. 2 Indoor gardeners, hear ye, hear ye. A great garden consists of…

It Ain’t Just Christmas That’s Commercialized

Why do people kvetch about the commercializing of Christmas? Our entire society has become totally commercial.  Shopping has become synonymous with enjoyment  People figure that accruing stuff is the driving force of their lives. I feel the pull–although my bailiwick is thrift shops. But here’s what your Manhattan Voyeur loves best–I love writing and reading…

Mayor Bloomberg for a Third Term

Three cheers for Mayor Bloomberg, although he doesn’t need my three cheers. I’m sure he cheers for himself quite competently. He handles emergencies like the Gestapo, only this time he made the trains stop. I will be so sorry to see another man as our mayor.  Bloomberg has vision, competence and authority. I can’t believe…

The Night David Letterman Hated Me

red sports car

Our streets bring a kaleidoscope of treasure to us voyeurs or (as we prefer to say) totally intense observers. I’ll never forget the night I took a solitary walk around my block. It was after a soft spring rain and I inhaled heady smells of damp growing greens from nearby Central Park. I breathed fresh air deeply as I rarely do in our action-packed streets. Parked smack in front of my building was a slick red car whose proportions were absolutely perfect. No bulges. No awkward bobbed trunk. Indeed the engine compartment and trunk were balanced in what looked to be Platonic perfection.

High Style. Low Prices. Zara’s Rules

I love walking Manhattan streets. I love talking to fellow streetwalkers.   Of course black men are the best to look at–style and carriage or just oomph.  But I usually talk to women–our encounters are glancing, upbeat, and informative. For example,I often sing out, “Great-looking dog”. Partly because I know when somebody compliments my Maltese dog…

Blair Underwood, The Sexiest Man Alive

Your Manhattan voyeur spent a king’s ransom to check out the sexiest man alive—in my opinion. Blair Underwood has been performing an edited version of the Marlon Brando role in Tennessee William’s histrionic play A Streetcar Named Desire at the Broadhurst theater, fifteen walkable blocks from my midtown abode. In all candor, before the curtain…

Category Archives: Urban Voyeurism

Reflections on the act and process of taking in the city on foot while eavesdropping and staring.

Don’t Bank at J.P. Morgan Chase. Chase Mugs Clients.

It started last week when I was mugged on the Madison Avenue bus. Then I was mugged seven more times by J.P.Morgan Chase bank. Buyer beware of too big to fail/jail banks.

Attention Mayor Bloomberg: Watch “Changing Minds at Concord High School”

The other night a schoolteacher friend dragged me to a moving and mind-blowing screening of an important documentary: Changing Minds at Concord High School.

I Hate Verizon. I Like AT&T

My First Cellphone Your voyeur recently purchased her first cell phone.  I’d gotten by nicely cadging other people’s phones when I needed,  But when a doorman wouldn’t reveal the room number of a physical therapist I wanted to visit I joined the plugged-in horde. Since I own an iPad I was counseled to purchase a…

Don’t Do Business With MACY’S: A Scary Story

In a burst of holiday cheer I agreed to open a Macy’s charge account. Oy. Suddenly and stealthily I began to receive all kinds of bills. Yesterday I received a $2.00 late charge(with promises that the $2.00 would shortly grow to $10.00) out of the blue –and this was several weeks after I closed down the account!!!!

Be All You Can Be: live green and clean and inexpensively

baskets of apples and squash

Your Manhattan Voyeur soaks up strategies for living a good life 1 Pops of intense color should be in your best tsotchkes, paintings, or even better in flowers. These grab the eye ( as it were) and draw attention away from lesser stuff. 2 Indoor gardeners, hear ye, hear ye. A great garden consists of…

It Ain’t Just Christmas That’s Commercialized

Why do people kvetch about the commercializing of Christmas? Our entire society has become totally commercial.  Shopping has become synonymous with enjoyment  People figure that accruing stuff is the driving force of their lives. I feel the pull–although my bailiwick is thrift shops. But here’s what your Manhattan Voyeur loves best–I love writing and reading…

Mayor Bloomberg for a Third Term

Three cheers for Mayor Bloomberg, although he doesn’t need my three cheers. I’m sure he cheers for himself quite competently. He handles emergencies like the Gestapo, only this time he made the trains stop. I will be so sorry to see another man as our mayor.  Bloomberg has vision, competence and authority. I can’t believe…

The Night David Letterman Hated Me

red sports car

Our streets bring a kaleidoscope of treasure to us voyeurs or (as we prefer to say) totally intense observers. I’ll never forget the night I took a solitary walk around my block. It was after a soft spring rain and I inhaled heady smells of damp growing greens from nearby Central Park. I breathed fresh air deeply as I rarely do in our action-packed streets. Parked smack in front of my building was a slick red car whose proportions were absolutely perfect. No bulges. No awkward bobbed trunk. Indeed the engine compartment and trunk were balanced in what looked to be Platonic perfection.

High Style. Low Prices. Zara’s Rules

I love walking Manhattan streets. I love talking to fellow streetwalkers.   Of course black men are the best to look at–style and carriage or just oomph.  But I usually talk to women–our encounters are glancing, upbeat, and informative. For example,I often sing out, “Great-looking dog”. Partly because I know when somebody compliments my Maltese dog…

Blair Underwood, The Sexiest Man Alive

Your Manhattan voyeur spent a king’s ransom to check out the sexiest man alive—in my opinion. Blair Underwood has been performing an edited version of the Marlon Brando role in Tennessee William’s histrionic play A Streetcar Named Desire at the Broadhurst theater, fifteen walkable blocks from my midtown abode. In all candor, before the curtain…

Category Archives: Urban Voyeurism

Reflections on the act and process of taking in the city on foot while eavesdropping and staring.

Don’t Bank at J.P. Morgan Chase. Chase Mugs Clients.

It started last week when I was mugged on the Madison Avenue bus. Then I was mugged seven more times by J.P.Morgan Chase bank. Buyer beware of too big to fail/jail banks.

Attention Mayor Bloomberg: Watch “Changing Minds at Concord High School”

The other night a schoolteacher friend dragged me to a moving and mind-blowing screening of an important documentary: Changing Minds at Concord High School.

I Hate Verizon. I Like AT&T

My First Cellphone Your voyeur recently purchased her first cell phone.  I’d gotten by nicely cadging other people’s phones when I needed,  But when a doorman wouldn’t reveal the room number of a physical therapist I wanted to visit I joined the plugged-in horde. Since I own an iPad I was counseled to purchase a…

Don’t Do Business With MACY’S: A Scary Story

In a burst of holiday cheer I agreed to open a Macy’s charge account. Oy. Suddenly and stealthily I began to receive all kinds of bills. Yesterday I received a $2.00 late charge(with promises that the $2.00 would shortly grow to $10.00) out of the blue –and this was several weeks after I closed down the account!!!!

Be All You Can Be: live green and clean and inexpensively

baskets of apples and squash

Your Manhattan Voyeur soaks up strategies for living a good life 1 Pops of intense color should be in your best tsotchkes, paintings, or even better in flowers. These grab the eye ( as it were) and draw attention away from lesser stuff. 2 Indoor gardeners, hear ye, hear ye. A great garden consists of…

It Ain’t Just Christmas That’s Commercialized

Why do people kvetch about the commercializing of Christmas? Our entire society has become totally commercial.  Shopping has become synonymous with enjoyment  People figure that accruing stuff is the driving force of their lives. I feel the pull–although my bailiwick is thrift shops. But here’s what your Manhattan Voyeur loves best–I love writing and reading…

Mayor Bloomberg for a Third Term

Three cheers for Mayor Bloomberg, although he doesn’t need my three cheers. I’m sure he cheers for himself quite competently. He handles emergencies like the Gestapo, only this time he made the trains stop. I will be so sorry to see another man as our mayor.  Bloomberg has vision, competence and authority. I can’t believe…

The Night David Letterman Hated Me

red sports car

Our streets bring a kaleidoscope of treasure to us voyeurs or (as we prefer to say) totally intense observers. I’ll never forget the night I took a solitary walk around my block. It was after a soft spring rain and I inhaled heady smells of damp growing greens from nearby Central Park. I breathed fresh air deeply as I rarely do in our action-packed streets. Parked smack in front of my building was a slick red car whose proportions were absolutely perfect. No bulges. No awkward bobbed trunk. Indeed the engine compartment and trunk were balanced in what looked to be Platonic perfection.

High Style. Low Prices. Zara’s Rules

I love walking Manhattan streets. I love talking to fellow streetwalkers.   Of course black men are the best to look at–style and carriage or just oomph.  But I usually talk to women–our encounters are glancing, upbeat, and informative. For example,I often sing out, “Great-looking dog”. Partly because I know when somebody compliments my Maltese dog…

Blair Underwood, The Sexiest Man Alive

Your Manhattan voyeur spent a king’s ransom to check out the sexiest man alive—in my opinion. Blair Underwood has been performing an edited version of the Marlon Brando role in Tennessee William’s histrionic play A Streetcar Named Desire at the Broadhurst theater, fifteen walkable blocks from my midtown abode. In all candor, before the curtain…