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.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Saves Our Place In The Paris Accord and Indeed Our Planet

Behind the news stories of his anti-gun efforts, his cutting back on poisonous emissions in our New York streets that prolong my life span, are startling examples of Bloomberg’s quiet philanthropy.

Mayor Bloomberg Called Trump A Con

When Michael Bloomberg said he was from New York and knew a con when he saw one, he was being gentlemanly about Donald Trump. Now the whole country knows Donald Trump promises and doesn’t deliver.

Is The Trump Election Moot?

Donald Trump, NOPE

If the Russians hacked the last presidential election and finagled  things so that Trump won, that’s reason to moot the election. What the hell did the Russians do to our election? If they hacked the election, we should stop using computers in elections at once. Why aren’t the Democrats fighting tooth and nail on this?

Investigate Trump/Putin. Please..

donald trump

Investigate Trump/Putin links, please.  David Remnick (New Yorker) puts the discourse in perspective. He should be on the investigating commission. Photo by damiandude

Dump Trump! George Clooney for President

George Clooney

Integrity, brains–these have nothing to do with who Americans vote for. We are stupid and bored and yes, corrupt. We vote for the most charismatic, good-looking candidate.  We vote for someone who will amuse us when we turn on the TV. I hate Donald Trump, but in small doses and from a distance I suspect…

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? 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…

Down With Trump

donald 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


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.”