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.

Attention PoliceCommissioner William Bratton: two weeks of police ticketing scofflaw cyclists won’t solve our outlaw bicycle problem

outlaw on a bicycle in NYC

Your Manhattan Voyeur is filled with sanctimony. Yes, I fancy myself an enforcer, a smug pillar of our community. It all started two months ago when i was knocked off my feet and onto 57th Street by a scofflaw bicyclist running a red light. The speeding miscreant didn’t even stop to see how I was….

Attention Commissioner William Bratton: Bicyclists Break Laws Endangering Pedestrians

This is supposed to be a pedestrian city. But the city has added a whole new amoral street element, preying on us pedestrians. Bicyclists must be made to obey traffic lights. A friend suggests confiscating bicycles of riders who go through traffic lights. Sometimes I shake my finger and tell the miscreant, “Stop, that’s a…

Don’t Leave Me Dave Letterman

Why is tv so formatted? Why does a late-night tv host have to have a desk? Why must a late-night host do five shows a week? Why can’t Dave do one or two shows a week? Indeed they needn’t even be late night shows. Jerry Seinfeld who seems like the nicest person will be appearing…

Where Were You When You Learned Dave Letterman Dumped You

Where Were You When You Learned Dave Letterman Dumped You I was in a yellow cab on Sixth Avenue heading home from an acupuncture session with David Baron. It was 5:45 on Thursday, April  3rd. I wish I didn’t know about it. I felt Dave’s rejection on my body somewhere between my stomach and my…

Acupuncturist Extraordinaire: David Baron M.S., L.Ac.

Your Manhattan Voyeur has important advice. Being treated by David Baron, acupuncturist,  is a transformative experience. As John Stuart Mill wrote: “pleasure is the absence of pain”. As an aficionado of acupuncture, I can testify that David’s unstinting commitment to the patient’s absence of pain is matched only by his amazing skills. When chill winds…

Woody Allen Passed a Lie Detector Test

Woody Allen passed a lie detector test about their troubles of 1992.  Mia Farrow refused to take a test.

My Heart Goes Out To Mia Farrow

My heart goes out to Mia Farrow. The poor woman strikes me from a distance as super intelligent and tortured by conflicting demons. Reading the highly researched article by Robert B. Weide in the Daily Beast is a must for people who are still curious about the 1992 scandal that involved Farrow, Woody Allen, Soon…

I’m Happy For Kate Middleton, But Most News Is Bad News

picture of 4 TV sets showing good news and bad news

Your Manhattan Voyeur has had it. I’m totally stressed out from ducking and absorbing shocks over disasters, global and local that dimwit news people push into my face as they compete for ratings by sensationalizing strangers’ violent tragedies. When I switch on the TV to catch something cheery like The Big Bang Theory or Seinfeld…

“Radical” Means Crazy As A Loon

Wisdom comes to those who wait–particularly if they also think and think. I began testing  a new theory two weeks ago while standing in the checkout line at Whole Foods with my brown rice and chicken. The new hypothesis is:  the word “radical” preceding any noun pretty much means “crazy”. Radical feminist, radical left winger,…

Conversations In The Car With Jerry on

I just made a day indeed worth living. The fun was watching Jerry Seinfeld’s sublime creation: he picks up a fellow comedian and drives to get coffee. Treat yourself by finding him and his friends on It’s all about Jerry Seinfeld and his relaxed presence talking to people he likes.