Category Archives: New York Life

The Villager

Live and learn, and learn and learn. I grew up less than a mile from the historic northern boundary of Greenwich Village.  In college I occasionally read bits of The Village Voice.  Till very recently, I’d never heard of The … Continue reading

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Upcoming Recital

I’m giving a recital at the Blooming Grove (NY) United Church of Christ on Sunday, November 18, at 4 PM.  Here is an article about the event. I’ll be joined by Bill Powers, saxophonist, for a few pieces. Works will … Continue reading

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The Taco Bowl

Or, Jonathan Goes to Trump Tower. Or, Facts Matter. * I read Vanity Fair‘s mean-spirited 2016 piece about the Trump Grill(e) and its (in)famous Taco Bowl.  To paraphase the author’s quote from Fran Lebowitz, it’s a dumb person’s idea of … Continue reading

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Long Island Iced Tea

The drink became popular around 1980.  It was called “Iced Tea,” and usually had to be qualified “you know, from the bar.” Eventually “Long Island Iced Tea” became the disambiguated moniker. I remember when it hit, because a classmate of … Continue reading

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Labor Day

Happy Labor Day. The official Labor Day barbecue chez Hall was yesterday.  Neighbors and friends old and new converged to have a lovely dinner. From scratch, your humble chef prepared mesquite-smoked ribs and hickory-smoked chicken and sausage.  Much house preparation … Continue reading

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A Masterwork Turns Fifty

Spin-art painting, Central Park, near the Children’s Zoo, April 29, 1968.  I had other such paintings but they haven’t come to light yet. Spin-art used to be a popular thing. Expressionist.  Definitely expressionist. — Art and text are copyright © … Continue reading

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