Tag Archives: New York

The Crazies Come Out at Night

Every time I head into Manhattan—whether via train, tunnel, or glider—I can’t help but think that I am entering the the Manhattan Island penitentiary imagined so famously in John Carpenter’s masterpiece Escape from New York (1981). And as soon as … Continue reading

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I Bleed CUNY Blood

Well, this past Friday was a real blast for me on many levels. First, I returned CUNY which was my old stomping ground for over 10 years, a place where I met some amazing people (many of whom are still … Continue reading

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Of Punks, Pimps and C.H.U.D.s: Gentrification in NYC as told by 1980s film

Disclaimer: This is a “media-enhanced” version of a paper I wrote in graduate school for an American Studies course back in 2002. And while I recognize it is both rough and theoretically meager at certain points, I’m still fascinated with … Continue reading

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Nighthawks (1981)

I love movies that feature New York City during the late 70s and early 80s, they capture a space on celluloid that I want to constantly remind myself existed once upon a time. And after watching The Hitcher a little … Continue reading

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A Very Bava Xmas

A day late and a dollar short, I know, but I’ve been so busy stocking up on meatball heroes, pizza, and bagels up here in New York that I haven’t had time to return promptly to the bava (which is … Continue reading

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In-Universe Perspective

I was reading up on one of my favorite movies, The Terminator ([beginning of insanely long tangent] which I love that Stephen Downes references when re-framing what might otherwise be bulldozed as an unquestionable firing offense of a teacher in … Continue reading

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Formative 10: Escape from New York

Well, I guess I gotta get going on my formative 10 because what has taken me almost eight months, has taken D’Arcy Norman all of three days. I find it interesting how much a formative 10 can tell you about … Continue reading

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This Thanksgiving…

…I’m celebrating the culinary contributions of the eyetalians… Image courtesy of PetroleumJelliffe …and the Jews… Image courtesy of Harris Graber …in New York. Who has room for the dirty Puritans when in Rome?

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