Author Archives: Neil

Fictional Characters of New York #42

“What makes a woman happy?” thought Victor, as he waited for his wife in the shoe section of Macy’s, where they were having a sale. They were attending a matinee of “On the Town” that afternoon, but Cindy wanted to … Continue reading

Posted in Men and Women, New York City, Photography | Tagged , | 2 Comments

The “Like Generation” in Dating

I sometimes forget that I met my ex-wife Sophia online, not on a dating site, but on a long-vanished forum on LA Freenet, an experiment in free internet service in Los Angeles. Our first conversation was about children’s books. I … Continue reading

Posted in Men and Women | Tagged | 5 Comments

Admit One

Well, I got through my first three months of online dating using two apps, Tinder and Coffee Meets Bagel.  I had eleven first dates, three second dates, and one third date.  It was fun and I met a lot of … Continue reading

Posted in Men and Women | Tagged | 2 Comments

Fictional Characters of New York #41

It was not a good third date. Sheryl had high hopes about him; he was a perfect gentleman on the first two outings. But he changed tonight, as if he had gotten some bad advice from an ex-fraternity friend on becoming a … Continue reading

Posted in Literary, New York City, Photography | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Fictional Characters of New York #40

The year was 1972.  Eddie was working at his father’s hardware store in Chinatown when the People’s Republic of China Peking Circus came to town as a cultural exchange arranged by President Nixon. It was a busy in his father’s … Continue reading

Posted in Literary, New York City, Photography | Tagged , | 6 Comments

The Ghetto United Nations of Queens

My bedroom window looks out over an unpretentious supermarket that has been in the same location next to my apartment building for over fifty years, under various owners. You won’t find fancy stuff in this store, like organic kale, but … Continue reading

Posted in New York City | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Ten Years of Citizen of the Month – A Dedication

It was March 2005, and my first two weeks of blogging.  No one was reading Citizen of the Month, my “blog” named after a award that I frequently won in grade school for being such a goody-two-shoes. And without any … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging and the Internet, Life with Sophia | Tagged , , | 25 Comments

The Student of Arabic

It was a snowy night in the city. I traveled on the F-train, coming home from a literary reading in Brooklyn. A dark-skinned man with Mediterranean features sat across from me, reading from a book written in a foreign language. … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging and the Internet, New York City | 5 Comments

Wild and Crazy Dating Stories

Conversation with my friend Craig, who I met in the street. “Hey, Neil. How’s the online dating life?” “It’s good. I’ve met some interesting women.” “It must be wild. I’ve been reading the articles in the New York Times about … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging and the Internet, Men and Women, Sex | Tagged , | 3 Comments

16th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

It was the Year of the Sheep (or Goat) – it was unclear to me – at the 16th Annual NYC Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival.  All I know is that, according to Chinese astrology, people born under … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging and the Internet | 3 Comments