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The Spirit Level: Selections from the Shadowlands Haunted Places Index Website

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

From the Shadowlands Haunted Places Index website (www.sjgr.org/haunted-places/newyork.htm), New York state section: –"New York City–Bay Ridge Apartments–Haunted by numerous spirits." –"New York City–Clinton Street Brownstone–Haunted by a young girl who died there." –"New York City–Hotel Des Artistes–This ghost likes to touch people." –"Manhattan–Brittany Hotel–Corner of East 10th and Broadway, Phantom music and lights, people hearing [&hellip
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Cosmic Debris: Watching the Meteor Shower Next to the Gunks

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

"Uhhhhhhh…I can’t feel my feet. I can’t feel my feet." Dopey laughter drifts out from the darkness in response. And then comes the harsh response: "That’s not because of the weed." Pause. "You idiot." And laughter. A million freezing light-years away… Actually it’s just New Paltz, upstate in Ulster County, at 3:45 in the morning, [&hellip
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The First Two Weeks

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It’s amazing that the last political whimper of the late, decade-long era of apparently suicidal American complacency involved the question–inconceivable now–of whether illegal aliens from Mexico should be granted amnesty. Or, taking it further, whether amnesty ought to be extended blindly to illegal aliens from all the world’s municipalities, including presumably Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Algeria, [&hellip
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Searching for a Jersey Shore ghost town with Alan Cabal

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Jersey Shore Diary Oh the rain keeps a-fallin’, as the great Freddy Fender sang… The point was Jersey coastal exploration. Alan Cabal had heard somewhere about a ghost town called Seabreeze, full of stray dogs, down there on the far side of the state of New Jersey, along the Delaware Bay. That part of the [&hellip
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Webbys 2001: The Post-Apocalyptic Corporate Bohemian Money-Culture Awards

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QUIK DRAW HOMELESS ARTIST 5 MIN. I DRAW YOU HELP HELP ME HELP. Check out the fallout from the New Economy meltdown. Get a load of this San Francisco youth begging for change on 7th St. in the South of Market neighborhood, cringing on the pavement, pop-eyed, clutching his sign: HELP HELP ME HELP. It’s [&hellip
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Mariana Sadovska, a Gorgeous Brown-Haired Slavic Songbird Confetti-Bomb Explosion

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Mariana Sadovska amidst mushrooms–toadstools, moist fungi with umbrella-shaped caps. Sadovska, 29, is a Ukrainian singer who’s spending a year in New York as artist-in-residence at the East Village’s Yara Arts Group, and when she blasts into Ave. A’s alt.coffee on a torpid afternoon, it’s like someone’s just dropped a ruby into a crate of onions. [&hellip
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Bernhard Goetz for Mayor: Subway Shooter as Candidate

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What are these progressive ideas, Bernie? Nervous enthusiasm: "Well, okay, there’s a number." That’s Bernie–as in legendary subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz–over there folding his lean body into his chair amidst the shadows of a 14th St. apartment. Postwar tan brick building, one of those middle-class lux jobs on a still-dingy block, a stretch that sweats [&hellip
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