50 East 96th Street (corner of Madison), where I grew up. It was once dubbed “Nevsky Prospekt” (large avenue in St. Petersburg) because of the number of Russian immigrants who lived there.


You’ll have to read the first post to understand what I mean about “The Fourth New York.” But it’s not a long post, and there are few if any typos.

I am a native New Yorker who got here by way of a pregnant teen whom I’ve never met. Adopted by a Mad Man’s family and grew up on the Upper East Side in the ’60s and ’70s. Eventually I became sober enough to marry a wonderful wife, Karen, and we have three sons. We live on the Upper West Side for now. We also have a leopard gecko, belonging to my youngest son, and I’m not real keen about it. Lizards don’t engender my empathy.


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