Fiction

   As a boy, I ran everywhere I went. An errand, any passage from one place to another, was an exercise in speed and agility. A trip to the grocer or butcher was punctuated with bursts of acceleration during which I felt the exhilaration...

   He turned into his driveway and, as he always did, he paused a second to look at the house. It was an awesome three-story structure of brick and stone. He let his eyes caress its architectural splendor. Sets of triple columns...

   The job changed after the Garbage Aberration Act. Any indication of addiction or fixation found in your garbage could lead to mandatory treatment. Nowadays, everyone was in one 12-step program or another. These autonomous programs...

It was 1921 and Vincenzo Castella wanted to expand his bootlegging business into Queens. In order to do that he needed to get the approval of the local Don. He had the support of the bosses in Brooklyn, his base. Part Two

It was 1921 and Vincenzo Castella wanted to expand his bootlegging business into Queens. In order to do that he needed to get the approval of the local Don. He had the support of the bosses in Brooklyn, his base.      O’...

    The worst thing about owning a bar is that you have to see people every day. Today it was Mary T. and Les. As I opened the door I said, “Don’t you two have someplace better to go?” They laughed as they pushed their...

PART TWO Entering my teens, I petitioned my parents for a trumpet. Some years earlier, probably at the onset of baseball season, I divorced the piano teacher my mother had wedded me to. With some persuasion, they relented and one was purchased,...

     In the 1930s and ’40s, and presumably for some time thereafter, George’s Diner occupied, along with Jake Haas’s Bar & Grill, the southwest corner of the juncture of Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond...

It was Christmas Eve at our house in Glendale, Queens. My younger brother, Aly, and I were scrubbed and shampooed; we had to be super clean, both for the party that night and for Christmas Mass the next morning.