"Before Trendy" - NYC 1970
There is a shine to innocence
reminiscent of a perfectly rounded red apple
before the bite, before one negotiates price
above a crime-filled subway
or takes a ride
to New York's Eden
of peep shows & Paradise House
with five tempting Eves.
Boho's a lifestyle
without a thought towards chic,
co-exists beside Bowery bums
sprawled, huddled, & homeless.
Who can afford innocence
while bankruptcy pillages
Brooklyn's "skid row",
stoops filled with glum & jobless?
Musicians stroll, can in hand,
beg a few coins, for that's all it takes
for a toke to escape
from the shirtless among litter
& identity unknown,
upon Central Park bench,
observing muggings & rapes.
Lower East Side - raw,
unforgiving, an apple tarnished,
sweetness soured, discarded
in Hell's Kitchen
& the dreamers
have not been warned.
by Margaret Bednar, March 6, 2014
|"Trendy Lower East Side 2014" - by Chelsea Susan|
I have been on a blogger break (cleaning and purging stuff from closets, attic, etc) and have plans for this whole week which will keep me away, so I will be absent a bit longer. I miss my Toads and blogging buds - and will be back soon.
HERE is a fascinating blog all about NYC "chronicling an ever-changing city through faded and forgotten artifacts. ENJOY. Be sure to note the "categories" in the right hand margin.
"Museum of the City of New York" is an amazing sight of over 135,000 images and objects of NYC. Below is a partial image of Hell's Kitchen". I don't believe 1970. To get the full image, you must go to the link above.