On Saturday, after a week of heartfelt goodbyes, going away parties,
and more tears than a Terms of Endearment 30th year anniversary revival, we have left New York City. I was
glad that my last memory was of the Northern Blvd Best Buy — it will lessen the nostalgia. Around 2:30 PM we crossed
the George Washington Bridge into New Jersey thus concluding my life in New York City.
I remember my first night in New York some 26 years ago. I stayed with my cousin who had an apartment
at the Esplinade Hotel on West End Ave and 74th st. It was a cold, rainy night, and I was holed up in his bedroom.
He was working late so I was by myself, or so I thought.
I had this clock radio that a neighbor had given me as a going away present. It still works —
we keep it in our upstate house. I turned the radio on and tuned to a Rangers-Islanders playoff game. Not that
I gave a rats ass about hockey in those days, but I was so excited to be in New York that I would have listened to Ed Koch
reciting the Gettysburg Address had it been on. (I should note that these days I have a much greater appreciation of
hockey and intend to root on my San Jose Sharks….doesn anyone even know the way to San Jose?)
So I’m listening to this game and it’s the second overtime.
All of a sudden the Islanders scored to win the game and I heard this blood curdling scream emanating from the
adjacent bedroom. I can’t begin to describe the agony and utter despair that was contained in that five second
outburst, but suffice it to say that I had never heard anything like it. It was like a dying wildebeest going
though heroin withdrawal while giving birth to twins.
smiled and thought, “Now, I’m in New York!”