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The Neighborhood

In particular Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, and Prospect Park

1
Clean Paths
Watching, walking, in Prospect Park, under the airplanes.
Friday, May 2, 2003
2
My Life with Cat and Dog, a Story
By Rebecca Dravos
Rebecca Dravos' first contribution to Ftrain. A story of pet ownership and potential love, or at least lust, frustrated by circumstances.
Friday, July 19, 2002
3
How We're Coping
With things all aflutter, and no good protest songs, we need to do something. Also, God tells us to protest.
Wednesday, March 19, 2003
4
Misc. Dialogues
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
5
Moments of Weakness
A tiny, ad hoc catalogue of guilty pleasures and poor judgement.
Friday, April 18, 2003
6
Walk with Friend up Clinton St. and Back
I is an intellectual type, when I don't watch myself. Ah well.
Wednesday, April 26, 2000
7
Weekend: Court Street
Getting stones thrown at me in Red Hook.
Thursday, May 27, 1999
8
Bookstores
Two bookstores on Court St. in Brooklyn, a dog, and a policeman's beard.
Tuesday, February 26, 2002
9
Oyster Shucking Contest
A few weeks ago I attended an oyster shucking contest by accident. The Borough President of Brooklyn, Marty Markowitz, was there.
Monday, October 28, 2002
10
Weather Report
Cognition has broken down. There is nothing to describe except warm pressure.
Monday, August 5, 2002
11
Cake
Terrible things done with the human language.
Monday, August 26, 2002
12
22 Children
One Afternoon
Thursday, September 19, 2002
13
Rear Subway Window
A look out the back of the F train
Tuesday, January 7, 2003
14
Spending
Why I don't have a name.
Wednesday, May 14, 2003
15
I Met a Woman at a Bar
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
16
The Apartment on 9th St
Within its boundaries
Sunday, March 3, 2002
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