All posts tagged: Manhattan

Manhattan

?? ?I exited my apartment building, curt note in hand for the UPS delivery person: The buzzer for 2R is broken – please leave delivery inside the door. Contrary to what somebody told you yesterday, there are tenants in 2R – one especially who would have loved to have slept on a mattress last night. I crammed the note between the old brick wall and the broken buzzer and made my way down the now-familiar street to get coffee at a café that I had been referred to by seasoned locals. They’d been here since August, anyway. The rectangular olive-green sign beckoned me onward, steel and hard with flashing bulbs that made it look like an old and woefully lost Vegas sign. I ordered an almond croissant and a cappuccino and took a seat at a small, round marble table. I found myself flanked by hipsters, the luminescent glow of chalky white Apples and the click-click-click of their modern keyboards surrounding me. Extremely conscious of being the only person in the large café without a…

Gentrification Nation

Native New Yorkers are slaves to gentrification. We have given our blood, sweat and tears to a place we had no choice but to call home. We have squeezed rocks under pressures of 725,000 pounds per square inch on our own. Creating diamonds out of the last kids to get picked to play. Only to see our “masters,” ( those with money) reap the benefits that we have worked so hard for. Once we can no longer afford to live here, where will our next plantation be? Where else will we be able to go and help build up from the rubble so that once we have fixed it the rich can reclaim the land we have worked so hard on? Gentrification Nation #quartervida ________________________________________________________________________________ Follow me on:  Instagram: @quartervida  Twitter: @quartervida