Giving Thanks Year By Year In New York

From the year I was born until I moved to Los Angeles at age 24, I spent every Thanksgiving in New York but I can’t remember very much about any of then.   However, I’ve been able to go back over the years I lived in New York and figure out, year by year, the things I was most grateful for when Thanksgiving came around.

1974- Thankful I hadn’t died after being born three months early the previous June.

1975- Pleased that my mother had obviously decided that one kid was enough.

1976- Maybe I wouldn’t be an only child but I was thankful that she’s stop at two kids.

1977- Make that three kids, thankfully only three.

1978-This Banana Splits Show will probably be on forever.

1979-Waking up before dawn to watch Davey & Goliath

1980- Thankful that no one had shot John Lennon.

1981- Discovering the magazines under the couch.

1982- Pitfall for the Atari 2600

1983-The horror that is the Thanksgiving day Parade is only once a year.

1984- The New York Mets were finally respectable.

1985- The knowledge that it probably couldn’t get worse.

1986- October 27

1987- Ok, four kids.

1988- Make that five kids.

1989- The fact that we somehow lived in a nice neighborhood for a change.

1990- Deli on Oak Street very relaxed about checking ID

1991- Bar on same street as deli very relaxed about checking ID.

1992-High school done, life is smooth sailing from here on out right?

1993- Kid count now up to 6.

1994- The purchase of Velvet Underground Live 1969 (it was a down year).

1995- Hey the sleazy video store is open on holidays.

1996-The Irish bar on 238th street in the Bronx.

1997-The jukebox at the Marz Bar.

1998- The availability of cheap gin and the belief that I would never move away from New York.

That’s a lot of thanks, I’ll cover the years since then in another post.  For more on giving thanks see my wife’s post on the subject.  Have a great Thanksgiving.



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4 responses to “Giving Thanks Year By Year In New York

  1. Ah, such a big story hidden between the lines. I love this, though I was alarmed to realize I left Long Island the summer you were born. Please don’t take it personally.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and the Slackmistress.

  2. TheOtherWill

    I remember those two places Copiague Deli and Doc Lee Lau’s(still has awesome food,still go there) Good Times,Good Times.

  3. This is great! Can’t wait to read the later years!

    Love the part about your mom deciding to only have one kid … When I was 2 years old, my mom approached me and asked me if I’d like having a little brother or sister to play with. “No, thanks,” I said.

    (I got a sister. Then 2 years later, a brother.)

  4. Stacy

    An Beal Bocht? I live around the friggin’ corner! they’ve taken over the storefront next door. Still awesome and has great music.

    I still can’t wait to read your book.

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