I'm rarely on 2nd Avenue below 6th Street. Yesterday was an exception as I decided to walk from Houston to 14th St. via 2nd Avenue. I was greeted by abandoned storefronts -- some with alluring paste-ups and tags -- on the east side of the avenue. The sticker here sums it up.
Educator, writer and curator. Poetry Teacher of the Year, 1988, awarded by Poets House and NYC Board of Education. I co-authored three books back in the 90's -- two of which were cited as best Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library. (The Place I Call Home: Voices and Faces of Homeless Teens and Jerusalem Mosaic: Young Voices from the Holy City.) Both books have also been cited by the Library of Congress for their "strong and honest voice of the young adult." I also authored A to Z : The Book of Rap & Hip Hop Slang -- with entries that have since been cited by dozens of dictionaries.