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Throwback Thursday: The Roosevelt Island Tramway in the early 1980’s!

I found a couple of videos online the depict The Roosevelt Island Tramway around 1980.  (The picture below of the tram arriving in Manhattan dates from 2006, as I couldn’t find any vintage public domain photos.)

The first video I am linking to here was posted by Richard Cortell; he completed it as a long ago student project for The New York Institute of Technology.  Parts of the video are quite dark, but it’s still a terrific glimpse in New York City’s past.

The second video is also Cortell’s; this one is dated 1980.  It focuses more on life on Roosevelt Island — the tram is seen only at the beginning and end.

I’ve never been on the tram — or to Roosevelt Island.  But just seeing it brings back memories of my early childhood.  My Dad used to occasionally take me on trips to New York City, and I remember seeing it depart from 60th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan.  I was pretty damned awed by it.

But I didn’t ask to ride on it.  My Dad took me to all sorts of places in NYC that were fun for a kid, but the sight of that hanging tram car made me pretty apprehensive.  Hell, I’m not sure I’d want to ride it as an adult.  (There was a malfunction in 2006 that left 80 people trapped up there for around 90 minutes.)

I didn’t know it at the time, but the tram would have actually been relatively new at the time that I saw it (and at about the same time Cortell filmed his videos).  It opened in July of 1976.

Postscript — there is actually a shot of the tram in that old “Million Dollar Movie” intro that everyone loves.  It’s right at the start, five seconds in.



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Photo credit: Kris Arnold from New York, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0&gt;, via Wikimedia Commons

The Piker Press features “Her Smile Was Silver Jupiter”

I am so honored today that The Piker Press published my prose love poem, “Her Smile Was Silver Jupiter.”  You can find it at the link below.

Thanks, as always, to Managing Editor Sand Pilarski for allowing me to share my voice at The Piker Press!

“Her Smile Was Silver Jupiter”



The Internet — ALWAYS a source of reliable information.

[singing to the tune of “My Sharona”]:

“FRIED BALONEY!!!!”

It’s good stuff. Thanks, Internet!

Might have to try that “fried green tomatoes” thing next, I dunno.

Update: I’m in the middle of watching “Doctor Sleep,” so YOU wash the frying pan.



Three of my poems included in the Impspired Magazine Volume 9 anthology

I’m delighted to share here that three of my poems were included in Impspired Magazine Volume 9.  The anthology is a print collection composed of writing from Impspired Issues 17 and 18, and includes work from more than 100 writers from around the world.  You can find it at Amazon right here.

The pieces authored by me are as follows: “A Churchgoer Passes My Yard on Sunday Morning,” “The Secretary” and “The Bureaucrat.”

Thanks once again to Editor Steve Cawte for allowing me to see my work published in such an outstanding literary collection!  I really am honored.



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It’s all politics?

So my last letter to the editor (about mandatory school prayer) was distributed to a readership of about 470,000 readers.

Not the biggest number ever (and there’s no telling how many consumers actually read the letter), but it’s still a nice number.

Writing about politics or current events will garner you a far greater audience than poetry.



Eric Robert Nolan listed with the Poets & Writers Directory

I received a really nice honor yesterday, friends  — I am now listed in the Poets & Writers Directory.  This is a registry of over 10,000 published authors, maintained by Poets & Writers — America’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers.  You can find it right here.

Poets & Writers was founded in 1970.  Its mission is “to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public.”

I am quite grateful to Assistant Web Editor Francisco Marquez and his colleagues in New York City for assisting me during the application process.