The publication is a series of memoirs about growing up on the Lower East Side in the 70's and 80's. The neighborhood was a unique hub of First Generation kids striving to fly while keeping their roots grounded. There were only so many popular names, so everyone had a nickname: Ralph the Animal, Cavewoman Carmen, Skinny Milly, and Pretty Back. We pooled our change to split a knish, played Chinese jump rope with the rubber bands we found around the house, and came out at night, when the air was cool and the river breeze was unobstructed by development.
Already a changed neighborhood, "Alphabet City" is no longer the forbidden zone, but a trendy destination and the public housing is being considered for privatization.
Progress is sometimes a good thing, always inevitable, and remembering what came before us helps to embrace what is coming. These stories (and pictures) preserve a bit of our history.
Non-fiction, yes, but creative non-fiction. Our history is oral so I'm sure you'll recognize some artistic license.
Ready for layout and print, the deadline in Early October, in order to be ready for distribution at the Latino Authors Writers Conference in October.
Thank you for your support!
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