The New York City Zoo

Every day, all day long, these double decker tourist buses drive around Manhattan, with some guy on the top with a microphone explaining the sites.  It’s kinda weird.  Anything having to do with 9/11 gets a lot of attention.  They especially like the corner across from St. Vincent’s Hospital (where they waited to treat the survivors who never came).  People started putting up tiles on a fence to honor the victims and now the fence is packed with tiles. 

I have to admit I always feel a little self-conscious when they go by and I’m in my crappy gym outfit.  I almost want to explain.  “I can look better than this.  Really.”

Here is the Incredible Hulk (Edward Norton, why??) protecting the visitors.  “Don’t hurt them, poorly attired New Yorkers!  Roar!”

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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