On The End of New York-Ness: Why the Ziegfeld Theatre Matters

Dan Jones


In 2013, I walked into an 8:00 screening of Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me at the Ziegfeld Theatre to discover that I was the only person in the cavernous 1300-seat room. By the time the film began, there were three of us—filling roughly .02% of the seats in this piece of primo Manhattan real estate. I couldn’t help but wonder how long the Ziegfeld Theatre had left. Now I know. The Ziegfeld is closing.

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How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness by Toni Bernhard

joy murray --art ~ books ~ life

Earlier this year I served for a month on a grand jury.  A grand jury hears cases presented by city prosecutors to see if there’s really enough evidence to go forward with prosecution.  I heard close to 100 cases in 30 days.  Most of them were traffic violations, but we got some pretty hard violent crime cases, too.  And even the traffic violations were associated with addictions.

How to Wake UpOne of the hardest things about serving on a jury is the mandate to not talk about the cases to anyone.  Because I keep a journal and make art, I had a way of processing the sadness I felt over the human condition.  At the time, I was reading Toni Bernhard’s book How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow.  After reading a particularly insightful passage, I made this entry into my journal, adding other bits of…

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