Friday, January 22, 2010

Morning in New York

I stay in Harlem two or three or four days a week, taking the Metro North to Sarah Lawrence College where I teach writing, history and sometimes, participatory research.  It has taken me six months to figure out a decent place to get a breakfast snack, or a carry out lunch or coffee.  This week I decided to check out Q & N Foods, across the street from the near vertical metal stairs that rise from 125th Street to the elevated platform of the Harlem station. 

It's important to have a local, a shop where the clerk knows how you like your coffee and that you prefer your sesame bagel with peanut butter (over just a touch of butter). It's what makes a place feel like a home.  It's what makes writing possible.

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