Tag Archives: Queens

New York Magazine thinks there’s no good, cheap food in Queens

Queens doesn’t exist. Or maybe it just disappeared one day while everyone was checking their smartphones and being social. There’s a giant void between Manhattan, Brooklyn and Nassau County. Woodside… felled. Flushing… down the toilet. Jackson Heights… sunk. Only the quickly gentrifying Astoria remains, visible from the Upper East Side on the rare occasion someone […]

Unemployed blogger called out for his sins

Some people like me, and some people don’t. And most couldn’t care less one way or the other about some unemployed blogger and his thoughts. That’s the way the world works. But once in a great while someone spits so much venom my way that I wonder if I wronged them in a previous life. […]

Unemployed guy fits right in at the US Open

Tourists and Manhattanites don’t come to Queens. They’re still scared of Brooklyn‘s tonier neighborhoods, where killer mothers, nanny henchmen and four-headed demon newborns of death rule the parks, boutiques and cafes. So this side of the East River, a little north of Brooklyn, where all the foreign people live, might as well be Sadr City […]

Want job security? Sell fruit in Manhattan

The fruit guy has more job security than I ever did. I’ve been laid off and unemployed 4 times in 8 years, but he’s still selling fruit on the same corner.

The perfect job awaits…

The perfect job can take many forms. This guy is offering employment as a henchman, a nemesis. And I’m uniquely qualified. He’ll never know what hit him.

Why can’t the holidays be everyday?

A jobless guy’s pep talk to himself

Toy story: the recession edition

Watching a toy store close from my bedroom window

Don’t believe your unemployed friends at the gym

Unemployment benefit extensions seem to work just like regular unemployment benefits

Career training courtesy of the NY Department of Labor

The NY Department of Labor requires career training to collect unemployment. Read about my visit to their offices, which wasn’t as painful as it could have been.

Sometimes perspective finds you

You may be unemployed, but some people have it a lot worse.