Plus! Eric Adams Watch!! Items of Interest!!!
Hello Anne! Hannah Meltzer here, a British writer and journalist who lives in Paris. I recently discovered CAFÉ ANNE and I have quickly become a firm fan. I thought you might also dig Pen Friend, my weekly letter from Paris - https://hannahmeltzer.substack.com/
In any case, thank you for your funny, warm, life-affirming posts. Good wishes from Paris
I'm glad your Angels tour was a safe one, but many of us ( be it current or former) NYC residents
hold the group in such high regard that we never stop rhapsodizing about these community heroes and their esteemed founder ! As the main spokesman Curtis as a radio host has almost turned into the MUCH respected version of Rodney Dangerfield: one never tires of his passionate, thoughtful rants!
The Angels not only provide a sorely needed sense of safety, but they remind us how important we need to be to each other.
Ok, so your tour might have been the Barney Miller episode of their evenings, but God Bless these brave volunteers and may substantial reward find its' way to each of them!
I like your mayor.
Another great story, this time under the pseudonym Sparkles. The Guardian Angels is a remarkable organization it seems. I am amazed by their longevity. To me, the thing is people getting involved in their neighborhoods but MUCH MORE THAN THAT b/c the GAs do this work and often not in their own neighborhoods! The ultra walking bagel couple has a similar glossy jacket style but green. Everytime you write about the Mayor I revert to our Governor experiment with Jesse the Body Ventura. Mayor Adams is what I call a "blurter" -- just riffs without a filter. Your partner definitely got a boss nickname!
Once more, you transport me back to the early eighties, the fledgling years of the Guardian Angels. They were always in the news for one thing or another. Lovely to hear they're still around and now so respected. Wonderful piece of journalism.
What a terrific article & experience! Kudos Anne for featuring these legendary, always relevant Angels. Also Mazel Tov to you and Ralph on your thrilling Astoria patrol. Thank you Curtis Swila, Bruce Lee and the Guardian Angels!!! NYC loves and appreciates you!!! I remember the days I organized the stickball competitions between them and Marty Markowitz. BTW - “Sparkles” is totally your name!
Thank you for finally joining our patrol. The team enjoyed your company as well as with Marcus...They all enjoyed your newsletter and I advised them to join you.
Keep doing what you are doing. You are the best.
What happened to the laundromat owner!?! Is the poor soul gone forever?
Great story, Sparkles! I've always wondered what's going on with the Guardian Angels, so this was super interesting to read. It tracks with my experience of them too: gathered on street corners in their red berets.
Also your Mayor bits are hilarious! Keep them coming!!
You wouldn't think McDonald's would be part of the deep state would you?! Maybe revisit pink puffy coat lady if you get a chance to learn her views on life in general! That was great about the guardian angels! And I can't believe you get to go back to that cool cool Behr Mansion! Especially on Halloween night!
Anne, you would look so BAD ASS in one of those Guardian Angel Red Jackets. Just saying! [🎤drop]
“One of the saddest days of my life—and I remember it like it was yesterday—my mother sat me down and she says, ‘Baby, I need to be honest with you. You’re not Sicilian!’”
Great post. I love the way you get beyond the mundane and find amazing stories. Love this one.
If Pink Quilted Jacket Lady doesn't get her own CAFÉ dedicated issue, it's a crime against the internet.
I love seeing photos of you out and about in NYC!! (both in here and in Ralph's post. I vote for more 'photos of Anne out and about in NYC' content!!
It's great to see and hear about people who care about their community. Good article.