City Diary

Manhattan After the Hurricane

My office downtown is dark with no phone service or water, but I am thankful because my home is intact and we have electricity. Not so for many people whose lives have been upended by this historic, devastating storm. I took my camera out in the

  1.11.2012

Umbrella Symphony in Manhattan

Last week I was caught in a summer downpour in lower Manhattan after I left the office late in the afternoon. I was wet and uncomfortable, and fatigued after attending to patients for most of the day. Like other New Yorkers trying to get home, I was

  23.07.2012

Inspiration in Central Park with Achilles International

Inspiration is wherever you find it, and on Sunday morning of June 24th there was plenty in Central Park. I was on my usual bike ride around the loop and discovered that the Achilles International event called the Hope and Possibility Race was about to take

  17.07.2012

Revisiting St. Vincent’s Hospital

I took a walk past St. Vincent’s Hospital the other day. It was surrounded by fences, boards, and warning signs pending demolition of some buildings and renovation of others. The place I used to go for coffee before making rounds is now a Duane Reade. I

  9.07.2012

Art, Poetry, and Contemplation at the Howl

Last weekend I visited the Howl Festival at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village.  Named after the poem by Allen Ginsberg, this was a celebration of art, music, and dance.   It was a beautiful day, and a nice opportunity to contemplate how New York City

  11.06.2012

City Rhythms

One of the things I love most about New York City is the pulsating energy of its street life. The cars, taxis, and subways move to an energized beat as they traverse the bridges and tunnels that form the arteries that connect the City to itself

  28.05.2012

Signs of Spring in Manhattan

After two dozen years of living in New York City I have experienced how city life can wear down the spirit. The intense competition, the bustle of streets and subways, and the ever-spiraling expenses take a toll on many people. But there is always the promise

  13.04.2012

The Meatpacking District in Black & White

I am writing this blog post while sitting in an al fresco restaurant in the area known as the Meatpacking District of Manhattan.  Twenty-five years ago I photographed this place, never imagining that it would transform into a glitzy international tourist destination. I moved into New York City

  28.03.2012

Art and Transformation in the Flatiron Building

Hypergraphia, the art installation in the Flatiron Building, was based on the simple concept of individually decorated coffee cups hanging from fishing line.

  1.03.2012

Year of the Dragon in Manhattan’s Chinatown

The thing I love most about Manhattan is that it is endlessly photogenic.  This past weekend my wife and I went to Manhattan’s Chinatown to watch the New Year’s parade in celebration of the Year of the Dragon – one of the most revered years of

  30.01.2012

Dr. Jeffrey M. Levine has authored numerous articles on topics related to healthcare of the elderly. These include medical history, prevention and treatment of chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, elder neglect and abuse, and physical restraints. He has also edited a book on legal and regulatory aspects of nursing homes.