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Marina Times - ENTER STAGE LEFT: A NEW COAST - September 2011

By Evalyn Baron

In 40 years as a New Yorker, I never visited the top of the Empire State Building. I know, I can’t believe it either. One of the world’s top attractions, a short bus ride from my Upper West Side co-op, and I never made it to that famous 102nd floor. I was too concerned with street-level matters, too busy earning a living in theater, to let myself be a tourist for even one day. In Gerard Manley Hopkins’ words, my NYC days were “seared with trade, bleared, smeared with toil,” and I allowed myself very little elevation above it all.

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