Nathan Smith, Manager, Sunshine Hotel, 1998. In "Flophouse: Life on the Bowery" by David Isay and Stacy Abramson, Nathan said, 'I came to the Bowery some years ago. I was an ordinary family man working for National Westminster Bank on Wall Street. I lost my job and my wife walked out, so I ended up down here. Been manager about twelve years. This is an "eat it and beat it" hotel—people are supposed to come and stay for a day or two and get out. But for some reason, people like to stay for years. We don't have any amenities here at all—no soap, no towels, no TVs, no maid service. The only thing you get is a lightbulb and a locker. The Waldorf-Astoria we're not. But it beats living in the streets…We've had two Jesus Christs since I've been at the Sunshine—Iong white beard, robe, sandals, the whole nine yards. One of them used to live right there in 2A. He was so entrenched in his Jesus thing that he used to feed the mice, the roaches, the rats—everything. Finally I had to throw him out. "Jesus, you're a nice guy,” I told him, “but, Jesus, I got to put you out, buddy. You're making a health hazard here!”
Every summer we head to Victoria for a week or two. Last Christmas we discovered @flophousevic who offer a range of incredible accommodation options in the Macedon Ranges. It was so much fun eating brekkie at this table each morning. Have you explored this part of Victoria? #macedonranges#kyneton#flophouse
I get sick of of people complaining about #oakpark and how the taxes are blah blah blah, and they're moving as soon as the kids grow up. I mean, seriously, what is our relationship to community and home? My dream is to live in a community that is just as worth living in as an older adult than as a child-rearer. Last night on our walk we found two great books in one of those mini-libraries all over town. This, #Flophouse , by #andrewwang#stacyabramson and #Davidisay , is telling as to why this place is a collection of interesting people. I'm also reading #octaviabutler#kindred , found in one of these libraries. People will spend ten or twenty thousand dollars a year to send their kids to private schools... why not spend that much for neighbors to go to great schools, and community centers, and great libraries, ands innovative programs, and exercise and cultural opportunities, and viable bike streets?