Mind's Eye

“Son,” the doctor said, “you’re going to be blind tomorrow.” Sandy Greenberg was just 20 when he first heard the gut-punching words in a Detroit exam room, and they remain seared in his mind, just like the lasting image of his wife of 55 years, Sue. And the memory of the patch of illuminated New York City grass that one of his college roommates and lifelong friends, Art Garfunkel (yes, him), pointed to freshman year and said “Look at what the light does to the color” during a walk on the corner of Amsterdam and 118th streets on Columbia University’s Upper West Side campus.

On The Ropes

With a Bluetooth in his right ear and a black T-shirt tucked into a pair of workout pants, Calvin Ford is the 52-year-old real life inspiration behind the character Cutty from The Wire, a former drug dealer turned neighborhood do-gooder, who speaks softly. “You ain’t nobody until you beat somebody,” Ford says.

Elvis of the Himalayas

Beneath the burgundy vinyl awning that reads “Nepal House” in white block letters, a poster of Buddha looks down at the entrance to 920 N. Charles St. in Mount Vernon. “Namaste,” it says. “Welcome.” Gentle, lyric-less music, the type you might hear while face down on a massage table, plays in the background, reverberating through a long, dark dining room on the right, and a cozy bar with booths to the left.
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