Growing Up
Donna Florio
Bank Street

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Want to read them? They’ll be published, I promise. Or staged (what glorious, meaty roles these neighbors would be!). If you want to be informed about it, send me an email at:  me@donnaflorio.net.


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Marion Tanner, the real life Auntie Mame. My babysitter and astounding friend, from my birth to her death. 10/31/1985 NYT Marion Tanner eulogy. Wheelchair bound but still radiating light. Read more...


Bank Street in the arts. A very, very incomplete list, even for the past. And I've left out today's neighbors. Everyone deserves to buy groceries in peace. How poet Langston Hughes and illustrator Prentiss Taylor worked together on Bank Street. Read more...


Captain Kangaroo. The Captain and Cocoa Puffs! My best morning friends! But why did my mother run off to laugh when Farmer Green Jeans came on? Read more...


HB Acting Studio They want to be stars! And wonderful Uta Hagen and Herbert Bergdorf made it happen. Still do. Read more...


Christopher Plummer Read more...


Tammy Grimes Read more...


Alwin Nickolais and Murray Louis. Fabulous onstage and at home on Bank Street Read more...


Rex Harrison as I wish I'd known him! What did he see in that Bank Street actress that he didn't see in me? Read more...


Alan Arkin in the movie "Wait Until Dark" Exactly as he glared at twelve year old me on a Saturday morning in our local five and dime. Run for your life! Read more...


Anthony Perkins Run faster! Read more...


Westbeth Arts haven extraordinaire. Read more...


Diane Arbus Read more...


John and Yoko I dumped water on John Lennon's head but it was an accident. And what happened when John ventured out to Staten Island was even worse. No wonder they fled uptown to the Dakota. Read more...


Sid Vicious. Sid's 1979 death was truly sad, but Donna didn't invent OMG, contrary to some opinions. Shocked into horrible native New Yorkese, it was "Uh my Gawd," thank you. Read more...


Judge Crater and Stella Crater. The more I learn about that old lady on the park bench, the less I know. What, perhaps, really happened to Judge Crater,  "The Missingist Man In New York" in 1930. His disappearance remains one of the juiciest mysteries of twentieth century America. Read more...


Yeffe Kimball and Dr. Harvey Slatin. Live a spilling cup of life every day. To hell with dull, with bells on. 6/26/1957 NYT Ghost in 11 Bank Street Read more...


Nothing new on Bank Street Katherine Anthony and Elisabeth Irwin as a couple Read more...


The Gilfords. Warm, welcoming, idealistic, and tough as nails. 4/8/2013 NYT Joe Gilford on his play and parents Read more...


The famous, infamous, Browders. Did our little old neighbor really have Commies under her bed? Professor James Ryan's book "Earl Browder: The Failure of American Communism" Read more...


Bella Abzug A politician who fought to improve American life as she brawled with Dad too. Read more...


Assorted Historic Bank Street mayhem and tidbits: yellow fever, riots, enraged beneficiaries... and others who know there's magic here. 6/5/1933 NYT Where it began: how a 1798 yellow fever epidemic brought The Bank of New York uptown and created Bank Street Read more...


1907. Ethnic harmony on Bank Street, back when The New York Times couldn't spell 'politically correct' Read more...


2/14/16 NYT Edith Kitching, penniless philosopher, spurns inheritance Read more...


5/14/13 I'm hardly the only one who sees Bank Street's magic. "The Best Little Block in the World." Read more...