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A Gypsy in New York
by Juliette de Bairacli Levy
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Chapter 1.8, continued from last month…
The Gypsies are some of the New York winter visitors who complain most about steam heating and are nostalgic for their big outdoor fires. Like migratory birds, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Gypsies enter New York for the winter season, congregating especially in and around Manhattan and Brooklyn.
They come for the profitable fortune-telling earnings of their women, and the odd metal-repairing piecework and cloth-trade dealing of their men. Many of the Gypsy lads work profitably as bootblacks.
They come also in troupes as dancers and singers, and the Hungarians among them provide violin music in restaurants and cafes. Many of them have been living outdoors in desert parts of California or in North America’s numerous forests, for even the American Gypsy, the most “civilized” of their race, remains nomad at heart: now they come to stifle in the city.
The American Gypsy mostly truck-travels today, although many of the fortune-telling families use expensive Cadillac cars and well-equipped trailers when on the roads. Indeed, the expensive Cadillac car is considered as being the most typical of the many cars that the American Gypsies drive.
Countless New York Gypsies have commiserated with me concerning the unpleasantness of life in steam-heated apartments. They stifle in the overheating, but when windows are opened the street dirt blows in upon them. If they turn off all the heating they freeze with the damp cold of shut-in house-places where the sunlight never enters. Gypsies in New York nearly always rent ground-floor rooms, because not only do they like to see the road, their beloved drom around them, but it is also better for business. However, today many Gypsies have to be satisfied with first-floor apartments. There they are still close enough to their drom (the road) for life to be bearable. One seldom finds Gypsies living higher up than the first floor.
And the Gypsies of New York, where are they? That is one of the first thoughts that occupy my mind when entering any new city. Will there be Gypsies? And, where will I find them? One is told, ask the police! They always keep track of the Gypsies! But do they keep track? I think they are unable to do so still; for it is rightly said of the New York Gypsies that no one knows how many there are in the city because they are nomads. They move from borough to borough and neighborhood to neighborhood, when they are not traveling farther afield from city to city or from state to state.
Then, more persistently than any other race, the Gypsies keep two or more names; constant enmity with soldiers and police has driven them to this. So the Gypsies have two names, a Romany family one and a “civilized” one in keeping with the land in which they settle or travel most. This second name they use for school (if their children ever attend one), business, and the police. The Gypsies themselves have told me that their population in New York is a shifting one of around 3,000 in the wintertime, but far less in the spring and summer. They reckon that in Los Angeles they are about 7,000 strong.
I get to know the Gypsies of every town that I visit, because I am sure of finding among them loyal friendship and interesting companionship and true amusement, song, music, dance, magic, all of these and more; love, sometimes.
To be continued…
by Juliette de Bairacli Levy
Author of Common Herbs for Natural Health
“In Memory of Juliette the Grandmother of Herbal medicine”
A Gypsy in New York
Author: Juliette de Bairacli Levy.
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