Burt Kimmelman has published six collections of poetry—As if Free (Talisman House, 2009) the latest—and a number of literary-critical books and essays, as well as a brief memoir of his youth, “Mexico City,” in College Hill Review (online). He teaches at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Read more about him at BurtKimmelman.com. 
Oct 08 2011
The Carroll Capris
It was not that we thought they were gangsters when they walked through the door. In their long coats and stingy-brim hats, in the way they stood and the expressions on their faces, we could see they were from the rackets squad, and they were scary. By the time I was fourteen years old, I had attracted the attention of the police a few times, and I thought I knew what they were like. But the calm, almost bored look of these guys, who had simply strolled into the Capri Athletic Club on Carroll Street, was new to me.