Rusty panels stretch around the bottom right corner of the structure, longer on one side, with dark and broken windows three-quarters up. Along Kingston Avenue once neon letters read Cockt followed by four empty husks; underneath busted bulbs spell Lounge.
In Florida there is a law that two establishments dealing in pornographic matters cannot be within a hundred yards of one another. At least this was the case some ten years ago, as I remember it. Or maybe it was never a law at all, simply another topic for people to trouble their conversation with around the bar.
RECENTLY JESSICA ROGERS has begun wearing hats. Also, she teaches Writing & Literature at Queensborough Community College.