John Byron Kuhner
Fifth-generation New Yorker JOHN BYRON KUHNER (johnbyronkuhner.com) was born and raised in Queens. An accomplished Latinist who speaks and writes Latin, he now lives in a one-room cabin in the Catskill Mountains. His Staten Island: Or, Life in the Boroughs is forthcoming this fall from Crumpled Press (www.crumpledpress.org).
The bright fluorescent lights and featureless walls of the ferry terminal come as something of a shock after the congenial sunshine and peaceful reveries of the Battery. The words STATEN ISLAND FERRY appear over the entrance in letters six feet tall, in a garish neon blue.