The Streets of Athens

(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, FILE)

At about 10pm on Monday evening, I was walking along Panepistimiou Boulevard, about three blocks from Syntagma Square.

It was a lovely Athenian night, and for a while I was enjoying my stroll. However, without being aware why, I began to glance anxiously to my left and to my right. As we were wont to do in the 1980s and early 90s in Manhattan.

At that moment I realized that this central avenue of Athens, so close to the heart of the …

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