We want to read your true New York City stories.
We are interested in a wide variety of topics, including those involving deli meat, baby powder, and graffiti. We’re looking for essays that go beyond a quirky anecdote or a beautiful vignette. Tell us why this story—and this city—matters to you.
Past truth-tellers have included Michael Cunningham, Tom Beller, Bryan Charles, Said Sayrafiezadeh, and Phillip Lopate.
We’ve been publishing the very best writers of NYC since 2000, and you can check out our two anthologies here and here.
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by Kerri Doherty
It was 5PM on a Friday evening and somehow I was the only person on the train. I may have [...]
by Vince Passaro
The main distinction being that one is an incident or event while the other is a category of modern relationship
by Samuel Howard
May and the city rejoices in spring, in light and color, in the sheer goodness of life and its improvements. [...]
by Connor Gaudet
Thanks to the valiant efforts of Neighborhood contributor, Rob Williams, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood Reading Series is back in the Lower [...]
by Jacob Margolies
New Yorkers of a certain age who dig hoops can tell you that there is a lot of Jewish DNA [...]