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When You Get Kicked by a White Guy

by 04/23/2017
Neighborhood: Featured, Manhattan, Tribeca

A 2010 article from Newsweek made international news with the headline, “Pakistan is the World’s Most Dangerous Country.” Growing up in Pakistan, I rarely experienced moments of panic. Pakistan could be dangerous—like when a bomb went off near my school—but I felt safe in my suburban neighborhood. When I decided to move to the United […]

The Turtle Pond

by 04/16/2017
Neighborhood: Central Park, Featured, Manhattan

Sitting in the sunset in the middle of Central Park, the unfamiliar boy and I huddled together in the growing chill of late October, using the excuse of needing bodily warmth to search for some other, more abstract warmth of feeling. We had spent the whole day exploring the Met Museum, and afterwards walked around […]

If Dad Was A Doll

by 04/09/2017
Neighborhood: Coney Island, Featured

My father took me to the Coney Island Freak Show every summer growing up. My artist Dad seemed unfettered from his day job as a social worker, sketching subway riders on the hour train ride from the Lower East Side, where we lived surrounded by junkies and prostitutes wandering derelict streets. On the boardwalk, he […]

Call for Submissions

by 02/12/2017
Neighborhood: All Over, Featured, News

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 […]

The Art of Tipping

by 06/29/2003
Neighborhood: Featured, West Village

Not too long ago I sprained my ankle playing basketball and was unable to walk for several days. I had no food in the apartment during my ordeal so I was forced to order all of my meals in. It was a great indulgence which I thoroughly enjoyed. Yet by the eighth meal on the […]

Bubby’s Departure

by 02/11/2003
Neighborhood: All Over, Brooklyn, Featured, Multiple, West Village

I went to Penn Station to snap a picture or two and perhaps in the process imbibe a feeling for my grandmother, Bubby, who went there ten years ago (this month) to catch a train… I didn’t know Bubby growing up. She and my dad had a fight when I was 2 and didn’t speak […]