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See You in New York

by 03/19/2017
Neighborhood: Central Park, Featured, Manhattan, World Trade Center

As the wheels hit the ground and the pilot stopped the airplane at Newark airport, I felt right at home. I was landing in the city that was going to be my new home, at least for a couple of years. People had always told me that I should live in New York once, but leave […]

Homeward

by 03/12/2017
Neighborhood: Featured, Manhattan, Washington Heights

“Lemuel,” my mother cried out to me. “No puedo ver.” I looked up. Her eyes were shut, her grip was tight around my hand, and she was telling me she couldn’t see. We had been walking home, enjoying the lull that comes over Washington Heights at the end of the day. I was six and […]

The King of New York

by 03/05/2017
Neighborhood: Astoria, Featured, Queens

I. From a distance the crown almost looks like solid gold. But as I walk farther up 30th Avenue in Astoria, I can tell there is something not quite right about it. It is glinting, sure, but I realize the crown is made of curled paper. It’s from Burger King. I am now only a […]

Rodney Street

by 02/26/2017
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Featured, Williamsburg

Lola is whining. I open the door to the dark hallway so she’ll stop, so she’ll know I’m here. The sunlight reveals a brown present she’s left already, its odor mixing in with the faint smell of cigarettes. It’s hardening. I’m not going to clean it up. She’s not my puppy. The open bedroom door […]

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 […]