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“I Got You”

by 08/07/2016
Neighborhood: Chelsea, Featured, Manhattan

Like 8 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 There’s a corner store in Chelsea that sells the best deli meat I’ve ever eaten. I found it when I moved to New York from Israel six years ago. My apartment was a block away, but even after I moved to the Upper West Side, I kept taking […]

The Ancient Swirl of Time that is Always Present Over Coney Island

by 10/20/2014
Neighborhood: Coney Island

Like 44 Google +1 0 Retweet 9 It’s a bone chilling day in winter as I park my car on a side street next to the Cyclone roller coaster. My head is spinning with all these old Brooklyn memories, and I’ve come back here now looking for signs of them, looking for pieces left behind […]

Cigarette Break

by 08/26/2014
Neighborhood: Manhattan, Tribeca

Like 2 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 She has just stepped out of her Tribeca branded content office and is leaning against the wall, wondering if she should buy some cigarettes, when she sees a man eating from the trash. His clothes are neat. T-shirt tucked into belted jeans. He must do this often, because […]

Colin Powell, Elvis Presley, and Mario Cuomo

by 06/12/2014
Neighborhood: Kew Gardens Hills, Queens

Like 8 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 Often the Jewish dumpster is stuffed with bread: not tonight; but walking home a man in a hat says, “Excuse me. Are you Jewish?” I say “No” because last time I was asked that question I said “Yes,” and three Jews wrapped me in ribbons and made me […]

Sliced Tomatoes

by 03/16/2014
Neighborhood: Boro Park, Featured

Like 22 Google +1 0 Retweet 3 In the Jewish neighborhoods he was “Morris, the Maven of Tomatoes.” The orthodox women hardly talked to him, except to call out their orders in Yiddish, enough of which he understood, or to haggle about his high prices or to complain about the accuracy of the scale that […]

No Slices

by 02/04/2014
Neighborhood: DUMBO, Union Square

Like 52 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 Pizza had been on my mind that summer. Who could forget the ever-present sensation of melting? Our skin like sweating cheese, like crusts toasted to a golden brown. We stank, all of us — the garlic you had for lunch, everyone could smell it in the subway car, […]

Will Probably Be Late to the Party

by 01/21/2014
Neighborhood: East Village

Like 36 Google +1 0 Retweet 4 I am apologizing to Michelle because I’m crying and I don’t know why. I’m not sad or anything, I’m actually having a good time. This is one of the first times that Michelle and I are hanging out outside of class, and we don’t know each other well […]

Good Humor

by 12/06/2013
Neighborhood: Bowery, East Village, Lower East Side

Like 725 Google +1 0 Retweet 20 The week before my high school graduation, I wandered into the Good Humor ice cream garage on East 3rd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue, just a block from my apartment. I was looking for a summer job. A friend of the family, a college kid named Keith, […]

Can I Get This To Go?

by 07/02/2013
Neighborhood: East Village, Featured

Like 13 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 As someone who was born and raised in the famous “city that never sleeps,” it comes as no surprise that I have suffered from insomnia since the age of thirteen. Not a believer in medicinal sleep aids, I experimented with every natural sleep remedy suggested by friends, store […]

Date One

by 06/28/2013
Neighborhood: East Village, Featured

Like 11 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 He gives me a blow by blow while I wait: “might be like 10 min late or so,” and “taking the ACW from 42nd to 14th,” and “2 blocks away.” He is 20 minutes late by the time he makes an appearance. Cute, I think. Tall. Thank you, […]

Chowdah

by 01/17/2013
Neighborhood: Grand Central Station, Midtown

Like 2 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Last week my boss Manny hated me. The business was slow on 47th street. I had been hired part-time to help my replacement H-Love, but neither of us had made a sale between Xmas and the New Year. “I feel like I’m running a charity ward. The two […]

Pizza at the End of the World

by 01/15/2013
Neighborhood: Featured, Staten Island

Like 39 Google +1 0 Retweet 1 My apartment building, across from the ferry, in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island, fared well against Sandy. From my window, I saw the water rise above the seawall, and swallow the municipal parking lot, but situated on the hill, I never felt threatened. When the power […]