Mr Beller’s Neighborhood is looking for non-fiction stories set in New York. A story should be reasonably short, vivid, specific, and true. It can recall a person or a place, or it can recall a experience that moved you. We’re interested in the distant past as much as the present. A story should be true to the facts. We don’t publish everything we get, but we publish some of it, and we want to hear from you.
by liz dolan 05/06/2013
Sitting in the second row of the balcony at the New York City Center ballet, I, sixteen, entranced by the melodies of Swan Lake, watched a tall, muscular sun-god pirouetting and jeteing on the stage. As he soared, I gasped at the height of his jumps and his sure-footed landings. But I had not come [...]
by Jackie Minghinelli 04/25/2013
Decades ago, when my brother was about ten and I around fourteen, he began to spend an extraordinary amount of time in his room. We lived in an apartment in a sketchy neighborhood in the Bronx. There were muggings, petty and not so petty thefts, and a few cases of violent crimes. Still, we played [...]
by Jared Mazzaschi 04/25/2013
*This story is written from the perspective of the author’s former roommate. The names have been changed but all events happened as stated. Andy is being a serious cocksucker and holding onto my money. He won’t give me any. He says it’s for my own good and that I’ll just go and spend it on [...]
- by liz dolan 05/06/2013
- mary: I remember Julieyou and your hubby were dancers. I had long Red hair basically worked the desk at all hours so...
- josh gilbert: I walked past the building yesterday. Right there on Broadway and Chambers St. The NYC Building’s...
- Christopher: The Park Slope YMCA’s Community House may have been part of the community decades ago but it is...