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 Michael Simon 05/03/2015
Aunt Judy’s a teenager and my grandmother takes her shopping at Mays Department store in Downtown Brooklyn. Nana chooses the item she wants, then leans close to Judy. “Watch this.” Nana trumpets: “This is too expensive! I’m not paying this much!” A clerk says, “Ma’am, that’s the price.” “Oh, no! You’re not doing that to […]
by Thomas R. Pryor 04/29/2015
“That’s it. I’ve had it.” Staring at the dirt encrusted window I made up my mind to cheer myself up. After September 11, 2001, my job relocated from a building overlooking the World Trade Center to the industrial center of Long Island City – the old Bloomingdale’s Warehouse on a concrete hill overlooking the Long […]
by Ivan Nahem 04/17/2015
On weekends it’s a tossup, either my wife or I go on expedition for our Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and this was my turn. Because I knew the usual place on Queens Boulevard was closed for repairs I had to head down to the one on 61st in the Woodside valley. On the way back I […]
- by Michael Simon 05/03/2015
- Bob Lang: very funny, michael
- Wills Robbins: My father Al Robbins was a fighter at this exact time mentioned so many of the names listed in article...
- Steve Turtell: Ah, yes. So very New York as it was, not as it now is–much too family-friendy for my taste.