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Death Comes to The Fenwick Arms

by 12/31/2010
Neighborhood: Upper East Side

Mr. Murphy, a New York City doorman, witnesses what happens when there's a death in the building.

The Critical Moment

by 12/31/2010
Neighborhood: West Village

When Christine Nieland witnesses a NY taxi smash into a pedestrian, it makes her think how lives are changed dramatically in the shortest of moments.

Scooter Boy

by 12/31/2010
Neighborhood: All Over, Manhattan, Park Slope, The East River

Neil Stein is brave enough to ride an exposed motor scooter in unforgiving New York traffic, but visiting the bikers down at the motorcycle shop is another story altogether.

Christmas Eve

by 12/24/2010
Neighborhood: Windsor Terrace

Kenneth P. Nolan grew up with Irish-American food, which meant among other things Mrs. Paul's on Fridays. That world of food complacency was shattered by the spectacular Italian food he experienced at Christmas dinner with his future wife's family.

Angel Reading

by 12/24/2010
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

Amelia Blanquera receives her "angel reading" at the East-West bookstore with a mixture of skepticism, hope, and frugality.

Speed Shrinking for Love

by 12/24/2010
Neighborhood: East Village

Kate Walter spends twenty minutes speed shrinking -- similar to speed dating except with therapists.

Guns Guns Guns

by 12/19/2010
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

As a doorman at a New York disco in the 70s, Peter Nolan Smith took a half-hearted shot at some tough Puerto Rican guys, and made buddies with a man who boxed Joe Louis.

Door Buzzers that Never Ring

by 12/19/2010
Neighborhood: Williamsburg

As a girl, Flo Gelo stumbled upon traces of a murder in a Williamsburg vestibule.

Son of Sam Got Me Out of Guitar Lessons

by 12/19/2010
Neighborhood: Staten Island

In 1976, Tom Diriwachter was learning to play the guitar. He achieved a small measure of proficiency, and then was forced to give up his lessons due to Son of Sam hysteria.

How to Be a Staircase

by 12/15/2010
Neighborhood: East Village

Jennifer Sears did the heavy lifting -- pushing a moveable staircase -- for a dancer's solo show.

The Slow Death of a Magazine

by 12/15/2010
Neighborhood: West Village

In the days before the publishing business was dying, Raanan Geberer worked at Energy Saver’s News.

Bloody Angry

by 12/15/2010
Neighborhood: Prospect Heights

In 1964, twelve-year-old Steve Turtell delivered meat for a butcher in Prospect Heights.