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Talking Back: My First Encounter with the Human Microphone

by 12/31/2011
Neighborhood: Financial District, Uncategorized

Jean Garnett witnesses Direct Democracy in action at a General Assembly meeting of Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park.


by 12/30/2011
Neighborhood: West Village

The French are wonderful. Their tips are not.

Richie Two-Ax

by 12/29/2011
Neighborhood: Gowanus, Manhattan, Park Slope

Donald Reilly recalls the stories about his father's friend from the Little Caughnawaga neighborhood (Gowanus).

Passing For 62

by 12/15/2011
Neighborhood: Uncategorized, Union Square, Williamsburg

Brent Shearer tries to defraud the city's Parks Department by asking for a senior citizen discount on his tennis permit... and eventually gets away with it.


by 12/12/2011
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

Sharon Silver learns why her mother always said to look your best before you leave the house.

Aspirational Items

by 12/11/2011
Neighborhood: East Village

Claudette Bakhtiar crams her tiny room full of wonderful adornments for her next (hopefully more spacious) apartment.

We Had Never Heard of Pearl Harbor

by 12/09/2011
Neighborhood: Uncategorized, Upper West Side

Fred Abrahams remembers growing up in an Orthodox community as a German Jewish refugee on the Upper West Side in 1941.


by 12/01/2011
Neighborhood: Midtown, Uncategorized

Ann Mintz knows a good price when she hears one.

The Immigrants’ Daughter Learns A Lesson

by 12/01/2011
Neighborhood: Brooklyn

I learned about sex when I was twelve. My mother called me over while she was watching a rerun of The Honeymooners on the 13” black and white TV in my bedroom. She often watched there, because my father couldn’t stand her smoking in their room. My parents are Holocaust refugees. My mother had lived […]

Dr. Shoe

by 12/01/2011
Neighborhood: Uncategorized, Upper West Side

Lisa Bergtraum was concerned one of her favorie doctors had lost his job, until she saw him practicing a new kind of medicine.