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On the Train in Winter

by 02/08/2014
Neighborhood: Across the River, All Over, Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens, Downtown Brooklyn, Gowanus, Greenwich Village

The F Train offers a partial escape from the cold, and the arrival of a stranger causes Ryan Lejarde to stumble towards a realization.

The Circle Line

by 04/02/2013
Neighborhood: Across the River, All Over

In a Proustian moment, Mary Gordon is transported back to childhood and remembers the most important gift her mother ever gave her.

I Have to Be Here

by 09/11/2011
Neighborhood: Across the River

My mother doesn’t get why I have to be here for the anniversary of September 11th. In late August of this year, I was leaving our family beach house at the Jersey Shore and Mom asked if I was planning a return visit in September. “Yeah, I’ll be back,” I said. “Probably the third weekend, […]

The Asian Bug

by 02/20/2011
Neighborhood: Across the River, Letter From Abroad

Joe Scalia's sons tend to bring home Asian women, which on at least one occasion led his mother to ask one of them why they took "Kung Fu" off the air.

The Company Shit Burner

by 07/04/2010
Neighborhood: Across the River

John Samuel Tieman recalls a life lesson learned in An Khe, Vietnam, back in 1970.

Runaways

by 10/01/2009
Neighborhood: Across the River, Brooklyn

In order to avoid having one of those days when toddlers strike, Deirdre Faughey breaks her routine.

Where Have You Gone, Amelia Earhart?

by 09/22/2009
Neighborhood: Across the River, Long Island

 For decades my libertarian desire for privacy kept me lining up with the teeming hordes of commuters at the Verrazano and Throgs Neck Bridges because I didn’t want “them” to know where I was going to or coming from, and how often. But eventually, against my better judgment, I silenced the screaming voices in my […]

The Piano

by 09/14/2009
Neighborhood: Across the River, Bronx

Raanan Geberer reflects on the complicated nature of his relationship with his father, and his father’s piano.

The Last Lesson

by 09/07/2009
Neighborhood: Across the River, Brooklyn

Allan B. Goldstein’s poignant account of his dying father’s last lesson for him.

Turds Fall Within Pepe’s Bailiwick

by 08/16/2009
Neighborhood: Across the River, Bronx

Another anonymous poop doesn’t get Marcelle Harrison down, an administrator at the Bronx State Psychiatric Hospital.

The Greatest Game

by 07/19/2009
Neighborhood: Across the River, Letter From Abroad

Playwright Ron West plays the greatest game of his life, after needlessly directing seven one-woman shows.

Old Nuns

by 06/08/2009
Neighborhood: Across the River, Long Island

The great comedian Anne Meara reflects on her mother’s death, Catholic boarding school, and the enigma of Helen Hauser.