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If Dad Was A Doll

by 04/09/2017
Neighborhood: Coney Island, Featured

As a young man, Royal Young wished his social worker artist father was a little more punk rock. Shortly thereafter, he shared a slice of pizza with Sylvain Sylvain, guitarist for the New York Dolls.

Rodney Street

by 02/26/2017
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Williamsburg

When Josh first moved to Rodney Street, I saw a home. This could be our home, I thought then. But the vision I had of his apartment is not the reality now.

Rollo

by 02/05/2017
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Williamsburg

I woke up early every morning to watch Rollo leave for school. When he walked out the front door, I'd run down the stairs and outside so fast, grape jelly would drip onto my hands from the Wonder bread toast I hadn't yet eaten. I'd race to the swinging gate and yell, "Hi Rollo!"

102 Steuben

by 06/17/2016
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Clinton Hill

My dad normally has limited patience for anyone, and I was ready to watch him cut Scott off or give his “we’re here for a reason, don’t waste my time” look.

The Tape

by 04/26/2016
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Chelsea, Jackson Heights, Manhattan, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Sunset Park

Every week I bought a cassette tape and poured my heart out to the Shrink. We were discussing my parents when a long-buried memory sprung to mind

I Know About His Ear

by 05/03/2015
Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn

There’s a joke about Jewish mothers. If you know it, join in.

Jews Playing Basketball

by 11/06/2014
Neighborhood: All Over, Bronx, Brooklyn, Lower East Side

J. Margolies weaves basketball and Judaism onto a canvas of New York in the '70s.

The Ancient Swirl of Time that is Always Present Over Coney Island

by 10/20/2014
Neighborhood: Coney Island

Sometimes, when the sky is just right, it is still possible to feel the era of the 50's blowing eternally down the boardwalk.

Direction By Mercy

by 09/28/2014
Neighborhood: Long Island City, Lower East Side, Queens

For immigrants, language and customs are the most challenging things when moving to a foreign country.

Will You Marry Me?

by 09/26/2014
Neighborhood: Long Island City, Uncategorized

I don’t know if he was actually homeless, or if he actually had food stamps and other government assistance. I also didn’t know if he smelled musty like a ton of the other homeless people in the subway. Whenever I remember him, I kick myself for not having the courage to go back and ask him his name.

Spa Day

by 09/06/2014
Neighborhood: Coney Island

A Groupon spa day outing goes downhill.... fast.

A Picnic in Eden

by 09/01/2014
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Williamsburg

Everyone that lives here has her or his own love-hate relationship with this city. But there really is no place like it.