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The Hedges

by 02/16/2014
Neighborhood: Farmingdale

Joseph Scalia dons the neighborhood watch hat in his story "The Hedges," where he patrols everything from raucous dogs to overgrown shrubbery.

Look Homeward, Brooklyn

by 09/07/2012
Neighborhood: Brighton Beach, Gramercy Park, Long Island

Robert Weinberger gets his big break at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

The Balcony

by 02/03/2012
Neighborhood: Long Island

We moved into our apartment on a cold, windy April day. April Fool’s Day, actually. Susan and I didn’t know many people in town and we were looking forward to making new friends. As the movers struggled to get the bed and sofa up the narrow stairs, I looked out the tiny window in our […]

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 […]

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.

Squirrel in the Birdfeeder

by 01/19/2008
Neighborhood: Across the River, Long Island

Another installment of Joseph Scalia versus the universe.

Dreaming about Jones Beach, 1944

by 10/27/2005
Neighborhood: Long Island

Dreams mix together our memories like oyster crackers in tomato soup

Until It’s Over

by 05/09/2005
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Long Island

A good map will not only show where you are, it can also tell which way you’re headed. I’ve always resented the way New York City claims such a large portion of Long Island, its landscape and culture, the layers of people and the stories they keep. Does Queens have anything to do with Montauk? […]

Camp Camelot

by 07/20/2003
Neighborhood: Long Island

"Although genes had a hand in my corpulence, I loved food more than the average person, and I have always been one of those peop