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When You Get Kicked by a White Guy

by 04/23/2017
Neighborhood: Featured, Manhattan, Tribeca

When I decided to move to the United States for college, I traded my relatively calm and peaceful life in a decidedly “dangerous” country for a different, perhaps more potent danger that haunted me day and night: being a target because of the color of my skin.

The Turtle Pond

by 04/16/2017
Neighborhood: Central Park, Featured, Manhattan

Despite my eagerness to come to New York, I was disillusioned my first few months living there. I spent more time in my room than out on the streets I had so romanticized, and which always seemed to disappoint with their dirty pavements. But I’m growing to love New York for what it is rather than for my fantasized idea of it.

How to Break into Your Own Apartment

by 04/02/2017
Neighborhood: Manhattan

It was well after midnight. My father and I sat on the stoop outside my new apartment on Thompson Street eating burgers in the late August heat, unable to get in. A cockroach scuttled beneath my feet and up the small half-wall to where my fries lay. “Ugh! Why?!” I jumped to the opposite side […]

The Eggs of Protest

by 03/26/2017
Neighborhood: Manhattan

The morning after the election I didn’t really want to leave my bed. Even though I am not an American citizen, the happenings of the night before shocked and numbed me so much that I couldn’t find the power to face the day. I wanted to stay where I was and try to forget about […]

See You in New York

by 03/19/2017
Neighborhood: Central Park, Manhattan, World Trade Center

Before I left Sweden to move to New York, I hugged my dad, not knowing that it would be the last time.

Homeward

by 03/12/2017
Neighborhood: Manhattan, Washington Heights

“Lemuel,” my mother cried out to me. “No puedo ver.” I looked up. Her eyes were shut, her grip was tight around my hand, and she was telling me she couldn’t see.

City Frog

by 02/19/2017
Neighborhood: Manhattan, SoHo

A chance encounter with a "poster child for biodiversity" sitting on a trash heap in Manhattan. A romance ensues.

“I Got You”

by 08/07/2016
Neighborhood: Chelsea, Manhattan

Deep down I knew why I couldn’t pay at the register. But the following day I still showed up. César motioned for me to keep walking.

You’re Out of the Night

by 06/17/2016
Neighborhood: Flushing, Lower East Side, Queens, Uncategorized

I didn’t tell Dull that I wondered what I was doing with my life as I sat in my windowless, air-conditioned classroom—when I began to understand that a break year meant not really being at home anywhere.

Subway CPR

by 04/26/2016
Neighborhood: Times Square

His face was a pale green, his eyes rolled in the back of his sockets—an ordinary man on an ordinary day. Until now, lying on a subway floor.

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

New York! Just Like I Pictured It, Sorta. Well, No.

by 03/16/2016
Neighborhood: Hell's Kitchen, Midtown

My plan was to bond in private with the city I had chosen as my future home.