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The King of New York

by 03/05/2017
Neighborhood: Astoria, Queens

From a distance the crown almost looks like solid gold. But as I walk farther up 30th Avenue in Astoria, I can tell there is something not quite right about it. It is glinting, sure, but I realize the crown is made of curled paper. It’s from Burger King. I am now only a few paces behind the man wearing it, who looks like he might be homeless.

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.

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

Remembering, Memorial Day

by 04/17/2015
Neighborhood: Queens

Was some subconscious part of me on the alert for memorials or was it just chance?

Exhaustion, Faith, or Madness

by 12/12/2014
Neighborhood: Jackson Heights, Queens, Uncategorized

As I wander about in a drowsy daze trying to find it, I take in some interesting sights that get me thinking about the meaning of “diversity” – that superficial buzzword often associated with this neighborhood.

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.

Can We Get Next?

by 07/29/2014
Neighborhood: Queens

No, not the much respected European Handball, but American Handball which was played by the Irish and Chinese immigrants that first arrived in large cities, yes girls CAN play, pretty well too, and yes it is a real sport in my opinion.

Colin Powell, Elvis Presley, and Mario Cuomo

by 06/12/2014
Neighborhood: Kew Gardens Hills, Queens

John Oliver Hodges screws in a lightbulb for a Jewish family but doesn't stay for dinner.

Christmas Morning

by 05/26/2014
Neighborhood: Forest Hills

A little trash pile between the sidewalk and street caught my eye. It was just a pile of sticks, but on top was a ten dollar bill folded in half.

Vesuvius Ave.

by 05/08/2014
Neighborhood: All Over, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island

In a summer dress, all women are irresistible. Don't they know this, the excruciating and mystical power of dresses?

School Spirits

by 03/20/2013
Neighborhood: Jamaica

JB McGeever thinks back on his old school, now closed, and remembers a student of particular literary and intellectual prowess.

Letting Go of My Faux Boyfriend

by 11/13/2012
Neighborhood: All Over, Citifield, Midtown, Tribeca

Nina Camp's long-time faux beaux finds love with someone else.