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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.


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.

Christmas Eve

by 12/24/2010
Neighborhood: Windsor Terrace

Kenneth P. Nolan grew up with Irish-American food, which meant among other things Mrs. Paul's on Fridays. That world of food complacency was shattered by the spectacular Italian food he experienced at Christmas dinner with his future wife's family.

That’s So Sad

by 11/24/2010
Neighborhood: Staten Island

After dinner with his parents, Brian Quinn finds himself contemplating their mortality.

Some Light, Some Don’t

by 03/10/2005
Neighborhood: Chinatown

We are in Chinatown looking for a good price on a Zippo lighter. My son wants one with with no logo, no Elvis face, no Mets, no #1 Stunner in fancy script. Just plain silver, the size of a matchbox, when matchboxes were the size of matchboxes. He’s fourteen and still looks nervous striking a […]