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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 […]

“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.

Is My Arched Spine Still Pretty?

by 01/15/2016
Neighborhood: East Village, Manhattan, Uncategorized, Union Square

Right after it was done I wanted to try again, as if already I was searching for some way for him to give me more than he could.

Knickerbocker Village

by 03/01/2004
Neighborhood: Manhattan

A thousand families struggled on, while many sank and polluted the others.

War and Duane Reade

by 04/04/2003
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

Day 14. U.S. troops four miles from Baghdad. It was 9 PM and I was out of Breathe Right strips. If I don’t have Breathe Right strips I can’t sleep soundly, so I put on my coat and my orange button that has a photograph of a very sweet looking little Iraqi girl and the […]

The Numbers

by 03/11/2002
Neighborhood: Lower Manhattan, Manhattan, World Trade Center

Here was a morning like any other. I got up at 6:40, took a shower and got ready for work. I hadn’t slept well the night before. My eyes burned. Walking to the bathroom required tremendous energy. I blamed my new neighbors. Their surround-sound TV was set up just a few feet from my head. […]