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First Steps

by 07/18/2014
Neighborhood: Bronx

“Mommy—Don’t go to work,” said my two-year-old daughter said, who’d just started speaking in sentences. As I put on my jacket, she began to cry. I kissed her cheek, and said, “I’ll be home later.” The babysitter fed her, and I closed the door. I heard her sobbing as I charged down the hallway. I […]

Tower of Rubble

by 03/20/2011
Neighborhood: East Village

My mother is watching the DON’T WALK sign blink on the corner of 6th Street and Avenue B. My twelve year old twin sister and I have been trekking with mother all over Alphabet City for what seems like hours. I am carrying a plastic bag filled with clothes that mother found a block away […]

Reunion in Darkness

by 08/20/2003
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

My parents were due in at 6pm on Blackout Thursday. I see them but twice a year, when I travel to their home in Beverly Hills; but this time, for the first time, they were coming to me, to my new “adult apartment” uptown. I was looking forward to entertaining them, had a fridge full […]

The Truth about Christmas Eve

by 08/06/2003
Neighborhood: East Harlem

Two weeks before Christmas, my Aunt Cooklyn and I were decorating. We decorated the Christmas tree, put lights on the windows; we also decorated the apartment door. It was snowing; the exact date was December 8, 2001. “Hurry up, you’re as slow as a half dead chicken, give me the tape.” said Aunt Cooklyn. I […]

Rivers of Tears

by 08/05/2003
Neighborhood: East Harlem

It was March 16,1998 around 3:30pm, I remember it like it was just yesterday. As I made my way through my house door from school, I heard the phone ring from the kitchen. I went to drop my books off in my room which is at the end of the hallway. I went back to […]

The Zeta Jones Stake-Out

by 04/24/2003
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

I got the call at 9:00 am. They wanted me to go to a Central Park West address, the home of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones. The celebrity couple had just had their second child, a girl, two days earlier, and were expected back from the hospital at any moment. Rounding the corner in […]

Everybody Poops

by 02/04/2003
Neighborhood: All Over, Multiple

I found “Timmy’s Potty” laying on the carpet beneath our bed this morning. It’s a toilet training video that my wife purchased for our son about a month ago. It was odd to see it again. I remember the day my wife brought it home from the hippie bookstore. More specifically, I remember how she […]

It’s a…

by 02/04/2002
Neighborhood: All Over, Multiple

My wife and I had agreed that we didn’t want to know the sex of our baby. Sure, we had discussed the somewhat finite possibilities: My wife said she thought it might be easier to raise a boy in this bizarre world. Knowing a little about that one myself I wasn’t quite so sure. But […]

Letters to the Principal

by 02/04/2002
Neighborhood: Manhattan

All the names in this article have been changed, except for the author’s. November 29, 1998 Carol Suskind, Principal Fielding Elementary Day School Lower Manhattan Dear Carol, As you are probably aware, my son, Luke is a student at Fielding, in Debra’s 4/5’s class. Last week, I found Luke huddled in a corner outside his […]