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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.

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.

Beat It!

by 01/30/2011
Neighborhood: Queens

Peter Wortsman and many others enjoy the colossal antics of a dwarf Michael Jackson impersonator.

Two Stories About Teaching in Queens

by 09/29/2005
Neighborhood: Outer Boroughs, Queens

Micrononfiction about the joy of pedagogy

The Jewish Holly-Go-Lightly

by 10/15/2002
Neighborhood: Queens

"What happened to the woman who was looking for the prostitutes?"