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Contributing Writer — The New York Times

Writing about city for @nytimes. US Editor of @portmagazine / @avauntmagazine. Food columnist @openingceremony. Born in Milan. New Yorker 17 years and counting.

‘Custom Melodies,’ Time Capsules in Song, at Chinatown Soup

nytimes.com — The crinkled papers pinned across the small Chinatown gallery's walls bore the official tone of citizenship applications. They were covered in check boxes, signatures, blue-stamp notarizations and titled "Custom Melodies Form CM-0027." But they also contained scrawled drawings and questions: "Do you know your limits yet?" "Most recent Google query?"
Feb 08, 2016

My first story for the Arts section in today's NYT. Was asked to write on Grey Gersten and his "Custom Melodies" nytimes.com/2016/02/08/art…

Feb 08, 2016

RT @cunninghamshire: Can you bottle a stranger’s essence in a song? @AlexVadukul explores musical time capsules | via @nytimesarts nyti.ms/1UWDN0w

After Last Call: A Bartender Trades SoHo for Serbia to Reclaim His Mansion

nytimes.com — If you've heard of Bartender Bob Bozic, then you've heard the stories. A 65-year-old former boxer who had been a bartender at the Fanelli Cafe in SoHo since 1990, Mr. Bozic cultivated a following as a rude barman who reads several books a week, keeps season tickets to the opera and tells stories of an improbably novelistic life: He fought Larry Holmes at Madison Square Garden; he tried to rob a bank to pay overdue rent; he married Barack Obama's former girlfriend.
Jan 23, 2016

RT @NYTMetro: The improbably true tales of Bob Bozic, the last of the great downtown bartenders. nyti.ms/1TfGFaf pic.twitter.com/mCUCGPHgvZ

Jan 23, 2016

RT @AlexVadukul: My feature for @NYTMetro Sunday Metropolitan up now. About the improbable tales of Fannelis bartender Bob Bozic: nytimes.com/2016/01/24/nyr…

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With a New Child, Laying Claim to the Comforts of Home

nytimes.com — Kayla Medina's apartment in Harlem, where she lives with her infant son, Kayden, is simple and small. He crawls around their living room floor, his interest shifting among his toys. He will turn 1 in April; Ms. Medina turned 21 this month. The young mother is entering the new year with some complications.
Jan 21, 2016

The @NYTMetro Neediest Cases series ends tomorrow. My story on Kayla Medina, who gets a fresh start in 2016: nytimes.com/2016/01/21/nyr…

New Pressures, and Commitments, After Fire Takes Family’s Home

nytimes.com — Tajiauna Spence and her three daughters ate dinner at a McDonald's in Chelsea late last month. Her grandson, Styles, was the center of the group's affections as he played with his gloves and made random demands. "I want my toy," he said. "You got to eat your food first," Ms. Spence said.
Jan 12, 2016

A grandmother who works for the city @NYCHRA lives in a homeless shelter since a neighbor's fire destroyed her home: nytimes.com/2016/01/12/nyr…

Midtown Shop Leaves Its Competition, and Its Trains, in the Dust

nytimes.com — "You're either a bus guy or a train guy," Arnold Hochberg said the other day. He has a collection of more than 500 model buses. He is a bus guy. Mr. Hochberg, a 60-year-old salesman, was browsing in the basement of a small Midtown Manhattan office building, pointing into a display containing model buses and locomotives.
Dec 16, 2015

For coming Sunday's @NYTMetro Metropolitan, my piece for the Joint column. On a hobbyist institution below ground: nytimes.com/2015/12/20/nyr…

Dec 20, 2015

My riff in todays @NYTMetro on one of citys last hobbyist institutions, a dusty cluttered shop in a Midtown basement tinyurl.com/q4lyok5

Eating Solo: Marchi's

openingceremony.us — Solo eating establishments-the truly great ones-require a precise atmosphere. Some are quiet and discreet. Others are unexpected and lie in plain sight. But they can all be difficult to find in a metropolis. Luckily Alex Vadukul, who writes about the city for the New York Times and is the US Editor of Port Magazine, has taken on the task of eating alone around NYC.
Dec 01, 2015

My new @openingceremony Eating Solo column on Marchi's, a very unusual restaurant in Kips Bay founded in 1930. openingceremony.us/entry.asp?pid=…

Dec 04, 2015

ICYMI my new @openingceremony Eating Solo column on Marchi's, a very unusual restaurant in Kips Bay founded in 1930: openingceremony.us/entry.asp?pid=…

Dec 16, 2015

Occupying 4 townhouses, this #ItalianRestaurant has had the same menu for 85 years ow.ly/VipQQ pic.twitter.com/z67vKM7Ba4

Tony Bennett Finds His Heart in Central Park

nytimes.com — Tony Bennett sat on a green bench in the morning calm of Central Park, painting the fiery foliage of a tree reflecting against a duck pond. He wore a green tracksuit and sneakers. His brush hand zoomed across the sketchbook in his lap. Watercolors blossomed.
Nov 27, 2015

RT @axwilliams: The image of Tony Bennett in a track suit is disturbing. Tony Bennett Finds His Heart in Central Park, via @nytimes nytimes.com/2015/11/29/nyr…

Nov 27, 2015

Apparently if you visit Central Park in the morning, you might see Tony Bennett painting on a bench nyti.ms/1PSqAXN

Nov 27, 2015

RT @EnnisNYT: Apparently if you visit Central Park in the morning, you might see Tony Bennett painting on a bench nyti.ms/1PSqAXN

Nov 27, 2015

! RT @EnnisNYT: Apparently if you visit Central Park in the morning, you might see Tony Bennett painting on a bench nyti.ms/1PSqAXN

Nov 27, 2015

This is too great. Don't miss the gallery. | Tony Bennett Finds His Heart in Central Park nyti.ms/1PSqAXN

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A Lost Bag and a Lost Night, but Not a Lost Cause

cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com — Those who have misplaced personal belongings on the streets of New York know this: The city does not care if you need your keys or wallet back. But one recent weekend, I discovered there are instances when she takes pity. It had been a festive Friday night out with friends.
Oct 30, 2015

@NYTMetro City Room is no longer. Fond of this one: wrote about tracking down my lost laptop after a big night out cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/a-l…

Eating Solo: <i>Murdered By The Mob</i>

openingceremony.us — According to restaurant reservation app OpenTable's analysis of its users, the rate of solo dining excursions have increased by 62 percent in the past 2 years, and we here at OC couldn't be happier. The long stigmatized ritual of eating alone needs to finally be recognized for the art form it is.
Oct 09, 2015

My @openingceremony Eating Solo column, on a mafia dinner in Garment District. Complete with an illustrated me: openingceremony.us/entry.asp?pid=…

Oct 09, 2015

In our latest #EatingSolo, @AlexVadukul grabs a table for one... and tries to solve a crime ow.ly/TdYps pic.twitter.com/bCWukLXEQW

Ex-Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe Steps Into a New Arena

nytimes.com — Three men stood on a street in Harlem, handing out fliers and pointing to a big man sitting alone inside a small restaurant with four tables called Bowe's. He looked around, eager for company. "That's the two-time heavyweight champion of the world," they told pedestrians on West 116th Street.
Aug 22, 2015

2 heavyweight titles, prison and bankruptcy, Bowe Riddick hopes to cement another legacy: as a restaurateur. nyti.ms/1UY7Be5

Aug 22, 2015

RT @marknyt: 2 heavyweight titles, prison and bankruptcy, Bowe Riddick hopes to cement another legacy: as a restaurateur. nyti.ms/1UY7Be5

Aug 22, 2015

RT @fakejoshstein: "But Mr. Bowe is a winner. And his chicken is good." Now THAT'S how you end a piece. Great job by @AlexVadukul nyti.ms/1UY7Be5

Aug 22, 2015

RT @lydiatomkiw: Wow I wondered about the new chicken place on Fredrick D: Ex-Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe Steps Into a New Arena nyti.ms/1UY7Be5

Aug 23, 2015

Ex-Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe Steps Into a New Arena nyti.ms/1UY7Be5

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Feb 13, 2016

RT @HugoLindgren: Once upon a time in New York, a business could be beloved for being mean to its customers. newyorker.com/?p=3166686&mbi…

Feb 13, 2016

RT @JohnBranchNYT: Now THAT is a weekend read: @ScottCacciola on the road with the National Basketball League of Canada. nyti.ms/1WjAhh8

Feb 12, 2016

RT @JanBenzel: New York is starting to feel like Rome: dig a little and you find another era. @Rueby's nifty slice of history. twitter.com/NYTMetro/statu…

Feb 12, 2016

RT @edmundlee: "I felt like I had lost my ace in the deck and if you knew my dad, I promise you’d agree." by @erinleecarr yes: medium.com/@erinleecarr/l…

Feb 11, 2016

@hels the territory of the late Dominick Dunne.

Feb 11, 2016

@luxlotus oh no way? What are the chances. (And thank you). I was very quickly in and out. Next time surely...


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