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

His brother’s keeper: a Ramones tour of Queens

His brother’s keeper: a Ramones tour of Queens
watertowndailytimes.com — NEW YORK - Mickey Leigh walked up to a small house on an unremarkable street in Forest Hills, Queens. The teenager who answered the door was unsure what to make of the tall man with salt-and-pepper hair standing before him wearing black jeans, a long black coat and dirty yellow Converse sneakers.

New York Primary Converges With Fish and Passover Prep

New York Primary Converges With Fish and Passover Prep
nytimes.com — At a small fish market on Lee Avenue, a commercial artery of the Orthodox community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, customers rushed around carrying baskets, securing provisions for Passover meals. Fishmongers, standing behind the counter of iced fish, were too busy to talk. One man, presumably a customer, remarked that few people would be willing to make [...]

The Bar With a Chip on Its Shoulder

The Bar With a Chip on Its Shoulder
nytimes.com — Lois Angone has a favorite cracked-leather bar stool at Liedy's Shore Inn, the oldest bar on Staten Island. She is known as Sparkles because she sparkles. She applies glitter to her body every morning and keeps a container with more just in case.

His Brother’s Keeper: A Ramones Tour of Queens

His Brother’s Keeper: A Ramones Tour of Queens
nytimes.com — The next stop was a vacant lot overgrown with shrubs. It had been Joey's second Forest Hills childhood home. An older woman walking by complained that it was a neighborhood eyesore and had been in this dilapidated state since the house on it was demolished 10 years ago.

In Fightball, Basketball Is Stripped Down to a Gladiator Sport

In Fightball, Basketball Is Stripped Down to a Gladiator Sport
nytimes.com — Mr. Bowen, a well-connected scout who is employed by Fightball to find the players, rattled off their gritty pedigrees: Leandro De Lima was found on the favela courts of Rio de Janeiro; Dusan Bulut, who flew in from Serbia, is ranked the No.

Saburi Departs a City of Restaurants, Taking a Japanese Cuisine With It

Saburi Departs a City of Restaurants, Taking a Japanese Cuisine With It
nytimes.com — The restaurant Saburi has been an unassuming presence on a quiet street in the Manhattan neighborhood of Kips Bay for 10 years. It can seem unremarkable and even neglected. Its gates are frequently shuttered, lunch lures few customers and old reviews of the restaurant have collected dust in the window.

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

‘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?"

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.
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May 02, 2016

RT @rachsyme: also if you ever have the chance to work w/ @restthesoul you should; his only writing prompt was: go to montana, be you, look around, write.

May 02, 2016

RT @badler: Part of Bed-Stuy had the largest home value appreciation of any zip code in US in last 10 years: washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2…

Apr 30, 2016

When the big interview call you've been waiting on finally comes in. instagram.com/p/BE2BRm4Fm-Z/

Apr 30, 2016

Working on a story that drags into the past. In a house upstate, Rolodex with a card for famed Quo Vadis restaurant. pic.twitter.com/LWOgokkvGC


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