Writing about city for @nytimes. US Editor of @portmagazine / @avauntmagazine. Food columnist @openingceremony. Born in Milan. New Yorker 20 years and counting.

A 25-Year-Old Nova in the Smoked Fish Universe

nytimes.com — The phrase most often spoken at Sable's, an appetizing shop established on the Upper East Side in 1991, is probably, "Can I get a ... ?" "Can I get a half-pound of nova?" "Can I get a container of whitefish salad and two bagels?" "Can I get a third of gravlax and some pickled herring?"

From Cathedral or Saloon to Guitar

nytimes.com — A block of charred wood wrapped in rope sat at the entrance of Rick Kelly's guitar shop in the West Village. He carted it from the scorched site of the Serbian Orthodox cathedral destroyed in a fire in the Flatiron district last month.

A Photographer Views the Met Gala With a Sly Eye

nytimes.com — Landon Nordeman approaches red carpet photography as though it were street photography. He favors reflective moments over splashy ones, unassuming ones over Instagrammable ones, slyly poking the occasional hole in the polished sheen of celebrity culture.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?"
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Jul 28, 2016

RT @paulgoldberger: The Grill Room of the Four Seasons this morning. It's all over now. https://t.co/MiGSaRy59p

Jul 28, 2016

RT @paulgoldberger: The Four Seasons pool room today, empty and now truly over. The emptiness is more powerful than the closing events. https://t.co/5OUDxl5JJd

Jul 27, 2016

RT @history1800s: Sad news. For so many of us, Jack Davis was one of the first artists whose style we could instantly recognize.  https://twitter.com/MADmagazine/status/758398661969768448 

Jul 27, 2016

RT @anildash: I think about this a lot, how we have infinitely forgiving interpretations for people we love, but assume the worst of words…

Jul 27, 2016

@johnnydioso I feel you. I have fond memories too... It is sad.

Jul 27, 2016

RT @RL_Stine: ...I was guest ringmaster at the Big Apple Circus three times and made many friends there. This is an enormous loss for New York City.

Jul 26, 2016

@mlevenson @maggieNYT @hiattb @katzish very sad. Seems we were all fortunate enough to have seen them though. RIP to an NY classic.


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