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

What Do You See in Art? Nearly 50 People Told Us

nytimes.com — Debi Kops, 69, New York, tour guide The artwork: "Self-Portrait With Wig" (1898-1900) by Pablo Picasso Ms. Kops' take: "He was probably drunk." Another perspective: "I didn't know it was a Picasso. And then like, whoa. It's a Picasso."

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.
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Aug 25, 2016

Worked on this Arts story most of summer. Finally out tomorrow. The great NYT lensman Tony Cenicola doing his thing: https://t.co/02olIuqGAz

Aug 25, 2016

RT @lillyodonnell: Advice I gave a student on his current breakup, that I should remember to take: "Live this experience like a writer, make a record of it."

Aug 24, 2016

RT @colsonwhitehead: Sweet Mother Jesus! Well, reading "Carrie" in 7th grade made me want to write fiction, so I thank you, kind sir!  https://twitter.com/StephenKing/status/768562030936743936 

Aug 23, 2016

RT @slarkpope: reality show pitch: jeff jarvis & jay rosen are dropped naked in the wild and have to find their way home using only digital…

Aug 23, 2016

When the hold time on a call is starting to approach 40 minutes.

Aug 23, 2016

@willystaley I don't know. Even the top 10 don't really sit right with me. And Synecdoche, New York!? Some legit proved classics missing.

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