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Why I Married My Best Friend on Facebook


By Lilly O’Donnell

My Facebook profile says I’m “Married to Haley Moss Dillon,” and has for the last four years. But it’s not exactly true.

First of all, Haley and I are both straight women. Second of all, we’ve claimed to be married since long before New York State legalized same-sex marriage. These Facebook…


Sound of the Underground

Recalling a late, great record store in Queens.


By Michael Stahl


David Riordan, Post-Recession Renaissance Man

He once conquered the commodities market and got rich in real estate. Now he’s a cab driver, coffee salesman and ghost…


Just Another Day on the M35

New York’s shortest bus route serves two homeless shelters, a substance abuse center, and a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane…

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What’s it like to grow up in the city that never sleeps? The subjects of these stories share their memories of making it in New York — the place that made them who they are today.

Whether they’re born-and-bred Manhattanites or cross-country transplants, the writers of these tales recall their most memorable New York moments.

Growing up in New York sounds magical in theory: field-tripping to The Met, long afternoons on Central Park playgrounds, Broadway only a subway ride away...but there's also a grittier, less glamorous side to coming of age in a city that—seemingly—has it all.


On Being a Mets Fan

By Michael Stahl


40-120. Yo La Tengo. Steve Chilcott. Jim Fregosi. The Midnight Massacre. George Foster. The Dead End Kids. The Juan Samuel trade…


House of Wonders

In a remote patch of Wisconsin, a mysterious midcentury architect turned his favorite wilderness retreat into one of the country’s most curious…


Confessions of a Suicide Survivor

Inside a candid support group dedicated to helping New Yorkers cope with the crippling emotions that arise after a loved one takes…


ANIMAL ORPHANAGE

A hundred miles north of New York City, an animal sanctuary provides a second home for abandoned pet rabbits, runaway goats, and the innocent cast…


This Ain’t the Hamptons—This Is Bonac

In a place known to most New Yorkers for celebrity soirees and sprawling estates, getting up close and personal with the year…


The Dame of Dictionaries

A woman turns her passion for words into one of the world’s preeminent dictionary collections, filling her West Village home to the bursting…


The Hair Down There

A feminist writer wonders why she’s so quick to pull off her pants and expose herself to a stranger in the hedonistic and masochistic ritual that…