Stories tagged new-york-city

On Living in New York City in 2009, After Watching a Documentary on New York City in the Late 1800s

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God's honest truth, I wake up every morning when my clock punches out its dulcet, insistent clangs, a setting called Ultra Zen Up & Out. I brush my teeth with a blue dollar store toothbrush and watch one of the five morning TV shows designed to let me know the weather…

Silence For Yes

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Karina used to point at boys on the street and tell me if they were Puerto Rican or Dominican, like those were the only two things you could be. One time she pointed out a Puerto Rican boy and I said, “Oh, like your father, Julio.” She stopped walking

The Birdcage

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He blew out the candle. There was the tang of candle smoke, scattered by a sudden rush of wings, and the immediacy of another breathing thing in the dark. I heard the birdcage open, and the bird fluttering in there without crying out.

Olmsted Traveled Here

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Have you ever seen the red-brown bodies of sweet potatoes spaded from the earth, each clinging to a series of roots hung with driblets and particles?


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Reining her small hands around the molded handle grips, her bottom bouncing athwart and wildly off the seat, Symphony wrenches her center of gravity inward, commandeering as much control from the road it would allow. With her breaks behaving as stubborn

The Fly On Our Pickle

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I think I know that fly That fly followed us from our apartment on W. 11th St When I opened the door he flew right in and when we left, he flew right out again Followed us on the subway to Times Square Took the Shuttle apparently Followed

The Bike Messenger on Lexington Avenue

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The Bike Messenger on Lexington Avenue Comes to rest taking a moment in the falling rain slowly massaging the veins at the top of his bald head Cracking his neck while the yellow cabs start honking behind him Unwilling to mov

Arturo + Lourdes, 2005 and 4ever

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Here’s the story as compiled from the scantest of clues: The writing on the back of a stall door in the restroom of a twenty-four hour restaurant under the Gowanus Expressway.

Hotel Chelsea - Intercut 7

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X feels no fear for he knows that this is one vehicle he’s safe in, one that will always arrive where he needs to go

Hotel Chelsea - Nanette 4

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She has negotiated a plum deal

Hotel Chelsea - Nanette 5

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Nanette kept stealing glances at him: the man looked honestly happy to be alive

Hotel Chelsea - Nanette 6

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“The Chelsea,” Nanette says to no one as if speaking in someone else's dream

Hotel Chelsea - Nanette 7

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Fredericksen sits reading her pages, as Nanette waits without breath

Hotel Chelsea - Intercut 8

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to make sure no slugs or snails have crawled on him in the night

Hotel Chelsea - Nanette 8

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Did I just think that? That someone will look out for me?