Category Archives: new york city

madrassa house rock

Six days after I moved to New York in August 2007, Debbie Almontaser — an educator, inter-faith worker, and founding principle of the city’s first dual-language Arabic public school, the Khalil Gibran International Academy — was forced out of her … Continue reading

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you can sneak up on me

I never did make it to Jones Beach or Staten Island or to Ralph’s Icees. I meant to spend more time in Brownsville and at that East NY high school. I meant to spend more time on rooftops in Bushwick … Continue reading

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hot in the streets

Near Broadway and 109th this afternoon. The evening rains must have washed her away by now.

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today

Today the air was heavy, cool with moisture. The city smelled like: urine, sweat, garbage juice, fried fat, wet soil, cucumbers.

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it’s the year of the rat

…which means it’s the year of New York. Be careful out there, little guys.

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november twenty-ninth

I got one last riverside bike ride in before the leaves and freezing rain began to fall a few weeks ago. It’s four:thirty, and the sun has set over Manhattan, outlining brown brick buildings and rooftop water towers in pink … Continue reading

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