A ‘Humans of New York’ Moment

A Humans of New York by Gisela Giardino

One warm winter evening on the Upper West Side, Thomas Fiffer reached out and touched a stranger’s life.

Just Let the Kids Play

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Author Bruce Fabricant reminisces on his Little League play, while lamenting youth sports culture of today.

Somewhere in Brooklyn

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Christopher Stephen Soden paints a picture of sensual satisfaction in this quiet poem.

New York is Filled with Boys

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If Walt Whitman had lived in a different time, he might’ve written Perry Brass’s celebration of the boy in all of us.

New York State to Pay Millions in Wrongful Conviction Case

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A Brooklyn man who spent more than a dozen years in prison for a crime he likely did not commit will receive $3 million from New York State. He may get even more from New York City.

I’m A Man Who Teaches Like A Catholic Nun

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It’s time to get back to the basics, whether we like it or not.

We’re All Getting Older: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

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Jess Kornbluth reviews cartoonist Roz Chast’s memoir, and discusses the hard stuff about getting older.

The Search for Gentrification in a Brooklyn Bookstore

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Gentrification is a concern in cities around the world. Elvis Alves wants to see what it looks like in one section of Brooklyn, NY.

Call for Submissions: LGBT Pride and LGBT Book Month

National LGBT Pride Month, National LGBT Book Month

We’re looking for gay, bi-sexual, and transgender youth to tell their stories; to embrace this month by celebrating their sexual identity and gender identification, sharing how gender diversity is a gift, and reinforcing that sexual orientation and gender identity are inherent.

Brooklyn Man Walks Out of Court, Cleared of Murder After 24 Years in Prison

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Today’s hearing was the final step in a process that began in June 2013.

Why Are These Men Playing with Trash For A Living? [Video]

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Dillan DiGiovanni describes a job that requires men to use both finesse and brute strength to clean trash from trees.

Meet Joshua, a Real ‘Human of New York,’ and Hear Him Sing

Meet a Real Human by Melissa Elumba

His name is Joshua Paul Downs, and he sings in the subway to finance his life. Last week, on the way home, he got lucky. Hallelujah.

A Murder of Crows or Boys Will Be Boys?

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The goal is simple–kill as many crows as possible.

The Subway’s No.1 Charmer

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Inside the cramped and crazed subways of New York, a colorful conductor on the 1 train brightens commutes with off-script announcements.

Butcher Knives’ Debut Album A Must Listen

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The New York band’s diverse backgrounds blend into a tasty musical stew.

Just What Is Rep. Tom Reed of NY Ashamed Of?

What Is Rep. Tom Reed by Philip Bump

A Congressman shares his painful personal experience with his colleagues and says, ‘No more.’