Put on a Tie, Would Ya?

One of the things I love about being a woman is that I’m exempt from having to wear a necktie. I don’t think I want to be strangled by a decorative piece of silk fabric. Seems unnecessary. Though I guess we ladies aren’t ones to talk, we pluck our eyebrow hairs out and then draw […]

Construct An Architectural Conversation

Walk down any street in New York, and you’re sure to pass by a mind-boggling variety of buildings–apartments and townhouses, skyscrapers and tiny corner stores. These brick-and-mortar elements of the city mirror the vibrant diversity of the people who live and work inside them. Yet, as far as buildings go, the city certainly doesn’t sacrifice […]

Run the Opposite Direction

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day, so we should take this opportunity to honor the brave men and women who serve in the military. People in the armed forces amaze me. If you ask me, there is nothing more terrifying than war. The idea of having to kill someone is almost as horrific to me as the […]

Leave Your Mark (Without Getting Paint On Your Fingers)

To the disappointment of graffiti enthusiasts everywhere, it was announced in October that 5 Pointz, a longstanding graffiti art community in Queens, will be demolished and replaced with high-rise apartments. The Huffington Post calls the brightly-painted building complex “a veritable museum of New York’s graffiti culture,” and the 5 Pointz official website boasts that the […]

Imagine What They’re Doing Up There

Ed Goldsmith attended our Thursday afternoon workshop at the 14th St. YMCA for over ten years. He almost never missed a workshop, and almost always read his piece first. His regular seat at the corner of our big table was so empty last week,  his death giving way to a host of emotions from his […]

Go Ahead, Scare Someone

In the canon of mainstream American holidays, Halloween stands out as more than a little odd. Whereas Christmas, Thanksgiving, and even Valentine’s Day or the Fourth of July are all happy celebrations, Halloween is a holiday devoted to something most people would rather forget: fear. Around this time of year, though, it’s all about scaring […]

Write Your World Series

Tonight is a very special night for baseball fans: it’s the beginning of the World Series, baseball’s last hurrah before going into hibernation until spring. This year, those pesky Boston Red Sox will battle it out with the St. Louis Cardinals to see who will claim the title of the best in baseball. Personally, I’m […]

Lose the Big Game

The smell of fall, the taste of Budweiser, hanging out grilling burgers in the trunks of cars…this can only mean one thing: football is upon us. In the midst of all this fall, we’ve got the glorious reminder that some people are incredible athletes just waiting to show off their stuff. Football, football, football. There’s nothing […]

Be a Tree

I cannot get over trees. Standing there with their immense beauty, their fingery branches, their stoicism. This time of year is an especially amazing one for trees, when the shades of green and yellow-green and green-yellow that their leaves have been boasting morph into this gorgeous array of reds and oranges, almost giving the trees […]

Embrace The Change (Of Season)

I’ve started sleeping with the windows closed, and since I’m the kind of guy who enjoys a gentle breeze, that can only mean one thing: fall has arrived. But I know it won’t be here for long. Fall always occupies a short gap between a hot, humid summer that stretches too long and a bone-chilling […]