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The Old House at Home

The story of a New York City bar and its owner, Old John McSorley.

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New York State of Mind

The city through the eyes of a four-year-old.

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Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets

Cultural, sexual, and generational clashes surround an aging New York drag queen.

"Clinton Corset Emporium. No awning, just a piece of cardboard stuck in the window. As Miss Adele entered, a bell tinkled overhead – an actual bell, on a catch wire – and she found herself in a long narrow room – a hallway really – with a counter down the left-hand side and a curtained-off cubicle at the far end, for privacy. Bras and corsets were everywhere, piled on top of each other in anonymous white cardboard boxes, towering up to the ceiling. They seemed to form the very walls of the place. 'Good afternoon,' said Miss Adele, daintily removing her gloves, finger by finger. 'I am looking for a corset.'

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Find Your Beach

On loving and hating and living in Manhattan.

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Gary Barnett, Controversial Master of New York City Luxury Real Estate

The developer responsible for the tallest residential building in New York—the penthouse just sold for $90 million—lives in a two-story house in Queens.

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Crowded House

They thought that they’d found the perfect New York apartment. They weren’t alone.

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Stash Pad

How New York real estate became the new Swiss bank account.

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A Report from Occupied Territory

On police brutality in New York and the race riots of 1964.

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On the Brink in Brownsville

Shamir is 15, bored and broke and balancing right on the edge.

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The Sky is Electric

A high school senior's day is filled with unique crises.

"I hit the refresh button over and over, faster than the phone could even communicate with the server. I almost didn’t believe it when the screen moved down a quarter of an inch to make way for a new message. It was from the admissions committee. My years of soup kitchen volunteering, vocabulary cramming, blogging as a competitive sport, and butterfly-stroking in freezing-cold swimming pools in inconveniently located athletic facilities all boiled down to a single verdict that was probably a sentence long. If that."

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Jesus Raves

New York’s Pastor Parker and his growing string of Liberty Churches, each of which will “adopt the culture of its neighborhood.”

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What Lies Beneath

Exploring the vast underground world of New York City with three of the people who know it best.

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Hidden City

The homeless population of New York City is higher than it’s been in decades. Nobody seems to notice.

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In Conversation: Michael Bloomberg

“Will you show me all of the man-in-the-street, sympathetic, mayoral candidates? The last time I met one of them on the subway was a long time ago. Let’s not get too carried away.”

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After Bloomberg

What kind of New York is Mayor Mike leaving behind?

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Where Hip-hop Lives

The turf wars at New York City’s hip hop station, Hot 97.

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Monica Takes Manhattan

Monica Lewinsky’s post-scandal life in New York City.

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The Chelsea Hotel Had Its Own Eloise

How Gaby Hoffman, who had roles in Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck and Sleepless in Seattle, survived child stardom.

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A Filthy History of New York

When New Yorkers lived knee-deep in trash.

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Review of 50 Brooklyn Murder Cases Ordered

During New York’s ’80s and ’90s crack epedemic, a flashy detective who “imagined himself a crusader who created his own rules” and his star witness, a crack addicted prostitute who seemed to constantly be at the scene of homicides, sent dozens of men to prison for life. Now, they are under investigation.

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The Night New York Avoided a Riot

In the days following Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, more than 100 cities experienced significant civil disturbance. In New York, everyone expected riots. What happened next.

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Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin’s Post-Scandal Playbook

The private life of a disgraced former congressman.

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Leo, Prince of the City

A profile of 23-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio (and his rowdy crew).

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The Importance Of Being Francesa

On the cranky king of New York sports talk.

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The Man Who Charged Himself With Murder

Trevell Coleman wasn’t sure whether he’d killed a man. But after 17 years, he needed to find out.

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What Happened to Michelle in Forest Hills?

Behind the tabloid story of the “murder orphan” in Queens.

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An Avenue of Vice

On Queens’ stubbornly unchanging Roosevelt Avenue, where immigrants pay $2 a song to grind against hired dancers and shuttered houses of prostitution have given way to rolling brothel-vans.

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John Hammond, Jazz Promoter

A profile of the legendary producer at the beginning of his career.

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The Cranky Wisdom of Peter Kaplan

The former editor of the New York Observer, profiled.

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Sex: The Multiplicity of Desire

A survey of sex on a Saturday night in New York City.

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Entertainment for Women

The author interviews her mother about life as a secretary at Playboy in 1960s New York City.

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The Underground Press

On the mid-sixties birth of America’s underground newspaper movement and the rise of The Realist, East Village Other, Berkeley Barb, and more.

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Peter Braunstein, WWD Writer Turned Tabloid Monster, Still Has Issues

A former colleague visits the ‘Fire Fiend’ in prison.

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Central Booking

A log of the 32 shitless hours that the author spent in the Tombs prison after being arrested during an Occupy Wall Street protest.

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The Schleppers: Stale Gags & Stale Food in Mid-Century Manhattan

Midtown Manhattan. The highest concentration of showbiz havens and hangouts in the whole entire world. The Chorus Girls. The Drunk Newsmen. The Jazz Hepsters. The Mob. They converge with the force of a fly against a windshield. This is where American popular culture is born. Its influence permeates the nation. Walk the streets and weave through the hustlers, the gangsters, the bookies, the rummies... and somewhere among that crowd - you'll walk past a nondescript artistic genius or twelve, indiscernible from the dregs, biding time until they transform the American landscape. And high-above the loud, syncopated beat of Midtown you can hear... The Comedians.
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The 9/11 Eulogies

An interview with Rudy Giuliani’s fresh-out-of-college head speechwriter, who wrote the eulogies for every policeman and fireman who died on 9/11, giving him “the dark distinction of probably writing more eulogies than anyone else alive.”

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East Bronx Story—Return of the Street Gangs

Chains, knives, fists, and, of course, those crude and unreliable homemade affairs called zip guns were the staples in the more vicious gang wars in the 1940s and 1950s. Today there is scarcely a gang in the Bronx that cannot muster a factory-made piece for every member—at the very least, a .22-caliber pistol, but quite often heavier stuff: .32s, .38s, and .45s, shotguns, rifles, and—I have seen them myself—even machine guns, grenades, and gelignite, an explosive. One gang, the Royal Javelins, has acquired some walkie-talkie radios.
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The Age of Mechanical Reproduction

An essay on a pregnancy attempted:
When I tell people what we are doing, they want to hear about the room where you produce. I tell them that there is a lot of paperwork. That they take your picture and look at your license. Then they walk you back to the room. You are handed a list of instructions and some stickers and a plastic cup. The cup has a forest-green lid. In the room is a VCR. I like to write down the names of the videos so I can share them with my wife and friends: Ass Angels #4, Original Black Queens of Porn (Afro-Centrix #113), and Chock Full of Asians. The latter features a woman with enlarged breasts so swollen they look luminous, like the sense apparatus of a recently discovered deep-sea fish.
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Chasing Dash Snow

A profile of the hard-living, cop-dodging artist Dash Snow, published two years before his death of an overdose.

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The Birth of 'The New Journalism'; Eyewitness Report by Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe on the development of ”New Journalism,” an unconventional reporting style which he helped to pioneer.

I had the feeling, rightly or wrongly, that I was doing things no one had ever done before in journalism. I used to try to imagine the feeling readers must have had upon finding all this carrying on and cutting up in a Sunday supplement. I liked that idea. I had no sense of being a part of any normal journalistic or literary environment.

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Anthony Weiner’s Long, Long Audition

A profile of the up-and-coming New York politician, who at the time was toying with a run for mayor.

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The Lords of Rikers

The juvenile ward on Rikers Island is a world of constant violence fueled by gangs and, allegedly, encouraged and overseen by the guards.

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Sex Shops Survive a Cleanup

Rudy Giuliani’s crackdown on the New York City sex industry was supposed to be a cornerstone of his legacy. Then smut shops and strip clubs read the ordinance’s fine print.