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My “hood”-Inwood east of Broadway

Guys hanging out on the stoop, kids playing ball in the park, abuelas in the tiny markets–everyone speaks Spanish here on the east side of Broadway in the Inwood district. But this is the Spanish of the Dominican Republic, because that’s where most Inwood residents come from. It’s the same old story. The new immigrants move in, […]

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Welcome to my “hood”–Inwood district, Manhattan

A woman across the street anwers her phone. Her voice is a blend of banshee and bullhorn: “Hiya, GAW-jess. How AAH ya? TAWK to me, Baby.” Could I be anywhere but New York City? For the past three weeks, I’ve been living a block off Broadway (yes, THAT Broadway) at the tip of Manhattan Island. This is the […]

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Sexy cupcakes–NYC’s Magnolia Bakery

When I began this adventure, I knew my life had suddenly become very, very flexible, but I didn’t anticipate the delights that thus new, unfettered freedom would make possible. Case in point: For the past two weeks, I’ve been staying in an upper Manhattan neighborhood with my daughter and son-in-law and my newborn grandson. I […]

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