Tag Archives | New York

Dogs and traffic in NYC

Come to New York City as a tourist, and you see the lights; you feel the energy; the tall buildings close in on every side. You walk bedazzled and amazed–Broadway! Times Square! Central Park! Place names you’ve heard since childhood. New York City is a vast and storied place where historic moments have taken place. […]

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Sweet Praise

It was Estephany’s smile that hooked me. In a town where no one makes eye contact, the street can be a bruising place if you’re not used to it (and maybe even if you are). I walked in to Sweet Praise, a restaurant near Broadway and Isham, to her broad smile and cheery welcome. It […]

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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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