Writing New York: Posts from the Boroughs and Beyond — 2008-2011 Rotating Header Image

Co-Ops, Condos, and Community

For six decades Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village has been a renter’s paradise, boasting low prices and a secluded tract of prime Manhattan real estate. But the recent shuffle in ownership has shaken a traditionally steady neighborhood. Financing the construction itself in the 1940’s, The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company owned the complex for the vast majority […]

Community Assist for Phys-Ed

With over 1,600 schools and over one million students, New York City lays claim to having the largest public schooling system in the nation. It boasts a $21 billion annual budget and a robust workforce of 80,000 teachers. Yet with nearly 40% of students (kindergarten to eighth grade) being reported as obese or overweight in […]

Response to ‘Names in the News’

Journalists constantly find themselves in ethical/moral conundrums. They have to balance reporting accurate information with protecting sources and, in this instance, potential targets. It is understandable that the New York Times wanted to add as much detail as possible to enhance their overall story. Though when the cost of doing can diminish the quality of […]

Intelligent, Witty, ‘Price’-less

The air was thick and the rows tightly packed. The chairs, with slightly tilted seats, beckoned their occupants to lean toward the man onstage. In a crowded seventh floor room of the William & Anita Newman Library, Richard Price stood behind a small lectern and read the opening from his eighth novel Lush Life. A […]

When Hardware Becomes Housewares

Outside New York City, the small town hardware store contains racks of sharpened saws, columns of hefty hammers and shelves of potent power tools to satisfy every homeowner’s need. Entire walls are dedicated to a multitude of nuts, nails, bolts, screws, washers and other knickknacks and a selection of hosing, lighting and lumber. Lumber cannot […]


The relationship between Mitchell and Gould is interesting, to say the least. In Mitchell’s first piece, Professor Sea Gull, he is clearly positioned as the comprehensive journalist. He gives a basic, while very in-depth, profile of Mr. Joe Gould. Mitchell portrays Gould as quite the character, which is probably close to how Mitchell saw him, […]

Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village Background

Touted as a “suburb in the city,” Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village (STPCV) was built and opened in the late 1940s by Met Life Insurance for returning WWII veterans in desperate need of housing. With Robert Moses leading the way, space was cleared in the old Gas House District with little resistance. Thousands were forced to […]