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A REAL NEW YORKER

There have been thousands of articles posted on Facebook that list actions that qualify a person as a New Yorker. (Hint: real New Yorkers don’t post these articles on Facebook.) But when I first moved to the city, a drag queen told me that I wouldn’t...

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BOSS LADY AND BILL

On a bitterly cold morning in 2012, I stood on the corner of 57th Street and 5th Avenue, waiting to meet my then-employer, Boss Lady. Boss Lady and I had been invited to an important meeting to discuss planning events for the corporate big-wigs at Louis Vuitton and,...

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NEW YORK MAGIC

You know those movie scenes when New Yorkers randomly bump into each other? Maybe the lead character just happens to run into an old flame on a crowded avenue or at a packed Lower East Side night club or maybe someone in a Harlem bodega at two in the morning might see...

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AND JUST LIKE THAT…

You know that scene at the beginning of the first Sex & the City movie when Big surprised Carrie with the penthouse apartment? And when they walked into that gorgeous main room Carrie said, “Hello, I live here!” and then squealed when Big playfully...

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HAPPY FATHERS DAY

I love this photo of my dad and I, circa 1978. Just look at that wood-paneled wall, the old, clunky television, and my dad’s shaggy hair! Note the Anheuser Busch wall-hanging (clearly, my mom must have lost that fight), the stacks of 8-tracks, and me, smiling...

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BRENEN

Today is my little brother Brenen’s birthday. He would have been 34 years old, if my math serves me well. Also, the anniversary of his passing was earlier this month. As you can imagine, May is a rough month for my family. Especially for my parents....

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#METHBUTT

“Come over,” said Mikey. “I think it’s high time we met.” Mikey was right. We had been shooting messages back and forth on Scruff for almost two weeks. It was obvious that we were into each other. So, in the middle of a unseasonably...

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EIGHT YEARS AGO…

I had a pretty happy childhood. We were by no means wealthy. My parents worked very hard to provide for my brother and me and they did a great job. In fact, looking back at photos of birthday celebrations and Christmas mornings, I see that I pretty much got whatever I...

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MYRTLE BEACH OBSERVATIONS

In keeping with Southern tradition, throughout my trip, locals always greeted me with the same exact question. No, not “What do you do for a living?” or “Where are you from?” The one question I was consistently asked is “What would you...

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A STORY ABOUT A GUY I KNOW

Let me tell you a story about a guy I know. A guy who is friendly and smart. A guy who is talented and charming. When he first moved to the city, this guy relied on his handsome smile to open doors for him. And why not? The city can be cruel and rough. People have...

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