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Esther Wang

Prior to Hell Gate, Esther was a senior politics reporter at Jezebel and a columnist for the New Republic.

The Best Place in NYC Is the Seward Park Ping-Pong Table

The ping-pong table—and the community that has grown around it—is a reminder of what the city could be.

A New Yorker and His Dog Were Swept Up in the Violent Arrests at the City College Protest

Quickly surrounded by NYPD officers in riot gear and with Neptune in his arms, Omar barely managed to hand her off to a stranger.

Report: Why ‘Affordable Housing’ Is Rarely Affordable in NYC

"There is a need for affordable housing at a range of income levels, but let's not kid ourselves: The programs we have today don't reach most of the people who need them."

May 7, 2024

Video: NYPD Officer Gets ‘Quick Recap’ on How to Drive a Bus Before Taking the Wheel of an MTA Bus Full of Handcuffed Protesters

"He was just fumbling around. Clearly, he didn't know what buttons to hit. He couldn't turn the bus on."

April 30, 2024

NYPD Officer Learns How to Drive MTA Bus—While Transporting Arrested Protesters

"A lot of people were commenting like, oh God, I don't know if he's gonna make this turn."

April 26, 2024

And the Winner of Hell Gate’s 2024 March Madness of Hot Takes Is…

You'll never look at someone clipping their nails on the subway the same way.

How Do Dudes Pee? An Earth-Shattering Reveal

The men of Hell Gate explain things to me.

On Thin Ice

Can ice fishing—and coldwater fish like trout—survive in a warming New York?

Manhattan’s Chinatown Is Getting a ‘Welcome Arch.’ Why?

"If you look at other Chinatowns, arches become sad markers of a once vibrant and thriving community. In some ways, it becomes a tombstone for dying Chinatowns."

January 29, 2024