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Eternal City

How NYC’s Cabaret Laws Tried to Crack Down on Drag

The passage of NYC's cabaret laws in the late 1920s and the creation of the New York State Liquor Authority pushed drag and queer culture back to the fringes of society—but the backlash couldn't stop drag from existing.

September 12, 2023

Bay Watch

Jamaica Bay is New York City in a clamshell.

Wandering New York City’s Grief Corridor

The saddest micro-neighborhood in town keeps getting bigger.

August 2, 2023

The Tacky Weed Bodega Aesthetic Is Actually ‘Old-School’ NYC Vernacular

"They're like outsider art in regards to visual branding," one professor told us.

March 20, 2023

John Painz Has to Help the Pigeons

He rescued his first pigeon during the pandemic. Now he does it full time.

March 7, 2023

The Last Night at Anyway Cafe

Sometimes, things work out, and a place like this can stay alive for a while longer. And sometimes it doesn't.

February 28, 2023

Meet Zoe Anderson Norris, the ‘Nellie Bly You’ve Never Heard Of’

Norris, who dubbed herself the "Queen of Bohemia," exposed the injustices of post-Gilded Age New York City—by going undercover.

February 28, 2023

So Who the Hell Is Major Deegan?

A new book tells us of the sometimes extremely unremarkable men that our roads, bridges, and tunnels are named after.

Will Your Bodega Miss You When You’re Gone?

Saying goodbye to your neighborhood safe space.

January 4, 2023

My Mezuzah and Me: A New York Goy’s Dilemma

My wife was perfectly content to let the mezuzah be. But I was seized by doubts.

December 21, 2022