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A Native Son Traces The Tumultuous History Of Cambria Heights, Queens

NARRATIVE.LY | Posted 01.17.2013 | New York

n 1965, when I was five years old, my family moved from the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn into a five-bedroom house on 210th Street in Cambria Hei...

The Changing Face Of A Notoriously Crime-Ridden Strip In Staten Island

Narratively | Posted 01.16.2013 | New York

Beside a chatty pet parrot, a boa constrictor and a turtle, a large pit bull named Malo dozes in the corner of James Lee's snug Staten Island apartmen...

Plastic Perceptions

narrative.ly | Posted 12.22.2012 | New York

t all began with hands. Mutilated hands with complicated anatomy and so many moving parts. Hands that needed surgery, required tendons and nerves from...

Astoria Characters: The Ice Sculptor

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.17.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It happened many moons ago, but when Shintaro Okamoto opens the door of the walk-in freezer and sees the tiger's head, he remembers the swan.

A Self-Styled Native American, On The Streets Of Harlem

NARRATIVE.LY | Posted 12.11.2012 | New York

Robert Banks' one-bedroom flat is lavishly decorated with Native American artwork--sculptures and dreamcatchers that the 71-year-old Georgia native cr...

New York's Biggest Candy Collector?

Narratively | Posted 12.04.2012 | New York

It's seven p.m. on election night, yet a steady flow of pedestrians are still streaming in to the London Candy Co. to assuage their sweet tooths with ...

WATCH: NYC's Most Devoted Follower Of An Occult Saint

NARRATIVE.LY | Posted 12.03.2012 | New York

Arely Gonzalez's bedroom is dominated by a giant altar; at its center is a skeleton draped in jewelry and dressed in a sparkling jade gown. She is La...

Up Close And Personal With A NYC Fortune Teller

NARRATIVE.LY | Posted 11.16.2012 | New York

There is no wall of beads. No headscarf. And absolutely no crystal ball. Just a set of stairs inside a boho-chic bistro spiraling up to a tiny alcove ...

Surreal And Adorable: 'Nutcracker' Cast Visits NYSE (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Jonah Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Performers from The New York City Ballet's The Nutcracker visited the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. In honor of its 56 anniversary on Broadway,...

WATCH: The 'Amazing Strangers' Of Union Square

The Huffington Post | Jonah Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Bob Hain is a graphic artist whose website, Normalbobsmith.com, documents the strange and often 'woozy' characters of Union Square -- those who slouc...

WATCH: Why Jerry Rugosa Sells Bread Out Of A Headstone Shop

The Huffington Post | Damiano Beltrami | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

As we walked down Graham Avenue in East Williamsburg, we would often pass by a headstone shop that had stacks of bread in the window -- certainly an o...

Angry, Smelly Elmo Harassing Midtown Tourists

Jonah Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Evil Elmo is back. In 2009 The Daily News reported on an imposter Elmo (if there is such a thing as a "real" Elmo) who was seen in Times Square aggr...