• Saturdays in the City

    April 13, 2013, New York: Early on in high school, my art teacher started taking groups of us on outings known as Saturdays in the City. Every month or two, we’d take a train trip into Manhattan to go to an art exhibit, walk around New York, and head out to lunch. They were easy

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  • Meet Booker, A Unique Teen Traveler

    December 15, 2012, Washington, DC: Booker Mitchell calls me shortly after he hops out of a cab on a busy Friday afternoon in New York City. He doesn’t always take a cab, but he had a lot to carry this afternoon leaving school. You see, Booker is not only a true city nomad and National

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  • Home: Where The Structural Is Personal

    November 4, 2012, Washington, DC: A storm like Hurricane Sandy pushes to the forefront many of the topics discussed regularly here on Neighborhood Nomads. In alignment with the tagline at the top of this site, storm stories are stories of our homes, our neighborhoods, and the power — and vulnerabilities — of the physical places we

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  • Miles From One Year Ago…

    In June 2011, I embarked on a year-long project that would bring me back to each of my hometowns to learn more about the places I’d lived. There were many that had shaped me — from Montreal and Toronto to San Francisco and New York — and I wanted to get a good feel for their

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  • Miles From Monday: Perspective on Long Island

    “Even when the east excited me most, even when I was keenly aware of its superiority to the broad, sprawling, swollen towns beyond the Ohio, with their interminable inquisitions which only spared children and the very old -even then it had always for me a quality of distortion. ” -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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  • The Bottom Line on the High Line

    “If the future is going to be greener, then it must be more urban. Dense cities offer a means of living that involves less driving and smaller homes to heat and cool. Maybe someday we’ll be able to drive and cool our homes with almost no carbon emissions, but until then, there is nothing greener

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  • Hometown Pride: Superbowl Edition

    February 5, 2012, Washington, DC: Allegiance. Rivalry. Loyalty. Pride. They are big, heavy, meaty words. They are words that will bring grown men to tears tonight while others strike a match, light a cigar, and exhale with a certainty that says they never had a shred of doubt in their hometown team. In this endless

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  • Reminds Me of Home

    “An ardent supporter of the hometown team should go to a game prepared to take offense, no matter what happens.”                                                  -Robert Benchley January 22, 2012, Washington, DC: You know the drill.

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  • Can You Keep Up With This City?

    “I carry the place around the world in my heart but sometimes I try to shake it off in my dreams.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald on New York November 17, 2011, Washington, DC: Last weekend wore me out. For the past few nights, I’ve come home from work unable to write and unable to think. New

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  • Back to College: Morningside Heights

    “There is no question there is an unseen world; the question is, how far is it from midtown and how late is it open?” -Woody Allen November 13, 2011, New York: I went back to school this weekend. After ten years away from Morningside Heights, I returned to the New York neighborhood in which I lived as

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