photo of a house

A city that is half mine: Reflecting on my hometown

I think everyone experiences this when traveling home for the first time in a while: the realization that the city we call home doesn’t hold its breath and wait for us to return. It keeps growing, decaying, expanding and even booming in our wake. 
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Photo of The East Village in Manhattan

A day trip in Manhattan: East Village

The East Village is one of the most famous neighborhoods in Manhattan, well known for its history of beatnik poetry, punk music and Nuyorican literature. As many old-timers in the neighborhood complain about enduring establishments being replaced by banks and Starbucks, I tried to center my last day trip around some more spots commonly frequented by locals and long-time residents.
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