The Secret Passport to the 6th Borough

What if I told you there are "secret portals" to a region of NYC you pass by, pass over, or pass through almost everyday you come into town?  Would you honestly believe me? I will bet you passed under this in midtown. You passed over this subway station inside City Hall. You won't find the … Continue reading The Secret Passport to the 6th Borough

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Anna Doesn’t Want To

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I’ve been reflecting a lot about the passage of time. The main reason for this preoccupation, I think, is that my children are hitting various milestones that underscore their ages and, with that, I can’t help but think about how little time I have left with them under my roof. My oldest child, age 10, was assigned a date for her Bat Mitzvah. My middle child, age 8, has a mouthful of braces and will be going to sleep away camp for the first time in June. And my youngest, 18-months-old, is starting school next fall.

It’s not just the major milestones that have me focused on my children’s rapid maturation. It’s the daily reminders as well—how my 10-year-old is suddenly so particular about what clothes she’ll wear; how my 8-year-old won’t come over to me in public when he’s with his friends, but instead will give me just the…

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La diáspora hispana en la sexta municipalidad de Nueva York (tercera parte)

Muchos padres hispanos están ausentes de sus familias porque se divorcian o que nunca se casan con la madre de sus hijos. Esta ausencia del padre en la familia está haciendo más difícil para sus hijos para practicar español en casa. Muchos hogares hispanos solía tener una gran familia con dos o tres generaciones bajo … Continue reading La diáspora hispana en la sexta municipalidad de Nueva York (tercera parte)

La diáspora hispana en la sexta municipalidad de Nueva York (segunda parte)

He conocido a muchos hispanos de segunda y tercera generación que no eran fluido en español. Cuando les pregunté la razón, ellos dijeron que sus padres no enseñan español a ellos en casa. Llevé a cabo algunas investigaciones y descubrió que muchos de los miembros jóvenes de la experiencia de la diáspora hispana se sienten … Continue reading La diáspora hispana en la sexta municipalidad de Nueva York (segunda parte)

La diáspora hispana en la sexta municipalidad de Nueva York (primera parte)

Nueva York tiene una de las comunidades hispanas más grandes del país. Los hispanos de países como América Central, América del Sur, y el Caribe toda lucha por la identidad cultural y la aceptación social en la ciudad de Nueva York. Creo que algunos padres hispanos no enseñan español a sus hijos porque quieren que … Continue reading La diáspora hispana en la sexta municipalidad de Nueva York (primera parte)

The Sixth Borough…in 4-D!

New York City actually has FOUR dimensions. New York City's total area is ~468.9 square miles--that covers the two physical dimensions of length and width.  The city's highest elevation point is Todt Hill on Staten Island at 409.8 feet--that covers the third physical dimension of height. So we're left with that mysterious fourth dimension.  Many physicists call this, time. … Continue reading The Sixth Borough…in 4-D!

The New York I Remember…(Part 1)

Growing up in the early 1970s, New York City had a particular smell that hung in the air in a hazy soup of smoky white.  It was the residue from decades past, neglect and apathy.  Graffiti-stained subway trains emerged from River Avenue and Yankee Stadium roaring atop faded green girders pockmarked with rust. Crime, corruption, and … Continue reading The New York I Remember…(Part 1)

Is there really a “Sixth Borough” in New York City?

I know what you're thinking:  there are only FIVE boroughs in NYC.  What do I mean by a Sixth Borough? This idea came to me after reading a New York Times Op-Ed article by Jonathan Safran Foer.  Foer wrote about a mythical Sixth Borough, describing it as "an island, separated from Manhattan by a thin body of water," and how "Each year after, a few inches at … Continue reading Is there really a “Sixth Borough” in New York City?