Jackie and Pee Wee: An Embrace Against Racism

Jackie and Pee Wee: An Embrace Against Racism

By F. R. | Brooklyn, New York is home to one of New York City’s most iconic locations, Coney Island. On Coney Island, you find attractions such as the Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk, the New York Aquarium, Luna Park, the Cyclone rollercoaster and the original Nathan’s Famous. If you walk down Surf Avenue, past […]

Ode to Orchard Beach

Ode to Orchard Beach

By Maritza Lopez | Orchard Beach, also known as the Bronx or Puerto Rican Riviera, is a man-made beach situated along the Long Island Sound in Pelham Bay Park. It spans 115 acres and is over a mile long with a promenade that allows beachgoers to walk up and down the beach without having to […]

Christopher Columbus Finally Reaches China(town)

Christopher Columbus Finally Reaches China(town)

By A. V. | There is a park located on 67 Mulberry Street in Manhattan, New York, close to the Brooklyn Bridge. It was designed by Calvert Vaux in the 1880s and was opened in 1897.  Known alternately as Mulberry Bend Park, Five Points Park and Paradise Park, it was renamed in 1911after Christopher Columbus, […]

From Rat to Umpire: A Central Park Journey

From Rat to Umpire: A Central Park Journey

By C. C. | It is often bypassed and ignored—after all it is just a rock. Most of the people who actually stop to see and admire it are tourists. More than half of them accidentally come across it while visiting Central Park. Umpire Rock is known to be a schist rock and is located […]

Displaying Christopher Columbus’ Monument in Central Park’s Literary Walk: What Are We Really Celebrating?

Displaying Christopher Columbus’ Monument in Central Park’s Literary Walk: What Are We Really Celebrating?

By Brandie Failey | Among the many monuments that line Central Park’s Literary Walk, there is a statue of the explorer Christopher Columbus. Huge and eye-catching, it inevitably makes you want to take a closer look at it. Columbus is standing with his arms outstretched while in one hand he holds what appears to be a […]

“Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places”: H.P. Lovecraft in Brooklyn

“Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places”: H.P. Lovecraft in Brooklyn

By Zayna Marjieh | Isn’t it unsettling…that we can walk by a seemingly ordinary place and be completely oblivious to its extraordinary history? 169 Clinton Street in Brooklyn, New York is a completely unremarkable building. It blends into the Brooklyn cityscape like a grain of sand […]

The White Horse Tavern: A Writer’s Reprieve

The White Horse Tavern: A Writer’s Reprieve

By Kejana Ayala | Stepping into the White Horse is like stepping into the past.  After being bombarded by antique white horses, from the marble-headed figurines to the engravings on the windows and light fixtures, you are then caressed by the original wood and design that imbues this neighborhood watering hole with a classical literary […]

Ulysses S. Grant: National Hero and Literary Extraordinaire

Ulysses S. Grant: National Hero and Literary Extraordinaire

By E. V. | The Grant Memorial Tomb, situated on the corner of Riverside Drive and W. 122nd Street in Manhattan, is the final resting place of President Ulysses S. Grant, who was in office from 1869-1877. Grant Memorial Tomb is a marble and granite building constructed with a dome at the top. The building has an […]

The Bethlehem of Hip-Hop

The Bethlehem of Hip-Hop

By D. P. | By popular consensus, 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, in the Morris Heights neighborhood of the Bronx, is regarded as the birthplace of hip-hop culture. The visitor to this address will find that 1520 Sedgwick Avenue sits in the middle of a mess of roads and waterways: Robert Moses’ Cross Bronx and the Major […]

West Side Story: The Classic Made Present

West Side Story: The Classic Made Present

By Kejana Ayala | Whether or not we’ve seen it, we all know about Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’ film adaptation of West Side Story (1961). A classic retelling of Romeo and Juliet based on Arthur Laurents’ musical, the film has echoed in our American culture for over fifty years through its tunes and romantic storyline and the […]

A Review of Nueba Yol

A Review of Nueba Yol

By Elaine Vasquez | “Nueba Yol de mi fantasia, porque New York es otra cosa.” – Balbuena When I was a little girl in the Dominican Republic, my dreams about America were distant from the reality. White people with green or blue eyes was all I pictured. Big streets, snow, tall buildings, tons of food and […]

Chrissy Kolaya’s Debut Novel, Charmed Particles, Successfully Launches Us into a New Realm of Exotic Matter

Chrissy Kolaya’s Debut Novel, Charmed Particles, Successfully Launches Us into a New Realm of Exotic Matter

By Suzette Glover | Do you like original adventures, gradual suspense, quirky characters, or a slight touch of wanderlust? If you answered yes to any of the above, then Chrissy Kolaya’s debut novel, Charmed Particles, might be the newest page-turner that you add to your bookshelf. Nestled in the fictional, Midwestern prairie town of Nicolet, […]

¿Qué Pasa, USA? Desde los 70 Hasta Hoy en Día

By Franklin Rodriguez | We’ve all had moments in our teenage years where we wanted something really bad but our parents could not necessarily afford it, or where we were worried about being accepted by a group of kids who we thought were popular and cool. These moments can be glorious or bittersweet, and often […]

Review of Entre Nos

Review of Entre Nos

By Luis Machuca | The aspirations, ambitions and ultimate disenchantments resulting from this country’s make-or-break reality are things that transcend national backgrounds and intimately resonate through many a dispersed migrant group. The Latinization of New York and other metropolises in the United States has unfolded with rather consistent uniformity in the various Hispanic subgroups. According to […]

When Two Worlds Collide: A Review of The New World

When Two Worlds Collide: A Review of The New World

By Ciara O’Neill | Terrence Malick’s 2005 film, The New World, is one of my new favorite treasures. Much like the British explorers in the film who went looking for gold in Virginia, I was looking for something special when I began to watch this movie. I wanted to know what would set this retelling apart from […]

css.php
Need help with the Commons? Visit our
help page
Send us a message
Skip to toolbar