Dear friends, 
We are excited to announce the release of our first e-book, Making the City: Selected stories from Capital New York. We chose 16 stories, published during the past three years, that we feel reflect on our mission to investigate, explore, question, and explain the messy city of New York to a knowing community of readers and participants.
»>You can buy it here on Amazon or on iTunes for $4.99.
You do not need a Kindle or tablet to read our e-book. You can read it on your desktop, or send it to your iPhone with the Kindle app.
Let us know what you think!
Also, join us for a release party, Reading the City, on July 2 at 7 p.m. at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, featuring readings of New York stories by Capital co-founder Tom McGeveran and writers Starlee Kine, Azi Paybarah, Sheila O’Malley, Steven Boone, Steve Kornacki, Glynnis MacNicol, and more, hosted by Gillian Reagan. (Stay tuned for more details!) 
Here’s the introduction to the book, written by editors Tom McGeveran and Josh Benson: 

A Palestinian food-cart vendor with a secret recipe and a Chinese family struggling to earn its living with a takeout restaurant in the South Bronx; an ambitious young politician with a knack for working the press and a police chief who’s better at politics than his boss; a character actor trying to break into opera and a hip-hop group from Philadelphia that has made its way to the top of the late-night television pyramid; a famous woman who would challenge the supremacy of The New York Times and a self-deprecating man who would be its shining knight; the street hustles of the perennially homeless and the street photography of a fashion icon.
These are some of the characters we’ve covered at Capital New York over the last three years, since we began publishing from a cluster of white melamine Ikea desks in a windowless room in Soho in June 2010. The story subjects are a diverse group, but they have in common a desire to fix their fates against the roiling reality of life here. They’re famous, infamous, unknown, or invisible, but they’re all part of the same messy project of New York City.
This place is both hard to describe and endlessly describable. It’s a city of disparate instances, and it’s in the disparities that the engine of the city becomes, barely, visible.
E.B. White, that inescapable and comforting shadow under which anyone who wants to think or write about New York City must work, knew only some of these varieties of the New York experience, in fact. But he in turn knew what he didn’t know, as he wrote in his 1949 book, Here Is New York:
A block or two west of the new City of Man in Turtle Bay there is an old willow tree that presides over an interior garden. It is a battered tree, long suffering and much climbed, held together by strands of wire but beloved of those who know it. In a way it symbolizes the city: life under difficulties, growth against odds, sap-rise in the midst of concrete, and the steady reaching for the sun. Whenever I look at it nowadays, and feel the cold shadow of the planes, I think: “This must be saved, this particular thing, this very tree.” If it were to go, all would go — this city, this mischievous and marvelous monument which not to look upon would be like death.”
It’s a city of stories. Telling them in their specificity, and smashing them all together without an overweening concern for their comfort or compatibility, is the only real way to tell the story of New York. It’s an endless project that’s so rewarding because it’s a project that can never go away. It’s what we’ve tried to do with this website: To tell some of these stories, in their utter specificity, as a way of getting at the big stories that defy the keystroke.
This is a selection of articles we’ve published over the last three years, and not a collection, because with writers like ours, as passionate about their subjects and as determined to get the story right in its utter specificity, there can’t be a final anthology. Which is why we are so thankful for the last three years of Capital, and for the time to come. And which is why we hope, if you find these stories as compelling and immersive as we do, there will be ample occasion for more selections like these ones.

Buy Making the City: Selected stories from Capital New York on Amazon or on iTunes.

Dear friends, 

We are excited to announce the release of our first e-book, Making the City: Selected stories from Capital New York. We chose 16 stories, published during the past three years, that we feel reflect on our mission to investigate, explore, question, and explain the messy city of New York to a knowing community of readers and participants.

»>You can buy it here on Amazon or on iTunes for $4.99.

You do not need a Kindle or tablet to read our e-book. You can read it on your desktop, or send it to your iPhone with the Kindle app.

Let us know what you think!

Also, join us for a release party, Reading the City, on July 2 at 7 p.m. at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, featuring readings of New York stories by Capital co-founder Tom McGeveran and writers Starlee Kine, Azi Paybarah, Sheila O’Malley, Steven Boone, Steve Kornacki, Glynnis MacNicol, and more, hosted by Gillian Reagan. (Stay tuned for more details!) 

Here’s the introduction to the book, written by editors Tom McGeveran and Josh Benson: 

A Palestinian food-cart vendor with a secret recipe and a Chinese family struggling to earn its living with a takeout restaurant in the South Bronx; an ambitious young politician with a knack for working the press and a police chief who’s better at politics than his boss; a character actor trying to break into opera and a hip-hop group from Philadelphia that has made its way to the top of the late-night television pyramid; a famous woman who would challenge the supremacy of The New York Times and a self-deprecating man who would be its shining knight; the street hustles of the perennially homeless and the street photography of a fashion icon.

These are some of the characters we’ve covered at Capital New York over the last three years, since we began publishing from a cluster of white melamine Ikea desks in a windowless room in Soho in June 2010. The story subjects are a diverse group, but they have in common a desire to fix their fates against the roiling reality of life here. They’re famous, infamous, unknown, or invisible, but they’re all part of the same messy project of New York City.

This place is both hard to describe and endlessly describable. It’s a city of disparate instances, and it’s in the disparities that the engine of the city becomes, barely, visible.

E.B. White, that inescapable and comforting shadow under which anyone who wants to think or write about New York City must work, knew only some of these varieties of the New York experience, in fact. But he in turn knew what he didn’t know, as he wrote in his 1949 book, Here Is New York:

A block or two west of the new City of Man in Turtle Bay there is an old willow tree that presides over an interior garden. It is a battered tree, long suffering and much climbed, held together by strands of wire but beloved of those who know it. In a way it symbolizes the city: life under difficulties, growth against odds, sap-rise in the midst of concrete, and the steady reaching for the sun. Whenever I look at it nowadays, and feel the cold shadow of the planes, I think: “This must be saved, this particular thing, this very tree.” If it were to go, all would go — this city, this mischievous and marvelous monument which not to look upon would be like death.”

It’s a city of stories. Telling them in their specificity, and smashing them all together without an overweening concern for their comfort or compatibility, is the only real way to tell the story of New York. It’s an endless project that’s so rewarding because it’s a project that can never go away. It’s what we’ve tried to do with this website: To tell some of these stories, in their utter specificity, as a way of getting at the big stories that defy the keystroke.

This is a selection of articles we’ve published over the last three years, and not a collection, because with writers like ours, as passionate about their subjects and as determined to get the story right in its utter specificity, there can’t be a final anthology. Which is why we are so thankful for the last three years of Capital, and for the time to come. And which is why we hope, if you find these stories as compelling and immersive as we do, there will be ample occasion for more selections like these ones.

Buy Making the City: Selected stories from Capital New York on Amazon or on iTunes.

How would you like to see the MetroCard/subway payments evolve?


"New Yorkers are driven to distraction with their smart phones, and the simple act of looking can prevent thousands of crashes and injuries every year,” said Department of Transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, in a statement. “LOOK! is a message to all New Yorkers that safety is in the eye of the beholder and everyone needs to keep an eye out for each other on our streets.”

City expands an uncontroversial pedestrian-safety program, Dana Rubinstein reports

"New Yorkers are driven to distraction with their smart phones, and the simple act of looking can prevent thousands of crashes and injuries every year,” said Department of Transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, in a statement. “LOOK! is a message to all New Yorkers that safety is in the eye of the beholder and everyone needs to keep an eye out for each other on our streets.”

City expands an uncontroversial pedestrian-safety program, Dana Rubinstein reports

Christoph Niemann’s illustration about NYC’s ban on large soft drinks for the New Yorker.

Christoph Niemann’s illustration about NYC’s ban on large soft drinks for the New Yorker.

"While it started off as a term that was geographic in nature, it really morphed and evolved. It became a byword of mythology…. The fact is ‘the South Bronx’ really came to mean a destructive dynamic that was a cycle of disinvestment, arson, abandonment, and then total destruction."

— Joe Muriana, a former director of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition and activist who worked to rebuild the neighborhood after its urban apocalypse.

"Hello, Mr. Mayor: Tech workers carry… tech tools. And many of them don’t have — or want — cars, so they ride the subway. A big quality-of-life point is to work or play on your commute."

— Nicole Gelinas in the New York Post. She says that the Bloomberg administration’s high-profile effort to grow New York City’s tech sector is threatened by a raise in subway crime, particularly the theft of “tech stuff” like iPads and iPhones.

Hence, the MTA makes a 'Be Safe. Be Smart' campaign.

Dessert’s up! Check out Leah Koenig’s latest Lost Foods of New York City column, which features Biscuit Tortoni! Read more.

Dessert’s up! Check out Leah Koenig’s latest Lost Foods of New York City column, which features Biscuit Tortoni! Read more.

THE AFTERMATH OF ED TOWNS’ EXIT: It’ll be popular Hakeem Jeffries against a poor Charles Barron
On Jan. 21 and 22, comedians Jessica DeBruin, Corinne Fisher, Dawn J. Fraser, Chrissie Gruebel, Tracy Mull, Roopa Singh, and Katie Sullivan—plus Rachel Dratch of Saturday Night Live fame—will lend their unlikely voices to a fund-raiser titled "Comedians of New York for Afghan Women Writers." The reading is to benefit the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, an organization that mentors Afghan women writers and distributes their work to a global audience.
“Comedians  understand pain best,” said Stephanie Tait, a filmmaker and comedian  herself, who acts as the AWWP creative outreach director and is also the  event’s curator, “because they go into comedy to escape their own.”
Read more: In Crown Heights, the nerve center of a project to mentor and help protect Afghan women writers

On Jan. 21 and 22, comedians Jessica DeBruin, Corinne Fisher, Dawn J. Fraser, Chrissie Gruebel, Tracy Mull, Roopa Singh, and Katie Sullivan—plus Rachel Dratch of Saturday Night Live fame—will lend their unlikely voices to a fund-raiser titled "Comedians of New York for Afghan Women Writers." The reading is to benefit the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, an organization that mentors Afghan women writers and distributes their work to a global audience.

“Comedians understand pain best,” said Stephanie Tait, a filmmaker and comedian herself, who acts as the AWWP creative outreach director and is also the event’s curator, “because they go into comedy to escape their own.”

Read more: In Crown Heights, the nerve center of a project to mentor and help protect Afghan women writers

joshsternberg:

Remember when NYC was a shithole? Most of us can’t because we’re not from here. But these pictures are a good look into some of the grossness that was The Big Apple.
Check Steven Siegel’s photos out on Gothamist.
EDIT: Now with the correct link. Thanks, Kate!

joshsternberg:

Remember when NYC was a shithole? Most of us can’t because we’re not from here. But these pictures are a good look into some of the grossness that was The Big Apple.

Check Steven Siegel’s photos out on Gothamist.

EDIT: Now with the correct link. Thanks, Kate!

(Source: joshsternberg)