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I’ll always long for the alleyways and boulevards of my youth

A snow covered street in midtown during a winter storm on February 1, 2021 in New York City.
A snow covered street in midtown during a winter storm on February 1, 2021 in New York City.
The winter storm on February 1, 2021 in New York City. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

As I write these words, it’s snowing in New York.

It doesn’t snow here where I am, at the tail end of the West Indies. In Puerto Rico, the place where the Caribbean sea sidles up to a pounding Atlantic, my winters can barely be called winters at all.

Instead of bitter chill, I awake most mornings to zephyr-like breezes. The trade winds at play off the coast. Palms dance beneath the fat yellow sun, less relentless than in summer but still bringing sweat to my brow. …


New York’s governor has always been a bully — it just took a little longer for his ways to catch up to him

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Some of us — okay, me — warned members of the press not to lionize Andrew Cuomo last year. And now that the New York governor has been accused of sexual harassment and unwanted advances by at least three women, some guilty parties are hiding behind the excuse of being related to the man.

“Obviously, I’m aware of what’s going on with my brother,” CNN host Chris Cuomo said on Monday night. “And obviously, I cannot cover it, because he is my brother,” Cuomo added. “Now, of course, CNN has to cover it. …


All we wanted was to look like we knew what we were doing

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Before I walked in, I did that surreptitious armpit check, fake-yawning and ducking my head so I could vaguely sniff any attitude problems happening in my glands. As a teen, my B.O. was so intense I wore Secret deodorant. I saw no issue with wearing teen girl scents, as long I didn’t stink. My friends threw on Davidoff Cool Water and CK One on party nights; we’d roll up to spots smelling like basic-ass tricks because that’s what we knew.

In high school, I couldn’t afford two separate party outfits, so I’d mix and match spring polo knits and winter…

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