"Down to the Sea." Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Higher Latitudes: Rockwell Kent on Monhegan Island

“Truly I loved that little world, Monhegan.  Small, sea-girt island that it was, a seeming floating speck in the infinitude of the sea and sky, one was as though driven to seek refuge from the impendent cosmic immensity in a…

Dayton Under Construction

Dayton Under Construction

Sunday night, holed up in the Tumbleweed, waiting for the late-spring blizzard-of-’13 that wasn’t. A ratty stuffed coyote yawns above me, next to a raven and a bighorn sheep wearing mardi gras beads, and another coyote. Across the horseshoe bar…

Photo by David Shankbone, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Notes from the Storm, in Six Zip Codes

Back in July a flash rainstorm that hit New York City got me thinking about weather. “Weather is something not many of this site’s stories have touched on, but it is such an essential aspect of our experience of place…

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A Different Kind of Interstate

I grew up near the Wapack Trail, a modest path through the woods linking Mount Watatic in Ashburnham, MA to North Pack Monadnock in Greenfield, NH.  Throughout my childhood I’d hiked bits of it, grown so accustomed to driving past…

No “White Bread Land”: A Fight for Affordable Housing in Tribeca

Jay-Z lives in Tribeca. Gwyneth Paltrow lives in Tribeca. John Stewart, Billy Crystal, Daniel Radcliffe, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep — they live in Tribeca, too. Housing costs have skyrocketed in the “Triangle Beneath Canal Street” since Robert De Niro opened…

Where Glastonbury’s J.T. Slocomb Factory Used To Be

An old factory in my hometown has been demolished. It sat by a brook amid woods and colonial houses, a textile mill-turned-industrial complex of interconnected brick, concrete, and steel. Today, nothing but a tall smokestack and a skeletal slice of…

Pí Jody, Friend of Hartford’s Burmese Refugees

See Jody Putnam outside the cracked brick apartment buildings on South Marshall St. and you’ll wonder what this grandma is pushing. She’s there every day: a thin, lightly wrinkled white suburban lady collecting wads of cash from a motley Asian…