Your Eccentric Friend Shows You Around Town: A Review of “Awkwafina’s NYC”

In honor of Queens-born rapper/actress Awkwafina’s recent Golden Globe win and the upcoming premiere of her Comedy Central show “Nora from Queens,” I re-read “Awkwafina’s NYC”. Awkwafina, aka Nora Lum, released this NYC travel guide book in 2015, a time when she was best known for the bangers “My Vag” and “NYC Bitche$”. I wouldn’t…

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A Native New Yorker Reads “Ask a Native New Yorker”

I’m not the target audience for Jake Dobkin’s new book “Ask a Native New Yorker.” As a fellow New York City native I’m probably the last type of person Dobkin would want to have picked up his book, as born-and-bred New Yorkers tend to viciously nitpick through advice anyone else offers about surviving in this…

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What Exists at the End of Subway Lines? This Book Dares Us to Find Out.

Growing up, I considered Brooklyn College - Flatbush Avenue, the Brooklyn terminus of the 2 and 5 subway lines, to be my home station. Being at the terminus of a line was a badge of honor I wore with pride at the beginning of a journey because I’d never have to compete with anyone for…