TMN Contributing Writer Elizabeth Kiem is the author of Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy.
Once clear of Yankee Stadium, the 4 train runs north toward Van Cortlandt Park along a thoroughfare named by a society matron in a fit of pique.
Ever since she left Little House on the Prairie behind and was forced, when she grew too old for books with pictures, to conjure up storybook settings, our writer has been placing the fiction she reads in the homes she knows.
Turning an elevated corner, in the crook of which stands a decaying apartment, shades drawn to half-mast, darkness inside where life is shared with a world not paying attention, Elizabeth Kiem does light research.
Wandering along the Arbat in Moscow, Elizabeth Kiem finds the residence of a Russian singer who spent a year in a concentration camp during World War II, and who claims never to have known her true home.
Some claim Russia’s Medvedev is a False Dmitry; others—especially the new prime minister—insist he’s the real deal. A look at Russia’s post-election party-protests.
After a life spent telling stories in two different tongues, the American translator of Umberto Eco and Italo Calvino is struggling with his own.
Facebook is old news for the sub-30 set, but plenty of their elders are tuning in, logging on, and tossing cows.
For 45 years, the weekend after Labor Day has closed out the season for Astroland Park. This year, with the fate of Coney Island in the balance, the weekend passed without resolution.
What do you get when you marry Rodriguez to Rodriguez, double it, parcel it out, deliver it from evil and send it back to church?
Coney Island’s annual Siren Festival is billed as the largest free outdoor indie music festival in New York. This year’s lineup included 14 bands—all of which were free, outdoor, and apparently, indie.
Lev Nussimbaum spent the second half of his life as a refashioned Muslim prince—before meeting an early end in Italy.
Coney Island celebrated the Fourth by crowning the first American hot-dog eating champion in seven years.