A Fighting Chance

[ydn-legacy-photo-inline id=”83″ ] 1) Four bags hang from silver metal chains. They are evenly spaced in the dimly lit room, and it is cold and dark because construction isn’t yet finished. There is no flooring. On one wall, an old speed bag, almost deflated, hangs from its platform. The walls are mostly white, and columns […]


Westville Renaissance

When Thea Buxbaum told her cab driver that she was moving into New Haven’s Westville neighborhood, he was shocked. The neighborhood was one of New Haven’s most troubled, split between some of the city’s wealthiest homes and its poorest. “Why would you want to move here?” he asked, incredulously. “That’s why,” she said, pointing. “Do […]


Home on the Green

Sunday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. It’s already dark by the time my two friends and I get to the occupied part of the New Haven Green. We walk over to the food tent, where people are standing around in a circle, talking about movies. A woman in her mid-20s asks me if I plan on […]

Small Talk

Awkward Freshmen Moments

Getting caught with your hand in the entryway condom bag. It’s not worth getting them for free. Going to Toad’s for the first time. Well, and every time after that. Opening the gates the wrong way. Somebody’s behind you, and you can’t tell whether to push or pull. Your expensive private-school education never prepared you […]


A broadcast from the 92nd Street Y

“Is there a Jewish holiday tonight?” This is what Andy Borowitz, the American humorist, asked a crowd of mostly Jews at the 92nd Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association on Wednesday night. We weren’t at the Y, though—we were at the Shubert theatre Mezzanine Lounge, where, along with 14 other locations across America, […]