I was born during a big blackout and grew up in Jersey City,
New Jersey. My three childhood role models were Brenda Starr, Nancy Drew, and
Dawn. This all explains a tremendous amount.
I have a degree in Radio/Television/Film from Temple
University. I've lived in Hoboken,
Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, and Brooklyn, eventually clawing my way to
the island of Manhattan.
I've been writing professionally for a long time. I've been
a restaurant critic, a film critic, a web critic; I've doled out my assessments
of television programs, sex props, and entire cities. I'm a member of the
National Book Critics Circle. I have very little formal training for anything, but am quite good at
giving my opinion. I've done it on
The Today Show NBC Nightly News MSNBC Fox New York Talk of the Nation The Brian Lehrer Show The Takeaway
and more. I don't have a Pulitzer or a Nobel, but recently won a
My byline has appeared in
Fast Company The Nation
The New York Observer
The New York Times
Time Out New York
Wired Women's Health Working Mother Yoga Journal
and a lot of places that have gone out of business.
I'm passionate about community, and the ways we all find
each other. If you're bumping into me offline, chances are we're on the
A train. You think you know uptown? Don't make me laugh. I am shooing away
Canadian geese on my morning run. Really.
In 2010, I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. Since then, I've been writing a lot about cancer, and will gladly lecture you about wearing your sunscreen.
E.B. White said that no one should come to New York to live
unless he is willing to be lucky. I am very, very lucky.