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
of television programs, sex props, and entire cities. I'm a member of
National Book Critics Circle and the Women's Film 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 Amampour Reliable Sources Talk of the Nation The Brian Lehrer Show The Takeaway
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.