City Room

No Cheating at Zabar’s
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Diary: An old hand at the delicatessen's waiting line caught a newly arrived customer trying to use someone's discarded ticket. ]]>
Discovering New York Together
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Diary: An autumn romance, including meeting on the F train platform in Brooklyn, hitting the greenmarket and the zoo, and letting a tourist take their picture. ]]>
After 82 Years, No More Driving
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Diary: The day he sold his final car and gave up his keys, a 93-year-old was flooded with memories, starting with Pop's lessons behind the wheel.]]>
Dating on a Budget in the 1960s
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Diary: Dinner, a cruise and ground transportation, courtesy of the subway system, Chinatown and the Staten Island Ferry, could add up to very little 50 years ago.]]>
Grieving With a Firefighter
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Diary: A remembrance of a somber commute downtown nine days after the 9/11 attacks, when a firefighter boarded the subway in full dress uniform. ]]>
The River Watchers
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Diary: Canoeing around Manhattan at night, a man discovered eyes on the water from every available viewing spot, no matter how decrepit the pier or how late the hour. ]]>
‘Is That Your Money?’
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Diary: A sleepy-looking commuter on the G train seemed strangely unconcerned about a folded $100 bill lying in front of him.]]>
Almost Missing Summer
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Diary: As the writer awoke in the October chill, she began to romanticize summer, then remembered what it had been really like. ]]>
A Crush on Her Art Teacher
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Diary: A memory of a lonely student's passion for a professor: gazing at her, loving her voice, writing poems about her. ]]>
A Community of Strangers
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Diary: A frequent walker wonders about her responsibility to the people who often see her and nod.]]>
A New York Courtship
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Diary: A veteran New Yorker dragged a newcomer to all the veteran's favorite spots, and two loves intertwined -- the city and the person. ]]>
The Traveling Knife Grinder
<![CDATA[Metropolitan Diary: Seen in Brooklyn a generation ago, a timeless man in a red van is parked at Zabar's, still clanging his bell for customers who want their knives sharpened.]]>