Tim Heffernan


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  • 11 years ago

    The war in Iraq turns three today. Just three. It's a little number, easy to swallow—but surprisingly hard to grasp. Three years is 36 months, or 156 weeks; it's 20,000 wounded soldiers, or some 200,000 survivors now safe again at home. War i...

  • 12 years ago

    It's a mark of something—honor, discretion, perhaps obsolescence—when the name of your town is unknown to both the police and the local real estate agent. And Egbertville, Staten Island, enjoys both those forms of anonymity. Barely large...

  • 12 years ago

    In 1849, Jordan Mott, inventor of the first efficient coal stove, founded the Mott Iron Works on the banks of the Harlem River in what is today commonly referred to as the South Bronx. Many of his works endure: The manhole covers and drainage grat...

  • 12 years ago

    Kips Bay, in lower east midtown, was famous in Revolutionary times as the site of a skirmish between British forces and George Washington's army of rebels. The rebels lost. Since then, the area's fame (or, perhaps, infamy) has steadily diminished,...

  • 12 years ago

    There's no official—nor, for that matter, unofficial—name for the area of Williamsburg that lies along the western end of Broadway and the ramparts of the Williamsburg Bridge. "Southside" pops up now and again in conversation, but on map...


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