Madonna early years

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Late 1970s/early 80s Madonna: The smells of NYC, raped on a rooftop, and inspired by Frida Kahlo

“The tall buildings and the massive scale of New York took my breath away. I felt alive. But I was also freaked out by the smell of piss and vomit everywhere, especially in the entryway of my third-floor walk-up.”

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Debbie Harry 1970s

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Early 1970s Debbie Harry: Playboy bunnies, serial killers, and being spit upon

A girl’s worst nightmare? “It was the early Seventies, maybe ’72. I was trying to get across town to a party. It was two or three o’clock in the morning and I was staggering around on huge platform shoes….”

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Have you noticed that NYC is changing—and you’re not sure it’s for the better? If so, read about the #SaveNYC grassroots, crowd-sourced, DIY movement to protect and preserve the diversity and uniqueness of the urban fabric in New York City.

My first, my worst NYC apartment: from NYTimes readers

This may be cheating a bit, since these stories were not submitted to this site but rather to The New York Times 4 years ago, but here some doozies of first (and worst) apartment stories. To be enjoyed with a side dollop of schadenfreude. Tell Us About Your Worst New...

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If you ever lived in New York City, reading about the city in books has SO much more resonance. S...

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Rules of Civility
Astonish Me
The Bonfire of the Vanities
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Three Junes
The Interestings
The Age of Innocence
The Goldfinch
The Glass Castle
Falling Man

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