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GIVEAWAY: Pair of tickets to “Hansel and Gretel”

2 Dec

*Note: THIS CONTEST HAS EXPIRED* But you’re still allowed to read it 🙂

Get festive with a little culture — for FREE! I’m giving away a pair of tickets to Hansel and Gretel at the world-famous (and right in our own backyard!) Met Opera House on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. Take a date or invite a new friend — this is a great way to soak up the holiday season!

A scene from Act II with Alice Coote as Hansel and Christine Schäfer as Gretel.

Rules for entry (DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, DEC. 11):

• 1 entry just for completing this form.
• 1 entry for following NewNewYorkers on Twitter.
• 1 entry entry for posting about this giveaway on your blog.
• 1 entry for tweeting this giveaway and sending it my way (@NewNYers)

Even if you don’t win, seats are available for as low as $20. You’d normally have to shell out around $90 for a Met performance! GOOD LUCK, KIDS!

About the show (photo at right):

Haunting, charming, and a little wicked, the Met’s production returns as the season’s special holiday presentation for families and the young at heart. Miah Persson and Angelika Kirchschlager are the lost siblings. Philip Langridge reprises his outlandish portrayal of the Witch in Humperdinck’s take on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Sung in English and conducted by Fabio Luisi. Approximate running time 2 hrs. 15 min.


Enter this cool writing contest and get me as your editor!

9 Oct

I tweeted about this yesterday. If you moved to NYC in 2009 and have time to write 800 words this weekend, read on:

We’re looking for nonfiction, first-person stories from brand-new New Yorkers about their lives since arriving in New York City, some of which we will publish in the book. Exciting!

But wait! There are rules. You must have arrived in 2009. The story you write must be true (and it will be fact-checked by our research department). And it should be no more than 800 words.

We want to know the specifics of the life you have made here, why you came, what you hope to make of your New York life professionally/socially/romantically, what the city has felt like, and how it has or has not met your expectations.

If you think this sounds like something you’d want to participate in, send your essay to by this Monday, October 12. We’ll contact you if we’re interested in using the piece.

Many of you might not be aware that I edit stories for a living.If you enter the contest, I will personally edit your piece.

This combines two of my favorite things: helping people improve their writing, and hearing YOUR stories about moving to New York!

I wish NYMag had given more notice for those of you who want to enter. Alas, if you’re game, I’m game. Hop to it!

Be the NewNewYorker of the Week and get a free book!

8 Sep

In recent months, I’ve gotten so many e-mails from readers telling of your adventures and achievements in moving to New York City. And now I want to share your stories right here!

The first 10 people to fill this out and send it (with your photo, if you please!) to will receive a free signed copy of my book and be featured as NewNewYorker of the Week.


Name, age, neighborhood, job:
I moved here on _____ because ______:
My living situation is:
I moved here from:
The best advice I’ve gotten so far is:
I’m most unsure about:
My biggest achievement so far has been:
The New Yorker I want to meet most is:
My favorite song that mentions New York is:
The person I miss most today is:
An interesting person I recently met here is:
My greatest discovery so far has been: