I live alone. It’s been a very long year.

Illustration of a person dressed in winter clothes walking alone on the sidewalk with swan necks silhouetting in the foreground.
Illustration by Derek Abella for GEN

A hand holding a Polaroid photo of NYC up to the NYC skyline at evening.
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Welcome to New York City’s #NoFilter era

Those of us who stayed in New York are faced with the task of keeping the city alive. We aren’t going anywhere.

Illustration: Michelle Kondrich

Since I turned 40 I’ve encountered disbelief that I could possibly be enjoying my own life. But then there’s the other unexpected gift of this age: just how little concern I have for others’ opinions.

Illustration: Saehan Park

Glynnis MacNicol on being single, childless, and suddenly motherless in her 40s

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Subway Closure Reveals Much About Cuomo and Media’s Understanding of City

Help me, multi-gazillion dollar toy industry, you’re my only hope.

Halloween 1983. Style credits (my mother): My Leia buns were ear muffs wrapped in brown yarn. My dress was an altered sheet. My gold “belt” is the sash from our living room drapes. (That is my sister to your right, in a homemade Ewok costume. The three boys are our next door neighbors. During the following summer we made my sister wear that costume as a promotional gimmick for our lemonade stand. We made seven dollars that summer, which is not bad when you consider we were charging 10 cents a glass. 15 cents if you wanted it delivered directly to your car window.)

And other jaw-dropping advertisements from New York Magazine’s Oct. 1969 issue

Walking hots, placing bets, and learning to drink like a ‘lady’

Arriving in NYC before the Internet

Glynnis MacNicol

Glynnis MacNicol is a writer and author of the memoir NO ONE TELLS YOU THIS (Simon & Schuster, 2018).

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