Andrew Cotto is the award-winning author of three novels and a regular contributor to The New York Times. Andrew has also written for Parade, Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, Italy magazine, Maxim, and more. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Cucina Tipica – An Italian Adventure

Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure is the story of Jacoby Pines, a disheartened American who arrives in Italy on holiday

Outerborough Blues

OUTERBOROUGH BLUES: A BROOKLYN MYSTERY is an unconventional noir that takes place on the dawn of urban gentrification. Lyrical, atmospheric

The Domino Effect

THE DOMINO EFFECT is award-winning story of Danny Rorro, a charismatic kid from Queens poisoned by the past. A series of painful

How Master Distiller Germán Gonzalez Drinks Tequila

By Thursday, February 25th, 2016 no comments Permalink

Germán Gonzalez’s mission is simple: To get Americans to drink better tequila. “My sense is that Americans are ready for a better product now, something that can be paired with Mexican food, sipped and enjoyed like wine or fine whiskey,” he says. He thinks he’s just the person to bring it. A descendant of the former president, General Manuel Gonzalez, Germán comes…

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At Wyckoff’s Corner Pharmacy in Cobble Hill, It’s Personal

By Friday, January 22nd, 2016 no comments Permalink

The city can sometimes seem like a battlefield for chain pharmacies, where the last vestiges of vintage apothecaries can be found only in kitsch restaurants that open in former pharmacies. But actual mom-and-pop drugstores still exist, even in gentrified Brooklyn neighborhoods like Cobble Hill, where Wyckoff’s Corner Pharmacy has endured for the past decade. On…

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A More Authentic Italian Experience, in Santo Spirito

By Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 no comments Permalink

While the main thoroughfares of Florence, Italy, continue to overflow with waves of tourists from all over the world, the quaint, narrow quarters of the ancient city increase in appeal to conscientious travelers seeking a more authentic experience. Look no further than the Santo Spirito quarter in the Oltrarno section of the city, south of the…

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At Heights Chateau, a Welcoming Home for Wine Lovers

By Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 no comments Permalink

On a recent brisk Saturday afternoon, at the point where the tail of Atlantic Avenue dips toward New York Harbor, wine and spirits buyers ducked into Heights Chateau to assemble their weekend libations. Behind an antique-looking facade, the store is an oenophile’s apothecary. Its owner, Matthew LaSorsa, grew up in Sheepshead Bay, where his parents,…

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Best. Summer. Ever.

By Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 no comments Permalink

Ten years ago I changed careers. One of the appeals of becoming a teacher — in my case, a college professor of English — was the time off. I remembered the end-of-school, coming-of-summer feeling as a student, and the promise that those pending months of freedom held. And, of course, I remember the actual moments…

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