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.

Blog: Our Italian Year

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

Ecuatoriana Restaurant Is a Link to Ecuador in Harlem

By Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 73 comments Permalink

On a high ridge in West Harlem, a steady wind from the bluffs of the Jersey Palisades reflects the swirling dynamics of the Sugar Hill area of Hamilton Heights, whose identity has been in steady flux since the days when Harlem was in vogue and Duke Ellington dispensed subway directions. One of the more recent…

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Lacrosse Beats Baseball for Our Boys

By Monday, March 23rd, 2015 49 comments Permalink

As this winter, straight from the ironic depths of heaven’s fiery antithesis, comes slowly to an end, and the layers of snow and ice begin to recede from sidewalks and meadows and yards, there are probably more than a few parents of young boys who are — perhaps unconsciously, perhaps, not — filled with a…

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How Clyde May’s Whiskey Became the Official Spirit of Alabama

By Monday, February 2nd, 2015 30 comments Permalink

Mr. Clyde May returned to his beloved Alabama from World War II with a Purple Heart and Medal of Valor. The decorated war hero also returned to making Alabama moonshine. In the woods southeast of the state capital of Montgomery, in the hills and hollows of the Conecuh Ridge, using fresh spring water, local grains,…

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Fort Greene Changes. Chez Oskar Doesn’t.

By Friday, January 23rd, 2015 46 comments Permalink

On a frigid Brooklyn night, a deep-red facade on the corner of DeKalb Avenue and Adelphi Street in Fort Greene’s historic district glows invitingly. A worn wooden door awaits under the weathered sign of Chez Oskar, and those who enter will join a convivial scene that has been in steady swing for 17 years. The…

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Journey Back: Rediscovering Life and Love on the Open Road

By Friday, January 9th, 2015 88 comments Permalink

  In the midst of his grief after my mother died, my 72-year-old father began to ride a motorcycle again. He hadn’t been on a bike in over 40 years, since his first son—my brother, Chris—was born. But as he traveled rural Carolina roads on two wheels, whisking along at great speeds, carving turns into…

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