About

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

In Brooklyn, Racing Against the Shabbat Clock at Kings Highway Glatt

By Friday, December 19th, 2014 101 comments Permalink

Shabbat is the weekly Jewish day of rest. It begins a few minutes before sundown every Friday and ends with the appearance of the first three stars on Saturday evening. During this interlude, Jews are encouraged to reflect and to remember, to appreciate family and to seek a sense of peace. And to eat. For…

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Cop Story (too)

By Friday, December 12th, 2014 36 comments Permalink

I went to a reading last month to celebrate the release of Prison Noir, a collection of stories written exclusively by men and women, currently or formerly, incarcerated in the American prison system. Esteemed and never-incarcerated author Joyce Carol Oates edited the collection and spoke with great empathy that evening about the lives of human…

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My American exceptionalism fantasy is over: How these midterms sealed the deal

By Thursday, November 6th, 2014 32 comments Permalink

(Credit: Curioso via Shutterstock/Salon) Elections often hurt. Especially when they make you feel like a fool. I was one of the few who had held out hope that the electorate in key states would favor Democrats in respective races for Senate seats and governorships. As the map turned red over the course of Tuesday evening,…

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End of the Writer/Teacher?

By Thursday, September 25th, 2014 98 comments Permalink

Imagine a young Ernest Hemingway in the 21st century. He’s abroad for a few months in Paris and arrives at the home of Gertrude Stein to sip Sancerre and discuss writing and other writers and those things a fledgling author and his accomplished mentor might chat about after a day of creative labor. They consider…

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An End-of-Summer Race That’s Not Just About Speed

By Sunday, September 7th, 2014 62 comments Permalink

Children ran alongside as the entry Oz, piloted by Maya Engstrum, center, and Jolene Lower, at right, both of Park Slope, Brooklyn, crossed the finish line Saturday at Open Source Gallery’s seventh annual Soap Box Derby. Credit Bryan R. Smith for The New York Times Annick Hansen, 7, worried about how a mast would affect the nautical-themed…

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