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

Sand and Surf, Speedos and Spirits

By Friday, August 22nd, 2014 67 comments Permalink

On a midsummer Saturday, under a sapphire sky, a ferry shuttled festive weekenders from Sayville on the South Shore of Long Island to Fire Island Pines, much as motorcars once brought eager revelers out of the city to the Long Island of Jay Gatsby’s blue gardens. Those arriving in the Pines, most of them gay…

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My Gay Summer: Maybe We Are Moving Forward After All

By Sunday, August 17th, 2014 9 comments Permalink

Last Saturday, I walked out of a Fire Island Pines liquor store just as a friend was walking in. “Hello, handsome,” I said without pause. My friend was less decorous. “What the f*%k are you doing here?!?” He asked, his face flushed with wonder. It was a legitimate question since The Pines is famously gay,…

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Is New York Really a Diverse City?

By Sunday, July 27th, 2014 25 comments Permalink

One of the things that eventually becomes obvious to an American urban dweller residing in a European city is the lack of diversity. As a New Yorker in Rome, it’s particularly obvious. Rome is full of Romans, and Romans are, essentially, of similar stripe. There are inhabitants of this city from foreign lands and of…

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The Downside of Being a Silly Dad

By Friday, July 25th, 2014 15 comments Permalink

  I grew up around of a lot of serious men — the fathers of most of my friends were quiet types, hidden behind newspapers and cigarette smoke and steely silence. Respect for them was mandatory. Interest in us was infrequent but intense. And when they spoke to us, it was through a litany of…

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CityLiving in Rome: Big Love in the Eternal City for One New Yorker

By Thursday, July 17th, 2014 37 comments Permalink

I didn’t come to Rome looking for love. I got plenty of the good stuff back at home in New York City. There is where most of my closest friends and family reside, along with my beloved wife, daughter and son. It also happens to be the city that is the love of my residential…

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