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

Going Out to Eat Has Nothing to Do With the Food

By Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 no comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto’s grand dreams of a fancy birthday dinner with his best friend, Mike, end in disappointment.   I grew up with great food and really got into what I considered to be “fine dining” in my mid-20s when I made good money and had an expense account. And since that time, I’d been…

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My Friendly Neighborhood (Mega) Bookstore

By Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 no comments Permalink

As a city-dweller surrounded by progressives, I’m well aware of the need to “think globally and act locally” on a whole lot of matters. This seems especially true when it comes to commerce. “Shop local” is the mantra, prompting those of us who heed such calls to shop (and generally pay more) at farmer’s markets…

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Is Violence a Spectator Sport?

By Monday, July 25th, 2011 no comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto believes we do not need violence to be entertained or educated, nor as part of our political discourse or behavior.   I was coming home one day, not long ago, a lovely spring afternoon with flower seeds in the air and sunshine bouncing off every surface of Brownstone Brooklyn. I walked past…

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What 10 Albums Would You Want on a Deserted Island?

By Thursday, July 21st, 2011 no comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto has his ten albums. What are yours?   I recently wrote about the Bruce Springsteen album Born to Run. It was the death of Clarence Clemons that inspired me to reflect on all the specific memories brought about by that iconic cover. Thinking about the photo of Clarence and Bruce on Born…

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It’s Time for the President to Shine

By Friday, July 15th, 2011 no comments Permalink

A few months ago, on the heels of President Obama’s stirring appearance at the National Correspondent’s Dinner, I encouraged him to be more available. I encouraged him to not only be seen more often, but to be assertive in his criticism of those Republican rivals being actively disingenuous or flat-out lying. Now would be a…

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