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

Happy Thursday, Every Thursday

By Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 no comments Permalink

My daughter was born on a Thursday. We’d gone to the hospital with still plenty of Wednesday left, but on that day, complications arrived instead of a child. As the sun sank into the distant horizon and night sifted down onto the city, my wife endured unimaginable things associated with a difficult childbirth. The pregnancy…

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President Obama: Take a Lesson From ‘A Bronx Tale’

By Friday, May 6th, 2011 no comments Permalink

A lot will be made, and rightfully so, of the recent death of Osama bin Laden. Plenty of credit will be spread around, from heroic operatives to intelligence agencies and mostly, perhaps too much, to President Obama. Surely a massive, nationalistic victory will provide the President with a much-needed bump in the polls. Good for…

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Fish People With Heart. Noses Agree.

By Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 no comments Permalink

ONE of the first things you notice when walking into Fish Tales Gourmet Seafood Market is the smell. There is none. But the fish motif is definitely in the air, including walls strung with nets and traps and a whole fish mounted above the stained wainscot. The shotgun layout feels like the well-lighted hull of…

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The Beginning

By Monday, January 31st, 2011 no comments Permalink

In September of 2003, my wife and I and our infant daughter had a trip planned to Italy. We’d arranged to stay in a refurbished barn, behind a villa in the hills south of Florence. A rental car, complete with child seat, was reserved. I’d read books on Tuscany and beyond. I’d studied some Italian….

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Complaint Box | Obscenities

By Friday, January 28th, 2011 no comments Permalink

P. C. Vey Complaint Box Got a Gripe? Get a grip. Send your rant — no more than 500 words, please — to: metropolitan@nytimes.com. As a student and a teacher of language, I appreciate curses and other vulgarities: they can add color and emphasis to our vernacular. But like all stylistic flourishes, the audience has…

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