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We invite writers, historians, essayists, and others to contribute short non-fiction essays, no longer than 2000 words, about New York City history. Our aim is to have our reader come away feeling that he or she has learned something new about the city and its past.

Essays can address any and every aspect of New York City history from changes in politics and culture to musings on city neighborhoods and communities.

Submissions should be historically grounded but can be written in an informal style. Please include citations and references.

Email all submissions to with “Blotter” in the subject line.