Heart of the City

Monday, February 14, 2011

Ariel Sabar, whose own parents met in Washington Square Park, tells the true stories of nine ordinary couples—from the 1940s to the present—who married after first meeting in one of New York City's iconic public spaces. He tells those stories in Heart of the City: Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York.


Ariel Sabar

Comments [6]

John from Harlem

I cannot believe the author could not find a gay, lesbian or transgendered for his book! He has to be kidding - there are millions of us here and in the rest of the country - some of whom surely met here in public. He found nine stories - the tenth, missing one is our story. His excuse is flimsy and sounds strongly like conscious or unconscious discrimination. This is a really disappointing Valentines Day story.

Feb. 14 2011 01:12 PM

I grew up in manhattan & have always enjoyed casual conversations, jokes etc. with strangers, one of the things I really like about the city.
However I've been finding that younger people, maybe under 35? are not as friendly.maybe it's a generational thing, I don't know.
I am 51 and live on Ludlow Street and find that on the whole I encounter rudeness and disregard for their surroundings by the younger set.

Feb. 14 2011 01:04 PM
Rob from Chelsea

I met my ex (so maybe this doesn't count) under the Brooklyn Bridge, both of us were extras in a car commercial. We returned every year that we were together and picnicked there on our anniversary.

Feb. 14 2011 12:55 PM
Elizabeth O'Donnell from UWS

My husband was performing in Cabaret at Studio 54. I was in Divine Bar (gone now) next store. He came in for an after show drink and worked up the courage to talk to me! 7 years and a new baby we are.

Feb. 14 2011 12:52 PM
Lucia from Brooklyn

I was living in Staten Island a few years ago, when I met my fiance commuting to Manhattan on the Staten Island Ferry. I used to sit and read, often smiling over the Shouts & Murmurs column in the New Yorker, and would notice him looking at me every now and again. After a few months he worked up to the courage to approach me. I met the most amazing person that day, and we are over the moon to be getting married in May.

Feb. 14 2011 12:48 PM
Heide from Manhattan

I met my boyfriend of 5 years while shooting the Bergdorf Goodman's Christmas windows. I've been shooting the Christmas windows around the city for the past 15 years and have finally met someone who shares the same passion.

Feb. 14 2011 12:35 PM

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