My pieces in The New York Times’ Metropolitan Diary

Revised November 3, 2016 – Welcome, New York Times readers, and fans of the Metropolitan Diary! I hope you have enjoyed David W. Dunlap’s beautifully written history about it.

If you enjoy reading the Met Diary, I would love to hear about what this splendid column has meant to you. If you have ever been a contributor, I would like to cordially invite you to this Sunday’s (November 6, 2016) celebration in Midtown Manhattan commemorating the Diary’s 40th anniversary.

Seats for our 1 PM private lunch (12:30 registration) and 2 PM program are very limited; however, if we cannot accommodate you in our private meeting room, you can arrive by 3:30 or 4:00 PM, and celebrate with us at a reception in the bar, after we conclude our reading program. No reservation would be necessary, and the more the merrier – we know you love the Diary as much as we do, and we’d love to meet you! You can also certainly have brunch in the main dining room before the 3:30 PM post-program reception. Kindly contact me and I’ll send you details.

E-mail your thoughts about the Diary, and your inquiries about the reception and luncheon, to Thank you! – p.k.

For your enjoyment, below are my Metropolitan Diary credits, plus a few words about the column and my work:

Illustration by VICTOR KERLOW

“Ivy Hears Me in the Hall ( | A poem about a neighbor’s sweet potato pie. | October 13, 2016

“A Practice Nook in the Subway” ( | A singer found a great acoustical cul-de-sac in a Midtown station where he could exercise his scales. | April 16, 2015

“A Reader at Home in Middle-Earth” ( | With his scruffy beard, ginger hair and eyes matching those on the dust jacket, the subway rider looked like the Tolkien characters he was reading about. | January 21, 2015

“A Busker Counts His Coins” ( | An occasional subway performer reflected on how people’s gratitude for his singing meant more to him than the money. | August 24, 2014
Illustration by LARS LEETARU

“A Misunderstanding at the Starbucks Counter” ( | A customer hears what he thinks is racially offensive coffee terminology. | May 22, 2012

“The Motormouth” ( | A memorable quip from a hilarious cabby. | March 29, 2010

“The Lollipop” ( | A sweet but sticky subway situation. | May 5, 2008

“The Goose” ( | A cabby and his passenger kick off the holidays together. | December 19, 2007

“The Tourists” ( | Visitors to New York City get an exciting firehouse tour, but no pole dancing. | March 19, 2007

“The Everything Bagel” ( | An unintentional quip that never fails to make me smile. | May 29, 2006

– Paul

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– p.k.


Each Monday in its print edition, and each weekday online, The New York Times publishes reader submissions about life in New York City in the much-loved and widely read “Metropolitan Diary” column. It’s a day-brightener of anecdotes, cute stories, overheard conversations and acts of kindness which reflect the city’s unique signature.  The Diary, currently edited and curated by Michael Pollak, has run since November 1976 (

It has been a distinct honor to have had a number of my original works of creative nonfiction and poetry, some of them autobiographical, selected for worldwide publication in this column. At last I can say I am a regular contributor. Entries are published under my byline, now listed in the Times’ online author index.  Two stories were cleverly illustrated; one by Lars Leetaru (“The Tourists”), and one by Victor Kerlow (“A Busker Counts His Coins”).

I look forward to carefully writing and submitting more work for consideration, keeping my fingers crossed each time I hit the send button, and joyfully sharing my pieces when they appear in the column.

In the future, I plan to coordinate gatherings here in NYC for other Diary contributors, for fun, support, and the joy of sharing our experiences with each other over lunch. If you are a published contributor and wish to receive invitations to these private gatherings, I hope you will contact me at

– p.k.