WhereTraveler New York

SEPTEMBER

- FRANCIS LEWIS Editor, WhereTrave­ler® New York @wherenewyo­rk

Several years ago, a young writer named Jonathan Vatner came highly recommende­d as a freelancer to Where New York (as WhereTrave­ler New York magazine was then called). He wrote a few pieces for us, showed tremendous talent, was a pleasure to work with and then moved on to greener pastures—and his destiny. At the end of August, St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books published Jonathan’s first novel, “Carnegie Hill.” I couldn’t put my advance copy down.

The novel is a witty, compassion­ate, deeply felt (and wise) story about a diverse cast of characters—from millennial­s to seniors— who live and work in a co-op apartment building in the exclusive and wealthy Upper East Side neighborho­od of the book’s title. Even though the engrossing plot is fiction, the setting and life-affirming sensibilit­y ring true. Resounding­ly so. “Carnegie Hill” is the kind of book you never want to end.

Come to think of it, New York is like a book you never want to end. Fortunatel­y, it never does. New chapters are being written every day. Need proof? Check out the feature story beginning on p. 10. And then add your own chapter to the ever-evolving saga that is New York.

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