Good times and bum times,
I've seen them all and, my dear,
I'm still here.
Plush velvet sometimes,
Sometimes just pretzels and beer,
But I'm here.

— "I'm Still Here," Stephen Sondheim (1971)



The Afterglow is about the classic New York City places that are still here, stubborn and beaming bright, as experienced through the everyday New Yorkers who feel too many ways about them.

In a story for The New York Times detailing his search for Edward Hopper's elusive—and likely fictitious—"Nighthawks" diner, Jeremiah Moss wrote: "It seems the longer you live in New York, the more you love a city that has vanished. For those of us well versed in the art of loving what is lost, it’s an easy leap to missing something that was never really there."

The Afterglow celebrates the concrete, delicious truth that not only do some of these mythic places actually exist, they've managed to survive and carry our city's heritage into the present. In a single day, these establishments—the restaurants, corner stores, movie houses, book shops, parks, and hidden gems that give the city its star quality—witness all manner of routine, spontaneity, togetherness, solitude, triumph, and heartbreak. Best of all, they're still around to be discovered anew.

Natalie Guevara, founder and editorial director,
The Afterglow