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The Personal History Initiative aims to tell New Yorkers’ stories. What challenges do you face? What obstacles have you overcome? How do current events factor into your everyday life?

Submitted by NYSL Staff on 2023-04-20

Kindles, iPads, phone apps, there’s no correct way to read your favorite stories; but there’s nothing quite like turning the pages of a physical book. What are you reading now? How are you reading it? Where do you like to be when getting lost in a story? Share a picture of your favorite book and tell us why it’s the best!

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Submitted by NYSL Staff on 2023-03-27

Tulips rising from the flowerbeds, the sound of ducks returning to their ponds, and longer days stretching into warmer evenings. Signs of spring are all around! What tells you it’s spring in New York?

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Submitted by NYSL Staff on 2023-02-28

The Sugar Maple is New York’s iconic tree, and from it oozes the most delicious sweet stuff to grace your breakfast plate. Do you collect maple syrup from your own trees, or is there a store brand you love most? Homemade or store bought, let us ‘leaf’ you with this question: Where do you drizzle it?

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Submitted by NYSL Staff on 2023-01-23

Do you have a treasured object in your life? A family heirloom, keepsake, or special token that brings you joy? No matter how big or small, share your special object with us and tell us why it is important to you!

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Submitted by NYSL Staff on 2022-12-21

There’s nothing better than New York style pizza, but not all pizzas in New York can be the best. Do you like it floppy or crispy, cheesy or saucy? Does the best pizza have a cornucopia of toppings or is simplicity king? Are pizza shops the best way to eat it, or do you prefer to make your own at home? Tell us all about New York’s most iconic dish and where you think the best slice can be found!

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Submitted by NYSL Staff on 2022-11-23

New York is no stranger to snow; this year alone Western New York has seen six feet of powder before winter has officially begun! How do you make the most of the longer nights and snow covered ground? Do you stay cozy indoors or embrace winter by sledding, skating, and skiing? Share with us what winter in New York means for you.

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Submitted by NYSL Staff on 2022-10-24

As the weather in New York gets bitter, we gravitate toward foods that chase the chill from our bones like hot cups of coffee, hearty soups, and mom’s homemade stuffing. Do you have a favorite dish that has been passed down the generations, or a local specialty that makes you feel at home? Share your food stories and experiences that warm your heart.

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Submitted by NYSL Staff on 2022-09-20

New York is known for its towering skyscrapers, but it is also home to one of the largest publicly protected wilderness areas in the United States. City dwellers can’t help but flock north to get a breath of the Adirondacks' fresh mountain air and gaze upon the dappled colors of its undulating landscape in autumn . What’s your favorite thing to do or place to go to get away from it all?

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Submitted by NYSL Staff on 2022-08-22

There’s nothing better than New York in the fall: corn mazes, pumpkin spice, and of course New York apples! Do you have a favorite pumpkin or apple recipe for this time of year, or a favorite memory of harvest season? Whether making a trip to pick from your favorite orchard or enjoying cider with apple cider donuts, fall is beautiful and full of tasty treats! What does fall mean to New Yorkers?

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Submitted by NYSL Staff on 2022-07-28

New York and much of the country have been facing record breaking heat this summer. NYC experienced a long 90-degree streak while parts of upstate New York either saw record-breaking temperatures or it was just plain hot. With this extreme heat, New Yorkers might cool off by taking a swim in a local pool or lake. What's your favorite body of water? Take a pic at your favorite lake, river, or pond!

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