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Author Mark Miller

Mark Miller is an internationally recognized technology evangelist and storyteller. In recent years he has spun tales from the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, to penguin colonies in Antarctica, to water vendors on the Great Wall of China. No place is too far or too difficult to reach when a good story is needed. When he is not traveling for storytelling, Mark lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

2024 March
It will be easy money!

Sticky post

I’ve been all over the world, but life on the street in New York City is “different” from any place I’ve been. Case in point: I was walking west on 14th Street as I passed the subway entrance at 6th… Continue Reading →

2024 January
I was ghosting you…

Walking north on Bleeker Street at Grove Street, I heard two young women behind me talking. “I was ghosting you last night because I was with someone else,” one of the women said to the other. I couldn’t tell if… Continue Reading →

2023 October
Your problem is not my problem

There is a lot going on in the streets of the Financial District of New York City. You hear people shouting into their phones, you get the tour guides with hordes of tourists blocking the streets around the New York… Continue Reading →

2023 September
You’re going to need these.

I was walking up Hudson towards the 8th Avenue, 14th Street subway station. Leaning up against an empty storefront, right on the sidewalk, was a hard plastic vinyl work table folded in half and an industrial strength pair of bolt… Continue Reading →

2023 April
You survived a plane crash?

This month’s snippet might be the weirdest one I’ve ever posted, it’s just so unbelievable. I was walking south on Hudson, crossing West 12th Street, and saw the postman talking on his phone while sorting the mail in front of… Continue Reading →

2023 March
Walk normally

When was the last time you laughed out loud in public… spontaneous laughter from something you overheard. That’s what happened to me when I heard this, “Go ahead and walk normally. You can just walk like a normal person…”. That’s… Continue Reading →

2023 February
Can’t go to the park

In New York City along the West Side from Chambers up to 59th Street, a lot of the old piers have been turned into really nice parks. I was on the Christopher Street Pier when I heard, “I can’t take… Continue Reading →

2022 December Snippet
Wild West meets Material Girl

I literally laughed out loud while standing outside Julliard after a Saturday night concert. A group was walking by, evidently discussion their friend’s new boyfriend. “He’s a Wild, Wild West kind of guy and she’s like a Material Girl.” There’s… Continue Reading →

2022 November Snippet
I did! I did!

As you can imagine, there’s a lot of LOUD people lumbering down the streets of New York City. Case in point, I was walking through the Union Square Farmer’s Market this Saturday and a 35 year old guy started screaming,… Continue Reading →

2022 October Snippet
Easy to be a chef

One of the hardest businesses to get started in New York City is the restaurant business. It’s UNBELIEVABLY hard! People will be in the middle of setting up a new cafe, and just give up, leaving it half finished, walking… Continue Reading →

2022 September Snippet
Kick you in the face spicy

Welcome back to another year of Street Snippets. We’ve been at it since 2015, so that makes it our seventh year. Thanks for joining the community of authors contributing stories each month. As a reminder, when you submit a story… Continue Reading →

2022 April Snippet
Character in a Dickens Novel

I was walking east on West 11th Street. As I turned the corner to head south on Hudson, I almost spit out my hot tea when I heard it… “Gout is something you get if you’re a character in a… Continue Reading →

2022 March Snippet
Maybe I just destroy them

It was a cold day in New York City, the day after a snowfall that was now mush and mud pushed up next to the street curbs. Hard to walk on slippery black ice, bundled up against the chill, I… Continue Reading →

2022 January
You can’t mess around anymore

Even with all the lock down on activity in New York City, there’s still enough people on the street to be able to grab a street snippet here and there. I was walking west on 16th Street, headed away from… Continue Reading →

2021 November
Submit Your Story for November 2021

This snippet put a smile on my face. I was walking west on 14th Street between 8th and 8th Avenues when I heard her say, “So cute… but don’t come home with another dog!” I don’t know who she was… Continue Reading →

2021 October
Submit Your Story for October 2021

Perry Street in the West Village is one of my favorite streets in the city. I’ve lived in the Village for over 20 years and I still love seeing the houses and stores on that street. I was walking by… Continue Reading →

2021 September
Submit your story for September 2021

Welcome to the start of a new year of Street Snippets. If you haven’t participated before, read “For Students” to understand how it works. This month’s snippet was heard while walking on W. 11th Street in the West Village. “You… Continue Reading →

2021 April
Street Snippet

The final Street Snippet for the 2020-2021 school year was heard by Aurora as she walked around Lincoln Center on 66th Street and Broadway. This is the cultural center of New York City, with Lincoln Center, Juilliard, LaGuardia High School… Continue Reading →

2021 March
Street Snippet

When you hear a comment on the streets of New York City, sometimes you want to turn around and follow whoever said it just to see if you can figure out more of the story. This month, “You did that… Continue Reading →

2021 February
Street Snippet

It’s was the day before a big snow day in New York City. As I was crossing the street, Greenwich at Warren in Tribeca, I heard it and I knew immediately it would be this month’s Street Snippet. “My dad… Continue Reading →

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