About UNY


Underwater New York is a digital journal of stories, art and music inspired by the underwater objects and phenomena that surround New York City.

Artists and storytellers have long drawn inspiration from our cityscape, but underneath the water’s surface is another landscape entirely, ranging from the whimsical (a runaway giraffe, a fleet of ice cream trucks, mysterious white goo) to the historical (the steamship Princess Anne, the remnants of Coney Island’s Dreamland).  These objects have been discovered by divers and scientists, detectives and engineers, environmentalists and everyday city-dwellers.

Underwater New York is interested in the stories that these objects evoke, in whatever form the stories take. Above all, Underwater New York is a work in progress, and we encourage submissions in any genre. Visit our submissions page to learn more.

Subscribe  to our SURFACED newsletter, a periodic update on featured stories, notification of upcoming events, and invitations to excursions exploring our city’s shores.

Contact us at submissions (at) underwaternewyork (dot) com with questions, suggestions, ideas or possible collaborations.

Read the New York Magazine article by Chris Bonanos (our muse)  that started it all. 

photo by Adrian Kinloch

photo by Adrian Kinloch


Nicki Pombier Berger, Founding Editor: Nicki is an oral historian and writer.  In October 2013, she will receive her Master of Arts in Oral History from Columbia University. She has an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor of Science in the Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and apparently a bit of a higher education addiction. Previously, she worked at StoryCorps in the Education Department and on the National Teachers Initiative, and her current oral history work focuses on disability. Her Masters thesis, a collection of stories from self-advocates with Down syndrome, can be found here.   

Helen Georgas, Editor:  Helen is a writer and librarian living in Brooklyn.  Her work has been nominated for Best New American Voices, she holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and is currently at work on a collection of linked stories.

Nicole Haroutunian, Editor:  Nicole works as a museum educator and teaching artist. Her fiction has appeared in Tin House Flash Fridays, The Literarian, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Two Serious Ladies, and Barnstorm, among other publications. She writes the book blog, Our Books Are Better Than We Are and is at work on a short story collection. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Woodside, Queens, on a street that was once a stream.

Dan Selzer, A/V Squad: Dan has the unlikely Oberlin College degree ”Interdisciplinary Visual Arts and Electronic Music” and thus is equally adept at trying to figure out how audio and visual technologies operate and where to plug them in. He is a freelance graphic designer and print-production professional. He helms a letterpress print shop called Sheffield Product, with a sideline running a record label, DJing and writing music. For more information, visit his personal DJ and eventual print-work site danselzer.com and his record label site and blog,  acuterecords.com. His favorite view of New York City is the skyline as seen while driving over Newtown Creek on the BQE.

Underwater New York gives special thanks to Jill Peterson for help with our website, to Adrian Kinloch for designing our logo and original site, and to Ben Greenman and Chris Bonanos for inspiration.