Michael Stahl

Michael Stahl is a freelance writer, editor and journalist based in Queens, New York whose work has been published in several print and digital publications. He is a features editor at Narratively.

Stories By Michael Stahl

This Standup Comic Turned His Disability Into Comedy Gold

Chris Crespo was born with a rare physical condition that left him with half-length arms – and a killer sense of humor.

This Man Makes Terrifyingly Realistic Donald Trump Masks

How an unemployed artist leveraged digital sculpting software, 3-D printing and social media to create a booming business like no other.

Emma Sulkowicz is More Than “That Mattress-Toting Sexual Assault Activist”

She earned worldwide fame for her campus protest. Now this empowered 24-year-old is getting into S&M – and taking on the art-world establishment.

This Graffiti Fanboy Steals Priceless Street Art Under the Cloak of Darkness

On the prowl with the Thomas Crown of the New York City streets.

(Photo: Jay-Dell Mah Collection, courtesy of Marvin Ligon)

The Secret History of Black Baseball Players in Canada’s Great White North

When Jackie Robinson broke the Major League color barrier seventy years ago, it was a triumphant step forward. It also meant the inevitable end of the proud Negro Leagues, sending...

The Artist Who Famously Emasculated Trump Is Now Painting With Your Blood

Illma Gore created a global stir with her stunning nude portrait of Donald Trump and his tiny, um...hands? But this outspoken activist isn't finished with the President just yet.

The Embattled Bad Boy of Major League Baseball

Thirty years ago today Kevin Mitchell played a crucial role in the '86 Mets' miraculous World Series championship. Ever since, he’s been called a clubhouse cancer and a violent...

Pauline Hanson is the Donald Trump of Australia. And She Just Won.

How an anti-immigrant outsider with a flair for the dramatic became the yuge-est thing Down Under.

The Last Time New York Was Hardcore

Throughout the ’90s, one high-octane underground music scene desperately held on to its rebellious roots of power chords, slam dancing and stage diving. Whatever happened to...

That Time I Hit a Parked Car—and Just Walked Away

Recently divorced, extremely broke and terrified of yet another bill, I was shocked to learn of my own capacity to shirk responsibility.

‘Drinker with a Writing Problem’

How swiping right made me question my sanity.

The Day My Therapist Dared Me to Have Sex With Her

My analyst and I grew more intimately connected each week of treatment...but I never saw this indecent proposal coming.

Toxic Gumbo

How to Succeed in a Most Puzzling Business

When an artist, an architect and a rocket scientist team up to create the next great puzzle craze, they learn that conquering the toy market is far from child’s play.

The 9/11 of Absence Excuses

Class clown goes a little too far.

Twilight of the Guardian Angels

Born in the crucible of seedy 1970s New York, does Curtis Silwa’s red-bereted band of citizen crime busters have a place in post-Giuliani, post-Bloomberg NYC?

Love the Huddle

On Stickball Boulevard in The Bronx, old timers revive New York’s classic street game, and bring a few youngsters along for the ride.

Meeting ‘Pretty Ricky’

Sometimes fate chooses a reporter's subject for them...

The Inside Scoop

In the truck with a Mister Softee veteran who's been melting hearts in Queens for 27 years.

Laughing Longer

How one community of improv players elevated goofy skits to high art and inspired thousands of New Yorkers to climb, and fall, on stage with them.

The Kardashians of Queens

How a cheeky community college dropout and his unsuspecting family became neighborhood celebrities—and YouTube’s next big thing.

Far From Home

Jonah Matranga keeps coming back to perform in New York City, embracing all its glorious grit and grime.

The Bittersweet Comfort Food of Post-Sandy Astoria

In one of the safest places to be during the Northeast's "Storm of the Century," overwhelmed business owners both profited and gave a little back.