Stories By Scott Elliott

The Tree That Would Not Be Broken

It was the last living thing rescued from the ruins of 9/11. A dozen years later, one mythical pear tree is finally home, and branching out from Ground Zero in mystical ways.

Dancing with Ganesha

For one afternoon each year, a quiet corner of Queens becomes a kaleidoscopic celebration of Hindu life.

Loving the Bony Lady

A transsexual Mexican immigrant living in Queens is perhaps the city's most fervent follower of a forbidden—and increasingly beloved—occult saint.