Founded by Kyle Walker in 2016, the New York Transatlantic is Europe’s home away from home in New York City. We know, you thought that that was the European Delegation to the United Nations. But no, it’s right here, where the NYTA team admires (and periodically chastises) its charming crush across the pond. Whether Europhile or Euroskeptic, each of us feels some strange fascination with that second most diminutive of continents, and its here where we quibble, ponder, fret over and generally wrestle with Europe.
Which Europe, you ask? An excellent question. What exactly counts as Europe seems to change almost as regularly as the weather. At The New York Transatlantic we take Europe at its most broad: not merely the European Union of 28, but the Europe of 47 that composes the Council of Europe. (Naturally we also include Belarus and Kosovo.) As our name suggests, we’re also interested in the wider transatlantic world and the Mediterranean, and in everything from policy to art.
The NYTA editorial team came together under the the roof of NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies. We wanted to create a hybrid blog/online magazine that would capture the variety and depth to “thinking Europe” that New York City supports, not least through the likes of CEMS, whose leaders were kind enough to sponsor this project with a small operating budget.
The dozens of talks, concerts, film screenings, festivals and conferences put on by New York City’s various European organizations are our bread and butter here. We can’t cover everything, but we’re working to get a broad cross-section of “Europa in New York” as a foundation from which to launch original reporting projects. So if there’s a topic or an event that you think we ought to cover, send us an email to ss10150[at]nyu.edu. We like mail.
The personalities behind The New York Transatlantic are …
Simone Somekh / @simonsays101
Born and raised in Turin, in Northern Italy, Simone is the only Turinese who doesn’t know how to ski. However, he compensates by doing many other things, such as writing those long YouTube comments no one ever reads and drinking a ginger shot every morning.
He’s pursued a B.A. at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel and he is currently pursuing an M.A. in Journalism and European & Mediterranean Studies at New York University. His byline has appeared in Wired Italy, Vanity Fair Italy, The Forward, The Jerusalem Post and Corriere della Sera. He is the author of the novel Grandangolo, which was published by Giuntina in 2017. Simone is easily corruptible with espresso shots and vegan burgers.
For any inquiries, or to pitch a story, please email Simone at: email@example.com.
Anna Pazos / @annapazos
Anna is from Barcelona, Spain, where she obtained a B.A. in Journalism in 2014.
A filmmaker in the making and journalist, she is known for boring her friends with her obsessions, which include Greece, Israeli-Palestinian issues and exhausting five-hour documentaries. She has lived in Thessaloniki, Jerusalem and on a sailing boat. Now she has crossed the pond to NYC to pursue a Master’s in European and Mediterranean Studies and Journalism. She curses in Catalan while driving and tries not to forget her Greek by watching Greek cartoons on YouTube. Her freelance work has appeared in El Pais, Vice, The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz and others.
Tim O’Donnell / @T_S_ODonnell
Tim O’Donnell is a Master’s student in Journalism and European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Occidental College, where he wrote and edited for the college’s newspaper, The Occidental Weekly.
Joseph Zeballos-Roig / @josephzeballos
Joseph is completing an M.A. in Journalism and European Studies at NYU. An aspiring New Yorker with Peruvian roots, he enjoys watching La Blogothèque videos set in European locales during his spare time. He is passionate about politics and government, which John Oliver accurately noted is “sports for nerds.” Though he was mostly raised in Florida, he has traveled across Europe and is now busy planning for life in a post-American world.
He received a B.S. in international affairs and communications from Florida State University, where he attended just over a handful of football games in four years. In addition to writing for FSU’s student newspaper, the FSView & Florida Flambeau, he worked for Tallahassee Magazine and WFSU News. His byline has appeared in The Guardian, USA Today College and The Tallahassee Democrat. He is a proud alum of The New York Times Student Journalism Institute.
Lucía Seda / @luciaisabelseda
Lucía is a Master’s student in Global Journalism and French Studies at New York University. A graduate of Brown University, she worked as an English and Creative Writing teacher at a public high school in Brooklyn for four years. Her work has appeared in Refinery29, Latin America News Dispatch and WNYC.
Stephanie Sugars / @stephanie_alena
Stephanie was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a shameless green chile addict, avid reader and habitual goof (exhibit A: her attempts to climb boulders). Having studied international relations and anthropology at the College of Wooster, she’s taken up the NYC struggle. She is a managing editor with the Journal of Political Inquiry. Her work has appeared in Muftah, Civic Ideas and Balkan Diskurs.