Ben is a British writer and journalist who has lived in New York City for the past twenty-five years. He has written about the city for numerous publications, including Time Out New York and Time Out London magazines, where he wrote a “Dispatches from New York” column for several years. Between 2004 and 2009 he was a regular contributor to the New York Times’ Sunday City and Long Island sections with numerous cover stories, essays, profiles and features. “Children of Darkness,” his profile of New York’s urban explorers, who plumb the depths of the city’s rotting infrastructure, was anthologized in More New York Stories: The Best of the City Section of The New York Times, published by NYU Press in 2010. In 2007, his book, New York Waters: Profiles From the Edge, about the men and women of New York’s working waterfront, was published by Globe Pequot Press. He was recently commissioned to write a screenplay for a New York film production company and is currently working on a second. In addition, he has ghostwritten a memoir for a client and is about to begin work on another. He writes a diary going back over twenty years that has currently reached well over a million words and that he is trying, without success, to abandon. Ben lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Nina, and two young children, Jack and Sadie.