Shana Liebman

Freelance Journalist

New York

Shana Liebman

I am a New York-based writer and editor with over 20 years of experience working in books, magazines and websites.
I am always looking for new and exciting projects.


Accepting My Son's Picky Eating, and Fear of Carrots

We’ve all met this kid before. He only eats pasta with butter and plain oatmeal. Or Cheerios and French fries. Before I had children, it was impossible for me to imagine that I—a home cook, a frequent restaurant-goer, a lifetime subscriber to Gourmet—would call this kind of kid my own. But as fate would have it, I have a picky eater.
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The Algarve at its Best

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Can a Shul Be Cool?

Last Tuesday evening, bearded men in black robes were davening in the corner of a Tribeca penthouse while young Jews in Prada swarmed the kosher buffet. It was a fund-raiser and launch party for the SoHo Synagogue, which will open in a loft this fall and offer Orthodox services, “Torah cocktails,” and organized trips to the Hamptons for Shabbat.
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The Big Ideas Coming from the Small Kitchen at Semilla

Chef José Ramírez-Ruiz and his girlfriend, pastry chef Pam Yung, were tired of cooking other people’s food. After working for years in kitchens such as Brooklyn Fare, Per Se, Isa, Degustation (him), and Roberta’s, Tailor, Room 4 Dessert (her), the longtime couple finally decided to give up a steady paycheck to do their own thing.
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How I lost my man in Cameroon

I wake up panicked. J. is snoring, soft and even as always. It takes a minute to remember where I am: visiting my boyfriend, in a hotel room, in Cameroon. My eyes adjust to the darkness and I realize that the halo around the thick blue curtains is not the sun, but tall lights reflecting off the pool. Link to Story

A Tour of New York's Best Street Food

John Lee's 6-year-old cart got a makeover this summer: a new name, a modern look, and, many say, a more inspired take on his dad's Korean recipes. The food is complex and exciting without overwhelming the uninitiated. Ask for extras like soy sauce, hot sauce, and kimchi ($1), which is fresh and crisp with a bite that doesn't kill your taste buds. 49th St. between 6th and 7th Aves.
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What's Old is New

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Baywatch: The 'Ol Chesapeake Awash in New Flavor

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Tree Houses

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Custom Fits

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Holiday Drinks

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Saturday the Rabbi Came Out

This past summer, Rabbi Alan Stadtmauer resigned abruptly as principal of the prestigious Orthodox Yeshiva of Flatbush. Officially, the reason was that he wanted to pursue another career, though the school didn’t mention the real reason he believed he couldn’t continue his current one: Stadtmauer, 42, was just coming to grips with his homosexuality, which is anathema to Orthodox teachings.
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Shana Liebman

Shana Liebman has been a writer and editor in New York for almost 20 years. After graduating from Brown University with an honors BA in English, she became a reporter for the New York Observer. In 1997, she joined the startup team for PAPER Magazine’s seminal website (, where she wrote and edited the majority of content. In 1999, she became arts editor of EdificeRex, Manhattan’s first real-estate-based portal designed to foster community and provide building-specific services, along with editorial content.

In 2000, she was accepted into Columbia’s MFA program in fiction writing where she worked with Jonathan Franzen and Ben Marcus. After graduating, she became the Managing Editor of The Independent, a film and video monthly, and eventually took over as Editor in Chief in 2004. A year later, Shana became the arts editor for HEEB Magazine, as well as a regular contributor to New York Magazine. During this time she also contributed to the Travel & Leisure book The World’s Greatest Hotels, Resorts & Spas, and launched and produced the acclaimed Heeb Storytelling series at Joe’s Pub.

In 2006 she became the Deputy Editor of Endless Vacation, a custom published monthly for clients of RCI (the world’s largest time-share exchange company) where she planned editorial content, as well as wrote and edited travel features, assisted with layout, and managed the budget. She left this position in 2008 when Hachette bought her book, Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish: The Heeb Storytelling Anthology, a collection of stories told on stage by Andy Borowitz, Joel Stein, Michael Showalter, Darin Strauss, Laura Silverman, among others.

In late 2009, ten days after Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish was published, she gave birth to her first son, and continued to work remotely through the birth of her second son, including as the first fiction editor of GOOD Magazine, a regular contributor to Brooklyn Based and as the Managing Editor of Mosaic Magazine, a custom published magazine for clients of Morgan Stanley.

She is now actively seeking any interesting editorial jobs and assignments.