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On MLK Day, Remembering Penn South’s Bayard Rustin

On MLK Day, Remembering Penn South’s Bayard Rustin

BY COUNCILMEMBER COREY JOHNSON | On January 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we honor the legacy of the man who changed history and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice. But as many Chelsea residents know — although many may not — Chelsea was home to another towering figure in the civil […]

New Subway Sets in Motion a Slew of Slang

New Subway Sets in Motion a Slew of Slang

BY LENORE SKENAZY | To celebrate the opening of the Second Avenue Subway, we have commissioned the first New York Guide to Subway Jargon. Here it is — after 98 years in the making! Sick passenger (noun): Patently lame excuse for lateness. “I meant to call you on your birthday, but there was a sick passenger […]

Research Shows Science ‘Research’ Just Grabbing Headlines

Research Shows Science ‘Research’ Just Grabbing Headlines

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Oh to be a scientist 50 or 60 years ago, warning people about the stuff they really needed to know: Stop smoking! Don’t take thalidomide if you’re pregnant! For God’s sake, ditch the Corvair unless you want to get impaled on your gearshift! Your findings would make headlines and the people […]

Helicopter Parenting’s Worst Moments of 2016

Helicopter Parenting’s Worst Moments of 2016

BY LENORE SKENAZY | It was the year of Pokémon Panic — any toy that gets kids outside must be stopped! — and the year a Florida school cancelled its “Powder Puff” all-girl football game, suggesting the girls bob for apples instead. It was the year that we saw the first academic study of bouncy […]

Your Letters: Week of Dec. 22, 2016

Your Letters: Week of Dec. 22, 2016

We’re allowing horrors to happen Re: Lots of Land: Hotelier’s Purchase Includes W. 23rd St. Church (news, Nov. 22, 2016): To The Editor: So sad — first, the horrors of closing St. Vincent’s Hospital, thus no hospital on the West Side of Manhattan, from 59th St. to Battery Park City. Many, many communities were, and […]

To Live, or Die Trying

To Live, or Die Trying

BY LENORE SKENAZY | A few years ago, a firefighter in Sacramento, Mike DeBartoli, noticed his hands cramping up. He figured it was a symptom of the job. But when the cramps got worse, he went to his doctor and heard the three letters no one wants to hear: ALS. DeBartoli has Lou Gehrig’s disease, […]

Scorpions Don’t Deserve All That Venom

Scorpions Don’t Deserve All That Venom

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Stephanie Loria would like to set the record straight: “If you get stung by a scorpion and you are a healthy adult, you won’t die.” She paused, then added, “You may wish you were dead. But they get such a bad rap.” Yes, pity the poor scorpions — so misunderstood. Fortunately, […]

Food Trends I Almost Missed

Food Trends I Almost Missed

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Okay, I did it. I actually gave my head a pitying shake when a friend told me she had just discovered a fantastic restaurant in Jackson Heights that sells the giant Indian crepes called dosas. “It’s so great!” she said. “It’s called — ” “Dosa Delight,” I interrupted, as condescending as if […]

A New Vision for Cleaner Streets

A New Vision for Cleaner Streets

BY COUNCILMEMBER COREY JOHNSON | Nearly every day, I see garbage cans overflowing throughout my district in neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, Chelsea or Hell’s Kitchen. Just as often, I hear from frustrated constituents who express a growing sense that our city is failing in its duty to simply keep the streets clean. On weekends, these […]

Dangerous Toy List Brings Panic to Playtime

Dangerous Toy List Brings Panic to Playtime

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Sick of being warned about anything and everything when it comes to the holiday season, especially all the warnings about dangerous toys? Me too. That’s why I’m ready to throw a lawn dart at a group called “World Against Toys Causing Harm” — W.A.T.C.H. Every year since 1973 it has published […]

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