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Merchant’s House Museum is a Miracle on East Fourth Street

Merchant’s House Museum is a Miracle on East Fourth Street

BY LENORE SKENAZY | To me, “old New York” is the city I moved to in 1981. Back then, the subway cars were so covered with graffiti, you couldn’t see out the windows. You always added a 20-minute cushion to your commute, just in case. And Times Square… Well, I’m getting off track. My point […]

Gay Men’s Health Care Needs a Shot of Prevention

Gay Men’s Health Care Needs a Shot of Prevention

BY RICHARD E. GREENE, MD & PERRY N. HALKITIS, PhD, MS, MPH | Over the past 30-plus years, conversations between primary health care providers and their gay patients have focused largely on HIV prevention or treatment, along with and other sexually transmitted infections. And while these are significant issues, they cannot be the only elements […]

Is Punishment to the Point of Destruction Justice?

Is Punishment to the Point of Destruction Justice?

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Emily Horowitz spends a lot of time with people that other professors don’t. Criminals. Domestic violence victims. Domestic violence perps. Sex offenders. Guys convicted of murder. A teacher of sociology and criminology at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, she introduces her students to the same folks she is meeting in an […]

Are Taxi Medallions Obsolete?

Are Taxi Medallions Obsolete?

BY GARY ROTH | With the emergence of e-hail apps like Uber and the arrival of green boro taxis, the past three years have been a time of historic change for New York City’s taxi industry. The new competitors to New York’s iconic yellow cabs have put pressure on the medallion system, to the loud […]

Consumer Affairs Must Challenge Commercial Landlords

Consumer Affairs Must Challenge Commercial Landlords

BY DONATHAN SALKALN | The Chelsea Reform Democratic Club’s general membership meeting, held on May 20 at Hudson Guild’s Chelsea/Elliott Community Center (441 W. 26th St.), had the privilege of hearing from Julie Menin, the hard-working New York City Commissioner for Consumer Affairs. Her report included updates of litigation involving impropriety at nail salons, a […]

Letters to the Editor: June 4, 2015

Ranters, remember who paid for pavilion! Re: “Coffee Party Brews Citizens United Battle” (news, May 21, 2015): To The Editor: While the Coffee Party and its fellow ranters are boycotting all products made by the Koch Brothers, I’d better not see these aging hippy limousine liberals at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum or seeking medical […]

Rhine Maiden Tells All

Rhine Maiden Tells All

BY SPECIALIST (T/5) CORPORAL FREDERICK (RICK) CARRIER | Behind the open door stood Rhine Maiden. Her bare legs were wide.  She looked mean and scary. My heart pounded louder than bells of hell. The gun in her hand was the gun I saw the MP carrying. A Schmeisser machine pistol — and it pointed down at my head. My […]

Bodegas Nourish Our Lives

Bodegas Nourish Our Lives

BY LENORE SKENAZY | It is the place you can grab a gallon of milk or a can of frosting at midnight, but is it possible it is also one of those amazingly New York things that, like Central Park, makes us all a little calmer and happier? The bodega is what we’re talking about today: […]

The Sweet Rush of Grocery Shopping

The Sweet Rush of Grocery Shopping

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Not everyone shares my hobby, but let me put it out there. It is grocery shopping. Nothing I enjoy more. And since we live in the city, I’m shopping all the time, because who has space for those container ports of Country Crock the folks in the suburbs stock up on? […]

Letters to the Editor: May 28, 2015

Carriage horses are not commodities To The Editor: This is a plea, asking Councilmember Corey Johnson to vote for Intro 573, when it comes up for a vote in the City Council. It will, once and for all, ban the carriage horses from New York City. This “tradition” has been around since the mid 1800s. […]

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