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Valentine’s Day Memories That Won’t Tarnish

Valentine’s Day Memories That Won’t Tarnish

BY LENORE SKENAZY | There are holidays filled with joy, love, laughs and a gladdened heart. And then there’s Valentine’s Day. “I’m not sure he ever recovered,” recalls a friend I’ll call Clarissa, thinking back on the Valentine’s Day when she was engaged to the man of her dreams, who gave her a pair of […]

Stump Speech: The Iowa Caucus Fracas Edition

Stump Speech: The Iowa Caucus Fracas Edition

BY MAX BURBANK | Oh my goodness! The Iowa Caucuses! It’s so exciting! After all the polls and debates and Op-Eds, we’re finally off to the races — and the results! Good lord, can you believe it? Why, this means… Okay, before we talk about who won what and all that portends, let’s just take […]

True Tales of Slow Lane Insanity

True Tales of Slow Lane Insanity

BY LENORE SKENAZY | In New York, our lives overlap on many fronts. Your car alarm goes off, your street wakes up. You overcook your fish, your neighbors gag. You hold the subway door open, you have saved the guy behind you’s job. We are densely, intensely interconnected, but no place more so than on […]

Letters: Week of Jan. 28, 2016

Bravo for Motley exhibit To The Editor: Re “Buhmann on Art: Motley at the Whitney” (arts article, Dec. 31): Thank you for giving Archibald Motley some long overdue recognition. I say “overdue” because when I went to the new Whitney recently, my wife and I discovered that this elegant museum had given an entire floor […]

Be Worth Your Weight in Equivalencies

Be Worth Your Weight in Equivalencies

BY LENORE SKENAZY | It is a cruel joke that the Super Bowl comes just a little over a month after we have resolved to forsake all wings, chips, dip, pizza, soda, beer, cheese sticks, Cheez-Its, Cheetos, and anything else that is bright orange and vaguely food-like. Ha. That’s why every year at about this […]

Buzz On, Buzz Off: A Starbucks Tutorial

Buzz On, Buzz Off: A Starbucks Tutorial

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Please pay attention. There will be a quiz. Starbucks recently took out a two-page, fold-out, super-slick ad in the New Yorker to educate us benighted, Folgers-swilling plebes on “The Art of Espresso and Milk.” Using a chart only slightly less complex than the Periodic Table of the Elements (for instance, it […]

Great Expectations: Playdate as Performance

Great Expectations: Playdate as Performance

BY LENORE SKENAZY | As Brooklyn mom Tamara R. Mose was preparing for a playdate with a mom and child she didn’t know well yet, she paused to look at her home: “All the bathrooms are clean, dishes put away, beds made, floors Swiffered, laundry folded, garbage cans emptied, and toys put in their place […]

Letters: Week of Jan. 7, 2016

Bad horsemanship Re “Letters to the Editor” (Dec. 31, 2015): To the Editor: I am shocked at the letter in your recent publication by Andrew Alpern and feel the need to address it.  It is one thing to have lively debate on an issue [horse carriages], but quite another to allow such nasty and unwarranted […]

When That New Year’s Resolution Becomes Toast

When That New Year’s Resolution Becomes Toast

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Readers: Right about now, you may be feeling bad about the resolutions you’ve already broken, crushed into a million pieces and washed down with a pint of Banana Chocolate Swirl Talenti. But there’s no need to hate your ice-cream-addicted, never-get-ahead, willpower-of-a-gnat (who doesn’t exercise) self. No indeed! A year-long resolution is […]

Letters: Week of Dec. 31, 2015

Carriage horse opponents ignore reality Re “Letters” (Dec. 24, 2015): To The Editor: The letters of Elizabeth Forel and Jen Wilder in opposition to New York’s iconic horse-and-carriages reveal what their misplaced and emotional PETA-like mindsets ignore. Ms. Forel makes the geographically-dyslexic assertion that the “hack line, which is on 59th St., [is] inside Central Park.” Perhaps […]

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