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Our Empty Nest Comes Home To Roost

Our Empty Nest Comes Home To Roost

BY LENORE SKENAZY | What is it like to have two teenage boys you never met before move in and stay for the whole school year? Funny you should ask, as the two boys we’ve had living with us for the past 10 months are leaving today. I am hoping the goodbye will not be […]

Armchair America Plays a Mean Blame Game

Armchair America Plays a Mean Blame Game

BY LENORE SKENAZY | There was an outpouring of online sympathy for the parents of the little boy killed by an alligator at a Disney resort in Orlando last week, which just goes to show that sometimes the Internet has a heart, and sometimes it calls for blood. The question is, “Why?” In contrast to […]

The Journey of a Lifetime Begins with Footsteps

The Journey of a Lifetime Begins with Footsteps

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Sol Feuerwerker grew up as an alien. Not “alien” as in “immigrant.” Alien as in someone from another planet. That planet was Williamsburg, Brooklyn. While many people in Williamsburg lead lives most of us can relate to, Sol was the youngest of 11 children in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family. The religious sect he grew […]

Lolita Llora, 95, Was Our Girl Next Door

Lolita Llora, 95, Was Our Girl Next Door

BY LENORE SKENAZY | When your grandmother dies, everyone knows what to do. Send a note, or at least express condolences. But when a neighbor in your apartment building dies, there isn’t really any protocol, maybe because there are so many different kinds of neighbors: the ones who live to clomp, the ones who put their […]

Summer Listing, Had Me a Blast

Summer Listing, Had Me a Blast

BY LENORE SKENAZY | It’s, like, so much fun getting ready for the summer. Here’s my to-do list:  Get new bathing suit.  Come on. Who am I kidding? Get out old bathing suit. Ignore the fact it predates the Bush era.  The W. Bush era, that is. It’s not like I never get a new […]

The System is Collapsing, Not the House

The System is Collapsing, Not the House

BY PAMELA WOLFF | It has become stunningly and heartbreakingly clear that there is a fundamental abdication of the mission of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. It seems that its members have forgotten the basic reason for its existence: its middle name. The real estate industry has intimidated it, infiltrated it, and rendered it toothless. Has there […]

Play Without Risk is a Real Hazard

Play Without Risk is a Real Hazard

BY LENORE SKENAZY | New York kids are about to get dirty, frustrated, bruised, and tired. And soooooooo happy. This Saturday, a brand new — but already cluttered and chaotic — “adventure playground” is opening on Governors Island. It’s called play:ground. Admission is free on the weekends, and children are most welcome. Parents are not. […]

Letters, Week of May 26, 2016

Where the elites meet, to close a street To The Editor: Re: “L Train Upheaval Could Usher in Car-Free Era on 14 Street” (news, May 19, 2016): Oh yes, now let’s shut down 14th St. to cars, so that commuters from the “elite” areas of Brooklyn, served by the L train, are not inconvenienced. Well, […]

Suburb-Fleeing Hippie Pivots to Wisdom-Penning Swami

Suburb-Fleeing Hippie Pivots to Wisdom-Penning Swami

BY LENORE SKENAZY | When he was 19, Richard Slavin, a nice Jewish boy from the suburbs of Chicago, went backpacking in Europe for two months. “Hey,” I told him. “I have a son about to do the same thing.” “But,” Slavin added with a twinkle, “I never came back!” With that he gave a […]

Park it Here for More Holidays

Park it Here for More Holidays

BY LENORE SKENAZY | There are now 34 holidays on which New York City suspends its street-cleaning parking rules — including Ash Wednesday, Asian New Year, Eid al-Adha, and Diwali. That’s quite the holiday buffet. Which is not to mention Martin Luther King Day, Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday and Veteran’s Day. There are a […]

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