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Appsolutely Awful: How to Make Your Smart Phone Dumb

Appsolutely Awful: How to Make Your Smart Phone Dumb

BY LENORE SKENAZY New apps the world is awaiting! (Or maybe not.) Footbook: Facebook for people too shy to look up. Fibr: Allows you to find fiber, instantly, anywhere. KnitBit: Keeps track of how many inches you have knitted in a day. FateBit: After an actuarial table determines when you will die, a stopwatch counts […]

Film Frames Shaken Baby Syndrome as Faulty Diagnosis

Film Frames Shaken Baby Syndrome as Faulty Diagnosis

BY LENORE SKENAZY | On Saturday night at Cinema Village on E. 12th St., I met Marine Sgt. Aaron Rasheed. He was up from Virginia with his wife and three young children, including baby Elijah, who cried part-way through the new documentary we were there to watch: “The Syndrome.” I can’t blame him. The movie […]

When a Panic Puts Four Lesbians in Jail for 15 Years

When a Panic Puts Four Lesbians in Jail for 15 Years

BY LENORE SKENAZY | This will sound strange, but it only gets stranger: A man in the Yukon who lives in a hut and has a team of 30 mush dogs got interested in the topic of female sex offenders. Go figure. The man, Darrell Otto, may trod the frozen tundra, but like everyone else, […]

Play Can Teach What Nonstop Schooling Can’t

Play Can Teach What Nonstop Schooling Can’t

BY LENORE SKENAZY | In ancient times — say, the 1950s, or ’60s, or ’70s or maybe even the ’80s — children were expected to waste a good deal of their time riding their bikes to nowhere, making up basketball moves, or drawing with chalk.  Their parents didn’t worry that this meant they were going […]

Letters: Week of March 31, 2016

The case to curb Barneys’ loading zone plan To The Editor: Re: “Barneys Bargain Table: When Neighborhood Activism and CB4 Scrutiny Made a Retail Behemoth Blink” (news, Feb. 25, 2016): At a recent CB4 transportation committee meeting, the luxury retailer Barneys made a presentation seeking to have three parking spots on W. 16th St. converted […]

Time to Look at Bigger Picture on Small Businesses

Time to Look at Bigger Picture on Small Businesses

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | On the afternoon of Sun., Mar. 13, a crowd of around 100 neighborhood residents, joined by local politicians, rallied outside the Associated supermarket at 255 W. 14th St. after news broke that the market faces a triple rent hike that will price it out of the space. Associated has been a […]

‘Surplus Safety’ Isn’t Worth Risking

‘Surplus Safety’ Isn’t Worth Risking

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Why do grandparents and their grandchildren get along so well? They share a common enemy. Okay. Old joke. But the truth is, they share another common enemy that is not a relative. It is risk. When it comes to kids and seniors alike, society’s goal seems to be creating a zero-risk […]

An Adele Adieu is Overdue

An Adele Adieu is Overdue

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Walk into the grocery and there she is. Shop for shoes, she’s shopping by your side. Need to cross a lobby? Drive to Jersey? Drink yourself into a stupor? My God — she is there, too: in the hotel, the car, the seedy bar’s seedy bathroom, seeping through the pipes. She […]

No Ducking Donald: Hideous Monster Cobbled From Years of Divisive Tactics

No Ducking Donald: Hideous Monster Cobbled From Years of Divisive Tactics

BY MAX BURBANK | Visualize this: by moonlight, corpses dug from fresh graves; the abnormal brains of psychopaths stolen from a medical school. In his shadowy laboratory, Dr. Frankenstein stitches dismembered parts into a single grotesque form. The chain hoist clanks, slowly lifting the monstrous body up, up into the gathering storm! Lightning strikes, thunder […]

Letters: Week of March 17, 2016

Discover the gardener within Re “Water Main Work Wreaks Havoc on Volunteer’s Tree Pits” (news, Mar. 10, 2016): To The Editor: Thank you, Yannic Rack, for telling the story so plainly about my three little tree pits, and the circle of Chelsea Garden Club members who care for the bike lane trees within our community, […]

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