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The Good, the Bad and the Airport

The Good, the Bad and the Airport

BY LENORE SKENAZY | A recent New York Times description of LaGuardia Airport bore a certain resemblance to the End Times. As Patrick McGeehan reported on one particularly terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day last month: “Harried travelers abandoned cars and navigated the clogged Grand Central Parkway — the main highway serving LaGuardia — […]

Summer of Sam, Best Pest Man

Summer of Sam, Best Pest Man

BY LENORE SKENAZY | To everything there is a season, especially if you’re a household pest: A time for mice, a time for ants. A time to eat wood, a time to suck blood. And a time for all those roaches under ovens. No one knows this better than the experienced exterminator. “There’s a different […]

Moms and Crimes of Unsupervised Time

Moms and Crimes of Unsupervised Time

BY LENORE SKENAZY | The trailer for Halle Berry’s new movie shows beautiful Berry and her boy playing “Marco Polo” at a busy playground on a sun-dappled day. “Marco!” says Berry. “Polo!” chirps the boy, who looks to be about five. “Marco!” calls Berry. “Polo!” comes the reassuring reply. “Marco!” I think you can guess […]

Don’t Walk in Worry on the Way Back to School

Don’t Walk in Worry on the Way Back to School

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Can we please stop telling parents that it is normal to be terrified for even the shortest periods of time when kids are doing the most mundane of activities: walking to or from school? Because here’s what NBC’s Alyssa Newcomb reported the other day in a piece on “Back-to-School Safety Tech That […]

Bending Over Backwards to Teach Resilience

Bending Over Backwards to Teach Resilience

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Kids will start leaving for college during the next few weeks, and it’s nice — or maybe just weird — to know that at least one university is offering a new class this fall in “adulting.” The program at East Carolina University will attempt to teach incoming students how to be […]

Stop the Pokémon Go Predator Panic

Stop the Pokémon Go Predator Panic

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Our governor wants us to panic about a problem that does not exist: sex offenders preying on kids playing Pokémon Go. About a week ago, state Sens. Jeff Klein (D–Bronx-Westchester) and Diane Savino (D–Coney Island) proposed legislation banning Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from playing the popular new phone game. […]

We Can Take a Joke (Kidding!)

We Can Take a Joke (Kidding!)

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Just a few weeks after the terror attacks of 9/11, Gilbert Gottfried took to the stage of the Friar’s Club and explained he had to leave early to catch a plane to California. “I couldn’t get a direct flight,” he said. “We have to make a stop at the Empire State […]

Achieving Vision Zero

Achieving Vision Zero

BY NYC COUNCILMEMBER COREY JOHNSON | On June 6, a 67-year-old woman was crossing W. 38th St. when she was struck by a motorist making a turn onto Eighth Ave. Tragically, she did not survive the crash. She is now one of 123 New Yorkers who have been killed in traffic fatalities in 2016 alone. […]

Mulling Over Mail-Order Matrimony

Mulling Over Mail-Order Matrimony

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Years ago, when Marcia Zug read a GQ magazine article about mail-order brides, she was revolted. In it, a high-flying New York City photographer fed up with all the demanding models he was dating wanted to find a subservient woman to make him happy. So he ordered a pretty bride from […]

Farfetch’d Fears of Pokémon Go Won’t Stop

Farfetch’d Fears of Pokémon Go Won’t Stop

BY LENORE SKENAZY | By now even if you have not yet played Pokémon Go, you are more aware of it than your own breathing. You have read that the game has been more downloaded than any other app, ever, and that it has actually convinced kids to leave the house to go play outside […]

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