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Time for Council Action on Tenant Harassment

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | You can’t swing a dead cat in Manhattan without hitting a politician willing to denounce President Donald Trump in no uncertain terms. Among the justified knocks on the new White House occupant is that his agenda will have a corrosive impact on the faith Americans place in the power of government […]

PeopleWay, Yea and Nay: Debating the Fate of 14th Street

PeopleWay, Yea and Nay: Debating the Fate of 14th Street

YEA: I am a member of Transportation Alternatives (TransAlt; transalt.org) who lives on 14th St., between Seventh and Eighth Aves. I stand for a more people-friendly 14th St., and for a more efficient, healthy, and equitable use of its right of way, prioritizing walking, cycling, and clean public transportation. This is, in my opinion, the […]

Your Letters: Week of March 9, 2017

The Struggle to Save Chelsea Continues To The Editor: Re: “Save Chelsea Chosen as One of ‘Six to Celebrate’ ” (news, Feb. 23): Save Chelsea had its beginning with Jane Woods’ Chelsea Coalition on Housing (see Jane Woods Way atop the street lamp at 19th St. & Eighth Ave.). She fought to save affordable housing, […]

Crime and Ineffective Punishment

Crime and Ineffective Punishment

BY LENORE SKENAZY | It’s no secret that America loves to send people to prison. We have less than five percent of the world’s population and more than 20 percent of its prisoners — which is odd for a “Land of Liberty.”  Lately it has become common to attribute our mass incarceration to the war […]

No Bones About It: Danny Digs Dinosaurs

No Bones About It: Danny Digs Dinosaurs

BY LENORE SKENAZY | If anyone could lay claim to the excuse, “I’m not fat — I’m big boned,” it’s the titanosaur on view at the American Museum of Natural History. This creature has a thigh bone eight feet tall. Taller than Shaq! That’s not just a big bone — it’s the biggest bone in […]

The Ugly Truth of Sudden Onset Unattractiveness

The Ugly Truth of Sudden Onset Unattractiveness

BY LENORE SKENAZY | When you go to the periodontist for oral surgery and all you’re worried about is the potential pain, you may forget to ask whether you will spend the next couple of weeks looking like a chipmunk beaten up by a gang of biker squirrels. Or at least I forgot to ask. […]

The Suspicious Samaritan as Model Citizen

The Suspicious Samaritan as Model Citizen

BY LENORE SKENAZY | If you see something, say something. That campaign, launched in New York after 9/11 and rolled out nationwide in 2010, suggests that anyone and anything we see could be out to get us, so our job is to immediately alert the authorities. What a wonderful way to turn kind, caring citizens into […]

Dare to Deploy Cookie Diplomacy

Dare to Deploy Cookie Diplomacy

BY LENORE SKENAZY | It seems like arguing — screaming, shouting or at the very least, extreme eye-rolling — is right up there with eating breakfast these days. Wake up, brush your teeth, glance at the latest news and…explode! Jeanne Johnson was sick of it. Johnson is a mom of two in Ridgewood, New Jersey, […]

Preserving Affordability at Penn South

Preserving Affordability at Penn South

BY COUNCILMEMBER COREY JOHNSON | Since taking office in 2014, one of my highest priorities has been to preserve and create affordable housing in Council District 3. This is absolutely essential if we are to address our housing crisis and retain a viable middle and working class. A big part of that effort involves preserving […]

There’s No Business Like Woe Business

There’s No Business Like Woe Business

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Ever wonder where our obsession with child predators began? The answer just might be at the movies. And “M” is the picture that started it all. What a creepy film. It opens with a mother puttering around the kitchen, waiting for her daughter to come home from school. We see the […]