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A ‘Classic’ Tale of Coming Into One’s Own

A ‘Classic’ Tale of Coming Into One’s Own

BY LENORE SKENAZY | This is for all the parents worried that their kids are cutting class, falling through the cracks, overeating, underachieving, or spending all day playing video games — and for all the kids doing just that. Dominick Vandenberge was raised in the Bronx — Pelham Bay — and no one would call […]

Renew Mayoral Control of New York City’s Public Schools

BY COUNCILMEBER COREY JOHNSON | It’s another legislative session in Albany, and once again State Senate Republicans are holding a key New York City issue hostage in order to extract concessions: mayoral control of New York City’s schools. Let’s put aside the obvious question of why legislators who represent districts hundreds of miles away from […]

Summer Assignment for Kids: Schedule a Playdate with Free Time

Summer Assignment for Kids: Schedule a Playdate with Free Time

BY LENORE SKENAZY | About 15 years ago, some friends whose kids went to the same pre-K as ours invited us to visit the bungalow colony an hour upstate, where they spend their summers. “Great!” we said. “But what’s a bungalow colony?” As it turns out, it’s a time portal that can transport you back […]

Exclusive and Inclusive: The Finsta Gen Finds Their Groove

Exclusive and Inclusive: The Finsta Gen Finds Their Groove

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Do you know what a Finsta is? Neither did I, because I am not between the ages of 13 and 34. Anyone 13 to 18 is “Gen Z,” and those aged 18 to 34 are the much-discussed Millennials. Dan Coates studies them both. His company, yPulse, is a marketing research firm […]

Native American Fashion: Now

Native American Fashion: Now

BY LENORE SKENAZY | When you think about Native Americans and fashion, your first thought might be “beads” (well, at least mine was). Wait, no. Feathers! No — buckskin with fringe. What’s more Native American than buckskin pants worn by some high-cheeked hunter about to shoot a deer? Well how about a Louis Vuitton arrow […]

The Policies and Politics of Sheltering

BY JOHN A. MUDD (President, Midtown South Community Council) | I was riveted by my new read while stepping onto the E train one early winter morning in 2015, and was completely unaware of my surroundings, when I was assaulted by the smell coming from the sleeping homeless huddled from end to end on the […]

I Survived, But Will Lower Manhattan Healthcare?

I Survived, But Will Lower Manhattan Healthcare?

BY ARTHUR SCHWARTZ | I woke up on the last Saturday in January feeling awful. My heart said, “Code Red.” The first decision was where to go. I live a block from Northwell’s Lenox Health Greenwich Village emergency department, so I figured that would be the fastest way to get an EKG. I went there and […]

Tap Into The Great Drinking Water Debate

Tap Into The Great Drinking Water Debate

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Charming, handsome, and homeless, the 25-year-old we’ll call “Bruce” and I were eating dinner at the small Manhattan shelter where I volunteer once a month. We were both enjoying the pasta provided by another volunteer, but only one of us was drinking a $3 bottle of water.  “What?” I exclaimed when […]

L Train Crisis? Let’s Get Real; It’s Mostly Hype

L Train Crisis? Let’s Get Real; It’s Mostly Hype

BY JOHN WETHERHOLD | The closure of the L train is indeed a huge problem if you live in Brooklyn. Not so much In Manhattan. Extremist groups — who want to achieve a vision that only they want — take advantage of this supposed “crisis” to promote a radical agenda. Are they part of the […]

Not Gone, Girl

Not Gone, Girl

BY LENORE SKENAZY | If you’re thinking of writing a bestseller, I’ve got a word of advice for you: Girl. Put “Girl” in the title and you almost don’t have to do anything else, except figure out a plot, some twists, and an ending. And don’t forget to put a girl character in there, of […]