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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 […]

Fast Food: The Next Generation

Fast Food: The Next Generation

BY LENORE SKENAZY | You can tell a person’s age by his teeth. No, not by whether they’re missing or yellowed (or, if they’re really old, wooden!). They key is what the teeth are sinking into. “Generation Z” — the folks born after 1995 — have already established different eating patterns from the rest of […]

The Other July Holidays

The Other July Holidays

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Feeling a little down because the big July holiday is already behind us, with nothing to show for it but leftover red, white, and blue frosted cupcakes? (And isn’t blue frosting repulsive? And isn’t that why the cupcakes are left over?) Take heart, die-hard celebrants. It turns out July is chock-full […]

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 […]

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