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Single Mom Success Story, and Then Some

BY LENORE SKENAZY | When Emma Johnson was growing up, she was certain of one thing: She would never be a single mom. After all, she’d been raised by one. And while she appreciates her mom’s hard work and how it paid off, the bottom line is, they were broke. Emma didn’t ever want to […]

Film Yields Bumper Crop of Food for Thought on GMOs

Film Yields Bumper Crop of Food for Thought on GMOs

BY LENORE SKENAZY | It all began when a neighbor of filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s sent a text asking if she could borrow some organic milk. Kennedy texted back, “You can borrow some milk, but I don’t have organic.” The friend politely declined, which set Kennedy to thinking. His family drank conventional milk. Did that […]

Disbanding a Homeless Encampment 101: These Are People

Disbanding a Homeless Encampment 101: These Are People

BY JOHN A. MUDD (President, Midtown South Community Council) | There is no avoiding them. Whether you’re bustling through the city or enjoying a leisurely Sunday, you are bound to step over one. You could simply shrug them off. You could eek out a pitiful sigh and turn away, uncomfortable with their discomfort. You could get […]

Life With a Son on the Spectrum

Life With a Son on the Spectrum

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Manhattanite Judith Newman was at the deli counter ordering cold cuts with her sons Gus and Henry, twins in their early teens. One of them was hopping up and down, announcing to anyone and everyone that his father would soon be coming home from a trip and would land at JFK, […]

Berry’s Very Paranoid Flick Kidnaps the Facts

Berry’s Very Paranoid Flick Kidnaps the Facts

BY LENORE SKENAZY | “Marco!” Halle Berry calls to her insanely adorable son in the new movie, “Kidnap.” “Polo!” the six-year-old gleefully calls back. “Marco!” Halle calls again as they play in a sun-dappled park. “Polo!” If you’ve seen the poster for this movie — or heck, noticed its name — it will come as […]

You’d Like My Friend

You’d Like My Friend

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Friday was a normal day for my friend Barbie Levin, an occupational therapist. She went to the modest home of a brand new patient, a baby who’d had a stroke in utero, was now one-year-old and still not crawling because one leg was too weak. As the mom watched, Barbie got […]

Snack Superpowers Fight a Summertime Cold War

Snack Superpowers Fight a Summertime Cold War

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Warning: Reading this column may have the same effect it had on the woman writing it. (I must have a popsicle or Good Humor right now!). But it wasn’t always as easy as screaming (and going to the freezer, or deli). These things had to be invented, and I think we […]

Our Community Cannot Afford the Cost of ‘High-Rent Blight’

Our Community Cannot Afford the Cost of ‘High-Rent Blight’

BY STATE SENATOR BRAD HOYLMAN | The market has no morals. A better example of this maxim couldn’t be found than on our local avenues and side streets, where independent businesses are falling like dominoes, forced out because of rising rents. Once they’re gone, these spaces might be filled by a national chain — maybe […]

Middle Eastern LGBTQs Underrepresented in Health Research — And That’s a Problem

Middle Eastern LGBTQs Underrepresented in Health Research — And That’s a Problem

BY PAUL A. BROWN, MA, MPH (College of Global Public Health, NYU) | This year, Pride Month took on a distinctly activist tone in response to the Trump administration’s flagrant disregard for the rights of women, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ folks. While the demand for a more intersectional approach to LGBTQ activism is […]

The Meter is Running Out on Cars

The Meter is Running Out on Cars

BY LENORE SKENAZY | What if you could rent a place to store a giant pile of your stuff in New York City for free? The bad news is you can. If you own a car, you can park it on the street in many neighborhoods without paying a cent. All you have to do is move […]

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