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Connecting the Dots Creates New Leadership

BY MICHAEL ADAMS | After the Supreme Court’s decision for marriage equality in late June, 26 million friends of the LGBTQ community showed their support — at least on that issue — by putting a rainbow filter over their Facebook profile picture. Ultimately, the freedom to marry and #LoveWins became a “sexy” way for new […]

What You Wear is Where We’ve Been

What You Wear is Where We’ve Been

BY LENORE SKENAZY | You get up in the morning and walk out the door clad in history. Every item you’re wearing owes a debt to the genius of yesteryear, just as surely as Elvis owes a debt to Muddy Waters, and vegans owe a debt to vegetarians. The problem is, it’s hard to see […]

Go Ahead, Park Your Kid in a Car!

Go Ahead, Park Your Kid in a Car!

BY LENORE SKENAZY | It pains me to say it, but New Jersey is suddenly a light unto us all. Last week, its Supreme Court there ruled that it isn’t automatically child abuse to let your kid wait in the car while you pick up the dry cleaning. Hallelujah! We’ve been warned these past 10 […]

Private Investment, Public Enjoyment

BY MADELYN WILS (President & CEO, Hudson River Park Trust) | For all of us who love Hudson River Park, I would like to think that the ultimate goal is to finally see the park completed and self-sufficient, so the public can enjoy all four miles of it. In an effort to keep the facts straight, […]

City’s Summer Breeze Makes Them Feel Fine

City’s Summer Breeze Makes Them Feel Fine

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Summer in New York is nothing if not pungent. So pungent that there are certain smells that conjure up a New York August the way the smell of crayons whisks you right back to first grade. “I used to work in Flatbush, and in the summer, the fish store kept its […]

Commercial Enterprise Has No Place in Public Parks

Commercial Enterprise Has No Place in Public Parks

BY SAVE CHELSEA | Thank you for Zach Williams’ article entitled “Mixed Buzz on Pier 62 Beer Garden,” which appeared in the July 30th issue of Chelsea Now. Save Chelsea joins many other groups and individuals in opposing the proposed beer garden, which would accommodate 200 patrons, operated by Merchants Hospitality Inc., self-described as a “full service […]

When Texas Came to New York

When Texas Came to New York

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Hello, sucker! That’s not an insult to you, dear reader. That’s how Texas Guinan, New York’s “Queen of the Nightclubs” used to greet her patrons, friends and protégés — among them Mae West, Barbara Stanwyck, Legs Diamond, Lucky Lindbergh, Rudolph Valentino — the cream of the Jazz Age crop. And I […]

Request for Retrial — of Sex Offender Laws

Request for Retrial — of Sex Offender Laws

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Les and Amanda Anderson arrived in New York from Indiana this past Thursday night and headed straight to Times Square, as many tourists do. But as they gaped at the billboards and read the news zipping by in lights — “19-Year-Old Sentenced to 25 Years as a Sex Offender” — they […]

Memo to Merriam-Webster: New NY Slang

Memo to Merriam-Webster: New NY Slang

BY LENORE SKENAZY | New Yorkers have always had their own slang. We all know that that “coffee regular” means coffee with milk and sugar. A “straphanger” is a subway rider (though, come to think of it, maybe it’s a bus rider, too). And fugheddaboudit is a single word. But we are clearly overdue for […]

Real Students in a Mock Prison Fail the Humanity Test

Real Students in a Mock Prison Fail the Humanity Test

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Looking for a great date-night movie? Run, do not walk, from “The Stanford Prison Experiment.” But if you want to see something that could change your whole view about good guys and bad guys, get a ticket. I attended a screening at the Fortune Academy in Harlem, a stately building housing […]

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