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Suburb-Fleeing Hippie Pivots to Wisdom-Penning Swami

Suburb-Fleeing Hippie Pivots to Wisdom-Penning Swami

BY LENORE SKENAZY | When he was 19, Richard Slavin, a nice Jewish boy from the suburbs of Chicago, went backpacking in Europe for two months. “Hey,” I told him. “I have a son about to do the same thing.” “But,” Slavin added with a twinkle, “I never came back!” With that he gave a […]

Park it Here for More Holidays

Park it Here for More Holidays

BY LENORE SKENAZY | There are now 34 holidays on which New York City suspends its street-cleaning parking rules — including Ash Wednesday, Asian New Year, Eid al-Adha, and Diwali. That’s quite the holiday buffet. Which is not to mention Martin Luther King Day, Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday and Veteran’s Day. There are a […]

Lack of Space…The Final Frontier

Lack of Space…The Final Frontier

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Most people moving to the Upper West Side don’t expect to live in a mansion with a pool in the back. But neither are they jonesing to live in an apartment the size of a 2001 Honda Accord. That’s exactly what Felice Cohen did, for four years. Though she recently moved […]

Appsolutely Awful: How to Make Your Smart Phone Dumb

Appsolutely Awful: How to Make Your Smart Phone Dumb

BY LENORE SKENAZY New apps the world is awaiting! (Or maybe not.) Footbook: Facebook for people too shy to look up. Fibr: Allows you to find fiber, instantly, anywhere. KnitBit: Keeps track of how many inches you have knitted in a day. FateBit: After an actuarial table determines when you will die, a stopwatch counts […]

Film Frames Shaken Baby Syndrome as Faulty Diagnosis

Film Frames Shaken Baby Syndrome as Faulty Diagnosis

BY LENORE SKENAZY | On Saturday night at Cinema Village on E. 12th St., I met Marine Sgt. Aaron Rasheed. He was up from Virginia with his wife and three young children, including baby Elijah, who cried part-way through the new documentary we were there to watch: “The Syndrome.” I can’t blame him. The movie […]

When a Panic Puts Four Lesbians in Jail for 15 Years

When a Panic Puts Four Lesbians in Jail for 15 Years

BY LENORE SKENAZY | This will sound strange, but it only gets stranger: A man in the Yukon who lives in a hut and has a team of 30 mush dogs got interested in the topic of female sex offenders. Go figure. The man, Darrell Otto, may trod the frozen tundra, but like everyone else, […]

Play Can Teach What Nonstop Schooling Can’t

Play Can Teach What Nonstop Schooling Can’t

BY LENORE SKENAZY | In ancient times — say, the 1950s, or ’60s, or ’70s or maybe even the ’80s — children were expected to waste a good deal of their time riding their bikes to nowhere, making up basketball moves, or drawing with chalk.  Their parents didn’t worry that this meant they were going […]

Time to Look at Bigger Picture on Small Businesses

Time to Look at Bigger Picture on Small Businesses

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | On the afternoon of Sun., Mar. 13, a crowd of around 100 neighborhood residents, joined by local politicians, rallied outside the Associated supermarket at 255 W. 14th St. after news broke that the market faces a triple rent hike that will price it out of the space. Associated has been a […]

‘Surplus Safety’ Isn’t Worth Risking

‘Surplus Safety’ Isn’t Worth Risking

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Why do grandparents and their grandchildren get along so well? They share a common enemy. Okay. Old joke. But the truth is, they share another common enemy that is not a relative. It is risk. When it comes to kids and seniors alike, society’s goal seems to be creating a zero-risk […]

An Adele Adieu is Overdue

An Adele Adieu is Overdue

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Walk into the grocery and there she is. Shop for shoes, she’s shopping by your side. Need to cross a lobby? Drive to Jersey? Drink yourself into a stupor? My God — she is there, too: in the hotel, the car, the seedy bar’s seedy bathroom, seeping through the pipes. She […]

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