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Cuomo Tuition “Breakthrough” Fails Those Most in Need

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Seizing on an issue whose appeal became clear during the Democratic presidential primary contest last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo has made New York the first state in the nation to provide free tuition to its state colleges and universities. The program, enacted in the new budget adopted early this month and […]

“Girls” Is Over; Long Live the Girls

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 course. […]

What A Small — and Amazing — World!

What A Small — and Amazing — World!

BY LENORE SKENAZY  | A new airport is about to open on 44th Street, just west of Times Square. It has 17 gates, plenty of parking, 34 gift shops, and, of course, planes taking off and landing day and night. Best of all, a ticket only costs $25. That’s because this airport is the jewel in the […]

Genetic Crystal Ball-Gazing

Genetic Crystal Ball-Gazing

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Congratulations, you’re going to have a baby! Would you like to know if, 50 years or so down the line, he or she might develop colon cancer? And by the way, the baby may also have a slightly increased risk of Alzheimer’s. Would you like to know about that, too? Oh, […]

Time for Council Action on Tenant Harassment

BY PAUL SCHINDLER  | You can’t swing a dead cat in Manhattan without hitting a politician willing to denounce President Donald Trump in no uncertain terms. Among the justified knocks on the new White House occupant is that his agenda will have a corrosive impact on the faith Americans place in the power of government to […]

Rethinking Violent Crime and Prison

Rethinking Violent Crime and Prison

BY LENORE SKENAZY | It’s no secret that America loves to send people to prison. We have less than five percent of the world’s population and more than 20 percent of its prisoners — which is odd for a “Land of Liberty.” Lately it has become common to attribute our mass incarceration to the war on […]

Not Every Fear Need Be Expressed

Not Every Fear Need Be Expressed

BY LENORE SKENAZY | If you see something, say something. That campaign, launched in New York after 9/ 11 and rolled out nationally in 2010, suggests that anyone and anything we see could be out to get us, so our job is to immediately alert the authorities. What a wonderful way to turn kind, caring citizens […]

Movies, Mommies, and Predators

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Ever wonder where our obsession with child predators began? The answer just might be at the movies. And “M” is the picture that started it all. What a creepy film. It opens with a mother puttering around the kitchen, waiting for her daughter to come home from school. We see the clock […]

Chaos and Canards Take Center Stage

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | There’s little that any reasonable observer could have expected Donald Trump to do in his first days in office that would have eased the anxieties of the estimated three million people — including 400,000 in Midtown — who turned out for Women’s Marches worldwide the day after his inauguration. But it’s […]

Of Thee I Sing, Baby!

BY LENORE SKENAZY  | The shower is where America does it — in private, with no one judging, just because it feels good. I’m talking about singing, of course, that once-universal pastime that uplifts the soul, re-boots the body, and doesn’t demand a monthly fee. So why aren’t we singing all the time? In “La […]

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