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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 […]

Can’t Board a One-Dollar Bus With Only 35 Cents

January 13, 2017 To the Editor: “With Bus Terminal Fuss Unabated, Port Authority Allocates Billions” (by Jackson Chen, Jan. 12-25) confirms to me that the proposed Port Authority of New York & New Jersey 10-year, $32 billion Capital Plan is disappointing. Only $3.5 billion is provided toward construction of the new $10 billion 42nd Street […]

As Heard Recently on the Second Avenue Subway

As Heard Recently on the Second Avenue Subway

BY LENORE SKENAZY  | To celebrate the opening of the Second Avenue Subway, we have commissioned the first New York Guide to Subway Jargon. Here it is  —  after 98 years in the making! Sick passenger (noun): Patently lame excuse for lateness. “I meant to call you on your birthday, but there was a sick passenger on […]

10 Resolutions Caregivers Should Make for 2017

BY RIMAS JASIN AND JUDY ZANGWILL | Every year, millions of people vow to eat healthier, exercise more, and stress less. But, too often caregivers who care for a loved one skip the New Year’s resolution and continue to forgo taking care of themselves. This year, let’s change that. Caregivers: let’s vow to take care of […]

A Year of Helicoptering America’s Youth

BY LENORE SKENAZY | It was the year of Pokémon Panic — any toy that gets kids outside must be stopped! — and the year a Florida school canceled its “Powder Puff” all-girl football game, suggesting the girls bob for apples instead. It was the year that we saw the first academic study of bouncy house […]

At Natural History Museum, the Scoop on Scorpions

At Natural History Museum, the Scoop on Scorpions

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Stephanie Loria would like to set the record straight: “If you get stung by a scorpion and you are a healthy adult, you won’t die.” She paused, then added, “You may wish you were dead. But they get such a bad rap.” Yes, pity the poor scorpions — so misunderstood. Fortunately, […]

Manhattan In the Age of Trump

Manhattan In the Age of Trump

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | By a nearly 10-1 margin, Manhattan voters rejected the candidacy of President-elect Donald Trump on November 8. The shock of his upset victory, coupled with the widely held view that he is unfit to hold the nation’s highest office — not to mention the world’s most powerful post — created a […]

Some Day, We’ll All Be the Butt of These Jokes

Some Day, We’ll All Be the Butt of These Jokes

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Hear that joke about old people? It kills ‘em every time. An elderly man comes into a bar and notices a lovely lady about his age having a drink by herself. He pulls up a stool, leans over, and asks, “So… do I come here often?” Sure, laugh. Or cry. Fact […]

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