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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.
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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 sting that for many has not come close to wearing off. Among the protesters who have descended on Trump Tower, there is a widespread belief that the next president should not be “normalized” lest his extreme views on a wide range of issues be taken as reasonable starting points for negotiation. The president-elect did himself no favor on that score in his selection for White House senior counselor of Steve Bannon, a self-professed alt-right champion who somehow managed over the pas...
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A Wilderness Called Manhattan

BY PAUL SCHINDLER  | As last Tuesday evening’s election upset became undeniable, my friend Analisa in Chicago posted on Facebook, “Are men really that afraid of women?” And it suddenly hit me. In recent years — with the right wing’s fanatical hatred of President Barack Obama and then in repeated instances of young black men dying capriciously, or worse, at the hands of law enforcement — white America has been schooled in just how little appreciation it has for the lived experiences of African Americans in our midst. And now, I wonder: have I ever understood what it means to be a woman in our society? Parts of the country hostile to the idea of a black man leading America proved even more resistant to a leadership claim by a woman, despite her unquestioned command of policy, her tirel...
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BOO! Election Day Is November 8

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | It’s not at all inappropriate to end this harrowing election season with images from Monday evening’s Halloween Parade downtown. It’s time for all this to be over, and for our country to start putting itself back together next Wednesday. If you want to help lower the final curtain on this freak show, make sure to vote next Tuesday (unlike areas in 21st century America, New York does not have early voting). EXPRESS OURSELVES If you unsure of your polling site, visit https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.