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School Is Back. Where Does Yours Rank?

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Like everything else in New York, education is something of a competitive sport. What are the best high schools and how do you get into them? Where do you need to live if you want to give your kid a decent kindergarten? How do you tell one private school from another? What about schools for [&hellip
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The Myth of New York’s Retiree Exodus

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By Lenore Skomal Back in April, my husband stood in the middle of his company’s lunchroom and addressed the packed room of his staff and colleagues. He launched his heartfelt final thanks and goodbye over a spread of white cake and coffee. The next day, we drove away from the state we’d called home for [&hellip
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Editor’s Note

Written by Our Town on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Public school or private? This elementary school or that one? Arts or science focus, charter or not? When did the process of getting into school become as tough as the subjects taught inside it? While this education guide isn’t big enough to answer all those questions — we’d need an encyclopedia for that — we [&hellip
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The Top 20 Public High Schools

Written by Our Town on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

In many ways, by the time your kid has made it to high school in New York, the hard part is done. Gone are the debates over which neighborhood you should live in or how you’re zoned. By high school, it pretty much comes down to the application. NYC high schools aren’t zoned by neighborhood. [&hellip
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Back to School, Not Just For Kids

Written by Our Town on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

In New York, the options for learning are endless, even after you’ve aged out of traditional schools. For those who want to change careers or bolster their resumes without undertaking a full-time degree program, the city’s many prestigious universities offer an array of options. Often, these adult education offerings reflect the changing job market and [&hellip
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OP-ED: Love Means Never Having To Say ‘I’ll Do That For You!’

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by Beth Pereira In one of my favorite versions of a New Yorker-style cartoon by Aaron Bacall, a doctor scans a chest x-ray while a female patient waits patiently for the results. The caption reads some variation of “Your heart is slightly bigger than the average human heart – but that is because you are [&hellip
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LETTER: A Counterpoint on the Frick

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To the Editor: Re: Ian Alterman’s “In Favor Of The Frick Expansion” (July 24). My good friend but sometime-nemesis Ian Alterman — a fine fellow, really, and a model of engaged citizenry — is, I am certain, as he says, “a huge fan of the Frick.” But to this preservationist, the way to preserve, protect, [&hellip
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LETTER: The Menace of Helicopter Traffic

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A letter in response to our July 24 article, “Tourist Thrill Become a Residential Nuisance,” on tourist helicopters downtown: I live by the East 34th St. Heliport facing the river and United Nations. I’m outside on my terrace daily. The helicopters are going back and forth every few seconds. I have to take anxiety medicine [&hellip
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