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A Hothouse Survival Tale

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Sweating buckets when the AC goes out during a heat wave By Ben Krull I turned the knob and nothing happened. Don’t panic, I told myself, as sun poured through the blinds. It was a 90-degree Sunday earlier this summer and the window air-conditioner in my studio apartment was dead. First came denial: the four-year-old [&hellip
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A True Believer Believes Again

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The acquittal earlier this month of Manhattan Surrogate Nora Anderson, of charges stemming from her successful 2008 judicial campaign, was more than just a victory for the accused. It was also a reprieve for Democrats like myself, who have an almost religious belief in the sanctity of Manhattan’s judicial election process. Anderson was accused of [&hellip
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Bag Ladies

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New York has become a city of bag ladies—especially during rush hour. While I once commuted amid unobtrusive pocketbooks, nowadays subways are packed with women carrying duffle-sized satchels, leather backpacks and cavernous totes. It is commonplace to see these bags carried in combination: an oversized satchel hanging from the shoulder, a knapsack strapped to the [&hellip
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Hard Times on the Hardwood

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The “city game” isn’t what it used to be. The Knicks are on course for another losing season, and it has been years since a local college team has made the NCAA tournament, much less contended for a national championship. New York’s basketball picture wasn’t always so bleak. The five boroughs were once as well [&hellip
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My Adult Fantasy League

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You may think that turning 50 has made my fantasies about playing Major League Baseball a bit implausible. But I perform like an athlete half my age. While my studio apartment is too crowded with breakable objects for me to swing a bat like I once did in my spacious childhood bedroom, I still dive [&hellip
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Fifty is My New Sixty

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I recently turned 50. In other words, I am FIFTY; the BIG FIVE-0; the age when there are MORE YESTERDAYS THAN TOMORROWS! To mark this milestone of my dance with mortality, I went for a physical. Since I lap-swim and watch my diet, I was sure to ace it. After taking my blood pressure, administering [&hellip
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