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By LENORE SKENAY 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 […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY Oh, to be a scientist 50 or 60 years ago, warning people about the stuff they really needed to know: Stop smoking! Don’t take thalidomide if you’re pregnant! For God’s sake, ditch the Corvair unless you want to get impaled on your gear shift! Your findings would make headlines and the people […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY It was the year of Pokemon Panic — any toy that gets kids outside must be stopped! — and the year a Florida school cancelled 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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BY LENORE SKENAZY A few years ago, a firefighter in Sacramento, Mike DeBartoli, noticed his hands cramping up. He figured it was a symptom of the job. But when the cramps got worse, he went to his doctor and heard the three letters no one wants to hear: ALS. DeBartoli has Lou Gehrig’s disease, a […]

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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, the […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY Okay, I did it. I actually gave my head a pitying shake when a friend told me she had just discovered a fantastic restaurant in Jackson Heights that sells the giant Indian crepes called dosas. “It’s so great!” she said. “It’s called — ” “Dosa Delight,” I interrupted, as condescending as if she’d […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY Sick of being warned about anything and everything when it comes to the holiday season, especially all the warnings about dangerous toys? Me too. That’s why I’m ready to throw a lawn dart at a group called “World Against Toys Causing Harm” — W.A.T.C.H. Every year since 1973 it has published a […]

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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 is, we’ll all be the lady or the man some day — god willing. […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY On Sunday, I went to my local Queens bakery at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and each time sat across from a friendly, open 18-year-old. These New York City students shared their hopes, dreams, and what they do in their free time. One researches drone strikes in Somalia. Another teaches […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY A squirrel chomped the leg of a senior citizen sitting on the porch of a retirement home in Deltona, FL, last week. A television station there, WESH, reports that the victim ran inside, furry felon still attached, whereupon it bit two or three more seniors. This is terrible. (Especially for a squirrel […]

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