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When the weather is bad, our family goes to the zoo. Our logic is this: Many of the indoor spaces will be overcrowded and the zoo will be sparsely populated. When you’ve lived in the city long enough, avoiding crowds is more important than avoiding pneumonia. So this past weekend’s snowfall made our planned trip… Read more »

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A pre-Thanksgiving “Tofurkey Trot” charity run on Randall’s Island was overcast and blustery, with high winds making logistics a difficulty. Opening the back door of the van sent various pieces of paper, old candy wrappers and other flotsam and jetsam of family life spraying across a parking area, prompting the awkward conscientious shuffle to step… Read more »

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I am now a jerk with two phones. My general disposition has not changed and I don’t behave differently towards people now that this has happened. I remain polite and respectful to everyone unless they prove themselves unworthy of respect. But by definition if you have two phones you are a jerk. I never wanted… Read more »

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Robert Galinsky is a New Yorker who is hard to label. He’s an actor and playwright but also an entrepreneur. He was a cofounder of Pseudo.com, which pioneered online streaming of original content almost two decades before Netflix, Amazon and others profited from doing so. He has embraced one of the more controversial forms of… Read more »

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My wife and I recently celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary by being locked in a room with strangers and working for an hour to escape. The ‘Escape the Room’ and other similar franchises are popular but we had never done one. A holiday gift from a relative gave us the chance to try it. We… Read more »

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Changing jobs means figuring out new benefits and pay scales, learning new things and figuring out how to get your email to work correctly at your new job. In New York we have the additional calculus of our daily commute. My old job was in the Flatiron District, which from Flushing meant a bus to… Read more »