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August 1961, Rory is 5, I’m 7 and it’s 96 degrees. We have shorts, tee-shirts and sneakers on. Mom couldn’t take the heat in our airless apartment and dragged the three of us over to Central Park. We start racing ahead down the path to the Alice in Wonderland statute after my father yells, “Who’s… Read more »

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Weekends during the spring and summer are crowded in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. You can tell how bad the crowds are when you pull off the highway and every inch of available parking and then some is taken up on 111th Street. Keep in mind that a minority of people arrive by car too. When you… Read more »

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The Bronx Zoo is not on everyone’s to-do list but should be. No year in New York City is complete without at least one long visit to this great zoo, which insists on calling itself the Wildlife Conservation Society. The Wildlife Conservation Society has a Run for the Wild 5K run/walk every year to help… Read more »

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There is a good argument that theater provides us with more insight into our social reality than what we can recognize through our own lives.  In our lives, our perspective is dominated in the pursuit of our own interests and the fulfillment of our own obligations.  Yet society does not move in the direction of… Read more »

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      I have a strong interest in the history of New York City orphanages. My grandfather, Thomas E. Pryor, spent seven years in Father Drumgoole’s Staten Island orphanage, Mount Loretto. Father Drumgoole first orphanage at 53 Warren Street two blocks from City Hall was for homeless newsboys. Prior to building the Staten Island complex through farm purchases,… Read more »

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No city is as emblematic of the urban life as New York City, so it may be a surprise to find that there are several farms operating in the city. There’s a working farm in Queens, the city’s largest borough. The Queens County Farm Museum is a real working farm located in the Glen Oaks… Read more »

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Arguably, the greatest combination in theater is suspense and humor. Suspense pushes the audience through the gripping throes of tense development, while humor provides the refreshing outbursts in the release in laughter. The recent revival of the Award Winning Play, 39 Steps, offers this combination in the most delightful ways. There is certainly plenty to enjoy… Read more »

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You know you’re old when you remember being stuck inside a discarded locked refrigerator. In 1963, the thrown-out fridge with an intact door and functional handle was on the sidewalk in front of the Sullivan McNamara house on 83rd Street. We wanted to see how many kids could get in there and still lock it…. Read more »