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My “obsession” with health food began in the early 60s. I had just given birth to my son Joshua and felt weak for the first time in my life. At least for the first time that I can remember, as the exhaustion continued for days on end, rather than rare, isolated incidents.


While many politically incorrect words point a strong negative stigma at the perpetrator who spoke it, calling someone a “retard” is a common practice that is seldom given much thought. We asked Anna Bzura, a special education teacher who works with mentally disabled youth, and Jaime and Erik Vice, father and son, their opinion on the controversial word and how it affects those in their lives.

While Bill Thompson seems like an underdog in the mayoral race at this point, there are some important similarities to his last run four years ago. The fact that he did not have access to something like $120 million in personal funds to edge out a billionaire definitely played out against him, and had the Democratic Party supported him wholeheartedly we’d now be discussing his re-election.


In April 2013 the non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) brought together two dozen nationally respected craft beer brewers to launch the Brewers for Clean Water Campaign, which aims to leverage the economic growth of the craft brewing sector into a powerful voice for bolstering clean water protection in the United States.


Who could have ever believed that Hattie, a dance teacher originally from Williamsburg, Brooklyn would emerge, in her 70's as a desired and desirable world-renowned role model? Certainly not me, a woman who has despised and disrespected aging for decades.


Jenifer Rajkumar is a lawyer, a District Leader, a Democrat who espouses early, direct, personal involvement in the community’s political decisions for her district, District 1 in SoHo. While Jenifer, who is also a member of the Downtown Independent Democrats, realizes that unseating an incumbent is an uphill battle, she is a determined and politically attractive candidate who is in this race for the right reasons. Not for power, not for self-aggrandizement, and not for provincial attempts to make small changes. Her desire is to fundamentally alter the way politics is managed. That is, by involving the community at the very outset in dealing with any changes that affect it. For changes that affect SoHo.


In my day, which we all know was a long time ago. people routinely took baths. And it wasn't just women... guys did too! I'm a fish out of water if I don't swim or bath/soak. Sure a shower provides a splash of clean, refreshing water. But though it can boost our spirits, readying us for the day ahead, or making us feel clean as we go to bed, it doesn't provide the benefits of soaking in a tub.


While affordable housing is a hot-button issue in many communities, nowhere is it more critical than downtown Manhattan. The numbers are frightening unless you’re a landlord.

Councilmember Margaret Chin was elected, in part, for her housing activism – as she had demonstrated in her primary constituency of Chinatown– to protect rent-regulated tenants.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s work has benefitted the community with her advocacy - supporting tenant rights in the face of landlord abuse and harassment.


There was more than one Joe Gallo in Brooklyn. There was, of course Crazy Joe Gallo, and, there was just Joe Gallo. Not the same guy. Yet, he died the same way. A bullet. In this case a bullet to the back of the head, found leaning back in his Buick where a headrest might be found in today’s cars. GM didn’t offer headrests in those days—or seat belts. Everyone drove at their own risk, until too many people went through the windshield. It was a pre-Ralph Nader world.


I've been dating and sleeping with men under 35 for over 24 years. It all started after my divorce in 1984, which was followed by a two year stint with an “age appropriate” man. After leaving him, I subtracted the 25 years that I was married from my true age – 52 – and began dating guys under 35 exclusively.