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Top Shelf: A Look at Books in a Personal Library Bernie Langs This is a photo of the top shelf of one of my home bookcases. What follows is a brief description of what I’ve taken away from each book … Continue reading

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Saint Patrick’s Day in New York City

Gretchen M. Michelfeld The New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the oldest, largest, and most famous Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world. It began when a group of homesick Irish expats and military members stationed … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras, or Let the Good Times Roll

Aileen Marshall Mardi Gras this year is Tuesday, February 25th. What is Mardi Gras, you ask? Some of you readers may know Mardi Gras as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday. While it has religious origins, it has become synonymous with … Continue reading

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The Elusive Egg Cream

Aileen Marshall How many of you have heard of an egg cream? Do you know what it is? Have you ever had one? If you are of a certain age and from the metropolitan area, you probably remember this beverage … Continue reading

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Resilience: Bouncing Back and Moving Forward

Emily Atlas   “To become a successful scientist you must be resilient.” A phrase like this may sound familiar or perhaps even trite. Most would agree that the path to a Ph.D. (or M.D.) requires the ability to cope with … Continue reading

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With a Schmear

Aileen Marshall New York City is known for many things—culture, nightlife, and food, to name a few. We already know about the widely recognized style of New York pizza and hot dogs. But did you know that the city is … Continue reading

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Rockets’ Red Glare

Aileen Marshall   Are you looking forward to the Fourth of July holiday? It’s great to get a day off from work, and, of course, it is a celebration of the country’s independence. Yet another thing to get excited about … Continue reading

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Black Magic Juice

  Johannes Buheitel I’m confused, disoriented. The ringing from my alarm still in my ear, I’m performing the absolute minimum necessary number of tasks that prepare me to go out and join the herd of zombies slowly moving through the … Continue reading

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Quotable Quote

  “When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.” (Cree … Continue reading

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What to do Indoors When You’ve Already Watched Everything on Netflix

  Elisa Lazzari Winter’s gone, or has it? Even if most of the cold months are behind us, it might be too early to take out our spring trench coats. On February 2, Groundhog Day was celebrated across the United … Continue reading

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For Your Consideration – And They’re Off! Edition

  Jim Keller      I maintain that one can liken the Oscar race to a horserace with each studio betting on its thoroughbreds hoping to place. In the analogy, the studio is the owner, public relations is the jockey, and the horse is the actor or film. Here I’ve included my rankings as … Continue reading

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When Winter Makes You Feel Like Crap: A Look at Seasonal Depression

  Antonia Martinez A text message stopped me dead in my tracks: “The moving truck is coming next Friday.” So soon? Wasn’t it only a few weeks ago that my cousin mentioned the idea of relocating to Nevada? She has … Continue reading

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Nessa Noms: Paku Pakus

    Vanessa J Wu* download Paku Pakus is a new ramen restaurant on 2nd Avenue, between 72nd and 73rd Streets. It is right off the 72nd Street stop on the Q line and opened on Monday, October 23. The … Continue reading

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The Eleventh Hour

  Aileen Marshall There is a federal holiday coming up that you may not be familiar with and probably have only heard about through advertisements. November 11 is Veterans Day, and it is almost 100 years old.  The holiday is … Continue reading

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Natural Selections Salutes Nobel Prize Winner Mike Young!

    The Nobel Committee has awarded Professor Michael W. Young the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on October 2. Together with Jeffrey C. Hall and Michael Rosbash, professor Young has made an outstanding contribution unravelling now the … Continue reading

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Opening European Borders

  Francesca Cavallo   For decades, Europe has been a dream destination for many immigrants in search of a better life. As a symbol of democracy, stability and opportunity, the old continent attracts more and more people every year. But an … Continue reading

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New York City Dialect New York-ese, Lesson 4

Aileen Marshall Hey guys! This is another typical New York City greeting. Welcome to lesson four in our series on the New York City dialect. To recap last month’s lesson, the R is often dropped in words and replaced with … Continue reading

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New York City Dialect New York-ese

Aileen Marshall Hey, how ya doin? Or in other words, welcome back to our series on learning the New York City dialect. Hopefully by now, you have your ears trained to pick up more words you hear about town. To … Continue reading

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Think Big Deal

GEORGE BARANY AND JOHN CHILD George Barany is a Rockefeller alum (1977) currently on the faculty of the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. John Child has had an interesting career and currently lives in Nepal. For more about this specific puzzle, … Continue reading

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