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  • Bike the Big Apple

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Chasidic Williamsburg, Roosevelt Island and Long Island City are easily navigable by bicycle, but given New York's frenetic pace, you might prefer an expert take you there.

    Bronx native Joel Seidenstein stands ready at the handlebars.

    After 33 years teaching social studies in the...

  • ‘Oy Vey’  Such a Sign

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    October 6, 2005 | 8:01 pm

    A traffic sign with the words, "Leaving Brooklyn Oy Vey!" went up on the Williamsburg Bridge from Brooklyn into Manhattan. The city's Department of Transportation approved the sign earlier this month, after rejecting an earlier request from Borough President Marty Markowitz.

    "The beauty is, every ethnic group knows it," Markowitz said of the expression.

     

  • A New Relationship

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A relationship with a new city is like a relationship with a new guy. At first, you compare a lot -- my ex had better nicknames for me; he made the bed in the morning. My ex was the one for me, and now I'm just marking time before becoming that old lady in line at the bagel shop who...

  • Clarinetist Finds His Klezmer Voice

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "I came to klezmer quite by accident," said virtuoso clarinetist David Krakauer.

    He was a noted classical musician around 1987 when a chance encounter on a Manhattan bus changed the direction of his career.

    Seated nearby was the accordionist from a klezmer band that played in front...

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  • Baggage Claim

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I used to want things. One day, I realized the seven pairs of Puma sneakers and the Pottery Barn rug and the 8-pound "Columbia Encyclopedia," those were just things to pack, and I didn't want them anymore.

    Actually, that day was just about two weeks ago, when I got a job in New...

  • Blood, Sweat and Tears of N.Y. Birth

    By Howard Kaplan

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterstam and Early Manhattan," by Beverly Swerling. (Scribner paperback, $15.)

    John Irving, whose novels have the rare distinction of being widely praised, read and filmed, has said that he always follows havoc with healing. Spanning the...

  • Out on a Limb

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Janet Sternburg accomplishes in a phrase what usually takes pages, even books, to describe. She uses the image of the phantom limb -- the phenomenon whereby someone who has lost a limb continues to experience pain even when the limb is no longer attached -- as a metaphor for the...

  • Crises of Faith

    By Julie G Fax

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    What is most striking about all the photographs of lost souls that still line the streets of lower Manhattan, says Chaplain Gila Katz, is how many of those faces are young.

    "There's a real crisis of faith, but also a crisis of wondering what is going to happen in the future," says...

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