Monthly Archives: "July 2014"

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July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments Back in the Day: The Nickname Game

Back in the day, everyone in my neighborhood had a nickname, and it stuck with you…forever. Take my friend “Tommy Bagels”. His family owned the bagel store on Francis Lewis Blvd in Whitestone. So his...

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IDLE NO MORE On July 31, 1948: President Harry Truman dedicates a new airport in Queens. Built to relieve overcrowding at LaGuardia Airport, during development the airport was called Idlewild after the golf course it displaced....

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If you have taken the train, chances are you’ve seen some pretty questionable shit. Some of it might even be worthy of a Twilight Zone episode, but it pales in comparison to what native New...

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July 30, 2014 | 1 Comments Really People? PC, Free to Be You and Me

Recently, a dear friend—an educator whom I respect and admire—chastised me for using the term “disabled individuals.” “The correct terminology is ‘challenged,’ so get it right,” she barked in a tone so imperious and authoritarian,...

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RABBI JOSEPH’S FUNERAL WAS RIOTED On July 30, 1902: Anti-Jewish bigots rioted the funeral of a beloved Jewish spiritual leader, Rabbi Jacob Joseph who had died two days earlier. Joseph served as Chief Rabbi of New...

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