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Avery Corman's latest book is "My Old Neighborhood Remembered. A Memoir." His novels include "Kramer vs. Kramer," "Oh, God!" and "The Old Neighborhood."

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Notes on Education From the Inkwell Generation

(2) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 3:07 PM

"Who do you think you'll get?" was the tense question that preceded every school year for the children in my neighborhood. We were the Inkwell Generation, back in the 1940s before ballpoint pens, and we went through our elementary school years with ink stains on our fingers. We knew...

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A Highly Personal Reaction to Richard Linklater's "Boyhood"

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Anyone who might have noticed me with tears in my eyes while I was watching Richard Linklater's movie, "Boyhood," probably would have thought, Why is this guy crying here? This is not a for-crying scene. The character played by Patricia Arquette fiercely extracts her son and daughter from the home...

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In Search Of Matzo Ball Soup In N.Y.C. (So Why Not?)

(6) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 1:40 PM

It was cold and I got to thinking about matzo ball soup. And then I got to looking for matzo ball soup. And then I got to comparing matzo ball soups -- with a surprising end result.

First, it needs to be said there are different schools of thought...

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On Kissing Tom Coughlin's A**

(3) Comments | Posted January 8, 2011 | 11:27 AM

Interesting, Tom. You want your critics to kiss your ass. But let's take a look at that 10-6 record you're so proud of and which apparently got you to keep your job. Your team played 5 games against opponents with winning records for the 2010 season and you...

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New York Hero Sandwiches: Not Always Heroic

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 1:58 PM

In a city where you can't avoid finding a hero sandwich within a few blocks of wherever you are -- from Italian specialty stores like Milano Gourmet implausibly situated in Yorkville to high-end food department stores like the new, cavernous, (am I ever going to actually eat what I...

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Paris Dining: High, Medium, Low.

(2) Comments | Posted September 20, 2010 | 12:29 PM

The cliche is that it's impossible to get a bad meal in Paris. Well, you can get a meal that isn't bad, but isn't so great either, and you can overpay. What is impossible-- is to avoid people giving you advice on where to eat in Paris. So here's my...

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A New York Omelet -- Under The Radar

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 2:41 PM

Can there be such a thing as a Destination Omelete? I've got one for you, smoked salmon, onions, capers, served with a toasted bagel, delicious, worth a trip, no lines, no waiting.

The no lines, no waiting is a tip off that I'm not talking...

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Greek Restaurants In New York: The Branzino Follies

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2010 | 2:17 PM

$100 to $175 for dinner for two? With entrees of simply prepared Greek-style grilled fish? I don't know about this.

I was first introduced to Greek food by a couple of Greek-American guys I worked with at the beginning of the sixties, Stanley Anton and Chris Gianakos. There may have...

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Deep-Cover Russian Agents Number 12 to 15 Million

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 10:03 AM

The number of Russian agents who have infiltrated American life working in ordinary jobs and interacting with neighbors is vastly larger than has been reported, according to an F.B.I. operative speaking unofficially. The long-term program created by the S.V.R, the successor to the K.G.B., was not merely to gather information...

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New York: A Major Barbecue City...Really!

(2) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 1:23 PM

It was the kind of dinner, thirty-plus years later, I still remember. The writer, Susan Edmiston, and her husband, Peter Edmiston, a music business guy, were entertaining about eighteen people in their apartment. Right off the plane from Kansas City, Peter would be arriving with food from Arthur Bryant's famous...

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New York Cheesecake: From Guys and Dolls Onward

(3) Comments | Posted June 8, 2010 | 12:18 PM

When Nathan Detroit tries to snooker Sky Masterson into a bet on the number of pieces of cheesecake sold the previous day at "Mindy's" in the musical, Guys and Dolls, he says, "You will admit Mindy has the greatest cheesecake in the country?" Sky responds, "Yes, I'm quite partial to...

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New York Pizza: Opening a Pandora's Box

(5) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 4:29 PM

Periodically, somebody runs a who-has-the-best pizza in New York list. But it's pizza, pizza is ubiquitous, anyone can have a valid opinion on pizza. So here is simply my choice of the pizza I like best. It requires a context.

Where I'm coming from on...

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The Best Pastrami Sandwich in New York?

(35) Comments | Posted May 11, 2010 | 4:49 PM

Ben's Best in Rego Park, Queens is something that might be out of the Smithsonian, a time capsule deli. Hot dogs on a grill up front, a narrow corridor with a glass case to the side displaying knishes and other deli items, the space opening to a seating area with...

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Tiger Woods For Congress?

(3) Comments | Posted December 20, 2009 | 11:00 PM

The hiatus from golf initiated by Tiger Woods has encouraged a team of Republican Party strategists to draw up a proposal for Woods to run for a House seat from his home district in Florida. "He'd fit right in to a culture where he'd be welcomed," said a GOP insider....

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Joe Torre And Steroids In Baseball, Not A Happy Story

(7) Comments | Posted August 4, 2009 | 4:46 PM

"They are talking about six years ago," Joe Torre was quoted as saying in The New York Times on the subject of Manny Ramirez appearing on the infamous 2003 steroid user list. "It's ancient history."

You've got to love Joe. Joe put up with The Boss when he was still...

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Can't Anyone Here Play This Game?

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2009 | 12:03 PM

Where is Casey Stengel when we need him? Wouldn't you have loved to have ol' Casey as governor instead of David A. Paterson? Wouldn't you have loved to have Casey in any state legislative capacity rather than these stumble bums who are the political equivalent of the 1962 Mets,...

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Robert S. McNamara Remembered (From Afar)

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2009 | 5:12 PM

The summer of 1962 and the Army was on maneuvers in North and South Carolina training for its McNamara-conceived Operation Swift Strike. The idea of the Defense Secretary was to modify military training to enable the U.S. to fight brushfire wars instantly anywhere around the world. Involving 70,000 troops, this...

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Republican Party Strategists Confer On Name Change

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2009 | 6:11 PM

Is the Republican Party changing its name? A high level secret meeting of inner circle party strategists was held in a motel outside Washington, it was reported by one of the participants.

"We know we're in deep trouble with most Americans in every measurable way and some of these people...

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Arlen Specter Weighs New York Senate Bid

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2009 | 5:16 PM

Having switched parties, Senator Arlen Specter is considering switching states. A Pennsylvania inside political operative revealed Specter's alternate plan should he run into early difficulty winning a Pennsylvania primary next year for the Senate seat on the Democratic side.

"The Senator loves New York," the...

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Sarah Palin To Replace Patti Lupone in Gypsy?

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2008 | 11:13 AM

A member of the producing team for the revival of Gypsy confirmed internal discussions for the replacement of Patti Lupone and Sarah Palin is a leading choice.

"Look, we're being realistic here. We know she has to first lose the election, but if she does you know she'll be back...

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