Get a Cold—and Look Great With It!

I’m not germophobic — well, not clinically so — but weeks of Ebola scares have me stashing hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes in every handbag I own. When I found myself  trapped recently on a New York subway car — hip to jowl with a crush of snifflers, coughers and sneezers — I suppose it was inevitable that I would come down with a nasty head cold of my own. And so I did. The hitch? This was just days …

Making Places (Even Times Square) More Livable

Times Square in New York is one of those places that people recognize and can picture even if they’ve never set foot in the city. And although Times Square itself has changed a lot in 110 years (the location received its current name when the New York Times moved its headquarters there in 1904), it retains its unique appearance and sense of place. Stay Informed: Subscribe to the AARP Livable Communities Monthly e-Newsletter It wouldn’t take long for a time …

The Photographer Whose Celebrity Portraits ‘Are Forever’

You may have encountered Editta Sherman as a larger-than-life character in the 2010 documentary film about her fellow Carnegie Hall resident, Bill Cunningham (Bill Cunningham New York). The two photographers were friends for decades, and part of their special bond was living in a unique artists colony above America’s most famous concert hall. See a New York Times slideshow of Sherman and her work When I worked at Carnegie in the 1980s, Sherman, who died on Nov. 1 at the …

Oldest Woman in NYC Marathon Finishes Race, Dies the Next Day

At 86, distance runner Joy Johnson was a remarkable athlete. A retired gym teacher from the San Jose area who took up jogging at age 56, Johnson competed in scores of races around the country and amassed a string of 25 consecutive finishes in the New York City Marathon – one of the most legendary streaks in the history of recreational running. Two years ago, at 84, she became the oldest finisher ever in that event, clocking a time of …

In Eviction Dispute, It’s David 1, Goliath 0

Rafael Lee is 82, it’s true. But the New Yorker’s energy and attitude revealed itself when he hired a lawyer to protest a law firm’s attempt to evict him from his rent-controlled apartment – and won. Turns out that Lee (or his lawyer, James Fishman) may have known more about federal debt collection law than the landlord’s law firm, Kucker & Bruh, which, somewhat ironically, specializes in … debt collection. First-year law students (I teach ‘em) learn on their first …

Ed Koch: The Last Interview

    “Ed Koch!” The voice on the phone was not so much identifying itself as trumpeting an introduction. This was Ed Koch, all right, barging into our phone conversation with the same ebullience that characterized his three terms as New York’s most popular and controversial mayor since Jimmy Walker. I caught up with Koch on January 10, at his modest Greenwich Village apartment. I can’t definitively say mine was the absolute last interview Koch granted before his death early …