• How We Live

    There doesn’t have to be an ‘other’ The flawed script of racism leads to the construction of an identity based on others’ inferiority. On Instagram, the kids are alt-right If a Nazi texted your teenager, would you want to know? We parents seem to have accepted social media as an inevitable part of our kids’ […]

  • Media

    These ‘toys’ are killing our kids Mark Zuckerberg is a parent, which is why his new 1,400-acre Hawaiian compound includes an underground bunker the size of a mansion. He’s spending whatever he thinks it will take to keep his daughters safe—even in a hypothetical apocalypse. As a CEO, though, Zuckerberg isn’t willing to spend a […]

  • Mental Health

    The surgeon general warns that social media is dangerous for kids. Why aren’t medical professional associations? U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy issued a public advisory that made plain what a growing number of pediatricians, parents and scientists already know: Social media is a threat to our children’s mental and physical health. How To […]

  • Gender & Sexuality

    When Do They Need a Fig Leaf? Children like to strip down when the weather gets hot — but not everyone approves. A University Recognizes a Third Gender: Neutral Rocko Gieselman looked like any other undergraduate at the University of Vermont but perhaps a little prettier, with pale freckles dancing across porcelain skin and bright […]

  • Food

    Meet the Kleptogastromaniacs, Customers Hooked on High-End-Food Theft In this era of $10 artisanal mayonnaise and $50 “bacon steak,” shoplifters’ tastes have also changed accordingly. Steven Millard, a vice-president of Murray’s Cheese, says he remembers being on a train leaving the Union Square subway station and watching in astonishment as a young man pulled hundreds […]

  • Justice & Law

    Will black women save us . . . again? The people who will matter most in the next election won’t be the candidates, but rather the country’s 23 million black women. They are the heart and soul of the Democratic party and any politician of any complexion who ignores their power does so at his […]

  • Environmental Health

    High Lead Found in City-Sourced Eggs A study suggests eggs from neighborhood gardens show elevated levels of lead, but whether the amounts are alarming is not clear. Can a Product be Carcinogen-Free? Want to avoid applying known carcinogens to your skin and hair? Raising Concerns About Chemicals in Recycled Carpet Padding Every week, it seems, […]

  • 9/11

    Protecting Children From Raw 9/11 Memories On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, it was hard for me to comprehend that a decade had passed since I watched the towers burn in Lower Manhattan. I could still picture the bodies free-falling through the sky like broken twigs. I could still remember the feeling […]

  • Design

    Richard Meier’s High and Mighty Beach House With 25 tons of glass and 5,000-pound I-beams, the architect creates a cottage to withstand any storm. A High-Level Collaboration on a SoHo Loft Prompted by her journalist partner, the choreographer and dancer Elizabeth Streb domesticates. Tenants of a Vanishing World An apartment at the Apthorp is a […]

  • Families & Relationships

    Helicopter parents’ are so 20th century. Say hello to the ‘snowplow parents $500,000 to get your kid into an elite college? Not cool. But when last week’s news about Operation Varsity Blues came out, psychologists and parenting experts recognized it for what it was: just the latest outrageous example of bad parenting they’ve been observing […]