New travel apps, gadgets and gear you need now

This collection of gadgets, gear and apps helps travelers cope. GSI Outdoors’ Gourmet Pourover Java Set NAME GSI Outdoors' Gourmet Pourover Java Set COST $39.95 from WHAT IT IS A coffee-making combo that includes a grinder and pourover cup for a terrific cup of joe. THE GOOD Grind the beans in the ceramic coffee grinder, then set the expanding silicone cone on top of a favorite mug, wide-mouth water bottle or small pot. Add any brand of No. 4 filter, and spoon in the freshly ground coffee. Pour water over and -- voilà! -- enjoy aromatic and eye-opening drip coffee just like home. The convenient cover doubles as a trivet for the cone after brewing and keeps everything clean during transport. The cone collapses to just an inch high, and the grinder handle nests and locks in place. It also comes with a spoon and snap-on cover. THE BAD You'll have to bring your own cream and sugar..-- PR Newswire AirHelp NAME AirHelp COST Free COMPATIBLE WITH iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up WHAT IT IS If you've ever been the victim of a canceled, delayed or overbooked flight, AirHelp can try to get you compensation for up to $700. THE GOOD Instructions are pretty straightforward. The first step is to scan your boarding pass so AirHelp can store flight information and track it for delays, cancellations, and overbooking. When it comes time to make a claim, under "Disruption Details," describe the problem you experienced with your flight. Then tap on "Delay at final destination" and choose the total delay time of your flight from three options (less than three hours, more than three hours or never arrived). Then select "Reason given by airline." Claims are usually handled within two to three months, according to the company. THE BAD If you are entitled to compensation, AirHelp gets 25 percent.-- Daniel Bubbeo, Newsday Travelrest Travel Pillow NAME Travelrest Travel Pillow COST $29.95 from Continue Reading

Dolores Lindsay became the change she sought 50 years ago in Lincoln Heights

LINCOLN HEIGHTS – Dolores Lindsay faced another deadline Tuesday.Chief executive of the HealthCare Connection, she had to complete an application to request another $1 million from the state capital budget for the Mount Healthy Health Center. The plan is to break ground in May.Lindsay co-founded the organization 50 years ago. It opened in October 1967 in a four-room rented house on Matthews Drive as the Lincoln Heights Health Center. Expansion to other parts of northern Hamilton County led to the corporate name change in 2005. During the first year in Lincoln Heights, volunteer doctors and nurses saw 500 patients upstairs in exam rooms that had been bedrooms. Volunteer dentists set up shop in the basement. The kitchen became the center's lab. Volunteer receptionist Dolores Lindsay  –  with the youngest of her five children, a 3-year-old daughter, at her side – worked in the living room."Women and children needed health care," she said. "We fought the perception that anything good could come out of Lincoln Heights."At the time, Lincoln Heights was the largest self-governed African-American community in the nation. It had a population of 7,800 at its peak in 1960, but no doctors or dentists practiced within its limits.Lindsay became the change she sought.Today, closing in on her 81st birthday, she has become synonymous with the Lincoln Heights Health Center and the HealthCare Connection. It has grown to 10 locations and treated 18,061 individual patients with 44,409 visits in 2016.The board named Lindsay executive director in 1972. She has been in charge ever since.The new Mount Healthy clinic, which will replace a family practice center opened in a strip mall in 1987, will be Lindsay's last major project. She and her staff have worked on it since 2011.She said they needed eight years to make the Lincoln Heights Health Center and HealthCare Connection corporate offices a reality. That 42,000 Continue Reading

NEW YORK STORIES: How a celebrated image marking V-J Day in Times Square has taken on a sinister shade

A recurring series on iconic scenes from the city’s storied culture. Late summer, 1945. In the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, more than 100,000 people lay dead, casualties of the United States’ decision to drop a pair of atomic bombs. But in Times Square on Aug. 14, a much different vibe prevails: Japan has surrendered, and the victors are celebrating — drinking, shouting and dancing in the streets. An American sailor named George Mendonsa spontaneously takes hold of a complete stranger, 21-year-old Austrian-Jewish refugee Greta Zimmer, bends her backward, plants a kiss on her mouth and continues on his way. Unbeknown to either, famed photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt has captured the encounter. The resulting image, published soon after in Life magazine, came to symbolize the exuberance of that moment, in a country overflowing with vigor and youth, at a time when anything seemed possible. Japan did not make its surrender official until Sept. 2, when a formal ceremony aboard the US Navy battleship Missouri signaled the end of World War II. Today marks the 71st anniversary of V-J Day, and Eisenstaedt’s photo still stands as the one of the definitive images of that time. THE WAY WE WERE Mendonsa was serving near Okinawa in the Pacific but was home on leave when WWII came to a close. Greta Zimmer Friedman was a working as a dental assistant while dabbling in theater. “People tell me that when I am in heaven they will remember this picture,” the longtime Life staff photographer wrote in his 1985 book, “Eisenstaedt on Eisenstaedt: A Self-Portrait.” He shot more than 90 covers for the magazine over the course of his career and was renowned for his telling snaps of Sophia Loren and other celebrities, but “The Kiss” is undoubtedly his best-remembered photo. “I turned around and clicked the moment the sailor kissed the Continue Reading

Funeral services set for New York Caribbean community leader Lamuel Stanislaus

An array of local officials and international VIPs, such as Grenada Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, will be in New York on Saturday for the funeral of Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus — the Grenada-born dentist who was a key architect of the New York Caribbean Carnival, the Caribbean nation’s representative to the United Nations and an influential figure in the city for half a century. Services for Stanislaus, who suffered from prostate cancer and died Sunday at 95, will be held Saturday morning in Brooklyn. The highly respected leader and Caribbean-American community elder statesman was an early member of the carnival-organizing West Indian American Day Carnival Association. In addition to his Brooklyn dental practice, Stanislaus was active in New York civic affairs — showing leadership over decades in good times, such as Brooklyn’s annual Caribbean carnival, and bad situations, like the Crown Heights riots in 1991. “Stanislaus goes all the way back to (Gov.) Nelson Rockefeller and (Mayor) John Lindsay, where he approached them on behalf of the community,” said Herman Hall, publisher of Everybody’s Caribbean Magazine, who met Stanislaus in May 1967. “During the Crown Heights riots, Gov. Mario Cuomo depended on him.” Roy Hastick, founder, president and CEO of the 1,700- member Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, recalled Stanislaus convening a community meeting held in the wake of the riots — and attending a lengthy three-hour post-meeting session with Mario Cuomo and community leaders. “A line of New York City and New York State politicians perceived him as the voice of the English-speaking Caribbean community of New York; a voice that was middle of the road and not radical,” said Hall. He and Hastick — who hail from Grenada — said Stanislaus helped found Everybody’s Magazine and the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce, Continue Reading

State investigators launch probe into sudden closure of Upper Manhattan dental office

State investigators are probing an upper Manhattan orthodontics practice that shuttered suddenly this summer, leaving hundreds of patients fighting tooth and nail to recoup thousands of dollars. NY Fashion Braces, which specializes in Invisalign braces, went kaput in mid-August, unable to stay afloat without Dr. Harold Edwards, the owner and chief dentist, who died in January. The closure left roughly 4,000 patients without their dental records — and many without the money they paid upfront for services, said an aide to state Sen. Adriano Espaillat. The Washington Heights lawmaker, who has been working with angry patients, said he called on the state to look into the matter after he fielded nearly 100 complaints from patients and employees. “Patients and workers were kept in the dark when they should have been notified the practice was closing,” Espaillat said, noting that families were left to find new providers and wondering how they’d recover their money. “It’s a whole big mess and the worst part is, there’s no communication with anybody,” said one of those patients, Georgette Fernandez, 35, who dished out $3,600 to complete dental work and buy two sets of retainers. “I need to proceed with my life,” she said, adding that she was never notified of Edwards’ death or that the office was on the brink of closure. “I want to get my smile back.” Fernandez and others said they got nowhere by calling the numbers posted on notices at the offices, at 4779 Broadway in Inwood and 555 E. Fordham Road in the Bronx. Representatives for the dental office did not return requests for comment. The Office of the Professions, the state Education Department agency that investigates professional misconduct, is looking into the matter, an Espaillat aide told the Daily News, though a state spokeswoman would not confirm the probe. Continue Reading

Brooklyn Nets desperately need a new name: It sounds bad, and it means nothing

Professional sports are rife with terrible team names. What exactly is a "charger," and what does it have to do with San Diego, whose football team bears that unfortunate appellation? I understand that Michigan is the Wolverine State, but does that give Detroit the right to claim both Lions and Tigers? Not if this is the same wolverine that's a close relative of the weasel. To whomever named the WNBA's Connecticut Sun, I pose one question: Have you ever been to Connecticut?New Jersey and soon of Brooklyn, are the nadir of athletic nomenclature. True, we may not have a basketball league to speak off, since the segment of our maligned 1% that can dunk a basketball can't settle its dispute with franchise owners. But if Brooklyn does host its first pro team since the Dodgers decamped for Los Angeles in 1957, that team cannot be called the Nets. Mikhail Prokhorov, the Moscow billionaire, and Jay-Z, the Brooklyn rapper, have indicated that they will keep it, despite some earlier head fakes to the contrary. This is most lamentable. Why build a gleaming new arena, why attract new players and fans, only to keep this misbegotten moniker?China.Brooklynettes? It sounds like a school dance troupe, or maybe Brooklynette's, a hipster diner that serves foie gras pancakes. The problem is the succession of "n" sounds at the end of the first word and the beginning of the second. The "n" is a dental nasal, which means your tongue presses against your teeth to make the sound. To do it twice in a row is unwieldy: "Queens Nets" sounds better, with the voiced alveolar fricative - the letter "s" - providing a buffer.Ernest Hemingway's fishing boat, the Pilar. Robert Fulton's steamboat docked in what is today DUMBO, inspiring Walt Whitman's rhapsodic "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry": "And you that shall cross from shore to shore years hence are more to me, and more in my meditations, than you might suppose."Barclays Center is Commodore Barry Park, named after Revolutionary War hero John Barry, one Continue Reading

New York’s single mothers turn Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Back-Up Plan’ into their first choice

In her new romantic comedy, "The Back-up Plan," opening Friday, Jennifer Lopez plays a thirtysomething commitment-phobe who decides to get pregnant using donor sperm. The movie's backdrop is New York - one of the most popular cities in America for so-called "single mothers of choice" or "choice moms." The city is a leader in this cultural and social trend, and draws support from the many specialist fertility centers in the area. "There are all sorts of different families in New York City, so single mothers feel especially welcome here," says Manhattan medical writer Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein, author of "Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth" (Norton, $24.95). Here are five mothers on the solo path. Staceyann Chin, 37, Brooklyn When a gay friend agreed to donate his sperm, Chin hoped her search had ended. "I'd asked various male friends, but none of them went through with it," says the lesbian writer and political activist. "It's a big deal for guys, especially, I believe, for men of color, because it's uncommon in their culture. "In the beginning, I thought I'd have men cascading toward me with charitable offers of their sperm. How wrong I was! I discovered men are generally very territorial about it and, if they don't get the pleasure, they don't see the point!" The pal who twice stepped up to the task last summer was different. But two attempts - plus the tricky logistics of arranging to be in the same place at the same time to collect the fresh sperm - proved unsuccessful. Instead, she is now contemplating using a sperm bank - and a $1,500 IUI (intrauterine insemination) - even though she doesn't have health insurance for the procedure. "At my age, it's not as if I can afford the luxury of waiting," she says. "If you have a male partner, it's relatively easy because you accept the characteristics of the person you are with. With sperm donation, you can drive yourself crazy worrying about how smart the guy is, his height Continue Reading

Faces of the fringe: Who and what’s on stage at the annual New York International Fringe Festival

Bill Clinton's ex-molar man. A contortionist mulling life's odd angles. A Bronx native on a self-appointed (if un-PC) neighborhood watch. That's some of the people — real and imagined — on stage in the New York International Fringe Festival, the annual theatrical sampler launching on Friday and running through Aug. 29 around the city. Now in its 14th year, Fringe is famous for its wide range of productions and, let's face it, quality of shows. It's also known for being where the Tony-winning "Urinetown" began. Hoping to be this year's Big Thing are writers of 197 shows representing 18 states and 12 countries. New Yorkers, of course, are big in the mix. Like PJ Walsh. In "Over There: Comedy Is His Best Weapon," the Queens-based writer and standup comic relates his personal journey through three wars — as an enlistee and as part of Comics on Duty — and through being President Clinton's dental technician. "He could floss more and use a fluoride rinse," says Walsh, "like most people. "This is completely 100% my life story," he continues. "My experiences over the past few years entertaining our service members overseas had me feeling that I might have experienced more in my life than just jokes." Jim Tierney grew up in the Bainbridge neighborhood of the Bronx. In "Banshee of Bainbridge," a drama set in 1985, an Irish-American Bronx native believes it's his duty to turn his once all-Irish neighborhood back to the way it used to be. How? By fighting off the Puerto Ricans. For Brooklyn Heights resident Paulanne Simmons, inspiration for the musical "In the Schoolyard" was found close to home. It's about a group of guys who reunite each year to shoot hoops at P.S. 8, which, she says, "is five minutes from where I live." Simmons, a journalist and teacher, adapted the show from a play based on her newspaper feature. "I did the story about 10 years ago," she says, adding that she was struck by how eloquent the guys became when they talked Continue Reading

Biting back at dental bills

Maria Garcia traveled from Brooklyn to the Morris Heights Health Center for dental visits so often that, when she and her family moved, they chose to live near the Bronx clinic. "Without them, it would be very difficult to get treatment for me and my son," said Garcia, 41, whose family has no health insurance and survives on her husband's small income. "I feel very comfortable here because they are flexible with the prices," said Garcia, who pays for treatment on a sliding scale and who spoke through a translator. Like Garcia, many Bronxites live in poverty and many have little or no dental insurance. Dr. Ronald Salyk, vice president of dental affairs at the Morris Heights clinic, said dental care falls through the cracks because people don't think they can afford it, don't know where to go or don't have the time as they struggle to make ends meet. A 2006 state Department of Health report found tooth loss more common among racial and ethnic minorities and tooth extractions more frequent among people with lower incomes. But Salyk said dental care is available for all. "We're not turning away patients in need," Salyk said. "We find a way to see them." About 25% of the clinic's 9,000 patients have no Medicaid or any insurance and pay based on what they can afford. Research increasingly links poor oral health to other health problems, including bone loss around the teeth in diabetics, making tooth loss a common problem in the Bronx, where diabetes is at epidemic levels. Missing or deteriorating teeth can degrade a person's self-esteem, Salyk said. With 180,000 annual visits, Montefiore Medical Center's dental clinics also treat many of the borough's low-income residents through HMOs and Medicaid, as well as the uninsured. "If you've got an infection or a toothache, you're going to be able to get it taken care of regardless of your ability to pay," said Dr. Richard Kraut, chairman of Montefiore's dentistry department. The hospital is Continue Reading

Tooth Fairy takes bigger bite: New Yorkers spend average of $13 per visit

THE TOOTH fairy is big business. She’s got a new namesake toy created by a Long Island mom, and she’s been leaving New York City children $13 per tooth on average. No wonder kids and their families are still sinking their teeth into this tradition. “We’ve always been over the top about the tooth fairy,” says Lisa Hamilton, 50, a Park Slope jewelry designer and mom. “She even has her own Yahoo email address.” More impressive, she also has a nickname here — Brooklyna. And when Brooklyna makes a late-night visit, she leaves Hamilton’s 8-year-old son Johnny Cash Hamilton-Janak a gold dollar coin under his pillow. For kids not as excited about losing a tooth as Johnny, a new toy kit can help. “Teeth Fairies: A Baby Teeth Tradition” ($49.99) pairs a plush fairy doll with a book about the tooth fairy. Dreamed up by Ingrid Bencosme, 43, a former New York City teacher who lives in Manhasset, the set aims to capture the magic of this winged fairy who swoops in and swaps each fallen tooth for a gift left under the pillow. The idea for the product was sparked two years ago when her oldest daughter’s first tooth started wiggling. “I searched for a book that might have a different spin on the tooth fairy,” says Bencosme, who has three younger kids. “I couldn’t find anything that met my needs.” So she bought her daughter Emma, now 7, a generic fairy doll and wrote her own story. Bencosme’s daughter quickly became attached to the doll, which she named Lucy. She began bringing Lucy to school and no longer made a fuss about brushing her teeth. Soon, other parents asked Bencosme where they could get their own tooth fairy doll. And she realized there was a market for the product. Somehow, the idea of a tooth fairy descending with a gift works wonders to help calm children down, especially those stressed out at the Continue Reading