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Dimitri C. Michalakis is Editor in Chief on NEO Magazine.
  • Hellenic Medical Society President, Dr. Panagiotis Manolas: The pandemic from a doctor’s point of view

    Dr. Panagiotis Manolas is a surgeon affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, among others, and a founding partner of Surgical Specialists of Greater New York. He is a member of the Athens Medical Association, the...

    • Posted April 29, 2020
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  • Dr. George Liakeas on His Miraculous Recovery from The Virus

    Dr. Liakeas, 48, is in family practice and the medical director of Lexington Medical Associates in Manhattan. He is affiliated with Lenox Hill and Mount Sinai Hospitals and has been in practice for sixteen years, with a...

    • Posted April 29, 2020
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  • From The Editor
    Spring is here

    For the past few weeks I have seen my two daughters (who also live in Brooklyn, minutes away) only in passing—from the car. When we drop off food to them my wife cooks, to help them, and...

    • Posted April 29, 2020
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  • The statue of Admiral and hero of Greek Independence Constantinos Kanaris in Chios
    The Revolution

    His wife and his son stood apart at the railing of the ship while he stood back and smoked along with the old man with the hairy arms and striped shirt and the one gold tooth where...

    • Posted March 24, 2020
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  • From The Editor
    Keeping the darkness at bay

    The streets are quiet, the shelves are bare, people wear blue masks and blue gloves, and even family and friends shy away from each other with apologies and make sure not to touch. It seems a different...

    • Posted March 24, 2020
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  • Nassau County DA Madeline Singas: “It’s Not About Being a Man or a Woman; It’s about the Work that You Do”

    Madeline Singas just won reelection to be the Nassau County District Attorney in Long Island, New York based on her record: crime went down 25% during her watch, the notorious MS-13 gang in the county was decimated...

    • Posted January 13, 2020
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  • From The Editor
    The Kalanda

    A cousin sent me Facebook greetings for the New Year and included a recording of the old “kalanda” from some gathering long ago in Chios. According to Myparea blog, the singing of “kalanda,” carols, goes back to...

    • Posted January 13, 2020
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  • Papou O Polemistis

    Papou Petro and Yiayia Pota were coming from Florida for Christmas and this time they were bringing Propapou Herakles—Hercules—even though Propapou Hercules looked more like a Hobbit. And Mom said he was staying with George in Petro’s...

    • Posted December 12, 2019
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  • From The Editor
    Memories Past and Present

    My mother-in-law suffered from depression, but she was fiercely-loyal to her family, and Christmas always made her come alive and exhaust herself buying gifts for her kids and grandkids. My in-laws were not rich people, but the...

    • Posted December 12, 2019
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    War and Remembrance

    One family’s war memories My grandmother in Chios, Greece had a big lacquered cabinet (with a pattern of flowers) and on top of it, incongruously, stood the housing of two gleaming-gold cannon shells: with wheat stalks in...

    • Posted October 26, 2019
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  • From The Editor
    The Cost of Peace

    This issue, and the article I wrote about the military service of my papoudes and my father (“War and Remembrance”), remind me of the perilous times they lived in and how courageous they were to plunge into...

    • Posted October 26, 2019
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  • From The Editor
    A New Lease on Life

    My daughter and her husband were recently in Greece, visiting Athens, Santorini and Crete and with the marvels of the age sending us photos of their travels on their phones and Facetiming with us one night while...

    • Posted July 12, 2019
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  • From The Editor
    The community of Holy Week

    When I was a kid and we lived in Chicago I remember the highlight of the evening vespers during Holy Week at the great domed cathedral of our church, the Assumption on Central Avenue: it was long...

    • Posted April 25, 2019
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  • From The Editor
    Startup-Heaven Greece

    Over past issues we’ve been featuring the exciting news that Greece, despite the economic climate and hidebound bureaucracy, is a hotbed of startups that have exploded in number and are making their mark throughout the world. As...

    • Posted March 13, 2019
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  • From The Editor
    May Old Acquaintance Never Be Forgot

    It seems that every year we rue what happened the year before and hope for better for the coming year. We make resolutions that we keep imperfectly, or not at all, and then another New Year comes...

    • Posted January 2, 2019
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    Maria Zoitas’ MADE WITH LOVE: The Ultimate Greek Cookbook from Lefkada to Manhattan

    Maria Zoitas was a young bride when she first came to America and her husband John (who took her on romantic carriage rides during their honeymoon back in Greece) now plunged back to work at the grocery...

    • Posted December 2, 2018
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  • From The Editor
    Food for thought

    Our cover story on food maven and cookbook author Mazia Zoitas highlights how food—any food—is more than just something you cook: there is a whole history behind it. The cooked wheat berries that she features in her...

    • Posted December 2, 2018
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  • From The Editor
    A Profile of America

    After working as a journalist in the Greek American community for so many years and meeting so many remarkable people I’ve decided to publish a book of profiles about only a few of those people, some who...

    • Posted October 16, 2018
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  • From The Editor
    Summer Plans

    My friend is a doctor and when I asked him recently if he was going to be around for the summer he said to me, What do you think: doctors do nothing but travel? And then he...

    • Posted July 7, 2018
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  • From The Editor
    Holy Week

    For the most part I grew up in Brooklyn and I was an altar boy at two of its churches: Holy Cross and Kimisis. Kimisis was the older church on 18th Street and the one that most...

    • Posted April 14, 2018
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  • Top Gun Demetries Grimes, a Naval War Hero, Runs for Florida’s 26th CD

    How does a man who served his country so well in the military take the next step to serve his country and complete his mission in civilian life? For Demetries Grimes it means running for Congress in...

    • Posted March 11, 2018
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  • From The Editor
    Military Heroes

    Our story this issue on Demetries Grimes, a decorated Navy commander, who is running for Congress from Florida is in the long line of American military heroes who are propelled to public office either by their own...

    • Posted March 11, 2018
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  • From The Editor
    Who inspires you?

    On a positive note, who inspires you this year? My eldest daughter inspires me because she got married the end of last year to her husband Mike and they are two peas in a pod. They have...

    • Posted January 14, 2018
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  • From The Editor
    Thanks to the Immigrants

    My oldest daughter recently got married at a beautiful venue in Brooklyn that overlooked New York Harbor and all its fabled sights: the Statue of Liberty lit up across the water, the Freedom Tower lit up to...

    • Posted December 14, 2017
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  • From The Editor
    Greek tourism—stronger than ever

    Greek tourism is booming: the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) said it expects a record 30 million visitors to Greece in 2017, which is a 7% growth over last year, or 2 million more visitors, and close...

    • Posted July 11, 2017
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