Somewhere in my teens, I had some crazy idea that girls had to eat grilled chicken. Grilled chicken -- unlike the fried variety -- was healthy and neat, not fattening, and certainly not so messy as to earn the descriptor “finger-lickin’ good.” Grilled chicken became my poultry of choice, and I convinced myself that fried chicken didn’t even taste good.

I stuck with this self-inflicted sacrifice for nearly 15 years...until I got pregnant. I figured if there was ever a time to get fat -- and get messy -- well, now was that time. And once I had a taste of the forbidden fruit -- crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside, bursting with flavor, and oh-so finger-licking good -- I was hooked. I couldn’t stop at a drumstick or a few occasional breasts. Then I couldn’t stop when the baby came. I needed to make up for 15 lost years.

Luckily in New York City, there’s enough options to keep me crunching away on a relatively regular (weekly) basis. Some people love pie (Kaity). I love fried chicken. Here are five of my faves in New York City. Where's yours?

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Having a newborn is challenging at the best of times, but during forced isolation and in a climate of fear and uncertainty, it can become overwhelming.

The coronavirus pandemic is setting up our communities for genuine mental health concerns. This may be especially true for new parents. When will 'normal' life return? How will I pay for diapers and baby food? Will my mom be able to help us now? What if my baby or my family get COVID-19? Unfortunately, no one knows the long-term impact or answers just yet.

Most families have built a network of social support by the time they have their first child—if they don't already have a support system, they develop one through various baby classes and groups set up for parents. The creation of the village can be instrumental to the mental health of new parents. Social distancing, the lockdown of cities, and isolation will inadvertently affect the type of support available.

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