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Q&A with J-Live

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

J-Live had a couple of hit singles ("Hush the Crowd," "Braggin’ Writes") in the mid-90s. His long-delayed first full-length, The Best Part (Seven Heads), is the most engrossing underground rap album since MF Doom’s Operation: Doomsday. J-Live has made believers out of many a naysaying crowd with his mic and DJ skills (he can cut [&hellip
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Albert Ellis, Feisty Shrink

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

The last of the canonical psychotherapists is Albert Ellis. You learned his name if you took Psych 101. Born in 1913, he’s outlived all his colleagues on the intro-class syllabus: Rogers, Maslow, Adler, Erikson, Horney, etc. He hasn’t even retired. New York’s Albert Ellis Institute is located in an elegant Upper East Side townhouse, at [&hellip
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Pret Crosses the Atlantic

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Midtown Manhattan’s lunch scene is America’s greatest arena of food competition–a cutthroat little industry where everyone is always either sinking or swimming, and the parameters change every day. No one on Wall Street has as much immediate pressure to get his product, marketing and service just right. A super-salad-bar-cafeteria-deli can gear its operation to provide [&hellip
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Sripraphai’s Incomparable Thai

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Take the Queens-bound 7 to 61st St.-Woodside. It’s a rush-hour express stop, so the ride is only about 10 minutes from Grand Central. Walk down to the street and continue directly under the train, in the same direction it was going. You’ll go through an underpass with civic-pride murals painted on the walls. Four blocks [&hellip
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2002, Hiphop’s Year One: Nas, Mobb Deep and Wu-Tang Clan Face 9/11

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

9/11/01 would have been ground-zero day for New York hiphop even if the Towers and everyone in them had survived. That’s because that same Tuesday saw the release of Jay-Z’s sixth album, The Blueprint. Though the self-described former drug boss of Brooklyn’s Marcy Houses had dominated rap for years, he’d barely altered his style since [&hellip
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