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Mike Beck is a Friend to Everyone

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in OTTY Awards, Our Town

Mike Beck 001 Mike Beck is deeply passionate about helping younger generations thrive to the best of their abilities, and he puts this passion to work at Vanderbilt’s YMCA for countless hours a week. Beck has been a member of the Vanderbilt YMCA’s board since 1999 and is currently serving his third non-consecutive, two-year term as chairman. While [&hellip
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Rabbi Deborah Hirsch Keeps Her Congregants Close

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in OTTY Awards, Our Town

RabbiDeborahHirsch It’s Deborah Hirsch’s third year with the Temple Shaaray Tefila congregation, though she’s been doing rabbinical work for 31 years, and the dedicated rabbi has a major project underway. “We’re working on a new vision statement for the congregation,” explained Hirsch. “That’s been a very gratifying project. We engage almost 200 congregants in conversation about [&hellip
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Marc Spitz on “Then” and “Now”

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown

spitz A walking tour with a music journalist brings his memoir to life If “raucous” and “intimate” can coexist adroitly, that describes the atmosphere at the release party for Marc Spitz’s new memoir Poseur, an affair tucked cozily away up a staircase at the Lower East Side’s Slipper Room. Everyone here knows each other, laughs heartily [&hellip
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Downtown, Then and Now with Marc Spitz

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in Music

spitz A walking tour with a music journalist brings his memoir to life If “raucous” and “intimate” can coexist adroitly, that describes the atmosphere at the release party for Marc Spitz’s new memoir Poseur, an affair tucked cozily away up a staircase at the Lower East Side’s Slipper Room. Everyone here knows each other, laughs heartily [&hellip
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Revitalization vs. Preservation In The Village

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

Richard Blodgett, president of the Charlton Street Block Association, stands in front of a gutted building on Sullivan Street in the Village. The adjacent building in the complex was designed in 1853 by Calvert Vox, a co-designer of Central Park, explained Blodgett. He knows the building in front of him will soon be transformed into [&hellip
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Direct Action Fashion Show Promotes Spectacle and Going Green

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Oyster shell dresses and green grass suits raise awareness of the city’s community gardens Michael Leete, who works at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) in Alphabet City, showed up for last weekend’s “anti-fashion” show dressed as a sparkly orange tree. Leete, 28, and fellow acts were decked out head-to-toe in all recycled and [&hellip
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