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What it “Means” to be a Writer

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

In his second novel, Douglas Brunt gives us a behind-the-scenes look at a political campaign In 2010, Douglas Brunt decided to leave his job as a CEO to become a full-time writer. His epiphany came in Central Park, after a moment of soul searching with his wife, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. At that time, [&hellip
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The Psychoanalyst Behind a Novel

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Author with a background rooted in psychology tells stories that captivate diverse audiences Lisa Gornick has taken her degree in psychology and combined it with her love for writing. What results is a thoughtful second novel, “Tinderbox,” in which she explores themes of family, culture, and violence, skillfully intertwining them with Jewish history. Due to [&hellip
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Literary Legend Shaken & Stirred Back to Life

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

  In his new book, Justin Martin takes us into the scintillating world of Pfaff’s saloon in the 19th century The corner of Broadway and Bleecker was once home to a subterranean bar where wit and rebellion was just as important as lager. What happened in Pfaff’s saloon in the 1850s is stuff of literary [&hellip
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Educating Schools on Tech

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Upper East Side CEO Kathy Walter bridges the technology gap for teachers and students The days of back-to-school purchases being simple supplies like pencils and notebooks is shifting as schools embrace the technology age. Now, there is the added component of computers in the classroom, and educators must prepare accordingly. That’s where Kathy Walter comes [&hellip
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A New Barre for New York City

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Meegan Gregg, director of operations for fitness studio Barre3 West Village, gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the studio’s launch A new exercise studio that just opened in the West Village is hoping that New Yorkers’ quest for that perfect workout will end at the ballet barre. Barre3 gives workout classes that tone and shape [&hellip
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Helping Women Climb the Ladder

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

West Side resident Lynette Lewis holds speaking engagements around the city to help empower young women in their careers Lynette Lewis has delivered around 200 speeches in her career so far. She’s done it all from corporate keynotes, to global webcasts, to coaching women on being single in the city. After graduating from Oral Roberts [&hellip
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A Voice that Heals

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Subway accident survivor Renee Katz turns her experience into art Renee Katz does not just want to be known for the accident that changed her life, and captured the attention of the entire city when she was only 17. A promising flutist at the High School of Music & Art during the crime-ridden 70s, she [&hellip
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In the Kitchen, Out on the Town

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Executive chef Ben Lee on training in Italy, his Insalata di Stagione, and the Ramen at Ippudo Amidst the cherry tomatoes and Kirby cucumbers at the Union Square Greenmarket, you can find Ben Lee hand-picking produce to add to his summer menu at A Voce Madison. As the executive chef at the restaurant since July [&hellip
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Making a Difference One Song at a Time

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

A young producer speaks about her worthwhile work At just 23 years old, Tiffany Schleigh has found a job that influences countless lives. She’s combined her love of theater with charity and the result is benefitting young people all over the nation. The show she produces, “Cabaret for a Cause,” enlists children- singers from Broadway [&hellip
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Columbus Avenue as Musical Muse

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Musician Joe Gianono on Blue Note, turning pages at the ballet, and getting his songs on television New Yorkers can find inspiration in their neighborhoods just by simply stepping outside. Joe Gianono, a longtime Upper West Sider, frequently writes music as he walks home on Columbus Avenue. His career spans decades, and includes a gig [&hellip
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