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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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Paradise is Not Lost in a New Novel

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

Upper East Side author talks historical literature and thrillers Some authors have the ability to revisit a topic in literature and cause excitement about it once again. Upper East Side resident Barry Libin has done just that with his new novel, The Mystery of the Milton Manuscript. The thriller, which some are already dubbing the [&hellip
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Stories in the City

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

Joanna Clapps Herman on getting courted in the Village, Riverside Drive, and the intersection at 110th and Broadway Upper West Side Art imitated life for Joanna Clapps Herman when she used her Upper West Side neighborhood as the setting for her novel No Longer and Not Yet. Although it’s a work of fiction, the stories [&hellip
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Behind the Music That Changed the World

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

Joe Cecala on Bob Dylan, the Marines Corps, and growing up on Avenue B Although it seems like the music of the Village during the ‘60s has been revisited many times before, the documentary “Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation” goes where no other filmmakers have gone in capturing that crucial piece of history. [&hellip
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A Scoop of History on the Lower East Side

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

Bestselling author Susan Jane Gilman on Frank McCourt, Italian immigrants, and the Upper West Side Susan Jane Gilman has skillfully combined ice cream, New York, and history all into one novel. In “The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street,” readers follow a young Russian immigrant who moves to the Lower East Side with her family, [&hellip
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A Small Bookstore With a Big Heart

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

President of Logos Bookstore tells the story of one of the last remaining independent bookstores in Manhattan Upper East Side Residents of the Upper East Side have a bookstore they can call home. One where its president, Harris Healy, actually knows “quite a few” of them by name. The cozy feel of Logos Bookstore is complete [&hellip
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A New Novelist ‘Having So Much Fun’ This Summer

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

Author Courtney Maum on Tompkins Square Park, Benedict Cumberbatch, and celebrity book reviews East Village This summer is looking especially bright for Courtney Maum. After 10 years of being on the New York City writing scene, her debut novel, “I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You,” is being released on June 10th. Set [&hellip
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From Shakespeare to Steinbeck

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

Actor Ron Cephas Jones on his Upper West Side neighborhood, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Richard III Although he has been on the New York theater scene for quite some time, Ron Cephas Jones never had a major role on Broadway until now. It was worth the wait. In “Of Mice and Men,” he brings the [&hellip
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A Woman Whose Place is in the Kitchen

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

Marea’s Chef du Cuisine dishes on her no-frill approach to a successful culinary career At just eight years old, Lauren DeSteno knew she wanted to become a chef. One of her specialties was spaghetti and meatballs for her older siblings and their friends as they came home from college. Now, at 31, she has brought [&hellip
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