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From Palo Alto to the East Village

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

Q&A Actor Nat Wolff on Washington Square Park, not having a driver’s license, and playing a blind cancer survivor Nat Wolff is sought after in Hollywood, but still remains loyal to his New York City roots. Having grown up near Washington Square Park, he appreciates the tight-knit neighborhoods that make up the city. “In a [&hellip
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Drawing From Life in New York

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

Q&A Artist Nathan Pyle on standing at subway entrances, checking out at the 42nd St. Library, and navigating the city in crutches Nathan Pyle is sure to earn the respect of natives and newcomers alike with his first book, NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette. In the cartoons he’s created, he hopes to teach transplants how [&hellip
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Comedy is a Two-Way Street in New York City

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

Comedian Billy Eichner on Hell’s Kitchen, Parks and Recreation, and his Emmy nod The streets of New York are funnier with Billy Eichner on them. The Queens native employs a unique brand of comedy on his game show, “Billy on the Street,” in its third season on Fuse. Microphone in hand, the energetic comedian yells [&hellip
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On Pointe in New York City

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

ABT’s Misty Copeland on living in a convent, Café Luxembourg, and Taye Diggs By Angela Barbuti Misty Copeland took her first ballet class in gym shorts, a t-shirt, and socks because she could not afford a leotard and tights. The 31-year-old American Ballet Theater soloist has come a long way from her 13-year-old self, and [&hellip
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A Sweet Spot in Chelsea Market

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

Eleni’s Cookies started with some home baking and has become a thriving local business Eleni’s has made a name for itself by putting virtually everything and anything on a cookie. “You name the cookie and we can make it,” owner Eleni Gianopulos said. From corporate logos to people’s faces, each unique treat is truly a [&hellip
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Clean Eating for a Better Life

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

Amie Valpone of The Healthy Apple teaches fellow New Yorkers how to cook themselves healthy Not everyone can make eliminating gluten, dairy, soy, and sugar from their diet seem fun. But if you speak to Amie Valpone, you will find that her passion for healthy eating is infectious. A personal chef and nutritionist, the Upper [&hellip
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52 Weeks in the City

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

Two friends wrote a blog, then a book, vowing to do something new each week for a year One night at Hi-Life Restaurant, Karen Amster-Young and Pam Godwin were, ironically, talking about the high and lows of their lives. Both happily married 40-somethings with children, they sometimes felt the need to stray from their routines [&hellip
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Minding Manhattan’s Business

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

The President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce talks about the Second Avenue Subway, the Super Bowl, and Mayor Bloomberg After college, Nancy Ploeger set off on a cross-country adventure to find the city that would become her home one day. Local businesses are very fortunate that she decided on New York. This year, she [&hellip
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