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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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Chronicling A Mother’s Long-Distance Love

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

In her new play, Upper West Sider Corinne Chateau goes to the Republic of Georgia to bring her baby home Mothers say that holding their children for the first time is the ultimate example of immediate unconditional love. Corinne Chateau felt that deep connection when she held Cali, only he wasn’t her son, but a [&hellip
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Bringing the Brilliance Back to Living in The Big Apple

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

Upper East Sider Amelia Meena started Appleshine to help with the daunting task of organizing our belongings When you’re trying to stuff that last pair of jeans into an overflowing drawer, don’t you ever want to stop and just declutter? That’s where personal organizer Amelia Meena comes to the rescue as your own cheerleader, teacher, [&hellip
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The First President in New York

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

Historian Harlow Giles Unger pays homage to the presidency of George Washington in his newest book At the intersection of Wall and Broad Streets, George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States almost 225 years ago. The building where the event took place, Federal Hall, housed Congress at that time in [&hellip
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The Next Chapter for an East Side Eatery

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

Susy Glick dishes on The Writing Room, the new restaurant she owns with her husband, opening at the old Elaine’s spot Although it was once thought that the door to the legendary Elaine’s was closed forever, it has reopened with a new restaurant in its place that is sure to write its own story. Susy [&hellip
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Coffee, The Musical

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

Easy Villager Robert Galinsky pours his heart out (literally) when it comes to coffee Four hundred million cups of coffee are sipped every day in the United States alone. One dedicated java drinker, East Village resident Robert Galinsky, recognized just how many different kinds of people in New York come together in their quest for [&hellip
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A Little Penny Goes a Long Way

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

Upper West Side philanthropist proves that we all can do our part to end poverty This holiday season, when you’re buying gifts at Time Warner Center, seeing The Nutcracker, or paying for an overpriced tree, remember that there are people in the world who live on just a dollar a day. Upper West Side resident [&hellip
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A Murder Mystery with a Lot of Personality

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

Murder for Two’s director keeps his audience in stitches and suspense There is no mystery to directing a successful musical. Scott Schwartz, the director of the new Off-Broadway show, Murder for Two, combines all the elements a theater audience craves – suspense, romance, humor, and, most importantly, superb acting. There are only two actors on [&hellip
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Striking a Chord with the Younger Generation

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

Husband and wife duo – and huge Beethoven fans – put a new spin on the classics at Caffé Vivaldi Classical music can really bring out the creativity in a couple. Ege Maltepe, an actress from Istanbul, and her husband Emir Gamsizoglu, a Turkish pianist, decided to move to New York City to pursue their [&hellip
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