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A Thread to NYC History

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in News Our Town

Author Stephanie Lehmann sews together pieces of the past to create a patchwork of the present Vintage clothing has never been this modern. Stephanie Lehmann’s newest novel, Astor Place Vintage, engenders a new appreciation for the rich history that we walk past every day. Her protagonist Amanda, who owns a vintage clothing shop in the [&hellip
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When a Man Loves Music

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

Singer-songwriter Michael Bolton visits the Y on Sept 9th to serenade us with stories of his career Many people tell Michael Bolton that his songs are part of the soundtrack to their lives. Behind this powerful statement is a tumultuous journey that Bolton endured to finally make it as a world-renowned artist. In the memoir [&hellip
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Rob Sheffield Gets Carried Away with Karaoke

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

The Rolling Stone columnist and bestselling author speaks about 99 Luftballoons, Bowery Ballroom, and spa-raoke Writer Rob Sheffield explains that karaoke is the only American pastime that rewards you for subpar performance – but that’s what makes it so fun. In his new book, Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke, which [&hellip
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Dancing with the Star on Broadway

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

The celebrity dancer on diversifying his resume, being an older brother, and the tango When Maksim Chmerkovskiy walked into the Starbucks on Broadway, he was momentarily unrecognizable from his usual tanned, costumed, and sometimes shirtless self on Dancing with the Stars. Wearing sunglasses, a tank top, and carrying a duffel bag, he made his way [&hellip
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A Chef with a Lot on His Plate

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

Jean-Georges dishes on breakfast, ginger, and his new venture, ABC Cocina The restaurant scene in New York City, or the world for that matter, would be very different without Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Forty years ago, a young Jean-Georges ate at his first 3-Star Michelin-rated restaurant and was immediately smitten. He started there as an apprentice and [&hellip
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King Kong Comes to Central Park

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

The myth becomes hip hop legend in city parks The City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage is celebrating the 40th anniversary of hip hop with a show (loosely based) on the myth of King Kong. This could only be the brainchild of seasoned collaborators and New Yorkers Randy Weiner and Alfred Preisser. It was the duos’ extensive [&hellip
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