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“Quiet”: An Oral History

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Artists remember Josh Harris’ seminal work from the ‘90s that introduced the concept of people being constantly watched and recorded Before Facebook, Google and “Big Brother,” there was Josh Harris. The internet entrepreneur who amassed a net worth of $80 million dollars in the late ‘90s and lost it all has always been a few [&hellip
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P.J. Clarke’s Petitions for its Place

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Dining Our Town, Dining Our Town Downtown, Dining West Side Spirit

The popular restaurant is fighting its landlord and hopes to stave off eviction from its downtown home What’s a neighborhood without a neighborhood restaurant? That’s the question that Battery Park eatery P.J. Clarke’s is asking in a campaign against its landlord, Brookfield Office Properties, which is undergoing a massive, $250-million dollar renovation to its Brookfield [&hellip
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A New Era for New York’s Gilded Jewel

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

As the Frick plans a major renovation and expansion, the Upper East Side takes notice In the era of the mega-museum, the Frick Collection on East 70th Street is unique, a Gilded Age throwback, where the maze of carpeted, ornate galleries offers a quiet place to experience some of the art world’s greatest masterpieces, including [&hellip
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City Arts: Top 5 for the Week

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Our Town

MUSIC “New Songs of Justice: An Evening Honoring Pete Seeger” American folk musician Pete Seeger, who passed away in January of this year at the age of 94, was known as much for his political activism as he was for his songwriting. Contemporary artists honor Seeger’s contributions to music and movements. Featuring Amanda Palmer, folk [&hellip
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Crumbs Will Rise

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

The faltering cupcake company closed its doors last week, but now it seems there will be a mini-revival Crumbs Bake Shop may not crumble after all. Following the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings and the abrupt closure of all Crumbs locations last week, the company announced on July 11 that the cupcake chain will receive [&hellip
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The Show Won’t Go On

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Storied experimental theater company closes East Village It’s curtains for one downtown theater company, and not just for the season. Incubator Arts Project, an experimental theater company that has staged new, creative works by emerging artists at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery on East 10th Street in since 2005, closed on July 1. The decision not [&hellip
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Teens Take Turns on Off-Broadway Stage

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

High school student’s play explores homelessness, single motherhood Lower Manhattan The Pearl Theatre sits on the far west side of 42nd Street, an Off-Broadway stage that typically features classic plays with award-winning professional actors on stage. But during a recent two-night engagement, young actors from 10 of New York City’s public high schools took the [&hellip
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A Poet with a Story

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

U.W.S. children’s author transformed postcards to grandkids into animal poetry books for children Upper West Side Howard Eisenberg knows how to tell a good story, and at 87, he’s full of them. The journalist, author and playwright remembers spending a summer in his early twenties writing about war veterans in Fort Worth, Texas, where he [&hellip
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Turning Homelessness into Art

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Local artists explore a growing social problem, through tattoos, photographs and videos They’re on our trains and our street corners, holding handwritten signs, asking for food, money, shelter, compassion. Sometimes we drop change into a paper cup. But most times, we walk by, unfazed, as though the homeless aren’t there. But for some local artists, [&hellip
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