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Belting it Out for an Audience

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

New play staged in East Village karaoke bar East Village For director Kathryn Hamilton, the sight of words lighting up on a karaoke screen with a buoyant dot jumping from one word to the next is “one of the most melancholy things in the world.” “I don’t know why,” said Hamilton. “Maybe it’s the absence [&hellip
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Making Happy Meals into Healthier Meals

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

East Side councilman wants fast food restaurants to serve healthier fare in exchange for the ability to give away toys to kids Happy Meals might soon need to get healthy. Upper East Side Councilman Ben Kallos introduced legislation last week that would set stricter nutritional standards for meals served with toys. The bill, which is [&hellip
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Tapping Out The Hidden Psyche Of The City

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

  A public art project offers up typewriters for the masses Governor’s Island The note was anonymous. Typed in lowercase on a scrap piece of lined notebook paper, it was addressed to ‘dearest matthew.’ “i have had a wonderful day with you,” the note read, and continued: “what if i hate your friends” Nicholas Adamski [&hellip
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A Frozen Feast

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

New store brings gourmet frozen cuisine to the neighborhood It’s 9:30 p.m. on a Thursday, after a late day at the office, and I’m sitting down to a three-course dinner that begins with a hot bowl of velouté and a crusty roll, and will end just 30 minutes later with airy chocolate soufflé. No cab [&hellip
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Teenage Scenes

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

Photography contest encourages students to shoot photos — without a cell phone The Instagram hashtag #nyc has more than 21.5 million posts and features a range of subjects, from the Statue of Liberty to street buskers to piping hot bowls of ramen, all designed for tagging, liking and social media sharing. But a local business [&hellip
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All Pigs Go to Heaven

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

The last night of an East Side institution Restaurant owner Nancy Lee has collected pigs for nearly 30 years. Piggy banks, plastic toy pigs and porcelain figurines, all gifts to the owner of the Chinese restaurant Pig Heaven from loyal customers over the years. But now it’s time for the pigs to move on. Last [&hellip
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Paying a Premium for the Corner Table

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

New apps hope to transform the way we make dinner reservations – but not all are on board Margaret Walker loves French food and impeccable service. The psychotherapist, Midtown East resident and self-professed Manhattan foodie has dined at some of the hottest—and priciest—restaurants in the city, including Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park and Upper East [&hellip
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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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