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City Arts Top 5

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

Our top 5 picks for the week of June 12-18 NYC Dance Week Dance companies throughout the city—including the Ailey Extension and Ballet Academy East—open up their studios for free and discounted dance lessons as part of NYC Dance Week. Participants can sign up online for a diverse array of classes and workshops, including classical [&hellip
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Queens of New York

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

New documentary celebrates Russ & Daughters fish shop Lower East Side When filmmaker Julie Cohen produced a one-hour special for PBS about Jewish life in New York City, she included a segment on iconic fish and specialty food shop Russ & Daughters. She interviewed second generation owners Anne Russ Federman and Hattie Russ Gold at [&hellip
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Storied Restaurateur Goes Back To The Kitchen

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

Pino Luongo of Il Cantinori fame has settled into a neighborhood Italian spot on the U.E.S. Upper East Side Pino Luongo has found his happy place. And so, it seems, have many residents of Sutton Place. The 61-year-old restaurateur, who at one point owned 16 Italian eateries across the country, including Le Madri in Chelsea [&hellip
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A Home for Controversial Art

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

An exhibition of teenage artists includes previously censored work Lower East Side When South Carolina teenager Gracie Holtzclaw created a black and red linocut print for her art class, the piece was selected for a recent county-wide art show. Two days before the opening, she found out her print was banned from the exhibit. Titled [&hellip
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The Other Shakespeare in the Park

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

Hudson Warehouse prepares for their 2014 summer season of free plays in Riverside Park Upper West Side Nicholas Martin-Smith has a penchant for blood-soaked battles, graphic throat-slitting and slow, lingering deaths. Luckily, the founder and producing artistic director of Upper West Side theater company Hudson Warehouse has had ample opportunities to produce bloody death scenes. [&hellip
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A New Place for Paintings

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

Local non-profits give art a permanent home at the Stanley Isaacs Center Yorkville Some of New York City’s most famed cultural institutions call the Upper East Side home, with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the National Academy peppering Museum Mile along Fifth Avenue. The Frick Collection, the Whitney Museum and a [&hellip
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Walk on the Wild Side

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

Art exhibit raises awareness about endangered species Central Park Australian artist Ruth Marshall can blame her interest in animals on her day job. In 1995, she started working at the Bronx Zoo as an exhibit sculptor, where she painted murals, built faux rocks and crafted rubber vines. A graduate of the Pratt Institute’s Master of [&hellip
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In His Prime

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

Kosher restaurant owner and butcher carries on family business Financial District In 2000, 12-year-old Albert Allaham emigrated from his native Syria to New York City to live with his brother in Brooklyn, leaving not only his parents and remaining siblings behind, but his legacy as well. For four generations, Allaham’s family worked as butchers in [&hellip
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These Walls Can Talk

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

  Current exhibits explore NYC streets’ past and present Last November, one of New York’s most iconic art exhibits was unceremoniously whitewashed. Outdoor art space 5Pointz, a destination in Long Island City where graffiti writers from all over the world came to leave their mark, was covered over with white paint last November at the [&hellip
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