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Graffiti Carpet Ride

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

Carpet-maker Joseph Carini weaves street art into floor art Tribeca Joseph Carini deals in luxury. His company, Carini Lang, produces custom, hand-crafted carpets that can sell for well into five figures. But he has always paid attention to what happens at street level. “I always noticed graffiti,” said Carini, a native New Yorker. “It was [&hellip
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Voodoo Magic

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

Local musician fuses Haitian voodoo with jazz   Jazz saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart always had a little voodoo in him. Growing up in the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, his mother, a writer, sang voodoo chants she learned from a Haitian friend. The music, Schwarz-Bart said, informed his mother’s strong sense of Caribbean identity. Still, it wasn’t [&hellip
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Shelter from the Storm

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

Umbrella share system on the horizon for NYC Financial District Few people look forward to getting caught in the rain, much less without an umbrella, and a new company banking on this aims to keep pedestrians dry and city streets clean and green. ‘brellaBox, a new umbrella share company slated to launch a three-week pilot [&hellip
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Taking on Anne Frank

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town

The St. Jean’s Players prepare to stage a classic Upper East Side In New York City, theater aficionados never want for options, and many Broadway shows pack Hollywood star power. But about 30 blocks north of Theater Row, a longstanding community theater takes on a well-known story. The St. Jean’s Players, the oldest continuing community [&hellip
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Family Portrait Artist

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

Wendy Shalen’s newest show incorporates several generations of her family as its subjects Soho About a year ago, artist Wendy Shalen visited her elderly mother at her home in Bridgeport, Conn., and began drawing a portrait of her in silver-point, a type of sterling silver pencil that tarnishes and turns brown on paper over time. [&hellip
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Debutante Debut

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

A coming of age tale gets the theatrical treatment   Upper West Side Playwright Ryann Weir and director Annie Tippe have an obsession with powerful women and female ensemble casts. Now their obsession takes center stage. Their original play “DEBUTANTE.” debuts on April 23 at Goddard Riverside Community Center’s Bernie Wohl Center, thanks in part [&hellip
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Musical Spotlight on Mental Illness

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

Committed: The Musical explores the fictional world of a late-1980s psychiatric ward Upper West Side After the success of her recent parody musical, “50 Shades of Fucked Up,” writer, director and choreographer Tricia Brouk started writing what she thought was another comedy, settling on a psychiatric ward for the setting. But as she researched mental [&hellip
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Young Dancers Take Over 92Y

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

Teenage choreographers strut their stuff in weekend-long showcase Upper East Side The 92nd Street Y has long played host to some of the most celebrated contemporary dancers, companies and choreographers, including Alvin Ailey’s, Merce Cunningham’s, and Robert Joffrey’s companies. Some of New York City’s talented teenage choreographers can add their names to this impressive list. [&hellip
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Love Letter to Downtown Letters Rature

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

New York writers celebrate downtown’s literary legacy at second-annual lit fest Soho A few years ago, Amor Towles, a longtime Bowery resident and author of the novel “Rules of Civility,” noticed that downtown Manhattan, for all its cultural offerings, lacked a dedicated literary festival. “Downtown New York has been an important literary and cultural center [&hellip
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