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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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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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Hudson Eats Opens in Battery Park City

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

30,000 square-foot dining hall offers 14 different options Battery Park City Hudson Eats, an upscale food court located in the new Brookfield Place development on Vesey Street in Battery Park City, opened June 3, bringing 14 food vendors into one 30,000 square-foot room with a view. The dining hall can seat up to 600, with [&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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