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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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Not Your Grandma’s Easter Celebration

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

Haunted House creators reinvent an Easter carnival Lower East Side Easter is not a holiday typically associated with burlesque shows, dunk tanks and live DJs, but that’s exactly what visitors to Full Bunny Contact can expect. Developed by the creators of the annual Nightmare Haunted House, Full Bunny Contact is a four-day Easter extravaganza fashioned [&hellip
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Losing Sight, but Holding on to Memories

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

Seniors A writing program, often in braille, for the visually impaired During a recent class in a basement art studio at Visions at Selis Manor, a center for the visually impaired, playwright Barbara Cassidy asked her six writing students—all women—to make a list of items they would put in a memory box, and write a [&hellip
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Family Fun at Film Forum

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

Movies Long-standing movie theater kicks off fifth season of children’s programming Soho When a longtime financial supporter of nonprofit movie house Film Forum expressed concern about the city’s lack of movie programming for children, Karen Cooper, director of the Houston Street cinema, approached Bruce Goldstein, Film Forum’s director of repertory programming, about putting together a [&hellip
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Gallery Hopping on Orchard Street

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

Art galleries can be intimidating. Here, a guide to the Lower East Side for the uninitiated.   An ever-growing cluster of art galleries dominates the Lower East Side. But navigating a scene that can appear at once vast and exclusive can be daunting. But the artists represented in these mostly small galleries—some no larger than [&hellip
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The Art of Palestine

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero on . Posted in Arts Our Town

U.E.S. woman brings political interests to the Whitebox gallery In 1986, around the time the Dead Sea Scrolls came to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mary Evangelista, a curator and New York-based art critic, traveled to Israel, bringing back the work of 67 Israeli artists to exhibit in New York City galleries. Sixteen years later, [&hellip
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Solo from the Soul

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

A transplant from California brings her paintings to the Riverside library Upper West Side About 25 years ago, painter Pauline Yun left her native Los Angeles for New York, taking memories of California sunshine, sandy beaches and optimism along with her for artistic inspiration. “I was attracted to New York because I thought I could [&hellip
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These Streets Were Made for Talking

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

A program helps takes the emotional temperature of the city’s neighborhoods A new research project from Microsoft Research Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs is giving New York City’s neighborhoods a voice. HereHere NYC (herehere.co) displays the daily emotional temperatures of 42 neighborhoods on an interactive map. Led by Microsoft senior researcher Kati London, the project, [&hellip
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Happy Birthday, Punk!

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

NYU celebrates punk’s 40th birthday with new video installation, panel conversation with punk pioneers West Village In 1980, a nightclub called Danceteria hired two video artists—and former public access television employees—to build a video installation at the music and dance mega-club on 37th Street. The artists, Emily Armstrong and Pat Ivers, converted the third floor [&hellip
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