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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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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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