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Devising a Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Written by Helaina Hovitz on . Posted in News Our Town

The East Midtown Partnership is creating a team challenge event to connect residents with local businesses and raise money for charity East Midtown Anyone up for this challenge? Raise money for the homeless, unite lawyers with locals, and support small businesses all in one afternoon. The East Midtown Partnership definitely is — in fact, they [&hellip
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Dining in the Lighting District

Written by Helaina Hovitz on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining Our Town Downtown, Dining West Side Spirit, News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

The Randolph reinvents itself amidst a string of retail lighting stores Lower East Side What the Randolph lacks in prime real estate, it makes up for in soul. Located off of the Bowery in the heart of the Lighting District, the Randolph at Broome (349) is primarily a craft beer and coffee outpost, and Randolph [&hellip
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Broadway Vet Leads the Next Generation

Written by Helaina Hovitz on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Rema Webb uses her own Broadway experience to teach young singers and dancers When she’s not performing in Violet at the Roundabout Theater, 16-year Broadway veteran and Upper West Sider Rema Webb teaches little ones how it’s done. Her performing arts training program, On Broadway, goes beyond vocal training and dance, covering everything from auditioning, [&hellip
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Have your pasta – and eat it, too

Written by Helaina Hovitz on . Posted in Eat & Drink, Our Town

Cookbook author Layne Lieberman dished out samples, recipes and tips on how to eat indulgently while staying healthy at an Upper East Side event Healthy Eating At age nine, Layne Lieberman was told she had high cholesterol. Because her family wasn’t exactly accommodating of her needs, she had to learn to navigate the world of [&hellip
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West Side Community Rallies to Help Toddler with Cancer

Written by Helaina Hovitz on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

On World Cancer Day, the story of one beloved Upper West Side family who faced their daughter’s leukemia with help from their community Two-year-old Leah Golkin is advanced for her age. She knows her ABCs, her shapes, and her colors, all of which she learned while in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy. Leah, who also has [&hellip
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Murray’s Goes All In

Written by Helaina Hovitz on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

The venerable Village shop has heeded the call of cheese-lovers and opened an outpost that serves dinner Ever since Murray’s Cheese opened The Cheese Bar two doors down Bleeker Street in 2012, the restaurant has seen a steady flow of cheese lovers looking to share decadent fondues and some of the best wine and cheese [&hellip
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Taking on Terrorists, Through Opera

Written by Helaina Hovitz on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Writing the libretto for the opera about the Pakistani girl who stood up for her rights Susan Yankowitz is an award-winning playwright and novelist whose work encompasses a wide variety of genres and styles. This week, her opera about the life of Mukhtar Mai, a Pakistani girl who defied tribal leaders to take legal action [&hellip
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Bringing Italy Home to the Village

Written by Helaina Hovitz on . Posted in Dining Our Town Downtown

West Village resident Massimo Galeano injects true Italian spirit into his restaurant Gradisca If you don’t feel like cooking this Christmas Eve, there’s a new way to celebrate old world Italian-style. Gradisca (126 West 13th Street) is going back to its roots with a seven-course fish dinner this December 24, a culinary feat that new [&hellip
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Helping Revive A Forgotten Block

Written by Helaina Hovitz on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

A strip that once saw only low-end retail is experiencing a culinary renaissance Opening a trendy, Lower East Side-style eatery on the nearly deserted West 8th Street was a bold move. Over the past two years, the block’s many hat shops, shoe stores, and smoke shops have shuttered their doors for good, leaving still-vacant retail space behind. [&hellip
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