Belting it Out for an Audience

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

New play staged in East Village karaoke bar East Village For director Kathryn Hamilton, the sight of words lighting up on a karaoke screen with a buoyant dot jumping from one word to the next is “one of the most melancholy things in the world.” “I don’t know why,” said Hamilton. “Maybe it’s the absence [&hellip
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Pratt Student’s Designs in the Spotlight

Written by Catherine Ellsberg on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

A graduate student at the Pratt Institute won a design competition to sell his notebooks in Barnes & Noble When Ben Tuber, now a graduate student at the Pratt Institute, was an undergrad at the University of Chicago, he wasn’t exactly planning a future in design. Immersed in the relatively esoteric world of ancient Greek [&hellip
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A New Barre for New York City

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Meegan Gregg, director of operations for fitness studio Barre3 West Village, gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the studio’s launch A new exercise studio that just opened in the West Village is hoping that New Yorkers’ quest for that perfect workout will end at the ballet barre. Barre3 gives workout classes that tone and shape [&hellip
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Music Keeps Them Young

Written by Mesfin Fekadu on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

90-year-old musicians played a concert at Baruch College A recent concert at Baruch College had nothing to do with students. The performers are in their 90s, and one is even older than the school founded in 1919. Pianist and composer Irving Fields, who turned 99 last week, performed a show Monday night dubbed “90 and [&hellip
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Back To School Bites

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

When it comes to packing lunches and after school snacks for your little ones, it’s easy to get into a rut. But by making a few delicious and convenient choices in the grocery store, you can break away from the same old sandwich routine and serve up nibbles and noshes your kids will love. Whether [&hellip
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School Is Back. Where Does Yours Rank?

Written by Our Town on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Special Sections

Like everything else in New York, education is something of a competitive sport. What are the best high schools and how do you get into them? Where do you need to live if you want to give your kid a decent kindergarten? How do you tell one private school from another? What about schools for [&hellip
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Editor’s Note

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

Public school or private? This elementary school or that one? Arts or science focus, charter or not? When did the process of getting into school become as tough as the subjects taught inside it? While this education guide isn’t big enough to answer all those questions — we’d need an encyclopedia for that — we [&hellip
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The Top 20 Public High Schools

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

In many ways, by the time your kid has made it to high school in New York, the hard part is done. Gone are the debates over which neighborhood you should live in or how you’re zoned. By high school, it pretty much comes down to the application. NYC high schools aren’t zoned by neighborhood. [&hellip
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