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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The Sixth Borough

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

For free-thinking farmers, a Mecca Swoope, Virginia is not on the way anywhere. Was it lunacy to tack three hours’ driving and an extra day onto our already rather irresponsible road trip to an ultimate Frisbee tournament south of the Mason-Dixon, when both Husband Joe and I had work deadlines looming? But of course. I [&hellip
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A Small Bookstore With a Big Heart

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

President of Logos Bookstore tells the story of one of the last remaining independent bookstores in Manhattan Upper East Side Residents of the Upper East Side have a bookstore they can call home. One where its president, Harris Healy, actually knows “quite a few” of them by name. The cozy feel of Logos Bookstore is complete [&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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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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A New Novelist ‘Having So Much Fun’ This Summer

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

Author Courtney Maum on Tompkins Square Park, Benedict Cumberbatch, and celebrity book reviews East Village This summer is looking especially bright for Courtney Maum. After 10 years of being on the New York City writing scene, her debut novel, “I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You,” is being released on June 10th. Set [&hellip
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From Performance Art To Circle Time

Written by Mary Newman on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown

The Blue School, founded by members of the intentionally strange Blue Man Group, plans to apply its educational approach to middle schoolers Financial District Over 20 years ago, three friends pooled their distinct forms of creative expression to form what would become one of the largest theater groups in the country, with permanent shows in [&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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