A Home for Controversial Art

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

An exhibition of teenage artists includes previously censored work Lower East Side When South Carolina teenager Gracie Holtzclaw created a black and red linocut print for her art class, the piece was selected for a recent county-wide art show. Two days before the opening, she found out her print was banned from the exhibit. Titled [&hellip
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Finally, the Farmer’s Market

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

After suffering through a monotonous winter, it’s time to rejoice in the variety of local green-markets If you are a loyal local food eater like me, you carried the flag all winter long. Carrots, parsnips, potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes and beets all share that glorious characteristic of being good storage veggies. They formed [&hellip
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From Shakespeare to Steinbeck

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

Actor Ron Cephas Jones on his Upper West Side neighborhood, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Richard III Although he has been on the New York theater scene for quite some time, Ron Cephas Jones never had a major role on Broadway until now. It was worth the wait. In “Of Mice and Men,” he brings the [&hellip
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The Little Library That Could

Written by Philippe Theise on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown

A specially-designed bench houses a community treasure of free books Lower East Side First, the children in Two Bridges Neighborhood Council’s afterschool program talked about the meaning of the library. Some drew it from memory, while others followed descriptions or outlined their own versions. On another day, they sanded it and wiped it clean. Finally, [&hellip
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Downtown Favorite Parm to Open on U.W.S.

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

The trio behind the classic Italian spot is bringing their red sauce fare to the neighborhood Upper West Side Parm, an Italian-American “soul food” hotspot beloved by diners and critics alike, is slated to open on Columbus Avenue and 70th Street by the end of the summer. The original restaurant, helmed by Rich Torrisi, Jeff [&hellip
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A Walk on the Park

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

The new executive director of Friends of the High Line talks teen horticulture, the intersection of theater and parks, and pie in the sky ideas Chelsea Jenny Gersten has perfected the walk-and-talk meeting. As the recently-installed executive director of Friends of the High Line, the non-profit conservancy group that runs the 1.45-mile long elevated park [&hellip
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Popular Online Donut Shop Holey Donuts! Opens a Brick-and-Mortar

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

West Village Holey Donuts!, a ten-year-old donut company started by Frank Dilullo, went the opposite route of most traditional businesses: after a decade of online success shipping its frozen treats across the country, Holey Donuts! has taken up shop in a corner storefront on Seventh Avenue South. These aren’t just any old donuts, though: they’re [&hellip
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