100 Portraits of 100 Women

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

 Photographer Ben Baker is on a mission to capture female beauty from ages 1 to 100 Ten years ago, portrait photographer Ben Baker was working on an assignment with Marie Claire magazine called ‘American Beauty.’ Partnering with the magazine, he set up a portable photo booth in Washington Square Park hoping to photograph and capture [&hellip
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Guilt-Free Fish

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

New York City celebrates sustainable seafood Upper East Side Beginning on Tuesday, a group of local fishermen, restaurant chefs and organizations around the city have gathered to discuss the peril that faces our oceans: a fast-dwindling supply of seafood. This week marks New York’s second annual Sustainable Seafood Week. Due to overfishing, the destruction of [&hellip
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Turning Trash Into Public Art

Written by Omar Crespo on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown

A design studio is collecting thousands of used plastic cups to create a large-scale installation on Governor’s Island this summer Governor’s Island Ever wondered if those 750 solo cups you brought in a pack from Costco for $2 would be used after that one party? Well, wonder no more. CDR Studio, a downtown design company, [&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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A Manhattan home for Sweden’s National Treasure

Written by Val Castronovo on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown

The National Academy Museum hosts a major retrospective of the artist’s work He may not be a household name today, but Anders Zorn (1860-1920), the Swedish painter, was a rock star with an international reputation during his lifetime. He rivaled John Singer Sargent on these shores for prestigious portrait commissions and limned three Presidents—Grover Cleveland, [&hellip
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Back to the Tavern

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth 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

Central Park’s famous eatery reopens with a new and welcome twist Upper West Side Four years ago, Tavern on the Green closed its beloved doors and the city proceeded to smash it to bits. Last Thursday, the dust finally settled on the extensive, $28 million renovation, revealing a refreshing update on a modern classic. On [&hellip
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From Palo Alto to the East Village

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

Q&A Actor Nat Wolff on Washington Square Park, not having a driver’s license, and playing a blind cancer survivor Nat Wolff is sought after in Hollywood, but still remains loyal to his New York City roots. Having grown up near Washington Square Park, he appreciates the tight-knit neighborhoods that make up the city. “In a [&hellip
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Family Portrait Artist

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

Wendy Shalen’s newest show incorporates several generations of her family as its subjects Soho About a year ago, artist Wendy Shalen visited her elderly mother at her home in Bridgeport, Conn., and began drawing a portrait of her in silver-point, a type of sterling silver pencil that tarnishes and turns brown on paper over time. [&hellip
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