Searching for Names and Finding A World

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

A reporter delves into newly-available resources for searching for clues to ancestry Union Square Inside the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History on 16th Street, an orderly calm masks the intensity of personal discovery. Visitors use desktop computers to access databases of family names and places of origin, and [&hellip
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Music in Motion

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

Paul Morin takes gallery visitors on a trip through time with music and sound Upper East Side Artist Paul Morin finds inspiration in everyday elements that some might walk right by, or, in the case of his latest exhibition, walk into. The 31-year-old composer, painter and pianist often fuses music with visual art, and his [&hellip
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Strokes of Genius at the American Folk Art Museum

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

A selection of works from the collection is now on view Lincoln Square Walk through the modest gallery space housing this exhibit, Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum (through August 17, 2014), and you’ll be surprised at the richness and variety of the works on display—and the sheer number, some 100 in [&hellip
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A Scoop of History on the Lower East Side

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

Bestselling author Susan Jane Gilman on Frank McCourt, Italian immigrants, and the Upper West Side Susan Jane Gilman has skillfully combined ice cream, New York, and history all into one novel. In “The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street,” readers follow a young Russian immigrant who moves to the Lower East Side with her family, [&hellip
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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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