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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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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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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