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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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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