Dirt Under the Nail Salon

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit

A report by the Public Advocate’s office found that many of the city’s nail salons don’t adhere to state safety guidelines By Nicole Del Mauro & Daniel Fitzsimmons Upper East Side On a recent Sunday afternoon at Issa Nails Salon on Lexington Avenue between 61st and 62nd streets, three manicurists dutifully shape and file their [&hellip
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A Century Later, Mac Conner Has His Moment

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

Museum of the City of New York plays host through mid-January Mac Conner is not a household name. Even Guest Curator Terrence Brown, former long-time director of the Society of Illustrators, “didn’t know the name.” But Conner (born in 1913) helped define the look of postwar America in scads of illustrations for mass-market magazines and [&hellip
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Twelfth Night

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

Photographer seeks one last night with long-lost love One of photographer Florence Montmare’s most important relationships ended in 2002, when she broke up with a man she shared an apartment with, a man she thought she’d be with forever. Now, more than a decade later, she’s inviting him to share a bed with her, one [&hellip
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OP-ED: The Bonds of Community

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Arts Our Town

Some pictures are indeed worth a thousand words, in general, but also for those whose hearing is failing or gone (another story). And the unspeakable tragedy of 9/11 does bring people together in the same neighborhood who might otherwise be strangers. And it did again at this 12th annual remembrance gathering around a designated 9/11 [&hellip
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The Psychoanalyst Behind a Novel

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

Author with a background rooted in psychology tells stories that captivate diverse audiences Lisa Gornick has taken her degree in psychology and combined it with her love for writing. What results is a thoughtful second novel, “Tinderbox,” in which she explores themes of family, culture, and violence, skillfully intertwining them with Jewish history. Due to [&hellip
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The Sixth Borough: Losing Pixy

Written by Becca Tucker on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

When I got home from work and her mop-topped silhouette wasn’t quivering in the screen door, I knew Pixy was gone. If there’s anything worse than losing your dog, it has to be losing someone else’s. We had begged for my uncle’s cockapoo to come stay on the farm. My uncle’s girlfriend said sure, Pixy [&hellip
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