Teenage Scenes

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

Photography contest encourages students to shoot photos — without a cell phone The Instagram hashtag #nyc has more than 21.5 million posts and features a range of subjects, from the Statue of Liberty to street buskers to piping hot bowls of ramen, all designed for tagging, liking and social media sharing. But a local business [&hellip
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Recipes for Better Lives

Written by Liz Neumark on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

At the West Side Campaign Against Hunger, unemployed aspiring food service workers learn culinary skills that help them forge new careers Dreams of food find expression in many ways. Some are driven to a career in the food world by thoughts of entrepreneurship, culinary passion or Food Network fame, while others see the entry level [&hellip
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A Voice that Heals

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

Subway accident survivor Renee Katz turns her experience into art Renee Katz does not just want to be known for the accident that changed her life, and captured the attention of the entire city when she was only 17. A promising flutist at the High School of Music & Art during the crime-ridden 70s, she [&hellip
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Showcasing the Artistry of Sports

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

Art dealer Neil Scherer on his gallery of sports memorabilia in the style of an art show Midtown East Neil Scherer grew up loving sports. He still remembers going to a football game with his father and watching the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants 72-41, as well as countless Yankee Stadium visits. The [&hellip
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In the Kitchen, Out on the Town

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

Executive chef Ben Lee on training in Italy, his Insalata di Stagione, and the Ramen at Ippudo Amidst the cherry tomatoes and Kirby cucumbers at the Union Square Greenmarket, you can find Ben Lee hand-picking produce to add to his summer menu at A Voce Madison. As the executive chef at the restaurant since July [&hellip
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Painting the Town, One Landmark At A Time

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

The Society of Illustrators celebrates the 50th anniversary of NYC’s Landmarks Law with a summer show Tucked away on an exclusive block in the East 60s, off Lexington Avenue and across the street from J. Pocker, a bespoke frame shop and neighborhood institution, is the Society of Illustrators, founded more than 100 years ago and [&hellip
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Paying a Premium for the Corner Table

Written by Gabrielle Alfiero 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

New apps hope to transform the way we make dinner reservations – but not all are on board Margaret Walker loves French food and impeccable service. The psychotherapist, Midtown East resident and self-professed Manhattan foodie has dined at some of the hottest—and priciest—restaurants in the city, including Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park and Upper East [&hellip
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Making a Difference One Song at a Time

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

A young producer speaks about her worthwhile work At just 23 years old, Tiffany Schleigh has found a job that influences countless lives. She’s combined her love of theater with charity and the result is benefitting young people all over the nation. The show she produces, “Cabaret for a Cause,” enlists children- singers from Broadway [&hellip
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Elaine Stritch mourned as a feisty, funny broad

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The actress spent many years living at the Carlyle Hotel and was an integral piece of the New York show business scene Elaine Stritch was more than a Broadway actress. She was a New York institution, strolling around in a fur coat, pork pie hat or oversized sunglasses. She often wore shorts and ties, or [&hellip
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A Kid Walks Into a Comedy Club

Written by Alejandro Menjivar on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Kids took to the microphone to display their joke-telling acumen at Gotham Comedy Club Chelsea The children were nervous, fidgeting with their hands and sliding their feet. This was the first time performing in front of a crowd for many them. In this red-walled, dimly lit room, the stage was bright. With lights and smiles [&hellip
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