50 Years of Fine French Dining

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Manhattan institution Le Perigord celebrates a half-century in business East Side In a city where restaurants can open and close within a matter of months, longevity is impressive, and 50 years of longevity is a reason to celebrate. Le Perigord, a traditional French restaurant on the East Side, is toasting its golden anniversary this year. [&hellip
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Behind the Music That Changed the World

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

Joe Cecala on Bob Dylan, the Marines Corps, and growing up on Avenue B Although it seems like the music of the Village during the ‘60s has been revisited many times before, the documentary “Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation” goes where no other filmmakers have gone in capturing that crucial piece of history. [&hellip
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When a polar bear is just a polar bear

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An enchanting exhibit by school kids at the Met By Joseph Smith I wish more New Yorkers were aware of a show as intriguing, unusual, and beautiful as P. S. Art 2014, on view at the Metropolitan Museum through August 24. This annual show represents artists in the New York City public schools, pre-K through [&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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The Music’s Changing

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

Upper West Side musician talks shop Upper West Side Gregory Singer talks with his hands, which is perhaps unsurprising given his profession. As a conductor, composer, and classically trained violinist, Singer heads up the Manhattan Symphonie, a little-known orchestra he started that holds mostly benefit concerts for different causes around the city and around the [&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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The Cronuts in Our Midst

Written by Lorraine Duffy Merkl on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Our Town

Sweet-tooth alternatives that don’t require a subway ride I’ve never had a Cronut and probably never will, unless someone ventures down to Soho’s Dominique Ansel Bakery for me, stands on line for two hours, then brings it back — along with a coffee: milk, no sugar — to East 86th Street. Volunteers? I understand that [&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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The Future is Now

Written by Mary Gregory on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Our Town

A sweeping exhibition of Italian Futurism at the Guggenheim Upper East Side Just about a hundred years ago, at the birth of Modernism, artists like Picasso, Braque and Matisse were just starting to become accepted. Post-Impressionism, Cubism and Fauvism, while still on a tentative footing with the general public, had already become accepted and eagerly [&hellip
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