The Top 20 Public High Schools

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In many ways, by the time your kid has made it to high school in New York, the hard part is done. Gone are the debates over which neighborhood you should live in or how you’re zoned. By high school, it pretty much comes down to the application. NYC high schools aren’t zoned by neighborhood. [&hellip
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Back to School, Not Just For Kids

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In New York, the options for learning are endless, even after you’ve aged out of traditional schools. For those who want to change careers or bolster their resumes without undertaking a full-time degree program, the city’s many prestigious universities offer an array of options. Often, these adult education offerings reflect the changing job market and [&hellip
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Tapping Out The Hidden Psyche Of The City

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

  A public art project offers up typewriters for the masses Governor’s Island The note was anonymous. Typed in lowercase on a scrap piece of lined notebook paper, it was addressed to ‘dearest matthew.’ “i have had a wonderful day with you,” the note read, and continued: “what if i hate your friends” Nicholas Adamski [&hellip
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A Frozen Feast

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 store brings gourmet frozen cuisine to the neighborhood It’s 9:30 p.m. on a Thursday, after a late day at the office, and I’m sitting down to a three-course dinner that begins with a hot bowl of velouté and a crusty roll, and will end just 30 minutes later with airy chocolate soufflé. No cab [&hellip
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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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