Book Culture looks To The Future

Written by West Side Spirit on . Posted in Arts West Side Spirit

What’s next for the independent bookstore By Adelle Brodbeck Upper West Side Book Culture has had quite the summer. With wage disputes and union votes, a thick line was drawn between the store’s owners and workers. As fall begins, the line has thinned and the bookstore is aiming to resurface bigger and better. In late [&hellip
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The Actor, in the Church, with the Fundraising Basket

Written by Oliver Morrison on . Posted in Arts West Side Spirit

A landmarked church on Central Park West is hosting a dinner-theater production of “Clue” to raise money for a new roof Upper West Side A man recently knocked on the newly refurbished, ornate wooden doors at the 4th Universalist Society church on Central Park West, and was met by a small huddle which included a [&hellip
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Changing with the seasons at the Cloisters

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

Autumn at the Met’s ever-evolving northern outpost Nothing escapes the march of history, not even The Cloisters, New York’s beloved, magical oasis of art and nature. Though time seems to stand still at the Upper Manhattan branch of the Metropolitan Museum, The Cloisters is very much in the moment. This is particularly clear as the [&hellip
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Sixth Borough: The Noah’s Ark of U-Hauls

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

We’re moving. Not far – 10 miles. We’re leaving our quaintly dilapidated cottage on the 48-acre farm that we co-own, for a place of our own: a sturdy, handsome log cabin on 6.6 acres that back up to a mountain. Our mountain hideaway, we’ve started calling it, even though it’s not yet officially ours. The [&hellip
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From Facts to Mystery on the Page

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

Journalist, writing teacher and crime novelist Charles Salzberg on his latest detective tale As a writer born and raised in New York City, Charles Salzberg has done it all, from working in the mailroom of New York magazine to teaching the author of The Devil Wears Prada. A journalist turned crime novelist, Salzberg employs his [&hellip
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A Private School Expands Its Unique Community

Written by West Side Spirit on . Posted in Arts West Side Spirit

The IDEAL School, founded by moms of kids with Down’s syndrome, adds a high school By Lamar Salter The school bell at the IDEAL School is unusual. Instead of a constant buzzing, alerting the end of class, there’s a relaxing instrumental that plays in preparation, sort of like the music you would hear on an [&hellip
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OP-ED: A Hope For Success At A Forgotten West Side School

Written by West Side Spirit on . Posted in Arts West Side Spirit

By Dax-Devlon Ross People are often confused when we tell them where our new partner school, P.S. 145, is located. The school is nestled in the tree and townhouse-lined Upper West Side, just 10 blocks from Columbia University, one of the greatest centers of learning, culture, and wealth in the country. In stark contrast to [&hellip
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Viewpoint – Go Ahead: Blame The Bicycles

Written by Kyle Pope on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Who’s right: the pedestrians or the bicylists? In the wake of a recent death in Central Park, the result of a collision between a walker and a cyclist, the question has centered on who is responsible for preventing such accidents. The answer isn’t even close. Last month, I’m proud to say, I ran my fifth [&hellip
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Celebrating Two Lesser-Knowns of Expressionism

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

The Jewish Museum celebrates their “synergy” with a new show This fall, the Jewish Museum casts a spotlight on Lee Krasner (1908-1984) and Norman Lewis (1909-1979), two lesser-known artists from the abstract expressionist period, in an exquisite show of some 40 works that runs until February 1, 2015. Titled “From the Margins: Lee Krasner/Norman Lewis, [&hellip
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