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A new production showed how classical music can bring together a musician and a cleaning lady🎻
06/25/2019
“Bach and Bleach”

A new production showed how classical music can bring together a musician and a cleaning lady🎻

For the average person, classical music can appear inaccessible. Even for someone who loves hearing classical music in films or listening to it at home, the concert hall and its stuffiness can be intimidating. People often decide to just stay at home instead of exploring the unfamiliarity of the cla...

Award-winning poets, poetry lovers and actor Bill Murray gather to celebrate New York City and the work of Poet’s House ...
06/24/2019
Walt Whitman would be pleased

Award-winning poets, poetry lovers and actor Bill Murray gather to celebrate New York City and the work of Poet’s House 📝

Due to unfortunate weather circumstances, the Poet’s House 24th annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge featured a lot less walking than usual, but still treated guests to a wealth of powerful, New York-inspired poetry on Monday, June 10. The Poetry Walk is an annual benefit for the non-prof...

In the fall of 1975, Bob Dylan launched The Rolling Thunder Revue and took one of the biggest musical risks of his six-d...
06/21/2019
Why Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Gamble Paid Off

In the fall of 1975, Bob Dylan launched The Rolling Thunder Revue and took one of the biggest musical risks of his six-decade musical career 🎶

In the fall of 1975, Bob Dylan launched The Rolling Thunder Revue and took one of the biggest musical risks of his six-decade musical career. It was a resounding success. The six-week tour of New England and other locales has been captured in a new documentary from Netflix entitled “Rolling Thunde...

You have a few decisions to make before the weekend commences : 1. Grab the last tickets to #PourTour and start summer r...
06/20/2019

You have a few decisions to make before the weekend commences : 1. Grab the last tickets to #PourTour and start summer right🍻 or 2. Spend a beautiful Saturday at home 😓 the choice is yours! Go grab those tickets - there are only a few left!
It's FINALLY going to be a beautiful day with no rain!🌞🤗
pour-tour.com

The iconic NYC grocer takes the next logical step and offers classes for food lovers 👩‍🍳
06/20/2019
Fairway launches a cooking school

The iconic NYC grocer takes the next logical step and offers classes for food lovers 👩‍🍳

With the June 15 opening of The Cooking Place, Upper West Siders can now hone their culinary skills at their neighborhood grocer, Fairway Market. The West Side institution is offering over 100 classes designed by Chef Laura Licona, accessible to both experienced and novice cooks. “At The Cooking P...

This year’s spring exhibition at The Costume Institute, a multimedia experience, traces the origins of the aesthetic sty...
06/19/2019
The word is “Camp”

This year’s spring exhibition at The Costume Institute, a multimedia experience, traces the origins of the aesthetic style and its impact on fashion and more 👗

Who knew the term had so many meanings and layers? The first section of this ambitious show is devoted solely to contextualizing and defining the elusive word — “camp” as a verb, an adjective, a noun — with a soundtrack featuring Judy Garland singing camp anthem, “Over the Rainbow.” Susa...

A day in the sun with the longest-running softball team in Central Park ⚾
06/18/2019
Morty’s game never ends

A day in the sun with the longest-running softball team in Central Park ⚾

By Meredith KurzNew York was founded in 1624 and about 60 years later Madison Square Park became public and about 160 years after that, baseball was born, in that park, in New York City. Sure, you’ve heard Cooperstown, but I’m sorry. The Knickerbocker Rules? From the Knickerbocker Club right her...

An Upper East Side organization helps Medicaid-eligible women have healthy pregnancies and become self-sufficient 🍼
06/17/2019
A boost for new mothers

An Upper East Side organization helps Medicaid-eligible women have healthy pregnancies and become self-sufficient 🍼

by emily higginbotham When Zaiane Alawade found out she was pregnant following her freshman year at Fisk University, she resolved to continue on with her education and raise her child. After completing one more semester of courses in Nashville, the Harlem native moved back to New York and gave birth...

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month 💜
06/14/2019
Caring to Remember

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month 💜

A fundraiser that The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter held in partnership with the commercial real estate community on June 5 kicked off Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, which will continue throughout June. Six prominent New York City buildings, including One World Trade Cen...

The Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village attracts New Yorkers and tourists alike 📸
06/14/2019
The place where Pride began

The Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village attracts New Yorkers and tourists alike 📸

LGBT Pride Month is in full swing in New York City, with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising adding extra interest and excitement to the month’s celebrations. In addition to the annual LGBT Pride March on Sunday June 30, events will include a rally to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising,...

06/14/2019
Westtown Brew Works

What a way to spend a sunny afternoon! Beautiful Hudson Valley views from your table while sipping on your flight of craft beer 🍺 Westtown Brew Works
Join us on dirt magazine's Pour Tour on June 22nd from 12-5 P.M. Let's have some fun!

Seats are limited - Get your tickets now at: pour-tour.com

Cheers!🍻

dirt magazine's Pour Tour is in 9 DAYS! On June 22nd from 12-5pm, we will be boarding the Pour Tour Bus to go to 6 desti...
06/13/2019

dirt magazine's Pour Tour is in 9 DAYS! On June 22nd from 12-5pm, we will be boarding the Pour Tour Bus to go to 6 destinations: 2 Breweries🍺, 2 Distilleries🥃, & 2 Wineries🍷 While we drive you to all the locations, you will also see the gorgeous Hudson Valley views.
✨Other than the transportation, we are also providing vegan empanadas, samples from each location, and a signature dirt drinking cup!

Applewood Winery Glenmere Brewing Co. Orange County Distillery Westtown Brew Works Pennings Farm Cidery Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery

Get your tickets now - space is very limited:
pour-tour.com

Cheers!🍻

A grassroots campaign to fight the spending reductions reveals New Yorkers love for their “de facto community centers” 📚
06/13/2019
Funding cuts loom for NYC libraries

A grassroots campaign to fight the spending reductions reveals New Yorkers love for their “de facto community centers” 📚

On a muggy June afternoon, the Columbus Library on Tenth Avenue at West 51st Street is a calm, cool refuge from the noisy streets outside. Vanessa Watson, an office associate, has worked at this branch for longer than she wants to say. She has watched the community transform as more families with ch...

A new monument in the Village will pay tribute to Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera 🌆
06/12/2019
Honoring transgender activists

A new monument in the Village will pay tribute to Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera 🌆

A monument recognizing two transgender activists will soon be not only the first of its kind in the city, but in the world. On May 30, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray announced the next She Built NYC monument will honor pioneering transgender activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvi...

On a holiday weekend, friends and family turned out in force for the birthday of an art dealer and political activist 🎉
06/10/2019
Alex Rosenberg, the 100-year-old man

On a holiday weekend, friends and family turned out in force for the birthday of an art dealer and political activist 🎉

A lot can happen in a century and what Alex Rosenberg has accomplished so far in this one precious lifetime was celebrated on May 25, exactly 100 years from his birth in 1919.The rare occasion of a 100th birthday filled the West Side’s Stephen Wise Free Synagogue where Rosenberg was a bar mitzvah ...

Heartfelt thanks to Michael Kearney, who was a veritable lifeline for this apartment house for 22 years. 🎉
06/10/2019
Doormen: apartment house lifelines

Heartfelt thanks to Michael Kearney, who was a veritable lifeline for this apartment house for 22 years. 🎉

Heartfelt thanks to Michael Kearney, who was a veritable lifeline for this apartment house for 22 years. As a doorman, he not only did the myriad required doorman duties, but became an invaluable friend, especially, but not only, for those who became disabled or home bound. Thankfully, Michael is no...

A photographer captures stunning images that she hopes will raise awareness of the feathered creatures who share the cit...
06/07/2019
“Birds are everywhere”

A photographer captures stunning images that she hopes will raise awareness of the feathered creatures who share the city with us 🐥

Shayna Marchese is an art director by day, and a bird photographer, graphic artist and birder on weekends. Her work can be found in the National Audubon Society’s “Great Backyard Bird Count,” the Instagram “Audubon Takeover,” the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, on her new websi...

A photographer captures stunning images that she hopes will raise awareness of the feathered creatures who share the cit...
06/07/2019
“Birds are everywhere”

A photographer captures stunning images that she hopes will raise awareness of the feathered creatures who share the city with us 🐥

Shayna Marchese is an art director by day, and a bird photographer, graphic artist and birder on weekends. Her work can be found in the National Audubon Society’s “Great Backyard Bird Count,” the Instagram “Audubon Takeover,” the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, on her new websi...

Council strengthens earlier City Planning Commission proposal to address so-called zoning loophole 🌆
06/06/2019
City cracks down on building voids

Council strengthens earlier City Planning Commission proposal to address so-called zoning loophole 🌆

By Michael GarofaloThe City Council last week voted by a 47-1 margin to enact a long-awaited zoning change that will place new limits on the use of mechanical voids — a controversial development practice which some builders have utilized to inflate tower heights through the use of largely empty sp...

Students say arts have been put on the back burner at ‘Fame’ school 🎨
06/05/2019
Protests rock LaGuardia HS

Students say arts have been put on the back burner at ‘Fame’ school 🎨

By Michael GarofaloDozens of LaGuardia High School students, parents and alumni gathered outside the elite Upper West Side public school June 3 to protest what they characterize as a shift in focus away from the performing arts education at the core of the school’s mission.Holding hand-drawn signs...

The Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Jets to their lone Super Bowl win 50 years ago is still much loved by fans, and...
06/03/2019
Joe Namath: the heart of a champion

The Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Jets to their lone Super Bowl win 50 years ago is still much loved by fans, and with good reason 🏈

Joe Namath is still a champion.And he doesn’t need to make good on a guarantee or flash his ring from Super Bowl III to prove it.Even though Namath played his last game as a New York Jet quarterback in 1976, he clearly has still got “it” in this town. Call it star power. Or charisma. Or duende...

A pair of shoes is a basic part of everyday life: to traverse concrete and asphalt, New Yorkers need them to get from A ...
05/31/2019
Of soles and soul

A pair of shoes is a basic part of everyday life: to traverse concrete and asphalt, New Yorkers need them to get from A to B. 👞

A pair of shoes is a basic part of everyday life: to traverse concrete and asphalt, New Yorkers need them to get from A to B. Shoes, of course, can mean more than just protection for your feet. They can give you the confidence to step into that big job interview, walk down the aisle at your wedding....

Dancing girls — Who would think that Domino’s Pizza’s footprint would be filled — or followed — by dancing girls?❓
05/30/2019
A mystery on Third Avenue

Dancing girls — Who would think that Domino’s Pizza’s footprint would be filled — or followed — by dancing girls?❓

Dancing girls — Who would think that Domino’s Pizza’s footprint would be filled — or followed — by dancing girls? Could happen, if you believe the rumor and trust your seeing eyes. At least a year ago, maybe more, the Domino’s Pizza located on Third Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets v...

Historic sites project highlights key NYC landmarks for activism and culture 📰
05/29/2019
Mapping LGBT history

Historic sites project highlights key NYC landmarks for activism and culture 📰

As New York City prepares to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising this June, one group is seeking to bring attention to the often underappreciated past of the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community through a focus on historic landmarks.The NYC LGBT Historic S...

"First, hear this, I mean, please, hear this.."🚲💐  Bette Dewing expresses her thoughts over the spike in cyclist and ped...
05/28/2019
Not so fast on the safe streets advisers

"First, hear this, I mean, please, hear this.."🚲💐 Bette Dewing expresses her thoughts over the spike in cyclist and pedestrian deaths this year.

First, hear this, I mean, please, hear this — no one is more troubled than this long-time traffic safety advocate to learn from this paper’s story “Council To Move on Vision Zero’s Checklist Bill” (May 16-22 ) that pedestrian and cyclist deaths have spiked this year. But should the bicycle...

A decade into their second century sharing Italian culture and cuisine with New Yorkers, the Di Palos are opening a new ...
05/27/2019
Little Italy’s first family of food

A decade into their second century sharing Italian culture and cuisine with New Yorkers, the Di Palos are opening a new market, conceived as a complete experience 🍝

The Di Palo family has been serving freshly made Italian cheeses in New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood since 1910, when Savino Di Palo, who emigrated from Southern Italy seven years earlier, opened his first store. In 1925, Savino’s daughter, Concetta Di Palo, opened the second store, whi...

The New York Public Library sometimes doubles as a movie theater🎥MoMA The Museum of Modern Art NYPL The New York Public ...
05/27/2019
Movies

The New York Public Library sometimes doubles as a movie theater🎥
MoMA The Museum of Modern Art NYPL The New York Public Library Film at Lincoln Center IFC Center

MoMA’s Moments“Abel Ferrara Unrated” film retrospectiveThrough May 31Adult film admission: $12moma.org/calendar/film/5065Bronx-born film talent Abel Ferrara found fame with flicks like “King of New York” and “Bad Lieutenant,” but this Museum of Modern Art retrosp

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is known for feeding New Yorkers in need🤗Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) Riverside Park (Man...
05/26/2019
Volunteer

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is known for feeding New Yorkers in need🤗
Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) Riverside Park (Manhattan) Food Bank For New York City Unitarian Church of All Souls Monday Night Hospitality Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen NYC Service

An Instinct for AnimalsAnimal Care Centers of NYCManhattan: 326 East 110th Street, between First and Second Avenuesnycacc.org/get-involved/volunteerNo room for a pet in the apartment? Animal lovers who can’t adopt — and even those who have — can carve out time to help the city’s always overw...

Chita Rivera is returning to Feinstein’s/54 Below🎙🎵The Metropolitan Opera Chita Rivera at Feinstein's/54 Below Feinstein...
05/26/2019
Music

Chita Rivera is returning to Feinstein’s/54 Below🎙🎵
The Metropolitan Opera Chita Rivera at Feinstein's/54 Below Feinstein’s/54 Below Gay Center Lower Manhattan Cultural Council City Parks Foundation

Opera OutdoorsMetropolitan Opera Summer Recital SeriesJune 10, 2019 at 8 p.m. FreeSummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfieldcityparksfoundation.org/events/the-metropolitan-opera-summer-recital-series-10/?date=20190610

President Theodore Roosevelt's home makes for a great day trip!🏡Hudson River Museum Old Orchard Museum Sagamore Hill Nat...
05/25/2019
Day Trips

President Theodore Roosevelt's home makes for a great day trip!🏡
Hudson River Museum Old Orchard Museum Sagamore Hill National Historic Site Hornblower & Company Hudson Yards New York

River ViewHudson River Museum511 Warburton AvenueYonkers, NYAdult tickets: $7hrm.orgOn its website, the Hudson River Museum insists it's the only museum in Westchester County “that offers art, science and history.” That mix makes for a compelling day trip, especially since the Hudson

Central to Our Summer - Free Shakespeare in the Park🤩💃🕺Delacorte Theater Broadhurst Theatre Alvin Ailey American Dance T...
05/25/2019
Theater and Dance

Central to Our Summer - Free Shakespeare in the Park🤩💃🕺
Delacorte Theater Broadhurst Theatre Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater David H Koch Theater at Lincoln Center

Central to Our SummerFree Shakespeare in the ParkDelacorte Theatre, Central ParkFreepublictheater.org/Programs--Events/Shakespeare-in-the-ParkWhat would summer in the city be without Shakespeare in the Park? Here’s hoping we never find out. Instead, appreciate that Tony-Awa

Kids learn about water — and get up close — at a summertime exhibit. 🏊‍♀️ Children's Museum of Manhattan
05/24/2019
Kids

Kids learn about water — and get up close — at a summertime exhibit. 🏊‍♀️ Children's Museum of Manhattan

Get Wet“Dynamic H20” ExhibitChildren’s Museum of Manhattan212 West 83rd StreetThrough September, weather permittingChildren and adults: $14cmom.orgThe museum’s water exhibit makes its seasonal return. The Children’s

More than 500 demonstrators gathered in downtown Manhattan to oppose anti-abortion legislation passed in other states 🗳
05/24/2019
Hundreds protest abortion laws

More than 500 demonstrators gathered in downtown Manhattan to oppose anti-abortion legislation passed in other states 🗳

Hundreds of people gathered in Foley Square on Tuesday evening to protest the restrictive abortion legislation enacted in Alabama and other states in the South and Midwest. The rally, organized by the New York City chapter of Planned Parenthood, included keynote speakers such as New York City Comptr...

What’s so funny about a dark, dystopian future? Ask the woman who created a musical parody of “The Handmaid’s Tale” 🎭
05/23/2019
“It was all a bit of a crazy idea’

What’s so funny about a dark, dystopian future? Ask the woman who created a musical parody of “The Handmaid’s Tale” 🎭

Samantha Stevens moved to New York from London in 2016 to continue her acting career and soon established herself here in the theater scene. She trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and eventually came up with an idea for a show — a musical parody of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Th...

This year, the annual exhibition at the Whitney blends the voices and visions of 75 artists in a show that takes the tem...
05/23/2019
Vital signs

This year, the annual exhibition at the Whitney blends the voices and visions of 75 artists in a show that takes the temperature of a country in turmoil 🎨

The 2019 Whitney Biennial is beautiful. It’s not the most provocative, radical, assertive, or declarative Biennial in memory, but it’s stunning. It’s got an open, airy feel, and is filled with vibrant, compelling works that invite the viewer into conversations without imposing themselves. That...

A company’s plans to develop a contaminated site near two schools and the South Street Seaport meet fierce resistance at...
05/22/2019
“poison parking lot” protest

A company’s plans to develop a contaminated site near two schools and the South Street Seaport meet fierce resistance at rally 🌾

A coalition of parents, activists and residents rallied together Thursday at the South Street Seaport to protest Howard Hughes Corp. over its plans to break ground on the site of a former thermometer factory, running the risk of exposing the community and school children to mercury.The site, a parki...

The housing development, known as Haven Green, would be a seven-story building with 123 units of affordable housing for ...
05/21/2019
Council debates future of community garden

The housing development, known as Haven Green, would be a seven-story building with 123 units of affordable housing for seniors, 30 percent of which would be allocated to formerly homeless seniors.🏙

The latest chapter in the battle over the future of Elizabeth Street Garden was waged in the City Council chambers last week. Legislators heard testimony that pitted advocates of a plan to build an affordable housing complex for seniors at the site against residents seeking to preserve the small par...

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