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Our Town Downtown We cover news, events, people and places in Downtown Manhattan neighborhoods. If it's happening south of 23rd Street, we're on it.
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Our Town Downtown (OTDowntown) is a newspaper for New Yorkers living, working or playing below 23rd Street.

Come springtime, New York City will have another professional sports team to call its own when Sky Blue FC moves to Red ...
01/17/2020
Welcome Home, Sky Blue FC

Come springtime, New York City will have another professional sports team to call its own when Sky Blue FC moves to Red Bull Arena for their 2020 season

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Come springtime, New York City will have another professional sports team to call its own. After years of playing at Rutgers University, Sky Blue FC, ...

Before lion and dragon dances fill the streets of Chinatown on February 8 and 9, check out some of the city's extraordin...
01/16/2020
Celebrate the Year of the Rat

Before lion and dragon dances fill the streets of Chinatown on February 8 and 9, check out some of the city's extraordinary and unexpected offerings.

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Lunar New Year celebrations fill the city with vibrant colors, flavors, and lots of sounds. January 25 rings in the Year of the Rat. According to the ...

“The future of the borough is on the line in 2021,” Council Member Mark Levine said in an interview with Our Town after ...
01/15/2020
Levine Launches Run for Borough President

“The future of the borough is on the line in 2021,” Council Member Mark Levine said in an interview with Our Town after launching his campaign for Manhattan borough president.

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Council Member Mark Levine announced his candidacy to become the next Manhattan borough president last week, touting a record of fighting for affordab...

A homeless encampment on a busy corner challenges the idea that the city’s streets are for everyone.http://ow.ly/W7nS50x...
01/14/2020
In the Shadow of the Ansonia

A homeless encampment on a busy corner challenges the idea that the city’s streets are for everyone.

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Below the surface of the Great City a delicate and generally tolerable balance of rules and laws and social norms allows us all to coexist. But now an...

Anti-Semitic attacks over the holidays drew tens of thousands to a rally -- and spurred calls for greater protection.htt...
01/08/2020
Taking Action Against Hate

Anti-Semitic attacks over the holidays drew tens of thousands to a rally -- and spurred calls for greater protection.

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“No Hate. No Fear.” “#JewishANDProud.” “America 2020 Not Germany 1933.” The signs were everywhere on a cold, clear day in Lower Manhattan. After a ser...

In the 2020 bail reform law's first few days, police and political officials worry it will mean an increase in crime -- ...
01/07/2020
Blowback to Bail Reform

In the 2020 bail reform law's first few days, police and political officials worry it will mean an increase in crime -- and even Gov. Cuomo said there are "changes that have to be made."

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The new year has ushered in the end of cash bail for many nonviolent defendants in New York, which advocates say will also end the practice of jailing...

2019 was an extraordinary year for art in New York. Our critic Mary Gregory @MGregoryWriter highlights the 10 best exhib...
12/31/2019
City Arts: The Best of 2019

2019 was an extraordinary year for art in New York. Our critic Mary Gregory @MGregoryWriter highlights the 10 best exhibitions.

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A New MoMA The renovation at the Museum of Modern Art did more than open new spaces. It opened perspectives, understanding and conversations. The phys...

How a countertenor, composer and conceptual curator born in China found his artistic identity in New York:http://ow.ly/H...
12/27/2019
A Musical Wild Card

How a countertenor, composer and conceptual curator born in China found his artistic identity in New York:

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Ju-eh is a true 21st century artist. As an operatic countertenor, composer and overall conceptual curator, he has written operas, performed music, and...

It's one of the city's most interesting and quirky jobs. @DougFeiden talks to new Manhattan Borough Historian Robert W. ...
12/24/2019
Meet Your Manhattan Historian

It's one of the city's most interesting and quirky jobs. @DougFeiden talks to new Manhattan Borough Historian Robert W. Snyder about his favorite neighborhood, street corner, subway and historical period.

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His first vivid memory of Manhattan came as a three-year-old in the late 1950s when he visited the city from suburban New Jersey with his family and e...

They’re young and they’re eager to serve. How two political neophytes from Manhattan became candidates for elected offic...
12/23/2019
Gen Z on the Ballot

They’re young and they’re eager to serve. How two political neophytes from Manhattan became candidates for elected office.
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From Alexandria Ocasio Cortez to Julia Salazar, New Yorkers have followed the national trend of voting young people into office. But as New York Count...

Goddard Riverside’s newest program helps lift young adults out of poverty
07/09/2019
Learning to work

Goddard Riverside’s newest program helps lift young adults out of poverty

Our country is built on immigrants driven to improve family chances, lives and legacy. My father’s 1930’s high school diploma is three times the size of today’s and is embellished with broad calligraphy. Completing 12th grade in Illinois farm country was rare. My grandfather had a fourth grade...

On the twentieth anniversary of his death, a look at 10 books about a New York and American icon
07/09/2019
Remembering JFK Jr.

On the twentieth anniversary of his death, a look at 10 books about a New York and American icon

I did not know John F. Kennedy, Jr., but he was one of those high-profile New Yorkers who I had happily in my orbit purely by happenstance.In the early 90s, I lived on the Upper West Side. Many a morning when I walked from The Ansonia to my midtown ad agency, I would spy him in a suit coming out of....

Thoughts?🤔
07/05/2019
Supreme court gets census question right

Thoughts?🤔

This week, the Supreme Court issued a decision blocking the Trump administration’s controversial move to add an untested and unprecedented citizenship question to the 2020 census. The court rightly rejected the administration’s preposterous assertion that the question will help the federal gover...

It is not a stretch to call The Weekly, the new television series from The New York Times, the most important show about...
07/04/2019
The Weekly: must-see tv from the NY Times

It is not a stretch to call The Weekly, the new television series from The New York Times, the most important show about the craft of journalism since 60 Minutes came along in 1968

It is not a stretch to call The Weekly, the new television series from The New York Times, the most important show about the craft of journalism since 60 Minutes came along in 1968.Since its debut on June 2, The Weekly has lifted the veil on how The Times’ investigative journalists pursue the trut...

We love it, we hate it, we can’t live without it. Here’s the latest about the system we all depend on🚉
07/03/2019
Subways: An undergroud update

We love it, we hate it, we can’t live without it. Here’s the latest about the system we all depend on🚉

It’s raining hard and you race down the slippery sidewalk and into the subway — only to find it’s pouring down there, too, through cracks and gaping holes in the ceiling.It’s the dog days of summer and you head into the subway in search of an air-conditioned car. Just your luck, the temperat...

“Take care of yourself first and foremost. The world will survive without this one column.”
07/02/2019
Concerned words help the healing

“Take care of yourself first and foremost. The world will survive without this one column.”

Doorman Jose told me not to write this column because I’d taken a spill from a chair and hurt my right knee. “Take care of yourself first and foremost,” he said, “the world will survive without this one column.”But concerned words like Jose’s do help the healing, and so I feel compelled ...

Hot weather and dehydration can pose a real threat to these vital organs
07/01/2019
Healthy kidneys, all summer long

Hot weather and dehydration can pose a real threat to these vital organs

Sunburn and sunstroke are often what people fear when a heat wave is coming. But when the temperatures soar, so does the risk for your kidneys. Recurrent heat exposure and inadequate hydration strains the kidneys, especially if there’s a pre-existing kidney condition. And frequent dehydration, eve...

Actor Alec Baldwin moderates panel on the future of Greenwich Village as the neighborhood continues to face gentrificati...
06/27/2019
“Whither the Village?”

Actor Alec Baldwin moderates panel on the future of Greenwich Village as the neighborhood continues to face gentrification

Greenwich Village has long been celebrated as a hub of New York City arts, culture and activism. Home to the Stonewall Inn, the neighborhood has played a large role in the fight for the rights of LGBTQ+ people. It is also the place where many musicians, writers and other artists got their start, goi...

A local photographer captured a microcosm of Greenwich Village gay life in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s🌈
06/26/2019
Once upon a time in New York

A local photographer captured a microcosm of Greenwich Village gay life in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s🌈

I was a “Village kid” growing up, it was my neighborhood. I started photographing there when I was 12. I was 13 when the Stonewall riots happened. After college I worked a summer at a downtown newspaper. Fred W. McDarrah, the legendary Village Voice photo editor and photographer, called me one d...

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!🌞🤗
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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

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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...

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Love and Terror in the Middle East, 4th Ed., by Frank Romano Sat., June 9, 2 pm, Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, New York, NY Love and Terror in the Middle East, 4th Ed. dramatically captures the author’s efforts to promote understanding and cooperation between Jews, Muslims and Christians. He has been harassed/arrested by the Palestinian police, harassed/arrested by Israeli soldiers and attacked by Israeli settlers. This Fourth Edition includes a new chapter. It recounts a recent harrowing experience in the West Bank, trapped in the midst of rioting Palestinians following the killing of a Palestinian youth by Israeli soldiers. View and listen to TV and radio interviews, access the following press kit: www.frankromano-loveandterror4.com Romano is a tenured professor at the University of Paris and a member of the California and Marseille Bar. He was born in Eugene, raised in Oregon and California. See contact info below. [email protected] Tel: 512-438-9877
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