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The local paper for the Upper er East Side SUMMER GUIDE 2014 INSIDE

WEEK OF JUNE

5 2014

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ASPHALT GREEN TO WELCOME NEW DIRECTOR NEWS After 20 years, Carol Tweedy is retiring as the community organization’s executive director BY MEGAN BUNGEROTH

YORKVILLE Asphalt Green, the notfor-profit community organization headquartered on York Avenue and East 90th Street, will be welcoming a new executive director this month. After serving as the executive director of Asphalt Green for the past two decades, Carol Tweedy will be stepping down, and Maggy Siegel will be replacing her on July 1. Tweedy has seen the organization through massive changes, and said that she’s most proud of the culture of excellence she’s worked hard to establish. “I have always felt it to be an honor to be entrusted with the role of executive director,” she said. “The board is incredible – sophisticated, committed, appropriately demanding. I served for 20 years at their pleasure.” Tweedy also said that the greatest rewards of her work came from small moments with kids and parents who used Asphalt Green’s facilities and programs. She remembered a time when a parent told her that since his son joined their basketball league, the two had something new to talk about together. At a swimming event, an 8-year-old boy grabbed Tweedy by the leg and exclaimed, “This is the best day of my whole life!” Another proud moment came when 17-year-old swimmer Lia Neal won a bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in 2012 in the 4x100 freestyle relay. Neal trained at Asphalt Green on the swim team, and Tweedy said that her victory in the Olympics also fulfilled a long-held dream for the organization. “When you run an organization, you CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

HOMOGENIZED: TRACKING THE CITY’S YOGURT TAKEOVER

In Brief DE BLASIO FAMILY MOVES TO GRACIE MANSION Six months after Bill de Blasio took the oath of office as mayor, he and his family are finally making their big move to the Upper East Side. First Lady Chirlane McCray was posting updates to her #FLONYC blog on Monday, announcing that “today marks a very important day for our family—the move to Gracie Mansion has begun!” She also posted photos of some of the family’s most prized posessions making the trip, including a rocking chair given to the couple by the mayor’s mother, Maria Wilhelm, when daughter Chiara was born, and a sewing table from McCray’s mother. It was not immediately clear when the first family will be officially residing full-time at the mayoral digs, but a press release said that public tours of Gracie Mansion will be temporarily suspended until September, when the family is “settled in.”

VISION ZERO BILLS PASS COUNCIL

SAVING SMALL BUSINESS Tumblr site tallies the FroYo spread BY DANIEL FITZSIMMONS

He prefers to keep his name a mystery, but the man (it’s a he, that much we can say) behind the Tumblr blog “Now It’s A F**cking FroYo Place,” which documents New York retail spaces that have been turned into frozen yogurt shops, says he actually has nothing against frozen yogurt.

“It was just so frustrating to see small businesses disappear, replaced by a flash-in-the-pan trend,” he said. “It’s really just a perfect symbol of the kind of trendy, ultimately useless businesses that take over the kind of unique shops that used to symbolize a neighborhood.” Small businesses in New York, and particularly in Manhattan, are under siege from upward-spiraling rents and high-end retailers that are willing to pay them. Co-op buildings are now allowed by law to earn more of their revenue off of their groundfloor retail tenants, whereas prior to 2007, they could only make 20 per-

cent of revenue from such tenants, with the remaining 80 percent coming from co-op owners. As leases from 2007 are now expiring, many small businesses are being forced to close or move out of neighborhoods that they’ve called home for decades. We talked to the man behind the site about his motivation for starting the blog, and whether he thinks it will make a difference.

Why did you start “Now It’s A F**king FroYo Place”? I’ve been noticing this kind of

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The city council passed a package of 11 traffic safety bills last week, including what’s come to be known as “Cooper’s Law,” after 9-year-old Cooper Stock, who was struck by a taxi and killed on the Upper West Side early this year. The bills, all of which Mayor de Blasio is expected to sign into law, were part of the city’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate pedestrian traffic deaths. New safety measures covered in the bills include the implementation of seven “slow zones” of 20 mph, banning dangerous vehicle stunts like wheelies, and imposing harsher penalties on drivers who injure pedestrians or cyclists. “They will protect families and make our neighborhoods safer,” de Blasio said.


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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS CHECK NEW BIKE SHARE PROGRAM has been expanding exponentially ever HITS STREETS since. Andrey Batey, a marketer for The Daily News reported that there is a new, alternative bike-share program in town.Spinlister is a peer-to-peer bike rental company that differs greatly from the popular Citi Bike. Spinlister offers renters the ability to choose the type of bicycle they want and to set their own prices. Additionally, the bikes are available in all parts of NYC, including north of 62nd Street where Citi Bike does not reach, along with a free app that lets renters know where bicycles are available for rent. Launched in 2012 by two college students, the business

Spinlister based in Santa Monica, told the Daily News that the company hopes to have a million rental bikes available worldwide by mid-2015. Daily News

PROPER GOODBYE FOR HOMELESS MAN An Upper East Side woman gave a homeless man a proper funeral, reported DNAinfo.com. Juanita Vega saw Richard Coleman every day for eleven years; she developed a friendship with him and would even wake him A new bike sharing program called Spinlister makes rental bikes available anywhere.

up every morning on her way to work. Saddened by his death, and aware of Coleman having no next of kin, Vega did not like the idea of her friend being buried in the city’s public cemetery in Potter’s Field on Hart Island, where prison labor is often used to bury the dead. Instead, Vega paid $2,000 for Coleman to be buried at Rosemount Memorial Park in New Jersey. “I know about Potter’s Field and I didn’t want him to end up there,” Vega told the news website. “He was a nice person. He didn’t deserve that.” DNAinfo.com

spaces. However, NYC’s median park size of 1.1 acres is comparatively small to the ParkScore average of 6 acres, which the trust says is a big reason why the city fell to second place.In a statement following the score, Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver stated that he and Mayor Bill de Blasio look forward to further improving New York’s parks. AM New York

NYC HAS SECOND-BEST PARK SYSTEM

CUNY’s new chancellor, James Milliken, is set to live in an $18,000/ month Upper East Side apartment being paid for by the public university, reported the New York Post. Many former chancellors lived in an East 79th Street residence that was recently sold for $3.7 million, a sum which is purportedly being used to pay for Milliken’s new home, whose location has not been disclosed. Milliken will also be receiving more perks than his predecessor, Matthew Goldstein, such as a salary raise and the use of a car and driver. Michael Arena, a CUNY spokesman, insisted that the amount of taxpayer dollars used to fund the new chancellor’s living accommodations came to over $70,000 less than the previous year. New York Post

New York City has the nation’s second-best park system, AM New York reported. According to a report card released last week by the Trust for Public Land, the city scored 4.5 out of 5 on the trust’s ParkScore Index, second only to Minneapolis, MN. Three factors determine park scores: what percentage of residents live within a 10-minute walk of a half-mile of a park, per capita park spending and the city’s median park size. In the first two categories, the city did well with 97 percent of residents living within a 10-minute walk from a park and $170 per capita being spent on green

CUNY CHANCELLOR TO LIVE IN PRICEY U.E.S. RENTAL

RESERVOIR PATH GETTING UPGRADE The Central Park Conservancy has announced that the track surrounding the reservoir will be upgraded this summer, West Side Rag reported. To facilitate the upgrades, which include re-surfacing of the track and repairs to improve drainage, runner will be diverted to an alternate route on the bridle path next to the reservoir. The repairs will correct what the conservancy says is normal wear and tear on the crushed stone path. According to the conservancy’s website, “the track was last repaired in 1999. Since then, the impact of millions of visitors has caused the track to erode in various locations, leaving it rutted and uneven. Rainwater regularly pools on the track, exacerbating the damage. As part of the project, the track will be repaved to address surface conditions and drainage, and the crew responsible for maintaining the track will be expanded to sustain the improvements. Renovation work will occur in sections to cause as little disruption to visitor activity as possible. Runners will be diverted to the nearby bridle path, the surface of which has been prepared in anticipation of the increase in use.” The repairs will cost an estimated $3 million.

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CRIME WATCH BY JERRY DANZIG LONE STAR LARCENY

iPhone valued at $500.

is still being investigated.

Fraudulent charges turned up on a man’s credit card account. At 3 PM on Sunday, May 25, a 45-year-old man residing in the Upper East Side discovered that fraudulent charges had been made to his Visa card at a Home Depot store in Texas that he hadn’t patronized. Three separate transactions appeared on his account, totaling $16,400. Police said an investigation is ongoing.

GRANDCHILD GRIFTER

CON-TEMPTIBLE

An area senior became the latest victim of the notorious Green Dot scam. Sometime between 10 and 11 AM on Monday, May 19, an 89-yearold man received a phone call from someone claiming to be his grandchild. The caller claimed to be in distress and in immediate need of funds in the form of Green Dot MoneyPaks valued at $5,000. Police said the incident

An elderly woman was taken in a lottery con. On Tuesday, March 11, a 75-year-old woman living on the Upper East Side received word that she had won a Mega Million lottery. There was just one catch: she needed to wire $50,000 to an address in Florida to claim her prize money. She wired the money and of course never received any prize.

TEXTTOOK Someone snatched a man’s cell phone. At 2:15 PM on Tuesday, May 27, a 26-year-old man was walking along East 93rd Street and texting on his cell phone, when an unknown perpetrator grabbed his cell and ran away. The victim’s sister attempted to track the stolen cell, but her effort was unsuccessful. The stolen phone was an

Mistrial in Crane Collapse Case

19TH PRECINCT Report covering the week 5/19/2014 through 5/25/2014 Week to Date

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You Never Forget Who You Grew Up With. The rough touch of tree bark, the scent of freshly mowed grass, the gentle hum of pollinating bees as a flower blossoms — green spaces touch lives and all five senses. Green spaces are a vital part of growing up — they enhance lives, make memories and connect people with their neighborhoods and communities. Be a part of preserving and enhancing green spaces where we live, work and play. To volunteer, to learn how to help your community and to donate, visit ProjectEverGreen.org or call toll-free (877) 758-4835.

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On the sixth anniversary of a deadly construction crane collapse on the Upper East Side, two slain workers’ families watched Friday as a judge declared a mistrial in a wrongful-death case, saying it couldn’t proceed with the crane owner hospitalized. He’d been injured in a car crash his lawyers disclosed only after the trial opened.Crane operator Donald C. Leo and Ramadan Kurtaj, a sewer worker and immigrant from Peja, Kosovo, were killed when a 200-foot crane snapped apart on First Avenue and East 91st Street on May 30, 2008. Their families are suing various companies and agencies but largely blame Lomma. They say he got an inexpensive repair to an important crane component that failed and caused the collapse. Lomma’s lawyers have said others were at fault. He was acquitted of all charges in a 2012 criminal trial. Photo by B.L. Ochman via Flickr

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Useful Contacts POLICE NYPD 19th Precinct

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 153 E. 67th St.

212-452-0600

FDNY 22 Ladder Co 13

159 E. 85th St.

311

FDNY Engine 39/Ladder 16

157 E. 67th St.

311

FDNY Engine 53/Ladder 43

1836 2nd Ave.

311

FDNY Engine 44

221 E. 75th St

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CITY COUNCIL Councilmember Daniel Garodnick

211 E. 43rd St. #1205

212-818-0580

Councilmember Ben Kallos

244 E. 93rd St.

212-860-1950

STATE LEGISLATORS State Sen. Jose M. Serrano

157 E. 104 St.

212-828-5829

State Senator Liz Krueger

1850 2nd Ave.

212-490-9535

Assembly Member Dan Quart

360 E. 57th St.

212-605-0937

Assembly Member Micah Kellner

1365 1st Ave.

212-860-4906

COMMUNITY BOARD 8

505 Park Ave. #620

212-758-4340

LIBRARIES Yorkville

222 E. 79th St.

212-744-5824

96th Street

112 E. 96th St.

212-289-0908

67th Street

328 E. 67th St.

Webster Library

1465 York Avenue

212-288-5049

Lenox Hill

100 E. 77th St.

212-434-2000

NY-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell

525 E. 68th St.

212-746-5454

Mount Sinai

E. 99th St. & Madison Ave.

212-241-6500

NYU Langone

550 1st Ave.

212-263-7300

CON EDISON

4 Irving Place

212-460-4600

212-734-1717

HOSPITALS

POST OFFICES US Post Office

1283 1st Ave.

212-517-8361

US Post Office

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Carol Tweedy, left, with her replacement at Asphalt Green, Maggy Siegel

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Our Town’s East Midtown TRIVIA

CHALLENGE

As part of the Great East Midtown Challenge on June 11, Our Town will be holding a trivia contest! We’ll pose a question that can be answered by looking elsewhere in this week’s paper. Find all the answers and you’ll have a leg up on the other teams in next month’s challenge.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Name the French fashion designer who is the subject of a new documentary at the French Institute? Look in this space next week for answers. Answer to last week’s question: The Carter Burden Center For more info on the challenge, go to http://eastmidtown.org/challenge

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articulate dreams, you have to do that in order to have vision for the organization,” Tweedy said. “Our swim team was the jewel in the crown. [Our dream was that] someday a member of the swim team who was on scholarship and a child of color would stand on the blocks and win a medal in the Olympics.” Another memorable moment for Tweedy was a less happy time, when she was recently arrested at a protest against the city’s construction of the Marine Transfer Station next door to Asphalt Green. Her successor will take her place on the front lines of the continued battle against the trash facility. “My greatest challenges are in preserving the quality of the properties and maintaining the Asphalt Green experience while studying and developing future growth opportunities,” said Siegel in an email. “This, of course, in respect of the immediate challenge Asphalt Green faces – getting the City of New York to address the serious concerns around the health, safety and traffic risks created by the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station.” Siegel comes to the job from a background in luxury retail as well as non-profit work. She previously worked with companies including Dylan’s Candy Bar, Chanel USA, Coach and Tiffany & Co. before serving as acting CEO of CancerCare. “My experience has been in delivering a great user experience with exceptional customer service,” Siegel said of her background. “I’m thrilled to be joining an organization with such high standards and I’m sure I will be utilizing both of my for-profit and notfor-profit background as executive director.” Tweedy said that she and Siegel will have the opportunity to work together for several weeks to transition her into the new position, which also includes heading Asphalt Green’s second campus in Battery Park City, which opened last year.


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Neighborhood Scrapbook ARTIFACTS MURAL AT CARTER BURDEN The Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Program unveiled a new mural of photographed objects from the lives of seniors at the program. Photographed objects include a Buttery McQueen doll from the movie “Gone with the Windâ€? that belonged to a client’s mother; a tool kit left to a client by his late father; a doll one client received as a six-year-old and has treasured as a keepsake for nearly 60 years. The project is now on permanent display at the center, located on E. 109th St, between First and Second avenues.

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“THE PERFECT FATHER’S DAY GIFT” DRAW YOUR DAD FOR FATHER’S DAY JUNE 15, 2014 Draw a picture of Dad, scan it (or send it to us)

Out & About 7 HUNTER COLLEGE WRITERS’ CONFERENCE

and then order a mug or luggage tag with your child’s drawing on it. All kids drawings will appear on our website as they are received. Just go to ourtownny.com Click on Fun & Games

6 LYNN CHADWICK, “RETROSPECTIVES”

Then order Dad’s portrait on a mug, totebag etc. DO NOT USE PENCIL Use bold and bright colored pens, markers, crayons, etc. Light color and pencils will not reproduce on our website or newspapers.

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The Carlyle Hotel, Second Floor, 981 Madison Avenue 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Free The largest ever survey of Lynn Chadwick’s work, with three concurrent exhibitions of his work in London, Berlin and New York. The shows will explore the sculptor’s 50-year career, with each offering a distinct curatorial focus as envisioned by the exhibition designer Bill Katz. blaindidonna.com

DEGENERATE ART: THE ATTACK ON MODERN ART IN NAZI GERMANY, 1937 Neue Galerie New York, 1048 Fifth Avenue 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $20/$10 students & seniors This will be the first major U.S. museum exhibition devoted to the infamous display of modern art by the Nazis since the 1991 presentation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The term “degenerate” was adopted by the National Socialist regime as part of its campaign against modern art. Many works branded as such by the Nazis were seized from museums and private collections. Following the showing on these works in a three-year traveling exhibition that criss-crossed Germany and Austria, most were sold, lost, or presumed destroyed. neuegalerie.org

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Hunter College, 68th St and Lexington Ave. 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; $245 The Writers’ Conference at Hunter College is widely considered one of the finest fiction and non-fiction conferences. The 2014 Hunter College Writers’ Conference and Intensives will be held from June 4 to June 7 at Hunter College in New York City. The program includes intensive workshops in Memoir, taught by Malachy McCourt, and Fiction, taught by Kitty Pilgrim. Conference panelists include Barbara Goldsmith, Mario Buatta, Debbie Applegate, Chris Grabenstein, Kitty Pilgrim, Malachy McCourt, Daphne Merkin, Richard Peck, and Dan Greenburg. James McBride, winner of the New York Times National Book Award, and Nicholson Baker will be the keynote speakers. The cost of the conference and intensive is $570 before May 25 and $630 thereafter. Reduced rates are available for conference-only and intensive-only registration. www.hunter.cuny.edu/ce

8 WHAT RESEARCH TEACHES US ABOUT FINDING LOVE 92Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St 7 p.m.; $20 Much of what we’re taught

about how to date is not only superficial and demeaning; it’s downright wrong! Ken Page, LCSW, shares exciting research findings from some of the most respected thinkers in the field of attraction—new ideas that might change the way you think about dating forever. The workshop ends with time for mingling and discussion. 92y.org

9 COMMUNITY BOARD 8 YOUTH AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE Hunter College, East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue 7 p.m.; Free The focus of YEL is to engage with the community regarding the quality, needs and accessibility of our public libraries, our youth and youth facilities and our schools. YEL works with youth, parents, concerned citizens, school and community-based organizations, governmental agencies, and to address the concerns and needs of young people. cb8m.com

THE ANXIOUS AGE: DAN HARRIS AND SCOTT STOSSEL WITH DR. GAIL SALTZ 92Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St 8 p.m.; $29 Join ABC’s Dan Harris and Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic, as they discuss how they’ve managed stress and anxiety; what works, what doesn’t and ways to cope in


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12 TALK & WINE TASTING: TASTY TERROIRS

the modern age. A selling and signing of My Age of Anxiety and 10% Happier will take place after the program. 92y.org

10 COMMUNITY BOARD 8 STREET LIFE COMMITTEE Marymount Manhattan College, 221 East 71st Street 7 p.m.; Free The community board’s street life committee considers applications for sidewalk and street fair permits. It also deals with any other residential or business issues related to street life and shared street space on the Upper East Side. cb8m.com

11 YVES SAINT LAURENT FILM SCREENING French Institute Alliance Française, Le Skyroom 22 East 60th Street 7:30 p.m.; Free Jalil Lespert, 2014. Color. 106 min. With Pierre Niney, Guillaume Gallienne, Charlotte Le Bon. In French with English subtitles. In January 1958, a 21-yearold Yves Saint Laurent (Pierre Niney) was unexpectedly called upon to run Christian Dior’s legendary Paris fashion house. All eyes turned to this young assistant as he presented his first collection for Dior and instantly ascended to the heights of haute couture’s elite class. At this groundbreaking show, Saint Laurent would also be introduced to Pierre Bergé (Guillaume Gallienne), patron of the arts, future love of his life, and lifelong business partner. Just three years after this fated encounter the pair would found the Yves Saint Laurent Company, now one of the biggest luxury powerhouses around the world. fiaf.org

French Institute Alliance Française, Le Skyroom 22 East 60th Street 7 p.m.; $250+ Discover how place influences taste during this wine and cheese pairing exploring the concept of terroirs. Tasting features a flight of six wines paired with delicious breads and a selection of cheese and charcuterie. Wine List: NV Chassenay d’Arce Cuvée Rosé Champagne Domaine Hubert Brochard Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Domaine Weinbach Cuvée Theo Gewurztraminer, 2012 Domaine de la Charmaie Nuits Saint George 1er Cru “Rue de Chaux”, 2004 Domaine La Bastide Exuberance Corbieres Rouge, 2010 Chateau Gaudin Pauillac, 2006 fiaf.org

DEAR NOBODY: THE TRUE DIARY OF MARY ROSE

MIDNIGHT IN EUROPE AUTHOR EVENT Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th Street at Lexington Ave. 7 p.m.; Free Alan Furst, who has been called the most talented espionage novelist of our generation, now gives us a taut, suspenseful, romantic novel of spies and secret operatives in Paris and New York, in Warsaw and Odessa, on the eve of WWII. barnesandnoble.com

The Original Teachings of

Theosophy as recorded by H.P. Blavatsky & William Q. Judge

Karma Karma is a beneficent law wholly merciful, relentlessly just, for true mercy is not favor but impartial justice. … Ceaseless in its operation, it bears alike upon planets, systems of planets, races, nations, families, and individuals. It is the twin doctrine to reincarnation. … No spot or being in the universe is exempt from the operation of Karma, but all are under its sway, punished for error by it yet beneficently led on, through discipline, rest, and reward, to the distant heights of perfection. - William Q. Judge

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THE GREAT EAST MIDTOWN CHALLENGE East Midtown Partnership, 875 Third Avenue, Mezzanine 6 p.m.; $50 per team the East Midtown Partnership will host the first “Great East Midtown Challenge,” an evening of fun, trivia, and interactive activities around the district for teams of between 2 and 5 people. As a Challenge participant, you’ll learn more about our community, meet your neighbors at a post-event reception... and have a great time while you’re at it! eastmidtown.org

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Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th Street at Lexington Ave. 7 p.m.; Free They say that high school is supposed to be the best time of your life, but what if that’s just not true? Fans of Go Ask Alice will devour Gillian McCain’s Dear Nobody, a real teen’s diary, so raw that its authenticity rings off every page. barnesandnoble.com

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< View from the bicycle I’m a bicyclist who sympathizes with pedestrians angry about bike lanes. Too many riders enter crowded crosswalks against the light,

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ride against traffic, and endanger pedestrians and motorists through carelessness. But the bike lanes aren’t the problem. The carelessness is, and it’s not exclusive to bicyclists. Every day I see pedestrians walk not only into bike lanes but into oncoming traffic without looking. Often they’re texting, but not always. I also see motorists turn without signaling, speed around corners, and make risky ma-

neuvers just to gain a few seconds. Many more people are hurt by cars than by bikes. (And that’s without factoring in the air pollution!) Please remember that bicycling, like walking, is a healthy, efficient, cost-saving way to get around town. Bike lanes can improve everyone’s safety if we treat them and one another with respect. Thanks, Christian Toth, Columbus Avenue

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Saving Small Business: A Proposal For the past several weeks now, we’ve been bringing you stories of small neighborhood businesses forced to leave the neighborhood. The corner bodega that closed its doors after 40 years. The laundromat that can’t pay the enormous increase in rent. The successful grocery store forced to relocate or close. It is no exaggeration to say that small local businesses in Manhattan are in a state of crisis. Soaring rents catering to an ever-morewealthy population in the city have made it increasingly impossible for small local shops to stay afloat. For the business owners, the crisis is obvious, and personal. But the rest of us are suffering, too, through the loss of diversity on our blocks, the rise of impersonal chain stores, the pangs of watching a place we grew up with disappear. Uniformity is not the reason we moved to New York. Mayor de Blasio came into office promising to do something about inequality in the city, and he’s made some impressive moves addressing the issue when it comes to housing. His support for an 8020 plan, mandating that 20 percent of new residential construction be set aside for affordable housing, is a smart idea. Let’s use the same approach when it comes to commercial rents. Requiring developers to set aside 20 percent of new rental space for local businesses, at reduced rents, won’t solve the problem, but it could help slow the exodus that is stripping our neighborhoods of their character. We can hear the chorus of nitpickers already. Who will decide whether a business is local? Won’t this scare developers away? Hasn’t Manhattan always been an expensive place to run a business? We’ll address all of these questions in coming weeks. But we need, urgently, to get this conversation started now. There are two perfect places to begin: One is at the World Trade Center, which has had to lower its retail rents because it hasn’t been able to find enough tenants to pay its asking price. Given the emotional attachment all of us have to the site, it’s the perfect test for an embrace of our local businesses. The other is at the massive Hudson Yards project on the West Side, which essentially is creating an entirely new Manhattan neighborhood from the ground up. Why not create a neighborhood with the kind of small businesses that drew many of us to the city in the first place? Mayor de Blasio campaigned for office as someone who was particularly attuned to the needs, and the concerns, of people in our city who have no voice. Small businesses across the city are screaming for his attention. He needs to listen.

On the southwest corner of East 96th Street & Fifth Avenue, there has been an ongoing lack of attention being paid to this prominent location. Isn’t there something that can be done to improve the landscaping? Thank you.

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Movie Screenings UPSCALE OUTDOOR MOVIES

Summer Movies Night at Mad46 $20 minimum Roosevelt Hotel Rooftop 45 East 45th St @ Madison Ave Select Tuesday Nights 9PM ww.mad46.com There are lots of outdoor movie screening all over the city this summer, but if you’re looking to enjoy a movie outside without lying on a blanket, make sure to check out the rooftop movie screenings at the Roosevelt Hotel. There is tableside waitress service with reserved seating during movies. At each screening, they offer drink specials, themed cocktails, movie inspired music, complimentary tastings, and giveaways. June 10 – Caddyshack June 24 – Man of Steel July 8 – Rocky July 22 – Little Shop of Horrors August 5 – Skyfall August 19 – Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl

CALLING ALL SPIELBERG FANS Close Encounters of the Spielberg Kind Free Museum of Jewish Heritage 36 Battery Place Select Wednesday Nights 6:30PM www.mjhnyc.org/Spielberg This summer the Museum of Jewish Heritage has chosen a theme for its summer movie screenings -- all things Steven Spielberg. These screenings will be held indoors at the downtown museum, offering a good solution for rainy summer nights. You can also spend some time visiting the museum’s summer exhibitions before the movie, especially its permanent exhibition Garden of Stones by artist Andy Goldsworthy. This outdoor garden has trees growing from large stones, many planted by Holocaust survivors and their families. June 15 – Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark July 2 – Saving Private Ryan

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Food

THE EAST SIDE’S HEALTHIEST BRUNCH

EXPLORING NEW YORK’S SWEET SIDE

The East Pole Prices vary 133 East 65th St @ Lexington Ave Saturday 11:30 AM – 3PM, Sunday 10:30AM – 3PM www.theeastpolenyc.com The East Pole offers a beautiful, healthy brunch menu at their restaurant on East 65th Street. You can enjoy fresh cocktails like their heirloom tomato Bloody Mary and fresh grapefruit juice mimosa. Their main plates offer selections made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Their avocado toast, house-made granola with sheep’s milk yogurt, and spring herb risotto are all notable options.

The Cupcake Tour of New York $50.00 Union Square 9AM & 12 PM Tours June 12, June 26 www.greatnewyorktours.com Exploring the city isn’t just for tourists. You can enjoy this family friendly walking tour to visit the city’s best cupcake bakeries. Register online at www.greatnewyorktours.com, and hurry because space is limited. Each group meets at the southwest corner of Union Square on East 14th St and Union Square West. You will visit Baked by Melissa, Crumb’s Bake Shop, Amorino, Molly’s Cupcakes, Milk & Cookies, and end at the famous (and famously mobbed) Magnolia’s Bakery. Each stop includes samples of the bakery’s most notable treats, the tour lasts two hours.

FARMER’S MARKET COOKING CLASS Greenmarket Cooking Class $115 Union Square Market 9AM – 3PM June 4, June 28, July 11, July 25, August 3, August 23 www.recreational.ice.edu (800) 522 4610 Learn some fresh food cooking techniques by taking a Greenmarket Cooking course through the Institute of Culinary Education’s recreational learning department. The class starts by shopping for fresh-from-thefarm ingredients at the city’s largest greenmarket in Union Square. This is a great activity for couples, or a great place to meet other foodies. The menu is true to its title, and varies depending on the class date and what is available at the market. You can sign up on their website, and the class meets at 9 a.m. in front of the Coffee Shop at 16th St and Union Square West.

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$1 OYSTERS IN MIDTOWN Restaurant Thalia $1 per oyster, Chef’s Selection 828 8th Ave @ 50th St 7pm-close Monday – Sunday www.restaurantthalia.com (212) 399 4444 Thalia Restaurant is a fun Greek restaurant in the heart of the theater district, offering all kinds of great deals including $1 oysters every night from 7 p.m.to closing. If you are there on the weekends you can enjoy their bottomless brunch, or enjoy half-priced drinks Sunday through Friday from 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. It is a great option before going to a show with family or friends.

GUT-BUSTING BBQ IN MADISON SQUARE PARK Big Apple BBQ Block Party Free Entry, Prices vary upon Food Truck Madison Square Park 23rd St – 26th St btwn Madison Ave and 5th Ave Opens 11AM June 7 – June 8 www.bigapplebbq.org The barbeque-inspired block party returns for its annual weekend this June 7-8. Event admission is free, with award-winning barbeque and Southern-inspired fare from the country’s top grill masters available for $9/plate. Live music is planned for both days to liven up the crowd, and limited outdoor seating is available. To bypass the long lines, you can purchase a Disney-style FastPass, or BigPiggin’ Pass, through their website at www. bigapplebbq.org.

prepared by some of the city’s most notable chefs, a silent auction, and music at the iconic Bethesda Terrace. All proceeds go to the conservancy’s efforts to restore and maintain Central Park.

FOOD AND PING PONG SPiN Galatic $15/30 minutes or $30/hour 48 East 23rd St @ Park Ave South www.newyork.spingalatic.com (212) 982 8802 SPiN Galatic is a great place to try something new, while enjoying a menu full of appealing comfort food. You can come with a group of friends, or take part in their online ping pong social club. While taking a break from the tables, you can eat at their in-house restaurant. The menu offers options for everyone, including a summery wheat berry salad, grass-fed beef sliders, and a seasonal ice cream shop.

SWANK IN THE PARK The Taste of Summer $400/ ticket Bethesda Terrace, Central Park 7pm – 11pm June 11 www.centralparknyc.org This luxurious event brings together 800 guests, offering them a distinctive kickoff to summer in New York. One of the Central Park Conservancy’s annual benefits, guests will enjoy food

THURSDAY NIGHT AFTERWORK BLOCK PARTY Hester Nights Free Admission The Eventi Hotel 851 6th Ave, Entrances on 29th St and 30th St Every Thursday Night 5PM – 10PM www.hesterstreetfair.com

Start your summer weekends every Thursday night at this food and drink street fair in the Eventi Hotel’s outdoor, open-air plaza. You can enjoy street food like Peruvian empanadas, Vietnamese sandwiches from Food Freaks Banh Mi, made-to-order Ludlow Pizza pies, and sweet treats from vendors like Jessy’s Pastries. Craft beer, wine, and cocktails are also served throughout the entire food fest, and can be enjoyed under the romantic twinkle lights strung around the space. Starting at 7:30 p.m., you can also enjoy a free movie in the Brighton Theater.


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BLOODY MARYS AT THE ST. REGIS HOTEL

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This Upper West Side restaurant has gained an impressive reputation for its food, but it can also be a great place to grab a drink. The upscale eatery has a great environment for a date night drink, offering a long list of custom cocktails. Most noteably the RhubarbBasil Fizz which features vodka, opal basil, rhubarb, and bitter lemon soda. In addition to great cocktail selections, you can also choose from their extensive beer and wine lists.

King Cole Bar & Salon $25 2 East 55th St @ 5th Ave Monday – Saturday 11:30AM – 1AM Sunday 12PM – 12AM www.kingcolebar.com (212) 753 4500 Head over to the St. Regis Hotel and enjoy a Bloody Mary at the bar where it was invented in 1934. French bartender Fernand Petiot introduced the “Red Snapper” to his patrons at the King Cole Bar & Salon. Its original name was changed to Bloody Mary after the hotel staff thought it was too vulgar for its upscale clients. The dimly lit bar is centered around a mural by painter Maxfield Parrish titled “Ole King Cole.”

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FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP DTUT $12-$17 1744 2nd Ave @ 91st St Monday – Thursday 7AM – 12AM Friday – Saturday 7AM – 2AM Sunday – 7AM – 12AM (212) 410 6449 Longtime Upper East Side residents may remember the DTUT that was originally on 2nd Ave near 84th St before closing in 2007. The bar and coffee shop hybrid, which stands for Downtown Uptown has since reopened just a few blocks north on 2nd Ave and 91st St. In addition to offering free Wi-Fi and a cozy coffee shop ambiance all year round, their iced mocha and weekly fondue specials that pair a cheese, chocolate, or s’mores fondue with a bottle of wine for $32 are worth the visit.

COLD CHOCOLATES AND MARSHMALLOWS City Bakery $3-$5 3 West 18th St @ 5th Ave Monday – Saturday 7:30AM – 7pm Sunday 10AM – 6PM www.thecitybakery.com (212) 366 1414 The City Bakery is famous for its gourmet hot chocolate and homemade marshmallows, but now there is a way to enjoy them with their seasonal “Cold Chocolates” this year. The bakery has been around since 1990 and gained a deserving reputation for the best chocolate treats and pastries downtown. Located near shopping and restaurants it can be the perfect place to bring your kids to enjoy something sweet.

LAUNDRY, GRILLED CHEESE, AND DRINKS! BEER IN A BOTANICAL GARDEN The Wash House Prices Vary 44 East 1st btwn 2nd Ave and 1st Ave Monday – Sunday 10AM – 7PM (310) 367 2301 Grab a class of beer or wine or even a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich while hanging out with friends and getting your laundry done on the Lower East Side. The Wash House, which opened in February, uses 100% all natural organic detergent at the laundry service area in the back. There is also free WiFi, and a rustic environment to get work done or hangout with friends. Even it is too far to bring your laundry, stop in and grab a drink at this new downtown spot.

Taste the World: Botanical Brew Fest at Queens Botanical Garden $45 if purchased before July 18th $50 at the door Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main St Flushing, Queens July 19 12PM – 7PM www.queensbotanical.org/BrewFest Surrounded by beautiful gardens, you can enjoy a glass of beer from a selection of international and local craft beers. There will also be live music and tours of the garden for entertainment. The breweries scheduled to be at this year’s event include Crispin, Six Point, Smutty Nose, Southern Tier, Abita, Oskar Blues, Great South Bay, Ayinger, Williams Bros Brewing Co,

961 Beer, Crabbies, and Singha Beer, Lammsbrau, and Sam Smith. The full schedule of events will be posted soon on their website, and you must be 21 or older to attend.

GREAT ROOFTOP DRINKS Gallow Green 542 West 27th St btwn 10th and 11th Ave Monday – Thursday 5PM – 11PM Friday – Saturday 4PM – 1AM Sunday 11:30 AM – 4PM & 5PM – 11PM www.mckittrickhotel.com/ gallowgreen (212) 564 1662 Everyone is looking for a good rooftop to drink at during the summer,r, and the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea delivers. The bar is named Gallow Green, and it feels as though you are drinking at a bar located on the High Line. Old railroad tracks, strings of twinkle lights, and tons of greenery make it one of the more relaxing places es to grab a drink. They also have a goodd variety of small plates if you are hungry, gry, have been known to offer seed packets ets to their guests to start their own gardens at home.

DATE NIGHT COCKTAILS Dovetail 103 W 77th St @ Columbus Ave Monday – Thursday 5:30PM – 10PM M Friday – Saturday 5 – 10:30 PM Sunday 11:30AM – 2PM & 5PM – 10:30PM www.dovetailnyc.com (212) 362 3800

McSorley’s Old Ale House Est. 1854 15 East 7th ST btwn 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave Monday – Saturday 11AM – 1AM Sunday 1PM – 1AM www.mcsorleysnewyork.com (212) 474 9148 This historic pub started as a watering hole in 1854 and has since claimed the title as New York City’s oldest continuously operated saloon. Make sure to wear summer sandals because the floors are usually covered with peanut shells and sawdust, but it is a fun environment to have some historic craft beer. They serve a light and dark version of McSorley’s Ale, which is the same beer they have been serving for 150 years. This is a great place to bring friends from out of town, and we recommend going on a weeknight because on weekends it gets extremely crowded.

GREAT WHISKEY WITH A SPLASH OF BACON Barley & Grain 421 Amsterdam Ave @ 81ST Monday – Wednesday 5PM – 1AM Thursday – Saturday 5PM – 2AM Sunday 10AM – 12AM www.barley-grain-nyc.com (646) 360 3231 If you are a whiskey lover we highly recommend checking out the bar Barley & Grain on East 81st St. They offer a selection of 100 whiskeys, 60% bourbon and 40% scotch with brands like Hudson Bay Bourbon and Highwest OMG Pure Rye. The standout cocktail is their Bacon Manhattan, which is made with bacon infused buffalo trace, sweet vermouth and bitters.

FRESH SUMMER INGREDIENTS Wallflower $14-$16 235 West 12th St @ Greenwich Ave Sunday – Monday 5PM – 12AM Tuesday – Wednesday 5PM – 12:30 PM Friday – Saturday 5PM – 1AM www.wallflowernyc.com Wallflower is an extremely charming small restaurant tucked away in the West Village that is well worth the trip. They have creative mixologists behind the bar who have created a unique cocktail menu full of fresh ingredients. Drink prices range from $12-$17, and they also offer a menu of lightly portioned food as well. we It is difficult to choose just one ddrink from their impressive list but ssome Arlay of the most notable are the Ar Sour, which is made with chamomile, cham infused Citadelle gin, Chateau D’arlay Macvin Du Jura, lemon juice, hhoney Another syrup and lavender bitters. An great choice for a hot summer night is the drink named The Fake Russian, R Vodka, lime with tea infused Absolut Vodk juice, smoked pineapple syrup, green bitters. chartreuse, and habanero bitte


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LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT CAMP? THE VANDERBILT Y HAS CAMPS SPECIALIZING IN AGES 10-17. REGISTER TODAY ! SPORTS CAMP

Ages 8-10 Our Sports Camp programs are designed to enhance various sports skills and fundamentals in groups according to age. Campers will learn the history of different sports. They will learn the rules and skills of each while practicing their techniques in mini games. In addition, they will learn about teamwork, good sportsmanship and motivating each other to succeed. Camp staff have background in coaching sports including basketball and soccer. Campers will be grouped according to age.

SOCCER

Ages 8-10 Spend the summer immersed in the sport of soccer. Learn all aspects of the sport through skill building activities, full court games, activities focused on teamwork and sportsmanship.

TENNIS

Ages 8-10 The tennis camp will include individual and group instruction on the technique behind serving, and volleying. Campers will learn different types of strokes and the purposes for each one.

BASEBALL

Ages 9-12 Baseball camp is designed to give players a chance to develop and build their strength, agility, and fundamentals to better enhance their baseball skills. Camp will include instructional hands-on drills, pitching, hitting and base running mechanics.

BASKETBALL Ages 9-12 Spend the summer immersed in the sport of basketball. Learn all aspects of the sport through skill building activities, full court games, activities focused on teamwork and sportsmanship.

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Ages 12-14 This camp program helps middle school students EXLOGVNLOOVFRQžGHQFHDQGSRVLWLYHUHODWLRQVKLSV with their peers. Campers will engage in fun activities that keep them thinking and motivated during the summer months. They will participate in community projects and educational trips.

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Ages 14-17 Come join Teen Camp- where the cool kids spend their summer. Our Teen Camp program is for tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leaders. Teens who are involved in this program gain job readiness skills and work experience by working alongside experienced staff. Leaders receive training in program safety and working with youth. This camp is great for teens who are looking for work experience and/or community service.

FIND OUT MORE Lauren Barr Senior Youth & Family Director 212-912-2520 or lbarr@ymcanyc.org

VANDERBILT YMCA 224 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017 212.912.2500 ymcanyc.org/vanderbilt

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Art

THE MUSEUM’S TWO-WAY MIRROR WALKABOUT The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Gunther Vogt Suggested donation of $25 The Metropolitan Museum of Art Fifth Ave @ 88th St April 29 – November 2 Monday – Thursday, Sunday 10AM – 5:30PM Friday – Saturday 10AM – 9PM www.metmuseum.org Pioneer conceptual artist Dan Graham has built an impressive 25-year career creating elegant sculptures made of glass and steel. In collaboration with Swiss landscape designer Gunther Vogt, they have turned the top of the Met into a maze that explores the relationship between the individual and the public space. Equipped with food and drinks, the Met rooftop is the perfect place to spend an afternoon this summer.

ADULT ART CLASSES Battery Park Conservancy Free South Cove Park @ 2nd Place May - October www.bpcparks.org Artists of all abilities can take part in the free art classes being offered in

Battery City Park this summer. If you are interested in landscapes, you should join their “Drawings in the Park” class. It meets every Saturday at 10 a.m., teaching students to sketch and paint the river, city, and park landscapes. The “Figures al Fresco” class focuses on figure drawing, meeting every Wednesday from at 2:30 p.m. Every class is taught by a professional artist, and materials are provided.

ONE-NIGHT-ONLY CHELSEA SHOWCASE 5th Annual Chelsea Art Walk Free 16th St – 29th St, 8th Ave – 11th Ave July 24 5PM – 8PM www.chelseaartwalk2014.com Showcasing the summer exhibitions in Chelsea, participating galleries, and art spaces throughout the neighborhood will host the 5th Annual Chelsea Art Walk. In addition to the exhibitions you can drop in on galleryhosted artist talks, receptions and other special events. The full list of participating galleries will be posted soon.


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VOLUNTEERS SUPPORTING FREE ART FIGMENT Project Free Govenor’s Island June 7 – September 21 www.newyork.figmentproject.org The 100% volunteer-based arts organization FIGMENT has been hosting a free event on Governor’s Island since 2007. Originally a oneday program, it has since grown into a summer-long arts happening with over 2,600 participants. This year’s program will get started on June 7th and 8th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. You can expect art activities in every medium available. Throughout the rest of the summer make sure to play in their artist minigolf course which has 10 uniquely designed holes by 10 different artists. Throughout the rest of the island you can see interactive sculptures and the climb up their tree house.

A CONVERSATION ON FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY Aperture Foundation $5 Donation Aperture Gallery and Bookstore 547 West 47th St. @11th Ave. June 17 6:30 PM www.aperture.org Listen to photographer Jo Ann Callis

discuss her body of work from the mid 1970s that investigated different forms of the nude body and sexuality. That work is a part of her book, “Other Rooms,” and she discusses her images with book publisher Lesley A. Martin. After the talk you can visit The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucus exhibit by photographers Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen.

CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL Ice Factory Free 15 Christopher St. @ Greenwich ST June 25 – August 2 www.newohiotheatre.org/ summerfestival The New Ohio Theatre chooses six of the most exciting downtown theater companies to present their latest projects. The 2014 roster will be posted on their website soon. Plays introduced in past Ice Factory festivals have gone on to garner Drama Desk nominations, OBIE Awards, Off Broadway Productions and international tours.

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Visit Graymoor WEIRD, WILD, & WONDERFUL New York Botanical Garden $20 Adults, $10 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx April 19st – September 21st www.nybg.org/exhibitions The Botanical Garden is known for its beauty, but this summer’s exhibition is an homage to the beauty of the botanical world’s most bizarre plants. Members of the American Society of Botanical Artists collaborated to study a variety of strange-looking plants and create 46 stunning paintings and illustrations. Weird, Wild, & Wonderful will be on display in the Ross Gallery through September 21st.

FINE ART INSPIRES PERFORMANCE ARTISTS The New Museum Block Party Free Sara D. Roosevelt Park @ East Houston St. July 20 12PM – 5PM www.newmuseum.org Experience this fun, interactive performance art festival on the Lower East Side. The New Museum Block Party is an afternoon of performances that are directly inspired by current exhibitions and museum programs. Everyone attending the

block party will receive one complimentary ticket to the New Museum. There will be six different workshops at this year’s event, but all of them engage the audience through different artistic mediums.

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MOMA ENGAGES KIDS Try This ! Free with Museum admission Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53rd St btwn Lexington Ave & 5th Ave May 30 – July 27 Every Friday 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM www.moma.com The MoMa Arts Lab is encouraging both parents and children to take part in its art class entitled “Try This!” in connection with its current exhibit “Movement.” Through different activities, visitors are able to go beyond just looking and talking about the artwork and finding different ways to engage with the work. Different methods of creative exploration, and techniques of modern and contemporary art help students appreciate art in new ways.

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Movie Screenings UPSCALE OUTDOOR MOVIES

Summer Movies Night at Mad46 $20 minimum Roosevelt Hotel Rooftop 45 East 45th St @ Madison Ave Select Tuesday Nights 9PM ww.mad46.com There are lots of outdoor movie screening all over the city this summer, but if you’re looking to enjoy a movie outside without lying on a blanket, make sure to check out the rooftop movie screenings at the Roosevelt Hotel. There is tableside waitress service with reserved seating during movies. At each screening, they offer drink specials, themed cocktails, movie inspired music, complimentary tastings, and giveaways. June 10 – Caddyshack June 24 – Man of Steel July 8 – Rocky July 22 – Little Shop of Horrors August 5 – Skyfall August 19 – Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl

CALLING ALL SPIELBERG FANS Close Encounters of the Spielberg Kind Free Museum of Jewish Heritage 36 Battery Place Select Wednesday Nights 6:30PM www.mjhnyc.org/Spielberg This summer the Museum of Jewish Heritage has chosen a theme for its summer movie screenings -- all things Steven Spielberg. These screenings will be held indoors at the downtown museum, offering a good solution for rainy summer nights. You can also spend some time visiting the museum’s summer exhibitions before the movie, especially its permanent exhibition Garden of Stones by artist Andy Goldsworthy. This outdoor garden has trees growing from large stones, many planted by Holocaust survivors and their families. June 15 – Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark July 2 – Saving Private Ryan

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July 9 – Jurassic Park July 16 – Amistad July 23 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind July 30 – Schindler’s List August 6 – Jaws August 13 – Teen Movie Night – E.T. the Extra Terrestrial

OUTDOOR MOVIE, FROZEN MARGARITAS, AND A TACO TRUCK Habana Outpost Free 757 Fulton St. @ S. Portland Ave Fort Greene, Brooklyn Every Sunday May 11 – October 26 8PM www.habanaoutpost.com Habana Outpost in Brooklyn is the first restaurant in New York City that uses 100% solar energy. Brightly colored, with a large outdoor eating area, this eco-friendly Mexican restaurant screens movies in the backyard every Sunday. It gets pretty crowded; most people go there to enjoy some frozen margaritas and grilled corn. After placing your order inside, you take your drinks and find a seat. Your food is prepared in a full-sized food truck in the back. It is a truly Brooklyn spot.

HBO COMES TO BRYANT PARK Summer Film Festival Free Bryant Park Every Monday June 23 – August 18 5PM www.bryantpark.org HBO will be screening a variety of different movies in Bryant Park this summer. You can grab some Shake Shack to go and pick a spot on the lawn, which will open at 5 p.m. every Monday evening. The screenings will begin at sunset, usually between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. This is a great choice if you are looking for a picnic-style outdoor movie experience. June 16 – Saturday Night Fever June 23 – The Mark of Zorro June 30 – A Soilder’s Story July 7 – Blazing Saddles July 14 – Suddenly Last Summer July 21 – National Lampoon’s Vacation July 28 – Key Largo August 4 – The Karate Kid August 11 – Lover Come Back August 18 – The Shining

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Movie Screenings RIVER FLICKS ON THE HUDSON Big Hit Wednesdays & Family Fridays Free Pier 63 Lawn @ West St btwn 22nd St and 24th St Select Wednesday & Fridays July 9 – August 22 8:30PM www.riverflicks.com Hudson River Park offers movie screenings for adults and families through July and August. Free popcorn is offered to all, with beverages and other snacks available for purchase. Pier 63 has lots of open lawn space, unique stone seating, and a pretty garden where you can enjoy watching the movie. A list of movies and dates can be found on their website at www.riverflicks.com

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SCENES FROM THE CITY Central Park Film Festival Free Rumsey Playfield Enter the Park at East 72nd St August 18 – August 22 8PM www.centralpark.com Each year during the month of August, Central Park hosts a week of evening film screenings at Rumsey Playfield. This year the festival’s theme is “Scenes from Our City” and focuses on films in which New York City plays a prominent role. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., giving you time to picnic and find a good place to sit. August 18 – Big August 19 – The Royal Tenenbaums August 20 – The Way We Were August 21 – Ghostbusters August 22 – Rear Window

UNDERGROUND MOVIES OUTDOORS Rooftop Films Prices Vary Every Weekend May 29 – August 14 www.rooftopfilms.com Rooftop Films is a New York-based non-profit organization that shows independent movies in outdoor locations, produces new films, and rents equipment at low cost to artists. This summer with mark their 18th annual Summer Series, which will include feature-length films and programs of shorts, all new and all independent. Many of their screenings will also include a Q&A with the filmmakers as well, and they work hard to pair films with venues, and audiences with artists so that each event is unique and memorable. To find the full schedule and list of films visit their website at www.rooftopfilms.com. Venues are spread out across the entire city, and ticket pricing and start times will differ for each event.

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92nd Street Y Jazz in July Festival Prices vary per event 92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Ave btwn 91st St and 92nd St July 21 – July 31 www.92y.org (212) 415 5500 New York City is known as one of the jazz capitals of the world, and the 92nd Street Y will be highlighting some of the city’s finest contributions to the genre. This summer will be the festival’s 30th anniversary, with performances by Jimmy Greene, Jeremy Pelt, and Ken Peplowski. Under the direction of Bill Charlap, the festival will feature the historical sounds of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Berstein, Miles Davis, Dick Hyman, Sarah Vaghn and Fred Astaire. Choose from long list of events, including a performance showcasing three jazz pianists, from three different generations, or learn about the history of Leonard Berstein’s performances in Greenwich Village.

START SUMMER VACATION WITH A MILE OF ART Museum Mile Festival Free Starting point at Museum of the City of New York 103rd St @ 5th Ave 5:45PM – 9PM June 10 www.museummilefestival.org (212) 606 2296 Originating as an initiative to spur the development of new museum audiences in 1978, the Museum Mile Festival has grown immensely, bringing together New Yorkers from

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every borough to celebrate the city’s rich artistic heritage. There will be an opening ceremony to kick off the festival at the Museum of the City of New York. At 6 p.m., everyone will begin the mile-long walk down Fifth Avenue, stopping at El Museu de Barrio, The Jewish Museum, the CooperHewitt National Design Museum, and the National Academy Museum and School. Along the walk attendees will enjoy several stops where they can enjoy musical entertainment, chalk drawings, and other family-friendly activities.

EAST SIDE NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY Annual Murray Hill Neighborhood Festival Free 34th – 40th Street & Park Avenue Saturday June 7 11AM – 6PM Sponsored by the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, this one day street festival features arts & crafts, live music, and a large variety of food and drink options that will be scattered down Park Avenue. The Neighborhood Association makes this street fair unique to its community hosting their own vendors throughout the festival. In addition to the dozens of outside vendors, the Association raises money with their used book site, a table selling baked goods, and a silent auction with prizes. Whether you live in the area or not, this neighboprhood focused street fair is a great place to spend your Saturday afternoon.

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Dutchess Tourism Top Summer Picks Start summer off with these terrific events! Make plans for an easy weekend escape at www.DutchessTourism.com The Great Race – June 22 The Hemmings Motor News Great Race, presented by Hagerty, begins in Maine and ends in Florida. On Sunday, June 22, the cars stop at Shadows on the Hudson in Poughkeepsie at 5pm. Iconic cars, including a 1951 Hudson Hornet and 1969 Dodge Charger, compete. It’s a free classic car show, so chat with drivers and navigators. www.GreatRace.com Discover Hudson Valley Ride – June 29 Bike New York presents a fully supported bike ride, with 15, 33, 50, 75, or 100 mile routes through the picturesque Hudson Valley. Refreshments and entertainment at the end! Register at www.bikenewyork.org Dragon Boat Race and Festival – July 5 Dutchess Tourism sponsors the Dragon Boat Race and Festival! Twenty-four teams compete on a 200-meter course in colorfully decorated Dragon Boats, plus enjoy an Asian Cultural Festival. Benefits Arts Mid-Hudson and Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. Form a team at www.dutchessdragonboat.org

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11 DAYS, 35 PROJECTS, 90+ ARTISTS River to River Festival Free, Some events require RSVP Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Events occur in varied locations June 19 – 29 www.lmcc.net (212) 219 9401 Experience one of New York’s most diverse creative festivals at the River to River Festival this June. It features intimate and provocative dance, music, visual art, and new media projects in public parks and historic landmarks in lower Manhattan.

The artists taking part in the festival range from musicians to performance artists, and they interact with the architecture of lower Manhattan to create different bodies of work.

CROSS CULTURAL BLOCK PARTY Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival Free Museum at Eldridge Street 12 Eldridge St btwn Canal and Division June 8 12PM – 4PM www.eldridgestreet.org/events Downtown Manhattan has always been an area of major cultural diversity, and this festival celebrates the heritage of both Jewish and Chinese communities of our Lower East Side/ Chinatown neighborhoods. At this year’s 14th annual festival you can take part in folk art demos, crafts, Chinese and Yiddish language lessons, synagogue tours, Chinese opera and acrobatics, scribal arts, and much more.

SUPPORT YOUNG TALENT IN MUSICAL THEATER The New York Musical Theatre Festival $25 ticket / performance Locations vary depending on performance July 7 - 27 www.nymf.org (212) 664 0979 In addition to offering New Yorker a handful of impressive musical theater productions each summer, the New York Musical Theatre Festival


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also works as a launching pad for the next generation of musicals and their creators. All of the productions showcased each year have been created by young playwrights, composers, actors, choreographers, and producers. This year, there will be 30 new musicals, playing in seven different midtown theaters for a three-week period. Past festivals have supported the success of two dozen off-Broadway and three Broadway shows, including the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner “Next to Normal.”

10,000 PLANTS TAKE OVER BROADWAY 37th Annual Plantathon & Crafts Fair Free 73rd – 86th Streets & East Side of Broadway Saturday, June 8 11AM – 5PM Among the long list of weekend street fairs taking place on the Upper West Side be sure not to miss the 37th Annual Plantathon & Crafts Fair. It offers the usual street fair vendors mixed with thousands of plants and hundreds of craftspeople thrown in. It is the oldest outdoor plant & crafts fair in New York City, and over 10,000 plants will be on this year. As you enjoy Broadway’s transformation into a miniature garden, you can also take

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a look at antique vendors, games, and arts & crafts activities and vendors.

CLASSICAL MUSIC IN A RELAXED ATMOSPHERE Mostly Mozart Music Festival Free with select ticketed events $35 - $85 Lincoln Center 70 Lincoln Center Plaza @ Amsterdam Ave and 63rd St July 25 – August 23 www.mostlymozart.org (212) 721 6500 This music festival offers you a chance to enjoy your favorite Mozart pieces at both indoor and outdoor events in Lincoln Center. The laid back festival feel allows attendees to choose from a variety of performances, under the leadership of Renee and Robert Belfer and music director Louis Langree. A large part of the festival is featured around the artistsin-residence Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in both free and paid ticketed events. This year the festival will also feature performances by the Emerson String Quartet, lyrical clarinetist Martin Frost, pianist Yuja Wang, and the world premiere of John Luther Adam’s “Sila: The Breath of the World.”

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PHILHARMONIC IN THE PARK Conducted by Alan Gilbert Free Band shell on the Great Lawn Enter 86th St and 5th Ave July 11 8PM Head to the park and take advantage of this chance to listen to the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for free this summer. The orchestra is playing at different locations around the five boroughs, but we recommend hitting the performance in Central Park. If you want to get front row seats, it is suggested you arrive two hours early to find a good spot. Under the leadership of Alan Gilbert, lead violinist Joshua Bell and the orchestra will perform songs by Nielsen, Bruch, Grieg, and Liszt.

LIVE MUSIC UNDER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE Watermark Summer Concert Series $20 - $40 Pier 15 @ 78 South St June 26 – August 21 5PM www.watermarkny.com Head downtown and take part in the Watermark Summer Concert Series, where you can listen to great live music and see one of the best views you can find in Manhattan. Right under the Brooklyn Bridge, Pier 15 works as a 900-person venue with a beautiful panoramic view of New York Harbor. This year’s lineup features artists like George Clinton & Parliament – Funkadelic, Rebirth Brass Band, and Escort. You can also catch the 5th Annual Nolafunk Summer Jazzfest on August 14th. Visit their website at www.watermarkny.com to view the entire list of scheduled concerts.

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The 9th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party $35 - $300 (children under 12 are free) Governor’s Island 7 Old Slip @ Water St June 14th – 15th, August 16th – 17th 11AM – 5PM www.jazzagelawnparty.com Play dress up for Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra this summer on Governor’s Island to picnic in 1920s attire and listen to amazing jazz musicians. You can choose from a range of ticket offerings from general admission to “The Gatsby” package which gives you access to all the musical venues, four mini carafes of St. Germain cocktails, food prepared by private chefs, backstage access, a private vintage photo shoot, and a Dreamland tote bag stocked with hand fans, a parasol and a blanket. This event has become more popular every summer because of its upscale picnicking, themed cocktails, and world-class music. You will feel like you are mingling inside of a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.

DANCE IN LINCOLN CENTER Lincoln Center Out of Doors – Dizzy Feet Foundation Free Josie Robertson Plaza @ Lincoln Center July 26 4PM www.lcoutofdoors.org As part of Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors event series, join hundreds of other dancers in a pre-choreographed mob dance to celebrate National Dance Day. Dancers of all abilities are invited to join in two routines, which can be learned in advance by watching videos posted online on the Dizzy Feet Foundation Facebook page. If you

aren’t able to learn the dance ahead of time, we still suggest going to this event to watch this impressive mob dance take place. You can even join in throughout the day and celebrate the joy of dancing.

109-YEAR-OLD MUSIC FESTIVAL Naumburg Orchestral Concerts Free The Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park Enter at East 72nd St June 24 – August 12 7:30PM www.naumburgconcerts.org Name after its founder, the 19th century philanthropist Elkan Naumburg, this concert series has brought free, and classical music to the historical Central Park bandshell for over 100 years. Naumburg replaced the acoustically outdated cast iron bandstand with the marble bandshell that still stands today, hoping the laid-back park environment would encourage more people to enjoy classical music. Unlike most outdoor music performances, this venue offers seating on a first come – first serve basis. June 24 – The Knights Opening Concert July 15 – Orpheus Chamber Orchestra July 22 – The Knights August 5 – Christina & Michelle Naughton August 12 – The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

ENJOY A BROADWAY SHOW OUTDOORS Broadway in Bryant Park Free Bryant Park July 10 – August 14 12:30PM – 1:30PM www.bryantpark.org Rather than spending an afternoon stuck inside a theater, go see the most popular shows on and off Broadway outside in Bryant Park this summer. Although they won’t be performing the entire show, the cast sings and dances to their show’s biggest hits. The official schedule will be posted on their website this month, but make sure to check it out. You can grab some milkshakes at Shake Shack or lunch at Eataly, both a few blocks away, before the performance.

FREE MUSIC FRIDAYS Folk Art Museum Free 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Ave @ 66th St Every Friday 5:30PM – 7:30PM www.folkartmuseum.org (212) 595 9533 Visit the Folk Art Museum this summer during one of their weekly Free Music Friday events, where you can listen to live music and explore the galleries free of charge. There is a cash bar available, allowing you to enjoy a glass of wine while viewing the exhibition “Self-Taught Genius” on view through August 17th. Performances scheduled for this summer include folk singers Shannon Pelcher, Alec Gross, and Lucas Rotman.

BRUNCH WITH THE BEATLES Beatles Brunch with Strawberry Fields $40 Advanced $42.50 Day of Show B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 243 West 42nd St btwn 7th Ave & 8th Ave Every Saturday 11AM – 2PM www.bbkingblues.com Enjoy an afternoon all you can eat

brunch buffet while listening to the Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields. Taking you on their own self-proclaimed “Magical Mystery Tour,” the band starts with music from the first Beatles album and finishes with songs from the White Album and Abbey Road. Many of the band members performed in the hit Broadway musical “Beatlemania.” This is a fun way to liven up your Sunday brunch routine and listen to some of your favorite Beatles hits.

SUNDAYS WITH THE ALWIN JAZZ QUARTET Path Café Free 131 Christopher St @ Hudson St Every Sunday 3:30PM – 5PM www.pathcafe.com The Path Café is a great downtown coffee shop with lots of great live music. Enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon listening to the Alwin Jazz Quartet, free of charge. This downtown café offers a cozy environment with friendly service and comfortable seating to listen to any of their scheduled musical performers. For a full list of upcoming performances, visit their website at www.pathcafe.com


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Upper East Side EVF CrossďŹ t Kids Program Ten-Class Pack $350 EVF Upper East Side 1623 York Ave btwn 85th St and 86th St Mondays and Wednesdays www.evfperformance.com/programs/kids (212) 288 8045 Founded by acclaimed New York City ďŹ tness coach Eric Von Frohlich, EVF gyms are now offering a crossďŹ t program over the summer. The coaches at EVF make all kids feel comfortable by developing individual goals based on their current ďŹ tness level. Getting in shape for fall sport tryouts, or just getting your kids active this summer are great reasons to look into this crossďŹ t program. Classes are separated into two groups, with 8-12 year olds at 4 p.m. and 13 and older at 4:45 p.m.

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Rawther Fancy Tea Parties $100 includes one child and one adult ($50 per additional child) Reservations Required The Plaza Hotel, 5th Ave @ Central Park South Every Friday from 4PM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5PM www.theplazany.com (212) 546 5460 In celebration of the best-selling childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book and movie, you can bring your kids to experience their own afternoon at the Plaza Hotel. During the Rawther Fancy Tea Party, kids will receive pink lemonade, water, and a variety of hot teas. There are also cucumber and cream cheese, jelly and cream cheese, and egg salad sandwiches, fruit kabobs, and a variety of desserts to enjoy. Each child will receive a favor bag which includes a $10 gift card to the Eloise gift shop.

Chinatown Fair Prices Vary per Game 8 Mott St @Worth St Open 7 days a week @ 11AM www.chinatownfair.biz (212) 964 1001 The Chinatown Fair is a great family option on a rainy afternoon. A variety of games are open to all different ages, including basketball, air hockey, and the latest dancing and racing games. It is also available for summer birthday parties; just contact their party specialist at (551) 697 5549. They offer a blend of both classic arcade games and the newest video games to appeal to every generation. Chinatown Fair is also a great place to have an unconventional date night, leaving the kids at home.

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at Stuyvesant High School every Saturday through the end of June. There are three levels being offered: Beginner Level 1, Beginner Level 2, and Intermediate Level 1 so it is a great place to get kids involved in tennis at a young age.

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CELEBRATE THE HISTORY OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter” Exhibit Free New York Public Library @ Bryant Park Stephen A. Shwarzman Building Monday – Sunday through September 7 www.nypl.com (917) 275 6975 This charmingly curated, interactive exhibit offers both parents and children an examination of why children’s books are so important: what and how they teach children, and what they reveal about the societies that produce them. There are free 45-minute docentled tours offered every day except Sunday at either 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, the tour begins at 3:30 p.m. The exhibit walks viewers through important books of the past and present, with related objects that reveal hidden historical contexts and connections. The selection is inspired by the W.H. Auden quote, “There are no good books which are only for children.”

TRAPEZE LESSONS ON THE HUDSON Trapeze School of New York $50 / class Pier 40 @ West St. and Houston / Pier 16 @ South Street Seaport www.newyork.trapezeschool.com (212) 242 8769

In addition to trapeze classes, kids can also sign up for a trampoline, balancing acrobatics, Spanish web, static trapeze, Lyra, or a silks class. Both locations are open only during the summertime to offer students an outdoor trapeze experience. This is a great activity for thrill seekers, and can work as a trust-building exercise if parents take the class with their kids. Instructors offer opportunities for students at all levels the chance to push the boundaries and experience new things, no matter what class you end up taking.

FAMILY ASTRONOMY IN THE DOME American Museum of Natural History $12 ($10 for members) Hayden Planetarium Space Theatre Saturday June 14 @ 6:30PM www.amnh.org Take your family to this interactive event at the American Museum of Natural History. The space theater is an amazing place to get your kids excited about science, and at this event you will learn constellations that you can see in the night sky this summer and compare those to how people in other times and places viewed the same patterns. This is a great alternative to watching another cartoon movie this summer, and it is perfect for large groups.

CELEBRATE THE ANNIVERSARY OF MADELINE “Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans” Exhibit $40 for Children $50 for Adults New York Historical Society 170 Central Park West @ 77th St July 23, August 20, September 10, October 8 Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the classic children’s books with the New York Historical Society’s new exhibit that honors the beloved school girl and her creator, Ludwig Bemelmans, with a display of more than 90 of his original artworks. In addition to the exhibit, you can attend a series of afternoon tea times that feature a Parisian-inspired menu while listening to different Madeline books read aloud.

LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS OF TENNIS Community Center at Stuyvesant High School $180/ 6 sessions $165 for members or $35/ class $32 for members 345 Chambers St @ West St Saturdays through June 21 3PM – 5:30PM www.ccshs.org (646) 210 4292 The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy is offering beginning and intermediate tennis lessons for kids, taught by instructor Kim Champion

Arthur Ashe Kid’s Day 2014 Free Admission to Festival USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Saturday August 23 www.arthurashekidsday.com While attending the US Open make sure to bring your kids along to enjoy a day of family activities, tennis, and a ticketed concert to celebrate the life and values of tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. Activities include face painting, juggling workshops, 10 and under tennis, hair beading and braiding, storytelling, balloon artists, and a Coca-Cola Active Healthy Living Challenge. Admission to the general festival is free, but you must purchase tickets to the concert at www.arthurashekidsday.com. Past performances include Rihanna, Ariana Grande, and The Wanted.

DOWNTOWN SINGING CIRCLE Sunset Singing Club Free Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park 20 Battery Place @ Little West St Fridays 7PM-8:30PM (except June 20) Enjoy this free singing circle for children of all ages led by folk singer Terre Roche. Singers of all levels are welcome, no experience necessary. Singers are encouraged to bring one of their favorite songs to sing, and each week you will learn a new folk song. This is a beautiful way to encourage children who show an interest or talent in singing and music.

GARDENING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Young Sprouts Gardening – Battery Park City Parks Conservancy Free Children’s Garden at Nelson A. Rockefellar Park Tuesdays 3:15PM-3:45PM www.bpcparks.org (212) 267 9700 Bring your little ones to Battery Park City to participate in simple, organic gardening for children 3-5 years old with accompanying adults. Water the garden, plant seeds, and create nature projects. With limited outdoor space available, this gardening class is a great way to expose your child to playing in the dirt and gardening at a very young age.


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Seniors AT HOME GOURMET COOKING LESSONS

Culinary Genius $300-$400 in home classes for up to 5 people 158 Grand Street #206 homecookingny.com (917) 803-6857 Step out of your culinary comfort zone. Learn culture, develop passion and achieve gratification in the comfort of your own home with private cooking lessons. Invite friends or be the envy of the dinner party.

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DANCE FOR LIFE $17 per class, bulk rates available 92Y 1395 Lexington Avenue @ 92nd St. www.92y.org (212) 415- 5500 Stimulate your mind and body with gentle dance classes that enhance flexibility and strength. A variety of dance styles and class times are offered. The 92nd St Y is a large community filled with interesting New Yorkers, and signing up for one of their classes is a great way to get in shape and meet new people who are also seeking a healthy lifestyle.

WATER WORKOUTS $88-135 92Y 1395 Lexington Avenue @ 92nd St. May Center, 3rd Floor www.92y.org (212) 415-5718 The Y also has a selection of low impact water fitness classes including Aqua Pump, Aqua Zumba, Splash Dance, and Interval Aqua. Find comfort in the discretion of underwater activities while maximizing the calorie burning. Working out at the pool also allows you escape the heat of New York streets while staying in shape.

FUN WAYS TO LEARN TECHNOLOGY Senior Planet (aging with attitude) Free - accepts donations 27 W. 25th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fridays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. info@seniorplanet.org 646-590-0615 Come and mingle with like-minded seniors and finally learn how to use technology in a laid back environment. Senior Planet is the first technologythemed center for designed specifically for people over 60. Sign up for different workshops and seminars on Pinterest, current art exhibitions, and how to use social media to stay in touch with loved ones.

WINE AND CHEESE YACHT CRUISE Classic Harbour Line $104 Chelsea Piers (Pier 62) - W. 22nd and Hudson River www.zerve.com Learn the basics of wine and food pairing on the breathtaking Hudson River. Each cruise is themed with 5 hand picked wines from diverse geographical locations. Enjoy tapas meals and conversation during this educational experience.

Free Carl Schurz Park East 86th Street and East End Avenue Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9 - 10 a.m. www.nycgovparks.org/events (212) 267-9700 Try out age-friendly yoga classes every Tuesday and Thursday mornings until June 19th. This class is offered through the City Parks Senior Fitness program, which also offers free tennis lessons and fitness walking in 14 parks across the city.

BIRD WATCHING Birding Bob in Central Park $8-$10 Various meeting locations within the park rdcny@earthlink.net (718) 828-8262 Friendly informal walks for bird watchers of all abilities providing a special opportunity to observe any number of the 235 wildlife species inhabiting Central Park. Additional binoculars are available for $10 rental fee. We also highly recommend the owl watching tour, which occurs at night.

BOOK DISCUSSIONS AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY Free New York Public Library 112 East 96th St @ Lexington Ave Thursdays, 6 p.m. nypl.org Transform this solitary past time into a group activity at your local neigboorhood library. Become part of a community while taking a break from real life and sharing intellectual stimulation. Check NYPL website for times and reading lists.

WINE LOVERS’ COMEDY SHOW Soho Gallery For Digital Art $5 138 Sullivan St Every Monday, 7:30 p.m. (212) 228-2810 Bring a group of friends or come to make friends! With your $5 ticket you also receive unlimited boxed wine and beer. Boxed Wine Social Club performances include: stand-up comedy, storytelling, and live musical performances.


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CULTURAL ARTS CENTER IN HISTORIC BUILDINGS Snug Harbor $5 Adults, $4 Students/Seniors, Free for Children Under 12 1000 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY Wednesday-Sunday 12PM-5PM newhouse@snug-harbor.org (717)425-3524 Home of 26 historical buildings, nine botanical gardens, a two-acre urban farm and 10 acres of wetland, Snug harbor is known as a place where history, architecture, visual arts, theatre, dance, music and environment come together to create a something enjoyable for all ages. Be sure to check the website for a full listing of upcoming events.

UPSTATE GOURMET FARM TO TABLE Blue Hill at Stone Farms Prices Vary 630 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, New York 10591 Wednesday-Saturday 5PM-10AM Sunday 1:00 PM-10PM (914) 366-9600 Reservations are a must at Blue Hill. Attire is elegant, jackets required for men and shorts are not permitted. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available, as well as private dining for up to 14. Dining for special events accommodates 40-260 guests. There is not a children’s menu.

WHITEWATER RAFTING Beaverbrook Outfitters $85/Per Person 711 Peaceful Valley Road North Creek, New York 12853 1-888-454-8433 Enjoy a scenic, full-day trip along 17 miles of class III-IV rapids through the heart of the Adirondack Park. Price includes: wetsuit, swim

booties, lunch and dinner. For every party of eight, one person is free. Beaverbrook advises all parties to call ahead and book your trip in advance because their tours fill up very quickly once the nice weather hits.

ZIPLINE CANOPY TOURS Hunter Mountain $89-$119 per person 64 Klein Ave &23a Hunter, New York 12442 Monday-Friday info@zipsny.com (518) 263-4388 Beginning with a chairlift ride, experience the longest, fastest zip line tour in North America, or simply enjoy the scenic Catskills from 60 feet above ground walking the canopy. Safety and training classes provided before take off. This is a great family trip since kids of all ages will have a fun adventure flying over Hunter Mountain.

WHISKEY TASTING AND DISTILLERY TOURS Hudson Whisky Distillery 14 Grismill Ln Gardiner, New York 12525 Thursday-Monday 11-6PM Sunday 12-6PM Info@wgrantusa.com (845) 633-8734 From grain to glass, enjoy the handcrafted spirits Hudson Distillery has to offer. Considered the best distillery in 2010 by both the American Distilling Institute and Food and Wine Magazine, Hudson was founded by New Yorkers who take great pride in collaborating with local upstate farmers to create full-bodied whiskeys while leaving a smaller footprint on the environment. Make sure to plan your driving arrangements ahead of time since there are so many delicious whiskeys to taste!


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Trips SOHO MEETS RUSTIC FLEA MARKET SKYDIVING ADVENTURES CLOSE TO NYC The Graham & Co. Phoenicia Flea Free The Graham & Co. Hotel 80 Route 214 Phoenicia, NY July 26 12PM – 8PM www.thegrahamandco.com/flea (845) 688 7871 Head north and visit the glamorous Graham & Co. Hotel’s first annual flea market. The hotel has gathered an impressive group of Catskills, Hudson Valley, and NYC artisans to celebrate small business and local trade at their Phoenicia Flea Market. You will find handcrafted jewelry, oneof-a-kind artwork, fresh food and drinks. If you’re looking to make it a weekend, you can reserve one of their beautiful rooms, and take a swim in their fresh water pool.

OYSTERS AND HORSE RACING Saratoga Race Track Free Admission 267 Union Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY July 18 – September 2 www.saratogaracetrack.com (518) 584 6200 Take a quick two-hour drive up Interstate 87 to the racetrack in Saratoga Springs. You can get lunch and shop along Broadway in the charming downtown before heading to the track. After this season’s opening ceremony on July 18th, you can catch a race every day except Tuesdays. Visit their website at www.saratogaracetrack.com for a full schedule of the races this summer.

Skydive the Ranch Prices Vary 55 Sandhill Road Gardiner, New York 12525 7 Days a week (weather permitted) 8AM to sunset Skydivetheranch@gmail.com (845) 255-4033 Certified USPA drop zone for over 30 years. Offering experiences for first-time jumpers, experienced jumpers, as well as licensing classes. Enjoy the views of the stunning Shawangunk Mountains from 13,500 feet with the highly trained professionals at the Skydive Ranch. If jumping out of the sky is too much for you, you can grab a drink at their drop zone bar while your friends get ready to fly.

LARGE-SCALE OUTDOOR EXHIBITIONS Socrotes Sculpture Park Free 32-01 Vernon Blvd @ Broadway Long Island City, Queens Open Everyday 10AM – Sunset www.socratessculpturepark.org On a weekend you don’t have the time or energy for a long distance trip, the Socrotes Sculpture Park is a great alternative. Founded in 1986, the sculpture park was created to provide artists the opportunity to create large-scale sculpture and multimedia installations. You can walk through any of their four current exhibitions; featuring the artists Meschac Gaba, Austin + Merigold, Zilvinas Kempinas, and Pawel Althamer.

HOW WILL YOU SPEND YOUR DUTCHESS DAYS? Dutchess County is one of the largest in New York’s Hudson Valley, with too much to see and do in one day. You’ll discover experiences here you won’t find anywhere else! So, settle in, and plan your Dutchess Days around your interests: history, cuisine, outdoor adventure, shopping, family fun, and more! Get the most out of your getaway…when you spend your days in Dutchess County. Just one hour away, and easily accessible by bus, train, or car. Go to DutchessTourism.com/hvtrip to plan your visit to Dutchess County with our Hudson Valley Trip Planner, and mention “Straus.”

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GROUP CARDIO Niketown Running Group Free 6 East 57th St btwn 5th Ave and Madison Ave Every Tuesday/Thursday 9AM & 6:30 PM Every Saturday 9AM www.store.nike.com (212) 891 6543 Use this opportunity to get in shape and meet new people. The Nike store on East 57th Street holds free group runs/walks every Tuesday and Thursday. All you have to do is show up with your running gear, and you can store any other bags at the store while you run. If you are more serious, and looking to train for the marathon, they also offer a coach and pacer available to help you prepare. Afterwards the store gives away free water, juice, and snacks. Nike advises you to show up 15 minutes before the scheduled run to check your bags and stretch before taking off.

MOM AND CHILD WORKOUTS UPTOWN Exceed Physical Culture

Prices Vary per Class 1477 3rd Ave @ 84th St Every Saturday in June – August 4PM – 4:50PM www.exceedphysicalculture.com (212) 481 5300 It can be difficult to find time to work out during summer months since kids are on vacation, but Exceed Physical Culture offers simultaneous cardio and strength classes for kids and adults on Saturdays. You can bring your son or daughter to take part in their fitness class for 8-13-year-olds, where trainers help them set personal fitness goals and play fun, active games. At the same time, you can get your own workout in without the guilt of taking that time for yourself.

7 MILES RESERVED FOR FITNESS Summer Streets Free Park Avenue August 3, 10, 17 7AM – 1PM www.nyc.got/dot The Department of Transportation will be celebrating its annual celebration of New York City’s most

overlooked public space – its streets -- this August. The DOT will shut down nearly seven miles running between the Brooklyn Bridge Park to Central Park along Park Avenue, providing a healthy space for biking, walking, running, and other activities. There will also be an adventure zone with rock climbing, art installations, a zip line -- all free of charge.

QUICKIE MAKEOVER Rouge New York $40-$75 130 Thompson St. @ Prince St. Monday – Friday 7AM – 8PM Saturday 9AM – 8PM Sunday 9AM – 6PM www.rougeny.com (212) 388 1717 Most women don’t have time to spend hours at a salon, especially during the summer. At the salon Rouge you can choose from a menu of 30-minute makeover options ranging from natural looks to bold makeup looks. All of the products used can be purchased, so you can take home any products that stand out to you. Founded by “Law & Order SVU” star Stephanie March and her on-set

makeup artist Rebecca Perkins, this cosmetics salon also offers overnight locker storage for anyone who doesn’t want to carry around everything they own while they are out on the town.

FREE OUTDOOR FITNESS CLASSES Shape Up NYC Various Locations Free www.nycgovparks.org One of our favorite ways to stay in shape is through the free fitness classes offered through Shape UP NYC. They are scattered all throughout the five boroughs, but this summer you can find Zumba, Hot Hula, Pilates, kickboxing, yoga, low impact fitness, dance and strength training classes at the Manhattan locations this season. With an extremely extensive schedule it is easy to find a class that can fit into your schedule. Visit www.nycgovparks.org/ programs/recreation/shape-up-nyc to find the times and locations.

FRIDAY NIGHT SWINGS The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers $30 Pier 59 – 18th St & Hudson River Place June 20 6:30PM – 8PM www.chelseapiers.com (212) 336 6400 Enjoy an open wine and beer bar while you mingle and rotate through stalls during open hitting at the driving range at Chelsea Piers. One of their top Teaching Pros will be there to offer some instruction on your swing. You can RSVP for a ticket on their website, and there will be more Friday Night Swings throughout the summer so check back for future events.

YOGA AT SUNSET Summer on the Hudson: Salute the Sun Yoga Free The Plaza at 66th St @ Riverside Park South July 16 6:30PM – 7:30PM www.nycgovparks.org End your day with a relaxing yoga class on the water at Riverside Park. It


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is a Hatha style yoga class, suitable for all fitness levels and a great opportunity to escape from city stresses without having to leave Manhattan. Bring your own mat and destress while practicing yoga on the grass.

participate in one free enrichment class on the next to last Tuesday of each term.

STREET ART BIKE TOUR MIND AND BODY HEALTH WITH TAI CHI Taoist Arts Center $150 - $450 342 East 9th St btwn 1st Ave & 2nd Ave 7PM & 8PM www.taoist-arts.com (212) 477 7055 Tai Chi is a great way to practice good health for your mind and your body. The Taoist Arts Center is offering an eight-week course this summer to introduce new students, and further challenge anyone who already practices Tai Chi. Each eight-week term includes six weeks of instruction, followed by two weeks of enrichment classes to help students absorb and refine the lessons. If you have ever been curious about practicing Tai Chi, this is a great way to get started. Prospective students can visit the school and meet other students and instructors and can

Five Borough Bicycle Club Free 891 Amsterdam Ave @ 104th St June 7 10AM www.5bbc.org (347) 688 2925 Take this 40-mile bike tour through Brooklyn and Queens to learn more about New York’s graffiti and street art. This tour is considered a moderate ride, so it helps if you have experience biking around the city. The Five Borough Bicycle Club will guide you around popular locations to view authentic street art in a variety of different forms. They recommend bringing your own helmet and lock, and money for lunch. If you are interested in signing up or learning more about other tours offered send an RSVP email to birdnyc@gmail. com or visit their at website www.5bbc. org

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MORE THAN A MUSE AT THE FRICK ART EXHIBIT A Renaissance portrait in the U.S. for the first time BY VAL CASTRONOVO

Upon seeing Parmigianino’s masterpiece, Schiava Turca (Turkish Slave, c. 1531-1534), for the first time in the Oval Room of The Frick Collection, it is hard not to be struck by a sense of déjà vu. Just last fall, the room played host to another celebrated female portrait, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (c.1665), with lines that wrapped around the block. This time around, the crowds are thinner. The painting, and the artist, that are the focus of the current show, The Poetry of Parmigianino’s Schiava Turca (through July 20, 2014), do not elicit nearly the same passion and excitement. Vermeer’s Girl received star treatment, exhibited in exquisite isolation in the Oval Room. Schiava Turca—and its creator, Francesco Mazzola (1503-1540), dubbed “Parmigianino” after his birthplace, Parma, in northern Italy— may not rise to the level of rock star and warrant the same VIP treatment. The painting is grouped with four other Renaissance portraits. But the experience of viewing and decoding Schiava Turca bears eerie similarities to parsing Vermeer’s icon. Like Girl, the work is shrouded in mystery. Its sitter is unknown and, as scholars have noted, she may be an idealization of female beauty, with no real-life reference point. But Aimee Ng, guest curator, rejects this notion and theorizes that the woman has a real identity: she’s a poet. Taking it one step further, she posits that the poet is Veronica Gambara from Correggio, a city near Parma. But hard evidence is lacking to positively support the link to Gambara. In short, the sitter is neither Turk-

ish nor a slave. She was identified as both in 1704 by a cataloguer at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, who misinterpreted her headgear and the chain on her sleeve as the earmarks of a Turkish slave. In fact, they were signifiers of an elite social class. The headgear—a balzo, a ball-shaped hat, not an actual turban—marked her association with the northern Italian courts. The hat’s circular shape mirrors the shape of an ivory-handled fan, a sumptuous ball of ostrich feathers that the subject holds to her breast. But its most remarkable feature is an ornament bearing the likeness of a winged horse, presumably Pegasus from Greek mythology, a symbol of poetry and creativity. Believed to be a “hat badge,” such adornments were typically worn by men. Scholars have suggested, then, that the sitter is linked to poetry—a muse for men, most likely. But the Frick’s curator rejects this idea, arguing that the woman herself is a creative force. She points to the figure’s forthright gaze, her “twisting,” assertive pose, and the hat badge—all common features of Renaissance depictions of men, but not of women—to make the case that the sitter is a poet in her own right and not a mere source of inspiration for men. In his lifetime, Parmigianino had a big reputation. He was regarded as a successor to Raphael (1483-1520), with biographer Giorgio Vasari recording that he was “celebrated as a Raphael reborn.” The current show marks the Frick’s third collaboration with the Foundation for Italian Art & Culture to bring portraits of Renaissance women to New York. In its first collaboration in 2004, Raphael’s La Fornarina (15181520) traveled to the museum from Rome; Parmigianino’s Antea (c. 153134) subsequently made the journey from Naples. As the curator explains in the cata-

logue, Antea bears marked similarities to Schiava Turca; the two were possibly derived from the same drawings. Both paintings depict noblewomen in elaborate “costumes”; they each wear a partlet (a garment with a plunging neckline), a silk dress that falls off the shoulder, and a white apron. But Schiava Turca is a bust-length portrait (Antea is a three-quarter-length work) and, except for a barely visible thin, gold band on the sitter’s ring finger, devoid of jewelry. But that gold band is a possible clue to the woman’s identity. Though poet Veronica Gambara was a widow, the curator believes that she may have continued to wear her wedding ring, and that its faint depiction in the

picture reflects her husband’s absence. Renaissance artists competed with poets to immortalize female beauty. Parmigianino was an especially ardent competitor. So while Schiava Turca’s sitter was “more than a muse” and a poet herself, the artist in the end “plays an ultimate reversal,” Ms. Ng writes. “In his portrait, the sitter becomes muse again, inspiring him…Parmigianino’s painted poetry has the last word.” The Poetry of Parmigianino’s Schiava Turca (through July 20, 2014) at The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street, at Fifth Avenue

Francesco Mazzola, called Il Parmigianino (1503-1540) Schiava Turca, c. 1531-34 Oil on panel 26 3/4 x 20 7/8 inches Galleria Nazionale di Parma Photo: Scala/Art Resource, NY


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VENEZUELA SOS CONCERT: NOTE FOR JUSTICE AND FREEDOM In an attempt to raise awareness about the human rights abuses suffered by anti-government protestors in Venezuela, Venezuelan musicians living abroad have united for a series of concerts, using music to promote peace and non-violent action. More than 12 Venezuelan musicians and composers will participate in the free performance. Thursday, June 5 New York Society for Ethical Culture 2 West 64th Street 7:00 p.m. FREE

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Brazilian composer, guitarist and singer Toquinho’s free performance at Central Park’s SummerStage marks the conclusion of the Brazilian Film Festival of New York, a week long showcase of new work by Brazilian filmmakers. This year’s festival is dedicated to Toquinho’s longtime collaborator, bossa nova composer Vinicius de Moraes. Saturday, June 7th Central Park SummerStage Access at 5th Avenue and Terrace Drive 7:00 p.m. FREE

FOOD TASTE OF MURRAY HILL The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association hosts “Taste of Murray Hill” an annual food and music festival, which features crafts, entertainment, antique sellers and an array of food vendors. The festival is free and open to the public. Saturday, June 7th Park Avenue between 34th and 40th Streets 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. FREE

GALLERIES PAUL MARGOLIS’ “HIDDEN ELLIS ISLAND” Like many New Yorkers, photographer Paul Margolis’ history with the city began at Ellis Island, where his grandparents passed through as they emigrated from Europe in the early 1900s. For his latest exhibit, Margolis turned his camera on the deteriorating quarantine wards and hospital buildings in a non-preserved section of Ellis Island, where he cast the broken windows, peeling paint and debris-ridden hallways in a hopeful and vibrant light. Through June 29 Saint Peter’s Church Living Room Gallery Lexington Avenue and 54th Street Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. FREE

FILM “YVES SAINT LAURENT” Even fashion icons have humble beginnings. Yves Saint Laurent, the fashion designer behind the eponymous luxury brand, began his career as an assistant at Christian Dior, but at 21 presented his first collection for the Parisian fashion empire. Jalil Lespert’s new film, which screens ahead of its mid-summer release, chronicles the designer’s ascent at Dior and the launch of his own brand only three years after his first show. Wednesday, June 11 French Institute Alliance Francaise Florence Gould Hall 55 East 59th St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $13


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Food & Drink < PROPOSED LEGISLATION MEANS FILTERS FOR COAL-FIRED OVENS

The city proposed new legislation that would require restaurants with coal or wood-fired pizza ovens to install an air filter designed to cut down on air pollution. The legislation, which

In Brief CHARLIE PALMER TO OPEN CRIMSON & RYE Charlie Palmer’s restaurant group, which operates high-end restaurant Aureole at Bryant Park, plans to open a new eatery, Crimson & Rye, in the lobby of the Lipstick Building on East 54th Street, Eater reported this week. The 70-seat dining room will include an oval bar and will be outfitted with leather seats and vintage carpeting. Austrian chef Stefan Bahr, the one-time executive chef at the now-shuttered Charlie Palmer restaurant Metrazur at Grand Central terminal, will run the kitchen, and, in keeping with the small plates trend, his menu will feature small shared dishes, such as warm corn pancakes with caviar, in addition to larger entrees. According to Eater, the restaurant is on track for a July 7 opening.

D.O.H. EXPECTS REVENUE DROP DUE TO REDUCED RESTAURANT FINES As a reflection of Mayor de Blasio’s efforts to reduce fines for health code violations at city restaurants, the Department of Health expects a drop of $4.1 million in revenue for the 2015 fiscal year, the Wall Street Journal reported on May 27. The DOH, which anticipates $34.1 million in revenue from restaurant fines in the 2014 fiscal year (which ends June 30), expects this revenue to drop to $30 million in the upcoming fiscal year. The decrease reflects Mayor de Blasio’s efforts to reduce fines under the restaurant grading system, and the plan includes a 15 percent decrease in the amount a health code violation fine will cost restaurant owners. In March, the DOH announced a plan to reform the restaurant grading system, which would decrease the amount restaurants pay in fines, while increasing the number of inspections and adding penalty-free inspections, a policy designed to help restaurants maintain banner health standards.

Mayor de Blasio supports, was proposed by Queens City Council member Donovan Richards, who also chairs the committee on environmental protection. According to the Brooklyn Paper, the air

filters could cost area pizzerias $10,000, on top of the already-pricey ovens. The legislation requires that all restaurants with coal or wood-fired ovens must install the filter by 2020.

STORIED RESTAURATEUR GOES BACK TO THE KITCHEN RESTAURANTS Pino Luongo of Il Cantinori fame has settled into a neighborhood Italian spot on the U.E.S. BY GABRIELLE ALFIERO

UPPER EAST SIDE Pino Luongo has found his happy place. And so, it seems, have many residents of Sutton Place. The 61-year-old restaurateur, who at one point owned 16 Italian eateries across the country, including Le Madri in Chelsea and Coco Pazzo on the Upper East Side, now operates just one. Morso, which opened in 2011, is tucked in a mostly residential neighborhood in the shadow of the 59th Street Bridge. It draws loyal and mostly local diners, and puts Luongo back where he feels he belongs: in the kitchen. “I feel this is my playground,” said Luongo on a recent evening, before the dinner rush. “This is where I make things happen.” Tuscan-born Luongo opened famed East Village restaurant Il Cantinori in 1983, along with his partners, Steve Tzolis and Nicola Kotsoni, and is credited with popularizing regional Italian cuisine in New York City (he sold his ownership of Il Cantinori in 1989, when he opened Le Madri). It wasn’t uncommon, Luongo said, to find Andy Warhol, Jean Michel-Basquiat, or Keith Richards at one of his tables. Morso caters to a neighborhood crowd of repeat diners, whose input Luongo values. Many dishes on the menu can be ordered in small or full portions, a concept that restaurant manager Ezma Samuel said came from diners who like to eat light. Samuel estimates that, on a given night, Morso draws around 20 to 30 regulars. One of those loyalists is Sutton Place resident Harriet Dorfman, who visits at least

three times a week. She started frequenting Morso with her husband, journalist Dan Dorfman, who passed away in 2012. The last meal they shared was at Morso, and the first bouquet of flowers she received after his death was from Luongo. “It goes beyond his food and the ambiance,” Dorfman said. “It’s the heart and soul of people caring about you.” Grace Balducci Doria, founder of Grace’s Marketplace on the Upper East Side and Long Island, said most of her business comes from regular clientele and that loyal customers keep businesses thriving. “You want customers that come in every day or four times a week,” she said. “You need your steady customers, and those are the ones that you want to please.” Neighborhood resident Carole Gratale comes back to Morso for food that is always “a notch above” other restaurants in the city, but also because of the restaurant’s warm atmosphere. “He always comes over and sometimes he sends dessert,” said Gratale. “He’s quite charming.” Not everyone finds Luongo as charming as his current clientele. He said he’s “damaged goods” to food critics, who he’s gotten in verbal scrapes with in the past. (He once sought legal action against food writer Alan Richman for what Luongo told New York Magazine was a “very damaging” review of Coco Pazzo). He’s seen business relationships sour, including that with the Pressman family, who owned luxury department store Barney’s, and whose many restaurant partnerships with Luongo deteriorated in the mid-nineties amidst the Pressman’s bankruptcy protection filings. But guests in the Morso dining room don’t seem concerned with Luongo’s past disputes. The restaurant, which seats around 120 people between its dining room and outdoor terrace, fills up around 7:00 p.m., and Luongo works the room. He stops at tables to shake hands and ask-

Pino Luongo, who once owned 16 restaurants across the country

about the food, and waves to customers from across the restaurant. “A restaurant is like theater,” said Luongo. “The food that I cook and the service that we provide makes a food dining experience like a theatrical experience, in a sense, and I think people acknowledge that kind of experience by supporting you. They keep coming day after day, week after week and month after month.”


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I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll accomplish anything. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an unstoppable force and all I can do is try to make people think about it, which clearly is already irritating some people as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been told to â&#x20AC;&#x153;get over it.â&#x20AC;? And I will get over it. In my own time, when I accept that everything changes and this is the price we pay for our city being as prosperous and desirable as it is. I completely understand that, as a young professional, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m part of the problem, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not someone who wants to go back to the good old days of the 70s (I mean, I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even alive, but there is a subset of people who seem to glamorize what was a very difficult time for the

city), but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it any less sad. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that all the places the FroYo shops are replacing were invaluable assets to the community, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping that just the sheer scope and relentlessness of the takeover gives people pause.

Is there any one area youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing more affected by this phenomenon? Of course I assumed it would be worst in Manhattan, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m shocked by how much I ďŹ nd in other areas of the city. It does seem to mostly be concentrated in areas with a lot of young transplants and college students, though -- Greenwich and West Villages, and the Upper East and Upper West sides.

Approximately how many examples do you have to date? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve posted about 22 examples so far and have plenty in the hopper. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also started taking submissions on Tumblr for anyone who sees this happening in their neighborhoods. To see all of the posts, visit nowitsafuckingfroyoplace. tumblr.com.


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50112 East 83 Street

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The following listings were collected from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website and include the most recent inspection and grade reports listed. We have included every restaurant listed during this time within the zip codes of our neighborhoods. Some reports list numbers with their explanations; these are the number of violation points a restaurant has received. To see more information on restaurant grades, visit www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/services/restaurant-inspection.shtml.

Bonjour Crepes & Wine

1585 2 Avenue

A

Cafe Jax

318 East 84 Street

Not Graded Yet (20) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation. Appropriately scaled metal stem-type thermometer or thermocouple not provided or used to evaluate temperatures of potentially hazardous foods during cooking, cooling, reheating and holding.

Vespa Cibobuono

1625 Second Avenue

A

Dreamer’s Pizza

1850 3 Avenue

A

Carval Pizzeria

1544 Madison Avenue

Grade Pending (26) Hot food item not held at or above 140º F. Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations. Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.

Untitled

945 Madison Avenue

A

Texas Rotisserie & Grill

1315 1 Avenue

Not Graded Yet (16) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred. Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.

Iggy’s

1452 2 Avenue

A

Mad River Bar & Grille

1442 3 Avenue

A

Tal Bagels

1228 Lexington Avenue

A

Real Estate Sales Neighborhd

Address

Price

Bed Bath Agent

Murray Hill

225 E 36 St.

$1,025,000 2

2

Douglas Elliman

Upper E Side

240 E 76 St.

$625,000

1

1

Douglas Elliman

Beekman

2 Beekman Place

$550,000

1

1

Fox Residential Group

Murray Hill

310 Lexington Ave.

$436,725

0

1

Corcoran

Upper E Side

1025 5 Ave.

$1,500,000 2

2

Douglas Elliman

Beekman

433 E 51 St.

$695,000

1

1

Core

Murray Hill

200 E 36 St.

$499,000

1

1

Level Group

Upper E Side

45 E 72 St.

$5,700,000

Beekman

425 E 51 St.

$534,000

1

1

Corcoran

Murray Hill

242 E 38 St.

$290,000

0

1

Douglas Elliman

Upper E Side

980 5 Ave.

$11,300,000 3

3

Beekman

400 E 51 St.

$5,500,000 5

4

Corcoran

Murray Hill

45 Park Ave.

$2,800,000 2

2

Douglas Elliman

Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc.

Carnegie Hill

55 E 86 St.

$1,462,500 2

1

Room Real Estate

Murray Hill

211 E 35 St.

$275,000

1

Douglas Elliman

Upper E Side

515 E 72 St.

$3,533,327 3

2

Corcoran

235 E 73 St.

$300,000

0

1

Corcoran

1

Corcoran

0

Carnegie Hill

1065 Park Ave.

$1,200,000 1

1

Stribling

Murray Hill

630 1 Ave.

$1,100,000 1

2

Corcoran

Upper E Side

Carnegie Hill

150 E 93 St.

$538,000

1

1

Town Residential

Murray Hill

630 1 Ave.

$1,200,000 2

2

Noble Realty

Upper E Side

136 E 76 St.

$880,000

1

Carnegie Hill

1050 5 Ave.

$1,650,000 1

1

Brown Harris Stevens

Murray Hill

245 E 35 St.

$426,000

1

Douglas Elliman

Upper E Side

63 E 79 St.

$800,000

0

1

Brown Harris Stevens

63 E 79 St.

$1,300,000 1

1

Brown Harris Stevens

1

Carnegie Hill

1230 Park Ave.

$2,100,001 2

2

Corcoran

Sutton Place

300 E 55 St.

$5,340,000 4

3

Douglas Elliman

Upper E Side

Carnegie Hill

166 E 92 St.

$465,000

1

1

Fenwick Keats

Sutton Place

300 E 54 St.

$1,150,000 2

2

Brown Harris Stevens

Upper E Side

1035 5 Ave.

$4,735,000 2

3

Brown Harris Stevens

Carnegie Hill

141 E 88Th St.

$7,672,500 5

6

Stribling

Sutton Place

13 Sutton Place

$7,800,000

Upper E Side

516 E 78 St.

$318,000

0

1

Citi Habitats

Lenox Hill

955 Lexington Ave.

$2,950,000 3

3

Brown Harris Stevens

Sutton Place

60 Sutton Place South

$739,000

Upper E Side

135 E 83 St.

$757,500

1

1

Douglas Elliman

Yorkville

315 E 80 St.

$472,000

1

1

Saldo Properties

1

1

Douglas Elliman

Lenox Hill

220 E 65 St.

$997,500

2

2

Peter*Ashe

Sutton Place

60 Sutton Place South

$814,600

Lenox Hill

156 E 62 St.

$7,400,000 6

4

Sotheby’s International

Sutton Place

400 E 56 St.

$675,000

1

1

Douglas Elliman

Yorkville

200 E 84 St.

$830,000

1

1

Brown Harris Stevens

Lenox Hill

360 E 72 St.

$1,639,000 2

2

Time Equities, Inc.

Sutton Place

20 Sutton Place South

$1,136,000 2

2

Corcoran

Yorkville

445 E 86 St.

$635,000

2

1

Stribling

Yorkville

218 E 82 St.

$402,000

1

1

Town Residential

Fenwick Keats Real Estate

Yorkville

224 E 95 St.

$290,000

Yorkville

224 E 95 St.

$290,000

1

1

Owner

2

1

Saldo Properties

1

1

Domus Realty

Lenox Hill

200-210 E 65 St.

$850,000

Lenox Hill

524 E 72 St.

$550,000

0

1

Douglas Elliman

Lenox Hill

420 E 72 St.

$1,720,425 3

2

Kahr Real Estate

Lenox Hill

150 E 72Nd St.

$7,356,856 3

2

Macklowe Investment Properties

Turtle Bay

221 E 50 St.

$385,000

1

1

Owner

Yorkville

325 E 80 St.

$810,000

Turtle Bay

349 E 49 St.

$590,000

1

1

Douglas Elliman

Yorkville

333 E 91St St.

$1,781,937

2

1

Brown Harris Stevens

Yorkville

209 E 88 St.

$350,000

Yorkville

420 E 86 St.

$750,000

Sutton Place

36 Sutton Place South

$6,057

Turtle Bay

321 E 45 St.

$290,000

0

1

Lenox Hill

435 E 65 St.

$1,413,500 2

2

Halstead Property

Turtle Bay

310 E 46 St.

$950,000

Lenox Hill

200 E 66Th St.

$4,047,543 3

3

Corcoran

Turtle Bay

330 E 49 St.

$2,287,155

Lenox Hill

114 E 72 St.

$3,550,000

Turtle Bay

327 E 51 St.

$70,000

Lenox Hill

435 E 65 St.

$490,000

1

Halstead Property

Turtle Bay

251 E 51 St.

$450,000

0

1

Douglas Elliman

Lenox Hill

530 Park Ave.

$1,960,000

Turtle Bay

250 E 53 St.

$1,250,000 1

1

Brown Harris Stevens

Lenox Hill

200 E 66Th St.

$6,058,587

Turtle Bay

345 E 52 St.

$345,000

0

1

Lenox Hill

425 E 63 St.

$645,000

Upper E Side

221 E 76 St.

$340,000

0

1

1

1

1

Lenox Hill

715 Park Ave.

$1,385,000 1

Lenox Hill

1175 York Ave.

$239,313

Lenox Hill

169 E 69 St.

$3,850,000 3

Midtown

465 Park Ave.

$375,000

Midtown E

200 E 58 St.

$2,100,000 2

2

Midtown E

245 E 54 St.

$540,000

1

0

Midtown South 445 5 Ave.

$10

Murray Hill

$320,001

325 E 41 St.

1

Douglas Elliman Douglas Elliman

Yorkville

509 E 88 St.

$220,000

0

1

Citi Habitats

Yorkville

1725 York Ave.

$725,000

1

1

Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc.

Douglas Elliman

Yorkville

305 E 91 St.

$340,000

1

1

Citi Habitats

Kleier Residential

Yorkville

330 E 83 St.

$440,000

Yorkville

225 E 86 St.

$615,000

1

1

Town Residential

2

2

Douglas Elliman

Upper E Side

170 E 77Th St.

$1,071,662

Upper E Side

305 E 72 St.

$960,000

2

2

Town Residential

Yorkville

530 E 90 St.

$880,000

Upper E Side

240 E 76 St.

$445,000

0

1

Douglas Elliman

Yorkville

301 E 79 St.

$1

Upper E Side

211 E 76 St.

$6,725,000

Keller Williams

Upper E Side

830 Park Ave.

$8,495,000 4

3

Brown Harris Stevens

1

Next Stop Ny

Upper E Side

135 E 79 St.

$8,807,862

Upper E Side

515 E 72 St.

$1,980,000 3

2

Corcoran

1

Core

3

Douglas Elliman

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YOUR FIFTEEN MINUTES

CROSSING OVER TO CLASSICAL Q&A Singer Beverly Tak Taki will perform her eclectic mix of mus music at Carnegie Hall this week BY ANGELA BARBUTI

The fitting anthem “New York State of Mind” will be the th opener of a concert to benefit the th city’s youth. On audience at CarneJune 6, the a Zankel Hall will be gie Hall’s Z with an eclectic mix regaled w rhythm and blues, pop, of rhyth and show sho tunes from singBeverly Taki and classier Bever crossover ensemble O cal cros Trio. Sole Trio Part of tthe concert’s proceeds will be b donated to the Manhattan-based nonprofit, Manhattan-b Through Music, which Education Thro inner city schools to works with in programs. create music p The O Sole Trio will pay homItalian music, coverage to Itali selections from Frank ing select all the way to AnSinatra a Bocelli. The group is drea Boc comprised of soprano Erin compris Shields, baritone Giuseppe Spoletini and pianist/vioSpoleti David Shenton. linist D We spoke to Taki, a Midtow n resident, Mid about her musical caabou reer and upcoming ree charitable perforch mance. m

When did you know you wanted to pursue p singing? Probably at the age of three. [Laughs] I studied voice and st dance and all of that. And then, when I was 12, I started professionally with Frankie Avalon and Fr a slew of those singers at that time. sin There was this place plac called Palisades Park that had all of these shows.

Were you born in Manhattan? Ma Yes, actually born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx Bron and then moved to New Jersey. And An now I’m back in Manhattan. Right now I live in Midtown East

How do you think New Ne York City influenced your career? Well there’s so many m great artists here and I love rhythms and blues. rh And there are so many great rhythm m and blues artists in New York City. That kind of helped me cultivate what I wanted to do.

Beverly Taki sings in her Carnegie Hall debut this week.

So this is your first time ti at Carnegie Hall, but I read you’ve performed all over

can make at Carnegie Hall.

the city. Where are your favorite places to sing? I think The Plaza Hotel was wonderful. The Iridium was a great place to work. I worked at Carolines for one evening, doing a whole concert there. I also worked at the United Nations.

What can we expect to hear at the concert? I do a lot of rhythm and blues, some stage songs. We’re featuring probably 25 musicians on stage. They’ll also be three backup singers, so it’s quite a large group. There are eight string players and about five horns.

How did you pick the charity Education Through Music? Actually it was through the wife of the bass player in our group. She got in touch with a young lady who runs the program. We decided that it would be a good match for all of us. They’re not sponsoring the show, but they will be getting a small percentage of what we

I saw that you also raised money for children’s cancer. Yes, we did Cookies for Kids’ Cancer at the Metropolitan Room. Actually, my daughter-in-law, Cynthia Rios, contacted that group and had them come on board.

How long have you been singing for charity? Actually, this is probably the third one, but I think I’m going to do that for the rest of the time that I’m singing.

For more information on Beverly, visit www.beverlymusicny.com Purchase tickets to the show here: www.carnegiehall.org www.osoletrio.com To learn more about Education Through Music, visit www. ETMonline.org

Members of the O Sole Trio, from left: Giuseppe Spoletini, Erin Shields, and David Shenton


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