ISSUE 16 APRIL 2016
THE GREEN ISSUE
Gabriel Byrne (he's Irish, therefore green!), eco-friendly fashion, inside hearst, broadway news, fitness, dating, nutrition ... and dogs!
WHAT ON EARTH? Jaci is done worrying. And until yogis can REALLY fly, she’s spending her energy on people, not the planet
IMAGE: WALTER VAN DYK
’ve never been on a march or been part of a demonstration. I’ve never held a banner, unless you count waving the Welsh national flag in a sports stadium. If people want to dress up in scruffy fringe scarves, ugly woolen hats and plastic badges, that’s up to them, and I know people who do; but I’ll wait for them in the bar until they get back, thank you very much. I guess you could say I’m an après demo kind of girl. Spring is a time of rejuvenation, and even people who couldn’t care less about global warming in January suddenly start spouting platitudes about saving the planet. It was as rife when I was growing up as it is now, and you know what? The planet’s still here. So, at the risk of tempting fate, I’m going to stop worrying. The planet can go fry. I won’t be around if and when it self-combusts, and as for this generation’s children’s children’s children (ad infinitum), they won’t be around to see it turn to scrambled eggs either. So stop worrying, people. As the Bible says: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin.” Which is just a more poetic way of saying the planet can go fry itself. It’s human nature to be concerned about the future. As the only species able to articulate the meaning of existence, it’s inevitable that we seek answers in art, music, philosophy, or worthy groups sipping herbal tea and talking incessantly about WTBD (What’s To Be Done). The idea of an all-powerful celestial being came about, quite simply, because early civilization struggled just as much as we do with the idea of how and why we are here. Fear of death created the need for
My eco campaign:
“The Bible says: ‘Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin.’ Which is just a more poetic way of saying the planet can go fry itself.”
Above: Cheer up, it might never happen. Whatever IT is ...
a concept of an afterlife, because it lent logic to what is, in the end, totally illogical. We cling to things that reinforce our hope that our lives are not senseless and it has all been for nothing. But back to the woolen hat brigade. I’ve noticed, over many years, that those who talk the most vociferously about their desire to save the planet, create world peace, rescue small rodents, or whatever, aren’t so nice when it comes to treatment of their fellow men. They make all the right noises about truth, goodness, and beauty, but, given half a chance, they’ll drop doggy
Save the Grape
Me on a march
do-do on you from a great height. Their commitment is to ideologies rather than the flesh and blood of real human beings. Why would you spend your days trying to perfect the art of yogic flying when your time could be better spent trying to find shelter for the homeless or food for the hungry? And – trust me on this, guys – you ain’t flying. I’ve seen it. You’re pressing down very hard with your buttock muscles and propelling yourselves forward. When you can make it across the Hudson to New Jersey in a single leap, then we’ll talk franchise. So, as we embark on this period of rejuvenation, let’s also think about things we can actually do something about in the here and now – our day-to-day relationships with people. As the Bible also says: “Be kind to one another.” The planet will live to fry another day. You won’t.
If you thought you lived a decadent life here, check it against what you would have been incarcerated for in Britain’s mental asylums in the late 19th century. Hell’s Kitchen looks like a convention of angels by comparison.
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THE GREAT GREEN WAY Who keeps Broadway’s billboards shining bright … then switches them off at night? Photograph Christian Miles You’re a green captain *salutes* – what does that mean? Being a green captain gives me unilateral power to upbraid everyone in the building about the 3 Rs [that’s reduce, reuse, recycle – pay attention at the back!]. Seriously, I’m the go-to person for fielding any green questions. I am the clearing house for information and research answers. How long have you been in the role? Adinah Alexander was our green captain for the first year. She has moved on and
If you don’t want a Playbill, don’t take one – it might be romantic to share one. The e-tickets allow the ticket takers to see that you’ve made a purchase without printing. People could turn their phones off during the show to conserve their batteries, and my sanity! Use mass transit. It’s rare to have a woman as head electrician – what’s that like? This building was built in 1924. It also occupies a large footprint. There is so much going on at any given time.
jackets that said: “Leave expectations at the door…” Where in Hell’s Kitchen do you go to wind down once all the lights are turned out? A cast and crew favorite is Beer Culture. Proximity helps, but the folks there are super nice. We’ve also had group get togethers at Southern Hospitality and Bocca de Bacco.
Do you have a favorite place to pick up a coffee in the neighborhood? Ask anyone who knows me – coffee 700 tons of carbon Bryan Cranston and theater departments using 15,000 is a BAD idea. It saved every year by Sophie Okonedo, to across the country. disposable batteries makes me hyper. converting to energystagehands and other in a year to using just That being said, efficient lighting. show personnel. 15 tons of electronic 96 rechargables. Empire Coffee has The program waste and 12,000 lovely tea. There is one green reaches over 60 Offpounds of textiles More than 15,000 captain volunteer Broadway shows and have been recycled tons of carbon Secrets time – at every single venues, at a dozen by the community have been offset where’s your top Broadway show, regional theaters, through waste drives by touring shows place to hang out ranging from recent and over 75 college at Times Square. through the Touring near the theater? Tony Award winners and university Wicked went from Green program. An insider Broadway gem …? I apprenticed down now it’s me. So I have “officially” been the Sometimes it’s challenging when I deal the block at Sound Associates. Seriously, captain for almost two years. with outside trades, like Time Warner or I commute from Hell Gate in Astoria to ConEdison: it seems that they are looking Hell’s Kitchen. During the blackout in 2006, In what ways is Broadway getting greener? past me to find out who really is in charge. though, I felt like I LIVED in Hell’s Kitchen The lighting technology is growing by My being in the position I am in ties in itself. El Rancho Burrito was La Paloma leaps and bounds. CFLs were an impetus nicely with the theme of Kinky Boots. For at the time, and even on an apprentice’s to get us to find a lower energy solution. opening night I gave the electrics crew salary I could lunch there. The food is LEDs have gotten less expensive and the authentic and delicious. Gotham West color temperatures are great. Almost all Market is neat. Otto’s Tacos is a favorite of shows now use rechargeable batteries. the crew. I love to stroll out to the pier with Many shows also use bottle-less coolers lunch from home. Many stagehands are and encourage personal staff to use their like firefighters – we love to cook, although own water bottles. what Seamless says is true about my kitchen (it is the size of a closet). I cook What can the rest of us theater goers do? like a maniac and bake even more.
“If you don’t want a Playbill, don’t take one – it might be romantic to share.” DIGITAL EDITION
Michele Gutierrez has been house electrician at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre since January 2008, so has worked on Kinky Boots since its opening night. She’s also a rare Broadway creature indeed: a female head electrician. Her other role is the theater’s green captain. What does that mean, you ask? Let us enlighten you … www.broadway green.com Michele’s HK Beer Culture, W45th St - 8th/9th Ave Southern Hospitality, 9th Ave - 45th St Bocca de Bacco, 9th Ave 44th/45th St Empire Coffee, 9th Ave - 41st/42nd St Gotham West Market, 11th Ave 44th/45th St Otto’s Tacos, 9th Ave - 48th/49th St
OUT & ABOUT
If it’s happening in Hell’s Kitchen, we’ve got it covered JOHN JAY JUSTICE AWARD
he criminal defense attorneys at the heart of Netflix’s Making A Murderer were honored last month with John Jay College’s Fierce Adovcate award. Also recognised with the college’s prestigious Medal for Justice were Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Gloria Steinem, and Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic.
IMAGES: PHIL O’BRIEN
Clockwise from above: College president Jeremy Travis with Making A Murderer attorneys Dean Strang and Jerome F. Buting; actress Ellyn Burstyn presents Gloria Steinem with her award; opera singer Janinah Burnett; Bryan Stevenson is congratulated; Jeremy Travis with Anthony McGill; Alec Baldwin presents Anthony’s award.
COMMUNITY NEW YORK FASHION WEEK
42ST’s roving style reporter was at all the shows for both men’s and women’s fashion weeks last month, capturing the famous, the wannabe famous, and the simply stylish on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen. Crooner Maxwell was at Suit Supply, trans model Carmen Carrera was at Desigual, legendary stylist Patricia Fields was at Loris Dirans in the Dimenna Center, and Diane Pernet, the original fashion blogger attended Chiara Boni.
IMAGES: MYKEL C SMITH
Clockwise from above: Maxwell strikes a pose; models arrive at Suit Supply; Carmen Carrera at Desigual; Patricia Fields; investment manager Mark Ciccarelli and TV’s EJ Johnson at Control Sector; Diane Pernet; model Sam Taylor attends Loris Diran.
How does your
GARDEN GROW? David Scalza’s Hell’s Kitchen apartment looks like any other from outside, but out back it’s like Wonderland Photograph Christian Miles
very day the New York City sidewalks are scattered with the detritus of someone else’s life; the stuff considered useless or no longer necessary as people move on – to someplace else, or to the next new thing. A broken chair. A rusty old bike. A dress mannequin – chipped and shop soiled. Kids’ toys, long grown tired of and discarded. If we notice them at all, we might absent-mindedly consider their past life, maybe pause to Instagram a melancholy curiosity. But David Scalza sees something different in the city’s everyday trash: the potential to create something new and beautiful. Perhaps, too, a metaphor for his own life. “On a personal level, there was a feeling of not being worthy, somewhat like junk,” he says. Walking into the courtyard behind his W56th Street apartment is like being Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole, or Dorothy finding herself all of a sudden over the rainbow. You don’t know where to look first as colors, installations, and sounds vie for attention. A childhood marked by domestic violence, David later worked as a Red Cross volunteer after 9/11. He believes that cocktail of trauma contributed to bladder cancer, and art was part of the healing process. “I was home, I was dealing with cancer, I had time on my hands so this made sense to do, and it kind of took over,” he says. “You know the adage: you get lemons in life, make lemonade. This whole place was a big lemon. There were guys hanging out here all hours of the
“You know the adage: you get lemons in life, make lemonade. This whole place was a big lemon.”
night, they were selling herb, they were obnoxious and loud and intimidating, so I wound up doing battle with them because I wanted to stay. But rather than use my fists, I used art.” A former high school teacher and landscape gardener, he doesn’t really know where the drive to create art from other people’s trash came from. He’d started with a small garden out front of his apartment, taking care of the trees. Next thing he knew, he had so much stuff, his collection had grown to the courtyard behind his block. It just seemed to make sense to paint it, and put it all together … “I didn’t plan anything. It was just
Above: David in just a small section of his garden. Opposite page: The All White Male Club, “but it’s safely encapsulated in there,” says David. “They can’t get out.”
COMMUNITY fumbling around in the dark, finding objects I found interesting and bringing them back,” he says. “I was driven to do it. It was almost as if I didn’t have much choice. I felt compelled. “I was repressed artistically so I didn’t really consider myself an artist. I grew up in the working class so the idea of art for art’s sake and you sacrifice for art, that was so foreign to me. I thought, how ridiculous. Now I understand.” Along with pieces entitled Hermaphrodite – created from cake tins, mannequin arms, an old fan and some unidentifiable plumbing – and No More War – an air con duct painted pink and headed for a “table” barricade – there is a statement mural by local artist Nick Stavrides. Stretching across an entire back wall, it features fish shoaling towards towards a central pool, and a West African symbol that means to learn from the past. “I’ve been doing a series of fish for about ten years,” says Nick, “comparing fish to people. “I feel like I live on the coral reef. All these different colored fish, all different sizes, come here for different reasons: for feeding, for shelter, for mating. So this is just another extrapolation of that. “But we haven’t learned from the past.
“What I love about David’s work is that it’s like an archaeological dig of Hell’s Kitchen. All these pieces are part of the story”
Above: Mahjong table. “I did this the day before July 4, so it’s red, white and blue, but the tears are red, because America is unhappy.” Below: Doors are painted; Artist Nick Stavrides with his fish mural.
We’re still making the same mistakes, we still don’t understand that people are just people. “What I love about David’s work,” he adds, “is that it’s like an archaeological dig of Hell’s Kitchen. All these pieces are part of the story.” David is a little less poetic. He describes himself as “a magnet for junk”. “I’m walking down 10th Avenue coming back from the laundromat and I’m supposed to go down 56th Street but somehow I find myself on 53rd
“I want it to be a sort of staging area for cultural events – film screenings, poetry readings, jam sessions. It’s a space that is conducive to people coming together.” Street. Why? There’s no rhyme nor reason. Then, boom, there’s something interesting.” Six years ago, he watched as the whole thing was torn down – four years of work declared a fire hazard and destined for the dumpster. But even then he was planning its revival, and now it’s complete again. “I want it to be a sort of staging area for cultural events – film screenings, a play could be put on, poetry readings, jam sessions. “It’s a space that is conducive to people coming together. “I’ve had a young woman who had a food tasting here. She prepared 30 different dishes of African food, invited all these people, they came … to me that’s a way of bringing people together for a good cause. “It feels like I’ve created something that’s significant. I feel good about that. When neighbors bring their friends out here and they go ‘Wow!’ I think, OK, it wasn’t a waste of time.”
Clockwise from top: Lanterns, chimes, musical instruments, plants, and sculptures no one else wanted find a home in the garden.
BENEATH You think ethical fashion is irrelevant? Ruth Walker prepares to overshare
mmediately after meeting Kate Black, I get straight off the Subway and go buy myself several pairs of organic cotton underpants. Too much information? Don’t judge me. Let me explain. Kate, the author of Magnifeco, the newly published bible on sustainable fashion and non-toxic beauty, has been researching and writing about the issue since 2008. And one of the reports that “scared the crap” out of her most was one that found the female of the species is particularly vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemicals in our clothing and personal care products. Basically, our lovely lady parts provide a toll-free highway to our bloodstream. Destination unknown. Infertility? Cancer? Birth defects … ? “I said to my goddaughter, please, whatever you change, change feminine care products,” says Kate. “That’s the No 1 thing. She’s 24, she wants to have children at some point, so use organic cotton tampons. “To follow that, it should be organic underwear. We should be really careful about that area.” But this is not purely a girl thing. Not by a long shot.
Right: We know what we put in our bodies affects our health, says Kate. We still don’t really understand the same is true of what we put ON our bodies.
“I’m the type of girlhirwhtso would buy two T-s for because they’re two I the price of one andts.” don’t need two T-shir
THE PROBLEM OK, so we’ve already got the message loud and clear on food. What we put in our
bodies affects our wellbeing. So we fill our refrigerators with kale and fresh fruit smoothies and congratulate ourselves on our positive health choices. But we still haven’t quite grasped the fact that the same is true when it comes to what we put ON our bodies. Drugs companies are selling us nicotine patches and pain relief creams, recognizing the skin is the largest organ we have. Yet we expose it to something like 11,000 different chemicals before we even get dressed in the morning. Our shower gel, deodorant, moisturizer, shampoo, shaving cream, hair wax all create a toxic soup of unpronounceable ingredients, the huge majority of which have never been tested for their long-term impact on our health. When it comes to our clothing, it just gets messier: pesticides used on cotton crops, dangerous synthetic fibers, toxic dyes, the intensive tanning process for leather … persistent, hazardous chemicals we could be absorbing through our skin or inhaling in the atmosphere. “All of these incidences concerning diseases, whether it’s cancer or infertility, or hypospadias – which is disfiguration of the urethra in little boys’ penises – all these things are increasing and we don’t really know why,” says Kate. But with all those chemicals, which one is causing the problem? What to change? USE LESS For Kate, the solution meant getting smarter to reduce the risk. And that started with asking the question: do I really need ALL this stuff? “I used to use double, maybe even triple the amount I use now, and it just took a while for me to think, Do I need it? Not even is it good or bad, just do I need it? Do I need a moisturizing wash and a body lotion and a foot cream and a face cream and a deodorant and a perfume and a hairspray … if you could just reduce the number you need. “The other thing I tell my girlfriends is to get rid of perfume. Perfume is categorically one of the worst. It’s not just the worst for you, the research shows that the phthalates might actually be rewriting your DNA. So it’s not going to cause you infertility per se, but it might cause your offspring infertility. “We know infertility is on the rise but I
COMMUNITY don’t know if it’s my mother’s perfume that caused it. We’re never going to be able to follow that chain in our lifetime, but the fact that it’s starting to be a suspicion is enough for me to say: stop using perfume.” SHOP LESS She’s also made the decision to just buy less. Way less. “Part of that is about cost,” she explains. “Ethical fashion costs more so that’s given me time to stop and evaluate purchases. Do I love this? Really? I don’t even look at the price tag any more. I just think, do I trust the maker? Do I trust the vendor? Do I love it? Then the price is irrelevant. And not irrelevant because I have so much, it’s irrelevant because I’m the type of girl who would buy two T-shirts because they’re two for the price of one and I don’t need two T-shirts. So I’m really trying to rewrite how I purchase and what sways me.” SHOP CONSCIOUSLY Unlike farm to table food, it’s rarely possible for you to know the journey the
shiny new product in your shopping bag took to get to you. Sustainable fashion addresses many concerns, from animal rights to human rights and environmental issues. So do what you can to make informed choices depending on what pushes your ethical buttons. Concerned about human rights? Support your local designers and “Made in NY” products. Or seek out fair trade brands where the maker is treated responsibly and with respect. Buy vintage or upcycled clothing to reduce the planet’s waste. And find a source you trust. “Where you buy is really important,” says Kate. “For beauty care products, I prefer to buy them at a natural food store as opposed to a conventional drug store, just because there’s probably someone in the buying department who shares my sensibility. “It’s the same with fashion. I like to buy from small, independent boutiques or retailers where they’re looking for brands that are unique, they’re talking to the designers at market about what it’s made of and how it’s made.
“The supply chain is long so you have to go on leaps of faith and you have to buy from people you think share the same sensibilities.” CHECK THE LABEL “H&M is one of the ten largest buyers of organic cotton,” says Kate. “One of the advantages of being a mass chain is that they have deep pockets and can support sustainable farming. C&A is another example of a chain that buys a lot of organic cotton.” Other major brands making waves in the field of sustainability and ethics include People Tree and Eileen Fisher. Also look for GOTS organic certification, which covers every stage of the production process, from raw material through manufacturing, including cleaning, spinning, weaving, dying, finishing, and sewing. Each stage must be environmentally and socially responsible to gain GOTS approval. Magnifeco is published by New Society Publishers (www.magnifeco.com)
LIP2CHEEK MINERAL COLOR
One product, two jobs, cutting down on the number of jars in your bathroom. This formula from RMS works equally well on lips and cheeks. All ingredients are certified organic.
VAYU CASHMERE WRAP
Vayu means ‘air’ in Sanskrit, and this impossibly light treasure lives up to the name. Each scarf is hand woven in Nepal and hand tinted with vegetable or environmentally-friendly dyes. The process involves techniques that are close to disappearing.
HANDMADE GEM EARRINGS
Combining black opal and tsavorite garnet, these earrings are crafted from 18K recycled gold, handmade in New York City. All the diamonds used in this brand’s jewelry are ethically sourced and conflict-free. They work as close to mine sources as possible in order to assess labor conditions, and support and promote women and minority owned businesses wherever possible.
Yegang Yoo studied fashion design at Parsons and creates her geometric handbags here in New York. Which means fewer air miles and no sweat shops. Just beautiful purses.
PRATIMA LOVE OIL
Made with 100% herbs, roots, flowers, fruits, plants, and minerals from sustainable farms in the US and India, Pratima oils are certified organic, cruelty free and Sattvic (non-harming to any living being), and contain no lead, metals, chemicals, parabens, GMOs, artificial scents, colors or dyes. Plus (pauses for breath) they come in 100% recyclable glass packaging.
“If I need to hail a taxi, there’s always one nearby.” 18
Stylist, blogger, and lover of all things vintage, Belle Sansone takes us on a journey around her favorite hood Photographs Audrey Froggatt
’ve been in Hell’s Kitchen for nine months. I moved here with my fiancé Brendan, our dog Amie, and cat Finn. Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of living in NYC. It’s everything I thought it would be and more – there’s always a certain excitement in the air. “I love the contrasts the neighborhood has. Times Square is a few blocks away, but two blocks down is a fresh fish market. Midtown is a busy, bustling place, but it retains the charm of a neighborhood. “I also adore how central Hell’s Kitchen is. It’s so easy to hop on a subway, and if I need to hail a taxi, there’s always one nearby. Living here is really magical because so much is available a few steps away: the theaters, bodegas, shops, and banks. The bubble tea at Vivi’s can’t be beat either. As hectic as midtown can be, it still absolutely feels like home. “This photoshoot was a collaboration with Audrey Froggatt, a storytelling photographer (and my good friend!), milliner Anya Caliendo, whose hats are handmade right here in NYC, and Christine Fellows, the owner of Couture Du Jour. Christine has amassed a gorgeous collection of one-of-a-kind pieces that speak to me – I chose these purple accordion pants (left) because they’re easy to move in and, when I’m working, there’s nothing more frustrating than being in clothing that’s too binding.”
Above: “Friday afternoon is when I normally hit the markets on 9th Avenue to do my grocery shopping. I usually come straight from work and the floral Liz Claiborne suit is the working woman’s fun escape from a black-on-black suit.”
COMMUNITY Right: “Going for a picnic doesn’t have to be a jeans and a T-shirt event. I dressed up a bit by pairing a Saint Laurent shirt with a long silk skirt. We picnicked on my patio in my building but there was astro turf close enough.”
FIVE WAYS TO BE A STELLAR VINTAGE SHOPPER 1. Shop local. You’ll get to know the people at your favorite spots, and they get to know your unique tastes. Not only will you be recycling, but you‘ll also be supporting a local business. 2. Be patient. Be prepared to dig through many racks – it takes time to find quality pieces. 3. When you look at vintage pieces, think about how they’ll integrate into the rest of your wardrobe. And if you’re new to vintage clothing, experiment with outerwear to start. Coats and jackets are great statement pieces, but you can always slip them off if you feel they’re too much. 4. Learn the quality of the fabrics when you shop. Once you can tell cashmere from acrylic, your life will never be the same again. 5. Bring a measuring tape. Sizing can vary wildly so, when in doubt, measure out the chest, waist, and hips to see if something will fit.
“On bright days when I walk my dog, I like to wear spring dresses like this yellow one. I’m over the moon when it comes to polka dots!”
“Life is a special occasion, you should dress up.”
Above: “With this shoot, I wanted to prove that vintage can be worn every day. Unlike the stereotypical New Yorker, I’m inspired by bright, happy colors.”
“Not just a museum piece.”
Above: “Vintage clothing is a physical representation of history: it reminds us of the triumphs and devastations of the past. Preserving these articles of clothing isn’t just about fashion for me, it’s about honoring memories too.”
Photographer/storyteller: Audrey Froggatt at Famed Studio (www.audreyfroggatt.com @audreyfroggatt www.famedstudio.com) Stylist/model: Belle Sansone (www.ringsabelle.com @littlefashionstylist) Hair/make-up: Mirna Jose
(www.Mirnajose.com @mirnajose) Milliner: Anya Caliendo (www.anyacaliendo.com @anyacaliendo) All vintage clothing: Couture Du Jour (www.couturedujournyc.com @couture_du_jour_NYC) Gowns: Henry Picado for Este & Chlo (www.esteandchlo.com @esteandchlo @henry88designs)
what’s going on in
Every day’s a play day with our guide to the month’s events in and around Hell’s Kitchen.
April 2 Broadway’s Greatest Hits 54 Below
All your favorite Broadway hits performed by the Great White Way’s greatest stars, straight up, just the way you like them. www.54below.com
Ends April 10 Ailey II’s New York Season April 3 Showbiz After Hours Birdland
Frank DiLella hosts his acclaimed talk show, with impromptu performances, audience interaction, and a surprise guest star. www.birdlandjazz.com
Not Mondays Cagney
Artists have transformed antiSemitic and racist books into an uplifting and dynamic exhibition. www.shivagallery.org
April 6-9 Camille O’Sullivan
Not Mondays Trip of Love
April 14-16 Ween
Irish Arts Center
Opens April 15 Bello Mania
April 15-17 Artexpo New York
New Victory Theatre
Roll up! Roll up! The spectacular stuntman, the gregarious goofball, the agile athlete returns after two sold-out runs at The New Victory.
IMAGES: DENIS CÔTÉ.
John Jay College
A new musical following the life of James Cagney from vaudeville song-and-dance man to the cinema’s original tough guy.
Ends April 8 Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate
Ailey Citigroup Theater Four world premieres – In & Out, Gêmeos, Something Tangible, and I Am The Road – are performed alongside returning favorites from the 2014-2015 season – Hissy Fits, Breakthrough, and Wings. A mix of dance styles and influences which all contribute to a company Dance magazine hails as “second to none.”
The performer interprets songs by Brel, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Radiohead, and more. Sexy, fierce, amusing and mesmerizing.
Take a musical journey back to the 60s, with classic hits from The Beatles, Tom Jones, The Beach Boys, and many more. www.TripOfLove.com
The annual show for art collectors and exhibitors showcases work by more than 400 artists, galleries and publishers from around the world.
April 15-17 New York Green Festival More than 250 exhibitors, 50 speakers, nonprofits and a local food court all focus on making our lives greener and healthier.
The reformed alt rock duo prove their cult following is as devoted as ever with this three-night sold-out run at T5. www.terminal5nyc.com
Wed/Thurs/Sun Marvelous Wonderettes Kathy Brier stars as Suzy Simpson, bandleader with a heart of gold and a fondness for bubblegum. This show includes hits such from the 50s and 60s.
Previews from April 15 In The Secret Sea
Tuesday-Saturday She Loves Me
April 15 Distorted Hollywood
Laurie Beechman Theatre
The Beckett Theatre
It won ten Tonys in 1993, and the story inspired the movie You’ve Got Mail. This revival celebrates Roundabout’s 50th anniversary.
Titanic, Wizard of Oz, and Mommie Dearest are brought to dragtastic life. (Or get your princess on with Distorted Diznee on April 22.)
Not Mondays Stupid Fu**ing Bird
Not Mondays Fully Committed
The Pearl Theatre
New York premiere of a “sort of” adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, set squarely in the 21st century. www.pearltheatre.org
Not Mondays The Robber Bridegroom
Can Sam, working the reservation line at NY’s hottest restaurant, look out for himself while juggling socialites, wannabes, and celebs?
Thursdays & Saturdays One Funny Mother
April 25-27 Spring break cooking
New World Stages
Sur la Table
Comedian, former Miss New Jersey, and mother of three, Dena Blizzard’s solo show about the trials of motherhood and marriage.
A newly married couple and their parents confront a life and death decision. The outcome will change all of them forever.
Laura Pels Theatre
Set in Mississippi, the cast is a rogue’s gallery of beguiling con men, hucksters, and charlatans. Including Steven Pasquale. www.roundabouttheatre.org
April 22 Carcasses MAD Museum
A documentary/fiction film based on 74-year-old Jean-Paul Colmor, inveterate car (and pretty much anything else) collector. www.madmuseum.org
Not Mondays Arthur Miller’s The Crucible Walter Kerr Theatre
New production with a stellar cast, including Sophie Okonedo, Saoirse Ronan, and Ciaran Hinds. www.thecrucibleonbroadway.com
Aimed at kids and teens, this threeday course will take youngsters through culinary basics such as pasta, pizza and dessert.
In previews, opens May 25 Paramour Opens April 26 Daphne’s Dive Signature Theatre
Set in a cheap corner bar in North Philly, an unconventional family is forced to confront who’s an insider and who’s an outsider. www.signaturetheatre.org
April 28 Next W42ST out All around Hell’s Kitchen
Food, glorious food! If you can put it in your face and chew it, we’re talking about it next month. If you’d like to be featured in the magazine, contact us on email@example.com.
Lyric Theatre Cirque du Soleil’s first show created specially for Broadway is a love story told by live musicians and professional actors, but with the Cirque du Soleil magic woven throughout. The cast includes spectacular acrobatics by the Atherton twins, Andrew and Kevin, who were featured in our February issue. www.ParamourOnBroadway.com
“It’s not terribly surprising that entertainment and politics are now one and the same thing” Gabriel Byrne on politics, parenthood, and making his peace with the past Interview Ruth Walker
abriel Byrne is looking dapper, in a crumpled, rogueish sort of way. Unshaven. Pinstripe jacket. Silver ring on each hand. Long, dark cuffs. Strong, black coffee. A week into rehearsals for a new production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night with Roundabout Theatre Company, he admits it’s been hard; those early stages of a play when you’re learning your lines, getting to know the strangers you’ll be working with, allowing yourself to be vulnerable and get things wrong before you can get them right. The Eugene O’Neill piece is not an easy one either. It’s intense, the dysfunctional family at its core scarred by addiction. A key part of Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season, it also stars Jessica Lange, who’s hot all over again thanks to American Horror Story. Byrne has lived in Manhattan since 1987, when he moved here to be with Ellen Barkin (the pair met while making Siesta that same year). Since then he’s made a name for himself in movies like The Usual
Suspects, Miller’s Crossing, producing Academy Award-nominated In the Name of the Father, and winning a Golden Globe for his role in the HBO psychology drama In Treatment. But, lest you be in any doubt, he says he hates the “fame” side of fame, and detests the circus of the red carpet. “I don’t do anything like that,” he says, “unless you’re there to really support a film you’ve made and are really proud of. I can’t stand it, to be honest. It’s like being four years old and being paraded in front of a bunch of neighbors and being told to stand this way and that way, and look this way and that way. “It’s not so bad for men because you wear a tuxedo, but honestly, it makes me cringe to see the way women are treated on the red carpet, the way they’re infantilized. ‘Turn around, give us a look of your dress, who are you wearing?’ All that stuff. “But mostly I don’t like that thing of actors being used as …” he searches for the word … “objectified. You’re never asked an intelligent question. And if you
try to answer intelligently, they move you on, they’re not interested. They want a quick one-liner. “And so it’s not terribly surprising that entertainment and politics are now one and the same thing because we’ve gone into the age of celebrity and one-line comments. That’s it.” Byrne and Barkin divorced amicably in 1999 and, while he still considers himself unequivocally Irish – “that’s my identity” – the couple’s two children are “American through and through.” Jack, a musician, has toured with Bob Dylan, Billy Idol, and John Mellencamp. His dad says proudly that he’s just signed to Third Man records and will soon be making his first album. “He took up the guitar when he was ten and never let it out of his hands. It’s a passion for him, and a kid who has a passion, you don’t worry about them because the passion will always carry them through life’s difficulties. “I don’t know where he got it from. At 11 he was playing the introduction
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ARTS to The Beatles’ Ticket To Ride. It was just a miracle.” Romy, his daughter, is “dipping her toe into the world of acting.” He fears for her. “I support her 100 per cent,” he says. “I wish she’d become a vet, but that’s not going to happen. As a parent, you can only be there as a supporter, an adviser – if you’re allowed. You have to be careful to allow people their freedom to go their own path, to make their own mistakes, but to be there in the background if you’re needed. Essentially, they’re on their own. “What it means to be a young woman now, what’s expected of you, the way the culture reacts to young women, those things you can’t protect them from. You can only say, ‘Look, examine this as much as you can, intelligently, try to remember what I told you, and then it’s up to you.’ “The Buddhists have a great expression which is: a child’s first step is a step away from you, and I believe that.” We discuss guilt, my own mainly; that feeling of never being around enough, of not doing enough, somehow,
for your children. “The most useless emotion of all is guilt,” he says, “because it serves no purpose. Fear has a purpose, but guilt has none whatsoever. I think most parents I know carry a very healthy dose of guilt with them.” He’s no stranger to the emotion. Brought
about life. So to come to a place where you reject that is only the beginning. You have to root out the guilt and guilt is something we feel is inevitable. If we’re not feeling guilty and we’re not worrying and we’re not being anxious, then we’re not really being who we are.” But, actually, getting rid the notion
“I don’t do red carpets. I can’t stand it, to be honest. It’s like being four years old and being paraded in front of a bunch of neighbors.” up in the Catholic Church, he trained for the priesthood from the age of 11. He’s since spoken of his abuse he suffered at the time, though won’t dwell on it lest it becomes something that defines him. But it took a long time to “de-brainwash” himself. “It’s not that terribly different to being in a cult because the insidious thing about Catholicism is that it gets children at a very young age and inculcates them with notions, mostly based on fear and guilt,
of sin, of the “shoulds” and sense of expectation, is what sets us free. “It’s like being a parent. As much as you will always be a parent, you also have to take care of yourself. Because if you don’t, you really won’t be able to contribute in a positive way to anybody else’s life.” Long Day’s Journey Into Night begins previews at American Airlines Theatre on April 3, and opens April 27 (www.roundabouttheatre.org)
ARTS Gabriel Byrne isn’t the only big name to appear on the Roundabout stage. While it began as a 150-seat theater in a supermarket basement, it’s now considered one of the city’s leading cultural institutions, with five stages on and off Broadway. A nonprofit company, it has thrived under visionary artistic director Todd Haimes, and hosted the likes of Stockard Channing, Jim Dale, Alan Cumming, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Frank Langella, Christopher Plummer, Jason Robards, Nathan Lane, winning 29 Tonys, 42 Drama Desks, 53 Outer Critics Circle, 10 Obie, and five Olivier Awards. Its educational program has brought theater into schools to help build confidence, engage disenfranchised students, create new learning opportunities and foster a new generation of artists.
ROUND AND ROUND
Clockwise from top: Karen Allen in The Country Girl; Emma Stone and Alan Cumming in Cabaret; Jake Gyllenhaal in If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet; Anthony Hopkins and Marsha Mason in Old Times; Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson in Anna Christie; Matthew Broderick in The Foreigner; Danny Glover in Master Harold and the Boys; Martin Short in Little Me.
Patrick Bateman is coming to Broadway. Michael Portantiere rounds up American Psycho and the rest of this month’s hot tickets AMERICAN PSYCHO
This page: Benjamin Walker takes the sinister lead in American Psycho.
Opens April 20 Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre If you happen to run into Benjamin Walker in the theater district and he hands you a really cool-looking business card, you might want to back away slowly. Walker is playing Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, the new musical with a score by Duncan Sheik, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis that was also the source material of the film version starring Christian Bale. The show also features Tony Award winner Alice Ripley and Jennifer Damiano, who appeared together on Broadway in Next to Normal. www.americanpsychothemusical.com
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Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Opens April 14 Frank Langella returns to Broadway in The Father – not the classic Strindberg drama of that title, but the American premiere of a new play by Molière Award winner Florian Zeller. Translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Doug Hughes, the Manhattan Theatre Club production tells the story of an elderly man who’s beginning to wonder if he’s losing control of his faculties. www.manhattantheatreclub.com
Now in previews, opens April 24 Brooks Atkinson Theatre Jessie Mueller, whose amazing performance as Carole King in Beautiful won her a well-deserved Tony, stars in the new musical Waitress. Based on the 2007 movie written by Adrienne Shelley, and with a score by five-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, the show is about a woman
PREVIEWS stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage until a pie-baking contest and a handsome, young doctor offer her an escape into a new life. www.waitressthemusical.com
Opens April 21 Longacre Theatre Bill Gates and Steve Jobs take the stage in the persons of Rory O’Malley and Bryan Fenkart in Nerds, “the musical dot comedy that plugs into the epic rivalry between two of our culture’s biggest icons.” The show has a book and lyrics by Emmy Award nominees Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner, music by Hal Goldberg, direction by Casey Hushion, and choreography by Joshua Bergasse (On The Town, Smash) and Denis Jones (Honeymoon in Vegas). www.nerdsmusical.com
Opens April 1 Theatre at St. Clement’s Playwriting was one of the many talents of the late, great Leonard Nimoy, best known as Spock in several incarnations of Star Trek. With a limited run until June 5, Nimoy’s play about the passion, the love, and the tormented beauty of the life of Vincent Van Gogh is based on a previous work by Phillip Stephens. Originally performed by Nimoy himself, the one-man play in this production stars James Briggs, who has toured the country for three years in the role. www.starrynighttheater.com
Above: Tuck Everlasting. Left: Rory O’Malley and Bryan Fenkart star as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs in Nerds.
In previews, opens April 28 Music Box Talk about Broadway star power: Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Joshua Henry star in Shuffle Along: Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. And if those names aren’t enough for you, this new look at a groundbreaking show with music and lyrics by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake is directed by George C. Wolfe and choreographed by Savion Glover. www.shubertorganization.com
has a cast that includes Andrew KeenanBolger, Sarah Charles Lewis, Terrence Mann, Carolee Carmello, and Robert Lenzi, and is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten!, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon). www.shubertorganization.com
Opens April 26 Broadhurst Theatre Based on Natalie Babbit’s best-selling, award-winning children’s novel about a family that lives forever, this new musical
Broadway credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, and The Lion King. Directed by Bill Castellino, and boasting stellar choreography by Joshua Bergasse, the show features a new score by Creighton and Christopher McGovern, as well as some classic songs that figured prominently in Cagney’s career: Give My Regards to Broadway, You’re a Grand Old Flag, and Yankee Doodle Dandy. www.cagneythemusical.com
In previews, opens April 3 Westside Theatre Acting, singing, and dancing the tour-deforce title role of the legendary James Cagney is Robert Creighton, whose
April 19-23 Birdland Celebrating 30 years together, the electric jazz group Yellowjackets released their 21st recording and Mack Avenue Records label debut Timeline to critical acclaim and two Grammy Award nominations. Led by founding member, keyboardist, and primary composer Russell Ferrante, the group continues to practice their signature brand of high energy rhythm and improvisational chemistry. The performance also features drummer (since 1986) William Kennedy, saxophonist (since 1991) Bob Mintzer, and a recent addition, bassist Felix Pastorius (son of the late electric bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius), who’s filling in for founding member Jimmy Haslip during a hiatus. www.birdlandjazz.com
SHOW AND TELL
Props failing, pranks, and an unfortunate incident involving a mega bag of M&Ms … the cast of Disaster! recount their own onstage mishaps
Jennifer Simard “Two ‘disasters’ occurred during my run as Rona in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The first was opening night in Baltimore, to launch the first national tour. I walked out onstage in front of critics – and the sound system was on the skids. “I told the audience we’d be starting the Bee in just a few moments. James Lapine ran backstage and told me to try and stall, which I did by dividing the house in thirds and leading a Putnam County Piranha cheer as a round, like Row, Row Your Boat. While this was not the greatest moment in theatrical history, crisis was averted, and the critics thought it was part of the show. My
producers surprised me with a day at a spa. “On Broadway, I played opposite the wonderful Darrell Hammond as Panch. Darrell had the spelling bee questions in show order on his notecards. At one point, his character is supposed to have a breakdown, and on this particular night, Darrell improv’d, throwing the cards in the air. While this normally wouldn’t be an issue, he was new to the show, and I knew he’d be in trouble without the cards being in order. So the next few minutes consisted of me inappropriately yelling at the kids to help me pick them up and frantically trying to get them in order before the next scene.”
ARTS Kerry Butler “When I played Belle in Beauty and the Beast, the show starts with Belle singing on an empty stage: “Little town it’s a quiet village...” During that line, the town moves on stage around Belle. One night, as I started singing, the set pieces somehow crashed into each other. It was not a quiet village at all. “In the same show, the highlight was
the Beast’s transformation. Everyone in the audience had heard about how the Beast would fly into the air, spin around, and transform into the prince. But one night, the magic didn’t work, and the Beast had to do an interpretive dance. It was hysterical; I could barely say my next line, because I was holding in the laughter.”
Seth Rudetsky “Three stories: I was playing the piano for Seussical on Broadway, and halfway through Act One, directly above me in the orchestra pit, I saw an enormous water bug. He was clinging to the ceiling of the pit, and I was terrified he would fall right on to me. Suddenly, it became even scarier, because a dance number had begun onstage, and the ceiling of the pit started –because it was also the floor of the stage. The good news is, the bug somehow crawled away. The bad news is, I still have post-traumatic stress disorder. “Audra McDonald was in Ragtime and, at the end of Act One, her character died. One night, she lay down in her coffin offstage as usual and was wheeled on for her long funeral scene. Suddenly, non-stop vibrations underneath her. Why? Because people in the cast had pranked her by putting their pagers (this
was the 1990s) in the coffin, and then the offstage understudies called them. P.S. This happened often. “Andrea McArdle – the original Annie – was playing Fantine in Les Miz on Broadway. Her second act costume as a boy on the barricade had deep pockets, and she would stand offstage and munch on quarter-pound bags of M&Ms. One night, she had friends in the audience and decided to do a really dramatic death – so, when she got shot while standing on the barricade, she hooked her foot to the top of the whole thing and flung her body completely backwards. Suddenly, the stage was awash with a rainbow of colors as all her M&Ms skittered down the barricade. The good news was that they landed in the pit, and I’m sure those musicians appreciated them, since you need a lot of energy to get through that three-hour show.”
Adam Pascal “In 1999, we were in a pre-Broadway run of Aida in Chicago. It was our second preview, and Heather Headley and I were inside a ‘tomb’ at the end of the show. This was the scene where our characters were put to death. “The ‘tomb’ was about 15 feet in the air, being supported by what’s called a scissor lift. “As we were singing to each other, the lift malfunctioned and gave way; we crashed down to the stage, then flew
out of the ‘tomb’ and hit the deck of the stage. Heather and I were both badly banged up. “They stopped the show, dropped the curtain and made an announcement to see if there was a doctor in the house. A man came onstage and said: ‘I’m a dermatologist!’ “So they took us away to the hospital in ambulances. Two days later, on lots of painkillers and ace bandages, we were back in the show.”
is at the Nederlander Theatre through July 3 (www.disastermusical.com)
Earth: Cigarette jeans, $178, All Saints; necklace, Tory Burch; clay from Mud, Sweat and Tears
Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Mother Nature – as you’ve never seen them before Photographs Christian Miles
reen issues are close to Christian Miles’s heart. The Hell’s Kitchen born and based photographer is not only a great lover of the outdoors; he’s also raising the next generation of eco-minded New Yorkers in his role as a Leave No Trace counselor for his son’s Boy Scout Troop 150. “For me,” he says, “photography is a means of communication, just like speaking. When I am behind the camera, I am in conversation with the world; I am questioning and commenting, admiring and expressing sympathy, fearing and finding connection.” This project was inspired by the recent international climate change agreement signed in Paris, and features the elements of nature .... as you’ve never seen them before.
“I sourced as many ecologically-minded props and clothing as I could from the neighborhood,” says Christian. “While searching for clothing, I stumbled upon a gem. Morphew, at 241 W37th Street, is a unique concept and retail designer that collects and repurposes vintage fashion from all over the world. Which makes them wonderfully green.” For the figure of Earth, he sourced clay from pottery studio Mud, Sweat and Tears, and Mother Nature is adorned with blooms from Fresh Cut Flowers. “In thinking of the environment,” says Christian, “I wanted to reach back and consider the classical elements and express a sense of timelessness.”
Fire: Dress, price on application, Dany Tabet; jewelry, Tory Burch
Wind: White dress, price on application, Charles Youssef; jewelry, Tory Burch
Mother Nature: Vintage YSL gown, $3,800, Morphew Concept; flowers, Fresh Cut Flowers
Fire: 1970s red jersey dress, 4850, Morphew Concept Water: 1970s blue chiffon duster, $650, Morphew Concept Wind: Brown Mr Blackwell chiffon maxi dress, $650, Morphew Concept Earth: Cigarette jeans, $178, All Saints
Water: Vintage beaded Bob Mackie gown, $2,400, Morphew Concept
Models: Ja-Lynn Campbell for 28models NY, Patty Alexandra for Q Management, and Madison Smukalla, Dominique Shaw, and Ines Lopez, all for Major Model NY Art director: Theo A Faulkner, 12 Artist Styling: SAB, 12 Artist Hair: Neal Pittman Hair assistant: Rachael Gunter Make-up: Asari Duke Make-up assistants: Kathy Moon, Dana Hawary Location: True Light Church Special thanks to Dallas Selsey at Luxeintel for jewelry, and James at Supreme Publicity Fresh Cut Flowers, 444 W43rd St 9th/10th Ave (www.freshcut444.com) Mud, Sweat and Tears, 654 10th Ave 46th St (www.mudsweat-tears.com) Morphew Concept, 241 W37th St 7th/8th Ave (www.morphewconcept.com)
“I fan-girled a bit when Wallace Shawn first came into the store. I may have actually said: ‘Inconceivable’ to his face.” 40
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Schmahl and MIGHTY
Broadway’s favorite cookie monster, Zachary Schmahl, dishes on the stars who munch the most, to his “epic fail” flavor combination Photograph Nacho Guevara OK, so you’re a cookie fiend. How come you’re not shaped like one? I’m on a strict ‘cookies only’ diet. It’s the newest craze! But really, I don’t like to deny myself guilty pleasures on a daily basis, so I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle by staying as active as my schedule allows me to. Lately I’ve taken up acro yoga and rock climbing – those definitely help burn off the cookies. Cookies aren’t what brought you to NY from Nebraska though, are they? After college, I left Nebraska to pursue a career in acting. After realizing the business wasn’t for me, I was on the hunt for a career that still fueled me creatively. I had been baking cookies as a hobby since childhood and never even considered it as a way to make money. While working at a marketing firm, I would bake cookies in the evenings as a way to de-stress. Friend after friend would tell me: “You have to start selling these things!” So I kind of started the company on the side and treated it as a marketing/branding project, delivering cookies on my lunch break. After two months, Schmackary’s was already starting to take off and I had to quit my job because I was getting so many orders. A year later, I landed the first Schmackary’s storefront, and the rest (as they say) is history. Cats made you fall in love with Broadway – which show/shows keep you faithful? The first show that comes to mind is Chaplin. It was quite possibly the best show I’ve ever seen and it closed way too soon. This season, I’m a big fan of Noises Off! and The Color Purple. Still waiting on those Hamilton tickets – if anyone has a hookup … We reckon you must make the Broadway community’s favorite cookies. Tell us about Broadway Bakes ...
About three years ago, I had this pipe dream of an idea where we’d somehow get Broadway stars to work behind our counter. Then we thought of making it into a philanthropic cause, where we would give half the proceeds and all the tips back to a charity. Once we reached out to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, they loved the idea. But then came the hard part – how do we actually get the stars interested in doing it. Using Twitter, we aimed high and asked a bunch of Broadway-lebrities, thinking no one would do it – but to our surprise EVERYONE said yes and we ended up raising $12,000. Since then, we’ve managed to raise over $37,000 and the event has gotten bigger and bigger every year. I still don’t know how we’re going to top ourselves this year … JHud, are you reading this? Which show’s cast members consume the most cookies? The all-time record still goes to the Newsies cast. They had some crazy fans and those boys had cookies being sent over to the theatre literally every day. I’d say our most frequent cast customers currently goes to Something Rotten. Is there a star you still get goosebumps about serving? One time, Sara Bareilles came in and we all kinda freaked out. I also fan-girled a bit when Wallace Shawn first came into the store. I may have actually said: “Inconceivable” to his face. How has your basic recipe changed since the days you cooked a dozen at a time in your 400 sq ft NY apartment? First off, shame on you. We don’t do anything basic over here. When I was baking out of my apartment, I only had about eight flavors and now we are up to about 67, so that’s the biggest change. But the flavors that were on my original
Left: His cookies are like his children. How could Zachary pick just one?
menu haven’t really changed much in five years, aside from the batches being 20 x larger. How many cookies a day do you sell? About 3,500, on average. Talk to us about flavors – which have been your most surprising hits? And the “um, let’s not make those ones again”? The most raved about cookie, which I get hate mail every time it goes away after the summer, is Key Lime. People go crazy for it. I wasn’t expecting that it would be such a hit, but it is pretty sinful. My favorite epic fail has been the Chicken & Waffles cookie. It was spot-on in terms of accuracy, but when you ran into pieces of fried chicken in the cookie, it was quite possibly the grossest texture combination ever. Which is your personal favorite? I can’t just pick one … They’re like my kids! So here’s four in my arsenal that I am super proud of: The Monster, Caramel Apple Crisp, Sweet Corn, and Ginger Rogers However, man cannot live on cookies alone. Where else do you eat/drink in Hell’s Kitchen? My two favorite restaurants in HK are The Marshal and Ippudo, and my favorite bars are Beer Culture and The Press Lounge in the summer. You have a store in Williamsburg now ... where next? I guess you’ll just have to wait and see. We are definitely on the hunt for store #3, but I can’t say just yet where in Manhattan it will be …
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Spring is like an open invitation to hit the bottle. Ciera Coyan has a couple of tips to stop things getting messy
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ew Yorkers love a party anytime of year, but they show up in a big way for spring. Bartending in the spring is so much fun. Everyone is celebratory, starting to show a little skin, and generally feeling no pain. New York becomes restless and ready to party. While I fully support this season of good cheer (it trumps Christmas in my book any day) it does have a dark side. I’ve long said day-drinkers are the best drinkers. People who professionally booze while the sun is still up know what they’re about. They tend to be seasoned bar regulars who are ready to chat with anybody and tip well. The problems arise when less practiced drinkers get enticed by the sunshine and sidewalk cafes and decide to start marathon drinking every Saturday the minute it hits 65 degrees. If you’ve taken it easy on the sauce this winter but are feeling ready to embrace all the NYC bar scene has to offer this spring, there are just a couple of easy tips to keep in mind that’ll ensure your day is on the fun side of sloppy. EASY DOES IT The most important thing is to pace yourself. Pilsners, wheat beers, and goses are all great afternoon beers as they tend to be light and have low ABVs (alcohol by volume). Liquor is tricky before 5pm. One Saturday afternoon I was working what should have been a somewhat quiet, relaxed shift when the bar suddenly got slammed with a huge crew. Round after round of Jameson shots were ordered. After about an hour a woman approached the bar to tell me there was a girl passed out in the bathroom. I went
Right: Daytime drinkers are the best drinkers, says Ciera. And she should know – she used to be one.
“In my younger bartending days (before the hangovers started getting brutal) it wasn’t too hard to talk me into starting seriously anytime after noon.” DIGITAL EDITION
to check things out and found the stall door locked from the inside. I had to climb on to the sink, hop over the stall, shake the girl awake, and then help her put her pants on. It wasn’t even 3:30pm. She clearly wasn’t in it for the long haul that night. But this isn’t just anecdotal knowledge. In my younger bartending days (before the hangovers started getting brutal) it wasn’t too hard to talk me into starting seriously anytime after noon. Consider this an open apology to all the bartenders in the city who had to handle that. LOAD UP Water and food are also essentials. Obviously spring is an excellent season for brunch. There’s no better way to kick off a day of drinking than with a big meal. This, of course, applies to the people who plan on continuing drinking. I have known plenty of construction workers and even a suit every now and again who’d come into the bar in the afternoon for their liquid lunch. They tend to pound several shots and return to work, usually leaving a generous tip that I assume to be payment to keep quiet. Still, if they can handle a whiskey lunch, I assume they’ve had a big breakfast. Day drinking is my favorite kind of drinking, as long as everyone involved is prepared. It’s more or less like running a marathon: go at a sustainable pace, drink plenty of water, and don’t be afraid to stop for a snack.
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It’s the end of the world
AS WE KNOW IT Or is it? Jeremy Kaplan investigates the effect of climate change on the wine map
limate change has become one of the most talked about subjects among wine folk. And for good reason. Because global warming is more than simply a rise in temperature. It means more extreme conditions too, including colder winters, and violent weather like hail and mistrals, flooding and drought. All of which can have an adverse effect on grape crops. Wine grapes are considered the ‘canary in the coal mine’ of the agricultural world. They’re hyper sensitive to weather changes and need just-right conditions to reach optimal maturity at harvest. Grapes (and the vines they grow on) need a cold, but not too cold, winter, a frost-free spring for proper budding, and long, sunny, warm summers with regular rain. They also need fluctuations in temperature between day and night, which enables the grapes to develop compounds that become the complex flavors we associate with fine wine. Finally, a dry, warm autumn provides the perfect conditions for harvest. Areas like Burgundy, the Mosel, WallaWalla, Napa, and Barossa are particularly sensitive to changes in the climate because what is valued in these areas is that delicate balance between the fruit, the climate, and the soil. The ‘terroir’ that represents the great wines of the world is a precious thing and by some estimations that balance is at risk and may be all but gone within the next 40 years if current trends In global warming persist. These winemaking areas will still exist, and likely make wine, but it will be different. In areas where irrigation is illegal, the wine may disappear altogether. By some estimations, the current winemaking regions of the world will reduce in size by between 19% and
Above: If ever there was a reason to fight global warming ...
“As the globe warms, the great wines we know of today will slowly disappear.” 62%. In some areas, winemakers are experimenting with the use of different varietals and sites that are higher in elevation or in cooler climates. This can work for some parts of the world, but not all. You can only make Champagne in Champagne, and Burgundy in Burgundy. Likewise, you can only use specific grapes in these and other regions, so any new varietals would be deemed illegal.
The fear among winemakers is that, as temperatures rise, their product will become more homogenous as subtleties in terroir disappear in a wash of fruity, highalcohol wines. But there’s a bright side to the situation. Today, I believe, there is more high-quality wine being made around the world than in any other time in the industry’s history. Plus, as a result of finer vintages that happen on a more regular basis, the great regions like Champagne, Tuscany, Mosel, and Burgundy are making more outstanding wine than ever. We are perhaps living in a golden age of wine. But, with the shrinking of current wine regions and as temperatures rise, new areas of viniculture will develop. We have seen sparkling wine flourish just across the English Channel from Champagne in Sussex, England. Pinot noir and chardonnay are having a glorious time in Tasmania. Germany is growing fond of varietals better known in French climates. British Columbia, Sweden, and Patagonia are all seeing their wine industries grow and even flourish. These trends are certainly encouraging – but also point to the sad fact that as the globe warms, the great wines we know of today will slowly disappear. There will always be wine, and great wine will inevitably be made somewhere new and never heard of before. But in the meantime, support small, artisan winemakers who represent the history and characteristics of the region they work and live in. It won’t save the world, but you’ll know you’re supporting the right fight by drinking wines that represent a place and a time that may soon be forgotten. Jeremy Kaplan, Veritas Wine Studios (www.facebook.com/veritaswinestudios)
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DIAMOND The Hearst Tower is green from the ground up
ifteen years ago, the day after 9/11, a board meeting had been scheduled to take place at the headquarters of the Hearst media empire. Their task? To OK the vision for a flagship new skyscraper, the first New York City landmark of the 21st century. That meeting was, of course, cancelled as the nation plunged into mourning. But six weeks later, in spite of the fragile political climate (perhaps even because of it), the board voted unanimously to go ahead. “We decided to stay in New York City, build a skyscraper, and consolidate the entire workforce into one place,” says Louis Nowikas, vice president of corporate real estate at Hearst. “Those were three things that were the opposite of what was happening in New York at the time. But it was the right thing to do.” Hearst Tower became the first building to be greenlighted after the devastating terrorist attacks. It was also the first “green” office building in the city’s history. From the beginning, its visionary architect, Lord Norman Foster, saw the potential to create something extraordinary, a landmark that was not only beautiful but also sustainable. His brief: “If you’re going to build it, you should build it right, and you should build it green.” The end result is carefully considered from the ground up, starting with the six-story cast stone exterior, which was originally commissioned by William Randolph Hearst in 1926 and features eight statues representing Comedy, Tragedy, Music, Art, Industry, Sport, the Sciences, and Printing surrounding its ornamental columns. “By not demolishing the building or taking a green field and building new,” explains Louis, “it was the highest form of recycling.
Above: The Icefall feature recycles rainwater from the building’s roof, and is cooled during the summer.
“Nobody’s ever asked how much we spent to make the building more safe, and I can guarantee that number trumps the sustainability numbers. Yet sustainability pays back every day.”
“In addition, and it pains me to say this because I can’t believe we were the first, the Hearst Tower was the first construction project in the City of New York to recycle construction waste: metals and wire and concrete … “I believe that’s somewhat standard now – these materials have become commodities – but before that, everything went to landfill.” A high proportion of the steel in its signature diamond design contains recycled materials, and the exterior glass is all energy efficient. The interior carpets and paints have low levels of solvents, all wood – from the panelling in the Joseph Urban theater to everyday office furniture – is FSC certified, there are low-flow toilets, and a signature water feature recycles
REAL ESTATE tons of rainwater that is collected from the building’s roof. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program, which was beginning to gain traction at the time, awarded the building Gold status when it was completed ten years ago this October. Then in 2012 it achieved another first: becoming the pioneering commercial office building in the city to also achieve a Platinum rating for its ongoing planet-
“We went from a 32 watt bulb to a 28 watt bulb; 14,000 bulbs later it was a huge cost saving and the life of the bulb was five years versus three years.” friendly maintenance. “I get the question, boy, it must have cost a lot of money to be green,” says Louis. “But nobody’s ever asked how much we spent to make the building more secure and more safe, and I can guarantee that number trumps the sustainability numbers. Yet sustainability pays back every day. “And it’s not a once-done deal. It’s about creating a sustainable culture.” That means asking ongoing questions such as how do we handle our waste? How do we handle our recycling? Is it truly going where it’s supposed to go? Is there a better way? Is there something new? “An example is when the lightbulbs all started burning out. Rather than just replacing the same lightbulbs for the next 100 years, we asked the question, is there a better lightbulb? Ultimately, we went from a 32 watt bulb to a 28 watt bulb; 14,000 bulbs later it was a huge cost saving, and the life of the bulb was five years versus three years. “In fact, our cooling load was reduced too, because there was less heat generated. So it was a win, win, win.” Five years on, they’re now looking at the next step, which will be to replace all those bulbs with LEDs, taking the company from 28 watt bulbs to just seven, and ensuring it remains a shining example of sustainability to us all. www.hearst.com
The Facts Energy-efficient glass allows the light in but retains the heat. The diagonal grid system makes the building structurally sound, ensuring a 20% saving on steel (there are no vertical beams – a first for skyscrapers in North America).
of structural steel contains recycled material.
The roof collects rainwater, reducing the amount dumped into the city’s sewer system by 25%. It is then filtered and becomes an integral part of the central Icefall water feature, which humidifies the building in winter and cools the space in summer.
of wet food waste is composted.
Wood panelling is FSC certified from sustainable forests less than 500 miles from the site. All paint and carpets are low VOCs
lightbulbs have been reduced from 32 watts to 28 watts.
The stone exterior – designed by Joseph Urban – was incorporated into the new glass and steel design: the ultimate in recycling.
LET’S GO OUTSIDE
ow that spring is in the air, Hell’s Kitcheners have some interesting choices regarding green spaces to chillax, exercise, play, and soak up some rays. Not long ago, Central Park was the only large park close to the neighborhood (though it’s actually outside the neighborhood so we can’t claim it!) Likewise, the entrance to the northern section of the High Line on 34th Street and 12th Avenue abuts Hell’s Kitchen but, again, it’s not really IN Hell’s Kitchen. Now, though, we have another beautiful choice: Hudson River Park, a green jewel along the river, and though ideal for cyclists and runners, it has a little something for everyone. Our section of the park, between 34th and 59th Streets, has some necessary commuter and touristy elements, like the Circle Line, the Intrepid Museum, and ferries to New Jersey, not to mention a giant cruise terminal. But it also has Pier 84 on 44th Street (hint: subtract 40 from the piers to get the nearest street).
Pier 84 is the largest pier in the park. Walk to the end and the views are truly amazing. It has lovely grass to work on your tan, and lots of cool water-themed elements for kids to play with (when they work, that is!). There is also the Pier 84 boathouse where you can kayak. Further up (past the cruise ships) between 54th and 59th Streets is Clinton Cove with grassy Pier 95, which also has seating very close to the river, another boathouse at Pier 96, and Pier 97, which is currently being used for music events. If softball, baseball, soccer, handball, or basketball are your thing, (or watching people play sports in nifty uniforms), head over to DeWitt Clinton Park between 11th and 12th Avenues, from 52nd to 54th Streets. The fields are even lit for evening play. The 5.8-acre park also has a playground, a beautiful garden, and one of the nicest dog runs in Hell’s Kitchen. The park is named after DeWitt Clinton, who opened the Erie Canal, which created a huge business boom along the Hudson.
We get home to our apartments, order Seamless, and watch box sets on Netflix, sometimes forgetting there’s a ton of green space all around us. We challenge you to explore this hood we call home Words Isaac Halpern
Above and left: Kicking back on Pier 84.
The name of the park is also where the alternate name for the neighborhood, Clinton, came into being. It was an attempt to make us sound less threatening. Thankfully, Clinton is rarely used to describe Hell’s Kitchen, which is pretty docile these days. Hell’s Kitchen is also dotted with small neighborhood parks, sometimes referred to as pocket parks. What: Hell’s Kitchen Park Where: 10th Ave - 47th/48th St Why: Recently renovated, this park is a favorite for kids with its updated playground. It also has a large basketball court and a handball court as well as lots of new benches with tall trees and flowering plants. What: McCaffrey Playground Where: W43rd St - 8th/9th Ave Why: Named after Joseph McCaffrey, who was chaplain of the New York Police Department for 30 years, this park dates back to the 1930s as one of Robert
Moses’ famous playgrounds. In addition to swings, it has a basketball court and handball court. What: Guttenberg Playground Where: W49th St - 9th/10th Ave Why: Named after the famous printer, it has basketball and handball courts and a playground. What: Matthews-Palmer Playground Where: W45th St - 9th/10th Ave Why: It has both basketball and handball courts plus a playground. It was partly named after social worker May Matthews, who worked on behalf of the residents, especially children, in the early 1900s. The Palmer part came from Alexandra Palmer, who was deeply involved in renovating the park in the 1970s. It is also home to a famous mural – find out more on p66. What: Ramon Aponte Park Where: W47th St - 8th/9th Ave Why: This is a tiny park currently being renovated, which will open soon. It used to
have a basketball court, but now will have swings, a fun spray fountain and benches. What: Balsey Park Where: 9th Ave - 56th/57th St Why: Designed by Thomas Balsey Associates (hence the name), it has a kiosk, café, lawn, garden, green market, and toddler area. It’s also a very popular sun tanning spot. What: Silver Park Where: W42nd Street - 11th/12th Ave Why: Also designed by Thomas Balsey Associates, this park stands between the residential rental buildings Silver Towers and 1 River Place. It has an open grassy area and includes a giant play sculpture by artist Tom Otterness. There is also a popular dog run and a mist fountain.
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Tables and chairs abound for eating outdoors and there are even lounge chairs for sunbathing. In addition to pocket parks, Hell’s Kitchen has two community gardens, which are local, not-for profit organizations that encourage membership via a small donation. Oasis Community Garden is on W52nd St -11th/12th Ave, and Clinton Community Garden is on the south side of W48th St - 9th/10th Ave. They are open to the public, but at certain times you need a key (to apply for one, you must live or work in the neighborhood.) These ‘secret’ gardens are well worth a visit and they’re always looking for volunteers! www.oasiscommunitygarden.com; www.clintongarden.org
“If softball, baseball, soccer, handball, or basketball are your thing, (or watching people play sports in nifty uniforms), head over to Dewitt Clinton Park.” DIGITAL EDITION
WHERE IS EVERYONE?
The neighborhood’s newest park is one of our best-kept secrets
he towers continue to rise, glass and steel soaring on all sides. Was it ever more important, then, to have oases of green – trees, grass, somewhere we can see sky – to escape to? Yet one of our newest green spaces could be the neighborhood’s best kept secret. Hudson Park and Boulevard occupies the area between 10th and 11th Avenues from W33rd Street to W39th Street – once a desolate stretch of railway yards. Three blocks are already transformed – with lawn, shady trees, seating, a playground, and fountains. There’s just one thing missing. No – two things. “It is, to all intents and purposes, complete,” says Daniel Scorse, director of operations at Hudson Yards/Hell’s Kitchen Alliance. “What the park at this point is missing is people.” And, for now at least, it is also missing a name. A crowdsourcing campaign was launched in January, and the result should be announced early this month. At the time, a major musical superstar had just died. However, W42ST can confirm the park is unlikely to be named David Bowie Park. Sorry. As for the people problem, that won’t last long either. In the future, families will gather here, workers on their lunch breaks, friends sharing a picnic, people reading in the shade of a tree. There’s even a vision for a farmers’ market, readings, musical performances, theater, cycling classes. The spaces are more intimate than the likes of Bryant Park and Union Square, but that’s part of their appeal. “It’s less of a flower park and more of
“There’s even a vision for a farmers’ market, readings, musical performances, theater, cycling classes.”
WISH YOU WERE HERE...
a foliage park, and that was by design. It’s very lush, different shades of green, whites and yellows,” says Daniel. “There are so many species of trees and they’re all different shapes, different colors. The park was supposed to be wild. It’s not a manicured look.” The cost of all this green runs into a lot of – ahem – green (consider that the entire 7 line subway extension, which this project forms a small part of, tipped the scales at an eye-watering $2bn). The future blocks are still very much dependent on developers – some plots are still just holes in the ground – but the HY/HK Alliance envisions a play park and extensive lawn space for larger gatherings in at least one. “Given how popular the little play park is, the bigger one can only be even more popular,” says Daniel. “I’m excited about that, even though it’s years away.” www.hudsonyardshellskitchenalliance.org
BLOCK 1 (W33RD/W34TH ST) This is the biggest park so far, and home to the new 7 train station. “That’s really the main reason people are going in and out of this block,” says Daniel. “It’s also the only block at this stage that has lawn. People could start hanging out there, but it just opened in the middle of last summer so we really haven’t seen the use there yet.” There are tables, benches, “nooks and crannies to hang out.” There is also an agreement to bring a green market here for spring 2017. And when W33rd Street is raised, visitors will be able to walk right across from Hudson Yards. “That will bring a huge migration of people. There will be restaurants, cafes, it will be really active.”
Above: Block 1’s stretch of inviting lawn. Below: Fountains in block 2’s plaza. Left: Time to play in block 3.
BLOCK 3 (W35TH/W36TH STREET) The dominant element is the playground, which is already heavily used by families living nearby. There’s also a light column, a piece of public art that changes color when it’s dark, a kiosk with restrooms and a small cafe space which they hope to rent out by summer. “We can have vendors throughout the park eventually,” adds Daniel.
BLOCK 2 (W34TH/W35TH ST) “This part has a plaza-esque feel, with a little more open space,” says Daniel. “The main part is the fountains – they’re pretty cool. And they take away the noise from the city.” There’s also a section of raised bleacher seating and more tables and chairs for outdoor eating.
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APRIL FOOLISHNESS That broker fee is not as non-negotiable as you think, says Ian TD Smith
AVOID EXCLUSIVES Ask your agent to show you ‘open-market’ apartments only. The fees are almost always set by the boss of the agent you’re working with, which means the agency will see more of the money than they would on an exclusive. So feel free to hammer away.
t’s tax season, so go ahead and splurge on that big purchase. The money you need to pay a broker’s fee for your new place is about to decrease. As determined as you might be to find a no fee apartment, according to a recent report, almost 90% of those looking for a place to stay will inevitably have to pay up. So for those 10%, great job. For the rest of you, here are a few strategies to chop a little off that outrageous 15%.
BE DECISIVE Clients tend to not be very sure of what they want. My very first article for W42ST discussed having a list of your top five needs/wants in a new place, because even the best agents can’t deliver if you don’t know what you’re looking for. The less work you make an agent do builds good will and is much more likely to get you a reduction in price. The fewer apartments shown, the lower the price should be. Remember that the inverse is true.
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KEEP NEGOTIATING Oftentimes clients at the first point of contact are quite confident about securing a fee reduction but many relent once they find their dream place. Agents are counting on you falling in love with an apartment and paying whatever you must to secure it. They might claim others are interested, or that s/he is not sure you’ll be able to beat out some nameless/faceless competition. Play hardball. Be willing to walk away if you feel the fee is too high. SPEAK TO THE BROKER Everyone has a boss. The agent you’re dealing with is most likely not a licensed real estate broker, but a salesperson or associate broker, which means they’re a middle man. Look at their card – it legally has to say one of those three things. Avoid bickering and ask to negotiate directly with the broker. They’re much more likely to cut you some slack because they don’t want to lose a deal they know they can close.
“Play hardball. Be willing to walk away from a place if you feel the fee is too high.”
Above: It’s hard to avoid a broker fee, says Ian, but you can shave off some of the cost.
AVOID THE BIG NAME There is a reason Elliman, Corcoran, and the like have the reputations they have. Unfortunately one of the largest mistakes people make is using these incredibly gifted sales agents to service their rental needs. If you’re a value consumer like me, look for a smaller shop. They should be able to provide you with more personalized service without the bureaucracy of a larger organization. Ian TD Smith is a licensed real estate broker. Contact him at email@example.com
PROPERTY Watch Ian’s top buying and rental options in the neighborhood this month Location: 454 W46th Street Price: $1,250,000 Spec: 1,326 sq ft True loft living in one of the few real loft buildings left in HK.
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For every one of Nima Oberoi-Lunares’s designs bought, a proportion of the profit goes to educating the children of her factory workers in India. Here in the US, the Ricks-Oberoi Foundation supports women with breast cancer. It also founded and sponsors the New York City Roots, an ice hockey team for minority and underserved teens. Cake stand, $299, www.lunareshome.com
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REAL ESTATE WOODEN HEART
Made by a company based in Brooklyn, the Digby beam table is hand-crafted using sun and kiln-dried, sustainably harvested teak. Beautifully weathered wooden beams are framed by blackened metal strapping to give the end result a solidly industrial chic. $2,299, www.aellon.com
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MIRROR, MIRROR …
Vintage is the original eco-friendly. And you’ve got to love this mirror, complete with tropical flamingo, for that retro Miami vibe. Get it online, or check out Furnish Green’s showroom on Broadway and 31st Street. $232, www.furnish-green.com
LOOK WHAT WE FOUND
We discovered Peg & Awl at the recent NY Now trade show. Working with found things, relics, and old stuff generally, they create desirable objects of beauty. The Landis wall caddy is made from reclaimed wood and old jelly jars, and works equally well in the bathroom, kitchen, and work space. From $50, www.pegandawlbuilt.com
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hen the stifling New York summer begins to cool, and Labor Day feels like a distant memory, a little trip to Miami can start to look damned attractive. So on October 12 last year, LouAnne Harris and Julieta Gismondi, not unlike many New Yorkers, embarked on the 1,500-mile journey. Except they were traveling by stand-up paddleboard. And their trip lasted four months, not four days. The women, instructors at Manhattan Kayak Company, are no strangers to adventure. “We’re really good at picking things that are maybe beyond the scope of what we should be reasonably looking at doing,” laughs Lou. “The conversations are really short. They’re like: ‘Hey, let’s do this.’ ‘OK, great.’” But while the trip was unashamedly for themselves, they were also raising money along the way, for First Descents, which provides outdoor activities for kids with cancer, and Mission Blue, an ocean conservation charity for whom they were collecting water quality samples. Which made the discovery when they eventually reached their destination even more shocking. The drainage of Lake Okeechobee – a toxic inland lake – into the surrounding rivers is threatening Florida’s wildlife and coastal communities with devastating pollution. River life is dying and any kind of water sport in affected areas is strictly forbidden. It made their mission even more relevant. The number of people trying SUP is growing every year, and has nearly trebled
“We saw dolphins every day. The stars in Virginia were amazing. And the Georgia coast was the most beautiful.” since 2015. Celebrities including Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Eva Longoria do it, and it’s hailed as an awesome, full-body fitness regime, building core strength, cardio fitness, balance, and flexibility with virtually no impact. Whoop! But for Jules and Lou, it’s more about just being out on the water, outdoors, free. “It’s just one more thing to play with,” says Jules. “Standing on the water gives you a whole other perspective. It’s really cool.” There are boards for everyone, including super-big, stable ones for scaredy beginners. Or for people carrying a ton of supplies for four months on the water. “We’d been looking at doing this in the fall of 2016,” says Lou, “but half-way through the season everyone gets a little stir crazy and we were standing in the office one day and Jules was like: ‘Can we just leave? Let’s just go.’” And that was that. They planned their route, stopping at places where there were hotels, supply shops, marinas, beaches to camp on. They took solar panels to power their iPad and phones, plus physical maps should everything just die on them. And clothing?
On May 14, as part of the Hudson River Park Games, Manhattan Kayak will be offering an introduction to SUP class (www. manhattan kayak.com)
“We had a rotation of about two or three outfits over the four months,” says Lou. “I think there’s a couple of those items we may never wear again.” The weather conditions ranged from “gorgeous, windless, flat, glassy days” to the complete opposite: “superstrong winds, big waves, white-out fog.” Sometimes all in the space of a single day. But what remained reliably – and refreshingly – regular was the people. “It was overwhelming,” says Jules. “The people we met – people who didn’t even know who we were – opened their homes to us, fed us. We met a ton of people who were amazingly helpful. It kind of restores your faith in humanity.” They saw dolphins every single day. “And the day we didn’t see dolphins we started seeing manatees,” says Lou. “The birds were amazing. And we saw sea turtles, a ton of jellyfish, and a family of river otters. They were adorable. “The stars in Virginia were amazing. And the Georgia coast was the most beautiful. You physically can’t go there. There are no roads to the coast, it’s all protected. So the only access is by boat.” Just being out there, feeling connected to nature, was what fueled them. “We weren’t going to Miami,” says Lou. “It was about the journey, not the destination.” Next, they plan to do the Gulf coast to the Yucatan peninsula, mixing it up a little by combining SUP with biking and kayaking. In the meantime, they’re back at Pier 84, where the kayak/SUP season begins in May. Who knows where it might take you?
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that personalized dietary advice based on DNA is far more valuable than general population-based recommendations. This could not only help to explain why some diets work for some and not others, but will also help give better guidance on what health plan will work best for each individual. What’s the buzz with caffeine? Coffee has stirred up its fair share of controversy, with various studies showing both its beneficial and adverse health effects. Ever wonder why you can’t make it to 5pm without your two (or even three) cups of Joe? If you’re a heavy coffee drinker, your genes may be to blame. Researchers have suggested that some people metabolize caffeine more quickly than others and, in turn, drink more. In one large-scale study, six genetic variants associated with habitual coffee drinking were identified. These findings may help to identify subgroups of people who are likely to benefit from increasing or decreasing their coffee consumption. In addition, we may soon have a better understanding as to why a grande Starbucks latte may give one person the jitters while another feels pleasantly fueled and energized.
No more fad diets, no more conflicting health advice – nutrition just got personal, reports Samina Kalloo
re you drinking too much coffee or eating enough healthy fats? What about salt and saturated fat? All the conflicting health messages are increasingly confusing, but the simple reason you’re not reaching your health goals could lie less in self-discipline and more in your genetic make-up. It has long been suspected that our genes play a critical role in how our bodies respond to what we eat and drink. Enter, then, the emerging field of nutrigenomics, which is taking the nutrition and medical worlds by storm. The result for the rest of us? Personalized genetic profiling that could take all the guesswork out of deciding what we should – and should not – eat.
OK, so now what? Researchers continue to make progress to understand the complex relationships among genes, diet, and disease. Although personalized nutrition is not practiced widely in healthcare, some companies sell cheek swab kits to collect DNA and run the analysis for a fee. Test results are typically presented in a customized report containing dietary recommendations based on the individual results. It’s early, but it will be exciting to see where this wave of personalized nutrition advice will take us. Nutritional genomics can help explain why some populations are more susceptible to certain diseases and perhaps offer better ways to prevent and treat it. Furthermore, it can explain why some people can eat a high fat diet and have no problem with cholesterol while others experience the opposite. By identifying which of our genes are likely to cause health issues, we may one day be able to offset them through diet and live a longer, healthier life.
WTF? This exciting new science has the potential to unravel the connection between genetic abnormalities and illnesses such as heart disease or diabetes. At birth, although our genetic make-up is set, it does have the potential to be altered by diet. Which means making the right choices is crucial to reduce health risks. The diet conspiracy If you’re one of the 45 million Americans who diet each year, you probably already know there’s no one-size-fits all solution as you struggle to comprehend why your friend follows the same diet and loses weight, while your excess baggage refuses to budge. Nutrigenomic research has shown
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Dear Twins, I get furious when I see these assholes littering the city with their trash. Yesterday a guy literally dropped his burger and fries wrapper on the ground right in front of me and my girlfriend so I told him off. The guy walked away cursing me out. Now my girlfriend is angry, calling me a hot head. Is it me or is this guy a jackass? Totally Frustrated KERRY SAYS: Dear Frustrated, Well, yes and yes. The guy IS a jackass for littering, especially since there’s a garbage can on every corner. But it’s HOW you communicate that falls on deaf ears. The receiver only responds to the aggression, despite the fact that you are in the right. You see, there are three ways to communicate: aggressive, passive, and assertive communication. What you’re doing is aggressive communication and it will only be met with aggression; nothing will get solved. On the other hand, you don’t want to be a passive communicator either. Here’s where you disrespect yourself for not speaking up. The final and only real way to get your message across is by assertive communication. You air your grievances but you do so in a respectful manner. So you might say: “Hey buddy, this is your earth too. Let’s keep it clean for all of us with the trash can right over there,” even if this dipshit really does deserve a slap upside the head. JACQUELINE SAYS: Dear Totally You could do what I would do. Pick up the trash and say: “I’ll get this for you, buddy.” Lead by example.
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Dear Twins, My boyfriend is angry with me because my live-in grandmother threw out his coat, which she claims “has been sitting here for two weeks”. The fact that he always does favors for her whenever she asks makes him even angrier. Now he’s nagging me to replace it. I’ve already confronted my grandmother, who refuses to purchase him a new coat and we’re now not on speaking terms. I’m currently in school and don’t have a job. I just can’t afford to buy him a new coat and don’t think the responsibility falls on me to replace it. What do I do? Dirt Poor KERRY SAYS: Dear Poor, YOU do not owe your boyfriend a new coat, your grandmother does. Though I understand your boyfriend is angry, and rightfully so, the burden should not fall on you. He can chose to take it up with her but neither of you can force her to do it. The only option then will be that he no longer does her favors and he buys himself a new coat. Or better yet, CONTINUE to do nice things for her and ALSO buy his own coat. This will teach her a lesson on how to take
the high road despite someone’s nasty intentions. JACQUELINE SAYS: Dear Dirt, Well, I’m not so sure I agree with Kerry. Grandma could have taken another action to give you a hard hint, like leaving the coat on your bed. But bending over and picking up for the lazy ones does get tiring. Did Grams ask you several times to move it? Then consider this lesson learned – you won’t do that again. Go out and get him a new coat!
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Kerry and Jacqueline Donelli are psychotherapists based in Hell’s Kitchen. They are also actresses (recently on Adult Swim’s Unedited Footage of a Bear), and filmmakers of the awardwinning movie Titillating Steven. Their revamped website launches next month. Please send all letters to: advice@w42st. com.
Tales from the
SHALLOW END Mary Geneva meets Dr. G (named after everyone’s favorite search engine)
ext message: “Hi, Mary, this is Dr. Alexei (Alex). We met at the networking event last Thursday. I was a bit clumsy and spilled whiskey on your foot. Sorry again. I was really pleased to meet you. I will be glad to cultivate our acquaintance. [Dear reader, English is his second language and if you’ve read enough of my stories by now, you know I’m a sucker for a guy with an accent.] I will be happy to invite you for dinner. Let me know when you’re available. Sincerely, Alex.” In my head: “Yes! Going to all these healthcare networking events has finally paid off. I finally met an eligible doctor.” He was a half an hour late picking me up. But, hey, a guy with a car in the city is hard to come by, right? I normally wouldn’t agree to go out to dinner at 9.30pm on a work night but I made an exception. He said he was late because he and his brother were at synagogue paying tribute to their late mother and how could I question that? Then I saw it across 2nd Avenue: a soccer-mom-van-sized Benz. Alex was a gentleman and opened the door for me and as I slipped into the passenger seat I casually glanced into the back to make sure there were no child car seats. To my relief, there weren’t any. Phew! But why would he need such a huge car? “So where do you live?” I asked, following a gut feeling in my belly that he may live in the outer boroughs. “New Jersey,” he replied. I thought: “Don’t judge. New Jersey could be OK. He has a car and seems like a good catch. So far. Break your I-don’t-dateguys-from-the-outer-boroughs rule just once and go with the flow.” I joked around, then said: “New Jersey? Are you married?” What came out of his mouth goes down in the books. “Yes,” he said. “I’m married
and have three kids. One of them is in college. I’ve been married 25 years. We got married very young.” “Excuse me? But you don’t have a ring on and you invited me out to dinner. I thought this was a date,” I “casually” spat out. “I’m sorry if I disappointed you. If you feel uncomfortable, look at tonight as a business dinner. I take people out all the time for business.” In my head: “You pick women up at 9:30pm for a business dinner when you have a wife and kids at home across the Hudson?!” At this point he tried to redirect the conversation and told me he’d looked me up online earlier in the week. He said he knew all about the marathon I was training for and how he really liked the younger pictures of me that are forever stuck in Google Images. By the time we made it to the Russian
Vodka Room, he’d told me how he knew every address I had ever lived at and my phone numbers, and even saw pictures of my sister online. I don’t know WTF was wrong with me for not doing a tuck and roll out of the mom van but I think his accent (and the three drinks I had waiting for him to pick me up) rendered me stupid. I know, I know, it was bizarre for me to stay, but I do love the blue-cheese stuffed olives at the Russian Vodka Room. I felt like I was in the scene from the movie Goodfellas, when Henry takes Karen to the Copacabana. Everyone knew Alex. I don’t speak Russian but Alex was clearly a regular and the whole time I kept hoping no one would think I was the “other woman.” I really did try and look at it as a business dinner. We both work in healthcare and could possibly refer clients to each other, maybe. We both ordered borscht. Then we shared this slimy mushroom dish with huge chunks of beef in it. Knowing I love a good vodka (probably from all of the Google stalking), Alex ordered me a spicy vodka drink that went straight to my head. I was getting really fuzzy and said I was going to cab the three blocks home, but Alex insisted on driving me. I asked if, had I not known he was married, would he have tried to put the moves on me and he said something along the lines of: “You only live once and I like to live in the moment.” So the answer was clearly that he cheats on his wife. Not that two wrongs make a right, but I was hoping she was out cheating with a Jon Hamm look alike. Preferably someone with more hair than Alex. During the short drive he told me I can call him anytime I want to go out to dinner and he’ll pick me up. I wonder what his wife would think of that. I didn’t want to find out.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Mary Geneva is a sales professional by day and semi-reformedhopelessromantic serial dater by night. Married at 21, divorced at 26, she and her rescued pets, pup Valentino and kitty Diva, were left to learn how to balance their checkbook. In her book Nicknames, Mary tiptoes back into the dating pool accumulating many late-night, drunken scraps of paper and text messages outlining unbelievable – yet totally true – events. Knowing she couldn’t make this shit up, she stored the memories away to finally share with you. Undaunted, Mary lives, works, and plays in New York City, and calls Hell’s Kitchen home. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @marygeneva nyc. You can buy Nicknames on www. nicknamesnyc. com. Stay tuned for Mary’s next adventure in the June issue of W42ST.
Human’s name: Glenn. Breed: English Staffy bull terrier. Age: Seven years, seven months. What makes me bark: I bark to get my human’s attention. Three words that describe me best: Cool, calm, and cute. Confession: I love all the petting, but please reach for my back first.
Alaia Human’s name: Kendel. Breed: Dalmatian. Age: Three and a half. What makes me bark: I don’t bark, but I do howl at fire trucks #instinct Three words that describe me best: Wiggly, snuggly, cow. Confession: I like to watch #freakshow Instadog: @puppycow_dalmatian
Ticker Human’s name: Alli. Breed: French bulldog. Age: Six. What makes me bark: Food delivery men. Three words that describe me best: I’m a scandalous, sleepy sweetheart. Confession: That smell under the covers was me ... Instadog: @tickerthefrenchbulldog
PETS These camera-happy canines took a time out from the morning stroll for a quick Q&A with W42ST
S Decker Human’s name: Eddie Vazquez. Breed: Pembroke Welsh corgi. Age: Four months. What makes me bark: Humans glued to cell phones. Three words that describe me best: Explorative, eccentric, and gluttonous. Confession: I will eat cigarette butts off the street if you’re not watching. Instadog: @deckerthecorgi
Ginger Humans’ names: Chris and Dennis. Breed: Toy fox terrier. Age: Four years. What makes me bark: Guests arriving. Three words that describe me best: Cute, friendly, precocious. Confession: If I’m home alone I will destroy a trash bag. Instadog: Nope, but I’m a FB diva.
o many of you have contacted us, asking how your own happy hound can be included in Wagging Tales. Well, we’ve heard your pleas, duly considered them, and thought, hey, what the heck, why not? (We must have been barking mad not to have thought of it sooner!) This all means, of course, that you can now send us the finest photograph you can find of your furry best friend, answer the questions below, then cross your paws you’ll be included in our monthly column of local canine celebrities. Your name: Dog’s name: Breed: How old? What makes your dog bark? Three words that describe them best: Naughty confessions (dish the dirt – not literally, of course!): And are you an Instadog? Send it to email@example.com and we’ll do the rest.
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Matthews-Palmer Park, W45th St - 9th/10th Ave
n a playground sandwiched between 9th and 10th Avenues, kids play, residents sit in the sun, and the occasional dodgy deal is done … while all around are oblivious to the history in their midst. The 60’ x 65’ mural occupying most of a block wall is fading, the stucco crumbling to obscure large parts of the image. But you can still just about make out a bulldozer against a backdrop of skyscrapers, with a grim figure slumped over large blocks of concrete. Two further circles show multiracial groups of people holding up books, flowers,
flags. “We the people demand control of our communities,” reads a sign. Against Domestic Colonialism is a loud, proud, anti-gentrification message that is as relevant today as when it was painted by renowned muralist Arnold Belkin back in 1972. Belkin was born in Canada but, at the age of 18, moved to Mexico to study with David Alfaro Siqueiros, a key member of the Mexican Mural Movement. Belkin went on to produce many notable murals in Central America, but this is thought to be his only outdoor work in the US, and was
Above: The mural is an antigentrification message from the 1970s.
one of the earliest community murals to be painted in New York City. However, the years, the weather, and some insensitive wall repairs have not been kind, and the mural is now in a bad way. A new campaign is underway to repair it for future generations to enjoy. The W46th Street Block Association is working with neighbors and heritage groups to raise money for the not inconsiderable task. Want to help? Of course you do. Donate on their crowdfunding page: www.bitly.com/playgroundmural.
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e hope you’re now used to the W42ST+ ‘flip. We’re still evolving things, but have been delighted at the response to the new Guide section at the back of the magazine. As you can see, each month more businesses are investing in W42ST as a way of getting their message across to the Hell’s Kitchen audience. Thanks to their support, they help keep W42ST FREE. This month, our team of ambassadors will be visiting businesses throughout Hell’s Kitchen, offering the lovely new 2016 window sticker. Anyone displaying the sticker will also appear in our directory section – at the moment in print, but in the next few months this will become an online directory too.
Here’s how you can get involved.
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Keep an eye out for businesses that support the magazine. Name drop W42ST if you can, but most of all, enjoy yourself and report back on social media using the hashtag #W42STSENTME
And, as always, please feel free to email me, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any ideas. We love to hear from you.
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Do you want a sticker? Do you want to be in our directory? Call (646) 828-7813 or email email@example.com. We’ll get one of our ambassadors around to you.
There are so many great ways to promote your business through W42ST. Call Bob on (646) 428-0767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Where to eat brunch, buy the best cookies, pick up a coffee, see a show or go shopping – it’s all on our cool map. Go explore!
42nd Street Pizza
W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave Original brownstone “mom & pop” restaurant with a menu of pizza & more. (212) 594-4312
Daisy May’s BBQ
356 W44th St - 8th/9th Ave Homage to the great American tavern. One of the coziest places in town. (212) 445-0135
Brickyard Gastropub 9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St
Amy’s Bread Ardesia Wine Bar
W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave
Chez Josephine W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave
Return to the joie de vivre of 1920s Paris, with a blue tin ceiling, red velvet walls and chandeliers lighting up Josephine Baker portraits.
6 Azuri Cafe
W51st St - 9th/10th Ave
8 Barcelona Bar
8th Ave - 54th/55th St W40th St - 8th/9th Ave
Better Being 940 9th Ave - 39th/40th St
Blue Bottle Coffee
11th Ave - 44th/45th St
16 Fresh From Hell
W47th St - 8th/9th Ave Fresh, delicious food and juices, prepared in a friendly, neighborly way. (212) 956-4355
8th Ave - 52nd/53rd St
9th Ave - 40th/41st St
9th Ave -41st/42nd St Authentic, 40-year-old Irish dive bar, steps away from Times Square. (917) 475-1473
Feel like you stepped into New Orleans’ French Quarter with gas lamps, wrought iron balconies, hurricanes and delicious Cajun fare.
(212) 245-2030 www.bourbonny.com
Bricco Ristorante W56th St - 8th/9th Ave
quality selection of rotating crafts at great prices. Interesting draft cocktails
www.kiabaccabar.com (212) 649-4675
32 Hell’s Chicken
10th Ave - 45th/46th St
33 Houndstooth Pub
8th Ave - 36th/37th St
Hourglass Tavern W46th St - 8th/9th Ave
35 House of Brews
W51st St - 8th/9th Ave
Lansdowne Road 10th Ave - 43rd/44th
Neighborhood sports bar – great for
8th Ave - 44th/45th St
tasty food, wings and a wide selection
of beers while watching your favorite
8th Ave - 44th/45th St
team. Back bar available for parties.
www.lansdowneroadnyc.com (212) 239-8020
8th Ave - 55th/56th St
Jonny Panini NYC 9th Ave - 33rd/34th St
W35th St - 7th/8th Ave
9th Ave - 51st/52nd St
W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave
La Vela Dining & Bar
11th Ave - 42nd/43rd St
46 Landmark Tavern 11th Ave -46th St
Little Pie Company
W43rd St - 9th/10th
Lucky’s Famous Burgers
W55th St - 7th/8th Ave 9th Ave - 49th/50th St
51 Mr. Biggs Bar & Grill
10th Ave - 43rd/44th St
Nano Ecuadorian Kitchen
10th Ave - 47th/48th St Ecuadorable! Family-run eatery serving traditional dishes with modern flair. www.nanobarnyc.com
W52nd St - 8th/9th Ave
50 Molloy’s Irish Pub
and wine on tap. Comfortable vibe.
Yotel, 10th Ave - 41st/42nd St Shared dishes, locally sourced ingredients, perfectly crafted wine list. (646) 449-7790
W43rd St - 9th Ave
9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St
10th Ave - 45th/46th
W43rd St - 8th/9th Ave
49 McGee’s Pub
24 Flaming Saddles Saloon
20 specialty brick oven pizzas & a
9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St
40 Juniper Bar
21 Dave’s Tavern
W46th St - 8th/9th
W57th St - 11th Ave
18 Clyde Frazier’s
W42nd St - 10th/11th St
H Bake Shop
8th Ave - 44th/45th St
Bourbon Street Bar
11th Ave - 44th/45th St
Green Nature Coffee
17 City Kitchen at Row NYC 10th Ave - 37th/38th St
Gotham West Market
9 Beer Authority
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11th Ave - 44th/45th St
10th Ave - 50th St Craft beers & cocktails, specialty foods with happy hour weekdays 3-6pm. www.asisnyc.com
9th Ave - 54th/55th St
W47th St - 8th/9th Ave
9th Ave - 46th/47th St
7 Bar Bacon
11th Ave 46th St
W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave
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EATING & DRINKING
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New York Beer Company W44th St - 8th/9th Ave
10th Ave - 35th/36th
54 55 56
Noodies 9th Ave - 54th/55th St
9th Ave - 37th/38th St
10th Ave - 43rd/44th St
Social Bar, Grill & Lounge
W34th St - 9th/10th Ave
8th Ave - 48th/49th St
Social Drink and Food Yotel, 10th Ave - 41st/42nd St “Middleterranean” inspired dishes, perfectly crafted wine list. (646) 449-7790
W48th St - 9th/10th Ave It may be little, but this wine bar packs a powerful punch. www.pocketbarnyc.com
Poseidon Greek Bakery 9th Ave - 44th/45th St
59 Press Lounge
11th Ave - 47th/48th St
PRINT Restaurant 11th Ave - 47th/48th Ave
62 Rattle ‘N Hum
W39th St - 8th/9th Ave
63 Restaurant Row
W47th St - 10th/11th Ave
10th Ave - 52nd/53rd St
The Cafe Grind
10th Ave - 36th/37th St
The Jolly Goat W47th St 10th/11th
Ars Nova Theater
W37th St - 9th/10th Ave W44th St - 8th/9th Ave
Davenport Theater W45th St - 8th/9th Ave
Ensemble Studio Theatre
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Schmackary’s W45th St - 9th Ave
Sergimmo Salumeria 9th Ave - 35th/36th St
10th Ave - 45th/46th St
The Pony Bar
10th Ave - 45th St Neighborhood bar serving fantastic American craft beer. Our 20 “world class” drafts are always rotating & our food is tasty and inexpensive. www.theponybar.com (212) 586-2707
W46th St - 8th/9th Ave
Scallywag’s Irish Bar & Restaurant
87 88 89
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The Waylon 10th Ave - 50th/51st St
Theatre Row Diner
W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave
W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave
Tir Na Nog
W39th St - 8th/9th Ave
Tulcingo Del Valle
Uncle Vanya Cafe
Vintner Wine Market
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9th Ave - 46th/47th St
Domus Unaffected Living
10th Ave - 46th St
New Dramatists W44th St - 9th/10th Ave
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
12 Sean Kelly Gallery 85
W47th St - 9th Ave
Mud Sweat & Tears
9th Ave - 44th/45th Ave W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave
W42nd St - 12th Ave
W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave
Pier 79 - W39th St
W44th St - 9th/10th Ave Owners Luisa and Nicki work with artisans around globe to source unique home decor items, gifts and jewelry. Candles and cards make it a one-stop shop. www.domusnewyork.com (212) 581-8099
W54th St - 10th/11th Ave
W55th St - 9th/10th Ave
8 Lucky Strike
10th Ave - 56th/57th St
W 50th St - 8th/9th Ave
Alvin Ailey Theater
84 The Marshal
9th Ave - 38th/39th St The best Irish hospitality in Hell’s Kitchen. We offer delicious food, live music every night, happy hour, great sport - it’s all here for you. www.scallywagsnyc.com (646) 490-4803
10th Ave - 44th/45th Ave
NY Water Taxi
10 Columbus Circle
83 The Jolly Monk
9th Ave - 48th/49th St
1 Jazz at Lincoln Center
4 Baryshnikov Arts Center
W57th St - 11th/12th Ave
8th Ave - 34th St
80 Tehuitzingo Deli
10th Ave - 47th/48th St
9 VIA 57WEST
9th Ave - 35th/36th St
9th Ave - 55th/56th St
98 Zoob Zib
9th Ave - 45th/46th St
10th Ave - 54th/55th St Elevate pub food, daily specials, oysters and all day happy hour. www.WhiteOakNYC.com
66 Rudy’s Bar & Grill
77 Sullivan Street Bakery
65 Route 66 Cafe
76 Stitch Bar & Lounge
W46th St - 8th/9th Ave
99 Tick Tock Diner
W37th St - 7th/8th Ave
8th Ave - 48th/49th St
75 Staghorn Steakhouse W36th St - 8th/9th Ave
Pocket Bar NYC
96 West End Bar & Grill
W37th St - 9th/10th Ave
Fine And Dandy
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market
W49th St - 9th/10th Ave Ties, handkerchiefs, suspenders, socks, hats, jewelry, flasks, cards, books, gifts & more. www.fineanddandyshop.com
10th Ave - 37th/38th St
Signature Theatre W42nd St - 9th Ave
14 Space Ibiza
W50th St - 11th/12th Ave
The New Group
W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave
9th Ave - 40th St
1 Circle Line
W42nd St - 12th Ave
2 Columbus Circle 8th Ave - 59th St
3 Hudson River Park
W39th St - 9th/10th Ave
4 Intrepid Museum
experience & one of Manhattan’s
12th Ave - 34th/59th St
An authentic, one of a kind NYC
W46th St - 12th Ave
oldest flea markets. Year round, every
5 Javits Center
weekend. Antiques, vintage clothing,
W34th St - 11th Ave
collectibles & more!
12th Ave - 39th/40th St
6 NY Waterway Ferry 7 The Daily Show
11th Ave - 51st/52nd St
8 Tom Otterness Playground W42st - 11th/12th Ave
Universal Gear 9th Ave - 48th/49th St
420 9th Ave - 34th St
Meet the faces
he City of New York is filled with colorful characters and inspiring individuals. The same can be said for the residential communities that line 42nd Street. With its proximity to world-class theater, the High Line, Hudson River Park, Chelsea’s art galleries, and the city’s finest restaurants, bars and shops, River Place and Silver Towers are the ideal places to discover the city’s most interesting people. The alarm sounds off at 7:45am in Jennifer Lap’s studio apartment, where sunlight pours in and her stellar views of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River fill her friends with envy. It isn’t until the fifth attempt at hitting snooze that the 27-year-old marketing professional by day and comedian by night jumps out of bed. With only an hour to get ready for work, Jennifer dashes out to make the 8:55am shuttle bus, conveniently waiting for her in the building’s private driveway. On her way out, Victor greets her and signals to the shuttle driver to hold on for one more. When Jennifer was on the hunt for a new apartment three years ago, she hesitantly entertained the idea of living on Manhattan’s far west side. Her reluctance about the area immediately lifted when she set out to explore the neighborhood. “I absolutely fell in love with it,” she said. Jennifer’s
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Above: Resident Jennifer Lap relaxes at the River Place lounge, overlooking the Hudson.
“As soon as friends came for a visit they fell in love and dubbed her abode as a Shangri-La.” friends also shared the same initial hesitations about the area, but as soon as they came for a visit they instantly fell in love and dubbed her abode as a Shangri-La. River Place’s resort-style amenities, like the sundeck, lounge
and tennis courts, are some of the things that drew Jennifer to the property. Not only did moving to River Place make her commute to work easier and faster with the shuttle service, but also she discovered some of the city’s best offerings, like the vanilla latte at Think Coffee, the sushi bowl at Gotham West Market, breakfast sandwiches at Sunac, and nights out at Boxers, North River Lobster, and Lucky Strike. When Jennifer isn’t teaching her cat Sully how to walk on a leash, she’s sharing her funny
observations on life at one of the city’s comedy clubs. Voted Comedian of the Month by ComedyWire, Jennifer finds inspiration from her peers’ social media behavior, especially when it comes to weddings and babies. “Newly married couples memorialize everything,” she observes. “First Thanksgiving as a married couple, first Groundhog Day as a married couple, first day that it’s 72 degrees and partly cloudy as a married couple.” Jennifer’s next show will be at The Shannon in Hoboken on Saturday, April 16, at 5pm.
Our residents’ view ... as seen on Instagram
Schedule a tour to find your oasis by the river (212) 719-9000 email@example.com www.riverplacenyc.com
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54th Street Auto Center 415 W54th St - 9th/10th Ave
Cybert Tire and Car Care
Big Apple Market
693 10th Ave - 47th/48th St
529 9th Ave - 39th/40th St
Enoch’s Bike Shop
A true Hell’s Kitchen institution serving
480 10th Ave - 36th/37th Ave
USDA choice meats, poultry and
groceries at a super low prices. Serving
846 9th Ave - 55th/56th St
the neighborhood since 1991.
Metro Bicycles - Hell’s Kitchen
653 10th Ave - 46th/47th St
590 W45th St - 10th/11th Ave
EDUCATION & NON-PROFIT
43rd Street Kids Pre-School 484 W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave
American Red Cross
520 W49th St - 10th/11th Ave
Food & Finance High School 525 W50th St - 10th/11th Ave
413 W46th St - 9th/10th Ave
John Jay College
841 10th Ave - 58th/59th St
Ninth Avenue Association 630 9th Ave - 44th/45th St
PS 51 - The Elias Howe School 525 W44th St - 10th/11th Ave
Sacred Heart of Jesus School 456 W52nd St - 9th/10th Ave
Star America Preschool 780 8th Ave - 47th/48th St
Fresh Cut Flowers 444 W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave
Prudence Design & Events 347 W36th St - 8th/9th Ave
891 9th Ave - 57th/58th St
431 W37th St - 9th/10th Ave
Massage Envy 525 W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave
National brand provider of professional
Al’s Cycle Solutions
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410 W56th St - 9th/10th Ave
Jeunesse Hair Salon
638 W47th St - 11th/12th Ave
Hell’s Kitchen Barbers
726 11th Ave - 51st/52nd St
Westside Highway Car Wash
Find the services you need, from animal care to fitness coaches. Plus, where to find W42ST every month.
Empire Coffee & Tea Company
massage and Murad facial services.
Hell’s Kitchen Rolfing
350 W51st St - 8th/9th Ave
Proven hands-on healing art for artists,
446 W38th St - 9th/10th Ave
athletes & anyone experiencing physical
West Vibe Hair Salon
pain. Enjoy a new level of wellbeing and
451 W46th St - 9th/10th Ave
physical freedom throughout your body..
(212) 307-5367 www.hellskitchenrolfing.com
HEALTH & FITNESS
568 9th Ave - 41st/42nd St
Garden City Deli
607 9th Ave - 43rd/44th St
907 8th Ave - 53rd/54th St
543 9th Ave - 40th/41st St
Sea Breeze Fish Market 541 9th Ave - 40th/41st St
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Stiles Farmers Market
352 W52nd St - 8th/9th Ave
J Cohen Chiropractic
Get your zen on with private or group
333 W52nd St - 8th/9th Ave
yoga classes led by certified instructor,
Jonathan Cohen’s treatment plan goes
Brooke Blocker. Also offering worldwide
beyond adjustments, incorporating
550 W54th St - 10th/11th Ave
yoga + wellness retreats.
massage, careful stretching and repositioning, cryotherapy – even exercise.
911 8th Ave - 54th/55th St
(912) 313-9911 firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNAC Natural Market
600 W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave
The MKT @ Mercedes House Westerly Natural Market
HAIR & BEAUTY 9th Avenue Barbershop 495 9th Ave - 37th/38th St
450 9th Ave - 35th/36th Ave
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694 10th Ave - 48th/49th St
David Ryan Salon
429 W46th St - 9th/10th Ave
352 W57th St - 8th/9th Ave
660 10th Ave - 46th/47th St
CrossFit Hell’s Kitchen NYC 315 W36th St - 8th/9th Ave
Manhattan Plaza Health Club
450 W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave
Mark Fisher Fitness 411 W39th St - 9th/10th Ave
MedRite Urgent Care
330 W42nd St - 8th/9th Ave
550 W54th St - 10th/11th Ave
Mid City Gym
345 W42nd St - 8th/9th Ave
www.jcohenchiropractic.com (646) 657-0032
Rolates Pilates 939 8th Ave - 55th/56th St
Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center
645 10th Ave - 45th/46th Ave
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Manhattan Kayak Company
Elodie Saracco Photographic
Nacho Guevara Photography
Pier 44 - Hudson River
Visit us daily for New York kayaking and
Elodie Saracco’s authentic lifestyle
I’m a professional portrait and
stand-up paddleboard tours, group and
photography captures the colorful
fashion photographer committed to
1-on-1 how-to training and SUP Yoga.
and energetic moments of the natural
producing highly creative pictures
A hop, skip and jump from Hell’s Kitchen.
beauty she finds in all her subjects.
with a unique look.
www.manhattankayak.com (212) 924-1788
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