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w42st ISSUE 24 DEC 2016 FREE

Happy Holidays UNWRAP ME

and discover GIFTS FOR YOUR HOME, YOUR CONSCIENCE, YOUR FOODIE FRIENDS, YOUR BARTENDER, YOUR SUPER ... and YOUR dog! PLUS: Gary Busey weirdness, holiday market madness, broadway secrets, beer, wine ... and bees!


I witnessed my first ever hate crimes in Hell’s Kitchen in the last couple of weeks. I won’t go into details, but the experience has affected me deeply. This neighborhood I’ve always considered more diverse and accepting than anywhere else on the planet suddenly feels less safe as a result .These are fragile times. Divisions are so deep that some friends and family members may never speak to each other again. Yet we believe this is not a time to stay silent and watch from the sidelines. For what it’s worth, we at W42ST state clearly and categorically that we stand alongside our friends of all genders, colors, faiths, and sexual orientations. This holiday issue comes to you with love. Don’t let the hate win. Ruth Walker

THE TEAM THAT BROUGHT YOU W42ST

PUBLISHER PHIL O’BRIEN phil@w42st.com (646) 535-4407

EDITOR RUTH WALKER ruth@w42st.com (646) 847-9645

SENIOR ART ED LEE CAPLE lee@w42st.com

FOUNDING ED SIMON KIRRANE SALES STACEY NEWMAN WELDON stacey@w42st. com (917) 499-5349

CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER HELENE FANTOZZI helene@w42st.com (732) 343-4273 SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR SANDRA MANGAN sandra@w42st. com

CONTRIBUTORS

JACI STEPHEN NACHO GUEVARA TYLER MOUNT CIERA COYAN JASON WITCHER IAN TD SMITH

JEREMY KAPLAN CHRIS PENWARDEN SAMINA KALLOO CHRISTIAN MILES MARY GENEVA MATT D’SILVA

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be used without written permission of the publisher ©2016. Please note: Every effort has been made to avoid errors, misspellings, and omissions in this publication. However, if you spot one please accept our sincere apologies.

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6 MY HELL’S KITCHEN

16 EVENTS

8 FANGIRL

18 CREATIVE CONNECTIONS

Fashion designer Heike Jarick on eating, shopping, and staying warm in her favorite neighborhood. Tyler Mount’s Broadway obsessions in his exclusive column for W42ST.

10 HOME FOR HOLIDAYS

Editor, W42ST bit.ly/hellohellskitchen

SALES MICHELLE RUFO michelle@w42st. com (917) 482-4924

CONTENTS December Edition

Bringing a Broadway secret back to life, and changing the way we view our veterans in the process.

12 GIFTS THAT GIVE

We find the most original gifts that show it really is the thought that counts.

15 OUR NEW BABY

Help keep W42ST free in 2017 – and support our favorite neighborhood businesses in the process.

42 GALLERY

Anyone with an eye for a picture and a half-decent cameraphone could have their work published.

54 PHOTO FINISH

When ladies dressed in balloons and gentlemen with cigars weren’t afraid to use them. The good old days of the Ziegfeld Follies.

Our diary of holiday happenings is the only guide you’ll need this month.

The choreographer, the director, and the rock opera that W42ST kind of helped make.

20 GARY BUSEY

The infamous actor makes his OffBroadway debut and nothing will ever be the same again.

21 REVIEWS

Not That Jewish and Ethel Merman’s Broadway get the critic’s treatment.

23 BROADWAY BLOCK

Back when there was a working rooftop farm on W42nd St.

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25 TO MARKET

Insider’s guide to the holiday markets and what you can expect to find there.

26 FOODIE GIFTS

From a DIY gin kit to custom-made ‘mapkins.’ 3


28 CRANBERRY QUEEN

Make the most of this versatile superfood. It’s good for a whole lot more than sauce.

30 STAFF SURVEY

Inside the world of an urban rooftop bee keeper and his Hell’s Kitchen honey.

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34 BEER

The best, worst, and most original gifts to buy your favorite bartender. No puppies, please.

35 WINE

A bottle is brilliant, but sometimes something a little smarter is even better.

LIVING 37 DOORMAN DILEMMA

What to buy the people who make your life a whole lot easier ... sorted.

38 COMFORT BUYING

Beautiful giftspiration for your home and for beautiful people who live there.

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12 46 DATING

STYLE

After a year of her own dating tales, Mary Geneva wants to hear yours. Get in touch.

44 OUT & ABOUT

47 FITNESS

All the pics from our second birthday party. Badly behaved? Us?

45 JACI STEPHEN

Phobias. Don’t get Jaci started on phobias. Too late ...

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Working out to live Broadway music. Does anything sound like more fun? We don’t think so.

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48 THE GIFT OF FIT

Fun gift ideas for the gym bunny in your life. COVER ARTIST Jason Witcher turns the everyday – duct tape, a paper straw, zip ties – into the beautiful and unusual with colorful flair. An artist, illustrator, interior decorator, and ingenious creator, the aim of his brand Visual Tickle is to “make your eyes laugh.” www.visual tickle.com

PETS 50 WAGGING TALES

Shooting the breeze with the most photogenic pups in Hell’s Kitchen. Get involved by emailing waggingtales@w42st.com.

52 PET PRESENTS

Our pick of the gifts for the love of your life, from personalized doggy cakes to a pop art portrait.

W42ST+ THE GUIDE

The very best of Hell’s Kitchen, from bars, to nail salons, to personal trainers, dog walkers, and more. Plus a fold-out illustrated map. Contact helene@w42st.com to be included.

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MY HELL’S KITCHEN

Know someone cool who’d make a great subject for My Hell’s Kitchen? Put us in touch, we’ll do the rest. Email news@w42st.com

Eat to

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All the food choices, a vibrant gay scene, and architecture that continually evolves and inspires – why would designer Heike Jarick be anywhere else? Photograph Nacho Guevara OK, let’s start at the very beginning. What’s your Hell’s Kitchen story? I came to New York 22 years ago and started working immediately in the Garment District. One of my best friends at the time lived in Manhattan Plaza on W43rd Street, so I was in and out of the area all day long. I frequented the Manhattan Plaza Health Club, where I absolutely loved the sundeck, the pool and the exercise classes by Ken Moody. What a great urban oasis. The best part of the exercise was the after-workout treat at Little Pie Company. What was it like when you first arrived? Hell’s Kitchen was always and still is the best place to get great food and have an incredible amount of choices. What are the most significant changes? While Hell’s Kitchen was just an insider secret where you could find unusual restaurants and grocery stores, it’s now also very popular among visitors and tourists too, and there’s a vibrant gay scene on 9th Avenue comparable to the Chelsea one where I first lived when I came to New York. What elements of New York living inspire your designs? The different personalities and street characters, from the homeless to the classy and well dressed. But I’m

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“It’s the epicenter of NYC. You can really feel the pulse of the city.” also very inspired by the architectural contrasts between old and new. Just by walking through the area, there are so many inspirations: new stores, new markets, street characters, etc. What are the best things about being based here? It’s the epicenter of NYC. You can really feel the pulse of the city and, for me working here, it’s great to get all the resources I need in one area. And the worst? The homeless and drifters and drug addicts on 8th Avenue. Where are your go-to places in the neighborhood? Café Tarantin on W38th Street is one of my favorite places because the food tastes like home-made and the ingredients are all organic with Middle Eastern flair. I can relax there and have my small business lunches or interview people in privacy. For a romantic dinner with my husband, we always choose Marseille.

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It transports you to the atmosphere of Paris in the vibrant Theater District on 9th Avenue. For Thanksgiving dinners and when we are with a group of theater friends, who perform in or direct plays, we love to go to the Westbank Café. And there’s a great place just across from my office called Casa Nonna. Not only do they have the best pizzas, but also the best prosecco and wine. Talk us through your latest collection. My spring/summer 2017 collection is inspired by the works of Zaha Hadid. I was always impressed by the futuristic, almost sci-fi-inspired structure of her buildings and interior decoration. In my work, I combine sculptural elements with drape and flow. That’s why her work speaks to me. My collections are for a city girl: uptown chic meets downtown edge. What’s your key to staying warm this winter? To wear a Heike NY Portland Signature Coat, of course, with the new mid-calf length and a collar that zips up so high you don’t even need to wear a scarf. Do you have a Hell’s Kitchen secret … we won’t tell a soul! The Housing Works thrift store on 9th Avenue is pretty amazing. I love browsing through vintage items and second-hand household articles.

Heike Jarick is a Germanborn, Londonschooled, Milan-trained fashion designer living in New York City, with a studio in Hell’s Kitchen. Inspired by contemporary art, music, and architecture, she’s worked for labels including Krizia and Trussardi, and is considered one of the finest outerwear designers in the market. www.heike-ny. com HEIKE’S HK FOR LUNCH MEETINGS Café Tarantin,

W38th St 8th/9th Ave FOR AFTERWORK DRINKS Casa Nonna,

W38th St 8th/9th Ave FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER Marseille, 9th Ave

- 44th/45th St WITH FRIENDS Westbank Café,

W42nd St 9th/10th Ave POST WORKOUT TREAT Little Pie Company, W43rd

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PEOPLE BROADWAY ACTOR: TODRICK HALL

Broadway actor-turned American Idol-turned YouTube star-turned leading lady on The Great White Way. His performance in Kinky Boots, playing at The Hirschfeld Theatre, is downright stunning. And as an added bonus, who doesn’t love seeing Broadway’s hottest drag queens cooter slam for two and a half hours?

BROADWAY ACTRESS: MANDY GONZALEZ

#FANGIRL Introducing the life and obsessions of Tyler Mount

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very month, Broadway’s most brilliant vlogger will bring you his favorite things, whether it’s his #1 tune on Spotify repeat, his latest crush, or neighborhood recommends. We’re hanging on his every word …

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MUSIC OBSESSION: WAVING THROUGH A WINDOW, BEN PLATT (DEAR EVAN HANSEN)

Despite my favorite song from my favorite musical this season not being on Spotify or ITunes yet, I don’t let that stop me from listening to it on repeat every morning at the gym. Having to refresh DearEvanHansen.com every three and half minutes might seem taxing to some, but then you’ve clearly never seen Dear Evan Hansen.

BROADWAY SHOW: DEAR EVAN HANSEN

If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with Broadway, and this show is handsdown my favorite of the season. Die-hard Hamilton lovers: please don’t send me hate mail (I loved that too).

Not only has this Broadway queen played my two favorite characters in musical theatre history (Elphaba AND Angelica Schuyler), she just happens to be one of the nicest women in the industry. Nothing is more refreshing than a fierce lady who can screlt an F# all while complimenting that cute J Crew button-up you’re wearing.

Say no to nasty crusty winter f ingers.

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INSTAGRAM OBSESSION: KEEGAN WHICKER (@KLWHICK)

If you’re looking at this photo still wondering why Keegan is my current Instagram obsession, we probably shouldn’t be friends.


PEOPLE YOUTUBE VIDEO: DOG’S FAVORITE TOY

I am obsessed with puppies. I am obsessed with puppy videos. But ya’ll – this one takes the cake. If the idea of a dog losing his mind when his favorite Gumby toy comes to life before his very eyes doesn’t get you excited, nothing will. (And you probably have no soul.)

TELEVISION SHOW: CHEF’S TABLE

I like nothing more than Netflix & Chilling. Especially when my current Netflix obsession involves food – specifically the best food in the world. Imagine Planet Earth, but with pastries. And not narrated by Oprah Winfrey.

MUST-HAVE BEAUTY/ WARDROBE OBSESSION: KIEHL’S HAND SALVE

Nothing is more unattractive than holding a cute guy’s crusty winter fingers. Say no to crusty winter fingers people, and use Kiehl’s. It’s a life salver. (See what I did there?)

LOCAL BAR: DUTCH FRED’S

Despite this bar having one of the most unflattering names, it’s actually one of the cutest in Hell’s Kitchen. Nestled just off 8th Avenue, this venue has reasonably priced drinks, a cozy atmosphere, and

Broadway

ACTRESS

Oh Mandy, how I adore you!

“Who doesn’t love seeing Broadway’s hottest drag queens cooter slam for two and a half hours?”

Above: Broadway queen Mandy Gonzalez.

Nothing makes me feel more nostalgic than a good old serving of high fructose corn syrup. Something about dunking stale cinnamon-flavored cookies into pure sugar at lunchtime gets me going. Maybe it’s the juvenile diabetes, but who’s keeping score?

HOTTIE OF THE MONTH: JAMES MARSDEN

plays host to some of Broadway’s biggest stars (including me).

Look at this photo. Need I say more?

LOCAL RESTAURANT: AGEHA SUSHI

If you want me to sign a copy of my newest autobiography*, chances are you could stand for a few hours outside of Ageha Sushi and wait for me to arrive. I most certainly am the establishment’s most frequent customer – but what do you expect when you offer $3 saki? (* I have not written an autobiography.)

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY: DUNK-A-ROOS

Hottie of the month

OBSESSION GRAB BAG: ORBIT GUM

When I think about it, I should probably own stock in this product. I have an unhealthy addiction to gum. It’s always in my pocket, and I chomp through a pack a day. I’m adamant about always having minty-fresh breath (just in case today is the day I get to make out with Zac Efron).

ABOUT TYLER Broadway fan girl turned YouTube star Tyler Mount is the creator of the wildly popular web series The Tyler Mount Vlog. Seen by over half a million people in 168 countries, former guests include Gloria Estefan, Jerry Mitchell, Perez Hilton, Laura Osnes, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, and many more of Broadway’s biggest stars. New episodes every Monday & Thursday at noon (www.TylerMountVlog.com, @TylerGMount)

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WAR Art is helping change the way we see our soldiers Words Ruth Walker

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hange doesn’t happen overnight. Information takes time to seep into people’s consciousness, going from absorption to acceptance, and eventually to action. It was back in 2012 that a study estimated 22 veterans take their own lives every day. Twenty-two. Every day. The New York Times ran a story and a ripple effect

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began. Social media picked up the cause with the push-up challenge. And, slowly, things have started to change, with calls for better psychiatric care and an end to the taboos surrounding emotional health. Leading that call is the artistic community, with movies – When War Comes Home and Thank you For Your Service are two – and, in our own

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Above: Phil Straub, who wrestles with survivor’s guilt following his tours of duty in Iraq, appears in Thank You For Your Service.

neighborhood, doing what we do best: putting on a show. “That Times story really hit home for a lot of people,” says Tom Ridgely, a Drama Desk-nominated director, and co-founder of Waterwell Productions. The result? “It’s becoming more OK for soldiers to say ‘I am anxious,’ ‘I am angry,’ ‘I am scared,’ ‘I am depressed,’ whereas before the expectation was to be strong and be a man and suck it up and take it.” For civilians too, we’re getting more of a realistic sense of war. It isn’t all heroics and glorious homecomings. “But in a way it’s worse, because the suicide rates are higher, something seems different now. So one thing we need to do is get people talking about it.” As part of that conversation, Waterwell – led by Tom and his co-founder, the actor, writer, and director Arian Moayed – has uncovered a series of Broadway musicals that were thought to be lost, commissioned by the US Army during World War II and created by men who were – or were to become – some of the biggest names in the industry. The Blueprint Specials were designed for soldiers to put on in the field to boost morale, and the creative teams read like a Who’s Who of American post-war entertainment. In addition to the Oscar/


PEOPLE together that’s about the soldier experience, celebrating that experience, but also starting to ask questions about it.” Casting has already taken place (Will Swenson and Laura Osnes are both lined up for roles), and rehearsals start this month, with six shows in January. “The thing that stands out,” says Tom, “are the songs. If people had heard them they’d be standards because they have all those elements – so tuneful, so witty, but so warm and emotional. And the material is very funny. As comedy, it just works.” The Blueprint Specials will be performed at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum between January 5 and 13. And you can still donate to the crowdfunding campaign (www.indiegogo.com/projects/blueprintspecials)

Tony/Pulitzer-winning Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls) were composer Alex North (who has 15 Oscar nominations), lyricist Hy Zaret (who penned ‘Unchained Melody’), writer Arnold M. Auerbach (Emmy winner for The Phil Silvers Show), and choreographer José Limón (a veritable giant of modern dance). “These are documents of immense historical importance,” says Arian, “yet they remain virtually unknown and unperformed.” Until now. Waterwell is preparing to bring the blueprints to life, with a team of veterans, acting servicemen, and professional performers all on stage in a hanger of the Intrepid museum, on the Hudson river. “One reason we want to do this now is, unlike previous wars where there were drafts, with an all-volunteer army there’s a very small percentage of the population that has a connection with these people, so there’s a divide, a greater sense of alienation. “So the goal is to get civilians and military personnel working on something

Above: Some of the scripts and stage directions for the Blueprint Specials.

Making MOVIES THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE Tom Donahue’s documentary follows four Iraq veterans as they attempt to transition back into civilian life. With frank interviews with both military hierarchy and the vets themselves, the film highlights the flawed mental health policies in the U.S. military. However, it also presents a clear solution for some of the issues – a new Behavioral Health Corps (BHC). To find or host a screening, see www. thankyouforyourservicethefilm.com

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WHEN WAR COMES HOME Recently premiered at the Intrepid, and directed by Emmy winner Michael King, we meet three veterans: one with such deep survivor’s guilt, he once presented his wife with a gun and told her to kill herself; another who has only found solace through the company of his dog; and another crippled by anxiety and chronically overmedicated by his doctors. It also highlights the secondary trauma faced by families when their servicemen come home. www.whenwarcomeshome.org

MAIN IMAGE: CREATIVECHAOS VMG

“These are documents of immense historical importance, yet they remain virtually unknown and unperformed.”

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STYLE

s e g a k c a p e r Ca rve what’s coming to se de ly on u yo , ain ag s ck so e giv If you your gifts this year you. Put some heart and soul into PILLOW TALK

Give your regards to Broadway. Or, even better, support Broadway Cares by giving this 15x15 pillow, emblazoned with musical logos from Aladdin and Gigi to Hamilton and Kinky Boots. One for the true Broadway fan. $25, broadwaycares.org

THE GOLD STANDARD

Forty seven per cent of fourth graders from low-income families read below the basic level. And 88% of American children will see their careers compromised because of difficulties reading. So, for each piece of jewelry sold by New York brand AUrate, an economically underprivileged child will receive a book. And that’s golden. We love the gold vermeil pyramid earcuff. We always did have excellent taste. $150, www.auratenewyork.com R HE ITC NW SO : JA ON ATI TR US ILL

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DON'T BE SQUARE

Éclat Chocolate’s creations have won rave reviews from Bon Appétit, The New York Times, and Vogue. Now it has made a limited edition bar for City Harvest, the city’s food rescue and distribution nonprofit. Crafted from the finest Peruvian cacao beans, a percentage of every sale goes to support City Harvest’s work. $9, Ardesia Wine Bar and www.eclatchocolate.com

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STYLE SEASONS EATINGS

As you’re sitting down to dinner with your family, consider those more vulnerable New Yorkers not as fortunate as we are. Every day, God’s Love Delivers provides nutritious meals for over 5,000 people in need. A $10 pays for one meal. It could be the most important gift you give these holidays. $10, www.glwd.org

PAPER ROSES

If only all our waste paper looked this chic! Gentner Design’s Paper 3 vase is simple but effective. And 10% of the sale goes to charity. $400, www.maison10.com

WRITE ON

HOT LIPS

Pucker up, boys and girls. This statement cushion, made from printed silk and filled with environmentally friendly British Orkney wool, brings instant disco chic to any room. Plus, 10% of the sale goes to one of ten charities – you choose which one. $85, www.maison10.com

Experiences often make the best gifts. Gotham Writers run courses in everything from books, movies, stand-up comedy … even video games. From $20 (for a Write-In experience) to $450 (for a live 10-week class)

IT'S A KEAPER

Keap candles don’t just smell better than some of the cheap and nasty ones you can buy. They’re made with sustainable products too. And each one supports a charity that supplies solar lamps to communities living outside the electrical grid. Simple. We love the Wood Cabin scent – perfect for winter. Oh, and they’re made in Brooklyn. But don’t let that put you off … $35, www.keapbk.com

GOOD FOR FOOD

This collection of soothing, hydrating creams makes for healthy skin. Plus 100% of net profits goes to Feeding America, making for a healthy conscience. The packaging, designed by Brooklyn-based Faile, just looks cool. Good for Kiehl’s. $45, www.kiehls.com

OPEN UP

At rest, it’s just a sculptural ornament that looks good. When it’s put to work, it opens your beer. And a magic 10% goes to charity too. What’s not to like about the Craighill Trophy bottle opener? $113, www.maison10.com

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We’re EXPECTING! There’s a new addition to the W42ST family – and you can be part of the party

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e’ve got an announcement to make. Maybe you’d guessed – I don’t know – but the tests have come back positive, the morning sickness has passed, and we’re pleased to tell you: W42ST is having a baby. It’s due in January. *hands out virtual cigars to everyone* KTCHLST will have all the elements of W42ST you already love – stories about real people living their best New York lives, news about which businesses are opening up in the neighborhood, a guide to hidden gems, cool discoveries, and more – but in a more easy-to-digest, bite-sized format. It’ll be lighter, pocket-sized, and … wait for it! … fold out to reveal an all-new illustrated map featuring our favorite independent Hell’s Kitchen bars, restaurants, and businesses – handpicked by our editorial team because they bring something fun and unique to the neighborhood. Each of those businesses has something special up their sleeves for W42ST readers. It might be a complimentary bottle of wine, or bar snacks with your beer. It might be a bargain pizza, a unique, one-off experience, or an insiders-only invitation. We’ll be adding new benefits all the time. How do I get my hands on such awesome stuff, we hear you cry? We’ll tell you. We’re launching a crowd funding campaign to help bring our baby into the world. That funding will help keep W42ST free in 2017 and support Hell’s Kitchen’s vibrant community of local, independent businesses. For $60, the W42ST members’ card – and all those cool offers – will be yours for the year.

Or, if you’re REALLY quick off the mark, you could snap up the limited edition, early bird deal of $42 and make even more savings. There’ll be other opportunities to help

“ That funding will help keep W42ST free and support Hell’s Kitchen’s independent, vibrant community of local businesses.” too. Maybe you just want to give us a high five. We’d love you to the moon and back if you do. Even the smallest donation shows how much you care. Maybe you have a few more dollars to spend? How about naming a street on the map after yourself or someone you love for the entire year? Or hitting up a Broadway show with our editor, Ruth Walker, with dinner and cocktails thrown in? Your dog could be prince of the pups on the Wagging Tales page, or you could have your face and profile featured in the magazine. Check out the link below to get the full rundown (and to see our campaign video, complete with bloopers). We’re so grateful for the way Hell’s Kitchen has taken W42ST to its heart. You guys are the best. We can’t wait to have even more fun, with you as our friends and investors, in 2017. www.indiegogo.com/at/w42st

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DECEMBER

Feeling in the holiday spirit yet? You will be after this feast of fabulousness.

December 2 A Peter White Christmas BB King’s

Fusion guitarist Peter White and his all-star band of merrymakers bring their annual arrangement of festive favorites to the Times Square venue. www.bbkingblues.com

December 6 Christine Tobin sings Leonard Cohen

Feinstein’s/54 Below

Irish Arts Center

www.54below.com

www.irishartscenter.org

Not Mondays Holiday Inn Studio 54

Every day except Mondays and Christmas Day, Roundabout Theatre presents the first-ever Broadway production of Irving Berlin’s classic. www.roundabouttheatre.org

St Luke’s Theatre

Inspired by a true story, Stubby was the first US war dog. He fought 17 battles, received the Purple Heart, and even met the President. www.sgtstubbythemusical.com

December 7 The Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree Don your ugliest festive outfit, and ring in the holidays at an evening of classics and Broadway favorites.

Opens December 3 Sgt Stubby

The Irish jazz singer performs from her album A Thousand Kisses Deep, her sensual salute to Leonard Cohen.

December 8, 9, 20, 21 Paige Turner Laurie Beechman Theatre

This oversized Barbie’s over-the-top holiday show ‘She Came Upon a Midnight Clear’ delivers festive joy and yuletide cheer to all. www.westbankcafe.com

December 5, 7, 8, 13, 14 Mariah Carey Beacon Theatre

For the third year running, the songstress slips into her sexy Santa suit for our listening pleasure. www.beacontheatre.com

Opens December 10 Butterfly conservatory Museum of Natural History

Make like it’s summer again, as 500 live butterflies flit around tropical flowers and lush vegetation in 80-degree temperatures. www.amnh.org

Not Mondays Love, Love, Love Laura Pels Theatre

Spanning more than four decades, this dark comedy is the story of what happens when free-loving 1960s teens face the harsh realities of modern life. www.roundabouttheatre.org

Every day The Ride: Holiday Edition W42nd St - 8th Ave

Every day Holiday train show Grand Central Terminal

Model trains travel through a twolevel, 34-foot miniature New York City scene ... all the way to the North Pole. www.nytransitmuseum.org

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Saturdays The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe St Luke’s Theatre

This version of the C.S. Lewis classic transports audiences to the magical land of Narnia. www.narniaoffbroadway.com

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A sleigh ride with a difference – climb aboard this state-of-the-art, $1.5m traveling theater and rediscover our beautiful city at the most wonderful time of the year. This unconventional bus tour is a whole lot of laughs, with plenty of surprises along the way. www.experiencetheride.com


Every Day Christmas Spectacular

Opens December 20 The Magic Flute

Radio City Music Hall

Metropolitan Opera House

www.rockettes.com

www.metopera.org

The Rockettes bring reindeer, rag dolls, and toy soldiers to life in this sparkling annual event. OK, NOW we’re feeling festive.

Mozart’s opera is reimagined for families, with dancing bears, giant flamingos, and cut short at just 100 minutes long!

Ends January 1 That Golden Girls Show DR2 Theatre

December 20/21 Ronnie Spector City Winery

The singer returns with hits including ‘Frosty the Snowman,’ ‘Rocking Around the Christmas Tree,’ and ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.’ www.citywinery.com

December 23, 24, 25 A Swingin’ Birdland Christmas Birdland

Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso, and Billy Stritch swing their way into Christmas in suitably smooth style. www.birdlandjazz.com

Every day (except Dec 5, 19, 25) The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart The McKittrick Hotel

The NY premiere of The National Theatre of Scotland’s folk theater tale. www.strangeundoing.com

December 23 Handel’s Messiah Carnegie Hall

Hallelujah! Celebrating its 60th anniversary, The Masterwork Chorus brings this festive staple to the majestic Carnegie Hall.

Set in a sassy Miami house in 1985, That Golden Girls Show! gives our favorite dames the puppet treatment. Expect cheesecake, laughter, jazzercise, shoulder pads, sex, and the elegant art of the quick-witted put down. A must for fans. www.ThatGoldenGirlsShow.com

www.carnegiehall.org

Ends December 31 NYCB: The Nutcracker Lincoln Center

This year marks New York City Ballet’s 62nd annual performance of The Nutcracker, and it remains as magical as ever. www.nycballet.com

January 3 Next W42ST out All over Hell’s Kitchen

We’ll be back, all fired up with resolutions we’ll never keep! If you’d like to be featured in the magazine, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us at news@w42st.com.

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Hey there, NEIGHBOR

One choreographer, one director, and a little help from W42ST Words Ruth Walker Photograph Phil O’Brien

Act I. Paul’s brought in to co-direct a rock odyssey starring Billy Lewis Jr (that’s Glee’s Mason McCarthy, by the way). Hurrah! But, wait, he needs a choreographer. What to do? He searches far and wide throughout the kingdom (well, actually, Jill Bowman, the project’s general manager does. And, it’s not so much the kingdom, more the internet). This takes some time. INTERMISSION Act II: Enter Jessica stage left. Paul looks at her. Thinks: I know her. I definitely know her. Because, hang on a New York minute, I only read about her in my favorite magazine! Now the rock odyssey is “reshaping the art of performance theater” and Paul and Jessica are BFFs. The end. CURTAIN CALL So, yeah, W42ST is kind of OkCupid for creatives. And, as in all the best stories, this is really only the beginning. Backing up a bit, Paul arrived in New York as part of the Blue Man Group, moving into Hell’s Kitchen in 2000, before what he calls the “Disney takeover of Times Square.” He’s been here ever since. “I’ve got a rent-controlled apartment,” he laughs. In the early 2000s he started De La Guarda, the group that later became

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brief history of the friendship between Jessica Chen (choreographer) and Paul Stancato (director).

Fuertzabruta, “and that show really opened me up as an artist to say, ‘What else can theater do?’ “I wanted to create theater,” he says. “I wanted to invent new ways, or look at old ways of telling stories, and how to use these different mediums: video, lights, projections, costumes, movement – whatever it may be. “I went to school on The Lion King and pretty much learned how to be a director.” He’s taking all that learning and applying it to The Portal, which opens this month at Minetta Lane Theatre. “I describe it as a Pink Floyd concert meets EDM music meets Burning Man,” he says. “If you can get those images in your head – which are crazy – that’s about as close as I can come to explaining the show. It mixes video with contemporary dance with acting and singing and a rock concert.” His job? To translate a show that was successful in Denver for a New York audience. Yeah, we know what you’re thinking …

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Above: Billy Lewis Jr has seen the light. Opposite: Jessica and Paul take a fire escape break.

“The culture, the language, it feels like it’s a whole separate universe,” says Paul. “The writer wants to take it other places and New York really is the gateway to the world. If a show is a hit in New York, it can be a hit anywhere,” says Jessica. “But Denver audiences like down time, and we’re New Yorkers – we don’t do down time. We need to keep the audience on their toes. So we’re translating that.” Jessica’s choreography, says Paul, is his “secret weapon.” The two friends, meanwhile – newly discovered Hell’s Kitchen neighbors – are now “inseperable.” “I’m going to keep her forever,” says Paul. “I already have three projects I’ve got her in mind for. ‘Jessica can do that one, and that one, and that one …’ “It’s great when you get a chance to meet someone like that. You feel inspired. In the commercial theater world, you meet people and work with people all the time, and those people change from project to project, and that’s one of the wonderful things about this industry. But when you come across an artist you really want to work with again, that’s magic. That doesn’t happen all the time. You want to savor it.” As for Jessica, she’s opening her mind to the creative process through this experience. Paul may even set a piece for her dance company, The J Chen Project. “Paul has been an amazing mentor and friend to me throughout this process,” she says. “I just know this is the beginning of many projects we’ll do together.” The Portal opens Dec 3 at Minetta Lane (www.theportalnyc.com)


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Gary Busey is making his New York stage debut. Anything could happen Words Ruth Walker

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’ve been warned Gary Busey might shout at me. He has some hearing issues, which may or may not be a side-effect of a terrible motorcycle accident in 1988 which left him in a coma for a month and a half. Anyway, sometimes he can’t hear a question properly, so he yells angrily at the interviewee: “WHAT ARE YOU SAYING? I DON’T UNDERSTAND YOU!

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WHAT ARE YOU ASKING ME?” I quietly put aside my prepared questions and decide to wing it. And at the same time gain a new and quite overwhelming respect for Catherine Russell, who is starring opposite Mr Busey in Perfect Crime this month. However, she’s lived in Hell’s Kitchen for 18 years, so I figure she can take care of herself. The longest running play in NYC

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Above: Catherine, Gary, and a gun on stage in Perfect Crime.

history, it has a 30-year track record – and Catherine has never missed a night. In the process she’s shot 90 different men and kissed 59 others. I’m unclear whether she’ll be kissing Mr Busey or shooting him. In fact, this could be the most unpredictable Perfect Crime yet. It’s been Busified. “We asked him to do this a lot,” says Catherine. “This is the third time. And he’s finally said yes. I was determined because I thought he’d be great in this part. I don’t give up.” Gary then proceeds to describe Catherine in a previous life, running a stage coach with a whip that was 20 feet long and horses that wouldn’t stop. He does this while sitting very close to me, stroking my leg. So why now, Gary? Why leave your lovely home in Malibu, and bring your wife Steffanie and young son Luke to a New York winter? “I didn’t have anything else to do,” he says. And anyway: “The parts pick me.” He talks about his love of the stage, and of the power of the spoken word. “I grew up in high school and colleges majoring in theatrical art, doing plays, and when I realized the power of the


OUT playwright was when I did Midsummer Night’s Dream. That guy Shakespeare. My God! “Man, listen to me, please the ears with my knowledge. I would love to have a battle of wits with you, but I see you are unarmed.” He slips into character as he speaks these words and I’m convinced he must be speaking Shakespeare. But when I get back to the office to check, I can’t find any connection. Has he just made it up? Fortunately, none of this seems to

“For me there is no acting required because I’m an insane genius,” says Gary. “I haven’t killed anyone with a baseball bat, but that doesn’t mean I can’t.” faze Catherine. In fact, she relishes it. And she’s ready for the challenge. “What’s exciting is that whatever he throws at me, I throw back at him. It’s like a tennis game,” she says. “That’s what’s fun to watch as well. He’s going to be full of all sorts of surprises. And guess what? So am I.” We all laugh as she adds sincerely: “He’s a really good actor, I have a lot of respect for him as an actor.” “I do believe that acting is the absence of acting,” interjects Gary. “It’s believing in the truth of the moment you’re creating at that time. FROM. YOUR. HEART.” He shouts the last bit. “And he’s got a craziness,” adds Catherine, “a good craziness – for the part. The character is an insane genius. Need I say more?” “For me there is no acting required because I am an insane genius,” he says. “I haven’t killed anyone with a baseball bat, but that doesn’t mean I can’t.” I’m not sure what just happened, but I think he’ll be massively entertaining. Gary Busey stars alongside Catherine Russell in Perfect Crime at the Theater Center until December 4 (www.perfect-crime.com)

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didn’t know what to expect with this. Was it a play? A comedy? The posters had splashed across them the words “funny” and “hysterical” but I had no idea who or what this was going to be about. Let me just say I was in for a hell of a surprise … in a good way! Not That Jewish is about comedian Monica Piper. The name might ring a bell. She was the writer on Rugrats and Mad About You, a local from the Bronx who relocated to Los Angeles to find fame and fortune. And she is funny, to use a line from the show. Monica survived a loveless marriage, a coke-addicted ex, and a horny baseball player, and is still smiling. It’s an infectious smile at that. You can’t help but be engaged with everything she says. You’ll laugh within the first couple of seconds, and you’ll also shed a tear or two. Her performance is flawless. She understands comedy and her timing is on point. She knows how to work a stage and will stop and smile, just to allow her audience to enjoy a very funny moment … or seven. Everyone needs a good laugh, and I strongly recommend you go see Not That Jewish, if not for a laugh then for a touching story about a single mom who has done a tremendous job raising her son, while maintaining a very successful career. @mattdsilva

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here is something about this venue. It’s very old worldly, something right out of the 1920s and 1930s. And it’s located directly below the famed Studio 54 – if these walls could talk! It is this venue that plays host to the longest running one-woman musical in America, Ethel Merman’s Broadway, performed by Rita McKenzie. Ethel Merman had a tremendous life, but it wasn’t all easy going, as we learn. There were a couple of marriages along the way (OK, four, including a threemonth union with Ernest Borgnine), and an extended break from showbusiness following the sudden death of her beloved daughter. Rita captures Ethel perfectly. The mannerisms, the posture, and that distinctive sound mean you feel she is right there in front of you. And, of course, it all happens as you sit back in this beautiful venue, enjoying a cocktail or two. The audience lapped up every moment. @mattdsilva

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Built by a strapped-for-cash Oscar Hammerstein I (grandfather of the famous lyricist) in 1899. Undeterred, he scoured old theaters scheduled for demolition and “borrowed” seats, doors, and random architectural pieces. He also secured carpets from a retired cruise ship in the Hudson. An early recycler.

seven secrets Think you know 42nd Street? If those theaters could talk …

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Originally named The Republic by its owner Oscar Hammerstein I (him again), and once home to a rooftop farm, complete with windmill, river, and a wench hired specifically to raise the geese, ducks, chickens, and cows. The story goes that parents would enjoy their beverage of choice at the farm, while children would be fed milk still-warm from the resident cows.

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Home to the first ever Broadway expletive. “Goddamn” was uttered in the opening night of Clyde Fitch’s The City in 1909, to squeals of horror from the audience.

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Now the AMC Empire movie theater, this building was once known as the Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre, built in 1912 by AH Woods (the inspiration for Nathan Lane’s character in The Producers) and named after the female impersonator Julian Eltinge (that’s him in the fetching hat, pictured above). By 1931, however, it was reduced to showing burlesque performances and, later, adult movies. It closed in the mid1980s and remained vacant for around ten years … until AMC Entertainment acquired half the block and hatched plans for a 25-screen movie theater. Long story short, the landmarked Empire Theater – all 7.4 million pounds of

it – was lifted an eighth off its foundations and rolled 168 feet down the block. At a cost of $1.2 million. The interior was then renovated, the murals restored, and the rest of the movie theater built around it.

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The theater that is now home to Disney’s Aladdin was once home to the Ziegfeld Follies, and a vast rooftop garden that seated 1,200. The garden also happened to be equipped with a glass balcony. Why? So gentlemen could catch a glimpse of the girls’ bloomers above them on the catwalk, of course. Find out what those honorable gents liked to do – nay, were encouraged to do – with the girls in balloon dresses on Photo Finish, on page 56.

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These stories – and many more wonderful insights – come courtesy of Tim Dolan and his group of Broadway insiders in the Broadway Up Close tours (www. broadwayupclose.com).

Behind the majestic stone columns is a theater that hasn’t seen a production since 1933. It’s glory days saw productions of Anita Loos’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and the London transfer of Noel Coward’s Private Lives (starring Laurence Olivier and Coward himself). But with the Great Depression biting, it became a movie theater in 1933, finally closing in 1988, a shadow of its former self. Rumors continue to surface about a possible future life – as a store, a Burger King, or as a bigbudget, all-star, 4D Broadway experience. Watch this space.

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Originally named the Selwyn, after the brothers Arch and Edgar who owned it, the building collapsed completely in the 1990s during the renovations of W42nd St. The new construction, under the ownership of Roundabout Theatre Company, echoed the original and opened in June 2000 with a production of The Man Who Came To Dinner, starring Nathan Lane. The name? American Airlines paid $8.5m for the privilege, thank you very much.

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A SLICE Feeding your face is now an essential part of making holiday shopping bearable. Chris Penwarden weighs up the options

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ome snow, rain, or shine, New York’s public spaces teem with life. So wrap up toasty warm and venture out to indulge in a spot of retail therapy to stir the holiday spirit. COLUMBUS CIRCLE Nothing says Christmas more than Central Park in the snow. But if the snow is not forthcoming, head to Columbus Circle Holiday Market to get your festive fix. Over 100 vendors line the south side of the park, with stalls selling arts and crafts and artisan foodie gifts like old-fashioned preserves and spiced chutneys. Grab a cup of mulled cider and walk off the calories of those tempting treats with a stroll in the park, or, if you’re feeling more energetic, perhaps a skate on the park’s famous ice rink. To top it off, the market is a snowball’s throw from the Lincoln Center, where you can take in a Christmas concert. BRYANT PARK Bryant Park’s Parisian style lends a touch of class to al fresco Christmas gift buying. Perk up with an artisan coffee and head off to sample hand-crafted chocolates and boutique maple syrups in the Winter Village. The market has a cozy, friendly feel which may mean you linger a little longer than expected. So, If you feel like settling in for the evening, an array of award-winning food stalls serve up anything from raclette to Asianstyle burritos. While you’re there, the ice skating rink is a must for little ones or just the young at heart.

“An array of awardwinning food stalls serve up anything from raclette to Asian-style burritos.” GRAND CENTRAL If you can’t face the cold bite of winter, go re-discover Grand Central station and its indoor Holiday Fair. Make the season brighter by tracking down your new favorite tree decorations, knitwear, and hats from a collection of vendors hand-picked to highlight locally sourced, ethically made goods. For foodie fare, Grand Central is brimming with choices, from rare European cheeses to Manhattan’s oldest chocolate emporium. If you need sustenance, the ornate oyster bar is a wonderful place to kick back with a glass of champagne at the end of a hard day’s Christmas shopping.

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Above: Grand Central, for when the biting cold gets too much. Right: Lining up for a Columbus Circle festive fix.

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keepers Great gifts for the foodie in your life BAR BONUS

When January’s health regime kicks in, you’ll be glad of this gentle reminder. Cocktails are for life, not just for Christmas, people. $32, www.domusnewyork. com

GO GREEN

New Yorkers make the most of their personal space. No garden? No problem. This little jar of basil means you can create a little herb garden on your window sill … or anywhere else you choose to grow your greenery. Buy one, or build a collection including cilantro and mint. $22.95, www.delphiniumhome.com

SAY CHEESE

Everything you ever needed to know about creating a beautiful cheese plate, plus recipes for accompaniments including bacon molasses, balsamic rosemary chutney and sweet and sour lotus root, all from the expert founder of Casellula. $12.99, www.barnesandnoble.com

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ILLUSTRAT ION: JASON WITCHER

We’re loving Mark Gardner’s wooden bowls, made from salvaged maple blanks from arborists and saw mills and hand-finished using traditional milk paint. The result is something unique, beautiful, and heartfelt. $58, www.madmuseum.org

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Artist Dawn Sweitzer has taken a light-aged mirror and some driftwood and turned it into this beautiful, Moroccan-inspired tray. $208, www.madmuseum.org

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HOT TO POP

Those cozy January nights in just got a whole lot more interesting. Now you’ll be making up your own high-quality, small-batch gin. This kit contains a hand-selected blend of juniper berries, botanicals, spices and aromatics that will transform any old bottle of vodka into the drink of the gods. $54.95, www.williams-sonoma.com

The neighborhood spice shop puts its own particularly flavorful spin on popcorn treats. This set includes flavors such as Apollonia N.29 (notes of honey and clove paired with cocoa powder and a hint of pepper, coated in chocolate); Cancale N.11 (a new take on salted caramel popcorn with fleur de sel, fennel and orange); and Pizza Posto (yes, a crunchy, cheesy popcorn complete with parmesan, chili flakes, oregano, garlic, and tomato). $38.50, www.laboiteny.com

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Hillary Davis celebrates her favorite French desserts, with a nod to Italy, Spain, Germany, and Switzerland. Recipes include Chambordglazed dark chocolate tart, lime yogurt loaf cake with sugared lime drizzle, and roasted pineapple with thyme honey ice-cream. Even if you don’t cook, the photographs are delicious! $30, www.barnesandnoble.com

MAP ON YOUR LAP

We know someone who will love these mapkins, that can be personalized using the coordinates of your choice. Make it Hell’s Kitchen … or maybe your favorite sunny getaway spot. $59.95 for four, www.uncommongoods.com

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In a smoothie, on your granola or, OK, if you insist, with your turkey – cranberries are for life, not just for Christmas, says Samina Kalloo

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ellied or dried, cranberries are the quintessential holiday staple, used in everything from appetizers to desserts. But it’s not just about that tart and tangy flavor; cranberries are bursting with health benefits, so you never need to feel bad about filling your face.

cranberries play a role in promoting gut health, with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory functions that benefit the immune system and metabolism. According to a recent review published in the Journal of Functional Foods, cranberry consumption may even help to ameliorate diet-induced weight gain and visceral obesity along with improving a cluster of risk factors, known as metabolic syndrome, that raise the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

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That distinct taste is thanks to powerful nutrients called proanthocyanidins (PACs). Sure, other fruits and veggies contain PACs, but cranberries are the only ones that have them in such a way to help prevent certain bacteria, including E. coli, from taking hold. These special anti-stick powers play a major role in reducing the risk of urinary tract infections and have also been shown to help prevent stomach ulcers and gum disease. How’s that for a tiny berry?

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CRAN-TASTIC FOR HEALTH An unsung hero of the fruit aisle, the cranberry deserves to be eaten long after the holidays are over. Research bears out that they may be beneficial in fighting some cancers and cutting the risk of heart disease, but the benefits don’t stop there. Emerging studies have also shown

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They may be small, but make no mistake: cranberries are a nutritional powerhouse containing an abundance of phytonutrients, minerals, and vitamins including A, C and K. One cup of whole cranberries is less than 50 calories and is a good source of dietary fiber. Since they’re naturally low in sugar and high in acid content, cranberry products are usually sweetened with added sugars. However, according to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines, foods like these are fine to include in your diet as long as calories from added sugars don’t exceed


EAT 10% per day (which translates to about 12 teaspoons of sugar on a 2,000 a day calorie diet). So, instead of obsessing over teaspoons, just be mindful of portion sizes when including cranberry products as part of an overall healthy diet.

EVERY WHICH WAY So now we know cranberries are nutritional gold. Here are a few ideas for including them in your daily diet.

Dried Dried cranberries are the perfect grab-and-go snack and are a delicious addition to oatmeal, cold cereal, trail mix, granola bars and, my personal favorite, salads. Try mixing them into chicken salad or whipped into cream cheese as a flavorful spread on whole grain toast or crackers. For a healthy treat, stir them into melted dark chocolate. Fresh or frozen Cranberries are available all year round and I always keep a bag of frozen cranberries in my freezer to create simple sauces, relishes, or chutneys. Add them to baked goods, whiz them up in a smoothie, or use them to create a sorbet (yes, imagine eating some creamy cranberry sorbet after your heavy Thanksgiving meal – it’s heavenly). Saucy Top burgers and sandwiches with cranberry relish or sauce for a burst of flavor. Mix a spoonful into plain cottage cheese or spread on pancakes instead of syrup. And, of course, cranberry sauce pairs perfectly with turkey, chicken, and other proteins. Juicy For a fun twist on cranberry juice, try combing 4oz 100% cranberry juice with seltzer and a wedge of lime for a refreshing spritzer.

Recipes Spiced cranberry orange sauce

Cranberry sauce is a staple at any holiday feast. In fact, I may eat more cranberry sauce than I do turkey, which is why I needed to come up with a naturally sweetened, lower sugar version that still balanced the tart flavor of cranberries. My solution? Honey, fresh oranges, and some pumpkin pie spice. Ingredients 10oz bag frozen cranberries 1/ 3 cup + 1 tbsp honey Zest and juice of one orange ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice ¼ cup water mixed with 1 tsp cornstarch

Directions 1. In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, honey, and water/cornstarch mixture with the orange juice. 2. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, then simmer at low heat, stirring occasionally while the cranberries pop and the mixture thickens, about five to 10 minutes. 4. Stir in the orange zest and pumpkin pie spice. 5. Adjust the flavor to your own preference by adding a bit more honey and/ or orange juice 6. Allow to cool, cover, and store in the fridge. It will last for about a week.

Quinoa salad with butternut squash, cranberries, and toasted almonds

By now, you’ve probably tasted quinoa, but did you know that quinoa has the perfect balance of all nine essential amino acids for human health? With gorgeous red and green colors, this dish screams holiday. Can be eaten warm or cold. Ingredients Salad 1 cup quinoa, rinsed 2 cups water 1 cup butternut squash, cubed ½ cup baby spinach, chopped ¼ cup slivered almonds 1/3 cup dried cranberries Dressing 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar ¼ tsp oregano salt/black pepper

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Place butternut squash on a parchmentlined baking sheet and roast for about 30 to 40 minutes or until forktender. 3. While squash is roasting, get started on the quinoa. Rinse the grains thoroughly under cold water in a fine mesh strainer. 4. In a saucepan, bring two cups water and quinoa to a boil then cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. 5. Remove the pot from heat, cover, and let the quinoa steam for five minutes. Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. 6. In the meantime, heat a skillet over medium heat and sauté almonds for two to three minutes until fragrant. Remove and set aside. 7. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, almonds, cranberries, spinach, and butternut squash. 8. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, vinegar, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle dressing over quinoa and toss to combine.

Samina Kalloo is a registered and certified dietitian, freelance nutrition consultant, and mom. Connect with her on Twitter (@SaminaKallooRD).

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It’s all about

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The neighborhood’s rooftops are home to tennis courts, play parks, gardens … even beehives. Andrew Rubin is the man with the dubious honor of harvesting Hell’s Kitchen honey Photograph Nacho Guevara So, presumably you're not a full-time beekeeper – what's your day job? Executive chef. I’ve been working in the city as a chef for over 30 years. After opening the InterContinental New York Times Square, we wanted a culinary connection to tie to the building green initiatives and LEED status. For me as a chef, the bees seemed like a natural next step. How do you and the bees get along? We monitor them weekly to see that the queen is laying eggs, young bees are hatching, and honey is being produced. Once the bees are very prolific we add “honey supers” (this is a part of a beehive that is used to collect honey). The process is not very high maintenance. The primary roles of the hive and its resident bees are to propagate and expand the hive, and protect and proliferate the colony. They are very self-sufficient insects. How many bees are we talking about here? There are probably between 40-60,000 bees per hive. We’ll harvest approximately 60lb of honey per hive a year. And, be honest, how many times have you been stung? Half dozen, mostly during the harvest, which is the most invasive thing I do with the hives. So, anything they’ve taught you about life, the universe …? Well, the exercise has helped my slight insect phobia … but not completely! These

“I nurture our guests, the bees nurture the earth, I nurture the bees. It is a very symbiotic relationship.” are calm, friendly Italian or European bees, and the adage that if you don’t bother them they won’t bother you is true. The most compelling lesson I’ve learned is about the colony, or the bee community. Bees are completely selfless, focused on the good of the hive and the survival of the population, not the individual. As a chef, I nurture your body and emotions. If you eat something here that makes you feel at home, or evokes a childhood memory, I’ve achieved something special. The bees nurture the earth and provide (via pollination) the raw ingredient for me to do so, as well as the food we need to eat. I nurture our guests, the bees nurture the earth, I nurture the bees. It is a very symbiotic relationship. How do you harvest the honey? We remove the frames from the honey supers, spin them in a centrifuge, and strain the honey into containers Cool. And what does Hell's Kitchen honey taste like? It has two profiles. The spring, or early

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Opposite: Chef Andrew checks on his charges.

harvest (end of June) has a lighter color, a heavier viscosity, and a sweeter, more floral flavor. The autumn, or later harvest (mid-October) is very dark in color, has a lighter viscosity, and a more herbal, aromatic flavor. This is clearly a result of what type of nectar is collected. In the spring it’s probably fruit and maple trees. In autumn, ash, elder, and oak. Add a little orange soda from the trash can on the corner of 8th Ave - 44th St, and you have a very unique recipe. What's your favorite honey concoction at the restaurant? The Bee Good cocktail. It’s made with gin and homemade honey wine. It is both delicious and refreshing, and proceeds from the cocktails go to help the bees, through our partnership with The Best Bees Company. In the food realm, the Honey-Chile smoked ribs are insanely delicious. Where else do you hang out in Hell's Kitchen? I like Pio Pio, which is Peruvian cooking, and Yakitori Totto – it’s so good, and fun to watch the guy cook. Dalton’s is a great bar to just hang out and lay low. If I want something fancier, HK has a great selection of wine bars that I really enjoy.

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Habanero Sting Ingredients 2oz Belle Isle Honey Habanero Moonshine 1oz Pavan liqueur 1oz fresh squeezed lime The Stinger secret foam Chocolate bitters

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Mixed by Raul Abrantes The Stinger Bar @ Intercontinental Times Square 300 W44th St www.thestingernyc.com

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BEER

Brilliant gifts

FOR YOUR BARTENDER... And, yes, beer is one of them, says Ciera Coyan

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BEST: A phone number. Even if we have no intention of calling or texting, everyone loves getting a phone number on a signed credit card receipt. It’s a pretty baller move for a customer.

verybody loves a gift-giving guide for the holidays, but the ones I’ve seen only cover basic relationships: what to give your mom, your niece, your brother-in-law. When it comes to gifts for our less traditional relationships we’re on our own. To fill that void, here is my list of the best and worst gifts I’ve been given as a bartender. BEST: Food. This one is pretty simple. If you bring a bartender food, they’ll like you. We’re often working eight-hour (or longer) shifts on our feet with no breaks. We need sustenance. Nobody wants a hangry bartender.

Right: Food, cash, and casual flirting – all good gift ideas.

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WORST: An unsolicited dick pic. This one was a little on me, since I did give my number to what was clearly the wrong person. When I didn’t respond to the picture he texted: “Sorry about that. But don’t worry, it was a picture of a painting.” Sure thing, buddy. BEST: Beer! Some of the best beers I’ve ever had were beers brought in by customers. Bless those beer-distributing saints. WORST: Cocaine. Yes, I understand sharing is caring, but casually tossing a little baggy of coke on the bar and asking if I’m interested is not the good kind of sharing! To be fair, this only happened once and the person was already very drunk so in a lot of ways it simplified my decision to kick them out of the bar.

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WORST: A puppy. This one was an unintentional gift. A customer found a bag somebody had left behind and turned it in. When I opened the bag to look for some ID or way of contacting the person who left it, I discovered a small, scared chihuahua. As much as I love dogs, it felt less like a Christmas miracle and more like a sudden responsibility that I wasn’t ready for. I can’t take care of a houseplant, much less a living thing. Fortunately the owner eventually came back for the poor pup and a lecture about not forgetting your damn dog in a bar! BEST: $300 for a plane ticket home for Christmas. This one happened while I was new in New York, waiting tables, and completely broke. I had a table of six people in for a boozy brunch and while they got buzzed we chatted and got friendly. They overheard me talking to another waiter about not being able to afford to go home for Christmas. They left me a $300 tip with a note about it being for a plane ticket home. Remembering that still fills me with an incredibly sweet and cheesy feeling of holiday cheer. Unfortunately $300 is about half of what it costs to fly from New York to San Francisco around December 25, but hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?


WINE

Get them

the good stuff

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ew things say “Happy Holidays” better than a bottle-shaped gift. That special magnum of champagne, perhaps; a rare bottle of port, or something delicious and even bigger – the equivalent to two, four, eight, or even more bottles in one! But there are other ideas out there that can enhance your wine lover’s holiday experience. Here are some Hell’s Kitchen options.

Wine is a great gift, but use your imagination, says Jeremy Kaplan

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around the corner for one of the special wine-oriented nights. Various prices, Mud, Sweat and Tears (10th Ave - 45th/46th St)

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Want to treat someone to wine, but turn it into an evening of enjoyment? There are numerous wine bars in Hell’s Kitchen where you can also purchase gift certificates. Casellula (W52nd St 9th/10th Ave), Kilo (9th Ave - 55th/56th St), or Ardesia (W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave) are great options. And what is especially inviting is that they don’t offer your usual suspects, but seek out a more complete wine experience by offering options by the glass to open your eyes to new varieties from around the world. Various prices

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Surely something any wine love would appreciate is a wine-scented candle, from Rewined. Available in a variety of flavors (or scents), they’re packaged inside repurposed wine bottles. $27.95, Delphinium (W47th St 8th/9th Ave)

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“In Hell’s Kitchen we have one of the city’s best underground kitchens.”

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Not sure of the taste of your recipient? Grab some beautiful glassware. Riedel’s O stemless series is super popular and practical, everyone appreciates the Riedel name, and these glasses can be purchased for a song. A bit higher priced is the Vinum series, or Pure glasses from Schott Zwiesel. $30.36 for four, Williams-Sonoma (Columbus Circle)

For the ultimate food and wine experience that won’t break the bank, in Hell’s Kitchen we have one of the city’s best underground kitchens in the form of 10 Chairs. As the name suggests, you’ll dine with a small number of guests and be hosted by Smoke executive chef Patricia Williams. Each week diners are offered five courses, with perfectly matched wine. $80, www.10chairsnyc.com

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Perhaps your wine lover has a creative side to them? You may understand what wine they like, but can’t be sure of their aesthetic. Here you can craft a personalized wine cup, coaster or wine bucket. Or buy a gift certificate and your gift-getter can pick up a bottle of wine

So a bottle or two of fine wine is always appreciated, but taking the time to explore our neighborhood and finding a gift or experience that your wine-loving friend or family member will cherish and remember for a long time is worth the effort. Cheers and happy holidays. Jeremy Kaplan, Veritas Studio Wines (www.facebook.com/veritasstudiowines)

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LIVING

What do I buy

FOR MY SUPER? This and other thorny real estate holiday questions are answered by the always diplomatic Ian TD Smith

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he holiday season is a great time to take stock and appreciate those in your life that have made a difference. Gift giving is a constant question I get asked about by my clients. So this month I wanted to write down a helpful guide to holiday giving when it comes to real estate and those who make your life a little easier there.

maintenance request or conveniently forgets to pick up the phone when you call him. Suggested gift: Cash, cash, and more cash (minimum $100). DOORMAN If you’re lucky enough to live in a building with one, you know what a blessing they are: security watchdog, receiver and giver of your precious packages, keeper of your extra set of keys when your in-laws unexpectedly visit, or you stumble in white-girl wasted. Remember to tip all your doormen. Gift suggestion: Heartfelt gift (specific to the person), booze, and cash is always king.

REAL ESTATE AGENTS Agents are the ones who should be giving YOU gifts. If your agent doesn’t send you an email wishing you happy holidays or at least a card, you can easily tell they are no longer engaged in the business or don’t value the commission you paid them. Gift suggestion: None.

IMAGE: NACHO GUEVARA / ILLO: FREEPIK.COM

LANDLORDS I used to balk at the idea of providing your landlord with a gift, but then I met my favorite landlord, Mr. Schwartz on 45th Street. He’s the type of landlord who meets with his residents and works out of his largest building. So if you see your landlord regularly or have met with him in person, send a gift. If not, don’t bother. Gift suggestion: Bottle of nice alcohol. LEASING AGENT/MANAGEMENT COMPANY REPRESENTATIVE Do you live in a building where an on-site leasing agent helped you with your place? You’d be surprised how infrequently these agents you did not pay a fee to get thanked or recognized. Gift suggestion: Booze, gift card. SUPER The super of your building is probably the most important person you don’t

“If you forget about your super during the holiday season, don’t be surprised when he forgets to pick up the phone when you call him.” think about. They control maintenance, repairs, access, and are usually the landlord’s point person whenever there is an issue that arises at a property. If you keep them happy, they can help you if anything happens with the things I just mentioned. If you forget about your super during the holiday season, don’t be surprised when he forgets to get that

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Above: As a real estate broker, Ian is the one who should be giving YOU a gift. Come on, Santa ...

PORTERS/CLEANERS The men and women who maintain your property are generally the most frequently forgotten during the holiday season. Given that they are the lowest paid men and women in your building remember to give generously and you will have a friend and ally for as long as they are in the building. Gift suggestions: Pretty much whatever you want. They are unaccustomed to receiving things so they assuredly will be happy with what you give them. Remember, we all live in this city and most of the year we all struggle to maintain our sanity and pay our rent. Being generous during this awesome season is a priceless investment in making the rest of your year a great one. Happy holidays. Ian TD Smith is a licensed real estate broker. Contact him at ian@adomee.com

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LIVING

Home for

the holidays

to We’ve scoured the neighborhood e. track down great gifts for everyon All you need to do is wrap it up

Summer may be a distant memory, but there’s another one coming along soon. Pampelone’s Ponnant playsuit is a gentle reminder. $203, www.shopbop.com

BIG SOFTY

Textural elements soften the harder edges of a home. Add a touch of color with this one-of-akind Moroccan pillow, featuring Berber women and vintage appliqué. $165, www.domusnewyork.com

TAKE A BOW

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Nothing says, “I’m a man with an innate sense of style and have depth you can only guess at” than a self-tie bow tie. This beauty also says “I’m cute and interesting too.” 100% wool, handmade in NYC. $59, www.fineanddandyshop.com

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THE GIFT OF SUNSHINE

GOLD RUSH

If you loved our summer magazine cover, you’ll love homewares by the artist, Sally Mackness. This large square pillow comes with one of her signature paintings on one side, and is backed with hot pink faux suede on the other. Fancy! $49, www.sallymackness.co.uk


LIVING CHARLY IS MY DARLING

Freshwater pearls entwined with black recycled beads from Ghana combine in the Charly necklace from Jonesy Wood. Simply elegant – a failsafe choice. $130, www.jonesywood.com

FULL OF BEANIES

VEST TO IMPRESS

Winter in NY is all about layers. Wear the Diago vest – made with vegan suede and a vegan fur blend – over your favorite sweater and you can’t go fur wrong. $135, www.muche-et-muchette.com

PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES

The handkerchief is a gift that comes into its own come wintertime. This one is handmade in NYC in a 100% cotton vintage-style transport print, then finished in grey thread. Try not to blow your nose on it … $29, www.fineanddandyshop.com

When the wind starts whipping off the Hudson, you’ll be wishing you had one of these slick beanies on tight. Designed by the neighborhood’s Karey R R Smith, we’re ordering one in every color. Stay warm, people. $30, www.kareyrrsmith.com

CHRISTMAS PENNANT

Fly the flag for your favorite hood. The Hell’s Kitchen pennant has a retro vibe we’re loving right now. $29, www.fineanddandyshop.com

STONE LOVE

Give. Wear. Stack. Love. The four-word mantra Ettika lives by. These versatile pieces are made using ingredients such as 18k gold and semi-precious stones, and are designed to be worn alone, or piled high, as chokers or wrapped around the wrist as a bracelet. $30-45, www.ettika.com

AHEAD OF THE GAME

Made with handpressed wool, the thick, ultra-durable, wind-resisting Dakota hat is essential headwear for the snowy season. Don’t be in denial – you know it’s coming! $150, www. kareyrrsmith.com

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GIFTS FROM TURNSTYLE

The 12 days

of giftmas

Enter TurnStyle’s competition this month, and you could be the one spreading joy these holidays

PUFFER FOR PUPS

CHOCOLATE HEAVEN

Not one, not even two, but 24 chocolate treats are coming your way in this advent calendar. Combine it with a mini hot chocolate set – with added surprises – and it all adds up to a pretty sweet holiday season. $34 for the pair, Dylan’s Candy Bar

There’s a $50 shopping credit at Dog & Co up for grabs, so you’d be well on your way to grabbing this cosy color block vest for your cute canine. $58, Dog & Co

LUSH LIFE

If, like us, your happy place is neck deep in a bathtub, you’ll love this holiday gift set from Lush, containing a veritable array of zesty bath and shower delights infused with lime, orange, and grapefruit oils. Goodbye winter. $46, Lush

DINNER FOR FOUR

HOT DOG

Want a $50 credit for Marc Tetro’s doginspired accessories? Of course you do. We’ve got our eye on this adorable dachshund on a bright yellow tote. $50, Marc Tetro

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Tasting Table’s test kitchen is offering a private dinner for you and three of your favorite people. A culinary headquarters for tasting, testing, playing around, and cooking seriously, it’s one of New York City’s most exciting eating experiences. $2,500, Tasting Table


Sponsored page. All gifts available from TurnStyle, Columbus Circle www.turn-style.com

CUFF LOVE

Accessory and clothing brand Mulberry & Grand has a $50 shopping credit on offer. If you’re shopping for us, you couldn’t go far wrong with this gold plated brass cuff, complete with statement natural turquoise stone. $85, Mulberry & Grand

BOTTLE BEAUTIFUL

There’s $50 worth of wine to win at Kit’s Underground. If you’re buying for your impossibly sophisticated boss, perhaps the Ca’ del Monte Amarone della Valpolicella will hit the spot? Or, for the adventurous drinker, Terroir al Limit Historic Priorat Blanc. You get to choose. From $34.99, Kit’s Underground

BASKET CASE

With 2beans’ assorted chocolate holiday basket, you get treats galore, made from the highest quality beans. Don’t worry, the diet starts January. $75, 2beans

COME FLY WITH ME

The most timeless sunglasses ONLY EVER. And there’s a pair of Ray Bans in this competition. Our favorites? The classic aviator, of course. $150, Specs

BE OUR GUEST

The tradition of a guest book is back in favor. What better way to remember to good times you’ve had with friends and family (especially when the wine has been flowing and memories are a little – um – jaded)? This one by Kate Spade New York is simply beautiful, with a natural linen cover, ribbon bookmark, and quotes from some of history’s most notable figures if your guests are lacking inspiration. $30 gift card, Papyrus

THERE MAY BE TRUFFLES AHEAD

Fika’s holiday gift set of truffles, that is. Moonlight, music, truffles – all bases covered. $50, Fika

BEAUTY BRILLIANCE

Packed with all the e.l.f. favorites (that stands for eyes, lips, face, btw) along with some sparkling seasonal specials, this holiday gift basket is make-up magic. $50 e.l.f. cosmetics

AND SOMETHING TO PUT IT ALL IN?

Welcome to Wovenwell, whose signature Bolga baskets are made in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana. Hand woven with leather handles, they make the perfect gift or home accessory for you or someone you love. From $25 (20% of all proceeds go to mental health initiatives in Ghana), WovenWell.com

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‘Tis the season! Stop into Turnstyle from December 1 until December 12 for the chance to win one of 12 curated holiday gifts, including a private dinner for four at Tasting Table’s Test Kitchen (worth $2,500). Winners will be chosen the following day after the contest entry and notified via email. No purchase necessary to enter.

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GALLERY

#W42ST Hashtag your Instagram pics and they could star in the mag!

Last month was all about Halloween, the supermoon ... and we heard the rumor about some election? Anyway, as usual you wonderful people recorded the best bits – along with some light relief – on Instagram. Remember, anyone can get involved in these pages. Just tag your images #W42ST and you might be the one whose photograph ends up in the next issue.

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STYLE

OUT & ABOUT

If it’s happening in Hell’s Kitchen, we’ve got it covered W42ST 2ND BIRTHDAY PARTY

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42ST celebrated our second birthday last month. So, of course, we marked it in style with a party at River Place’s beautiful River Room, with views across the Hudson, wine from the great team at Grand Cru and fantastic food from Fresh From Hell. Thanks to all for your support – here’s to the next two years. And beyond!

IMAGES: CHRISTIAN MILES

Clockwise from top: Cover artist Darius Woo with publisher Phil O’Brien and Gabriel Formento Lauro from Fresh From Hell; Kath and David Boyle; Mariana Vredjian and Joner Hall, our hosts from Silverstein Properties, Phil O’Brien, and editor Ruth Walker; Stephen Keough, Annika Sweetland, and Jaci Stephen; Katrina Perkins and Scott Stanger; Samina Kalloo and Leslie Woodruff.

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JACI STEPHEN

That’s the

HOLIDAY BUBBLE BURST

Irrational fears? Let’s just say Jaci’s not exactly in the festive spirit

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he party season is upon us and, with it, my worse fears: you see, I suffer from globophobia. I’m in good company because, apparently, Oprah suffers from it too. So, while all of you are out enjoying funny hats, streamers, and liaisons at the Christmas party, Oprah and I will be indoors, cowering in a corner – because we both have a fear of balloons (although, in Oprah’s case, I suspect it might have more to do with a fear of ballooning). Apparently, it’s not very common, which surprises me (I also suffer from coulrophobia – a fear of clowns – but what sane person doesn’t?). It’s one of the reasons I never go out on Halloween or New Year’s Eve. If I go to a party, wedding, or other special event, the first thing I do is case the joint for balloons; it’s one of the reasons I love funerals because you sure ain’t gonna find them there. Most globophobics can’t touch, feel, or go near a balloon for fear it will pop (although, technically, that’s phonophobia); I just have a fear of balloons in general. To me, they’re a sinister, unpredictable presence, like spiders (don’t even get me started on my anachrophobia); their hideous colors bob along the floor like buoys in the sea, pretending they’re stable but all the time plotting to approach you when you are least expecting it. My mother tells me that, as a child, I had a recurring nightmare when I’d wake crying, insisting my room was full of balloons. Maybe it was an early warning for the condomophobia I developed later.

My month in pics 1 The brilliant John Lithgow and me at a screening of The Crown (Netflix) in which he plays Winston Churchill. Sublime performance.

Ah, good old UK. Can’t beat a visit back to the glamor of my hometown, Cardiff. And yes, that’s a sausage, should you be asking.

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Above: Phobias? Don’t get Jaci started ...

There. You weren’t expecting that, were you? Yes, it’s a real fear. But I digress. (I don’t actually suffer from condomophobia, but it seemed too good a gag to let go, given the context.) I’m OK with foil balloons, but that’s probably because they deflate at their own rate; I don’t rush screaming into the house if I see a hot air balloon (although you would never get me into one without resorting to chloroform); I’m also OK with bubble gum. But there’s just something about the texture, the tightness, and the meanness of a rubber balloon that sends my heart rate racing. So, happy partying all. I’ll be celebrating with you – from a distance. With my new best friend Oprah, of course.

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My kind of airport lounge. A brief trip to Florida. Rigor mortis is more exciting.

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How do I stop my addiction to buying Stars and Stripes outfits? Is there an SSAnonymous group, by any chance?

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IMAGE: WALTER VAN DYK

CHRISTMASES I'D RATHER FORGET 1. My boyfriend dumping me for a nurse from Boston. I hear he’s now divorced, broke, living in a shelter, and facing deportation. 2. Last year,

hospitalized with a nosebleed. The gorgeous Polish nurse who took my blood pressure every four hours was not helping matters. I still think of him and his BP pump.

3. Having sleepless nights worrying about how the presents were going to get down the chimney. 4. The one when Mum left the tea-cloth with which she had been

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cleaning out the turkey actually in the turkey during its six hours of cooking. 5. When Dad stayed too long at his office Christmas party and, pushed for time on

his way home, bought Mum a hideous ornament as her gift. Yes, that was a very bad year indeed. 6. This year might be another. The first I’ll be spending alone in

America. But, heck, it’s New York. There’s the tree and ice-skating, the colors of Central Park, and, who knows, maybe Macy’s will have one of their 365-days-a-year sales.

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DATING

Tales from the

SHALLOW END Now Mary Geneva wants to hear YOUR stories from the Manhattan dating pool. Don’t be shy …

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hat’s the most bizarre date you’ve been on? I’ve been sharing my tales of dating woe from the depths of hell that I call the Manhattan dating pool with you for about a year and it’s time to switch it up and turn the tables. I want to hear from you. I want to hear your “I seriously can’t make this shit up” date stories. Don’t be shy. I know you have at least one … or several hundred … just waiting to be shared. It’s NYC! And if you don’t, you haven’t been on enough dates! You know the kind – when you’re in shock as to how this person made it through what you thought was your bulletproof screening process. Kind of like the guy I dated who I nicknamed Crazy Eyes. We made it all the way to the third date but when I felt his giant dark eyes burning a hole through the side of my

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“You’ve wondered if your date slipped and fell into the Hudson because the chemistry was there, you made plans to see each other again, then … poof! They vanish into thin air.” head at Avenue Q every time I laughed. There was no fourth date. Sometimes we have high hopes that the next person we swipe right on could be a real keeper. Except when they show up they don’t remotely resemble their profile pictures that made you swipe right in the first place. Maybe they say or do something to make you pinch yourself to make sure you aren’t dreaming. And when you realize what you’re experiencing is real, you have to figure out an escape plan. Like that time I called my roommate from the bathroom to help me come up with an exit strategy because my date was way skinnier than I was and high out of his mind! After yet another great escape, we dust ourselves off, hold our heads high, and move on to the next date. Who could be a real keeper! I’ve always been a hopeful romantic. I eloped at 21, was divorced by 26, and although I still haven’t had my cliché “walk along the highline,” I remain optimistic that one day the right guy will find me. Until then, all I

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can do is keep on living life to the fullest so that, when I do meet my partner, I’ll be open to sharing my life with someone. So, if any of the below sounds even remotely familiar, please email me your craziest dating experiences. All names will remain anonymous to protect the guilty. Have you ever asked yourself... How did he/she slip through the cracks and make it to the second, third, etc., date? How did I miss those red lights? Your date ghosted on you. You’ve wondered if they slipped and fell into the Hudson because the chemistry was there, you made plans to see each other again, then … poof! They vanish into thin air never to be seen or heard from again. Your date said or did something so ridiculously unbelievable that you excuse yourself to text your bestie from the bathroom to plot an escape plan. I once told my date my neighbor’s kitchen was flooding into my apartment and the cats were drowning, so I had to get home ASAP. A little extreme, I know, but it could have been true, right?

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My next column will be in the Valentine’s Day issue. I’m looking for couples to share their funniest relationship experiences and thoughts on love and all that mushy stuff. Do you remember the first time you found his toothbrush in the medicine cabinet when he didn’t even sleep over? Or that time you farted in your sleep and held your breath so she didn’t wake up? What about the time you first locked eyes with one another and knew your life was going to change? If you can relate to any of these questions I want to interview you and your partner in crime. Or if you’re single and just want to get a dating story off your chest, email me. I look forward to hearing from you.

ABOUT MARY Mary Geneva is a sales professional by day and serial dater by night. In her book Nicknames, she tiptoes into the dating pool accumulating late-night, drunken scraps of paper and text messages outlining unbelievable – yet totally true – events. Undaunted, she lives, works, and plays in New York City, and calls Hell’s Kitchen home, along with her rescued pets, pup Valentino and kitty Diva. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @marygeneva nyc. You can buy Nicknames on www. nicknamesnyc. com. And you can share your most bizarre dating story with Mary. Email mary genevanyc@ gmail.com.


STYLE

It’s showtime!

When Broadway meets SoulCycle, glitter happens. Cue Emily Larger ... So, Emily – singer, dancer, and SoulCycle instructor. How’s that working out for you? It was a huge juggle when I first started teaching. I was at multiple SoulCycle studios in the city (and sometimes Long Island) anywhere from 6am to 8.30pm. I made auditions fit where I could, but really tried to let Soul be the priority in my first year. Nowadays I only teach in the late afternoon or evening so my mornings can fully focus on auditions, voice lessons, dance classes, etc. What got you started? My SoulCycle journey began in 2008. I’d been working between shows at a restaurant (as so many do) when I had my “I cannot work at a restaurant anymore” breakdown (as so many do). My friend Louise Gassman had started working for Soul the day they opened, and had recently left the same restaurant. She walked me around the block to the original 72nd Street SoulCycle and said: “Hey, can my friend Emily have a job? She’s fast and smart.” And amazingly, that pretty much worked. So I manned the desk between tours and regional shows until 2012, when I decided to audition to become an instructor. Musical Monday sounds like THE BEST THING. Talk us through it. In the summer of 2012 it just so happened that myself and a lot of my very talented friends had not booked summer work. We were all a little starved to create something, so Louise and I recruited people to sing and dance live at a 2012 Tony Award themed ride. And the riders went CRAZY for it. So I

in full beat at 4.30pm for the Drag on Broadway ride. My friends Andrew and Kyle doing all of the original Moses Supposes choreography on tap boards in the tiny space between the podium and the front row of bikes at the Comden and Green and Berstein ride. The Sondheim ride, when I dressed as my hero Elaine Stritch and Matt Kopec sang ‘Being Alive’ and we all cried. The Disney on Broadway ride, when most of the first national Beauty and the Beast tour reunited to perform ‘Gaston.’ The second Musical Monday ever was an Andrew Lloyd Webber ride, and it was Kristin Chenoweth’s first time at SoulCycle (she’s JUST tall enough – we checked). We just did a Little Shop of Horrors ride for Halloween and everyone was singing along the whole time. It allows you to stop thinking about working out and start trying to embody the music. (You usually end up working even harder.)

Above: School of Rock and Cats come to Soul.

“At the Disney on Broadway ride, most of the first national Beauty and the Beast tour reunited to perform ‘Gaston.’” shouted to the class: “Shouldn’t we do this every week?! Call it Musical Monday or something? But not like the one at Splash?!” And so we did. Cool. You must have had some pretty awesome moments …? Classics include: Marti Gould Cummings

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Rewind … funny you should mention ALW. You’ve just finished a series of classes featuring the stars of his three shows on Broadway, right? Andrew Lloyd Webber was so much fun to dive into. His music is so epic. And SO different between the three shows we featured: School of Rock, Cats, and Phantom of the Opera. Now Sunset Boulevard is on its way to Broadway, maybe that’s the next step? Glenn Close, I’m ready for you. In the meantime …? I’d love to do Lippa’s Wild Party as a ride. Rogers and Hammerstein and Hart. Screen-to-Stage. American Idiot. Cole Porter vs Irving Berlin... You’ll just have to wait and see. Emily Larger is an instructor at W77th St SoulCycle. She’s also just finished a turn as Eva Peron in Evita, and has toured with The 39 Steps and Elf the Musical. twitter: @thatgirlblades

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! o g , t e s t Ge with their 6am Even if they do put you to shame don’t bear a grudge CrossFit classes, show them you ess geek with a cool gift for your favorite fitn

CYCLE THRILLER

The cult of Soul Cycle is here to stay. Show your devout follower friend you understand with the Wheel Downtown tank. Something stylish to sweat in. $56, www.soulcycle.com

COVERS ALL BASES

All those spin classes and Citibike rides mean a heck of a lot of bottoms sharing the same surface area. So do your hygiene freak friend a favor and buy them a stylish seat cover. Padded for added aaaahhh! $35, www.cityseat.com

JUST COASTING

ILLUSTRATION: JASON WITCHER

ON A ROLL

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Can there be a better gift to give these holidays than the gift of recovery? We don’t think so. The grid roller is designed to replicate the massage of a therapist’s hands … we’re feeling better already. $39.99, www. paragonsports.com

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Whether it’s a 5k or an Iron Man, taking part in a race is a pretty cool achievement. For the person in your life who’s been there and done that, these bib coasters are the best kind of reminder. Just send in the numbered bib and Gone For a Run does the rest. $21.99 for four, www.goneforarun.com


STYLE HAVE A HEART

These are for that person in front of you in yoga class whose pants always have a little hole, just there … The Mia Brazilia heart pant, on the other hand, gives a much nicer view when it comes time for the downward dog. $88, bikramyoganyc.com

JERSEY BOY

Part of Danny’s Cycles’ custom collection, this beauty has been created in partnership with Gun Hill Brewery in the Bronx. One for the craft beer lover in your life. $80, www. dannyscycles.com

GIVE IT A MONTH

Class pass gives its members access to 8,500 studios in 39 cities, ranging from boxing to barre, pole dancing to pilates. And more. Give a month of five classes or, if you REALLY like them, the gold standard of ten. $75 (5 classes), $135 (10), www.classpass.com

ALVIN ALL OVER

A monochrome print shows you’re all about Alvin Ailey. Dance class just got a little more stylish. $30, www.aileyshop.com

RING MY BELL

OK, realistically speaking, sometimes it would take the four horses of the apocalypse to move pedestrians out of the cycle lane. So while the Electra ringer bell is at least a start in the right direction, it’s the cute choice of green, blue, orange, or purple that we’re really into. Shallow, us? $9, www.dannyscycles.com

KING OF THE SWINGERS

STRIPE THAT

The first step in starting a fitness regime? Getting the right gear, of course. It has been scientifically proven that we lose a minimum of 10 pounds by simply buying a new pair of leggings*. And these ones from Nesh have the added bonus of a vertical stripe. Which is slimming, right? So stylish, you never even need to go to a yoga class to enjoy them … $140, www.neshnyc.com *Disclaimer: this statement is untrue and has no basis in science

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Kettlebell workouts just got fiercer with these Primal bells. The gorilla weighs in at 72lb. the orangutan at 54lb, and the howler at 18lb. They pretty much do the same job as ordinary kettlebells, but they’re a whole lot more fun. Starting at $42.95, www.onnit.com

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PETS FOOD

Wagging tales

These camera-happy canines took a time out from the morning stroll for a quick Q&A with W42ST

Dallas and Sophie

Rupert Humans’ names: Leo and Stephan. Breed: Dachshund. Age: Five years young. What makes me bark: Vacuums, apples, and horses. Three words that describe me best: Happy, mischievous, and loving. Confession: I love to rip up cardboard boxes, pillows, water bottles, and shoes.

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Human’s name: Ali. Breed: Pure breed British Parsons Jack Russell terriers. Age: Ten. What makes us bark: Doorbells, kids on scooters, and our daddies coming through the door: we wuff them! Three words that best describe us best: Very loving and loyal; very, very energetic, and very, very, very smart. Confession: We’re blanket stealers, food hoarders, and lap lovers. Instadog: @arr44300

Blizzy Human’s name: Jonathan. Breed: Pomeranian. What makes me bark: Being left alone (separation anxiety), and not being given enough time to chat up the female doggies I meet on my walks. Three words that describe me best: Adorable, mischievous, adorable (it deserves to be mentioned twice). Confession: I will hump my little dinosaur toy (girlfriend) all day long, even in front of company without the slightest bit of shame.

Want to see your pup on this page? DIGITAL EDITION

Zara Human’s name: Paula. Breed: A minpin/dachshund mix. Age: Two. What makes me bark: Seamless food deliveries. Three words that describe me best: Happy, spunky, lovable. Confession: I like to eat my mom’s underwear and my dad’s socks. Instadog: No but my mom, @peeopee, posts lots of pics of me.

Send it to waggingtales@w42st.com and we’ll do the rest.

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PETS

Animal

crackers

ur calls, or steal They never turn up late, ignore yo r pets … your boyfriend. Let’s hear it for ou

PUGGY LOVE

A cute pug on a necklace. Looking for a good home this Christmas. $18, www.etsy.com

PUPPY TRAINING

Forgot which train to catch? Just check your pup’s hoodie, conveniently printed with an MTA map. Disclaimer: only a small part of the map is there, so don’t plan on traveling far. $25.95, www.thenewyorkdogshop.com

ON THE PULL

ON WITCHER ILLUSTRATION: JAS

Handmade in Brooklyn, this hard-wearing, marine-grade rope leash is built to cope with the biggest, most enthusiastic of dogs, and comes with handsome solid brass carabiners and an individuallynumbered, stamped tag that reads “FOUND.” The message helps promote animal adoption, encouraging rescue over purchase. $54, www.foundmyanimal.com

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THE DOGNALD

A grunting chew toy to be loved or torn apart, depending on which side of the political divide your dog stands (but we think we can guess). $16, www.barkshop.com

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PETS

DOG COLLAR

BUNNY BUSINESS

The Porter Cottontail squeaky is made with 100% wool and 100% faux sherpa lining, and looks good enough to leave lying around the apartment instead of hiding away with your pup’s other scruffy toys. $18, www.billywolfnyc.com

Possibly one for the dog lover whose building doesn’t allow dogs. This necklace, made in New York City by Verameat, puts the adorable features of a Frenchie or a Boston terrier on a chain. Added bonus: no feeding or picking up of poop required. $160, www.barkshop.com

THE CABLE GUY

Keep your pal cozy this winter with a chic cable knit sweater, complete with wood button detail. Too adorable. Plus, it can be personalized with your pooch’s name for free. $49, www. markandgraham.com

CAT CAVES

A home for your cat, hand made in Hell’s Kitchen, with materials sourced from the Garment District, and sample tested by the designer’s own kitties, Ziggy and Lambchop. They love them, by the way. $55.00, www.catcavesbycatie. storenvy.com

CANINE CAKES

Mark their birthday – or any special occasion – with a cake you can both eat. Dog Cakes for Dogs are custom made in Hell’s Kitchen, and are baked from scratch using no preservatives, additives, or sugar. From $44, www. dogcakesfordogs.com

PUP ART

Turn your pet into a piece of pop art perfection – for the wall, or on a T shirt. Just upload your favorite pic, and popyourpup does the rest. Genius, From around $40, www.popyourpup.com

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LAST WORD

PHOTO FINISH New Amsterdam Theatre, W42 St, circa 1912

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IMAGE: WHITE STUDIO AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

hese days it’s home to Disney’s Aladdin, but as the 20th century was dawning in New York City, the New Amsterdam Theatre was laying on what it hoped would echo the exotic extravagance – and risqué infamy – of the Folies Bergère in Paris. Ziegfeld’s Follies was actually the brainchild of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr’s wife Anna Held, and the 50 girls on stage became known as the Anna Held girls. They danced, performed – and sometimes even showed their bloomers (gasp!) – to enraptured audiences for nearly 20 years. Each year the review would be updated with new songs and sketches to reflect current events, leading to it being described by some as an old-timey mash up between Saturday Night Live and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. One of the most memorable acts was Claire Luce, who rode across the New Amsterdam stage on a live ostrich. Then, of course, there were the famous balloon girls, including Helen Barnes (pictured). Gentlemen in the audience were encouraged to pop said balloons with their cigars. In its day, entertainers including W.C. Fields, Josephine Baker, Fanny Brice, Bob Hope, Will Rogers, Louise Brooks, Marilyn Miller, Barbara Stanwyck, Gypsy Rose Lee and many more stars made their names, or boosted them, on the Follies stage. The review ended in 1931, with revivals in 1934 and 1936. In 1937, MGM’s The Great Ziegfeld won the Best Picture Oscar, with Luise Rainer as Anna Held winning Best Actress. For her part, Helen Barnes died at the age of 29 in an automobile accident in Connecticut, with her fiancé at the wheel.

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Fold-out illustrated map; guide to all the best bars, restaurants, sights, and shopping, plus essential local businesses and services


EAT

w42 st +

GUIDE LISTINGS

The essential guide to Hell’s Kitchen, from working out to eating out (and in) – it’s the business!

STYLE

EAT CHILL DINNER

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Tulcingo Del Valle

THE JONES

8th Ave - 44th/45th St

10th Ave - 46th/47th St

9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

Kodama Sushi & Japanese

Zora’s Cafe

At Nine Restaurant

W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

Noodies

Bar Bacon Basera Indian Bistro 9th Ave - 50th/51st St

Bourbon Street Bar

OUT

W46th St - 8th/9th Ave

Carbone W38th St - 8th/9th Ave

Dafni Greek Taverna

North River Lobster Pier 81, W41st St - 12th Ave

Oovina 9th Ave - 37th/38th St

Route 66 Cafe 9th Ave - 55th/56th St 10th Ave - 45th/46th St

El Azteca

The Marshal

9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

10th Ave - 44th/45th Ave

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Cosmic Diner

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Friedman’s

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Gotham West Market

8th Ave - 52nd/53rd St 10th Ave - 35th St 11th Ave - 44th/45th St

Hourglass Tavern

Siri Thai

W42nd St - 8th/9th Ave

9th Ave - 48th/49th St

TIME FOR BRUNCH

9th Ave - 54th/55th St

9th Ave - 54th/55th St

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Il Forno

W46th St - 8th/9th Ave

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Theatre Row Diner W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

Tick Tock Diner 8th Ave - 34th St

LUNCHBREAK Aaheli Indian Cuisine 9th Ave - 54th/55th St

Aleef Coffee House W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

Atomic Wings 9th Ave - 39th/40th St

Azuri Cafe W51st St - 9th/10th Ave

LIVING

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Rustic Table W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

Enjoy a rustic selection of

Esanation Thai Street Food 9th Ave - 50th/51st St The newest and unique Thai restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen featuring

PETS

Thai street food and specializing in Northeastern Thai dishes.

(212) 315-0555 www.esanation.com

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Ñaño Ecuadorian Kitchen

Mediterranean breakfast and

v{iv} Thai Restaurant & Bar

lunch, fine espresso, homemade

9th Ave - 48th/49th St

pastries, fresh juices & refreshers.

Contemporary interior with

A unique hidden gem on 42nd.

classic Thai and traditional

(212) 244-0744 rustictablenyc@gmail.com

Northern Thai dishes. Everyday happy hours with drink specials.

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White Oak 10th Ave - 54th/55th St

Better Being 940 9th Ave - 39th/40th St

Enjoy NYC’s premier photoshoot caterers in their HK HQ’s serving up their beloved market driven global flavors. Limited hours: M-F 8:30am6pm (happy hour coming soon).

Truly fun and Vibrant place to be.

(212) 581-5999 www.vivthainyc.com

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Skylight Diner W34th St - 9th/10th Ave

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www.betterbeing.net (212) 858-9448

Westway Diner 9th Ave - 43rd/44th St

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Fresh From Hell

10th Ave - 47th/48th St

It’s worth the effort to walk a few

Established in 1988, this is a family

Ecuadorable! Quaint, Ecuadorian

more blocks! Home of the ALL

owned and operated restaurant.

eatery serving traditional dishes with

DAY Happy Hour + Oysters. Craft

A local favorite, you’ll always see

Fresh, delicious food and juices,

some modern flair. Family recipes

cocktails - Elevated “Pub Grub”

a familiar face enjoying the food

prepared in a friendly, neighborly

make Ñaño a special experience.

- Raw Bar - Daily Specials.

and the atmosphere.

way.

www.nanobarnyc.com (646) 649-4678

www.WhiteOakNYC.com (646) 692-9247

www.westwaydiner.com (212) 582-7661

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W47th St - 8th/9th Ave

(212) 956-4355 www.freshfromhell.com


Bombay Grill House 9th Ave - 51st/52nd St

China Xiang W42nd St - 8th/9th Ave

Chirping Chicken 9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

City Kitchen at Row NYC 8th Ave - 44th/45th St

Curry Hut 9th Ave - 39th/40th St

El Rancho Burritos W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

Gazala Place 9th Ave - 48th/49th St

Hell’s Chicken 10th Ave - 45th/46th St

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Jonny Panini NYC 9th Ave - 37th/38th St

Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen

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Little Pie Company W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

HERE FOR THE BEER

Landmark Tavern

W34th St - 9th/10th Ave

11th Ave - 45th/46th St

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Poseidon Greek Bakery 9th Ave - 44th/45th St

9th Ave - 56th/57th St

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REX Coffee

McGee’s Pub

Lincoln Park Grill

10th Ave - 56th/57th St

W55th St - 7th/8th Ave

Schmackary’s Cookies

Molloy’s Irish Pub

W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

9th Ave - 49th/50th St

Snax Spot

Mr. Biggs Bar & Grill

9th Ave - 39th/40th St

AS IS

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The Cafe Grind

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The Jolly Goat Coffee Bar

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Think Coffee

10th Ave - 50th St

10th Ave - 36th/37th St

Craft beers & cocktails, speciality foods with happy hour weekdays

W47th St - 10th/11th Ave

3-6pm.

www.asisnyc.com

W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

Underwest Donuts

BURGERS AND PIZZA

W40th St - 8th Ave

8th Ave - 48th/49th St

La Panineria

123 Burger Shot Beer

W36th St - 9th/10th Ave

10th Ave - 50th/51st St

Blue Ruin

Le Bon Choix

42nd Street Pizza

9th Ave - 39th/40th St

Manganaro’s Hero Boy

Capizzi Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Paradigm Cafe 9th Ave - 35th/36th St

Sushi Star 9th Ave - 35th/36th St

9th Ave - 40th/41st St

8th Ave - 40th/41st St

Daisy May’s BBQ

Holland Bar

11th Ave - 46th St

9th Ave - 39th/40th St

Houndstooth Pub 8th Ave - 36th/37th St

9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

House of Brews

Tehuitzingo Deli & Grocery

W51st St - 8th/9th Ave

10th Ave - 47th/48th St

Iron Bar

Vintner Wine Market

8th Ave - 44th/45th St

9th Ave - 46th/47th St

Ivy

COFFEE & COOKIES Amy’s Bread

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Frisson Espresso

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Green Nature Coffee House

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Kahve 10th Avenue

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Kahve 9th Avenue

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Kava Cafe

8th Ave - 55th/56th St

Kiabacca

Scallywag’s Irish Bar & Restaurant 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

Social Bar, Grill & Lounge 8th Ave - 48th/49th St

Stitch Bar & Lounge W37th St - 7th/8th Ave

The Jolly Monk 9th Ave - 48th/49th St

10th Ave - 45th/46th St

of rotating crafts at fantastic prices. Always interesting draft cocktails and wine on tap. Comfortable vibe.

www.kiabaccabar.com (212) 649-4675

W42nd St - 10th/11th St

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

Rudy’s Bar & Grill

pizzas and a high quality selection

W47th St - 8th/9th Ave

9th Ave - 51st/52nd St

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

Featuring 20 specialty brick oven

9th Ave - 46th/47th St

10th Ave - 46th/47th St

Dalton’s Bar & Grill

Heartland Brewery

10th Ave - 37th/38th St

Taqueria Tehuitzingo

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9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

9th Ave - 41st/42nd St

Clyde Frazier’s

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Rattle ‘N Hum

W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

Dave’s Tavern

10th Ave - 51st/52nd St

9th Ave - 35th/36th St

W44th St - 8th/9th Ave

Beer Culture

9th Ave - 43rd/44th St

City Slice

Zoob Zib

New York Beer Company

Brickyard Gastropub

10th Ave - 45th/46th St

W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

W47th St - 10th/11th Ave

10th Ave - 43rd St

9th Ave - 44th/45th St

Beer Authority

Parada 47 Mexican

W35th St - 7th/8th Ave

Old Country Coffee

12th Ave - 46th/47th St

9th Ave - 37th/38th St

Juniper Bar

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Lucky’s Famous Burgers W52nd St - 8th/9th Ave

Merilu Pizza Al Metro 9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

New York Sal’s Pizza 10th Ave - 48th/49th St

Kee’s Chocolates

Uncle Mario’s Brick Oven Pizza

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

9th Ave - 49th/50th St

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Lansdowne Road 10th Ave - 43rd/44th St

This neighborhood sports bar is a great place to gather for tasty pub food, wings and a wide selection of beers while watching your favorite team. Back bar available for parties.

www.lansdowneroadnyc.com (212) 239-8020

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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

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BROUGHT TO YOU BY

FLEA MARKET A one-stop holiday shopping destination for unusual and affordable gifts

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t the Hell’s Kitchen Flea market we’re gearing up for the holidays – and our vendors have some great surprises in store for shoppers. Our own famous jewelry designer Dawn Exton has created dozens of new designs for her industrial and gem collections. She’ll be bringing all new pieces to the flea each weekend during the holiday season, including a stunning pendant in agate and 18k gold. Those in the market for collectibles found our biggest selection ever last weekend. And shoppers from Paris and Beijing found perfect leathers and bags – the most awesome souvenirs they could every have dreamed of, they said. We could hardly argue. We’re putting together our Hell’s Kitchen Flea Holiday Gift Guide, featuring the most unique gifts shoppers can find this holiday season, including stunning hand-made textiles from India and beautiful hand-painted dinnerware, lamps, and completely adorable and unique “earthquake balls” from Turkey that promise to bring their owners good luck. One of the newest – and surely the cutest – additions to the Hell’s Kitchen Flea is the Free Korean Dogs group, an organization dedicated to rescuing dogs from the meat trade in Korea and bringing them to New York for adoption. These gorgeous little creatures seem to know how lucky they are because they’re calm, great with other pets and kids, and generally awesome little companions. They’ll be making appearances at the flea throughout the holiday season. So we’ll see you at the flea!

From left: Hand-painted dinnerware; aperfect leather bag; a gold and agate pendant.

“The most unique gifts shoppers can find this holiday season, including adorable ‘earthquake balls’ from Turkey that promise to bring their owners good luck.”

Find us on www.facebook.com/hellskitchenfleamarket 4

DIGITAL EDITION

REMEMBER THE HELL’S KITCHEN FOUNDATION! As the holidays approach, so does the deadline for local artists to submit entries for the next round of Hell’s Kitchen Foundation grants, due December 2. Visit our website for more information, and if you know a local visual artist, please encourage them to apply. We are so proud of the art our recent winners Jessica Maffia and Judy Negron continue to make and exhibit locally. Their work is stunning and we are excited to have supported them and helped enrich the community. Our goal is to support and celebrate artists in the neighborhood, and to help ensure the rich tradition of the arts on the west side is nurtured and recognized.

@annexmarkets

@annexmarkets


The Waylon 10th Ave - 50th/51st St

Tir Na Nog W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

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PRINT Restaurant

Press Lounge

11th Ave - 47th/48th Ave

11th Ave - 47th/48th St

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Sangria 46 W46th St - 8th/9th Ave

Valhalla

Staghorn Steakhouse

9th Ave - 53rd/54th St

W36th St - 8th/9th Ave

West End Bar & Grill

Taboon

8th Ave - 48th/49th St

10th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

Chez Josephine

SOMETHING SPECIAL

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave Return to the joie de vivre of

Bricco Ristorante

1920s Paris, with a blue tin

W56th St - 8th/9th Ave

ceiling, red velvet walls and

Cara Mia Chimichurri Grill 9th Ave - 43rd/44th St

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Esca W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

Fish Bar Pier 81, W41st St - 12th Ave

Green Fig Yotel, 10th Ave - 41st/42nd St Shared dishes, locally sourced ingredients, perfectly crafted wine list.

(646) 449-7790

Uncle Vanya Cafe W54th St - 8th/9th Ave

BOYS & BARS

www.chezjosephine.com (212) 594-1925

9th Ave - 45th/46th St

9th Avenue Saloon Flaming Saddles Saloon 9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

Hakkasan

Yotel, 10th Ave - 41st/42nd St “Middleterranean” inspired dishes, perfectly crafted wine list.

(646) 449-7790

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The Stinger W44th St - 8th/9th Ave

EATING IN

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34th Street Wine & Spirits

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42nd Street Wine Loft

W34th St - 9th/10th Ave W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

5 Brothers Gourmet Market 10th Ave - 47th/48th St

Posh

W43rd St - 8th/9th Ave

W51st St - 9th/10th Ave

K Rico Steakhouse

The Ritz

9th Ave - 51st/52nd St

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9th Ave - 39th/40th St

Josephine Baker portraits.

chandeliers lighting up

9th Ave - 45th/46th St

Trattoria Casa Di Isacco

Social Drink And Food

La Vela Dining & Bar 11th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

Pio Pio

W46 St - 8th/9th Ave

WINE O’CLOCK Adella

10th Ave - 43rd/44th

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

TO GET YOUR HELL’S KITCHEN BUSINESS LISTING IN OUR DIRECTORY

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Ardesia Wine Bar

Big Apple Market

W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave

9th Ave - 39th/40th St

Pocket Bar NYC

A true Hell’s Kitchen institution

W48th St - 9th/10th Ave

serving USDA choice meats,

It may be little, but this wine bar packs

poultry and groceries at

a powerful punch.

super low prices. Serving the

www.pocketbarnyc.com

neighborhood since 1991.

(212) 563-2555

Tartina 9th Ave - 45th/46th St

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Brooklyn Fare W37th St - 9th/10th Ave

Cellar 53 Wines & Spirits 10th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

Clinton Gourmet Market 10th Ave - 45th/46th St

Hell’s Kitchen

W Wine Escape W44th St - 9th/10th Ave A cozy, intimate wine bar with Mediterranean tapas & wines

Get one of these in your window Email us at sticker@w42st.com

from around the world.

www.wineescapenyc.com (212) 262-7000

COCKTAIL HOUR

Empire Coffee & Tea Company 9th Ave - 41st/42nd St

Esposito Meat Market 9th Ave - 37th/38th St

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Grace Wine & Spirits

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Grand Cru Wine & Spirits

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Gristedes

10th Ave - 43rd/44th St 11th Ave - 43rd St 8th Ave - 53rd/54th St

Healthy Market Deli 10th Ave - 45th St

Barcelona Bar

Hell’s Kitchen Brewtique

8th Ave - 54th/55th St

9th Ave - 39th/40th St

TO SEE YOUR YOUR BUSINESS LISTED IN THIS SECTION, EMAIL HELENE@W42ST.COM

DIGITAL EDITION

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International Grocery

Delphinium Home

Mid City Gym

9th Ave - 40th/41st St

W47th St - 8th/9th Ave

W42nd St - 8th/9th Ave

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Manhattan Plaza Winery

NYC VELO

9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

W45th St - 10th/11th Ave

Mazzella’s Market 9th Ave - 47th/48th St

STYLE

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Ninth Avenue Vintner

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Odyssey Wine & Spirits

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9th Ave - 46th/47th St

Blocker Yoga

10th Ave - 37th/38th St

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Ray & Frank Liquor Store 9th Ave - 48th/49th St

artisans around the globe to

Simply Natural

source unique home decor items,

www.domusnewyork.com (212) 581-8099

W52nd St - 8th/9th Ave

OUT

W42nd St - 11th Ave

Terra Market 9th Ave -39th/40th St

LIVING

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The MKT @ Mercedes House

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Veritas Studio Wines

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Westerly Natural Market

W54th St - 10th/11th Ave W45th St - 10th/11th Ave

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Rolates Pilates

Blocker. Also offering worldwide

939 8th Ave, Suite 207

yoga + wellness retreats.

Come enjoy a workout within

(912) 313-9911 blockeryoga@gmail.com

cards make it a one-stop shop.

Stiles Farmers Market

Sullivan Street Bakery

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certified instructor, Brooke

gifts and jewelry. Candles and

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

SUNAC Natural Market

or group yoga classes led by

Owners Luisa and Nicki work with

9th Ave - 40th/41st St

W47th St - 10th/11th Ave

Get your zen on with private

W44th St - 9th/10th Ave

Sea Breeze Fish Market

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www.blockeryoga.com

Domus Unaffected Living

our historic walls where Pilates began. Join us at the original Joseph Pilates Studio, check our website for class schedule.

Cyc Fitness

www.rolates.com (212) 247-9603

8th Ave - 44th/45th St

Fine And Dandy W49th St - 9th/10th Ave

Ties, handkerchiefs, suspenders, socks, hats, jewelry, flasks, cards, books, gifts & more.

www.fineanddandyshop.com

Danny’s Cycles - Hell’s Kitchen 10th Ave - 46th/47th St

Enoch’s Bike Shop 10th Ave - 36th/37th Ave

Glitz & Glory 9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

Grishko Dancewear W50th St - 8th/9th Ave

8th Ave - 54th St

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STYLE SHOP IT OUT

metabolic program and more.

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PETS

Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

Enjoy a new level of well-being and physical freedom.

(212) 307-5367 www.rolfingnyc.nyc

An authentic NY experience, one of the city’s oldest flea markets. Year

info@hellskitchenfleamarket.com www.annexmarkets.com

Housing Works Thrift Shop 9th Ave - 49th/50th St

TAGG

JCohen Chiropractic W52nd St - 8th/9th Ave

Liberty Bicycles 9th Ave - 55th/56th St

Manhattan Kayak Company Pier 84 - Hudson River

9th Ave - 48th/49th St

and accessories is a favorite

Thrift & New Shop

haunt for stylists, costumers

9th Ave - 43rd/44th St

& girls about town.

FIT FOR ANYTHING Al’s Cycle Solutions 10th Ave - 47th/48th St

HELLO GORGEOUS 42nd Nails & Spa

round, each weekend. Antiques, vintage clothes, collectibles & more!

(917) 521-6666 www.tmplgym.com

experiencing physical pain.

W39th St - 9th/10th Ave

www.CoutureduJourNYC.com (646) 595-6351

reality spin room, customized

for athletes, dancers & anyone

W54th St - 9th/10th Ave

mint condition vintage clothing

25-meter saltwater pool, virtual

W51st St - 8th/9th Ave Proven hands-on healing art

Champion Stamp Company

A well-curated collection of

feet of state-of-the-art equipment,

Hell’s Kitchen Rolfing

9th Ave - 34th St

W44th St - 8th/9th Ave

W49 ST - 8th/9th Ave

TMPL includes over 40,000 square

B&H Cameras

Couture du Jour

TMPL Gym

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Manhattan Plaza Health Club

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Mark Fisher Fitness

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Mercedes Club

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave W39th St - 9th/10th Ave W54th St - 10th/11th Ave

9th Ave - 41st/42nd St

9th Avenue Barbershop 9th Ave - 37th/38th St

Ada Salon 9th Ave - 54th/5th St

Albano Salon 450 9th Ave - 35th/36th Ave

America’s Hairstyle International W50th St - 9th/10th Ave

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Best Barber

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David Ryan Salon

10th Ave - 48th/49th St W46th St - 9th/10th Ave

TO SEE YOUR YOUR BUSINESS LISTED IN THIS SECTION, EMAIL HELENE@W42ST.COM

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DIGITAL EDITION


De Lido Hair Salon

New Dramatists

W44th St - 9th/10th Ave

8th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

Signature Theatre

Dramatics NYC

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

W57th St - 8th/9th Ave

The Lark Theatre

Erik’s Barbershop

W43rd St - 8th/9th Ave

10th Ave - 46th/47th St

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The New Group

Grum’d Barber Shop

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

Hair 2 Stay

Ilona Lieberman Photography

W44th St - 8th/9th Ave

www.ilonalieberman.com

Hell’s Kitchen Barbers

Ilona Lieberman Photography is

W56th St - 9th/10th Ave

Jeunesse Hair Salon 9th Ave - 57th/58th St

Kolorbar W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

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MUSICAL INTERLUDE

W46th St - 9th/10th Ave

Massage Envy

based in New York. She shoots

Birdland

W44th St - 8th/9th Ave

Jazz at Lincoln Center

editorial portraits, photojournalist

Ortal Mizrahi Photography

weddings and relaxed modern

ortalmzrhi@gmail.com www.bitly.com/ortalmizrahi (347) 592-7107

family portraiture.

(917) 566-6900 ilona@ilonalieberman.com

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Rafik Barber Shop 9th Ave - 50th/51st

11th Ave - 51st/52nd St

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Westside Highway Car Wash W47th St - 12th Ave

READY FOR YOUR CLOSE-UP

Space Ibiza

W42nd St - 12th Ave

W46th St - 9th/10th Ave

Cybert Tire and Car Care

10th Ave - 46th St

Circle Line

West Vibe Hair Salon

W54th St - 9th/10th Ave

W42nd St - 12th Ave

Mud Sweat & Tears

SEE THE SIGHTS

W35th St - 8th/9th Ave

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Frames Bowling Lounge

W50th St - 11th/12th Ave

Skintrade Tattoos

54th Street Auto Center

TIME TO PLAY Lucky Strike

W38th St - 9th/10th Ave

VROOM

Orchestra of St. Luke’s

W37th St - 9th/10th Ave

9th Ave - 40th/41st St

W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

Pura Dermatology

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10 Columbus Circle

Hudson River Park

12th Ave - 34th/59th St

Intrepid Museum

Mo Lynch Photography

W46th St - 12th Ave

molynchphoto@gmail.com

Javits Center

W34th St - 11th Ave

Environmental portraits, editorial, features. Specialty-events at Madison Square Garden, Javits Center, Piers 92 & 94. Favorite subjects--dogs and children.

www.behance.net/MauraLynch

Alisa Krutovsky Graphic Design www.alisakrutovsky.com Graphic Design, Web Design, Print & Editorial, Illustration, Informational Design.

lisusha@yahoo.com

Balloon Bouquets of NY W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

NY Waterway Ferry

12th Ave - 39th/40th St

The Daily Show

11th Ave - 51st/52nd St

Tom Otterness Playground W42st - 11th/12th Ave

VIA 57WEST

W57th St - 12th Ave

GET YOUR ART ON

Jay Cleaners

9th Ave - 43rd/44th St

M2 Organic Cleaners 9th Ave - 54th/55th St

Schwartz Luggage Storage W37th St - 8th/9th Ave

Vera’s Shoe Repair

Nacho Guevara Photography

9th Ave - 45th/46th St

www.nachoguevara.com

Christian Miles Photography www.cmilesstudio.com info@cmilesstudio.com

I’m a professional portrait and fashion photographer committed to producing highly creative pictures with a unique look.

iguedur@gmail.com (773) 441-9455

OUT BROADWAY BABY

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Fountain House Gallery

9th Ave - 48th St

Ars Nova Theater

Our gallery exhibits and sells

Davenport Theater

artists living with mental illness.

W54th St - 10th/11th Ave W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

Ensemble Studio Theatre

original, affordable art made by local

www.fountaingallerynyc.com ariel@fountaingallerynyc.com

W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave

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DIGITAL EDITION

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EAT

Sean Kelly Gallery 10th Ave - 36th/37th St

LET’S DANCE Alvin Ailey Theater W55th St - 9th Ave

Baryshnikov Arts Center W37th St - 9th/10th Ave

STYLE

STAYCATION

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414 Hotel

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Belvedere Hotel

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W46th St - 9th/10th Ave W48th St - 8th/9th Ave

Candlewood Suites Times Square W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

OUT

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Cassa Times Square Hotel

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Comfort Inn & Suites Times Square South

9th Ave - 38th/39th St

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

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Comfort Inn Midtown West

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Comfort Inn Times Square West

W48th St - 10th/11th Ave

W44th St - 8th/9th Ave

LIVING

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Courtyard Marriott

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DoubleTree by Hilton

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Econo Lodge Times Square

W37th St - 8th/9th Ave W36th St - 8th/9th Ave W47th St - 8th/9th Ave

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Element Times Square West W39th St - 8th/9th Ave Natural light, open spaces & healthy

options. Restore balance in the Big Apple.

www.elementtimessquare.com

PETS

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EVEN Hotel W35th - 8th/9th Ave

Four Points by Sheraton W40th St - 8th/9th St

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French Quarters Apartments

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Hampton Inn - Times Square North

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Holiday Inn Express - Times Square W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

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Homewood Suites New York

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Hotel Mela

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Ink 48 Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel

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Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites

W37th St - 8th/9th Ave W44th St - 6th/7th Ave 11th Ave - 47th/48th Ave

New York Marriott Marquis

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Quality Inn Convention Center

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Residence Inn New York

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Row NYC Hotel 8th Ave - 44th/45th St

RENT OR BUY

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Skyline Hotel

318W47

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Staybridge Suites Times Square

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The Knickerbocker

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The OUT NYC

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The Time Hotel

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Travel Inn

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Washington Jefferson Hotel

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Wyndham New Yorker

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Yotel New York

10th Ave - 49th/50th St

W40th St - 8th/9th Ave W42nd St - Broadway W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave W49th St - 7th/8th Ave

(646) 641-0145 ihalpern@halstead.com

W47th St - 8th/9th Ave

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360 W43rd St

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420W42

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432W52

W43rd St - 8th/9th Ave W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave W52nd St - 9th/10th Ave

535W43 W43rd St - 10th/11th Ave

The Helena

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The Helux

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The Orion Condominium

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The Park Clinton

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The Westport

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Two Worldwide Plaza

W57th St - 11th/12th Ave W43rd St - 10th/11th Ave W42nd St - 8th/9th Ave W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave W56th St - 10th/11th Ave W50th St - 8th/9th Ave

FIX IT UP Adam 99 Cents & Up 10th Ave - 51st/52nd St

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American Home Hardware 9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

Clinton Glass & Mirrors 9th Ave - 46th/47th St

Columbus Hardware 9th Ave - 55th/56th St

Epstein’s Paint Center W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave

Framing on 9th 9th Ave - 51st/52nd St

Fresh Cut Flowers W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

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Gotham Mini Storage

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Addison Hall

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Crystal Green

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Emerald Green

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Gotham West

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Instrata at Mercedes House

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Manhattan Plaza

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Mercedes House

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Midwest Court

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One MiMa Tower

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One River Place W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

We all want what is best for our pets;

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Riverbank West

beginning with exceptional veterinary care.

W43rd St - 10th/11th Ave

Pure Paws of Hell’s Kitchen provides

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Silver Towers

cutting-edge services for dogs and cats.

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SKY

and out of the The Kitchen.

(917) 216-2771 ian@pocketbroker.co

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The Armory

Westside Animal Hospital

W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

W46th St - 9th/10th Ave

W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave W51st St - 8th/9th Ave 8th Ave - 34th/35th St 10th Ave - 42nd St

LIVING GO FOR BROKERS

Hilton Garden Inn Times Square W42nd St - 6th/7th Ave

Ian TD Smith

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Hilton Times Square

TD Realty Corp

W42nd St - 7th/8th Ave

As a native and long term

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Holiday Inn - Times Square South

resident of Hell’s Kitchen, Ian

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to find the perfect home for you!

6th Ave - 38th/39th St

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in the neighborhood. Contact me

W36th St - 9th/10th Ave

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

W48th St - 10th/11th Ave

specialize in sales and rentals

Broadway - 45th/46th St

Hampton Inn - Times Square South

Holiday Inn Express - Midtown West

I live in Hell’s Kitchen and I

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W46th St - 8th/9th Ave

8th Ave - 38th/39th St

Halstead Property

W40th St - 8th/9th Ave

8th Ave - 51st/52nd St

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Isaac Halpern

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provides extensive real estate services to his neighbors in

DIGITAL EDITION

W57th St - 9th/10th Ave W39th St - 8th/9th Ave W38th St - 8th/9th Ave W45th St - 10th/11th Ave W54th St - 10th/11th Ave W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave W54th St - 10th/11th Ave W53rd St - 9th/10th Ave W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

10th Ave - 38th/39th St

Jadite Custom Picture Framing 10th Ave - 46th/47th St

Matles Florist W57th - 8th/9th Ave

Prudence Design & Events W36th St - 8th/9th Ave

PETS Coco and Toto 11th Ave - 51st/52nd St

Pet Ark 10th Ave - 43rd/44th St

Petland Discounts 9th Ave - 49th/50th St

Pets NYC 9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

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Pure Paws Veterinary Care W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

(917) 534-7838

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The Spot Experience W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave


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