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WELLS FARGO IS NOW PART OF HELL’S KITCHEN. Join us at our grand opening celebration and get to know your new bank in the neighborhood. There will be food* and entertainment from local hot spots that you know and love. Wednesday, November 14, 2018 8:00am – 10:00am 10th & 42nd Branch 492 W 42nd Street New York City 646-885-8908 #HelloHK #WellsFargo © 2018 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. Member FDIC. *while supplies last

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A Fresh Approach to Life in Hell’s Kitchen Oskar’s distinctiveness lies within its meticulous attention to detail and appreciation for fine materials such as top-quality leather, sueded stone, lustrous wood and antiqued bronze. The combination of beautiful materials and smart technology, which includes keyless smart locks and Nest thermostats, all converge to make Oskar the home for discerning tastes. The well-conceived array of amenities at Oskar includes a 24-hour concierge and access to The Oskar Club, which includes a lounge with individual seating and co-working spaces, elegant outdoor patio space, full service fitness center with Peloton bikes and business center. Perched above Oskar, the landscaped rooftop terrace features breathtaking views of the city skyline and the Hudson River. Residents also have access to a private shuttle powered by Chariot. The perfect mix of form and texture, Oskar is the cross section of where quality meets beauty.


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Thanksgiving, like no other holiday, is a time for togetherness. In this city, especially, it’s a time for the displaced and the isolated – those separated from their families through choice or otherwise – to feel part of something bigger. A tribe. Friendsgiving. This issue is brought to you in that spirit – of inclusiveness and joy. Feed your soul with stories about The Daily Show, Sullivan Street Bakery, diner drag stars, and the reason we eat crap when we’re drunk ... I hope it does more than nourish your mind. I hope it helps you feel part of the wider W42ST family. Now pass the potatoes ... Ruth Walker Editor, W42ST THE TEAM THAT BROUGHT YOU W42ST


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CONTENTS November Edition



Clark Chung on his favorite things ... and this month is right up there!


Our pick of the five events you MUST see this month.

before Candice Bushnell ... there was Cynthia Heimel.



How Jim Lahey turned his 38th job into one of New York’s best-known, best-loved bakeries.









The cold weather, body shaming, and pumpkins are among the things Vicky’s NOT down for. Behind the scenes as Trevor Noah prepares to broadcast live on the night of the midterm elections. Our Instagram picks of the month. Hashtag your photographs #W42ST to get involved. Before Carrie Bradshaw ... even

The girls dish on what’s good, bad, and cheeky about the Great American diner. Twinkies, a dollar slice, and a bodega sandwich ... the truth about why we eat trash when we’re drunk. It’s good for more than just carving – the delicious, nutritious pumpkin can feed you year-round. Fabio Camardi on his first apartment,



Their commitment keeps W42ST free for everyone else to enjoy. Please support them with your love and your business. Acupuncture by Kristin Misik Cruises Adella David Ryan Salon Aoife Collins Dianne & Elisabeth Barcade Elizabeth Saunders Voice Beer Culture Studio Big Apple Meat Market Empire Movers Canine Retreat by Ensemble Studio Theatre American Kennel Club Fine & Dandy Chez Josephine Fountain House Gallery Circle Line Sightseeing Gotham Mini Storage

Green Fig Hafetz & Associates Hell’s Creative Hell’s Kitchen Barbers Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market Hellcat Annie’s Tap Room Hibernia Bar Hudson’s at Pier 81 Intrepid Sea, Air

& Space Museum and Sake Bar Jadite Picture Framing MiDoctor Jillian Sage Yoga Moinian Group - The Oskar Kiabacca Ñaño Ecuadorian Restaurant Lansdowne Road New Victory Theater Maidhattan North River Lobster Co Manganaro’s Hero Boy NY Watertaxi Mark Fisher Fitness OrganizeNY Massage Envy Perdition Method Japanese Kitchen PRINT

Pure KTCHN Rolates Pilates Rufskin Silverstein Properties Stiles Farmers Market The Artist Co-op The Harrow The Marshal The New York Medium The Polynesian

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finding love, and stepping out from behind the bar.


Our series on Broadway’s unsung heroes continues with a peek inside the dressing room of Pretty Woman Samantha Barks.



Our at-a-glance guide to all things Broadway and Off-Broadway, including reviews by REAL people.


What Hell’s Kitchen could look like if our developers and landlords went green.


Good looking and useful – these are the ten home decor heroes we’re coveting right now.




They raised their kids, then moved

to the city. Welcome to the hood, LeeAnne and John.




A dinner date goes downhill rapidly.


Test driving Pure Barre, with a sweat rating and muscle count.


Claudia has some tough spending decisions to make.


Insider tips from locals, plus the best of HK, from restaurants to bars to galleries. Contact to be on the list.



Two pages of Hell’s Kitchen’s most handsome pups. Get involved by emailing





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A few of my favorite Are you getting excited about the holidays? Not as much as Clark Chung … Photograph Phil O’Brien My Hell’s Kitchen story I moved to Hell’s Kitchen in 2012. That year, I got a new fashion design gig that allowed me to move back to Manhattan and live on my own. I looked all over the city for an apartment I could call home. It was in Hell’s Kitchen that I found the charming railroad apartment I still live in. What keeps me here The location, the energy, and the vibrant mix of people. It’s close to Central Park, Columbus Circle, the Theater District, and the Fashion District. It’s convenient to get to a variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes. I also live on a quiet block, so it’s nice to go home too, but if I wanted a night out with friends, I only need to go a few blocks away. The neighborhood has changed so much And it seems to be more exciting each year, with interesting things popping up around the neighborhood. I remember when 10th Avenue was dead, with just a few hardware stores. Now it’s full of cute restaurants, cafes, and a farmers market.  But if I could change anything … It would be the amount of traffic and road construction that seems to be everywhere at the moment.  My Hell’s Kitchen heroes My friends Matt Fox and Enrique Crame III, the owners of Fine and Dandy, have been in the neighborhood for six years and have been my biggest inspiration and supporters. Their shop concept is clear, on point, and always brings a little magic to the neighborhood. 


BIO Clark Chung is a fashion industry veteran and owner of November 19, a gift store on W49th St 9th/10th Ave. The name? It’s his birthday. “There is also something about that time of year that I love — a sense of excitement in the air.” This year, he’s having a party – and you’re all invited! november19 CLARK’S HK Method, 10th Ave - 50th/51st St Fine and Dandy, W49th St - 9th/10th Ave Sullivan Street Bakery, W47th St - 10th/11th Ave The Farmacy, 10th Ave - 43rd/44th St Pier 84 dog run

Where I hang in HK Method Japanese Kitchen is a fresh take on Japanese food – and everything on their menu is amazing. It’s my go-to place if I have friends visiting or just want to treat myself. Their cocktails are also super yummy. l love Sullivan Street Bakery’s newly renovated cafe, with delicious bread and pastries. Once a week, I stock up on fresh tomatoes, apples, and other fruits and veggies that are in season from The Farmacy’s local farms. And Pier 84 dog run is where I have family time with my dog daughters Ethel and Claire. My favorite Thanksgiving memory ... Is sitting around the dining table with my family back in Texas, sharing stories, and having the biggest feast of Chinese food made by my aunt Grace. I love this time of year. There’s a sense of excitement in the air and people getting happy about the holidays. And this year … I’m very thankful to be able to do what I love every day. It wasn’t an easy journey and there’s still work to accomplish, but it makes me happy to see the excitement on customers’ faces when they walk into the shop. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to share my favorite things for a living and to provide the neighborhood with a place that people can wander in and discover something new. My happy place On my couch with my two dogs.


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Five awesome events this month you’ll LOVE!

The New One Cort Theatre Lin-Manuel Miranda has called this “as perfect a night as you’re gonna get.” Mike Birbiglia’s solo comedy show – in which he reflects on fatherhood – sold out its run at Cherry Lane this summer and arrives on Broadway for a limited 12-week run.


To Kill a Mocking Bird Shubert Theatre

Audra McDonald The Town Hall Seth Rudetsky is joined by the Broadway legend and three-time Tony winner on November 12 for an intimate evening of conversation and songs from her career.

After a court battle threatened to derail Aaron Sorkin’s hotly anticipated adaptation of the Harper Lee tale, it’s now back on track, with Jeff Daniels in the lead role of lawyer Atticus Finch. Previews start November 1, with opening night scheduled for December 13.

Beauty and the Beast New Victory Theater

The Network Belasco Theatre Bryan Cranston stars in this play about a had-his-day news anchor man who has a meltdown on screen. Previews begin on November 10, with an opening night of December 6.


The classic fairy tale is reworked for the stage, with a feisty heroine, a preposterous pair of spoiled sisters, and an enchanted prince with some monstrously bad pick-up lines, all set to a Jazz Age score.





By Irvine Welsh Adapted by Harry Gibson Directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher with Greg Esplin


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NO, NOVEMBER The cold weather, the pumpkins, the cold weather … Vicky Kuperman is down on winter … and a few other things too


ust as the summer-hating people quiet down and suffer silently while us beach-lovers relish in the start of OUR favorite season come Memorial Day, I must do the same now the applepicking, orange sweater-wearing, frostbite-loving folks come out with their cranberry sauce recipes and their pumpkin-vomit-spiced-latte-poisoncauldrons. I’ll let them enjoy their descent into the cold, dark, grey months to come. I’ll reserve my judgment on their taste and, while I’m at it, I’ll put the NO in NOvember when it comes to a few other things.


NO more quietly smiling and not speaking up when it comes to disrespecting women. I don’t care if I’m in a car with four male comedians headed to a gig. I don’t care if I’m at work. I don’t care if I’m on the subway and some guy is running his mouth. I don’t care if I’m in line for coffee, at the dog park, volunteering, waiting for the bus, hosting trivia, on stage doing comedy, taking a gym class, overhearing something in the weight room, or getting my blood drawn. Unless I feel like my life or well-being is in danger, I WILL speak up and shut that down. I will not acquiesce group thinking or a culture of degradation.

“The apple-picking, orange sweaterwearing, frostbiteloving folks come out with their cranberry sauce recipes and their pumpkin-vomitspiced-latte-poisoncauldrons.” If we’ve learned anything in the past 12 months, it’s: “Why didn’t you say anything sooner?” Well, I’m going to say it now. Again and again and again. The good men in my life keep expressing surprise, shock, and dismay upon learning how many women they know have been affected by sexual harassment, assault, and misconduct. They won’t know unless we speak up and continue to speak up until we’re the ones owning the narrative. NO more body shaming. I don’t care who we’re talking about or who is doing the talking, but I will not silently

Below: What are you saying No to this season? Email us at news@w42st. com with your views and let’s get the conversation started.

sit by without giving my two cents about how ugly I think it is to shame someone for their looks or body. And, yes, I am including elected officials. There’s a lot more to criticize about them than their looks. Bottom line: when you call someone ugly, you’re ugly. NO more self-hatred. This is going to be the hardest one. I am so tough on myself, if you opened me up, you’d see so many black and blue bruises on my self-confidence, you’d call the police on me. Why are we always hardest on ourselves? Why don’t we treat ourselves with the love, understanding, and forgiveness we treat others? I’m hard on myself about how much I work, how much I accomplish, how many minutes I do at the gym every week, if I give my dog enough kisses (I do) (I hope), if I’m doing enough comedy shows, if I’m writing enough, or spending enough time with my friends, or my husband, if I’m meditating enough, or volunteering enough, or using social media too much or right, or if I have enough followers, or am doing enough to help with the midterm elections, or living the life I should be living, or if I’ve seen my family lately. Whew. NO more of that! Is it summer yet?


Vicky Kuperman is a Hell’s Kitchen resident, stand-up comedian, and co-author of the resistance book How to Spy on Your Neighbor: Your Survival Guide for the United States of Russia, which she co-wrote with Isabella Patrick, available at Domus. Her third album,Three’s Comedy, is now on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.

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Backstage pass As The Daily Show prepares to broadcast live on the night of the midterms, we go behind the scenes, courtesy of on-set photographer Sean Gallagher





revor Noah goofing around backstage with Maggie Gyllenhaal. Trevor Noah goofing around on set. In the make-up room. In the Green Room with Boots Riley. Playing soccer … It’s impossible not to smile at Sean Gallagher’s behind-the-scenes photographs of The Daily Show, there’s so much infectious joy (and more than the occasional sight of Lewis Black flipping the bird). The guests he’s photographed over his more than two years behind the lens include Hillary Clinton, Anthony Bourdain, David Blaine, Ricky Gervais, and Tiffany Haddish. But even more intimate are the images of the cast, crew (and #dailyshowdogs) who make the show such a late-night TV phenomenon. “One great thing about The Daily Show is that you literally never know who you’ll get to see. Sometimes it’s politicians, others it’s actors or musicians or authors. One of my personal favorites is Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist. “Honestly, the whole thing has been pretty incredible. I pinch myself almost every night when I walk out on to the floor and the audience is going absolutely crazy.

If I had to pick, Trevor’s first show stands out, as does Jon’s last, being on the road. And the night Trump was elected was, of course, a big one.” That night, the show broadcast live, and will do so again on November 6, the night of the midterm elections, with an episode titled Democalypse 2018: Let’s Try This Again, America. “Most nights, I think all the late shows can get away with taping in the late afternoons, even in Trump’s insane hyper news cycle. But on election nights, it’s great to be able to provide up-to-theminute material. Not to mention, the dynamic around the building is pretty great. Everyone is clustered around TVs everywhere, it’s very quiet while they’re working on trying to distill what’s happening into a coherent narrative for a good show. “Live TV is always exciting,” he adds. “I’d say viewers could expect an amped-up version of what they see most nights. But one never knows … especially now with Trump.” But why does the show even have a set photographer in the first place? “I’m there to take still shots of the show, generally for press and social media,”

Opposite: Trevor Noah in the make-up room. Above: Watching the World Cup with the team; ball skills on set. Next page: With Lupita Nyongo; Sean’s personal work on everyday objects: a feather, and a drawer of his family’s tools.

explains Sean. “Even in the age of video on Twitter/Instagram/news sites, still images are ubiquitous. “You can find my images everywhere: on the show’s social media feeds, on the feeds of guests and correspondents, on the press site, on news stories about the show or Trevor. “In a larger sense, I also think of myself as working to illustrate the ‘story of the show’ – what life behind the scenes at The Daily Show is actually like. The production staff has been kind enough to give me fairly free rein – I’m able to photograph pretty much anything I’d like. This is a unique, interesting little world, and I think of it as my job to capture that.” He’d been with the show for about seven years already, working in various backstage roles, while selling his own photographic prints as a sideline. “I’ve never been shy about talking about it around the show, and some of my images are hung around the building,” he says. “Then, when Trevor took over, we had a new focus on social media and what was possible online. The Expansion Team – our social media gurus – were looking to have a photo of the guest with Trevor every night, and were shooting it with a phone.

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PEOPLE Phone cameras are fantastic these days, but it takes work to make it look like it wasn’t shot with one. I started talking to a few people about having an actual camera for those pics, and while they were at it, a photographer too. “Since then, it’s grown a lot in scope, which has made it more fun and interesting, as well as challenging.” The intention isn’t so much to shoot portraits as it is to capture candid moments in the show. So Sean tries to fade into the background and interact with his subjects as little as possible. “The awareness of the presence of the camera in the room changes what goes on in front of it, which defeats my purpose – to grab genuine moments. Everything about what you see on television is ‘produced’ – the faces, the clothes, the angles, the time down to the last second. But we’re all human, and there’s tons of realness amidst all that. “That being said, these are still my coworkers and I see them every day, so it’s tough to keep a real distance. I have a folder of people making faces at me or giving me the finger, which I also love.” Away from the TV cameras and the politics, and the green room, his other work couldn’t be more different: highly

detailed shots of feathers and bones, and beautiful boxes of the tools that have been passed down through his family of stagehands, their wooden handles worn smooth by years of handling. “My father built birdhouses and we had a yard full of them, as well as feeders, when I was growing up, so I’ve always been fascinated with birds. Photographing feathers was initially situational; I needed something small to shoot in my little apartment when I had down time. On a larger scale, most of the objects I photograph – whether they’re feathers or my family’s tools – are meditations on things we’d otherwise overlook in the rush of everyday life. We pass feathers constantly and never think about them – in the city they’re generally from pigeons, so the impression is they’re dirty and full of bugs. But if I take an inchlong feather, light it nicely, photograph it, blow it up four feet tall and hang it on a wall, suddenly it’s a little universe, with its own order and chaos. You see all kinds of incredible details to wonder at. It takes you out of yourself and simultaneously centers you.” @ruminasean

Sean’s Daily Show Secret

“We have a pack of dogs who actually do everything, we just show up to feed them and take selfies with them for our Instagram feeds.”





“Everything about what you see on television is ‘produced’ – the faces, the clothes, the angles, the time down to the last second. But we’re all human, and there’s tons of realness amidst all that.”







to prove Jim Lahey discusses the business of bread, family, and getting back to nature


ou know the game Happy Families? With the rosy-faced Mr and Mrs Bun and their rotund children? It’s the classic cliche of the baker as a simple village cook who has eaten a few too many of their own pies. Jim Lahey is not that. The man behind the Sullivan Street Bakery is way more complex. And lean. A sculptor and painter, he studied mathematics, physics, and continental philosophy. And now, at the age of 52, speaks five languages, including “a little bit of Wolof,” the language of Senegal. “I also have phrases in Arabic, phrases in Greek, I have a little bit of Chinese,” he says. “I mean, I can’t have a conversation in these, but I can say, ‘Hi, how are you?’” He’s started playing the guitar too – a thing he never thought he’d be able to do. “I can play two songs: ‘Suzanne’ and ‘So Long Marianne’ by Leonard Cohen. My children hate it, because they’re the only songs I ever play, but my wife likes it. I love sad music. It’s dark, but there’s a light, a crack in everything, and that’s where the light comes in.” As a young man, it’s fair to say he had less … patience. He worked 37 jobs before he opened the first Sullivan Street Bakery, in SoHo, in 1994. Job 36 was working for Amy Scherber, at Amy’s Bread. Job 37 was with Joe Allen. “Joe had been looking into doing a bread bakery, and one day he was like, ‘If you


Opposite: Flour power in the kitchen.

ever decide to open up a bakery, give us a call, we’d be interested in buying bread from you.’” But young Jim wasn’t ready to open a bakery just yet. So he embarked on a “very low-budget bread trip” to Italy instead, where he basically wandered around with a backpack asking (usually older) people where he could find good bread. He started in Milan, finished in Rome, and stopped off in London, before returning to NY. “I then spent about a year trying to open up a bakery without capital. I’d go to these obscure little bakeries in Bensonhurst in Brooklyn Heights, Harlem, the Bronx, and I’d try to convince the owner that I could bake bread during their off hours. “I’d get up at 1am, get to the bakery by 2.30am/3am, mix my doughs and start baking around 5am. I’d have everything out by 9am.” He’d then load up his two-door Cutlass Ciera with loaves, drive it into Manhattan, and drop supplies off at various restaurants. He was bringing in a little money, but not really enough to survive. So, after a long, hard summer, he gave Joe Allen that fatefull call. “I’m like, ‘Dude, I’m dying, you gotta help me out here. If you’re really serious about this, put up or shut-up.’” Old Joe put up. “He gave me a stipend, an artist’s stipend. I’m an artist, he’s the patron,”


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PEOPLE Opposite: Misty where she’s happiest – in nature.


Why spend hours in the kitchen when you could be drinking cranberry mojitos, and picking up the best food from the hood? Sydney Blackburn hunts it down so you can focus on the fun stuff.


Thanksgiving is best spent with family, friends, and (hello!) food. But if your skills don’t lie in the kitchen (or you’d just rather speed up the whole process), we’ve got you covered, rounding up some of the best places in Hell’s Kitchen to find your favorite holiday staples. You’ll be less stressed, and your guests will be super impressed.

says Jim. “We signed a lease in January 1994, the ovens were first tested on my birthday in June, and we were open by September. That’s when the fun began.” The Hell’s Kitchen location – on W47th St - 10th/11th Ave – came later, in 2000, and the first loaf of bread was baked in time for Halloween that year. Around 7,000 pounds of bread now leave the ovens there every day, some staying in the cafe, but most going to supply some of the city’s top restaurants. If you’ve eaten bread in a New York restaurant, chances are it was Jim’s. The HK space was recently expanded and refurbished with painstaking attention to detail – all walnut wood and marble countertops, serving breakfast and lunch specials, sandwiches, salads, and pizza, as well as an array of 30 or so breads. Along the way, Jim has published three books (My Bread, My Pizza, and the Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook), got married, had kids, got divorced, got remarried … “our lives are kind of messy at the end of the day. I mean most people’s are,” he says. But fatherhood (his kids are 11, nine, and seven) has brought him great joy and, perhaps, a greater sense of calm. He bought a farm upstate in 1998, and now spends his spare time playing two songs on guitar and foraging (“I might have been foraging longer than I’ve been baking bread”).

Above: “We signed a lease in January 1994,” says Jim, “the ovens were first tested on my birthday in June, and we were open by September. That’s when the fun began.”

Work wise, he’s developing new products, new pizzas (fungi feature heavily right now – some, on the day W42ST visited, are foraged by his own fair hand on Bear Mountain), and playing with flavors (his schiacciata grape bread is an insane combination of sweet and salty; his squash and leek upside-down pizza, he thinks, needs a little more spice). He still sculpts (perfectly imperfect cups are the latest creation to come out of his kiln), and the book on his current reading list is Carl Hiassen’s Razor Girl (reviewed by NPR as “gleefully obscene, violent and shockingly funny”). He’s also, like a growing number of us, avoiding social media as much as possible. “There’s such an overabundance of ideas and stimulation and friends to follow that I almost want to be a bit of a hermit and totally ignore it all,” he says. “I honestly can’t keep up. “And we’re losing something. It used to be when you would arrive in a city like Rome, or Edinburgh, or London, if you were a foreigner, you didn’t speak the language, you had to ask people for directions or help. That doesn’t exist anymore. You’ve got your phone. There’s a gain, because now you’re independent, but there’s a loss of experience, of randomness.” He adds: “I deleted Facebook right after the 2016 election. I don’t use it anymore. We need to be OK without these things. We need to find happiness without this crap, you know?”


Looking for: Brussels sprouts that will please the whole family Where: Dutch Fred’s, W47th St - 8th/9th Ave Because: With two different, delectable Brussels sprout options (beer-battered and Brussels sprout hash), you’ll fill your quota of greens. Looking for: Absolutely smashing mashed potatoes Where: The Meatball Shop, 9th Ave - 53rd St Because: Not only are their buttery chive mashed potatoes to die for, their service is always efficient … meaning you’ll be able to get to the party before all the cranberry mojitos are gone. Looking for: Traditional turkey with a twist Where: The Marshal, 10th Ave - 44th/45th St Because: Bonus points for The Marshal because they have a full three-course dinner available on Thanksgiving. However, it’s the wood oven-roasted DiPaola Farm free-range turkey that takes the cake … or should we say “takes the pumpkin pie?” Looking for: Pumpkin pie that deserves a parade of its own Where: Little Pie Company, W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave Because: Handmade from scratch with only the finest ingredients, it’s no wonder these pies are so exquisite. Finish off your meal the right way with a good ol’ slice of pie, but don’t forget to order it before November 12 to ensure it gets there by Thanksgiving.




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Pull up a chair at the counter, as Bette Griddler, Mabel Syrup, and Pam Cakes, AKA the Hell’s Kitchenettes, dish all about the great American Diner How did you girls get together? BG: Bette Griddler here, leader of our singing waitress trio. You see, my folks used to run Ida’s Diner Theatre in Buffalo, which is where we all met. We were America’s first diner theater. Truth is, I’ve been workin’ in a diner since I was old enough to wash a gravy boat. After my parents retired and moved to Boca, they left the diner to me and I promoted Mabel to assistant manager and Pam to head hostess. After the diner was lost to a fire a few years back, I packed up the girls and we headed to the Big Apple for a chance at a new life right here in Hell’s Kitchen.



EAT What qualities make the best diner? PC: That’s an easy one. I’m Pam Cakes and I always say a great diner takes great food and even greater service. And the washroom’s gotta work. I learned that one the hard way … MS: Mabel Syrup at your service. I think it’s all about going that extra mile. You can’t be afraid to put whipped cream on it at no extra charge, you know? Or if a customer wants his juice freshly squeezed, you can’t say no. Give them what they want and make it snappy. It’s like I always say: “I’m fast and easy.”

And what’s not so great about the great American diner? BG: Calories. Lord, if these hips could talk, they’d tell you how much I love a grilled cheese sandwich, fried, and a strawberry milkshake. PC: But the good news is that, here in Hell’s Kitchen, just about every diner has healthy, low-cal options on the menu. MS: And if I may say so myself, I just love the whole wheat honey pancakes from Galaxy Diner. But those customers …? MS: I once caught a guy trying to look up my skirt and ... come to think of it, we ended up going steady for a few weeks. Never mind. That one wasn’t so bad. But don’t get any ideas, I get to decide which boys come to the yard for my milkshake! PC: A guy claimed he found crayons in his fries once. But that was the week I’d entered myself in that competitive coloring contest. I took second place. BG: There was this time back at Ida’s where this guy thought he could sing all the parts in ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ better than we could. He proceeded to stand up on top of the counter and sing at the top of his lungs. You know what I did? As sure as I’m sitting here, I cut the music, grabbed that ol’ fossil off the counter, sat him back down and said: “Dad, one more peep and it’ll be Bye Bye for YOU, birdie!” What’s on special? BG: I wish some of the diners would do what we do and name their dishes. Take today’s specials at our restaurant, for example: we have the Tommy Tuna Melt, The Crucible-ogna Sandwich, the Bernadette Pita, or our brandnew burger, the Kristen Cheno-With Everything. Each of those come with Samuel French Fries, a Secret Garden Salad, or a side of Broccoli Les Mise-Rabbe. And, of course, our soup of the day is Yentle.

Opposite: Meet the Hell's Kitchenettes: Bette Griddler is the bossy leader, Mabel Syrup the boy-crazy gal, and Pam Cakes is a little dippy, bless.

MS: I think we need more healthy foods, eh? I can see it now: a whole new section to the menu. We could call it “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Frying.” PC: I’d like more copies of the kids’ menus, please. With extra crayons … connect the dots ain’t easy. Where are your neighborhood go-to diners? MS: I’m partial to the Galaxy Diner. Big menu, and big portions too. Not to mention it’s right on the corner of 9th Ave - 46th St, perfect for boy … I mean people … watching! Their grilled chicken portobello salad is just the bee’s knees. BG: I’m a Westway Diner gal. Always have been. Clean, good, reliable service. And that challah bread French toast! PC: I like getting cupcakes at Amy’s Bread. If you ask real nice, they’ll put extra sprinkles on. PC: Pam, honey, that’s not a diner … PAM: I don’t see why not, I dine there! BG: Girls, no need to argue. I think we can all agree that none of those places hold a candle to The Loose Caboose! The Loose Caboose? We’re not familiar … is that a new diner in the neighborhood? BG: Well, it is – but it only appears a few select nights of the year. And it just so happens to be right where The Laurie Beechman Theatre is. MS: Exactly! You’ll have to come visit us there sometime. We’ll serve you tuna melts with a tune. PC: And I know almost all the words. Lastly ladies, how do you like your eggs in the morning? BG: I like mine hard boiled. PC: Sunny side up for me. MS: And I’m over easy! BG: Shocking … The Hell’s Kitchenettes are an all-live singing drag aueen trio created by veteran character actors Michael LaMasa (Bette Griddler), James Mills (Pam Cakes), and local queen Jackie Cox (Mabel Syrup). They’ll be at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on November 3 and 4, then return w ith their new show, Christmas at the Loose Caboose, on November 30 and December 1. Follow them across social media: @hkitchenettes




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EAT Now we know – the reason we eat crappy food when we’re drunk is science!


rue story. There was once a man. Kale was his friend. His Saturday morning trips to the farmers market were legendary. The guy who goes to 6am spin class after three hours’ sleep and closing three major deals before breakfast? He was THAT guy. His body, in other words, was a temple. A majestic St Pat’s of health and restraint. Then vodka would happen. Vodka would make him buy a pint of Ben & Jerry’s on the way home, then fall asleep with it melting into his mattress. Vodka would make him take an entire box of Oreo cookies to bed, then wake up with the crumbs in every orifice. Vodka would give him the munchies, and cheese, chocolate, and salt were his drugs of choice. Like drunk texting your ex then despising yourself for it in the morning, drunk eating is one of those things someone needs to invent an app for. We asked our readers what their under-the-influence weaknesses are. What they reach for when it’s 2am, they’ve stumbled into the bodega, and they’re like Simba surveying the pride lands? Everything the light touches is yours, but what you really want is in the shadowy freezer cabinet at the back … “Actually, my go-to was tequila,” wrote one reader. “The rest of the stuff about me you got right!” 

“Disco Fries at the diner at 3am after clubbing in New Jersey many moons ago,” said someone else. (They went on to define Disco Fries as “fries smothered in brown gravy and topped with mozzarella,” for the uninitiated.) “Cupcakes, Ho-Ho’s, Devil’s Food Twinkies, Devil Dogs, Zingers … anything that involves the combination of chocolate cake and cream filling,” said another. “My go-to source is the inordinately large, occasionally fresh, selection at the tiny bodega on W44th St, just east of 9th Ave.” And this late entry: “Fried chicken and fries, cheap deli-made sandwiches at 3am, and ice-cream sandwich cookies.” One individual very close to W42ST magazine swears by the 24-hour halal truck on W45th St - 10th Ave … conveniently half way between the Pocket Bar and home. Basically, none of us is immune. And while we almost always have a heavy dose of the guilts the morning after, at least now we can now blame science for that Rudy’s hot dog binge. Because a study from London’s Francis Crick Institute last year found that alcohol may actually activate the part of the brain that makes us feel hungry in the first place, causing it to give out false starvation alarms. They call it “the aperitif effect.” So now you know.

There’s a new kid in town ... “Only a couple of rich people who can afford to have me in their house have got to see my food. And that makes me sad – I want to share it with more people,” he says. Starting in Hell’s Kitchen on November 5, you’ll be able to order from a menu that includes raspberry banana smoothie, curried cashews, bone marrow popcorn with celery salt, yellow split pea soup, and wilted kale salad with harissa-injected clementines. Yes, he actually injects each clementine slice with harissa.You won’t need to think about chopping, or prep – everything will be fully cooked. All you need to do is heat it up. Or eat it straight from the fridge if you can’t wait.


There will also be pantry essentials like romesco, basic tomato sauce (both meat-free and with sausage), and brisket. The menu will change 50 per cent every week, and there’ll be a buy-back program for containers and bags to avoid waste. The cost for such food freedom? A $45 minimum order (which, says James, should “easily get you three solid dinners”) and a $5 delivery fee. “And all of our excess portions are going to be distributed by a friend who runs the Occupy Wall Street kitchen, and it’ll be going to feed everyone who’s down at ICE right now protesting our immigration policies.” Food that does good? It might catch on.


Fear not, friends. Your days of gorging on pizza and Ho-Hos (then feeling guilty until the trash gets taken out) could be over. There’s a new delivery service in town that will take care of dinner, lunches, snacks (and postbar bingeing) without the need for any plans, prep, or minimum orders. Whisk Away is the baby of James Mitchell (our photo shoot model), who’s been a private chef for five years and is now ready to bring his cooking to the masses.



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PUMPKIN reboot Latte season is upon us, but there’s more to the humble squash than spice, says Samina Kalloo


ove it or hate it, there’s no avoiding it. It’s pumpkin season, and the ubiquitous fall flavor is turning up in any food brand you care to mention, from coffee to cereal to bagels to cream cheese – even Jello – most of which are laden in sugar and contain minimal to no real pumpkin. But while the country goes mad for pumpkin spice lattes, you may be surprised to know that the bright orange squash, on its own, is a nutrient-dense food that – whether canned, frozen, or fresh – is extremely versatile, from the flesh right down to the leaves and seeds. And since they’re in season, now is a great time to support local New York and Jersey farms and take advantage of the health and skin perks the humble pumpkin can offer. Let’s talk about nutrition While pumpkins are composed of 90 percent water, rest assure that the other 10 percent packs a powerful


nutritional punch, with a whopping 19 vitamins and minerals, including antioxidants. Providing more fiber per cup than kale, pumpkin can help to keep you feeling fuller, longer. It’s also an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin, two powerful antioxidants that are recognized for playing a critical role in eye health. With 49 calories per cup, pumpkin is also low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, making it a great addition to a heart-healthy diet. How do I eat it? Blend it: Make a smoothie with pumpkin puree, dairy-free milk, ice, frozen banana, and a dash of pumpkin pie spice. Mix it: Swirl pumpkin puree into unsweetened applesauce or yogurt and add a dash of honey and cinnamon for a refreshing snack. Bake with it: While its traditional appearance is in autumnal pies, quick breads, and muffins, pumpkin puree serves as a healthy baking substitute year-round. With oil, use a 1:1 ratio,


This page: The Halloween favorite has health benefits year round.

simply replacing the full amount of oil that the recipe calls for with pumpkin puree. For butter, multiply the amount of puree by three quarters. So if your recipe calls for 1 cup of butter, replace it with three quarters of a cup of pumpkin puree. But if you’re not ready to give up the butter completely, use half butter and half puree. Be sure to buy 100 percent pure pumpkin and not pumpkin pie mix – it’s very easy to mix them up and will not yield the same result. Use the seeds: Known as Mother Nature’s most potent mood booster, pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are abundant in hearthealthy polyunsaturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, and nutrients such as fiber, iron, zinc, and magnesium. In addition to being high in protein (7g per 1oz serving), they contain tryptophan, a compound that improves mood naturally and may help you sleep better (something we could all use more). Since the body can’t make tryptophan on its own, pumpkin seeds are an easy and versatile way to


Five fall farmers market finds

While you can enjoy a multitude of produce year-round, nothing tastes quite like it does when it’s in season and purchased locally. And it’s not just pumpkins that are ripe for the picking. These other five fall fruits and veggies are definitely worth a trip to the farmer’s market.


Rich in Vitamin C and fiber, pears make a delicious, filling snack and are an irresistible match for sweet and savory foods. Add sliced pears to salads and hot oatmeal, or bake and top with yogurt and granola for a satisfying breakfast.

Winter squash

From acorn to butternut and delicata, all varieties of winter squash boast an abundance of nutrients and antioxidants and can usually be substituted for each other in many squash recipes. Simply slice a squash in half, coat the flesh with a dash of oil or butter, and roast until fork tender. Butternut squash especially makes a delicious, thick soup – perfect for the colder months

Apples introduce it to your diet. Sprinkle them in yogurt, on hot cereal, and soups, in a salad, toss into a trail mix, or eat a handful as a snack. To enhance their flavor, try roasting them along with your favorite salt-free spices. Roast it: For a tasty Fall side dish, remove the skin and seeds and cut the pumpkin into cubes along with sweet potatoes and butternut squash. Toss with a small amount of coconut or avocado oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Oil it: Pumpkin seed oil is high in zinc, vitamin E, and magnesium, which emerging research shows could support the urinary tract and related disorder such as human overactive bladder. And that’s not all! Now that you’re privy to how pumpkin can help you feel on the inside, let’s talk about its external benefits. It’s packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxyl acids, which increase cell turnover to brighten and smooth the skin. It also contains Vitamins A and C, which helps to soothe and soften then skin and boost collagen production for anti-aging benefits. Try making a homemade pumpkin mask by combining two

tablespoons of pureed pumpkin with one tablespoon of honey. Mix well, spread on the face, and leave for 10-15 minutes, then remove with water. To use as an exfoliator, simply add half a teaspoon of brown sugar to the mix. While the health benefits of pumpkin seem endless, it’s important to know that not everything you encounter that has pumpkin in it is going to be good for your health. If you can’t resist those sweet treats, eat them in moderation and be mindful of the sugar content by checking the label (nutrition facts for sweetened coffee beverages can also be found online for most larger chain coffee shops, so check ahead). Canned pumpkin is sold in grocery stores all year long, so there’s no need to limit its perks to one season. But if you still have some leftover uncut pumpkins from Halloween, get cooking!

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Apples are packed with antioxidants and fiber and boast a long list of health benefits including prevention of chronic illness. In addition, research has shown that the high fiber and polyphenol content of Granny Smith apples promotes the growth of friendly bacteria in the colon. Apples can be easily added to any dessert that calls for fruit, and baked apples make for a delicious, naturally sweet dessert all on their own. Sauté them and use as a topping for pancakes or eat raw with nut butter.


Best known for their role in supporting urinary tract health, cranberries are a nutritional powerhouse, providing an abundance of phytonutrients, minerals, and vitamins including A, C and K. Since cranberries are naturally low in sugar and high in acid content, cranberry products are usually sweetened with added sugars for palatability. Add dried cranberries to oatmeal, cold cereal, trail mix, and salads. Mix a spoonful of cranberry sauce into cottage cheese or spread on pancakes instead of syrup.

Brussels sprouts & cabbage

Cabbage (and its mini-me, Brussels sprouts) are packed with Vitamins A and C. They also contain high concentrations of glucosinolates, a compound which has been associated with lower risk of cancer. Roasted Brussels sprouts make a delicious holiday side dish. Simply toss trimmed sprouts with olive oil and sea salt. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, shaking the pan every 5-7 minutes for even browning. For a flavor boost, top with parmesan cheese.

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Ingredients ½ tbsp 100% pure organic pumpkin (canned or homemade purée) ½ cup unsweetened applesauce dash of cinnamon Optional toppings: sliced banana, 1 tsp honey, hemp seeds Directions 1. Combine applesauce, pumpkin, and cinnamon. 2. Mix well. 3. Add desired toppings and enjoy.




Ingredients 1 cup oat flour* ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk or other dairy-free milk of choice ½ cup pumpkin puree 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice ¼ tsp ground nutmeg (optional) 1 tbsp baking powder 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey ½ tsp vanilla extract (optional but adds great flavor!)

Ingredients 4 medium sweet, firm apples like Honeycrisp or Jonagold 1 /3 cup golden raisins 3 tbsp finely ground flaxseed ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1 /8 tsp ground nutmeg (optional) 2 /3 cup rolled oats (use gluten-free if you have an intolerance or allergy to gluten) 1 tbsp + 1 tsp vegan buttery spread (or use unsalted butter if you prefer) 3 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

*Make your own oat flour by placing 1½ cups (or extra) of gluten-free rolled oats (or regular if no allegries/intolerances are present) in a blender and blending starting from low speed, gradually to high until a fine, flour-like consistency is achieved (usually 1-2 minutes). Then measure out oat flour accordingly.

Directions 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray an 8×8″ glass baking dish with coconut or canola oil cooking spray. 2. Cut the apples in half, from stem to end, and use a spoon to scoop out the core, seeds, and stem. Arrange the apple halves in the baking dish with the flesh facing up. Lightly coat the flesh with lemon juice to help prevent browning. 3. Melt the buttery spread in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Then add in the oats, stir to coat with the buttery spread. Continue sautéing the oats until slightly brown, about two minutes. 4. Remove pan from heat and stir in the applesauce, cinnamon, raisins, and ground flaxseed, mixing well to combine. 5. Divide the topping between the apples, lightly pressing it down on to the apples. 6. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover the apples then bake for another 25-30 minutes until the apples are soft and the topping has browned. 7. To keep it dairy-free, serve with a small scoop of coconut or other dairy-free ice cream, eat it plain, or with a drizzle of honey. The apples will keep for up to one week. When ready to eat, simply reheat in a warm oven or in the microwave.

Directions 1. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice (and nutmeg if using). Whisk to combine. 2. In a separate bowl, combine pumpkin puree, almond milk, vinegar, syrup, and vanilla (if using). Whisk to combine. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients. 3. Let the batter sit for at least five minutes. 4. Preheat a non-stick pan over medium high heat. Once hot, use a ¼ cup and pour pancake batter on the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until you can easily slide a spatula underneath. Flip. Cook for another 1-2 minutes on the second side. 5. Repeat for the rest of the batter. To keep it totally sugarless, enjoy with vegan cream cheese, fresh fruit and/or a drizzle of almond butter.

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bartender But Fabio Camardi had a dream of something bigger I arrived in the US on November 13, 2004 The next day I was helping with a catering service, where I met a crazy guy from Firenze called Andrea. Thanks to him, after one week I was renting a beautiful 4th floor walk up in Hell’s Kitchen. Mercato opened Easter Day 2010, right on my block. I’d already been with (my now wife) So Young for five years, and she was one of the few who believed in me. We met in English school – she’d just arrived from South Korea, and she’s given me two (almost three – our next is due in January) beautiful babies, Antonio and Marcello.


I was born a bartender My father Vincenzo owned a club in Italy until I was six years old. I remember drinking Fanta soda from the brown glass 1970s bottle. I graduated from culinary school in 1997 and joined the IBA (International Bartender’s Association) the same year. I worked in bars until I came to New York, when I stepped out from behind the bar and built something different. Job description I actually do a bunch of jobs compressed into one. First, I had to become an architect to build my place. Then an attorney to be sure the lease didn’t hide any surprises. Then the fun started! I had

to be a carpenter, because they were never on schedule and I had to get my hammer out and start building. Finally, I arrived at the opening, then had to become a psychologist to all the staff. But I love doing this job, which I do every day (except on the weekend, when I escape to our upstate farm to take care of our gardens and orchards). We always buy fresh food daily We go around the corner to buy our meat form Roberto at Esposito, and our fish from Paulie at Sea Breeze. I love to stop next at the International Foods and smell all of the spices, beans, and dried fruit. A day in my life I usually wake up around 7.30am, when Marcello starts to scream at his brother and mother and I have to go next to him and make him to calm down (he’s the boss of the family). So Young makes my mocha, then I can make my early morning phone calls. In the afternoon, I arrive at the restaurants and everything is happening. A burner is down? I need someone to fix it ASAP. I say hello to some regulars and chat a bit … and the day goes on. Then, surprise! Billy Joel is at table 5! Around 9pm or 10pm, dinner slows down and I take a walk with my cousin in the neighborhood.

Above: Fabio returns behind the bar for our photo shoot.

Food heaven Sea urchin raining from the sky. Food hell Not having an umbrella. You want to buy me a drink? Sure. I’ll have a Hemingway daiquiri. My fantasy dinner party I love fish. I was born in a fishing town, and we farmed cozze (mussels) in Taranto. So my menu for a special party would be fish only. I’d invite whoever is around me at the time, and my kids would make good entertainers. They really like people, which makes me think they’ll take my place one day. When I’m not working … I go around 9th Ave and stop at Amarone to have an espresso with Tony, I go to Rudy’s and say hi to the guys (and eat a hot dog). Recently, I’ve also been going to spy on Hudson Yards. I admire the power and energy of this city, but at the same moment it scares me! Then I turn back and enter Scallywags to get a beer from Marcus.

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dressing room The Dressing Room Project takes over our monthly feature on Broadway’s unsung insiders, as Michael Kushner peeks behind the scenes with Pretty Woman star Samantha Barks


oing backstage at any Broadway house is exciting, but especially so at the Nederlander. This is the space where Rent, Heathen!, and Billy breathed. Right now, it’s home to Pretty Woman, its star Samantha Barks, and a puppy named Ivy. Puppies are always good.  “Having Ivy here with me is the best thing,” says Samantha, “and I feel so lucky that I get to have her. She makes any nerves you might have go away. She has a very special little soul.” I ask her, what is biggest difference between working on the West End and Broadway? “Both have really beautiful communities,” she says, “just different kinds. You guys have a celebration for everything!” And she’s right. The day I’m writing this is National Orange Wine Day.  Her process is simple but focused. Make-up application, costume, staying as protective of the voice as possible,

Opposite: Samantha Barks shares her Pretty Woman dressing room with an adorable puppy named Ivy.

conversation about making soup (yes, she makes her own soup!), Ivy cuddles, and checking in with cast and crew. She says: “I feel like you have to listen to your body and that will inform you as to what adjustments you need to make to your life to make eight shows a week happen “Every show is different, but for me, with a role this size, it means I’m pretty well-behaved in my day-to-day life. You have to adjust because you can’t necessarily have the same kind of social life you had. You need to rest your voice/body to make sure it is at its peak for those shows.” As she put on her cap and necklace, the last of her top-of-show look, I snap a few more photos and say my thank yous. Time for curtain. But first, I check in to make sure NYC is treating her well. “I’ve really settled into New York and I love the buzz the moment you walk out your door. I used to find that a little intimidating, but now I find it thrilling.”

ABOUT THE DRESSING ROOM PROJECT When Michael Kushner wrote a college report on the libretto of Minnie's Boys without reading it, his paper came back with a big red note from his professor that said: “See me.” “She was worried about my preparation,” he says. “Rightfully so. Because in my musical theater history class, I was pretending to take notes on Ethel Merman, when I was really submitting to audition for regional theaters across the country. I grew up studying Ethel Merman and could have probably taught that specific lesson anyway.” Hungry for creativity, but also trying to save his poor work ethic, he asked a friend, Travis Kent, if he could photograph him backstage of Disaster!, and study his preparation. “Fascinated by being in the middle of all the action before curtain, I was hooked. Thus, The Dressing Room Project was born.” Since then, he’s studied everyone from Todrick Hall to Katrina Lenk, Ramin Karimloo to Lesli Margherita.




SHOWTIME! Glenn Close made her Broadway debut in 1974 and her big screen debut in 1982, and has rarely stopped working on stage and screen since. The celebrated actress has had, by any conceivable measure, an extraordinary career. She’s won three Tony Awards, three Emmys, and two Golden Globes, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award, Drama Desk Award, and an Obie. The big showbiz prizes that have eluded her are the Grammy (three nominations for various recordings) and the Oscar (six nominations) but she’s a workhorse so there’s still time for the 71-year-old. In fact, Oscar could actually come calling as soon as February for her starring role in arthouse hit The Wife. For most actors, Oscar buzz would be quite enough to fill up a year, but she’s also starring in the new Off-Broadway play Mother of the Maid, about the mother of Joan of Arc. In addition to taking on the challenge of playing a 15th-century peasant, Close relishes the stage, her first love because of its chief difference from the cinema. “In the theater, you have the final collaborator, which is the audience,” she explains. “It’s different every night. It’s very intimate.”




Last chance to see this hit which closes on November 18. Anita L says: “This was BY FAR the most moving beautiful production of Fiddler that I’ve ever seen.”



CursedChild raves that it’s “one of the best new plays of the past 20 years. Thrilling, funny, scary, moving, haunting! There aren’t enough words to describe it.”



Would be Cassie reports: “Anyone who has loved, or loved and lost ... will find catharsis here. Music and the performances ... just fantastic.“



Mama Rose calls it: “Thought provoking and wonderfully acted,” adding that it “led to a great conversation after the show.”



James L says: “Wow, just wow. The story triggers every emotion, and the ending takes you by surprise.”



Gil K says that Glenn Close is “superb! The writing is so smart. What a different perspective to an overdone story. Funny, painful,and touching.”



An intimate, in-the-round production in which an eight course tasting menu is served. Rena Plays says: “The cast is having a rollicking time. I think they did the play a favor!”



Zack_1111 says this play is “beautifully written, sweet, and charming. All four actors (and a great band) work very well together.”



Mikey the Man says: “It’s very funny!!! Masterful impersonations of the many characters.” Several fans praise Ipema’s tour de force performance for its “great energy.”



Brendon NYC highly recommends this play those who “enjoy dysfunctional family dramas w/ a dose of comedy. Stockard Channing is EXCEPTIONAL. Show goes by in a flash.”



























OUT THEY’RE BACK! Stage triumphs are beautiful, ephemeral things. Once a production closes, it only exists in the collective memory of those that were lucky enough to be there. Occasionally, though, a play or musical will defy the regular lifespan and return quickly with the original cast (mostly) intact. So this Thanksgiving, be grateful for three fantastic shows, all of which closed in late 2017 only to find new life in 2018. Desperate Measures, a musical riff on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, kept getting extended at the York in 2017 due to utterly blissful word of mouth. After closing, it found a permanent home at New World Stages. It’s still a funny show and worth a return trip, or your first one. Stage legend Harvey Feirstein revised and pared down his lengthy 1988 hit Torch Song Trilogy last year and retitled it Torch Song. The revival starred Michael Urie as the drag queen son and Mercedes Ruehl as his intimidating and homophobic mother. The show was a critical and commercial smash but it closed after a

PEEK BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE ACTORS' TEMPLE sold-out run rather than extending, in order to make the transfer to Broadway. Urie and Ruehl return for this hot ticket which runs through February 24, 2019 at the Helen Hayes Theatre on W44th St. Given its score of 94, word of mouth will surely make this sell out again. Finally, Regina George and Cady Huffman aren’t the only mean girls on New York stages this fall. The less well-known but crowd-pleasing comedy School Girls; Or the African Mean Girls Play is getting a brief encore engagement at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, running until Thanksgiving weekend.

Above: The African Mean Girls return for a run that lasts until Thanksgiving.

Are you a theater fan who is curious about Jewish influences on the New York City theater scene? The Actors’ Temple is an active Jewish synagogue with an extraordinary untold history. Touring it, you’ll hear fascinating stories about some of the greatest stars in show business history, from The Three Stooges to Jerry Lewis and more. The next tours are Sunday, November 4 and Wednesday, November 28. Visit for more info.



heater audiences are well accustomed to daring, modernized, or radical takes on Shakespeare plays. Classic musicals, though, are much younger properties and far less likely to be significantly rethought. They’re often staged with museum-like respect if not outright fealty to their original arrangements, costumes, and choreography. It’s as if to mess with them at all would spoil their magic. Occasionally a theater risks it, though. At St Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, director Daniel Fisher has stripped down Rodgers & Hammerstein’s seminal 1943 classic Oklahoma! and is staging it without a chorus and with just a seven-piece band in a theater repurposed as a community hall, with chili served to the cast and

“The classic is purged of all its heart, passion, and vibrancy. The smorgasbord of pretentiousness does absolutely nothing to enhance the work.” MJK “If you’d like to see a classic in a different light, there are some good things about it.” Robert 7281   “A creative reimagining. Loved it! There is genuine dramatic tension and the actors create full character portraits. The staging is very inventive.”  Molly 2



audience at intermission. Not everyone is thrilled with the liberties taken, but some are over the moon for it. Reviews are all over the map. While the show has held on to a score of 73, it’s definitely splitting audiences. Here’s a fun sampling of the polarized responses.

Above: The new staging of Oklahoma! has audiences all over the shop!

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THE FUTURE is green Imagine Hell’s Kitchen covered in plant life … it’s easy if you try


icture, if you can, a New York in which towering glass and steel could be replaced by living walls teeming with plant life. The result would not only look better; it would counteract the choking effects of car fumes, bring down the searing temperature in summer, reduce rainwater runoff going into the sewer system, and provide a place for birds, butterflies, and other insects to thrive. It’s less of a mad, eco-warrior fantasy than you might think. Javits Center has had a green roof since 2010 – the


largest in the city, spanning 89,001 square metres. In 2013, the Empire State Building followed suit, commissioning 826 square metres of green panels for its 21st, 25th, and 30th floors. And last year, the Whitehall Co-op in the Bronx replaced an old concrete roof with 30,000 square feet of plants, designed by the same landscape architects who created the High Line. Gennaro Brooks-Church has taken the vision one step further, by covering the entire facade of his Brooklyn brownstone with a living wall … and demonstrating


Above: What Hell’s Kitchen’s walk-ups might look like with living walls. Opposite: The real thing – Gennaro’s Brooklyn townhouse, complete with turtle sanctuary in the front yard.

what Hell’s Kitchen might look like using the same technology. It is, he believes, the first in the country. But he sincerely hopes it won’t be the last. “Until now, we haven’t been able to build a living wall in this climate that survives year-round,” he says. “The technique I use has coconut fiber foam that keeps roots insulated during the winter and during the hot summer days, so they don’t dry out and overheat. We also use evergreen plants for the winter, so you don’t need to replace plants

LIVING despite the changing weather. Living walls are still an emerging technology,” says Gennaro. “But they could change the landscape of New York City.” Surprisingly, however, his background is in neither landscaping nor architecture. He actually studied creative writing and comparative religion. “I bought this house in 2008,” he explains, “and had a construction loan lined up. Then everything crashed, my loan fell through, and I couldn’t afford to hire a contractor. So I decided to do it myself. And I just did it differently. It turns out what I was doing was green building, but I didn’t really know it at the time.” His kitchen, the flooring, the doors, the sinks, the decking – all are made entirely from salvaged materials. “The whole idea was that we’re just using too many resources,” he says. “The planet can’t handle it. So, I started thinking, ‘How do I not do that?’ I wanted to reduce the amount of new materials that I consumed. Or, put more simply, I didn’t want to cut down any trees. “And the flip side of that was, I had no money. All the materials we salvaged from dumpsters, from the street. Or someone would call me up and say, ‘Look, I’m throwing away this kitchen, it’s perfectly fine …’ “It’s not pretty, always. But for me, the beauty lies in the fact that no trees were cut down to make it.” His second consideration was that he didn’t want to consume any more energy than absolutely necessary. So his investment went on high-quality windows, a super-efficient boiler and toilets. And the green wall is an extension of that – a natural insulator that keeps his home cool in the summer and nice and cosy in the winter. “I’d been planning the living wall since the beginning,” he says, “But, the technology just wasn’t there.” In the end, he had to develop it himself. “The coconut fiber acts like a sponge. You attach it to the wall, you make holes in it, then you put in the plugs of the plants. The roots just kind of grow into it, and it’s like soil. “The idea is to pick plants that don’t get too big or that are super hardy, and survive the winter, and that

“It would counteract the choking effects of car fumes, bring down the temperatures in summer, reduce rainwater runoff going into the sewer system, and provide a place for birds, butterflies, and other insects to thrive.”

require little maintenance.” Shrubs like rhododendrons, jazz hands, brass buckle, sprinter boxwood, and perennials such as autumn fern, heuchera black pearl, liriope, and green carpet, made the cut.

Eight years in the making, his ecoparadise is now complete, with the addition of a rooftop stream, a natural swimming pool, a treehouse, and front yard pond – rich with fish and a turtle sanctuary. And, while it’s one step closer to saving the planet, he believes the biggest bonus is psychological. “People are just constantly stopping and looking at it. The heating and cooling, that’s all nice. But the greatest benefit is an emotional connection to nature. People don’t realize it, but they’re starved for nature. So they just stop and they thank me. “Living walls are the future. If you Google ‘Utopian City’ you see nothing but images full of nature,” he says. “We are biophilic creatures, so our ideal habitat is full of natural elements. “And in NYC, where land is limited and costly, where else can you build but up? Living walls are perfect for NYC. Demand is exploding and is just going to increase. It is an exciting time to be building living walls.”

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e f i l f o e c i l S things in Going by William Morris’s belief that the beautiful, our homes should be either useful or Boom! here’s some stuff we believe to be both.


What do you mean you’re still using that comedy “naked” apron you got in 1982? Shame on you. This bad boy is for serious cooks only. The water-resistant waxed canvas design comes with a single monogram. Because that’s how we roll in our kitchen. $66,


There’s something so super-chic about serving up your salad in blackstained wood. It’s how all New York salads are dressed this season. $14.99,


Many of you will have passed La Boîte spice shop on 11th Ave. Your sense of smell may even have been piqued as you passed. But how many of you have been inside? Run by chef Lior Lev Sercarz, it has to be the most fragrant spot in Hell’s Kitchen. This sample set is a starter kit of five, hand-made, smallbatch spices. $25,


This handy little gadget keeps your fresh herbs perky for up to three weeks – and it fits in your fridge door, saving you tons of space into the bargain. $31.99,




We’re loving the vintage, industrial chic look of the Adelina sideboard, made from reclaimed mango wood and cast iron hardware. Use it to store all your kitchen stuff. Or, if you don’t cook, it’s a great place to stash all your Seamless cartons and takeout menus. $1,099.99,



Thank you, clever designer people, for inventing this oh-so-simple utensil holder with added tablet stand – which means you can follow a recipe, hands-free. Now, if only someone would invent something that could guarantee the results …

The classic hot dog tray goes all classic and industrial, in metallic shades of yellow, blue, pink, and white. We love it for storing loose change, keys, make-up or – what the heck – even food! $24 each,


Remember that Robin Williams movie Flubber? Well, this is kind of like that. Except it doesn’t cause chaos and try to take over the planet. This superstretchy cover expands and clings to fit all kinds of cut food and pretty much any container, to keep it fresh in your fridge, without the nasty side effects you get from plastic. From $6,



If you’re still using plastic straws, we have to ask you why? They’re killing our sea life and ruining the environment. Go sustainable, friends, with this stainless steel straw (which comes with a handy cleaning brush, because getting hot chocolate out of those bad boys is a nightmare!) $13,

Or, at least, jade. We’ve been binge watching the Great British Baking Show in our apartment. And while we haven’t mastered the art of crafting Tudor pies yet, we’re eyeing this cake stand for our Betty Crocker showstoppers. From $19.99,

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Our new favorite thing about living here: We love ALL the restaurants. There is everything under the sun within a few steps.


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STATISTICS MiMA Where: W42 St - 9th/10th Ave $ of 1.5-bed, 1.5 bath apartment: $5,375 # of floors: 62 # of units: 651 When built: 2011 Amenities: In-unit washer/ dryer, dog city, resident lounge, basketball court, business center, game room, valet dry cleaning, swimming pool, private fitness center by Equinox, catering kitchen, storage, BBQ grills, courtyards, and more!

Budget: $5,500 a month. Moving from: Manchester, NH, where we raised five children.  To: MiMA on W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave. Why: We’ve always loved being in the city, so when the last of the five children moved out we said: why not now? LeeAnne is a cancer survivor and the one thing we realized was that life is too short to wait to do everything you want. So we sold the home, packed up, and made it happen.  The broker question: We didn’t use a broker. LeeAnne did the research of the area and the apartments in Hell’s Kitchen. We knew we wanted to live in a luxury building. It was fun checking out the options. Tick list: We wanted views, a gym, grills, closets, and a lot of windows. What we learned: We see a place more than once and take pictures of it. We saw so many apartments in short spurts

while coming into the city, when we got back home we couldn’t remember which ones where which until we started to narrow it down by taking a second look.  

Above: LeeAnne demanded a gym, closet space ... and lots of windows!

What sealed the deal: MiMA was the first building LeeAnne looked at alone and she fell in love with the setup of the apartment. It had everything we were looking for – it’s the perfect apartment for us.

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SHALLOW END Mary Geneva’s adventures in the Manhattan dating pool hit a new low with a man nicknamed Gelato – he wasn’t cool


ap! That nasty little bastard cherub from OkCupid hit me with another one of his poison arrows (he looks so innocent and inviting on the webpage). The only good thing about my experience with Gelato was that he ended up being a one-date wonder. Had he not, my apartment might have become a crime scene. It was a crisp, fall afternoon when I met Gelato at a little place by the same name near Central Park. His opening remarks sounded compelling enough: he was a professional athlete who’d moved back to New York to care for a sick family friend. He was a bit loud and brash, but claimed

it was just his style to speak his mind and “keep it real, ya know.” Anyway, the beginning and end of our short tale goes like this: During the consumption of our refreshing gelato and the ensuing walk, we talked about everything from cooking to travel and more. Because we seemed to have some chemistry, I broke my own rule and invited him over to my apartment for dinner a few days later. The text exchange that followed ensured that second date never happened. (Please excuse any typos, as this is the actual, unedited exchange of messages.): ME: Just bring yourself and a bottle of something if u want. GEL: Do I need condoms? ME: No. This is a friendly dinner. BTW, are u serious about that comment? GEL: So we hanging out? ME: I thought that was the plan? GEL: So what do I bring? ME: I said a bottle of something. GEL: Do I get a lap dance? ME: I’ll pole dance (Dear Reader, obviously I was kidding with this text.) GEL: What else? GEL: Do I need condoms? ME: No! GEL: Why u don’t use them? ME: We r not having sex. GEL: U sure... I wanna be ready in case. ME: I can’t tell if you’re joking or not? I’m not inviting u over for that intention, so if that’s what you’re looking for then maybe dinner on 2nd date is not a good idea...

GEL: Ha ha ME: Please let me know so I’m not wasting my time. GEL: Oh man … Ur so serious ME: It is very hard to read u over txt. And even though I started preparing, before I go any further, please let me know what I should do. GEL: Sorry. I don’t think we mix well. ME: Okay then. That’s fine. Wish I would have known before I went and bought everything. GEL: U seem serious ME: Huh? GEL: U seem serious ME: What do u mean? ME: U asked if you could bring condoms over. I couldn’t tell if that was a joke or not. GEL: I feel ur uptight ME: U don’t even know me. And it’s hard to read via text. Put yourself in my shoes too. I thought I would stray from the norm and invite a guy over I met once for dinner! GEL: Yea ME: I’m such a fool! GEL: How u figure? ME: I was looking forward to getting to know u. Went and got all this stuff and NOW u tell me u don’t think we mix? GEL: U seem serious GEL: Are u wearing panties tonite? ME: Maybe you’re right. Maybe we don’t mix well. ME: I stopped cooking. Going out now! Good luck! GEL: Thanks…u too.

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, and at thatssomary. com. You can buy Nicknames at nicknamesnyc. com. And you can share your most bizarre dating story with Mary. Email mary genevanyc@

In the end, I happily shared my feast with my girl Jackie and her boyfriend from down the block. They were much better dinner companions – and as far as I know, neither of them brought condoms.

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“Ten out of ten say you could be proposed to afterward and not hate your fiancé for his timing.”




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A fitness class where Richard Simmons meets Mikhail Baryshnikov? Count Sophia Strawser in! What: Pure Barre Where: W60th St - Broadway Explain it to me Pure Barre is like a “Sweatin’ to the Oldies,” Richard Simmons video. And due to the humidity the day of my class, I just so happened to look like Bob Ross. Let’s just say it was an early ‘90s dream up in their Columbus Circle location that day. From Natalie Portman to Serena Williams, how muscular will this make me? Despite using a ballet barre, you won’t walk out dancing like Mikhail Baryshnikov, but you will find yourself sporting some lean muscles like his (*hits play on Episode 12, Season 6 of Sex and the City). And although, being that the entire class was women, I didn’t get to take home a “lah-ver” (that would have required some major life changes on my part), I did get to go out that night in a tulle skirt looking just as cute as Carrie Bradshaw. (Even as I type this I can feel my readers disagreeing.)


Sweat level Expect to pat down with a towel at least once, maybe touch up two curls afterwards, but then be all set to head to a meeting, happy tree paint night, brunch, four-course meal by yourself (just me?) and have very little indication that you just worked out. Ten out of ten say you could be proposed to afterward and not hate your fiancé for his timing. Any complaints? If I had to nitpick, I’d say, I wished the music was a tad less “I’m in a club in Budapest.” But then again, I’m the girl in her mid-twenties listening to a new Kesha song, asking where her mother is.


Opposite: You’ll stretch, you’ll tone .. but you won’t sweat so much you’ll need to wash your hair.

Did I pass, Professor? Crystal Evans was my instructor for the class. She was constantly complimenting. She’s kind of like a little doll that you wish could follow you around all day while repeating those same compliments to you. Even if “Gorgeous … flat back” isn’t necessarily the encouragement I’m looking for when leaving for a date. But I’ll take what I can get. (My new bio on dating apps … somewhere in PA my mother is openly weeping). Well, I’m off to see a little too much man thigh on Richard Simmons but, until next month’s article, catch all the latest that is the dance of Sophia Strawser’s life. @sophiestrawser

Cool down with Crystal SS: How did you become a Pure Barre instructor? CE: It just happened recently! I’ve been working behind the desk for three years and this summer I trained to be an instructor. I got completely addicted to Pure Barre the summer of 2015 and knew I had to be a part of the company. SS: Do you do any form of workout outside of Pure Barre to stay fit?  CE: No. Living in New York City, I walk almost everywhere, but that’s pretty much it. I do the classic Pure Barre, as well as cardio, and a class that imitates Pilates with resistance bands and sliders. SS: If there was one food you could eat constantly and it wouldn’t make you gain weight, what would it be?  CE: Shake Shack. I could eat Shake Shack all day, every day. SS: If there was one song that every one of your Pure Barre classes would be done to, what would that song be?  CE: There are so many! A lot of remixes are used in our classes so I’d say a remix of John Mayer’s ‘New Light,’ which is actually on one of our playlists.





Learning to budget means this month Claudia Chung has to decide between her dream dress (which may or may not get her sex with Clive Owen) and cleaning her teeth Photograph Ilona Lieberman


t’s dusk. The leaves are bursting with colors of flame, and I take a seat outside. It feels chilly, but my sensational Theory leather jacket promises to keep me safe and warm. I take my cappuccino and chocolate biscotti to the patio and open my book. A sudden gust of wind blows my long, silk Isabel Marant forever-dream-dress, revealing my black leather heels. “Hello,” I hear and raise my head. Standing in front of me is a Clive Owen lookalike, the same English accent. I smile … A perfect storybook romance or a torrid affair that may or may not evolve into Fatal Attraction territory should begin. But wait. Not so fast! I smile and reveal two missing teeth. The ones I do have, meanwhile, are yellow and discolored. There are deep smile lines around my lips and eyes, and the light hits my head just enough to illuminate the white, wiry hairs standing to attention. I smile. And the moment moves from sexy fantasy to worst nightmare. I have this narrative constantly playing in my head when I want to buy something fleeting and unnecessary. The possibility of sex and romance, all catastrophically collapsing when my façade, built on dresses and shoes, comes down. My neglected insides manifest their bitterness and anger on the outside – showing the world the mess I’ve created. I once read an article about what men find attractive. There


Claudia Claudia Chung is a writer who moonlights as a school teacher. She is currently working on a book of essays and stories on the trials, tribulations, and the funny in being a young widow.

“A close friend, the most honest person I know, lied in her divorce about how much she spends on her hair every month. I get it. Hair is a necessity. Hair and teeth.” are all kind of things in there: a slim but healthy frame, a nice smile and friendly personality. It’s all so vague and general. To the male brain, clean is good. Clean is sexy. Clean is stylish. I’m also pretty sure a skin-tight anything on anyone with big boobs would get their attention. But it’s unlikely that another dress or purse (or shirt or shoes or pants) is going to make any difference in getting me laid tonight. My fantasy also has nothing to do with buying essentials; anything I might actually need, like a raincoat or slippers. Only luxury items are attached to these delusions; a dream dress linked to having sex with Clive Owen.

But recently I’ve been on a genuine quest to maintain the little prettiness God has allocated to me. I’ve stopped overeating, I’m moving a little bit more, and have started to slather on dollops of sunscreen. I paid a visit to my dentist, hence the missing teeth dream. I could use a deep cleaning (partially covered by my insurance) and a little mold work (not covered – but I’m going to do it anyway). My dream dress may have to wait another month. I also spend a small fortune to cut, color, and highlight my hair every four months, which is a bigticket item – almost as big as the dress! A close friend, the most honest person I know, lied in her divorce about how much she spends on her hair every month. I get it. Hair is a necessity. Hair and teeth. I’ve stopped using credit cards and pay in cash instead. The immediacy of money being drawn out of my wallet stops me from being frivolous. I’ve also stopped hoarding food. I open and eat whatever I buy right away, before I forget it’s there. And I’ve started to use my stockpile. Here are some of the dishes I’ve made: Vietnamese summer rolls with whole wheat and green tea wraps (wraps bought in 2017), curry chickpeas (cans of beans bought in 2016) with quinoa, and steamed vegetables with hoi sin sauce (a condiment I’ve used as much as I used my hammer in 2018 – zero). My teeth may not thank me for eating two-year-old beans, but I know my wallet will.

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Humans’ names: Amber and Tom. Age: About five months (I’m a rescue so am not sure). Breed: I think I’m a schnauzer/ Yorkie mix. Three words that describe me best: Smart, energetic, cute. What makes me bark: Seeing myself in the mirror. Confession: I’ve peed on a pile of toys to “mark” them.


Boo Boo

Little Petey Human’s name: Robert. Age: Nearly three. Breed: French bulldog. Three words that describe me best: Smiley snuggle bunny. What makes me bark: Skateboards. I love to chase them down the street. Confession: I trick people to think I can’t go up and down stairs so they have to carry me. Instapup: @lil_petey_nyc


Humans’ names: Liza and Jim. Age: Six. Breed: I’m a mixed chihuahua rescue pup from Texas. Three words that describe me best: Very. Treat. Motivated. What makes me bark: The sound of a doorbell. Confession: I growl at my mommy and daddy when they try to wake me up in the morning for my walk because I love to sleep in. Instapup: @boo_boos_adventures



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Betty White Humans’ names: Jaclyn and Rob. Age: One. Breed: Maltipoo. Three words that describe me best: Adorable, chipper, intelligent. What makes me bark: When I see men dangling outside our windows (window cleaners)! Confession: Goose poop is delectable. Instadog: @ms._BettyWhite

Hudson Humans’ names: Steven and Jae. Age: Six. Breed: Shepherd/beagle. Three word that describe me best: Sweet. Loving. Guardian. What makes me bark: Daddy or Papa coming home. Confession: I am well aware that I have Daddy and Papa wrapped around my little paw!


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cocktails and wine on tap. (212) 649-4675 13

10th Ave 41st/42nd St

Pier 83, 12th Ave - 43rd St

Modern Israeli

Surf ’n’ turf, tapas,

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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 for parties. (212) 239-8020 7

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Manganaro’s Hero Boy


Green Fig

Chez Josephine

9th Ave 37th/38th St

Return to the joie de vivre of 1920s

cuisine with unique flavor and spices.

and cocktails served on a multi-level

Our 60-year anniversary! The original

Paris, with a blue tin ceiling, red velvet

Influences come from The Middle

yacht with a large deck. Short sailings

six-foot Hero will feed 30 to 40 people.

walls and chandeliers lighting up

East, North Africa’s Maghreb region,

on the Hudson for sweeping views of

Large restaurant: eat in, take out,

Josephine Baker portraits.

and southern Europe.

the Manhattan skyline. (212) 630-8840

catering. Reasonable prices! (212) 594-1925 4


Chez Napoleon

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Rafi Fuentes’ playlist

As the holidays approach, find some fun ways to turn holiday shoppers into long-term buyers


If you sell a product online, you should see an increase in website traffic this holiday season. We recommend installing an email pop-up that offers site visitors a small holiday discount in exchange for their email. This way, you can email them well after the holidays have passed. We use to build email pop-ups. 


If you run a restaurant or coffee shop, try implementing a loyalty program. If it’s a small business, that could be a punch card that offers a free product or discount after x amount of visits that expires April 1 (so it keeps them coming in after the holidays). If a punch card is not on brand for you, when you hand them the bill, include a little cut out that asks them to rate their experience and provide their email for future news and discounts.

Me Enamoré Shakira (Empanada Mama) Lay By Me Firekid (Clinton Community Garden) Happiness Goldfrapp (Bird & Branch) Finding You Kesha (Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market) Brunch In Barcelona Rafi Fuentes (Gotham West Market)



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RAFI FUENTES is a NYC-based actor, singer, songwriter, composer, lyricist, writer and producer. Born in Manhattan, he grew up in Bermuda (the island, not the triangle) and has been living in Hell’s Kitchen for 10 years. He will soon releas his first EP, The Boy Who Sings, on iTunes @rafi_fuentes

BIRD & BRANCH W45th St - 8th/9th Ave An awesome new cafe in the neighborhood that uses metal straws. They have amazing iced macadamia milk lattes and very friendly service. Also, an innovative menu filled with pastries (matcha squares are where it’s at!). It’s cozy for a date and spacious enough to work from. The brunch gets pretty lit on the weekends as well.

GOTHAM WEST MARKET 11th Ave - 44th/45th St Foodie heaven. They have an awesome variety of different types of food. It reminds me of a smaller version of the food markets in Barcelona. Perfect for a snack or brunch or late dinner with your bae or a group of friends.


CLINTON COMMUNITY GARDEN W48th St - 9th/10th Ave Or The Secret Garden, as my mom calls it. You need to live or work in the area to purchase a key. It’s private and beautiful and very well kept. It makes a great spot for a picnic or to simply sit down and relax your mind.

HELL’S KITCHEN FLEA MARKET W39th St - 9th/10th Ave Always a fun adventure. You never know what you’ll find. I once saw this pair of uranium glass candlesticks that I really wanted, but the next time I went, they were gone. A colorful and characterdriven street, filled with vintage and whimsical stuff every weekend.


EMPANADA MAMA 9th Ave - 51st/52nd St It’s always a party inside this Latin gem and the music never fails to get you going. They have the best empanadas and sangría in the neighborhood, and are open 24 hours a day. What more can you ask for?

HELL’S CREATIVE is a digital ad agency founded by two millennials at Gotham West Market. Interested in having your business question answered and featured in a future column? Reach out to with your request.

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Encourage your holiday shoppers to follow you on social media by mentioning to them in store that there are special discounts for followers. Use to create discount announcements for your Instagram and Facebook pages.  We hope this helps you think past the holiday rush! 

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10th Ave 48th/49th St

Locally sourced

Somewhere between heaven and

food, wine, and

Hell’s Kitchen. There is room for

10th Ave54th/55th St

liquor at a restaurant where

everyone in this sleek bar, from the

A new American and seafood cuisine

sustainability and support for the

corporate world of America to the

restaurant in the heart of Midtown

community are at the heart of

exhilarating youth of Manhattan.

with outdoor patio seating, classic

everything we do. (212)-582-5660

cocktails, draft beer, and much more. (212) 582-6300 16


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Method Japanese Kitchen and Sake Bar

Bringing a multi-cultural New York approach to authentic Japanese cuisine. (212) 582-2146

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Ecuadorable! Quaint eatery serving traditional dishes with modern flair. Family recipes make Ñaño special. (646) 649-4678 18

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NYC’s premier rooftop lounge, with dramatic views, seasonal cocktails, an extensive wine list, seasonally inspired small plates, and welcoming service. (212) 757-2224 11

Elizabeth Saunders Voice Studio 7th Ave. 28th/29th St Private, individualized voice/singing lessons..1st vice-president: New York Singing Teachers Association. Gender non-conforming clients welcome (860) 874-7184


Fine & Dandy

W47th St 8th/9th Ave

11th Ave 47th/48th St

Ñaño Ecuadorian Kitchen 10th Ave 47th/48th St

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(212) 601-2643

The Press Lounge

10th Ave - 50th/51st St

Specialty coffee & tea, brunch and Korean fusion dinner.

(917) 265-8629

Handmade accessories for dapper guys. Ties, bow ties, pocket squares, neckerchiefs, tie bars, cufflinks, money ut47manhattan 25

W49th St 9th/10th Ave

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clips, and much more. (212) 247-4847 2

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Print Restaurant

Big Apple Meat Market

11th Ave 47th/48th St

Fountain House Gallery

9th Ave 39th/40th St

9th Ave - 48th St Our gallery

Farm-to-table restaurant dedicated

Serving Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea for

exhibits and sells original, affordable

to seasonal, sustainable cuisine,

over 20 years.We are committed to

art made by local artists living and

with fresh ingredients featured daily.

bringing our shoppers the best quality

working with mental illness.

Located in the Ink48 hotel.

meats and groceries to the area. (212) 757-2224 (212) 563-2555


North River Lobster Co


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Pure KTCHN W46th St 8th/9h Ave

Pier 81, 12th Ave - 41st St

We serve healthy

David Ryan Salon W46th St 9th/10th Ave Our mission is

meals created by our nutritionist.

Fresh seafood, mason jar cocktails,

Nothing fried, no added sugars, no soy,

buckets of beer & raw bar. Casual

no chemicals, only 100% pure, organic

atmosphere – no reservations.

ingredients from Mother Earth.

professionalism. Our staff is dedicated to (212) 630-8831 (646) 755-8502

you feel and look your best.

provide the highest quality service to all our guests with the utmost all aspects of beauty and style – helping (212) 956-1830

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NYC’s only floating lobster shack.



Sall Restaurant & Lounge


10th Ave 4th/45th St

Hafetz & Associates Medical insurance An independent insurance agency, specializing in Medicare Supplements, Advantage, & Rx plans while offering superior customer and broker services. 1-866-99-HAFETZ (994-2338)


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FARMACY 10th Ave -

43rd/44th St I cook at home a lot, and frequent farmer's markets like Farmacy,

HK Tennis Academy

Kristin Misik Acupuncture

W39th St 9th/10th Ave

W52nd St 8th/9th Ave

W43rd St 8th/9th Ave

city’s oldest flea markets. Year round, each weekend, you can find antiques, vintage clothes, collectibles and more. map reference

Headquartered in New York City, Hell’s Kitchen Tennis Academy is the go-to spot for adults and children to hone their skills. Get a suntan while playing tennis!

Barber Shop 9th Ave 46th/47th St & W56th St 9th/10th Ave

Jadite Galleries 10th Ave 46th/47th St Custom framing & art, conservation

High-end, low-cost, blending classic

framing, canvas stretching & mirrors

comforts with contemporary hairstyling.

a specialty. We exhibit contemporary

Our knowledgeable staff of dedicated,

and international artists.

skilled barbers allow every customer a

customized experience. Haircut $25. (212) 470-7204

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15 Years of clinical experience serving the Hell’s Kitchen community. Specializing in the treatment of pain, migraines, anxiety, fertility & allergies. We accept health insurance. (212) 315-1412


8th/9th Ave I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but sometimes I like a treat after dinner. Schmackary's makes THE BEST cookies in fun flavors like Cereal Killer and Sch’mores, and they're open late. Warning: It's hard to walk out of there with less than four cookies.

PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS HERE Email Manhattan Plaza Health Club

Maid-Hattan www. maidhattan. com No time to do laundry or clean your apartment? Maid-Hattan does it all for you! Call or text (917) 478-0210 to schedule your cleaning appointment. LAUNDRY INCLUDED. 917-478-0210


Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

An authentic NY experience, one of the


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DHARIANA LOZANO is co-founder of Supremacy Marketing, a boutique social media marketing firm based in New York City. She blogs at DhariLo. com, where she provides social media tips, resources, and courses, and her work has been published in Social Media Week, Social Media Today, and the AgoraPulse blog. Connect with her by sending a tweet @Dharilo.

DIANNE AND ELISABETH 10th Ave - 45th/46th St This is a great little wine bar with amazing food. It's a perfect place to unwind with wine or a delicious cocktail after work or a date night. 7:30 pM


LALI 10th Ave 44th/45th St When I'm missing my childhood neighborhood of Washington Heights, there’s no place like Lali for authentic, delicious Dominican food that warms my soul. They also serve my favorite breakfast – tres golpes (mangu, fried white cheese, fried egg, and salami). 12:00 pM

... and my favorite place to get meats is Esposito, on 9th Ave - 38th St. They have a huge selection of high-quality meats (many restaurants in the area source their products). Their staff is also very friendly and can answer any questions you have.


ROMEO AND JULIET COFFEE W42nd St - 11th Ave When I'm on the go, or just in the mood for something a little jazzy in the morning, I make a run to Romeo And Juliet. They offer great Colombian coffee drinks and yummy pastries. It's also not a bad place to work from when you need a little change of scenery. 8:00 aM

W43rd St 9th/10th Ave Amid the hectic pace of mid-town Manhattan there is an escape to a calm, peaceful environment, committed to fitness and relaxation.

(212) 563-7001

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Pier 83, 12th Ave - W43rd St

939 8th Ave, Suite 207

Massage, facials, and wellness to

NY’s oldest and largest provider of

Come enjoy a

help you make the best of your body.

workout within our historic walls

scheduled and chartered sightseeing

Everyone deserves a customized

where Pilates began. Join us at the

and special event cruises. Operating

facial, so we make your relaxation and

original Joseph Pilates Studio, check

since 1945.

comfort our priority.

our website for class schedule. (212) 473-3689 (212) 247-9603 (212) 563-3200 1

Mark Fisher Fitness


W39th St 9th/10th Ave

2002, Rufskin

Established in is celebrating

Group kettlebell

their 15th year

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Ensemble Studio Theatre

The New Victory Theater

W52nd St 10th/11th Ave

W42nd St 7th/8th Ave

Building original,

as a men’s fashion label. The lines

provocative, and authentic plays

offered in a fun, inclusive “Ninja

include denim, sportswear, swimwear,

from the ground up, from readings to

Clubhouse” by a team of ridiculous

underwear and accessories. California

workshops to fully-staged production.


lifestyle is at the essence of the

membership@markfisherfitness. com

brand’s philosophy. (212) 247-4982 2

Stiles Farmers Market

MiDoctor Urgent Care

9th Ave 36th/37th St

9th Ave 48th/49th St We are open 365 days so we can provide the best care you need. If you want to see a physician, no appointment is needed. Just walk in and we will take good care of you. (212) 757-2015

NYC’s premier non-profit performing arts theater devoted to kids & families. See international theater, dance, circus, opera & music at affordable prices. (646) 223-3010

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Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum

New York Water Taxi

Pier 86, 12th Ave - 46th St

NYC’s favorite

Pier 82, W42nd St hop on, hop off

Experience the legendary aircraft

fresh ground coffee, nuts, dried fruits,

sightseeing cruise. You’ll see the Empire

carrier Intrepid, the first space shuttle,

breads, and more. Family owned since

State Building, Freedom Tower, Brooklyn

Concorde, and the submarine Growler.

1953. Also at W52nd St - 8/9th Ave. (212) 245-0072

Bridge, and more. Don’t forget your

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camera for an up-close photo of the Statue of Liberty! 7

61 W62nd St Certified psychic, medium, and tarot advisor. Individual and group readings.

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fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, pasta,


The New York Medium

(347) 486-4996

A full line of farm


classes and semi-private training



The Circle Line

Rolates Pilates

W42nd St 10th/11th Ave

Title Boxing Club W37th St 9th/10th Ave

Get your W42ST here:

“The oldest sport in the world is new

Balloon Bouquets of New York

again and we can’t wait to share our

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

experience with you. Empowering. Exhilarating. Addictive.” (212) 564-1700


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Coco and Toto

Hair & The City

11th Ave - 51st/52nd St

W47th St - 8th/9th Ave

Castillo Theatre

Epstein’s Paint Center

Kilo 9th Ave - 55th/56th St

W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

Pan Aqua Diving

plus at any of our advertisers

Our 2 Locations:

352 W. 52nd St. New York, NY 10019 (212-582-3088) / 476 9th Ave. New York, NY 10018 (212-868-7070)

Come in for our Fall Harvest!


We carry a full line of farm fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, pasta, fresh ground coffee, nuts, dried fruits, breads, and more. We except all major credit cards and EBT. Stile’s Farmers market is open all year round. Our prices our considered the lowest in NYC. We wholesale fresh fruits and vegetables to hotels, restaurants, bars, and other establishments across hell kitchen and the surrounding area.

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“In Manhattan, marriage is a trend. Couples kiss over their arugula and radicchio salads. They fondle each other’s genitals while devouring their pasta puttanesca. By the time the tiramisu arrives, they’ve slid under the table.” Cynthia Heimel


efore there was Carrie Bradshaw, or even Candice Bushnell, there was Cynthia Heimel. The feminist writer and humorist progressed through the ranks of Penthouse magazine, New York magazine, the Daily News, Playboy, and the Village Voice, covering everything from men, women, and female friendships, to flirting, birth control, and lingerie.


Her columns for the Voice – which offered an alternative take on Cosmo’s “how to please your man” features – became her first book, Sex Tips For Girls, and its advice included counsel not to “laugh and point at the penile member,” “say that your husband did it exactly the same way,” or “imitate Joan Rivers.” Subsequent titles were just as bawdy, including If You Can’t Live Without Me, Why Aren’t You Dead Yet?, Get Your

Tongue out of my Mouth, I’m Kissing You Goodbye!, and If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too? Her first two books were turned into an Off-Broadway play, called A Girl’s Guide to Chaos, which opened in 1986 at the American Place Theatre in Midtown, and is largely based on a conversation between four friends. Sound familiar? She died in February this year, aged 70.

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