W42ST Issue 40 - The Commuter Issue

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w42st ISSUE 40 APRIL 2018 FREE


Introducing... Segway Man

(and his Super Pup)

Kayak Guy & Dude with a Didgeridoo

Let me state for the record: I am an exemplary Uber passenger. I’m polite. Friendly. Never eat in the back seat or complain about the route taken (though God knows I’ve been tempted). I’ve never sullied the cab with bodily fluids of any kind. And, goddammit! I tip well. So tell me this. Why is my Uber score only 4.75? Who gave me less than five stars? What did I do wrong? And, anyway, why is everyone judging me? If it’s not Facebook or Instagram or the guy at the liquor store, it’s my doorman (who, if I’m honest, has more reason than most). Now Uber is at it. What does it mean? And should I be creeped out? Anyway, if you haven’t guessed it already, this month we’re talking about the way New Yorkers get from A to B. The guy who kayaks across the Hudson every day. The girl with possibly the city’s longest commute on the subway (and how to survive it). The dude who brings his didgeridoo on the A train. And Segway Man! Talk to me. What makes (or breaks) your daily journey? Oh, and sign up to my newsletter on the link below – I hand out free stuff! Ruth Walker Editor, W42ST bit.ly/hellohellskitchen


Food trend and traffic reporter Lauren Scala knows the best places to eat ... and how to get there.


Our pick of the ten events you MUST see and do this month.

13 VICKY KUPERMAN A special ode to the MTA.

14 A TO B

A salute to the guy who kayaks across the Hudson every day; the woman who survives the longest subway ride in Manhattan; the dude who carries his didgeridoo on the A train; the smooth Segway rider ...and the rest of us getting to work – this one’s for the commuters.

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Our Instagram picks of the month. Hashtag your photographs #W42ST to get involved.


Comedian George Carlin has a theory about the violence on board the subway.


Tyler Mount’s latest Broadway obsessions in his exclusive column for W42ST – including his hottie of the month.


Our series on Broadway’s unsung heroes continues with an animal trainer with a very unusual and embarrassing tail.







Life is a cabaret, and these are the people who have mastered the art.

The first in a new series welcoming a newcomer to the hood – and asking where the hell they came from. If you’ve just arrived, get in touch. Email ruth@w42st.com.


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




The cute bartender who likes a bearded lady and won’t take any nonsense.



Dan Ruth is minding his own business on the train home ... until he steps on someone’s toe. Or does he?


The latest diet trend isn’t vegan. And it isn’t paleo. It’s a combination of the two.



Moving from a sprawling shabby chic east side apartment into a compact west side studio took skill, discipline, and a little help from Donny Osmond.


Kai Tsang is a 21-year-old freelance illustrator based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He graduated with first class honors from Northumbria University and works in editorial and advertising design, gravitating towards bold colour palettes and strong shape compositions. His playful pieces tackle everyday issues and experiences, making them more engaging. kaiitsang.com

46 GIFTS FOR THE HOME Interiors inspiration with an urban cottagey vibe.


Learning to budget when life throws a curve ball.


The guy has a car. Result! So what’s the catch?


Stay calm ... it’s all going to be OK.


Insider tips and the best of HK, from restaurants to bars, photographers to galleries. Contact drew@w42st.com to be on the list.


HK’s most handsome pups. Email waggingtales@w42st.com.



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

When Lauren Scala isn’t covering the latest traffic and food news for NBC, she’s enjoying the view from her Hell’s Kitchen apartment with her pup Lola … and 23K Instagram followers Photograph Eduardo Patino My Hell’s Kitchen story I’d been living on the East Side with a roommate – I’d been in the city for about five years – when my roommate bought a place and I had to branch off on my own. One of my friends lived in a building in Hell’s Kitchen and there was an apartment open. I loved it, it was in great proximity to work, the price was right, and I had one of my best friends living two floors below me. So that’s what brought me here.

“New Yorkers may hate traffic, but they still need to know about it and want to know about it.”

I stay because … The neighborhood has a lot of flavor. Everything is changing in New York but Hell’s Kitchen still has so many mom and pop shops and restaurants and little nooks. You see it in other neighborhoods but not in Midtown, and I think that makes it really special.

It’s so good to see how well he’s doing. He does this gluten-free cookie there – I don’t need to eat gluten free but it’s out of this world. And Ample Hills Creamery ice-cream is so good – my flavor is Ooey Gooey Butter Cake.

My go-tos in the hood I’m pizza obsessed. My favorite in the neighborhood is Don Antonio. I love the people there – Don Antonio is a pizzaiolo from Naples and the pizza there is phenomenal. B Side is another one. I adore dumplings too – Kung Fu Kitchen has some of the best dumplings in the neighborhood. Sullivan Street Bakery – Jim Lahey is great, he’s from Long Island like me. Another place I love is Huascar & Co bakery. Years ago I took a cake decorating class and Huascar was sitting next to me, and when my teacher wasn’t looking, he’d help me decorate my cakes, because I was slow and new to it.


I start early The alarm goes off at 2am (as the Empire State Building is about to go dark – I often catch its final light show of the night), get to hair/make-up at 30 Rock shortly after 3am, into the studio by 3.30am, and I’m live on the air at 4am. Hell’s Kitchen is very quiet at that time, except for Friday mornings, when there’s a lot of people partying. But otherwise it’s just me and the garbage man, and maybe an Uber driver here or there. After that … I run home to change, feed my dog, then go shoot for New York Live. I can go to three restaurants in a day. I love food, and love being the person who tells people where to go.


I’ve always been a driver I love to drive, I’ve always been good at directions and navigation, and I have a photographic memory, so reading maps came really easy for me. I ended up filling in for the traffic reporter when she was on maternity leave eight years ago and I’m still here. It’s nice to be able to help people. Traffic and food are two things New Yorkers really care about. They may hate traffic, but they still need to know about it and want to know about it. So I’m lucky, I get to cover two very desirable topics in New York. How I get around … Depends where I need to be and how much time I have. I take cabs and Ubers, and I take the subway too. Rush hour has gotten progressively worse over the years. We have a lot more cars on the road, a lot of the construction projects take out lanes, the Citibikes take out parking – all of these factors add up to something that is not pleasant for people most days. Then there’s the subway system, which was built years ago. They never imagined this many people would be taking it. I understand the pain people feel. When I’m not talking about it, I’m sitting in it, just like everybody else. I think the best thing people can do is use apps – whether it’s Google Maps or Waze or whatever – to get places faster. My Hell’s Kitchen happy place … Is my apartment. I have an insane view, and it’s very quiet up there. At night it just sparkles – it’s so beautiful.


Lauren is the face and voice of our morning commute, reporting what’s happening on all the tristate roads, rails, ferries, and buses for Today in NY, every weekday from 4am to 7am. Then she doesn’t go back to bed. No. She goes straight out to the city’s newest restaurants to report on food trends for New York Live, which airs at 11.30am, and in the back of cabs. You knew she looked familiar, right? She won an Emmy for that show in 2014. Instagram @laurenscala LAUREN’S HK I’m pizza obsessed

Don Antonio, W50th St - 8th/9th Ave B Side Pizza, W51st St - 8th/9th Ave

I love dumplings

Kung Fu Kitchen, 8th Ave - 39th/40th St


My favorite tacos

Otto’s Tacos, 9th Ave - 48th/49th St Tacuba, 9th Ave - 53rd/54th St Carb o’clock

Sullivan Street Bakery, W47th St 10th/11th Ave Huascar & Co Bakeshop, W54th St 9th/10th Ave Ample Hills Creamery, Gotham West Market, 11th Ave - 44th/45th St My go-to groomer

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






Ten events you’re going to LOVE!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Lyric Theatre The boy who lived is all grown up, and working for the Ministry of Magic. He’s married, with three children, but haunted by his past. This blockbuster is in two parts and will cost you the soul of your firstborn. Good luck getting tickets. Opening night April 22. harrypottertheplay.com

Car Free Day

Rocktopia Broadway Theatre

A big, bad, Broadway mash-up of classic rock tunes and classical compositions, with a stellar cast of world-class musicians and a full symphony orchestra. Train’s Pat Monahan will also appear for performances before April 8. This is a limited run, and the show closes April 29. rocktopia.com

On April 21, 30 blocks stretching from Times Square to Union Square will belong to pedestrians and cyclists. An event in tandem with Earth Day, expect performances and exhibits on climate change. carfreeday.nyc

My Fair Lady Vivian Beaumont Theater


Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Live The Town Hall

Rachel Bloom and the cast of the award-winning CW “dramedy” are taking the show on the road, and they’re in New York City on April 8. thetownhall.org



Arguably one of the most loved musicals of all time, this lavish new production of Lerner & Loewe’s classic tale about a Cockney flower seller and a linguistic professor determined to “transform” her has a cast that includes Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz, and Diana Rigg. Dark Mondays. lct.org

George Ezra Terminal 5 The British ‘Budapest’ singer with the deep, soulful vocals is touring with his latest album. See him in Hell’s Kitchen on



April 24.

Saint Joan Samuel J Friedman Theatre Condola Rashad stars as the heroine in George Bernard Shaw’s powerful play about Joan of Arc. Dark Mondays. manhattantheatreclub.com

Mean Girls August Wilson Theatre

Tina Fey has turned her cult 2004 comedy into a hotly-anticipated Broadway musical about high school cliques, nasty gossip, and payback. Opening night April 8. meangirlsonbroadway.com

Nick Mauss: Transmissions The Whitney An exhibition conceived for the Whitney exploring the relationship of modernist ballet and the avantgarde in New York from the 1930s through the 1950s. The exhibition will feature daily dance performances in the eighth-floor Hurst Family Galleries. whitney.org



New York International Auto Show Javits

Four floors – count ‘em! – of the latest cars and futuristic concept vehicles not even in production yet. If you’re a car fanatic, this is your happy place. Ends April 8. autoshowny.com


Exploring Chelsea

Photography Exhibition featuring the Small Businesses of Manhattan’s Side Streets Sample food and drink, and enjoy conversation with local business owners. Date: Friday, April 20, 2018 Time: 5:00-8:00pm Location: Studio 26 - 250 West 26th Street (4th floor)



And they wonder WHY WE DRINK An ode to the MTA, by Vicky Kuperman Below: Think you’ve had a bad day? This is us, like, EVERY day!

When you’re late, stressed out, and tired But the rain means traffic’s stopped … And your card has just expired And your kneecap – it just popped!

No, you made a promise to your friends That you’d all try not acting old. That you’d keep up with the trends, That you’d wear colors. You’re so bold!

Your phone’s been dead forever So the time is quite unclear. You’ll come back here never, You can’t believe you’re the first one here.

You have no change for the bus. And your bag weighs twenty pounds. You’re not one to make a fuss But you fall crying to the ground.

With new metrocard in hand, You swipe through and now you’re in. You can hear some horrid band You could really use some gin.

Turns out you got it wrong. Plans were for next week. When the subway won’t take as long And the weather won’t be bleak.

So you crawl to the A/C/E train And you hobble down the stairs You’re wet, cold, sad, and in pain But yeah. No one cares.

The train platform is a-hummin’ And you wait like half an hour. Until you realize it’s not coming Because the subway just lost power.

The trains are re-directed. The buses have shut down. Traffic is affected There’s no way to move through town.

Oops, your entrance is the wrong one. The one where you can’t buy a card. So you decide that you’re just plain done That New York is just too hard.

You must transfer into Queens, If you want to go downtown. You’re so cold in your wet jeans There’s such pain inside your frown.

You sit sadly on your stool. You are trying hard to think. The only way to keep your cool Is to drink drink drink drink drink!

You’ll move to South Carolina. They may not vote like you. But with your liberal vagina You’ll help convert them into blue.

So you march back up the stairs And you pray there’ll be a Lyft. You can’t afford the fare Now you’re really in a Jif.

Back in the storm you tread To cross the street and try again You smell some sort of bread Is that Europan or Au Bon Pain?

It’s a miracle! A yellow cab! He screeches to a halt. He’s going to take the highway. Fab! You’re late but not by fault.

Doesn’t matter, here you are. Umbrellas flying at your eye. Should you just go to the bar? Or go home and order Thai?

$30 later, you’re at the stupid bar. You flag down the waiter And ask where your friends are.




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 or on Amazon. She hosts trivia every Wednesday night at 7pm at Treehaus Mima, 470 W42nd St. She’s recording an album with fellow comedians on April 19 at The Duplex, 7pm & 9.30pm (theduplex.com)


IN transit


A TO B To the guy who kayaks across the Hudson, the circus dude who unicycles to Columbus Circle, and the rest of you getting through the daily commute … we salute you! Words Ruth Walker


ext time you’re in the back of an Uber going nowhere fast, silently (or loudly, vociferously) fuming at the traffic, the driver’s non-existent sense of direction, or some other outwithyour-control circumstance that is making you nose-bleedingly late and brain-burstingly angry, consider, if you will, the alternatives. Commuting, my friends, is an art form. And New Yorkers are the masters. On the subway, we know exactly where to stand on the platform, how to maximize our chances of getting a seat, and how to get off and out as efficiently as possible. Get in our way? You’re dust. On the streets, we weave gracefully, dodging suitcase-dragging tourists, falafel carts, and those for whom haste is an alien concept, as though we were in a kind of pedestrian ballet, only occasionally raising our hands to the sky in supplication and breathing an expletive under our breath. Commuters pouring into Manhattan every day double the population from 1.6 million to 3.1 million (according


to a woefully out-of-date census from 2013). By 2040, the number of people using Port Authority Bus Terminal is set to increase from 232,000 to 337,000. So let’s hear it for those who choose another way. For Zach Schwitzky, who paddles a kayak from Hoboken to Midtown every single day – whatever the weather. We salute you! For Benjamin Kieffer, who pedals a unicycle to his offices near Columbus Circle. Are you mad? Even for the fancy folks who take a helicopter from Morristown, New Jersey, to Wall Street in 12 minutes flat. And let's hear it for the rest of you, who do what you have to do to survive the daily commute – by train, by bus, by subway, on foot, by ferry. The last word goes to reader Chris Miller, taking a moment to feel the joy on his journey from Pier 11 to the Atlantic Highlands, via Seastreak Ferry: “Friday afternoon with a Stella in my hand. Not that crowded and they have Germany versus Canada in hockey. The boat is going faster than usual and I am listening Beastie Boys' 'Check Your Head' on my iPhone. Best commute in a while.”


FROM: Manhattan Plaza, W43rd St 10th Ave TO: My studio on W37th St - 8th Ave DISTANCE/TIMING: It’s a 12-minute brisk walk or a three-minute glide on my Segway. A new battery will go 20 miles so I’ve taken it as far as the Upper East Side or down to the East Village. COST: My calculated answer: “A new Segway costs $3 dollars a day for five years,” which often gives me back a curious look. If you add it up, it is approximately $5,340, which is very reasonable when amortized. To charge it, I just plug it into a regular wall socket. THE UP SIDES: It’s fun! I’m from Utah and therefore a big skier, so gliding through NY terrain and traffic is a lot like a navigating a crowded ski hill. The greatest gift one can get to supercharge their day is an authentic smile from another, and I get plenty while gliding. My orthopedic surgeon assures me I’ll get a lot more mileage out of post-surgical, hard-worn knees. It is both fiscally and environmentally responsible. My Segway cuts down my commute time by 75%. I am no longer at the mercy of public transportation or taxis. I can avoid all the tourists who meander obliviously on our sidewalks. I can take one passenger on the back and up to six bags of groceries on the handlebars. My dog Newton loves riding on it with me. It is my own personal float for any parade. It’s always a good way to make a new friend. AND THE DOWNS: None, unless you’re afraid to be stared at and made fun of. I’m not. I’ve been using a Segway now for almost 18 years. I bought the very first one in NY State, just after the turn of the millennium – they last about five years and this is my fourth. I’ve given them each names: Sam, Miles, Giselle, and this one is Floyd. THE ALTERNATIVES: I used to bike in the city, but my bike kept getting stolen. CitiBike is the next best alternative, but biking doesn’t feel as



Opposite: Christopher Harrison, Newton, and Floyd, their personal float for any parade. Photograph: Christian Miles.

Christopher Harrison

safe since one is seated. I’m an inline skater, but skates are a hassle when you get to your destination. I also own a hoverboard, but the wheels are too small for this pothole-laden city and cops are all over them. Skateboarding is the only mode of transportation that makes more sense, but alas, I suck at it. WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER: I figure, if I can walk in it, I can glide in it. You don’t really need your hands on a Segway, so it’s easy to hold an umbrella in the rain. I have snow tires for it in the winter. It just doesn’t work when the roads are icy. PASSING THE TIME: Gliding the city is like being inside a video game: you need all your senses to be hyper-aware so I rarely blast music, I just sing my own song. That said, if I’m going a distance up the west side bike path, I’ll listen to a podcast or playlist. Right now I’m into Rachel Maddow, Bruno Mars, Kygo, P!nk, and Hamilton. SURVIVAL TIPS: Always respect the NYC police (they are looking past the letter of the law to let you ride.) Be kind to pedestrians and respectful of their space. Always check your battery before you go. Do not give joy rides to drunks or Trumpists. Watch for potholes. Carry theft insurance. If you lend it to your nephew, remind him to lock it up! Always smile for the person who yells at you to “wear a f*cking helmet!” – it is how they show their love. Do not use paper bags for your groceries if you carry them on the handlebars, especially if you bought a pineapple. Understand, respect, and promote the New Traffic Hierarchy: “He who uses the least amount of earth’s energy resources has the right of way.”



A former gymnast, Christopher moved to Hell’s Kitchen in 1984 with a credit from the movie Footloose and two reconstructed knees, ready to kickstart his dance career. He’s since danced on Broadway, in TV, and on film. In 1991 he created AntiGravity, a hybrid of sports, performing arts, circus acrobatics, aerials, contemporary dance, and hip hop. Ten years ago, he expanded into fitness and now has hundreds of studios in over 50 countries. His dog Newton is a four-year-old mini-poodle from a circus family in Orlando. He loves chicken, chasing balls, jumping, sleeping in a hammock, and sporting his colorful mohawk by Adrianne at Pet Ark (@antigravitydog). W42ST readers can receive a complimentary introductory class at his W37th St - 8th Ave studio during the month of May. Just quote the code W42ST (antigravitylab.com)


THE CITIBIKER FROM: Hell’s Kitchen TO: TriBeCa DISTANCE: It’s 4.2 miles as the Google Maps bird flies, via the Hudson River bike path. TIMING: It takes anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how much effort I’m putting in. COST: The annual CitiBike fee = $163 per year (I signed up in May 2015 so have been doing this for nearly three years). THE UP SIDES: There are plenty! I love watching how the seasons affect what grows along the path. The river itself is fascinating, how choppy the waves can get, the different tide levels, seeing all the boats and barges. There are little covert art project gems that have really tickled

me over the years. Someone has made pipe cleaner stick figures that make appearances – there's still one sticking out of a knothole of a tree. One year there were golden birds that must have been wired on to some bush branches. You could only see them once the weather turned cold but, because I knew they were there, I could still make them out though the summer foliage. AND THE DOWNS: When the weather is nice the path gets pretty busy, and the blockades that went up after October get tricky when there are both riders and joggers navigating through them. THE ALTERNATIVES: Walking (it takes more than an hour) or subway (guh, pass – especially during rush hour).


Above: Megan has traveled nearly 5,000 miles on her CitiBike. Photograph: Nacho Guevara.

Megan Richardson

WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER? I used to cycle whatever the weather, unless the docks were closed. However, since I’m now pregnant, I don’t cycle when it’s wet or slick out. PASSING THE TIME: I think about my upcoming day then decompress on the way back. It really helps me transition from work to home and vice versa. SURVIVAL TIPS: For my hair, I do a loose braid that I shake out for some casual texture. Bandanas do wonders for the sweat factor and look cute. Just be aware, it’s shocking to me how many people have their phones out and ride at the same time. Pull over to look up whatever can’t wait and don’t video yourself biking – your feed does not need it!

Megan is an Arizona transplant who moved to NYC in 2001, and has been living in Hell’s Kitchen since 2004. A cosmetologist teaching at Arrojo, she’s been married to the love of her life, Ryan Richardson (tech support at BuildingLink and frontman for local band Superblonde) since 2011. They’re expecting their first baby girl next month.




to the Mohican Indians as Muhheakunnuk (Great Waters Constantly in Motion or River That Flows Two Ways), by 1664 the waterway is named after the explorer.

British explorer Henry Hudson is blown off course and finds himself sailing up the river to the west of what we now know as New York. Once known



Fishing and transportation are the major commercial uses of the river and, for a time, the single-masted

IN transit GHOST RIDERS Two haunting reminders of the dangers of cycling in the city stand at the gateway to Hell’s Kitchen. Sholeen Damarwala finds out the stories behind them


r Carl Henry Nacht. You won’t know the name, but if you’ve lived in New York City long enough, chances are you’ll know about him … or someone like him. A ghost bike – an eerie, white-painted bicycle – stands in his memory at the spot where he lost his life on the Westside Highway at 38th Street almost 12 years ago. He was 56, a medical director and marathon runner, who was killed by an NYPD tow truck that failed to yield as the driver turned towards the NYPD tow pound. “He would travel to elderly patients' homes during lunch or in the evenings on his bicycle,” said Donna Malech, a nurse who had worked with Nacht for 10 years. “He'd spend about an hour at their homes, examining them and talking with them. He was interested and he was interesting.” Since his death, Dr Nacht’s wife, Mary Beth Kelly, has become a vocal advocate for New York City cyclists and, in September, 2006, three months after his death, she led the NYC Century Bike Ride in memory of her husband. The ghost bike in his memory was smashed by an SUV driver in August 2008 and had to be replaced – and now stands in clear view of all NYPD tow truck drivers. Two years ago, a second ghost bike appeared in the neighborhood, this time in honor of a 65-year-old unnamed woman. She too died on Westside Highway – at 55th Street. She was killed by a cement

truck turning off W55th Street on to 12th Avenue. Both bikes were built by a team of volunteers from the New York City Street Memorial Project, who make and maintain the hundreds of ghost bikes that haunt the city. In some cases, they are covered with flowers and a plaque; in others, they are bare-boned and somber. Each one symbolizes a life lost on a bike – a reminder of the danger of the daily commute. Manhattan has more than 130,000 cyclists pedaling down and across its avenues and streets on a daily basis. From locals traveling to work, to delivery bikes transporting hot food to hungry New Yorkers, to tourists taking in the sights and sounds of the city, the streets belong to bicycles as much as they belong to the iconic yellow taxi. According to CitiBike’s latest trip datasets, there were 718,985 rides taken in the month of January 2018 alone. And that doesn’t cover self-owned bikes and rentals. So, while more than 200 cities around the world have chosen to set up these unassuming yet poignant memorials, it’s no surprise that New York has the most – a total of 192 (and counting). According to Ghost Bike: “They serve as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as quiet statements in support of cyclists’ right to safe travel.”

Hudson River sloop dominated the landscape, transporting people and goods. By 1832 there are 1,200 sloops sailing on the Hudson.

Above: New York City has more ghost bikes than anywhere else – 192 and counting.

The movement can be tracked back to 2003, when Patrick Van Der Tuin, a local bike mechanic from St Louis, Missouri, witnessed an accident in the neighborhood of Holy Hills, and decided to make sense of the incident by installing a ghost bike at the site. The victim ultimately survived and befriended him, but Van Der Tuin went on to build 15 more memorials around the St Louis area. The project picked up momentum, with ghost bikes appearing in Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and eventually going viral. Occasionally, family and friends of the victims lend a hand to create and position the bikes in memory of their loved ones. They’re usually set up within a week of a cyclist’s death. An old bicycle is salvaged and stripped of its brakes, cables, chains, and finally the paint color. It is then sanded down and a fresh coat of matte white paint is applied. Once dried, the bike is taken to the site of the fatal crash and locked to a street sign. In some cases, they put up a plaque with the name of the victim, in other cases, it’s left blank, adding weight to the resounding silence that envelopes the ghost bike. Often, members of the project will gather for a memorial ride to the accident site. A short ceremony will conclude with a “bike lift,” a cyclist send-off in which mourners raise their bikes above their heads in silence. The victims are rarely known to the cycling community, but the memorials serve as congregating places for members of bicycle-advocacy groups like Time’s Up! and Transportation Alternatives. As for the two ghost bikes that rest on the periphery of Hell’s Kitchen, they serve as stark reminders that, despite the glorious Westside Highway and its designated bike lane that runs from W72nd St along the Hudson River to the southern tip of Manhattan, efforts to make cycling safer still have a long way to go. ghostbikes.org


The Hudson River steamboat starts to take over river transportation – and it is unique, in that the design has


two wheels in the center of the boat on either side. In contrast, Mississippi steamboats have one, wide paddlewheel at the back.


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IN transit


OK, loser, step away from the soulsucking charms of Facebook and Panda Pop and feed your mind with one of our staff podcast picks instead


SLOW BURN Category: Documentary The skim: Addictive series exploring the two years between the Watergate break-in and Nixon’s resignation, and drawing unspoken parallels between events then and current politics.

Tony Kitch

FROM: The far west side TO: Jersey City/Newport DISTANCE: Approx five miles by road. Fortunately, I have options – the Midtown ferry terminal to Harborside, Hoboken, or Port Imperial then the light rail to Newport. TIMING: My full commute is approximately 25 minutes. COST: The ferry is $280 a month. I’ve been taking it since May 2017. THE UP SIDES: There have been mornings that I am the only passenger – there’s nothing like a private ferry service! AND THE DOWNS: I can’t think of any. THE ALTERNATIVES: I’ve thought of MTA/Path, but it just wouldn’t be convenient. WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER: There are rarely any cancelations, so the weather doesn’t affect the ferry.

MARK MANSON Category: Self-help and motivation The skim: Our editor’s favorite guru and author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck talks relationships, happiness, and overcoming FOMO. THE MARIAH REPORT Category: Music The skim: Fans, friends, and devoted Mariah experts, Martin Burgess and Dan Enriquez, geek out on all things MC from their home in NYC.

Above and left: Sunrise ... and other weather.

PASSING THE TIME: I usually listen to music or am on the phone. But I always enjoy the view. SURVIVAL TIPS: Having the NY Waterway app is the best way, ticket free.

Tony lives in Midtown Manhattan and works at Citi in Jersey City, so makes the “reverse commute” to work – often capturing the sunrise as he crosses the Hudson for his Instagram feed (@tonyk_nyc). He’s lived in NY for 11 years and enjoys the outdoors, movies, food, and weekend getaways.



Manhattan’s street grid is designed for the land above Houston and below 115th St, which will transform what has been a rural

Midtown and Upper Manhattan (The Bowery, the oldest street on the island of Manhattan, was named by the Dutch in 1654 –Bouwerij is an old Dutch


WTF WITH MARC MARON Category: Comedy The skim: Six million downloads every month (and a personal recommend from our partnership director Drew Dargis) can’t be wrong. The stand-up comic hosts celebrities like Obama and Caroline Rhea from his garage. BILL BURR’S MONDAY MORNING PODCAST Category: Comedy The skim: The comedian riffs on whatever happens to be on his mind. It could be current events. It could be sports. Sometimes featured guests or other comedians, or his wife, Nia, drop by.

word for farm; and sheep grazed in Central Park's Sheep Meadow from the 1860s until as late as 1934). However, into

the middle of the 19th century, most streets remained unpaved and public transportation was mainly by horse cars.

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IN transit SEVEN STEPS TO SNOOZE ON THE SUBWAY All aboard the 1 train, as Carla Duval makes the most of possibly the longest commute in NYC


FROM: 168th St TO: South Ferry DISTANCE: About 11 miles THE TIMING: 50 - 60 minutes, one-way COST: $2.75 one-way (or roughly $2.02 one-way with 30-day unlimited)


t’s the city that never sleeps. But the only way to tame the extra snarkiness that comes without your full eight hours is to nap every chance you get. Office store rooms, a patch of sunny park grass, and, yes, even your subway commute can be a perfect place to catch up on some zzzs if you play your Metrocards right. Here’s how to do it:


LEAVE THE COFFEE AT HOME I know, I know. The fact that you’re even considering sleeping on the train shows that you really need that morning caffeine bump. But if you combine scalding hot liquid with unconsciousness, you’ll either be forced to chug it all before your nap – resulting in a scorched mouth and an active bladder – or try to balance it between your knees – resulting in a scorched bladder and a potty mouth. Grab your coffee after your commute and you’ll have a fresh refreshment to go along with your refreshed mind.


SIT IN EITHER THE FIRST OR THE LAST CAR OF THE TRAIN Depending on the station, this will take more walking, which is why people are less likely to gather there. These two cars are less crowded than


The Hudson River Railroad starts running freight trains down 10th and 11th Avenues. The trains are sometimes several


KNOW WHEN TO GET OFF Set your alarm for seven or eight minutes before your commute time is up. Put your headphones in your ears so you don’t bother anyone else (politeness counts). If you’re like me and your stop is the last stop on the line, there’s no need – the brakes tend to screech like crazy and there’s no way anyone could sleep through that.

the middle ones, giving you an extra chance at having an available seat right away. If you make the extra effort at the start, you’re more likely to be able to relax the rest of the ride.


WAIT THE EXTRA TWO MINUTES Don’t wait to the point of running late, but if the train pulling into the station is full to bursting and the next one comes in two minutes, just wait. People standing by you will squeeze on to the first train, while the next one will be practically deserted.


STAND BY THE KIDS Obviously, don’t be creepy about it, but there are two things going on with this one. 1. Kids are almost always with a parent, or at least another kid. So when they get off together, that’s two seats you can dive for. 2. Kids generally go to schools in a district near their home, meaning they don’t have that many stops to travel, which equals less time for you to wait to sleep.

blocks long, and deaths were common – earning it the nickname “Death Avenue.”

6 Above: Subway time = sleepy time. And, obviously, no primping, no munching, and no manspreading.

ASSUME A COMFORTABLE POSITION Finally – time to sleep! The corner is the golden seat of comfort, since you can lean your head on the wall (maybe with a crumpled scarf as a pillow). These seats are harder to snag, however, so if you’re unlucky, you’ll have to make do with being in the middle of a row with other passengers who would really appreciate it if you didn’t lean and drool on them. I’ve seen people sleep with their head perfectly upright or even tilted back, but I’ve never been able to master that skill. My recommendation is to have a backpack or a large purse and curl forward in a fetal position. Sure, you’ll get some funny looks when you sit up, but who cares?


EMBRACE IT Should you decide to venture on to the dream train, don’t be embarrassed. We’re all trying to make it in this crazy city, so as long as you feel safe and don’t put your legs on the seat (I saw a finance bro get arrested for this), there’s nothing to be ashamed of.

on the other hand, are growing in popularity, carrying more than 38m passengers every year.


Passenger railroads,


IN transit

JAMMING ON THE A TRAIN FROM: Convent Avenue, West Harlem TO: Columbus Circle, with assorted drums and a didgeridoo as luggage. DISTANCE: About five miles, taking the A train from 145th St. I’ve been taking the same route for about 20 years. TIMING: 25 minutes door to door. COST: I get MTA’s 30-day unlimited Metrocard, so it costs me $121 for now. THE UP SIDES: It’s the fastest way to get to work and, if I need, I have alternate trains, including the D express, C, or B local trains. These West African drums and the didgeridoo I travel with most have been a great ice-breaker, making people feel comfortable to open up and share

curiosity or shared experiences. I find that the little kids, either in strollers or in the seats, find their way to me, and just start to play my djembe or songba. The most popular question I get from adults (and even elderly people) is: “What kind of drums are in your bag?” and then: “Can you play it for me?” AND THE DOWNS: If no trains are running (which has happened on occasion), it can cost about $19-$27 one way. That hurts my pockets. THE ALTERNATIVES: I compared the commute when I used to have a car, and it’s a trade-off. Driving is a beautiful way to enjoy a quick commute, but the parking

Above: Oh hey, Michael, play us a tune on your didgeridoo. Photograph: Nacho Guevara.


Michael Mustafa Ulmer

cost for the car can be a bit much. It was worth it, when done in moderation. PASSING THE TIME: I’m either listening to music, discovering a new artist, or revisiting an old one I love. But more often than not, I’m doing work – learning songs that I need to perform or teach for one of my after-school residencies. SURVIVAL TIPS: Use an unlimited Metrocard for local transportation. Listen to great music to get inspired for the day and travels ahead. Be kind to all fellow commuters, and make space when possible – that act of consideration and thoughtfulness always comes back.

Michael is the multi-instrumentalist/vocalist son of the guitarist James Blood Ulmer. He records, performs, and tours with a range of New York-based artists (including his father), and works as a teaching artist/accompanist with groups such as Def Dance Jam Workshop, Manhattan Country School, and The Ailey School.

Late 1800s

Electricity leads to the development of electric trolley cars, which soon replace horses. They use overhead lines for power.


consists of 28 stations running from City Hall to 145th St Broadway.

The city’s first official subway system opens. The Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) operates the 9.1-mile line that


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SIX TIPS FOR SUBWAY SURVIVAL It’s a jungle out there, says Gabrielle Deonath of the American Red Cross – so make sure you’re prepared


KNOW THE SIGNS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE It’s not summer yet, but it’s coming, my friends. One of the biggest concerns on crowded platforms or train cars is heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Know the signs so you can help yourself or a fellow passenger. Heat exhaustion: profuse sweating, flushed face, swaying (a sign someone may faint), extreme tiredness, and feeling light headed. Heat stroke is different because it can be life-threatening. Look out for someone who stops sweating but looks unwell and overheated, has inconsistent breathing patterns, and is experiencing vision problems and is panicking.


CARRY WATER As well as keeping you cool, it increases brain function and can keep anxiety at bay. You might

even want to carry some light snacks (nuts, energy bar) in case of delays.


NO ONE EVER REGRETTED HAVING A LITTLE EXTRA PHONE JUICE Make sure you have a fully-charged portable battery on hand. Your charger can’t revive your phone if it doesn’t have any power itself.


STUCK ON A TRAIN, running late, too crowded for comfort, anxiety can be one of the first feelings to take over. Reminding yourself that all will be fine can bring your mind back to a state of peace. A physical approach that may work is taking deep breaths. If you see someone else panicking, listen, don’t minimize their panic, give them the information you know, and suggest deep breathing. A kind, calm personality is helpful to others, but don’t engage with or approach passengers who are exhibiting aggressive behavior.


KEEP YOUR COOL WITH A MINI USB FAN, a high-tech cooling towel, or your imagination. Seriously, visualizing cool drinks and places with cool climates can actually help your body feel cooler. BONUS TIP I leave you with one of my own tips that I may or may not have learned the hard way: use the restroom before boarding a train. There’s nothing worse than being stuck in a crowded car during an unusually long commute with a full bladder. Just ask City University librarian Jennifer Tang, who recently won the Worst Commute of the Week after skipping going to the bathroom before her normally 30-minute journey … and got stuck in a tunnel five minutes from home and a rest break for TWO HOURS! redcross.org

THE NJ TRANSIT WARRIOR FROM: Central Jersey TO: Midtown Manhattan DISTANCE: 40 miles one way, 80 miles round trip, by car, train, the N train, and on foot. TIMING: Four hours all in. COST: $21.50 round trip (train ticket) and $7 parking. IT USED TO GO SOMETHING LIKE THIS: My day typically begins at 6am, hurrying to get ready and make it to my car in time to beat the morning rush around the train station. What would otherwise be a 15-minute drive clocks in closer to 30 minutes in the morning based on traffic.


The city's first elevated railway had opened in 1870, running along Greenwich St and 9th Ave – the only hazards being soot and an occasional shower


of flaming embers from overhead steam engines. However, on September 11, 1905, 13 people were killed and 48 seriously injured when the El derailed at speed while

Once parked and heading to the track, I usually narrowly miss my train and have to wait for the next one headed to Penn. Time is not a resource NJ Transit holds sacred. Once the train arrives, I enjoy 50 minutes standing between the crowded cars. Despite the cramped quarters, I appreciate how quiet the morning train rides are. The silent rule on board is just that – an unspoken rule among NJ transit regulars. Commuting is a timesuck, but the silver lining is that the train ride regularly affords me undisturbed time to read – I was my most well-read self when I was commuting into the city.

turning a corner on 9th Ave - 53rd St. It’s the worst accident on the NYC elevated railways.


Construction begins on the west side



Sonika Kumar

After reaching Penn, a brisk walk to the 33rd St station takes me to the subway then a brief walk to my office. NOW IT GOES LIKE THIS: Although I’m still based out of New York, I recently changed professions, trading NJ transit delays for flight delays, leaving the city every Monday morning and not returning until Thursday evening. SURVIVAL TIPS: I like to listen to podcasts like Freakonomics, Invisibilia, 99% Invisible, and This American Life. Good apps to pass the time are the NY Times crossword, and Spotify unlimited.

elevated highway. But its narrow dimensions and sharp exit ramps mean trucks can’t use it, making it obsolete before it Is even officially open. The corrosive salt used to

de-ice in winter causes rapid decay and, when a truck and car falls through it at 14th St in 1973, the highway is closed. By 1989, most of it has been dismantled

IN transit Right: On the Hudson, whatever the weather. Photographs: Nacho Guevara (with special thanks to Manhattan Kayak).

THE KAYAKER FROM: Pier 13, Hoboken TO: Pier 66, Manhattan @ W26th St DISTANCE: Quarter of a mile across the Hudson, then a walk, subway, or cab ride to my company's office at 49th St - Madison. TIMING: About 15-20 minutes of paddling; door-to-door it's about an hour. COST? It’s absolutely free, if you have a kayak and a place to store it. A good kayak can run more than $1k, so before I started the commute, I reached out to a few kayak manufacturers and asked them if they would be willing to supply me with a kayak, and the necessary gear, in exchange for a mention if my commute-bykayak ever generated any media attention. The strategy worked, as Jackson Kayak provided me with two kayaks and 20/20 was the first of several to do a story on my chosen method of transportation to the

Name: Zach Schwitzky

office. This summer will mark six years kayaking to work. THE UP SIDES: It's good exercise, I get 45 minutes of much-needed alone time, which is otherwise difficult to find throughout the day, and, at least in my opinion, it is the most spectacular view of NYC, especially at night. AND THE DOWNS: Really, the only down side has been not having a shower at the office, which has kept me from kayaking every day. Being that I get a bit wet or sweaty, or both, I'll generally not kayak if I have a meeting outside the office before noon. Fortunately, our new office will have showers. THE ALTERNATIVES: I've compared it to driving, as well as taking the bus, ferry, or Path. It's cheaper and generally faster than any alternative, and much more enjoyable.

apart for a section between W59th St and W72nd St.

to traffic in December 1937, with a charge of 50 cents per car.



Construction begins on the Lincoln Tunnel – and it is finally open

The New York City Transit Authority (now MTA New York City


Zach is CEO and co-founder of Limbik, a data studio for short-form video. It uses big data and predictive analytics to help brands, publishers, and creative agencies create effective video content (limbik.com).

Transit) is born, and operates all cityowned bus, trolley, and subway routes.


Construction begins on the 7 line

WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER: I’ll generally kayak in all weathers, but avoid windy days – a strong current, in either direction, makes it much more difficult to go straight across. PASSING THE TIME: I'll either listen to music or a podcast, or take a phone call if necessary. Usually, though, I'll only use one ear bud, as I definitely need to be aware of passing ferries, cruise ships, and the like. Once, I was stopped by a 40-foot NYPD boat, with sirens blaring, at 10pm on a Thursday night. When they finally stopped me, one of the officer asked where I was going, I pointed to my building in Hoboken, then he asked where I was coming from, and I pointed back to NYC and said: “The office.” He seemed more surprised than anything, and let me continue home when I told him the current was starting to pull me in the wrong direction. SURVIVAL TIPS: Just try it. I've heard from so many people that they'd love to do it. But, other than a friend of mine and my girlfriend, I've never seen anyone else out there kayaking to work across the Hudson. Of course, it's important to wear a safety vest and use a light at night.

extension. Opening is pushed back several times but it finally launches with a shiny new station at W34th St - Hudson Yards in 2015. The cost? Only $2.4 billion.

With thanks to 21 West End and Geoarcheology Research Associates for the photographs. (21westendnyc. com)


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IN transit THE WALKER FROM: W51st St TO: Lincoln Center DISTANCE: A short walk up 9th Ave TIMING: 25 minutes COST: Free THE UP SIDES: Over the years I’ve had many different ways to get to work. One time, driving and continually getting stuck in peak-hour traffic, my commute took over an hour. Another time I had to get a bus then a train, always arriving slightly late due to continual delays on the subway. This commute took over an hour each way and wasted so much of my time. But now I’m fortunate enough to be in the position to walk to work. Most New Yorkers love to walk around their city, but for me it’s a great way to start and end the day. Walking up 9th Ave is one of the best ways to see Hell’s Kitchen slowly come to life: the stores opening, smells of bacon and eggs frying as you past a bodega, or the temptation of good coffee as you pass Coffee Pot and Kahve. It sure does beat having to sit in peak-hour traffic or feeling like a tinned sardine wedged in the subway. AND THE DOWNS: It may be noisy,


Below: The only delays are caused by traffic signals and tourists.

Matt D’Silva

and occasionally you might get stuck behind a bunch of lost tourists looking for Times Square, but I think it’s the best way to get to work. THE ALTERNATIVES: Some days when the heat is approaching 100 degrees I’ve tried the subway as a quick alternate. But the heat and crowding puts me in a bad mood for the rest of the day. WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER: With the recent snow storms, it has added time to my journey, but I prefer the snow to the heat anyway. In the dead of summer, it becomes a little arduous. The heat and humidity can feel oppressive, and some days you wish you had a portable air conditioner, as by the time you arrive at work you look like you’ve had a shower with your clothes on. PASSING THE TIME: Discovering audio books on Amazon last summer allowed me to listen to all my favorite authors, so when walking it feels like I’m having a book personally narrated to me. As sad as it sounds, I actually look forward to listening to the books while walking and may have waited outside home or office as I’d just reached an exciting moment and couldn’t switch off.



MISSING RICHARD SIMMONS Category: Weird The skim: Remember Richard Simmons? The big-haired fitness guru? In 2014, he disappeared. Stopped teaching. Cut off his friends. Nada. In this podcast, Dan Taberski, who took Simmons’ classes (called Slimmons), asks why. DESERT ISLAND DISCS Category: Music and celebrity The skim: Long-running BBC series in which a celebrity discusses the eight pieces of music they’d take if they were marooned on a desert island. Our publisher recommends Sheryl Sandberg’s heart-breaking interview, in which she talks about the sudden death of her husband Dave Goldberg, and a revealing conversation with Stella McCartney. CALL AND RESPONSE Category: The arts The skim: Tyler Mount’s current earbud obsession is all about blackness in the performing arts, with interviews from Broadway performers, actors, dancers, musicians, directors, songwriters, producers, and marketers, including a special on Alvin Ailey and a chat with Alton Fitzgerald White, who played Mufasa in The Lion King. SAVAGE LOVECAST Category: Advice The skim: Dan Savage dishes advice on all manner of relationship problems, from the female college student planning an orgy to the gay guy who wants his lover to STOP showering before sex. It appears on photographer Nacho Guevara’s top ten hit list (along with This American Life and Peta Pixel). MY FAVORITE MURDER Category: True crime/ comedy The skim: Carla Duval is OBSESSED with this podcast. One listen and she was hooked. “It’s the perfect combination of humor and suspense. I could listen to these two ladies read a grocery list and probably still laugh,” she says.



OUT ACTOR Joshua Henry

Violet. In The Heights. Shuffle Along. Hamilton. And now THIS? (I’m still talking about Carousel – keep up!) One of my favorite vocalists of all time is back on Broadway and I couldn’t be more obsessed. Who is the president of the Joshua Henry fan club? This girl needs to sign up.

ACTRESS Jessie Mueller

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I love me a good dose of nostalgia – especially in the form of a song. Ed’s heavy backbeat and lyrics make me feel like I’m in high school drinking my 7/11 slushie all over again.

This is my new television obsession. I literally count down the minutes until I get to leave work to go home and watch it. I think Anthony is secretly my spirit animal – minus him being super straight, and rich, and being a former heavy drug user. OK, maybe we aren’t spirit animals, but I love his show.



SONG Ed Sheeran - Castle on a Hill

TV SHOW Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations

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

YOUTUBE VIDEO Keala Settle’s Oscars Performance


This show is drop dead gorgeous and the cast is unreal. Two of my favorite Broadway stars together in one of my favorite shows of all time. It’s the only real nice clambake you’ll want to attend all year. I promise.


Patti LuPone is most likely to 60-year-old gay men what Jessie is to me. She is a living legend. She is kind. She is everything I would look for in a woman if I liked dating them. Run, don’t walk to see this icon light up the Imperial.

Broadway ACTOR


This was probably as close to Broadway as the Oscars will ever get, and I was here for it.

OUT Keala is a force to be reckoned with and she showed the world that during her performance. I’m obsessed and you will be too.



didn’t pay rent and my Queen Oprah was always there to greet me as I got off the school bus each day. Whether it was her favorite things or her wheeling a wagon of meat into the studio, Oprah in some way raised me.


GRAB BAG Trapeze School New York

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again – rugby players give me life. Lex is no exception to this steadfast rule. Not only does he have eight abs, but he also runs on a mental health social platform which makes him all the more attractive.


If you know me, you know I’m a sushi fiend. This relatively new joint in Hell’s Kitchen has a great bar, great happy hour, and a killer menu.

BAR Boxers

"At this rate, I’ll know the difference between a goal and touchdown in no time." I just went on a huge skincare regimen kick and purchased every product Kiehl’s has ever manufactured. This product is by far my favorite. I’m known for my greasy skin, but this clears it up faster that you can say “grease monster.”

The Oprah Winfrey Show How I wish I could go back to a simpler time. When I

I went. I conquered. Now I’m obsessed. Flying through the air and doing backflips from the trapeze on your first visit (I’m not kidding) made me feel like a superhero. This is by far one of the most fun days of my life. Seriously.


BEAUTY AND WARDROBE Kiehl’s Anti-Oil Spray

#TBT I’d be more interested in sports if all sports bars were like Boxers. Cheap drinks and shirtless men behind the counter – what’s not to like? At this rate, I’ll know the difference between a goal and touchdown in no time.

Above: Ed Sheeran – a little 7/11 slushie nostalgia.

Hottie of the month Every day of my life I go to the gym in hopes to one day look like Taylor. His tanned skin and coiffed hair are what dreams are made of. I mostly just wish I could look like him AND still have my daily portion of ice-cream.

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trainer In our series on Broadway’s unsung heroes, Carla Duval meets Bill Berloni, man with the peanut butter!

BIO Bill trained the original Sandy in the 1977 premiere of Annie on Broadway and has over 40 years in the business. He lives with 31 rescued dog actors at his home in Connecticut.

streets of London, with a prostitute passed out on the ground and a bulldog licking the crack of her butt. So each night I would go out and say: “Polly, bend over, I have to put peanut butter up your crack.”

THE RESUME In college, I wanted to be an actor. I spent my summers apprenticing at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT. They did Annie as a premiere in the summer of 1976. They couldn’t afford a dog trainer, so needed a sucker; somebody they could trick into finding a dog and training it. I was that kid. I went to an animal shelter and found Sandy for $7 the day before he was going to be put to sleep. A year later, Annie opened on Broadway. I’ve been training animals ever since.

ADOPT DON’T SHOP The day I found Sandy, I couldn’t take him because I didn’t have enough money. As I drove away, I made a promise to myself that when I grew up, if I ever got a dog, I would adopt it. As I got more involved in the animal rights movement, it just seemed like the right thing to do.


HOW IT WORKS In theater, you have to get it right eight times a week in front of a live audience. I recognized that as a trainer I can’t be in the wings and have the dog look out at me, so we had to train the actors to be trainers themselves. The fun thing now is that I use my theater dogs in film, and we get on set and they call action and they do it right on the first take. Everyone’s amazed, but in theater we don’t get second chances. WHEN THINGS GET WEIRD One of the strangest experiences I had was with an Off-Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera down at the Atlantic Theater Company. Martha Clarke, the famous modern dance choreographer, directed this production and she wanted the opening number to be the

DON’T MISUNDERSTAND ME There are no laws protecting animals in showbusiness. Everything that happens to them is dictated by the conscience of the trainers. We’re putting them into some unusual circumstances, so it is the trainer’s responsibility to make sure they’re happy. If you see a show and the animal looks unhappy, complain to the house manager or write a letter to the producer. The more producers are made aware that audiences are not happy, the better it’ll be for the animals and the trainers. IF I WAS AN ANIMAL … I’d be a cat. Every time I get a call for a trained cat, I say to producers: “You realize there’s no such thing. Do you have a cat? Have you ever gotten your cat to do anything? No. They’re independent creatures, they do what they want.” I would come back as a cat so that I could say to an animal trainer: “I’m not doing that, no way, I’m going to lie in the sun now.”




DARLING, this is cabaret!

It’s a strange, hypnotic, deeply intimate art. Jim Caruso casts a spell with the best of them “I saw Elaine Stritch in concert, the electricity was tangible. She could make you die of laughter, then tear your heart out.”

Below: The onetime star of cabaret duo Son Of A Bitch can now be seen every Monday at Birdland.

hell was this? “Darling,” the bartender sniffed, “this is cabaret!” The singer was Samantha Samuels, a gamine nightclub star from San Francisco, and she was doing things I’d never seen on a stage. No corny standards or pop covers for her – she was serving lots of strange ballads with floods of tears and quirky patter. And the packed house of 75 was worshipping at the Shrine of Sam. Hey, this cabaret thing was swell! If I’m not gonna be a leading man, maybe I can be the star of my own show. I became obsessed with acts like Ruth Hastings & Company (also San Franciscobased), Penny Hamilton (from LA), Gotham (from NYC),

and Alexandra Haas, Bubba & Bear, and Montgomery, Plant & Stritch (from Houston). I put together my first act with my mother at the piano in an act tragically called “Son Of A Bitch,” and we played fish restaurants during happy hour. There was nothing happy about it, but it gave me my start on the nightclub scene, which, after a billion swerves and U-turns, got me where I am today.

Jim Caruso Megan Hilty



t was 1979, and I was sick and tired of being billed as “ensemble” in Dallas musical theater productions. While I hold chorines and chor-hims in the highest regard, I was tuckered out from upstage shuffle-ball-changing. One night, I ended up in a nightclub called Baja, which had “live entertainment.” On the tiny stage was a fascinating creature sitting cross-legged on a baby grand, singing Brel, Piaf, and other material far beyond my understanding. What the


I’ve always felt that the whole point of a cabaret show is for the audience to leave feeling like they’ve had an intimate experience with the performer. There’s no character to hide behind, no fancy sets or elaborate costumes – just a microphone, some stories, and lots of songs. It is a deceptively difficult talent to charm an audience in this format. I’ve seen a lot of cabaret acts and, while all of them have been exceptional singers, there are a select few who have left me feeling like I’ve gotten to know them on a deeper, more intimate level. To me, the Queen of Cabaret is Marilyn Maye.

Jim Caruso is a MAC award-winning singer, dancer, and nightclub host. Every Monday, he presides over Cast Party at Birdland.



Jeff Harnar

Phyllis McGuire and the McGuire Sisters came into my life when I had stopped singing and was a room service waiter at The Regency Hotel. She hired me away to be the houseboy at her E77th St townhouse. It was there that I got a second college education observing the discipline and tenacity it took for these gold record icons to break back into the business. She put new wind in my musical sails with her showbiz savvy, sense of style, and ultimately an astonishing invitation to be her opening act. Jeff Harnar is at Weill Recital Hall, May 18

KT Sullivan

I was living in LA doing summer stock, commercials, and a few guest spots on television when I started going to The Gardenia to see the cabaret shows of transplanted Broadway stars like Pam Myers and Donna McKechnie. These were autobiographical shows that always culminated with the songs they’d introduced on Broadway. Because of that, I figured my own act would have to wait until after I’d gotten a Broadway show and introduced a hit. It’s a good thing I didn’t wait or I never would have had a cabaret show. One night, I was lucky enough to catch Julie Wilson’s Cole Porter show at The Cinegrill at The Roosevelt Hotel. I stayed for her second show, which was all Sondheim. It was at that moment I realized a cabaret act doesn’t have to be about yourself – good songs can stand alone and take an audience on a journey. Julie made me laugh and cry with very little patter, simply

by interpreting great songs with wit, intelligence and nuance. KT Sullivan is appearing at Birdland, May 21

Marilyn Maye

Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to work in concert, in clubs, and on television with great comedians such as Johnny Carson, Steve Allen, Joey Bishop, Alan King, Buddy Hackett, Shecky Greene, and others. Having appeared with Shecky many times in Las Vegas, it was my privilege to watch, enjoy, and dissect his incredible talent. Watching his astounding delivery, his clever timing with his fabulously funny material, his great singing expertise (he could have had a successful career as a singer), and his acting ability were a learning experience. His performances were a wonderful education in reaching and entertaining an audience. I also have a precious memory of experiencing an Ella Fitzgerald performance. Hearing her unprecedented musical talent was a thrill. Marilyn Maye is appearing at 54 Below, April 10-21

Joie Bianco

I saw Marilyn Maye sing ‘Here’s To Life’ when I was 14 years old, and it was a performance I’ll never forget. It made me realize that I wanted to be a performer for the rest of my life. Marilyn has the ability to connect with everyone in the audience, no matter the person’s age. Her musicianship, voice, and personality allow her to stick out like a sore thumb, and I mean that in the best possible way. She tells the song’s story in a way that nobody else can. I continue to learn from her performances as well as individual lessons. Joie Bianco is appearing at Weill Recital Hall, May 18

Natalie Douglas

My parents took me to see the magnificent jazz and blues singer Joe Williams with the Count Basie Orchestra when I was very


Below: The queen of them all, Marilyn Maye, and those who have been inspired by her.

young. I had never seen anything like it. It seemed as though he turned that concert hall into the most intimate space and spoke directly to the heart of everyone in the room. I knew at that moment what I wanted to do with my life. I saw him perform live many times after that, including his last NYC show before his sudden passing. He was never anything but sheer magic. Natalie Douglas is appearing at Birdland, April 9

Nicolas King

The first concert performer I ever saw was Liza Minnelli and I was hooked. Whether she was playing Birdland or the Beacon, she made each space feel like her living room, and drew the audience in like no other performer I’d ever seen. I knew that I wanted to do that one day. Donna McKechnie’s act really hit me, too. She journeyed through her fascinating life in song and story so effortlessly, and I didn’t want her show to end. She inspired me to throw some narrative concepts into my own act. And, of course, every time I saw Elaine Stritch in concert, the electricity was tangible. She could make you die of laughter, then tear your heart out. Nicolas King is appearing at Weill Recital Hall, May 18

Jane Monheit

I’ve been singing standards since birth; they still make up the bulk of my work. Alongside of that, though, I’ve always had a deep fascination with Brazilian music, especially that of Ivan Lins. I’ll never forget the times I’ve seen Ivan perform as long as I live ... and I’m sure I’ve been in his audience at least 50 times. Never in my life have I seen such an impassioned performer, unconcerned with perfection, completely consumed with a joy that spreads through the entire crowd. He taught me that passion means more than perfection, that every last note needs to be a deep connection between you and them, and that most of all, that music is a force that can unite us all if we let it. Jane Monheit is appearing at Birdland, April 3-7



I was lucky enough to see her at the Art House in Provincetown and it was a night I’ll never forget. She made me laugh, cry, and drop my jaw in amazement. I left that theater totally inspired by her wit, talent, and vulnerability. If you haven’t had the distinct pleasure of seeing Ms Maye perform live, drop what you’re doing and find out where she’s singing next. I promise you’ll be entertained and inspired. You’re welcome! Megan Hilty is appearing at Café Carlyle, April 17-28


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“We’re still waiting on announced movie adaptations of In The Heights (Harvey Weinstein holds the rights … uh-oh!)” Hollywood has been skittish about financing movie musicals since the late 1970s but, with 2001 and 2002’s one-two punch of Moulin Rouge! and Chicago, things began to change. Recently La La Land earned nearly half a billion globally and The Greatest Showman has been almost as successful, taking the movie industry by surprise. That’s a good sign that a slew of movie musicals will be coming to big screens in the next decade. If they do bring Come From Away to the screen, whoever snags Jenn Colella’s part as the pilot will surely be looking at an Oscar nomination. 'Me and the Sky' is a show-stopper!



All of these new plays or musicals are running in Hell’s Kitchen, or so nearby you don’t have to take a train. Walk to the theater for some culture on Broadway and beyond.




Kenneth Lonergan’s play about a murder investigation is at the Helen Hayes Theater. Dan Loves Theater says it's "a relevant piece of theatre with exquisite acting.”



Direct from a hit run in London comes a revival of Tom Stoppard’s comedy at the American Airlines Theatre. Mama Rose says it's "very funny, for those that know the references.”



The Laura Pels Theatre has a new family dramedy about three siblings on a road trip after their father’s death. Scott 6233 says: “See it if you’ve ever cared about a person with special needs.”



This new musical about friendship and loss in San Francisco circa 1986 is playing at Theatre Row. James 8066 calls it "an enjoyable evening of endearing characters with great heart.”



The popular play about a gay couple opening up their relationship has been extended through July 1 at the Davenport Theatre. Boseph says: "Sex is just an appetizer, drama takes the stage.”















roadway hit Come From Away recently announced that it would be adapted for the screen. But don’t put it in your calendars just yet. Numerous shows have announced Hollywood adaptations but none have started filming yet. We’re still waiting on announced movie adaptations of In The Heights (Harvey Weinstein holds the rights … uh-oh!), Wicked, Matilda, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Miss Saigon, Pippin, remakes of Guys and Dolls, Oliver!, and Gypsy. Some of those projects have already entered the dread “Development Hell.”




ollywood has always come to Broadway for ideas. The reverse is true, too. Many recent Broadway productions have been adaptations of hit films. And New York City has a lot of repertory movie houses where you can find older examples of this relationship in cinema. Whether you’re hitting the mainstay Film Forum or the stillfresh Metrograph downtown, the Walter Reade uptown, or the newly renovated Quad in Greenwich Village (the screens are still tiny but the theater is now gorgeous!) there’s always something cool or classic to see. Show-Score is joining the fray with movies specifically tied to Broadway shows. See “Show Business: The Road to

O Above: Before it was a Broadway hit, The Band's Visit was a film, made in Israel.

Broadway” (April 8 at Symphony Space), a lively documentary on the sensational 2004 Tony race for Best Musical, the Best Picture-winning musical My Fair Lady (April 15 at the SVA Theatre), or the Israeli film The Band’s Visit (May 20 at SVA Theatre). Movies are meant to be seen on the big screen with comfy seats. So join the theater-loving crowd at any of these screenings. You can read more details and buy tickets at Show-Score.com.


Swamped with work? Pressed for time but still need your theater fix? These shows are quick ones, lasting just the length of a short movie. There’s no intermission.







Baba Brinkman stars in a hip-hop comedy about free will, brain cells, and the science of consciousness. Dmitry 8065 describes it as "a nerdier Hamilton.”


A revival of the the musical about a young dreamer in post-storm Haiti. JimDM praises it for “stunning voices, ridiculously talented performers, and a simple but effervescent story.”




The critically acclaimed new musical based on the hit Israeli film about a band’s chance stay in a small settlement. Britney calls it "a gorgeous, impactful tale of ephemeral human connection.”



A late-night drag revue parodying Disney characters. RedontheHed thinks you should see it "if you want to laugh a lot!”



Billy Crudup stars as a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life. Gil K says it's "an absorbing story with lots of plot twists and hooks. Exciting!”




scar season is over but, across the pond, the Olivier Awards will be held in London on April 8 and then the Tony Awards hit in June. Two recent Oscar nominees are currently treading the boards and actually had to take wee breaks from their shows to attend. Phantom Thread’s Lesley Manville could win another Olivier for Best Actress for her turn as Mary Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (pictured, which she’ll be bringing to BAM this May). On Broadway, Lady Bird’s Laurie Metcalf is starring in Three Tall Women and, who knows, she could win another Tony. Both Manville and Metcalf lost to I Tonya’s Allison Janney at the Oscars. Janney has yet to win a Tony or an Olivier, so they’ve got her beat there! Metcalf stars with two-time Oscar winner Glenda Jackson in Three Tall Women. Manville’s Olivier competition is former Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. And Woolf, of course, won Elizabeth Taylor her second Oscar for its film version. Theater and film … always in tune.









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Me, Mr Big, and the

BEARDED LADY A day in the life of bartender David Arrieta is never dull Photograph Phil O’Brien A typical day in my life … I get up, eat a peanut butter sandwich, drink some OJ with vodka (just kidding – a glass of OJ), then go to the gym like almost every other gay guy does (the competition out there these days is harsh). Then I go to work. If I’m not working, I stay home playing Nintendo 64, visit my family in Brooklyn or Queens, or simply go out for drinks in Hell’s Kitchen. OK, now my PERFECT day … It’s 70 degrees, sunny, and a bit windy. You and I at Sheep Meadow in Central Park, a huge bottle of your favorite wine, some cheese and fruit, and I’m obviously off work! In the beginning … My first job was at a family-owned Thai restaurant in Chelsea. I was 17 years old – back then no one really checked. I had no idea about wines or liquors, and every time a guest would ask me for a cocktail, I’d say: “I’m gonna grab some more ice.” Then I’d go to the back and google the recipe. I’ve been bartending for nine years now. These days it’s much more than just a “side job” The best part is the flexible schedule – my boss is such a sweetheart. And I get to meet people from so many different cultures. I’m a very social person and it’s always nice meeting new people – in some cases, I’ve been to my customers’ homes in their countries. I also enjoy working with my coworkers. We all come from different backgrounds and it gets very interesting

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“Returning food or drinks to the kitchen and bar just because you’re with a big group of friends doesn’t make you look 'fancy,' it only makes you look *****.” sometimes. Bartending is a job many people, including myself, find as a “side job” but in reality it ends up being more interesting than a nine to five. I have so much fun The only thing I can live without is cleaning up at the end of the night. Served anyone famous? To name a few … I’ve served Cardi B a Corona bottle, Chris Noth (Mr Big from Sex and the City) a muddled jalapeño margarita, and Lucy Liu a cosmopolitan. But don’t go expecting comp drinks straight away … You have to get to know me first, let me get to know you, be my regular, and be a liberal. (Also, cash tips are appreciated!) And if you want to get on my wrong side … A rude attitude doesn’t benefit anyone. Returning food or drinks to the kitchen and bar just because you’re with a big group of friends doesn’t make you look “fancy,” it only makes you look *****.


Be nice and we’ll all have an amazing experience. When I finish up … I start at The Marshal, then go to Vodka Soda on W46th St - 8th/9th Ave. After that, I like some karaoke at Suite 109 on 109th St - Amsterdam Ave (ask for Dillip or Danielle). I also love Lilly's, on 9th Ave - 46th/47th St. Sarina the bartender is a gem. There’s also Bettibar on W46th St 8th/9th Ave (ask for Jason). I’m a vodka Redbull guy … But sometimes I feel like having a nice infused cocktail, so I usually go for the Bearded Lady. We created it at Dianne & Elisabeth – the recipe is passion fruit purée, with sparkling wine, topped with cherry brandy syrup. It’s so refreshing. Next time you’re on 10th Ave … Come by and I’ll take care of you! *evil laugh*

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It’s been a long night. The last thing Dan Ruth needs is a subway confrontation …


e’ve all had lapses of stupidity, carelessness, or forgetfulness. If only I had a dollar for every time I’ve asked a bartender if I’ve paid my check or offered the excusatory: “Do I owe you anything?” These moments are commonplace and are expected in bars, but what about when you’re not in a bar or even drinking? Have you ever had a moment take place right in front of you, when someone else claims to have “seen something” that never really happened? What are those moments called? Is there a video about this subject on the wrong side of YouTube? I wonder … It’s late on a Tuesday night, my “Friday


“‘Aren’t you gonna say you’re sorry?’ I can’t un-hear that. I look at the kid. ‘Sorry for what?’ ‘For stepping on my shoe, mother fucker.’” night.” I close the bar and begin walking to the subway. It’s usually an uneventful trek: train shows up, you get in, next thing you know you’re home and sound asleep. This Tuesday night is different. The crowd has run me ragged and my legs are feeling like heavy, battered metal. I take out my ear buds, slog through the turnstile at 48th St - Broadway, and swipe my Metrocard right as the train is pulling in. The doors open, I enter, and step directly on to this complete stranger’s foot. This was not a discrete brush-by. I didn’t sort-of half-ass step on part of it, along side of it, on the lace of it … I flat-out stepped right on this stranger’s shoe.

His eyes seize on me, he stands, and we both have a moment of primal clarity. It’s a moment only he and I feel. My eyes say it for me but my mouth repeats: “I am so sorry, I’m very sorry.” His tiredmotherfucker eyes look straight into my tired-motherfucker eyes as he retreats and the shields drop between us. “No problem,” he says. I sit across from him as the train takes off. The train stops. I see a path clear before me as I exit on to the platform. I carefully haul my heavy metal legs down the subway stairs, managing not to hobble or maim anyone in the process. Just as before, the train pulls in right as I get the bottom of the stairs. The doors open. I look right, I look left, and spot a seat in between two street toughs, one wearing extremely shiny, orange tennis shoes; showroom new. I excuse myself as I go to sit. I successfully refrain from stepping on either of their feet. Reaching for my ear buds, I begin to settle in for the ride home. “Aren’t you gonna say you’re

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sorry?” I can’t un-hear that. I look at the kid. “Sorry for what?” “For stepping on my shoe, mother fucker.” I’m frozen. Everyone on the train is staring at us. I’m waiting for some other person to step in between us and start singing: “Let it go.” That doesn’t happen. The train doors close as his eyes remain seized on me and my stomach goes sour. I don’t understand. “I didn’t step on your shoe.” “You’re a sociopath!” That’s enough. I slowly insert my ear buds and turn away. He begins yelling into my ear as though I’m listening to music. I’m not. I’ve simply retreated into the safe and warm bartender world of “high ignore.” He continues to yell as I move away, down the car and far away from him. I didn’t step on his shoe; I didn’t go near it. My empath nerves are a wreck. I shuffle a playlist as the man’s yelling fades to Cocteau Twins. I need to process this shoe-stepping phenomenon and I might as well look up the textbook definition of “sociopath” while I’m at it. If it refers to someone who’s discovered themselves in a New York bubble that’s beginning to crack, then perhaps he was correct.

Actor/writer and bartender Dan Ruth is the recipient of the 2018 Martha Hill Newell Playwright Fund and the 2018 Bistro Award for outstanding Solo Play for his dark comedy, A Life Behind Bars, which has played in New York City and Los Angeles (danruthbkny.com)




WHEN MEAT MET KALE... Can two completely opposite diet disciplines ever really get along? Samina Kalloo investigates the pegan diet


aleo and vegan – two of the most passionate lifestyle choices. And two of the most opposing. While research on both has shown they may help lower the risk of heart disease, improve glycemic control, and help with weight loss, one has us shunning grains and eating all the meat; the other insists on avoiding animal products altogether. What to do? Enter the pegan diet. Clever, right? Created by wellness expert Dr Mark Hyman, it may seem impossible to take the caveman-inspired paleo regime – heavy in animal protein – and combine it with a diet that restricts all animal products. But the pegan lifestyle takes the best of both worlds and creates a new plan that is more balanced, less restrictive, and healthier than each diet on its own.


“The pegan lif estyle takes the best of both worlds and cre ates a new plan that is more balanced and less restrictive.”

But before you take the leap with yet another way of eating, let’s take a closer look at this hybrid approach so you can make a well-informed decision about whether or not going pegan is right for you. Why go pegan? Despite a few major differences, the paleo and vegan diets do have a few similar beliefs. They both focus on high-quality foods that are fresh, unprocessed, and sustainable. However, they can also be difficult to stick with. New vegan or paleo converts sometimes find it challenging to give up the food and cooking habits they’ve become accustomed to over decades. Embarking on a paleo journey? You might miss that big bowl of pasta. Starting out vegan? It can be difficult to get enough protein while abstaining from


Left: Caveman meets hipster vegan ... can they live happily ever after?

meat or eggs. The pegan diet offers a more flexible solution by combining the healthiest elements of both, so that followers can reap the benefits without feeling overly restricted. Furthermore, going vegan or paleo doesn’t necessarily mean going “healthy,” which is why Hyman incorporated nutritional guidelines to help ensure everyone makes healthy choices. Now you know why it was created, here are the main principles: Eat mostly plants According to Dr Hyman: “Vegetables should take center stage and meat should be a side dish or condiment.” To give you a visual, your plate should consist of 75% low-glycemic fruit and vegetables and 25% animal products and high-quality


Above from left: Gluten-free granola drizzled with cashew butter and freeze-dried blueberries served over coconut yogurt; sunny side up eggs served over avocado and gluten-free toast with berries; and chickpea stew.

really hard to beat. With science on our side, we’re back to enjoying the whole egg (not just the whites), which is a great source of protein and vital nutrients, making it the perfect addition to the pegan diet. Beans in moderation While beans are rich in fiber, protein, and other nutrients, they can cause digestive issues for some and Hyman suggests that a mostly bean diet may cause blood sugar spikes for diabetics. Shoot for one cup daily and stick with smaller beans such as lentils. Eat healthy fats Include omega-3 fats like avocados, nuts, and seeds. Avoid vegetable oils. Limit sugar Have it as an occasional treat but, for the most part, avoid added sugar.

fats. If you include starchy vegetables like potatoes, have them in moderation, and unless they’re baked, French fries don’t count! Limit meat Since animal products should only compose a quarter of your daily intake, it’s important to be mindful of portion size. Stick with a 4-6 ounce serving per meal and only eat grass-fed and sustainably raised. Skip dairy As with the vegan and paleo diets, dairy remains off the menu. Hyman says that, while some can tolerate it, there is no biological requirement for cow’s milk and the evidence of its benefits are overstated. Opt for goat or sheep products instead and always choose organic.

Go fish Since Omega-3 fats are a critical component of a healthy diet, fish are included on the pegan plan – but choose low-mercury fish such as wild salmon, sardines, and herring, and always choose sustainably raised. If you prefer to keep the vegan tenet of no animal products, Hyman says you can get the necessary pre-formed DHA from algae. Choose gluten-free grains Hyman takes the controversial view that all grains can increase blood sugar and suggests eating low-glycemic, gluten-free grains such as black rice and quinoa, about half a cup per meal. Eat eggs For good nutrition at a low cost, eggs are


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The bottom line There will always be a new diet brewing, and they all have advantages and disadvantages. Pegan, paleo, or vegan, in the end we are all human and shouldn’t let a diet define us. There is no one-size-fits-all way of eating. Keep in mind that making small, simple changes in your daily diet can make a big improvement in your health without having to eliminate or limit food groups. If you choose to go full steam with the pegan plan, you may want to consider being less restrictive with beans, especially if it doesn’t cause you any major digestive issues. Not only are beans a great source of fiber, protein, and minerals, they are also affordable and versatile. As with any diet, consult with your physician if you are on medication or have significant medical issues. A registered dietitian can also help to guide you in choosing an eating plan that is ideal for you.






The evolution of

STYLE When Amelia Nicholas moved out of her 100-year-old walk-up into a contemporary studio, she had to make some sacrifices Words Ruth Walker Photographs Robin Riley





xchanging a beautiful old leather Chesterfield sofa for an Ikea love seat? Aw man! It felt like sacrilege, and almost broke poor Amelia Nicholas’ heart when she moved from a 100-year-old walk-up in Kips Bay to a modern studio in a building on W44th St. But, she says: “You have to honor the bones of the space.” The move, after 15 years on the east side, was prompted when Amelia won a housing lottery she’d applied for a year earlier then completely forgotten about. It meant adapting her signature country style of decor for something a whole lot more contemporary. Could she even do it? “The space in Kips Bay had a lot of great original details,” she says, “so my style was more country and farmhouse. And when I got the call about the lottery, I thought, ‘Oh my God! How will I leave my apartment?’ It was my home. I’d be essentially breaking my own heart.” But, since she’d essentially been given an incredible gift, she decided she’d better deserve it, so set about curating and editing her existing apartment to fit her new life. If she couldn’t do it, who could? Amelia is a professional organizer and “small space designer.” It was time to put her money where her mouth was. The result is a combination of her old stuff (a six-drawer chest picked up on Craigslist; a vintage chair bought for $15 at Housing Works – “that was one of my best scores”) and some new (that Ikea sofa, for instance). Cleaner lines, less shabby chic. “The stuff that was sort of mid-century made the cut,” she says, “because it gives you that vintage feel. I want to mix old and new constantly, I like found objects, and mid-century straddles that line for new construction.” And while she now lives in just one room, she’s managed to create clearly identified areas – a kitchen, dining room, living room, and bedroom – by playing with the space’s own quirks. “I tell people, particularly in a studio: look for the little alcoves, the notches – that’s a ‘room.’ Every little space has the chance to be a room. I had a home office in my old apartment, and that’s now a shelf in my closet.” A white voile curtain provides the bed with some privacy – “the last thing I wanted was someone coming in and going, ‘Oh, there’s your bed!’ and I’m lying there, frying an egg with my foot!” A kitchen island provides storage space while clearly defining the kitchen area


from the dining area. “I ended up getting that at Target,” she laughs, “and it was designed by Donny Osmond. Donny Osmond, my childhood crush, made my kitchen island! He’s got great stuff. And Peter Brady’s got stuff on Overstock!” The bar cart is even more meaningful (if that’s possible). She fashioned it from her grandmother’s old TV stand. The dining bench? That’s a 7ft box that also doubles as storage, with a church pew cushion on top. The dining tables came from Housing Works. A focal point of the apartment is a graphite-painted wall hung with assorted photographs and found items – a plastic letter A and a tree print from Hell’s Kitchen flea market, a photograph of her parents, an album cover from when she worked at Atlantic Records … “I just try to have a little bit of everything.” The horseshoe crab was a gift from her sister. “I made her find one for me on the beach and take it home – it stunk her car up – and she painted it for me. I have the best sister, I don’t deserve her.” Add to that modern touches like a white cube shelving unit – a leftover from a fashion week installation, Ikea coffee table, storage tubs and baskets from stores like West Elm and Home Goods – and her new apartment was already developing a personality. “Everyone always wants to decorate first,” she says, “but I’m concerned first and foremost with how the space is functioning underneath. If it doesn’t function and the flow isn’t there, you can hang all the curtains you want, it’s never going to feel calm. And with a small space it has to feel easy and breezy and edited – that’s the only way it works. You have to be ruthlessly honest with yourself.”


This page: Food books and pig bookends. Opposite: Donny Osmond designed Amelia’s kitchen island. Previous page: A statement wall filled with meaninful moments.

This from a woman who admits she’s never met a bowl or serving dish she didn’t like! Her closets are meticulous: shoe grids and separators for bags, identical skinny hangers holding her (almost entirely black) wardrobe; labeled containers marked “hardware/tools,” “batteries/ electrical,” “cameras/computer” etc ensuring everything has its place. “I’m a slob,” she says. “I was a sloppy kid – I don’t know who this person is, but it’s necessity.” When it came to decorating, temporary wallpaper was a revelation – “it’s so easy to apply.” But the change in decor wasn’t the only adjustment she had to make. “I was ready to live alone,” she says. “From childhood, through college, to adulthood, I’d never lived alone. And it was time. “Sharing an apartment is great because there’s a built-in social component. I tell one of my friends, ‘You’re the best thing I ever got off Craigslist.’ You can meet amazing people who become lifelong friends. So I do miss that. But my neighbors and I are really close. It’s very much a community – it almost feels like a dorm. I’ll go out in my slippers, down to my neighbor’s apartment, and have movie night. It’s hilarious.” And what has she learned? “You don’t need a lot to be happy – that’s what this place has taught me. “And I feel like Hell’s Kitchen is just starting to bloom. It’s got so much going on. I’ve been to the theater so much more than I ever have done before, I have friends who are actors in the neighborhood. I think I’m now a west sider.” urbancottagenyc.com





Studio system Inspired by Amelia Nicholas’ urban cottage? There are more space-saving ideas where that came from …


For those among you who have the kiss of death for house plants, this banana plant leaf pillow is the next best thing: lovely, tropical greenery that will never die. You’re welcome. $57, luluandgeorgia.com


The Trumma side table gleams, and only gets better with age. $289.95, anthropologie.com


If flowers are a gift from the heart, show you mean it. This pure white porcelain vase can hang on the wall or be freestanding, and has multiple openings for lots of stems. $98, shopburkelman.com


Amelia’s sister had to put up with a fishy stink for weeks after rescuing a horseshoe crab shell. This one comes stench-free and ready sprayed gold. All you have to do is hang it. $117.30, houzz.com


Use it for storage, sure, but this richly stained wood and metal kitchen cart also acts as a handy room separation device. Those wheels lock, by the way, so it won’t roll all over the kitchen when you least expect it. $224.99, worldmarket.com





Bookends kind of fell out of favor for a while there, but there gators make a real reptilian statement on shelves or an occasional table. $29.95, cb2.com


Cosy up with a throw – it works on the bed, over the couch, or wrapped around your shoulders when you Netflix and chill. This hippo design is handmade in the USA using recycled cotton. $160, studiofournyc. com


Who has the time or inclination to put up wallpaper these days? Not us! We’re in love with these adhesive wall stickers, which peel off easily if you end up being not quite as talented in the art department as you thought you might be. $39 for 45 triangles, walldressedup.com


No home – even a compact New York studio – should be without its own bar. This vintage midcentury beauty has those classic brass details that mean it could double as a table when you’ve drunk all the booze. $215, etsy.com


Molded walnut wood, vinyl padded seat, stylish retro design and it’s from wait – Bed, Bath & Beyond? Who knew? Step aside, people, I’m on my way! $193.25, bedbathandbeyond.com





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Hell’s Kitchen is growing faster than any other neighborhood in Manhattan – but where the hell do all these people come from? Every month we’re going to invite ourselves round to their place and ask them Name: Paul David Profession: I work in finance Budget: $6,500 Moving from: VIA 57 West – I’d been living there for a year, in a 790 sq ft one-bed apartment with a small balcony. I love Hell’s Kitchen – it’s handy for work, and very social – but I needed a change. To: 525W52 – a 900sq ft two-bed with terrace. Search tick boxes: I was looking for a location close to work in midtown, and ideally with a gym (so that I’d go there instead of just talking

about it) – which meant northern Hell’s Kitchen or lower Upper West Side. I wanted two bedrooms and outside space if possible, ideally in a newbuild – why not take advantage of all these new places going up (and the free months they’re offering)? Let’s talk brokers/agents: Last time, it was my first apartment in New York and I used an agent. She was helpful – no complaints. But this time I operated solo. I knew what I wanted, so did some research on StreetEasy (and W42ST was a great resource) then visited the prospects directly. The other options: I also looked at Mercedes House, Riverbank, 552 W43rd St, and The Colonnade (347 W57th St).

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Where: W57th St - 12th Ave Amenities: Inroom washer/ dryer, terraces, gym, poker room, golf simulator, private garden, pet friendly $ of two-bed apt: From $5,914 via57west.com

552 W43rd St

Where: W43rd St - 10th/11th Ave Amenities: Large penthouse with high ceilings, private terrace, in-unit washer/dryer, virtual doorman $ of two-bed apt: $7,250 streeteasy.com

Pros and cons: The price across all the buildings varied hugely for what seemed like similar apartments. But I also realized I prefer new buildings, so I rejected a few places that were great, but a bit tired looking. What sealed the deal: 525W52 was my favorite place in the best location. The asking price was ridiculously high, but they offered two months free (which most buildings do and can be a bit of a pain in reality, as it means the headline rate is higher at the end of the period), and I knocked them down another $250pm.

Where: W54th St - 10th/11th Ave Amenities: Laundry in unit, terraces, health club, open-air movie screenings, outdoor pool and sun deck, pet concierge $ of two-bed apt: From $5,042 mercedeshouseny.com

The Colonnade

Where: W57th St - 8th/9th Ave Amenities: Private falcon, resident lounge with grand piano, free wifi, exercise room, bike storage $ of two-bed apt: $7,500 streeteasy.com


Checked out here ... Riverbank


Where: W43rd St - 10th/11th Ave Amenities: Balconies, resident lounge, pool $ of two-bed apt: From $5,700


Where: W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave Amenities: In-unit washer/ dryer, terrace, fitness studio, golf simulator, bike room, library $ of two-bed apt: $6,086 525w52nd.com

Ended up here



#W42ST Hashtag your Instagram pics and they could star in the mag! Hell's bells! We've had WEATHER this month! Storms. nor'easters, snow, wind, rain. But, look on the bright side, without the clouds, we'd never have those magnificent west side sunsets. Remember, anyone can be on these pages. Just tag your images #W42ST and you could be the one whose photograph ends up in the next issue.









STYLE One minute Claudia Chung called a spacious apartment with multiple closets home; the next, she was moving into a Winnebago without wheels. In this new monthly column, she learns how to stop hoarding and thrive on a tight budget … in an even tighter living space Photograph Ilona Lieberman


started this year with a move. A less-than-five-minute-walk move. But it might as well been over a mountain and across an ocean. I didn’t move into a bigger and better apartment. Nor did I move because I am impossibly in love. I moved because I had no choice. Move or be homeless were my only two options. And with it, I had to downsize by a thousand percent. From living with a loving partner in a full one-bedroom apartment with separate kitchen, foyer, and two hall closets, I moved into a room. One. Single. Room. Alone. In my new space, if I fall off the bed, I’m in my living room. From the front door, I walk straight into my kitchen, where shoes and coats coexist with my toaster oven and coffee maker. And my dining table also functions as a desk, vanity, ironing board, and entertainment center. Suffice it to say, if my new home had wheels, I’d be living in a Winnebago. But living in a wheel-less trailer isn’t the most jarring aspect of my current situation. It’s the fact that I realize I’m extremely lucky to be here. In terms of work commute or wanting to stay in the same neighborhood, it couldn’t have worked out better. And the absolute miracle is the fact that I can afford it without having to hook, deal, or work on Wall Street. Whether you find yourself divorced, dumped, or abandoned, the nitty-gritty realities of going from a two-income household to one feel daunting, scary, and perplexing. But mostly it feels unfair. Then you tack on the psychotic nature of living in Manhattan – expensive, competitive, and, dare I say, cruel, you can’t help but reconsider a polyamorous marriage. “So what if my husband is having an orgy in the next room. I get a washer and dryer inside my apartment!”

“So what if my husband is having an orgy in the next room. I get a washer and dryer inside my apartment!” For me, I can honestly say I never felt more like a despondent widow than when I first stepped inside my wheel-less Winnebago home. It screamed: “You’re alone! You’re poor! You’ll die here!” I felt like a failure. I lost my financial cushion. I went from never having to worry about money to worrying constantly, and from buying without thinking to thinking before buying. Then talking myself out of it. In the past few months, while I adjusted to trailer park living, I had to address how I’d live happily yet frugally without becoming a sugar baby or selling my eggs. Luckily for me, when you’re attempting to move Grey Gardens into a filing cabinet, you come to see some personal defects that weren’t as consequential when you had the space. Me? Surprise! I’m a hoarder. I have a visceral, chronic, innate fear that I’ll run out of “stuff” – all kinds of stuff, from tampons and lotions, to kitchen sponges and storage containers that hold my stuff. It’s completely insane. But I regularly stock up on useful yet readily available items. For example (spoiler alert future intercourse partners), I have a Steve Jobs-esque underwear practice. His


black turtlenecks are my black cotton string bikini panties. They come in a six-pack and I order them a few times a year from Amazon. In my mind, no matter what, I will always, always, always need black cotton string bikini underwear. Most recently, I was clicking away on disinfectant wipes, club soda, prosciutto, and underwear, when I noticed I was ordering three underwear six-packs. Three six packs. I’d just mindlessly purchased 18 pairs of panties with my pork. That translates into buying 54 pairs of black underwear annually without even thinking. It’s no wonder I find underwear in every single drawer, box, and container I own. More than once, I’d be looking for scotch tape and I’d find underwear. So now, after years of mindless spending, I find myself the proud owner of a storage unit filled with clothes, shoes, lotions, foreign, and domestic condiments, coffee pods, cleaning products, hundreds of feminine hygiene products, and much more. Should there be an apocalypse or a second Trump administration, I can legitimately open up a general store. Today, as I embark on this new journey of pinching pennies (forgoing any and all non-essential shopping), clever endeavors to add healthier chunks into my monthly savings (shopping at my storage unit regularly), and planting myself in soils I have yet to know or understand as a singular being (without losing my shit daily), I am grateful. I am grateful to be sitting in a twee place where twinkly lights are strung around the windows and I can look outside and watch the world go by. But, mostly, it’s a place where anything is possible. A place I now call my home.



Tales from the

SHALLOW END He’s hot, he’s interested … plus he has a car! What could be the catch, wonders Mary Geneva?


met him in the bathroom line,” said Sarah, a girlfriend of a girlfriend at an after-work quiet clubbing event. I turned my headphones off and introduced myself to “bathroom guy” then continued to jump around to the beats of old school Snoop Dog blaring in my ears. After an hour or so, my girlfriends, bathroom guy, and I headed back to my building to check out the awesome view from the roof of my fifth floor walk-up. Bathroom guy and I chatted. He was Serbian, his name was Bojan, and he seemed like a nice guy. That was it. Just small talk. He was into my friend. We went our separate ways. Sarah, her friend, and Bojan went off and I


“I wondered why he wouldn’t just pull his car up in front of my building.” retreated back to my apartment to throw on sweatpants and walk my dog, Valentino. Twenty minutes later, I, my holey sweatpants, and Val emerged on to 9th Avenue. Standing a block away, alone, was Bojan. He walked Valentino with me and asked me out to dinner. I must admit, I was flattered. I was getting asked out in real life, not online, and it was for dinner – not the old: “Hey, we should meet for drinks one day.” AND he was going to pick me up. This meant he had a car. I messaged Sarah to ensure it was cool that I went out with bathroom guy. She said go for it, and I did. A few days later, Bojan picked me up. I found it a little odd he was walking up the block to meet me – I wondered why he wouldn’t just pull his car up in front of my building. We walked a couple of blocks and I asked: “Are we taking a cab?” “Yes,” he said, and pointed to a shiny yellow cab ready to chauffeur me to our first date. I nervously laughed, then realized he wasn’t joking. Bojan was a cab driver. By the time we arrived on the Lower East Side, I’d recovered from any awkwardness. And you know what? We had a lovely evening. Bojan told me he’d claimed political asylum in


the US, had a degree in finance, and spoke four languages (multilingual men always turn me on). After dinner, he drove me back to the slice of heaven I call home – Hell’s Kitchen – and we had our first kiss. The following week, I was flying up to Rochester for a family reunion and he offered to walk my dog with me at 4.30am then drop me off at JFK for free. Does that count as a second date? On our next “official” date he picked me up and we dined, had cocktails, held hands, kissed, and talked. The final time we got together was at my apartment. I had a late night at work and Bojan suggested that, rather than go out for dinner, he come over to my place. I was exhausted and the thought of vegging out on the couch with a guy who liked me and I liked back sounded very appealing. But when he showed up, ”appealing” wasn’t the word I’d use to describe him. He was in sweat pants and smelled like he’d been driving all day. Couldn’t he have freshened up? As we sat on my couch, his phone started lighting up like a Christmas tree with a message from Sally on Tinder. We chatted for an hour or so, but I couldn’t see past the Tinder messages, the car smell, and the fact that, despite his degree and speaking four languages, he couldn’t figure out what to do the rest of his life. I’d finally found a guy who didn’t pull a vanishing act after one date but now it is was time for me to make my own. I politely asked him to leave. It was at this point he said: “But I brought PROTECTION.” “What?” I said. “I thought we were going to have sex!” I lost all interest right then. I guess I won’t be saving any money on future cab rides after all.

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@ gmail.com.




Kristen Jongen has some good news and some bad news … which do you want first?


he thing about being sober in the city that never sleeps is that you may find yourself in bed by 9pm. I was devastated to discover that, sober, I could only manage a fraction of my previous workload. I felt betrayed! Clarity was supposed to provide me with the jet fuel for an even speedier existence. I was excited to turn my workaholism into world domination. Why, then, was I overwhelmed by basic grooming before the day had even started? WTF? If you are new to a clean lifestyle, I have two pieces of real (not fake) news for you. They are both difficult to hear, but if you know them, you can be prepared and keep your sense of humor.


Sober, you will not be able physically to keep up with the drinking and drugging crowd. Organic brains and bodies have limits. Think of it as organic chickens v steroid-steeped megahens. The former is lean, pure poultry, whereas the latter is a Hulk-like, a chemical hybrid. While the Hulk is muscular and can likely stay awake longer due to its hormone-induced insanity, it twitches,

has one eye, and cannot easily lift its neck. You, my friend, are transitioning into a two-eyed feathered beauty. But first, not only will you be going to bed early, but, um, how do I say this gently, here goes ...


You may get temporarily chubby. I know, you would rather be a homeless crack addict than have a muffin top. I KNOW. This is New York City. I get it. Please relax. The thing about not drinking all of your calories, or being coked up, or refraining from your sociable crystal meth habit is that when you quit, your body will remember it requires food. This is good! However, it will want sugar and flour and a lot of rest. For now, let’s just give it a break, eh? A candy bar at the ready will squash a craving and get you through this temporary recalibration. Detoxing is NOT the


ABOUT Kristen

Kristen Jongen is the artist, author, and speaker behind Soul Soup. She writes books on grief, healing, and transformation, and is in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction (www.mysoulsoup.com; kjissoberinthecity@gmail.com). If you’re having a hard time with drugs and alcohol, you can find support meetings at nyintergroup.org

Below: You are transitioning into a strong, sober, available warrior. So go easy on yourself, OK?

“I know, you would rather be a homeless crack addict than have a muffin top. I KNOW. This is New York City. I get it.” time to do a juice cleanse, ramp up your exercise, quit smoking, or try to find love in unavailable places. You have the rest of your life for that. Think of your love handles as pillows upon which your ribcage can rest. Just for today, take care of your precious self. Get in your sweats, go to bed early, and celebrate your courage. Now for the good news It turns out that, sober, we become a different kind of strong. We become warriors in our ability to face life as it is. We are available to see others. We are available to hear others. We are available to contribute our gifts because we are awake and on fire. The world needs this kind of strength and inner beauty. A gorgeous show pony is no good if he can’t lift anything, right? Raise the roof. You got this. Your friend,




Wagging Baobao

Human’s name: Johnathan. Breed: Pomsky. Age: Seven months. What makes me bark: When mommy and daddy leave for work. Three words that describe me best: Fluffy, smart, cute. Confession: I like to nibble on lint balls. Instadog: @baobaothepomsky



BB and CiCi Humans’ names: James and Bobbi. Breed: Maltese (white) and Shorkie (brown). Age: BB is eight and CiCi is four. What makes us bark: The doorbell, food, and treats. Three words that describe us best: Fashionable, loving, and playful. Confession: We really love each other but sometimes act like we don’t.

Humans’ names: Jon and Charles. Breed: Yorkshire Terrier. Age: Eight. What makes me bark: Squeaky toys and treats. Three words that describe me best: Loving, tenacious, curious. Confession: I play cute for the ladies.

Want to see your pup on this page? DIGITAL EDITION

tales Sheep Humans’ names: Joe and Tanya. Breed: Poodle. Age: 12. What makes me bark: Pigeons. Three words that describe me best: Smart and hungry. Confession: I will roll in anything nasty.

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

Ariel Humans’ names: Amber and Tom. Breed: Silky terrier. Age: Three. What makes me bark: Being left home alone. Three words that describe me best: Sweet, cuddly, spoiled. Confession: I have to have a toy in bed as a pacifier when I sleep or I will chew the sheets and pillows. Instadog: I don’t have my own account, but I make frequent appearances on mommy’s Instagram @amber.hill1223.

Sushi Humans’ names: Eric and Rey. Breed: Malshi. Age: 20 months. What makes me bark: Seeing other dogs and tennis matches on TV. Three words that describe me best: Too cute for words! Confession: I LOVE sleeping in my owners’ bed!

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


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Chez Napoleon

9th Ave 53rd/54th St

W 50th Street - 8th/9th Ave

A neighborhood


TurnStyle, Columbus Circle

10th Ave - 45th St

restaurant that invites you to stay for

Hell’s Kitchen landmark French

Rotating local craft beer on tap, easy

Wine and spirits from families — not

a while. The menu features artisan

restaurant open since 1960 and still

drinking lawnmower beers, cocktails,

factories — all over the world. Order

pizzas, New American appetizers &

dedicated to serving classic comfort

sandwiches & shareable appetizers.

online for free delivery. Free tastings

entrees & homemade desserts.

food dishes. Leave your diet at home!

Happy hour 3pm-6pm Mon-Fri.

Thursday and Friday, 5pm-8pm.

www.annabelnyc.com (212) 245-2215

www.cheznapoleon.com (212) 265-6980

www.HellcatAnnies.com (212) 586-2707

kitsunderground.nyc (212-262-6000)


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wines, happy hour, cheese boards,

A wine bar and restaurant in the

and cocktails. Come for wine social

heart of Hell’s Kitchen, serving

on a Saturday 2pm-5pm for off-the-

dinner & brunch made from locally

list wines and menu favorites.

sourced ingredients.

www.ardesia-ny.com (212) 245-2215

www.dianneandelisabeth.com (212) 247-3039 4

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of bottles and cans, and drink from a rotating selection of drafts and cask. Fill up a house growler or bring your own. Knowledgeable staff.

www.beerculture.nyc (646) 590-2139 2

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Hudson for sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.

www.hudsonsnyc.com (212) 630-8840 7

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Cavernous, low-key taproom known

Kashkaval Garden offers a relaxed

for its wide variety of craft beers, plus

environment to enjoy good wines,

burgers & bar bites..

specialty cocktails, and Mediterranean


inspired food & fondue.

(917) 639-3420

www.kashkavalgarden.com (212) 245-1758


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In HK since 2004,


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cuisine with unique flavor and spices. Influences come from The Middle

walls and chandeliers lighting up

East, North Africa’s Maghreb region,

Josephine Baker portraits.

and southern Europe.

www.chezjosephine.com (212) 594-1925

www.greenfignyc.com (646) 449-7790 6

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Manganaro’s Hero Boy 9th Ave 37th/38th St Our 60-year anniversary! The original six-foot Hero will feed 30 to 40 people. Large restaurant: eat in, take out, catering. Reasonable prices!

www.heroboy.com (212) 947-7325 11

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The Marshal 10th Ave 4th/45th St Locally sourced

specialty brick

food, wine, and

oven pizzas and a high quality selection

liquor at a restaurant where

of rotating crafts at fantastic prices.

sustainability and support for the

Always interesting draft cocktails and

community are at the heart of

wine on tap.

everything we do.

www.kiabaccabar.com (212) 649-4675

www.the-marshal.com (212) 582-6300

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www.lansdowneroadnyc.com (212) 239-8020

Featuring 20

Modern Israeli

Paris, with a blue tin ceiling, red velvet

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.

10th Ave 45th/46th St

10th Ave 41st/42nd St

Return to the joie de vivre of 1920s

10th Ave 43rd/44th St


Green Fig

W42nd St 9th/10th Ave

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a large deck. Short sailings on the

9th Ave 55th/56th St

Chez Josephine


and cocktails served on a multi-level yacht with

W72nd St - Amsterdam/ West End

A huge selection

Lansdowne Road

Surf ’n’ turf, tapas,

Kashkaval Garden

W45th St 8th/9th Ave

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Pier 83, 12th Ave - 43rd St

Gebhard’s Beer Culture

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Dianne & Elisabeth

W52nd St 10th/11th Ave


Kit’s Underground

Hellcat Annie’s Tap Room



Bharathi Penneswaran’s DAYLIST


BRICIOLA 51st St -

8th/9th Ave This intimate Italian restaurant serves food for the soul. It’s particularly

BHARATHI is founder of Aalokam, a school for the Indian classical dance

Bharatanatyam, which was featured in the Emmy-winning dance show BareFeet with Mickela Mallozzi (aalokam.com)

9:00 pM


9th Ave Valhalla is our favorite Friday late-night pit stop. We have spent many an evening here, sipping beer and discussing current events, politics, art, and philosophy. The great times we have had and their Belgian beer collection keep bringing me back to this place.


2:00 pM

DEWITT CLINTON DOG PARK 11th Ave - 52/54th St I walk my friend’s dog, whose name is Mowgli. He’s an adorable border beagle who loves spending time watching his furry friends at the dog park rather than playing with them. 6:00 pM


ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER 9th Ave - 55th St We often head to Alvin Ailey either to rent a space to practice or to shoot one of our video productions. We especially love how the studio is set against the beautiful Manhattan cityscape, making for a great setting by day or night. 10:00 aM

close to my heart because I happened to meet my roommate here. Their caprino alle erbe, penne pesto, and an exhaustive selection of wines are to die for.


REX COFFEE W55th St - 9th Ave Every morning, I religiously head to Rex for my daily dose of coffee. The cappuccino with almond milk is just what I need to start my day. On Fridays, my friend Jyotsna and I indulge in the delicious muffins and croissants while discussing our many upcoming projects. 8:00 AM


A to B list

OK, so you need to get home, but that doesn’t mean you have to take the direct route there …

Piano bar

Midtown/W39th St ferry terminal Who knew? There’s a piano player who regularly tinkles the ivories inside the terminal, while you can sup on a coffee, snack, or something a little stronger. nywaterway.com

Kit’s Underground

TurnStyle Underground Market If waiting for your train home doesn’t turn you to drink, nothing will. Make sure the bottle you drown your sorrows in is a decent

one – Kit, as well as being a former W42ST contributor, has chosen each bottle personally, knows what it tastes like, and will be able to advise you with knowledge and humor. kitsunderground.nyc


Port Authority Bus Terminal A chain with a history stretching back to 1945, this dive bar has been serving up beer, whiskey, and a short but alcohol-mopping-up menu for longer than most of us


can remember. If it’s character you want, along with barflies with tales to tell, this is your place. mcanns.com

Aviator Grill

Intrepid There are fighter aircraft, a submarine, Concorde, and the Space Shuttle … which makes Intrepid a temple to transportation. And now you don’t even have to pay the museum entrance fee to eat at the Aviator Grill. Expect family-friendly fare including

burgers, mac and cheese, and fresh-baked bread. intrepidmuseum.org

North River Lobster Co

Pier 83 Summer’s coming, which means the lobster boat starts its regular cruises up the Hudson from the middle of this month. $10 gets you on board for a menu of lobster rolls, shellfish, and buckets of beer. We’re feeling frisky already … northriverlobsterco.com



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EATING & DRINKING / SHOPPING & SERVICES Method Japanese Kitchen and Sake Bar 10th Ave - 50th/51st St Bringing a multi-cultural New York approach to authentic Japanese cuisine.

www.kitchensakebarmethod.nyc (212) 582-2146

Print Restaurant 11th Ave 47th/48th St

A professional

An award-winning photographer,

to seasonal, sustainable cuisine,

serving an international clientele

artist, and author of Beards of New

with fresh ingredients featured daily.

spanning the world of publishing, the

York. His work has been published

Located in the Ink48 hotel.

performing arts, and the corporate

in international publications, and

www.printrestaurant.com (212) 757-2224


exhibited in Europe and the US.

(917) 414-2199

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Stile’s Farmers Market

A full line of farm

Ecuadorable! Quaint eatery serving

fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, pasta,

traditional dishes with modern flair.

fresh ground coffee, nuts, dried fruits,

Family recipes make Ñaño special.

breads, and more. Family owned and

www.nanobarnyc.com (646) 649-4678

operated since 1953. Also at W52nd St - 8/9th Ave. 15

28th/29th St Private, individualized voice/singing lessons..1st vice-president: New York Singing Teachers Association. Gender non-conforming clients welcome


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www. cmilesstudio.com

accessories for dapper guys.

corporate world of America to the

A Hell’s Kitchen- based photographer

exhilarating youth of Manhattan.

specializing in actor headshots and

neckerchiefs, tie bars, cufflinks, money

www.perditionnyc.com (212)-582-5660

actors photography, model portfolios,


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The Press Lounge 11th Ave 47th/48th St NYC’s premier

city events.


you can find antiques, vintage clothes, collectibles and more.

info@hellskitchenfleamarket.com www.annexmarkets.com 3

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everyone in this sleek bar, from the

children’s photography and New York

markets. Year round, each weekend,

W49th St 9th/10th Ave

Somewhere between heaven and Hell’s Kitchen. There is room for

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

Fine & Dandy

Christian Miles Photography


W39th St 9th/10th Ave

7th Ave. -

(860) 874-7184 .

(212) 868-7070

Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

Elizabeth Saunders Voice Studio

9th Ave 36th/37th St

10th Ave 47th/48th St

Ties, bow ties, pocket squares, clips, and much more.

www.fineanddandyshop.com (212) 247-4847 1

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David Ryan Salon

Fountain House Gallery

Medical insurance

9th Ave - 48th St

An independent insurance agency, specializing in Medicare Supplements, Advantage, & Rx plans while offering superior customer and broker services.

hafetzandassociates.com jhafetz@srhafetz.com 1-866-99-HAFETZ (994-2338)

Jadite Galleries 10th Ave 46th/47th St

Our gallery

Our mission is

Custom framing

exhibits and sells

rooftop lounge, with dramatic views,

provide the highest quality service

original, affordable

& art, conservation framing, canvas

seasonal cocktails, an extensive wine

to all our guests with the utmost

art made by local artists living and

stretching & mirrors a specialty. We

list, seasonally inspired small plates,

professionalism. Our staff is dedicated

working with mental illness.

exhibit contemporary and international

and welcoming service.

to all aspects of beauty and style –


www.thepresslounge.com (212) 757-2224

helping you feel and look your best.

www.fountainhousegallery.org ariel@fountaingallerynyc.com



www. gregsalvatori. com

photographer for over two decades,

Ñaño Ecuadorian Kitchen

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Greg Salvatori


Farm-to-table restaurant dedicated


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Eduardo Patino

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Antonella Manieri’s playLIST


Four ways to make a non-profit stand out from the crowd


ast month a reader reached out with a question: with all the groups out there trying to capture people’s attention, how does her philanthropic organization stand out? We’ve had first-hand experience marketing and advertising for a number of philanthropic organizations from DC to OC. The #1 thing new organizations can do is enable the right people to share their vision. Check out our full strategy:

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ANTONELLA is a longshoreman who has been based in Hell’s Kitchen for about 14 years. When she’s not working on container or cruise ships, or searching for the perfect slice of pizza, she’s on the Working Harbor steering committee. When she has any free time, she spends it walking all over the city that has stolen her heart and making bad jokes on Twitter, @NYorNothing.

SERGIMMO SALUMERIA 9th Ave - 35th/36th St I’m Italian and I’m from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, so to say I’m a sandwich snob is an understatement! Being in here and seeing the hanging meats, the crazy amounts of olive oil, and the jars of Nutella remind me of being in Italy. The quality and taste cannot be beat. Believe me, I’ve tried the rest and this is definitely the best!

PIO PIO 8 10th Ave - 43rd/44th St This is one of those places that won’t strike you as anything special from the outside but once you get in you realize how massive it is and beautifully decorated. It’s a great spot for big groups to share plates or intimate dinners without spending your life savings.


PRESS LOUNGE 11th Ave - 47th/48th St My favorite rooftop lounge in the city. Located in Ink 48 hotel, the lounge is pretty laid back, as long as you aren’t in sweats. Drinks can be pricey so sip slowly and take in those amazing views.

DAVE & BUSTERS W42nd St - 7th/8th Ave Most New Yorkers will do anything they can to avoid Times Square but they forget one of the greatest arcades is on 42nd St! The weekday specials can’t be beat – $2 tacos and $3 Coronas? Yes please! Just don’t count on playing DDR (the dance revolution game) – the lines are endless.


SULLIVAN ST BAKERY W47th St - 10th/11th Ave I found this bakery by following my nose to the fresh smell of bread one morning. OK, fine, it was on the way to Starbucks! Warm, fresh breads and always the perfect breakfast choices – one block from my job makes this the best place on earth. The bakery is being remodeled but this pop-up is still open 7am-3pm.

Question: how do you properly market a non-profit organization? Answer: You need to find and develop brand champions who will represent and share your cause. Humanizing your organization is critical to building a brand that is seen as authentic, and the right ambassadors can help you do that. How do you find them? What do you give them? How do you engage them? Read on, my friend, read on ...



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Leverage your volunteer database Identify the most active members and arm them with resources to help spread your mission. Use your existing content in new ways Translate blogs and brochures, for instance, for new mediums such as video and infographics that are easily shareable. Use Facebook Live This allows your organization to stream video and engage with your audience in real



time, creating a more personal connection. Create personal campaigns Communicate to them based on location, donation patterns, and website activity to feel like they are alone with your words.


Starting by activating the right people will give you a good base to grow your non-profit into a sustainable and authentic organization. Arm them with appropriate content and watch your followers soar.



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Irish Arts Center

W37th St 9th/10th Ave

W51st St 10th/11th Ave

“The oldest sport in the world is new

Sothebys International Realty Expert in the

Music, dance,


again and we can’t wait to share our

theatre, film, literature, and exhibitions

Hamptons sales and rentals. Summer

I’m a professional portrait and fashion

experience with you. Empowering.

that tell the evolving Irish story. Plus

may be over, but there are still some

photographer committed to producing

Exhilarating. Addictive.”

classes in Irish language, history,

beautiful properties out there. Give

highly creative pictures with a unique


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me a call.

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The Circle Line

The New Victory Theater

Pier 83, 12th Ave - W43rd St

61 W62nd St

W42nd St 7th/8th Ave

NY’s oldest and largest provider of scheduled and chartered sightseeing and special event cruises. Operating since 1945.

www.circleline42.com (212) 563-3200 1

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

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Lena Simpson

Rolates Pilates

Ensemble Studio Theatre

New York Water Taxi

939 8th Ave, Suite 207

W52nd St 10th/11th Ave

Pier 82, W42nd St

Come enjoy a

Building original,

Compass real estate

NYC’s favorite hop on, hop off

Your Hell’s Kitchen real estate

workout within our historic walls

provocative, and authentic plays

sightseeing cruise. You’ll see the Empire

expert. Specializing in sales, rentals,

where Pilates began. Join us at the

from the ground up, from readings to

State Building, Freedom Tower, Brooklyn

investment properties, and new

original Joseph Pilates Studio, check

workshops to fully-staged production.

Bridge, and more. Don’t forget your

developments. Call me today. Let’s

our website for class schedule.

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camera for an up-close photo of the

start the conversation!

Statue of Liberty!


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Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum

Rufskin Established in 2002, Rufskin

Pier 86, 12th Ave - 46th St

is celebrating their 15th year as a men’s fashion label. The lines

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include denim, sportswear, swimwear,

carrier Intrepid, the first space shuttle,

underwear and accessories. California

Concorde, and the submarine Growler.

lifestyle is at the essence of the

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brand’s philosophy.



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The New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 495 Eleventh Avenue Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted through May 10, 2018. A public scoping session will be held on April 30, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Beacon High School, Auditorium, Room 701, 7th Floor, 522 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036. Documents are available from the contact listed below and on line at: www.nyc.gov/oec. The New York City Economic Development Corporation, on behalf of the City of New York, and in coordination with 495 Eleventh Avenue Owner Realty LLC, is proposing a series of land use actions to activate a city-owned site (Block 685, Lot 38) in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan Community District 4, referred to as the 495 Eleventh Avenue site, with new affordable and market-rate housing, commercial and community facility uses, and a New York City Police Department (NYPD) parking facility (proposed project). The proposed project would require the following approvals: a zoning map amendment; zoning text amendments; approval of business terms of disposition of City owned property through sale or long-term ground lease in accordance with ULURP and New York City Charter Section 384(b)(4); and a Site Selection Application to permit long-term use for NYPD parking.

Contact: Tim Gallagher, Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007 Phone: (212) 676-3080 Email: tlgallagher@cityhall.nyc.gov




“In Los Angeles, everything is based on driving, even the killings. In New York, most people don’t have cars, so if you want to kill a person, you have to take the subway to their house. And sometimes on the way, the train is delayed and you get impatient, so you have to kill someone on the subway. That’s why there are so many subway murders; no one has a car.”


George Carlin

he comedian/actor/author was born in Manhattan in 1937, and grew up on W121st St – he called the neighborhood “White Harlem” because, he said, it “sounded a lot tougher than its real name” of Morningside Heights. As soon as he was old enough, he joined the Air Force, but he and the military didn’t see eye to eye. He was court martialed three times and eventually received a general discharge. Working the comedy circuit, first in Texas then California, he began to make a name for himself. He became


a regular on The Tonight Show and was best known for his unconventional, antiestablishment material (one of his most famous routines is Seven Words You can Never Say on Television … you could probably get away with saying most of them these days, but in early 1970s they were pretty shocking). In the 1980s, he found new fame as a film actor, appearing in Outrageous Fortune with Bette Midler and Shelley Long; in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure as the time-traveling mentor Rufus; and as the voice of the US version of Thomas the Tank Engine.


He played a New York City cab driver in the weekly Fox sitcom The George Carlin Show from 1993, and his book Brain Droppings spent 40 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He died in 2008 and, as per his request, after his body was cremated, his ashes were scattered in front of nightclubs he’d played in New York, as well as at a lake in New Hampshire, where he’d attended summer camp as a youngster. In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine voted him the second best stand-up comic of all time (Richard Pryor was #1).

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