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TRANSFORMING THE GRITTY ‘WILD WEST’ DEVELOPMENT Checking in with the massive construction projects on the West Side of Manhattan BY VERENA DOBNIK

A rendering of the completed Hudson Yards project.

Tumblr site tallies the FroYo spread BY DANIEL FITZSIMMONS

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


square feet (2 million square meters) of space, including about 6,000 residential units -more footage than the rebuilt World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. That is being accomplished, in part, through a feat of engineering: the construction of massive concrete platforms that allow the buildings to rise above and around active railroad tracks and rail yards. Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains will keep running from New Jersey and other locations to Penn Station, used by about 700,000 people daily.


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



WEST SIDE It was once a gritty stretch of Manhattan known for rail yards, warehouses and aging industrial buildings, so desolate it was dubbed “The Wild, Wild West.” Now, one of the biggest private construction projects in the U.S. is transforming a stretch of the West Side into a cluster of 20 new buildings -- 17 of them high-rises -- so tightly

packed that it has earned a new, not always complimentary, nickname: “Hong Kong on the Hudson.” “This is going to be the new heart of New York,” says Michael Samuelian, a project manager for the $20 billion Hudson Yards -- a joint venture of Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group. This development and the adjacent $4.5 billion Manhattan West complex comprise the city’s most ambitious private real estate ventures since Rockefeller Center went up in the 1930s. When fully completed in 2024, the two projects will offer more than 22 million

In Brief

Shots from the blog show the before and after of local businesses becoming frozen yogurt places.

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


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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS CHECK RESERVOIR PATH GETTING UPGRADE The Central Park Conservancy has announced that the track surrounding the reservoir will be upgraded this summer, West Side Rag reported. To facilitate the upgrades, which include re-surfacing of the track and repairs to improve drainage, runner will be diverted to an alternate route on the bridle path next to the reservoir. The repairs will correct what the conservancy says is normal wear and tear on the crushed stone path.

According to the conservancy’s website, “the track was last repaired in 1999. Since then, the impact of millions of visitors has caused the track to erode in various locations, leaving it rutted and uneven. Rainwater regularly pools on the track, exacerbating the damage. As part of the project, the track will be repaved to address surface conditions and drainage, and the crew responsible for maintaining the track will be expanded to sustain the improvements. Renovation work will occur in sections to cause as little disruption to visitor activity as possible. Runners will

be diverted to the nearby bridle path, the surface of which has been prepared in anticipation of the increase in use.” The repairs will cost an estimated $3 million. West Side Rag

GUNSHOTS FIRED IN U.W.S. BRAWL Four men were involved in an argument on West 93rd Street that turned violent and ended with one man arrested, DNAinfo.com reported. Around 9 p.m. last Thursday, 22-year-old Anthony Steward was Central Park will be making repairs and upgrades to the running path surrounding the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir this summer. Photo via Central Park Conservancy

walking with a friend toward Riverside Park, when the pair got into a fight with two other men. Steward pulled out a .25 caliber semiautomatic gun and fired one shot, prompting several neighbors to call 911, while the group of men fled. Officers from the 24th precinct responded, finding a single gunshot shell outside of 317 W. 93rd St., along with a 9-inch steel knife on an air conditioner ledge. Police found the gun in a trash can near Riverside Park, wrapped in a bloody sweater and T-shirt. After canvassing the park, officers found Steward, who was bleeding from the fight. He was brought to St. Luke’s and treated for bruising and cut on his arm before being released. Back at the 24th precinct, Steward confessed to firing the gun. Steward, who lives on the Upper West Side, is being charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and reckless endangerment. DNAinfo.com

COPS CRACKDOWN ON BIKERS There has been a recent crackdown of bikers on the Upper West Side, the Daily News reported. Captain James Dennedy of the 24th Precinct confirmed to the newspaper that the number of bike violations has gone up 123 percent within the past month.

Dennedy states that due to the increase of bicycle related accidents and the amount of bicyclists that disobey traffic laws, measures needed to be taken. Regular bicyclists and Upper West Side elected officials alike are none too happy about the recent rise in summonses given out over the past year. One regular biker, Charles Williams, told the Daily News, “The city just wants a way to make money. Go after the rapists and the killers. We aren’t bothering nobody.” Daily News

‘FOLDABLE’ U.W.S. STUDIO ON MARKET Curbed reported that a 450foot “foldable” studio apartment was recently put on the market for $469,000. Bought by Eric Schneider in 2005, he enlisted two architects, Michael Chen and Kari Andersen from Normal Projects, to turn his studio into an “origami-like creation.” Chen and Andersen created a large, blue multipurpose closet that unfolds into a bedroom, an office, a living room and a closet with lighting embedded into the cabinets. Chen states that furniture for people who live in New York City often needs to be double duty due to the expensive real estate and small living spaces. Including over-haul renovations for the kitchen and bathroom, Schneider spent a grand total of $70,000 for the conversion. Curbed



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A clerk working at Jubilee News grocery and bodega at 101st Street and Broadway told police that around 11:30 p.m. on May 18 a man walked into his shop and came around the counter, telling him to, “lay down, don’t look at me, give me the money from your pocket.” The perpetrator took the clerk’s money and money from the cash register, a total of $1,500, and fled on foot.

A woman reported to police that she let a friend borrow her 1990 Honda Accord. The friend parked it at the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 97th Street, and when he returned it was missing. After canvassing the area and checking if it had been towed, police chalked it up to a stolen vehicle.

EMILY KICKINSON A parent reported to police that her son got into an altercation in the cafeteria of P.S. 75 Emily Dickinson at 96th Street and West End Avenue with a male student who struck her son, 8, in the head with a book, knocking him to the ground. While on the ground, the student, 9, proceeded to stomp and kick her son in the head.

MONETARY MYSTERY A woman told police she received a call from TD Bank saying that someone was using her debit card on unauthorized transactions. The woman reported a loss of $1,800, and said she never misplaced her debit card and only uses it at the TD Bank on West 94th Street and Broadway.

SNATCH & GO A woman was riding a northbound C Train when at 86th Street someone snatched her cell phone and fled above ground. Two perpetrators, age 12 and 13, were later caught and arrested.

BUSHWACKED A man told police he was walking home westbound on 100th Street at Central Park West when he was approached by three males, one of whom pushed him into a bush and held him down, while another robbed him of $40 cash and an Android cell phone, while a third served as lookout.

GT MIA A moviegoer’s bike was boosted. At 9 p.m. on Monday, May 26, a man went into a movie theater on Broadway, leaving his bicycle locked up outside. When he came out after the movie, he discovered that the bike lock had been

cut and his ride was missing. His bicycle was a GT valued at $5,000.

removed. He lost cash and credit cards with a total value of $1,100.



Someone made off with a hacky sack player’s backpack. At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, a young man 18 years old was playing hacky sack on West 65th Street. When he finished his game, he found that the backpack he had laid on the sidewalk was missing. It contained an Apple laptop valued at $2,300, plus a pair of Bose headphones worth $300.

A New Jersey man told police he was working as a lighting producer on a play being held at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew on West 86th Street between West End Avenue and Broadway. He hung his jacket on a peg during the job and when he returned his wallet was missing. The victim reported an unknown female was seen walking in the area.

SCAFFOLDING SCOFFLAW A woman told police an unknown perpetrator entered her apartment where she and a friend were sleeping through an unlocked back window and stole $3,850 worth of property. The victim reported there was construction scaffolding in the rear of her building – on West 99th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue - at the time of the burglary.

COUNTER OFFER A woman stated that while filling a prescription at the Duane Reade on 102nd Street and Broadway she left her phone on the counter, and when she returned it was missing. The victim told police her husband later texted the phone and received a reply that the perpetrator wanted money in exchange for returning it and would sell it otherwise. The phone was last tracked to 147th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd.

LOCKER LOOTING At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, a 48-year-old man discovered that his locker at a Columbus Avenue gym had been broken into and his property

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YOGURT CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 small businesses disappear, replaced by a flash-in-the-pan trend,” he said. “It’s really just a perfect symbol of the kind of trendy, ultimately useless businesses that take over the kind of unique shops that used to symbolize a neighborhood.” Small businesses in New York, and particularly in Manhattan, are under siege from upward-spiraling rents and high-end retailers that are willing to pay them. Co-op buildings are now allowed by

law to earn more of their revenue off of their ground-floor retail tenants, whereas prior to 2007, they could only make 20 percent of revenue from such tenants, with the remaining 80 percent coming from co-op owners. As leases from 2007 are now expiring, many small businesses are being forced to close or move out of neighborhoods that they’ve called home for decades. We talked to the man behind the site about his motivation for starting the blog, and whether he thinks it will make a difference.

Why did you start “Now It’s A F**king FroYo Place”?

A while back, I started pointing FroYo places out to my boyfriend when we’d walk around an old neighborhood of ours or somewhere else we hadn’t been in a while. I couldn’t believe how fast they were taking over. I wanted an outlet for my frustration, and when Google Streetview launched the timetravel feature, I knew that was my opportunity to at least vent about it, even if was just for myself.


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I’ve been noticing this kind of turnover for a long time; 10 years ago it was cupcake places, in the wake of Sex and the City, and now this. It’ll probably be cronuts or some other shit next. I don’t even think of gentrification as a net evil, but what irritates me is people who move here to live out some TV fantasy version of their 20s (which for some reason seems to involve a lot of trendy desserts) on their parents’ dime and then move to the suburbs at 30 with no savings because they spent everything partying in the city, driving up rents and pricing out middle class people.

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How do you find these places? Some are ones that I walk by and take a photo of or note to look up later (my first post on the shop that replaced Lilliput in SoHo was one of these) and others I look up on the web, and then take a look at what the location used to be.


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The Tumblr site contains before-andafter pictures of businesses taken over by yogurt shops.

which clearly is already irritating some people as I’ve been told to “get over it.” And I will get over it. In my own time, when I accept that everything changes and this is the price we pay for our city being as prosperous and desirable as it is. I completely understand that, as a young professional, I’m part of the problem, and I’m not someone who wants to go back to the good old days of the 70s (I mean, I wasn’t even alive, but there is a subset of people who seem to glamorize what was a very difficult time for the city), but that doesn’t make it any less sad. It’s not that all the places the FroYo shops are replacing were invaluable assets to the community, but I’m hoping that just the sheer scope and relentlessness of the takeover gives people pause.

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

Approximately how many examples do you have to date?

What do you hope to accomplish?

I’ve posted about 22 examples so far and have plenty in the hopper. I’ve also started taking submissions on Tumblr for anyone who sees this happening in their neighborhoods.

I don’t think I’ll accomplish anything. It’s an unstoppable force and all I can do is try to make people think about it,

To see all of the posts, visit nowitsafuckingfroyoplace.tumblr. com.

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WILD WEST CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “This is what keeps me awake at night,â€? says Dennis Friedrich, CEO of Manhattan West developer BrookďŹ eld Office Properties, as he stands by “The Launcherâ€? -- a $7 million, Italianmade hoisting machine created to lift 16 bridge-like concrete spans into place for the $300 million platform.

Each of the 240-foot (73-meter) spans -- weighing about 2,400 tons, or the equivalent of 187 city buses -- is inched into place in the middle of the night when train traffic is sparse. Construction on Manhattan West’s ďŹ rst, 65-story office tower will start after the platform is ďŹ nished by year’s end. Hudson Yards’ wider platform relies on more traditional technology, requiring 253 columns to hold it up. While the platforms are strong

enough to support the weight of newly planned parklands and art-ďŹ lled public spaces, the new high-rises themselves will rest on load-bearing steel columns planted into Manhattan bedrock. The plan for Hudson Yards, occupying an area between 30th and 34th streets bordered by Tenth Avenue and the West Side Highway, features 16 buildings -- 14 of them skyscrapers. The ďŹ rst, 52-story tower rising over the rail yards is expected to open in 2015, anchored by the Coach luxury retailer with tenants including L’Oreal USA and German software giant SAP. Work also has begun on Hudson Yards’ tallest building -- an 80-story skyscraper with an outdoor observation deck higher than the open-air one Empire State Building. It will be home to the corporate headquarters of Time Warner by 2019.

WEST SIDE RISING A look at multibillion-dollar developments aiming to transform New York’s west side: HUDSON YARDS This $20 billion, 28-acre complex to be completed by 2024 features 16 buildings -- 14 of them high-rises -occupying an area between 30th and 34th streets, and Tenth Avenue and the West

Manhattan West ďŹ lls the block between Tenth and Ninth avenues with three towers -- two more than 60 stories -- a public plaza and walkway, shops, garages and a hotel. Tenants have yet to be announced. Squeezed in-between the budding complexes is a nearly half-century-old, pyramid-shaped building that BrookďŹ eld purchased as part of Manhattan West. The 16-story building, which houses the world headquarters of The Associated Press among other companies, is to undergo a $200 million renovation with glass oor-to-ceiling exteriors by 2016. New York University urban planner Mitchell Moss says the developments accelerate a shift of the city’s highend commercial heart away from the traditional stronghold of midtown Manhattan surrounding Rockefeller Center.

Side Highway. The first, 52-story tower rising over platform-covered rail yards is expected to open in 2015, anchored by the Coach luxury retailer with tenants including L’Oreal USA and the German software giant SAP. Work has begun on a second, 80-story skyscraper that will be home to Time Warner, the parent company of CNN and HBO.

“They reflect New York’s new economic center of gravity, shifting to the west and south all the way down to the World Trade Center,� Moss says. Even before the latest construction work, the area had seen something of a rebirth with its former elevated freight tracks transformed into the popular High Line park. Some who live nearby are skeptical of what lies ahead. “Something was going to be built over the rail yards -- that was inevitable -- and this would have been a nice opportunity to do something for the community,� says resident Ann Warren, who owns a neighborhood cupcake bakery and was forced out of her apartment building on West 35th Street by eminent domain. “But all the developers want is to make money.�

Tenth avenues, and 31st to 33rd streets. Also rising over rail yards, its two office towers and one residential skyscraper will look over a green outdoor plaza, a hotel and a 16-story office building constructed MANHATTAN WEST in 1969 that houses the This $4.5 billion, 5-acre complex to be completed by world headquarters of The 2018 features five buildings Associated Press and other -- three of them high-rises media outlets. The older -- covering an entire square building is undergoing a $200 million renovation. block between Ninth and Hudson Yards will offer 5,000 residential units, about 100 shops and restaurants, 14 acres of public open space, a public school and a luxury hotel.

Construction is underway on the Hudson Yards development project.

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<VIEW FROM THE BICYCLE I’m a bicyclist who sympathizes with pedestrians angry about bike lanes. Too many riders enter crowded crosswalks against the light, ride against traffic, and endanger pedestrians and motorists through carelessness.


But the bike lanes aren’t the problem. The carelessness is, and it’s not exclusive to bicyclists. Every day I see pedestrians walk not only into bike lanes but into oncoming traffic without looking. Often they’re texting, but not always.

Please remember that bicycling, like walking, is a healthy, efficient, cost-saving way to get around town. Bike lanes can improve everyone’s safety if we treat them and one another with respect. Thanks, Christian Toth, Columbus Avenue


SAVING SMALL BUSINESS For the past several weeks now, we’ve been bringing you stories of small neighborhood businesses forced to leave the neighborhood. The corner bodega that closed its doors after 40 years. The laundromat that can’t pay the enormous increase in rent. The successful grocery store forced to relocate or close. It is no exaggeration to say that small local businesses in Manhattan are in a state of crisis. Soaring rents catering to an ever-more-wealthy population have made it increasingly impossible for small local shops to stay afloat. For the business owners, the crisis is obvious, and personal. But the rest of us are suffering, too, through the loss of diversity on our blocks, the rise of impersonal chain stores, the pangs of watching a place we grew up with disappear. Uniformity is not the reason we moved to New York. Mayor de Blasio came into office promising to do something about inequality in the city, and he’s made some impressive moves addressing the issue when it comes to housing. His 80-20 plan, mandating that 20 percent of new residential construction be set aside for affordable housing, is a smart idea. Let’s use the same approach when it comes to commercial rents. Requiring developers to set aside 20 percent of new rental space for local businesses, at reduced rents, won’t solve the problem, but it could help slow the exodus that is stripping our neighborhoods of their character. We can hear the chorus of nitpickers already. Who will decide whether a business is local? Won’t this scare developers away? Hasn’t Manhattan always been an expensive place to run a business? Efforts like this been launched before, with no success. We’ll address all of these questions in coming weeks. But we need, urgently, to get this conversation started now. Mayor de Blasio campaigned for office as someone who was particularly attuned to the needs, and the concerns, of people in our city who have no voice. Small businesses across the city are screaming for his attention. He needs to listen.


The proposed Jewish Home Lifecare project on the Upper West Side

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The concerns of the residents objecting to the building of a 20-story nursing home in their neighborhood are certainly deserving of a sympathetic hearing. We all grow old, however, even those residents objecting on behalf of their school-age children. The day may come when some of the objecting residents would be grateful for a facility like Jewish Home Lifecare in their neighborhood, where not only family but friends from their old haunts could visit them. I recommend for them the book by Roz Chast about the end of life experience of her parents. They lived in a city apartment (in Brooklyn) that their daughter did not visit for 11 years. During those years, her parents drove, or, finally, were driven by a car service, to see her in Connecticut. When their daughter finally did visit her parents’ city apartment, she saw that they were not managing well, and she got them moved to what she calls The Place, a nursing home near her home. The residents objecting to the JHL project might someday come to see the value of a place of refuge for the old and ill near their old haunts, where not only family but friends from their old haunts could visit them. The local schoolchildren could be enlisted to show off their musical or other skills to entertain the elderly residents. It might even help those children to grow up as loving and caring adult children who visit their parents often. There are all too few retirement homes, with levels of need, starting with assisted living and transitioning to levels of more care, in Manhattan or nearby.

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Commuting by river on the West Side BY ANN WEISBROD fter turning its back on the waterfront for nearly a century, New York City is beginning to face and embrace the rivers that built our city. Nowhere is this transformation happening faster than on Manhattan’s far West Side, where Hudson Yards will employ and house tens of thousands of new workers and residents. The city has invested $2 billion in extending the Number 7 subway line from Times Square to 11th Avenue, which will link the area to key transit hubs and 10 north/ south subway lines. However, when it comes to mass transit access, more is always better. So how do we bolster mass transit on the far West side? The answer lies on the river itself. The waterways once carried millions of people a year into New York’s business districts, and we can use them again. That is why it is encouraging to see a new ferry line launching at Hudson Yards’ doorstep. Starting May 19, the new Westside


ferry run by New York Water Taxi will connect Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 at West 44th Street to growing jobs around the World Financial Center and Battery Park City. It is the first commuteroriented, north-south ferry line on Manhattan’s western edge, a promising addition to the small but growing ferry networks that cross the Hudson and East Rivers. And at the south end it will link to another area of rapid development in Lower Manhattan, which has six ferry terminals that now receive riders from New Jersey, Brooklyn and Staten Island. The Hudson Yards district is New York’s biggest redevelopment project since Rockefeller Center was built 80 years ago. It encompasses 60 blocks that only a few years ago were barely noticed by New Yorkers – a landscape of rail yards, trucking terminals and warehouses, many of them abandoned. The rezoning of the area provided for a stunning transformation, with capacity for 25 million square feet of new office space, 2 million square feet of retail space, 3 million square feet of hotel space, and 20,000 housing units. The Hudson River is the western flank of the Hudson Yards district. Thus, Hudson Yards is naturally drawn to and defined by the waterfront, and many of its projects will be integrated

with the High Line and Hudson River Park. A transit option at the riverfront will be an invaluable resource for commuters and an attraction of its own for tourists. If the Far West Side is the city’s biggest canvas for waterfront development, it is hardly the only one. All along New York’s 500-plus miles of shoreline, new housing is finally breaking through the highways, rail lines and disused industrial sites that for decades walled off the city from its own waterways. The same barriers choked off mass-transit arteries, leaving the waterfront largely inaccessible and discouraging housing development on what should be some of the most valuable real estate on earth. Ferry service is one of the least expensive and most efficient means adding to the transit infrastructure for hundreds of thousands of new residents expected in the emerging waterfront neighborhoods. For many of them, ferries will be an essential and enjoyable mode of transportation. To solve the next century’s transportation needs, New York City must look to its past and embrace its greatest resource: its rivers. Ann Weisbrod is the former president of Hudson Yards Development Corporation.


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212-280-8070 www.amsterdamtavernnyc.com Bistro Ten 18 212-662-7600 1018 Amsterdam Avenue (110) www.bistroten18.com Blockheads 212-662-8226 951 Amsterdam Avenue (106) www.blockheads.com Buca 212-531-8730 201 W. 103 Street (Amsterdam) Orale’ Mexican Kitchen 212-749-2929 768 Amsterdam Avenue (97-98) oralemk.com Isola on Columbus 212-665-2970 994 Columbus Avenue (109) Lura Restaurant & Lounge 212-866-7500 949 Columbus Avenue (106-107) www.LuraNY.com Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread, Too 212-865-6744 366 W. 110 Street www.spoonbreadinc.com 212-280-4575 THAI Market 960 Amsterdam Ave (107) www.thaimarketnyc.com The Ellington 212-222-4050 936 Amsterdam Ave. (106) www.theellingtonny.com Village Pour House 212-979-2337 984 Amsterdam Ave (109) www.villagepourhouse.com Wondee Siam 212-531-1788 969 Amsterdam Avenue (107) www.wondeesiam5.com 938 Amsterdam Ave (106)

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“THE ROSE VALLET” - BULGARIAN FOLK DANCE The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave 8-9:30 p.m.; $20 This event will show the vibrancy and the dynamic of the Bulgarian folk dance, songs and music by staging performances inspired by or dedicated to the Rose Valley in Bulgaria. The Rose Valley is a place of stunning natural beauty that has inspired generations of artists and has famed Bulgaria with its fragrant oil-producing roses. est-85248.ticketbud.com

6 THE CITY OF CONVERSATION Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (at Lincoln Center), 150 W. 65th St 2 p.m.; $87+ In 1979, Washington D.C. was a place where people actually talked to each other... where adversaries fought it out on the Senate floor and then smoothed it out over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. But it was all about to change. In this play spanning 30 years and six presidential administrations, five-time Tony® nominee Jan Maxwell plays savvy and elegant Hester Ferris, the doyenne of Georgetown dinner parties whose influence in liberal politics is legendary. But when her beloved son suddenly turns up with an ambitious Reaganite girlfriend and a shocking new conservative world view, Hester must choose between preserving her family and defending the causes she’s spent her whole life fighting for. lct.org

BURNING BRIGHT: TIGER, TIGER Stux Gallery, 24 W. 57th Street, 6th Floor 12 p.m.; Free

8 an exhibition that explores the various functions and incarnations of fire in visual art. Working from a range of media and inspirations, the show’s sixteen artists present vividly imagined works that are acutely conscious of the politics of material reality and the continuity of art and human history. Fire’s amphibious capacity to both transform physical material and participate in the art’s abstract content is thoroughly discussed. stuxgallery.com


J-FEST; AQUATIC INFORMATION The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave 5 p.m.; $20 Written and performed by Wendy Luck. Created as part of Luck’s doctoral work and utilizing contemporary multimedia performance practices, Aquatic Information presents the story of her grandmother’s escape from Bolshevik Russia. Ms. Luck, a flautist, singer, actress, and comedienne, also employs audio recordings of her grandfather, a cantor, and video projections. She plays multiple roles and employs her myriad musical talents to create a performance ritual like none other. jccmanhattan.org



St. Agnes Public Library, 444 Amsterdam Ave. 2-4 p.m.; Free Photographs of Havana street scenes by Helga Busemann. The photos are vivid portraits of a City in transition. !The photos were taken in 2013 during a cultural exchange organized by the American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba [AFLFC] which promotes contemporary art and dialogue between Cuban and American artists. [ AFLFC is the organization that sponsors the Havana Film Festival that took

Lincoln Square Synagogue, 180 Amsterdam Avenue 10 a.m.; Free Zounds Hearing is participating in a communitywide Aging Symposium covering key aspects of the ‘aging process’ that impact the entire spectrum of family, loved ones and caregivers. The goal is to educate and inform ation while providing key resources for additional support in the greater Manhattan area. lss.org

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7-9 p.m.; $5 the Ethical Society will focus on some BIG questions: “when would you stand up to a powerful authority, even at risk to yourself?” and some everyday FREEDOM SUMMER: ethical dilemmas: “should you THE NEXT GENERATION criticize a family member when you feel he/she has behaved immorally?” The seminar meets West Park Presbyterian monthly, giving enough time to Church, 165 W. 86th St. at read each of the non-fiction and Amsterdam Ave. fiction texts. It concludes with 7 p.m.; Free The Center at West Park and an effort to develop guidelines West Park Presbyterian Church, for personal ethical consistency. in cooperation with the Andrew nysec.org Goodman Foundation, presents Freedom Summer: The Next COMMUNITY BOARD Generation, a commemoration 7 TRANSPORTATION and discussion. This year COMMITTEE marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer and Board Offices, 250 West the murders of Goodman, 87th Street Chaney, and Schwerner as they 7 p.m.; Free canvassed the south in an effort The Transportation to register African-Americans Committee addresses every to vote. What can we learn aspect of the district’s from the events of the Freedom transportation needs, including Summer to help us in our current infrastructure, streets, struggles for equality? What sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, kind of community existed in traffic signals, traffic patterns, the Upper West Side in 1964 street usage, signage, bus and to encourage a 20-year-old subway service, ferries, and all Andrew Goodman to leave his types of vehicular uses including home to work for civil rights? automobiles, trucks, bicycles, How can we create and support scooters, skates, wheelchairs, communities that encourage strollers, as well as pedestrians. young people to fight for social nyc.gov/html/mancb7 justice today? The Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Sr. Pastor at Riverside Church, President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation, will be delivering the keynote address. thecenteratwestpark.org


20TH PRECINCT COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING 20th Precinct, 120 West 82nd Street 7 p.m.; Free The 20th Precinct covers the Upper West Side from West 59th to 86th Streets. Anyone who lives, works, attends school or has business in the neighborhood is encouraged to attend the precinct community council meetings, where NYPD officers listen and respond to safety and crime concerns from residents. nyc.gov


THE GEFILTE FISH CHRONICLES The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave 8 p.m.; $20 a celebration of the power of family. Irresistible and compelling, heart-warming and touching, inspirational and hilarious, it was inspired by the award-winning documentary of the same name shown nationwide on over 70 PBS stations. Recounting the colorful story of the Dubroff family, we see the importance of passing on memories, music and stories from one generation to the next, ensuring that their beloved departed will remain alive in the hearts and minds of all generations that follow. Gefilte Fish Chronicles the Musical answers the question: What happened to Tevye and so many other Jews when they left Russia and emigrated to the United States? jccmanhattan.org

BUSINESS & CONSUMER ISSUES New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street (at COMMITTEE Central Park West)

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250 West 87th Street 7 p.m.; Free The major tasks for the Business and Consumer Issues Committee are the review of State Liquor Authority (SLA) applications for bars, restaurants and hotels, review and approval of new enclosed and unenclosed café applications and their renewals, and street fair permit renewals. They also mediate quality of life issues between the community and the various business interests. nyc.gov/html/mancb7

12 BUILDING A CULTURE OF PEACE New York Society for Ethical Culture 2 West 64th Street (at Central Park West) 6:30 - 8 p.m.; Free In annual international Day of Peace was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 and designated for celebration on September 21 the following year. But “Peace Day is Every Day” is the motto of myriad organizations throughout the world dedicated to “peacebuilding.” This is different from “peacemaking” and “peacekeeping” in that it focuses on creating a long-term culture of peace, rather than solving existing conflicts or preventing old ones from reoccurring. This workshop will use materials from the National Peace Academy to explore four interdependent, synthesizing, and catalytic cornerstones of peace learning and action: Peace Education, Peace Research, Peace Practice, and Peace Policy. nysec.org

YOUR JOURNEY TO SELF AWARENESS: GPS YOUR LIFE St. Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Ave. 5:30 p.m.; Free Life is not simple, nor is it easy. Prices are rising and employment is not stable. Many people are not prepared for the life changes that are facing them. Whether you are young or old, a better self awareness leads to a more successful and less stressful life. This lecture will discuss how to formulate a plan to achieve your goals. What do you really want out of life? What steps will you take to get there? No goal is unrealistic. Join me as we learn about ourselves, in an eye opening seminar. nypl.org



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

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



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The Alexander Robertson School’s Nicole DeVault has been awarded a prestigious Blackboard Award for “Excellence in Education.” Only 20 teachers are chosen each year from all of the City’s public, private, charter, and parochial schools. The honorees are nominated by parents and school administrators and are chosen by a board of educational advisors. DeVault teaches French, Art and an “Everyday Ethics” course at the Pre-K through 5th Grade Alexander Robertson School.


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After a long, pent-up winter, this summer in New York is already shaping up to be particularly glorious. Temperatures, finally, have cracked the 80-degree mark, sending New Yorkers of all stripes scrambling to find ways to enjoy the sunshine. This year’s Summer Guide provides the answers. For the last several months, researcher Mary Newman has scoured Manhattan for tips on everything from outdoor movies and interesting road trips to a laundromat where you can enjoy drinks and grilled-cheese sandwiches while waiting for your clothes to dry.

We’ve organized this year’s guide by topic, and hope we’ve provided a mix of old favorites (that you may have forgotten) and new ideas worth a try. To help you scan the list quickly, check out the icons running across the bottom of each item letting you know whether it’s kid-friendly, outdoorsy, outside of New York, etc. In a city like ours, any such list can, of course, only be a start. Contact us at news@strausnews. com for your ideas. But we think we’ve given you a great place to begin. So now get outside, and enjoy. Kyle Pope Editor in Chief

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




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



Hester Nights Free Admission The Eventi Hotel 851 6th Ave, Entrances on 29th St and 30th St Every Thursday Night 5PM – 10PM www.hesterstreetfair.com Start your summer weekends every Thursday night at this food and drink street fair in the Eventi Hotel’s outdoor, open-air plaza. You can enjoy street food like Peruvian empanadas, Vietnamese sandwiches from Food Freaks Banh Mi, made-to-order Ludlow Pizza pies, and sweet treats from vendors like Jessy’s Pastries. Craft beer, wine, and cocktails are also served throughout the entire food fest, and can be enjoyed under the romantic twinkle lights strung around the space. Starting at 7:30 p.m., you can also enjoy a free movie in the Brighton Theater.

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

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

GUT-BUSTING BBQ IN MADISON SQUARE PARK Big Apple BBQ Block Party Free Entry, Prices vary upon Food Truck Madison Square Park 23rd St – 26th St btwn Madison Ave and 5th Ave Opens 11AM June 7 – June 8 www.bigapplebbq.org The barbeque-inspired block party

returns for its annual weekend this June 7-8. Event admission is free, with award-winning barbeque and Southern-inspired fare from the country’s top grill masters available for $9/plate. Live music is planned for both days to liven up the crowd, and limited outdoor seating is available. To bypass the long lines, you can purchase a Disney-style FastPass, or BigPiggin’ Pass, through their website at www. bigapplebbq.org.

SWANK IN THE PARK The Taste of Summer $400/ ticket Bethesda Terrace, Central Park 7pm – 11pm June 11 www.centralparknyc.org This luxurious event brings together 800 guests, offering them a distinctive kickoff to summer in New York. One of the Central Park Conservancy’s annual benefits, guests will enjoy food prepared by some of the city’s most notable chefs, a silent auction, and music at the iconic Bethesda Terrace. All proceeds go to the conservancy’s efforts to restore and maintain Central Park.

FOOD AND PING PONG SPiN Galatic $15/30 minutes or $30/hour

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


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Dovetail 103 W 77th St @ Columbus Ave Monday – Thursday 5:30PM – 10PM Friday – Saturday 5 – 10:30 PM Sunday 11:30AM – 2PM & 5PM – 10:30PM www.dovetailnyc.com (212) 362 3800 This Upper West Side restaurant has gained an impressive reputation for its food, but it can also be a great place to grab a drink. The upscale eatery has a great environment for a date night drink, offering a long list of custom cocktails. Most noteably the RhubarbBasil Fizz which features vodka, opal basil, rhubarb, and bitter lemon soda. In addition to great cocktail selections, you can also choose from their extensive beer and wine lists.

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

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

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

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

FRESH SUMMER INGREDIENTS Wallflower $14-$16 235 West 12th St @ Greenwich Ave Sunday – Monday 5PM – 12AM Tuesday – Wednesday 5PM – 12:30 PM Friday – Saturday 5PM – 1AM www.wallflowernyc.com Wallflower is an extremely charming small restaurant tucked away in the West Village that is well worth the trip. They have creative mixologists behind the bar who have created a

unique cocktail menu full of fresh ingredients. Drink prices range from $12-$17, and they also offer a menu of lightly portioned food as well. It is difficult to choose just one drink from their impressive list but some of the most notable are the Arlay Sour, which is made with chamomile, infused Citadelle gin, Chateau D’arlay Macvin Du Jura, lemon juice, honey syrup and lavender bitters. Another great choice for a hot summer night is the drink named The Fake Russian, with tea infused Absolut Vodka, lime juice, smoked pineapple syrup, green chartreuse, and habanero bitters.

BEER A THE OLDEST IRISH H PUB IN NYC McSorley’s Old Ale House Est. 1854 4 15 East 7th ST btwn 2nd Ave and 3rd rd Ave Monday – Saturday 11AM – 1AM Sunday 1PM – 1AM www.mcsorleysnewyork.com (212) 474 9148 This historic pub started as a watering hole in 1854 and has since claimed the title as New York City’s oldest continuously operated saloon.. Make sure to wear summer sandals because the floors are usually covered ed with peanut shells and sawdust, but it is a fun environment to have some historic craft beer. They serve a lightt and dark version of McSorley’s Ale, which is the same beer they have been serving for 150 years. This is a great place to bring friends from out of town, and we recommend going onn a weeknight because on weekends itt gets extremely crowded.

FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP DTUT $12-$17 1744 2nd Ave @ 91st St Monday – Thursday 7AM – 12AM Friday – Saturday 7AM – 2AM Sunday – 7AM – 12AM (212) 410 6449 Longtime Upper East Side residents may remember the DTUT that was originally on 2nd Ave near 84th St before closing in 2007. The bar and coffee shop hybrid, which stands for Downtown Uptown has since reopened just a few blocks north on 2nd Ave and 91st St. In addition to offering free Wi-Fi and a cozy

coffee shop ambiance all year round, their iced mocha and weekly fondue specials that pair a cheese, chocolate, or s’mores fondue with a bottle of wine for $32 are worth the visit.

BEER IN A BOTANICAL GARDEN Taste the World: Botanical Brew Fest at Queens Botanical Garden $45 if purchased before July 18th $50 at the door Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main St Flushing, Queens July 19 12PM – 7PM www.queensbotanical.org/BrewFest Surrounded by beautiful gardens, you can enjoy a glass of beer from a selection of international and local craft beers. There will also be live music and tours of the garden for entertainment. The breweries scheduled to be at this year’s event include Crispin, Six Point, Smutty Nose, Southern Tier, Abita, Oskar Blues, Great South Bay, Ayinger, Williams Bros Brewing Co, 961 Beer, Crabbies, and Singha Beer, Lammsbrau, and Sam Smith. The full schedule of events will be posted soon on their website, and you must be 21 or older to attend.

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

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A CONVERSATION ON FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY Aperture Foundation $5 Donation Aperture Gallery and Bookstore 547 West 47th St. @11th Ave. June 17 6:30 PM www.aperture.org Listen to photographer Jo Ann Callis discuss her body of work from the mid 1970s that investigated different forms of the nude body and sexuality. That work is a part of her book, “Other Rooms,” and she discusses her images with book publisher Lesley A. Martin. After the talk you can visit The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucus exhibit by photographers Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen.

MOMA ENGAGES KIDS Try This ! Free with Museum admission Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53rd St btwn Lexington Ave & 5th Ave May 30 – July 27 Every Friday 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM www.moma.com The MoMa Arts Lab is encouraging both parents and children to take part

in its art class entitled “Try This!” in connection with its current exhibit “Movement.” Through different activities, visitors are able to go beyond just looking and talking about the artwork and finding different ways to engage with the work. Different methods of creative exploration, and techniques of modern and contemporary art help students appreciate art in new ways.

ADULT ART CLASSES Battery Park Conservancy Free South Cove Park @ 2nd Place May - October www.bpcparks.org Artists of all abilities can take part in the free art classes being offered in Battery City Park this summer. If you are interested in landscapes, you should join their “Drawings in the Park” class. It meets every Saturday at 10 a.m., teaching students to sketch and paint the river, city, and park landscapes. The “Figures al Fresco” class focuses on figure drawing, meeting every Wednesday from at 2:30 p.m. Every class is taught by a professional artist, and materials are provided.

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

THE MUSEUM’S TWO-WAY MIRROR WALKABOUT The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Gunther Vogt Suggested donation of $25 The Metropolitan Museum of Art Fifth Ave @ 88th St April 29 – November 2 Monday – Thursday, Sunday 10AM – 5:30PM Friday – Saturday 10AM – 9PM www.metmuseum.org Pioneer conceptual artist Dan Graham has built an impressive

25-year career creating elegant sculptures made of glass and steel. In collaboration with Swiss landscape designer Gunther Vogt, they have turned the top of the Met into a maze that explores the relationship between the individual and the public space. Equipped with food and drinks, the Met rooftop is the perfect place to spend an afternoon this summer.

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

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

WEIRD, WILD, & WONDERFUL New York Botanical Garden $20 Adults, $10 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx April 19st – September 21st www.nybg.org/exhibitions The Botanical Garden is known for

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its beauty, but this summer’s exhibition is an homage to the beauty of the botanical world’s most bizarre plants. Members of the American Society of Botanical Artists collaborated to study a variety of strange-looking plants and create 46 stunning paintings and illustrations. Weird, Wild, & Wonderful will be on display in the Ross Gallery through September 21st.

FINE ART INSPIRES PERFORMANCE ARTISTS The New Museum Block Party Free Sara D. Roosevelt Park @ East Houston St. July 20 12PM – 5PM www.newmuseum.org Experience this fun, interactive performance art festival on the Lower East Side. The New Museum Block Party is an afternoon of performances that are directly inspired by current exhibitions and museum programs. Everyone attending the block party will receive one complimentary ticket to the New Museum. There will be six different workshops at this year’s event, but all of them engage the audience through different artistic mediums.



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


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



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

(212) 242 8769 In addition to trapeze classes, kids can also sign up for a trampoline, balancing acrobatics, Spanish web, static trapeze, Lyra, or a silks class. Both locations are open only during the summertime to offer students an outdoor trapeze experience. This is a great activity for thrill seekers, and can work as a trust-building exercise if parents take the class with their kids. Instructors offer opportunities for students at all levels the chance to push the boundaries and experience new things, no matter what class you end up taking.

CELEBRATE THE HISTORY at either 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE Sunday p.m. On Sunday, the tour begins at “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter” Exhibit Free New York Public Library @ Bryant Park Stephen A. Shwarzman Building Monday – Sunday through September 7 www.nypl.com (917) 275 6975 This charmingly curated, interactive exhibit offers both parents and children an examination of why children’s books are so important: what and how they teach children, and what they reveal about the societies that produce them. There are free 45-minute docentled tours offered every day except

3:30 p.m. The exhibit walks viewers through important books of the past and present, with related objects that reveal hidden historical contexts and connections. The selection is inspired by the W.H. Auden quote, “There are no good books which are only for children.”

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

LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS OF TENNIS Community Center at Stuyvesant High School $180/ 6 sessions $165 for members or $35/ class $32 for members 345 Chambers St @ West St Saturdays through June 21 3PM – 5:30PM www.ccshs.org (646) 210 4292 The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy is offering beginning and intermediate tennis lessons for kids, taught by instructor Kim Champion at Stuyvesant High School every Saturday through the end of June. There are three levels being offered: Beginner Level 1, Beginner Level 2,

and Intermediate Level 1 so it is a great place to get kids involved in tennis at a young age.

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


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

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

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

OUTDOOR OPERA SCREENINGS Summer in HD Film Festival Free Metropolitan Opera Guild Lincoln Center Aug 23 – September 1 8PM www.metoperafamily.com At the end of each summer, the Metropolitan Opera Guild hosts an outdoor film festival the week leading up to Labor Day. The guild chooses 10 performances from the past year and projects them onto an outdoor screen. It is an extremely romantic event, and it is recommended to get there early because it is a popular event. If you would like to purchase tickets and have reserved seating, you can attend their pre-screening lectures that run from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. before each event. This allows you to go out to dinner before the film and skip fighting over a spot to sit. The 2014 schedule hasn’t been posted but will be available in June, at www. metfamilyopera.com

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Close Encounters of the Spielberg Kind Free Museum of Jewish Heritage 36 Battery Place Select Wednesday Nights 6:30PM www.mjhnyc.org/Spielberg This summer the Museum of Jewish Heritage has chosen a theme for its summer movie screenings -- all things Steven Spielberg. These screenings will be held indoors at the downtown museum, offering a good solution for rainy summer nights. You can also spend some time visiting the museum’s summer exhibitions before the movie, especially its permanent exhibition Garden of Stones by artist Andy Goldsworthy. This outdoor garden has trees growing from large stones, many planted by Holocaust survivors and their families. June 15 – Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark July 2 – Saving Private Ryan July 9 – Jurassic Park July 16 – Amistad July 23 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind July 30 – Schindler’s List August 6 – Jaws August 13 – Teen Movie Night – E.T. the Extra Terrestrial

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

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

HBO COMES TO BRYANT PARK Summer Film Festival Free Bryant Park Every Monday June 23 – August 18 5PM www.bryantpark.org HBO will be screening a variety of different movies in Bryant Park this summer. You can grab some Shake Shack to go and pick a spot on the lawn, which will open at 5 p.m. every Monday evening. The screenings will begin at sunset, usually between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. This is a great choice if you are looking for a picnic-style outdoor movie experience.

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June 16 – Saturday Night Fever June 23 – The Mark of Zorro June 30 – A Soilder’s Story July 7 – Blazing Saddles July 14 – Suddenly Last Summer July 21 – National Lampoon’s Vacation July 28 – Key Largo August 4 – The Karate Kid August 11 – Lover Come Back August 18 – The Shining

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

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

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

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

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START SUMMER VACATION WITH A MILE OF ART Museum Mile Festival Free Starting point at Museum of the City of New York 103rd St @ 5th Ave 5:45PM – 9PM June 10 www.museummilefestival.org (212) 606 2296 Originating as an initiative to spur the development of new museum audiences in 1978, the Museum Mile Festival has grown immensely, bringing together New Yorkers from every borough to celebrate the city’s rich artistic heritage. There will be an opening ceremony to kick off the festival at the Museum of the City of New York. At 6 p.m., everyone will begin the mile-long walk down Fifth Avenue, stopping at El Museu de Barrio, The Jewish Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the National Academy Museum and School. Along the walk attendees will enjoy several stops where they can enjoy musical entertainment, chalk drawings, and other family-friendly activities.

EAST SIDE NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY Annual Murray Hill Neighborhood Festival Free 34th – 40th Street & Park Avenue Saturday June 7 11AM – 6PM Sponsored by the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, this one day street festival features arts & crafts, live music, and a large variety of food and drink options that will be scattered down Park Avenue. The Neighborhood Association makes this street fair unique to its community hosting their own vendors throughout the festival. In addition to the dozens of outside vendors, the Association raises money with their used book

site, a table selling baked goods, and a silent auction with prizes. Whether you live in the area or not, this neighboprhood focused street fair is a great place to spend your Saturday afternoon.

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

SUPPORT YOUNG TALENT IN MUSICAL THEATER The New York Musical Theatre Festival $25 ticket / performance Locations vary depending on performance July 7 - 27 www.nymf.org (212) 664 0979 In addition to offering New Yorker a handful of impressive musical theater productions each summer, the New York Musical Theatre Festival also works as a launching pad for the next generation of musicals and their creators. All of the productions showcased each year have been created by young playwrights, composers, actors, choreographers, and producers. This year, there will be 30 new musicals, playing in seven different midtown theaters for a three-week period. Past festivals have supported the success of two dozen off-Broadway and three Broadway shows, including the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner “Next to Normal.”

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


Downtown Manhattan has always been an area of major cultural diversity, and this festival celebrates the heritage of both Jewish and Chinese communities of our Lower East Side/ Chinatown neighborhoods. At this year’s 14th annual festival you can take part in folk art demos, crafts, Chinese and Yiddish language lessons, synagogue tours, Chinese opera and acrobatics, scribal arts, and much more.


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DANCE IN LINCOLN CENTER Lincoln Center Out of Doors – Dizzy Feet Foundation Free Josie Robertson Plaza @ Lincoln Center July 26 4PM www.lcoutofdoors.org As part of Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors event series, join hundreds of other dancers in a pre-choreographed mob dance to celebrate National Dance Day. Dancers of all abilities are invited to join in two routines, which can be learned in advance by watching videos posted online on the Dizzy Feet Foundation Facebook page. If you aren’t able to learn the dance ahead of time, we still suggest going to this event to watch this impressive mob dance take place. You can even join in throughout the day and celebrate the joy of dancing.

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



Beatles Brunch with Strawberry Fields $40 Advanced $42.50 Day of Show B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 243 West 42nd St btwn 7th Ave & 8th Ave Every Saturday 11AM – 2PM www.bbkingblues.com Enjoy an afternoon all you can eat brunch buffet while listening to the Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields. Taking you on their own self-proclaimed “Magical Mystery Tour,” the band starts with music from the first Beatles album and finishes with songs from the White Album and Abbey Road. Many of the band members performed in the hit Broadway musical “Beatlemania.” This is a fun way to liven up your Sunday brunch routine and listen to some of your favorite Beatles hits.

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

entire list of scheduled concerts.

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

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

TRAVEL TO THE JAZZ AGE The 9th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party $35 - $300 (children under 12 are free) Governor’s Island 7 Old Slip @ Water St June 14th – 15th, August 16th – 17th 11AM – 5PM www.jazzagelawnparty.com Play dress up for Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra this summer on Governor’s Island to picnic in 1920s attire and listen to amazing jazz musicians. You can choose from a range of ticket offerings from general admission to “The Gatsby” package which gives you access to all the musical venues, four mini carafes of St. Germain cocktails, food prepared

by private chefs, backstage access, a private vintage photo shoot, and a Dreamland tote bag stocked with hand fans, a parasol and a blanket. This event has become more popular every summer because of its upscale picnicking, themed cocktails, and world-class music. You will feel like you are mingling inside of a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.

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

basis. June 24 – The Knights Opening Concert July 15 – Orpheus Chamber Orchestra July 22 – The Knights August 5 – Christina & Michelle Naughton August 12 – The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

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

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

FUN WAYS TO LEARN TECHNOLOGY Senior Planet (aging with attitude) Free - accepts donations 27 W. 25th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fridays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. info@seniorplanet.org 646-590-0615 Come and mingle with like-minded

seniors and finally learn how to use technology in a laid back environment. Senior Planet is the first technologythemed center for designed specifically for people over 60. Sign up for different workshops and seminars on Pinterest, current art exhibitions, and how to use social media to stay in touch with loved ones.

AT HOME GOURMET COOKING LESSONS Culinary Genius $300-$400 in home classes for up to 5 people 158 Grand Street #206 homecookingny.com (917) 803-6857 Step out of your culinary comfort zone. Learn culture, develop passion and achieve gratification in the comfort of your own home with private cooking

lessons. Invite friends or be the envy of the dinner party.

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

DANCE FOR LIFE $17 per class, bulk rates available 92Y 1395 Lexington Avenue @ 92nd St. www.92y.org (212) 415- 5500 Stimulate your mind and body with

gentle dance classes that enhance flexibility and strength. A variety of dance styles and class times are offered. The 92nd St Y is a large community filled with interesting New Yorkers, and signing up for one of their classes is a great way to get in shape and meet new people who are also seeking a healthy lifestyle.

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Summer on the Hudson: Salute the Sun Yoga Free The Plaza at 66th St @ Riverside Park South July 16 6:30PM – 7:30PM www.nycgovparks.org End your day with a relaxing yoga class on the water at Riverside Park. It is a Hatha style yoga class, suitable for all fitness levels and a great opportunity to escape from city stresses without having to leave Manhattan. Bring your own mat and destress while practicing yoga on the grass.

STREET ART BIKE TOUR Five Borough Bicycle Club Free 891 Amsterdam Ave @ 104th St June 7 10AM www.5bbc.org (347) 688 2925

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

spend hours at a salon, especially during the summer. At the salon Rouge you can choose from a menu of 30-minute makeover options ranging from natural looks to bold makeup looks. All of the products used can be purchased, so you can take home any products that stand out to you. Founded by “Law & Order SVU” star Stephanie March and her on-set makeup artist Rebecca Perkins, this cosmetics salon also offers overnight locker storage for anyone who doesn’t want to carry around everything they own while they are out on the town.



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Taoist Arts Center $150 - $450 342 East 9th St btwn 1st Ave & 2nd Ave 7PM & 8PM www.taoist-arts.com (212) 477 7055 Tai Chi is a great way to practice good health for your mind and your body.

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The Taoist Arts Center is offering an eight-week course this summer to introduce new students, and further challenge anyone who already practices Tai Chi. Each eight-week term includes six weeks of instruction, followed by two weeks of enrichment classes to help students absorb and reďŹ ne the lessons. If you have ever been curious about practicing Tai Chi, this is a great way to get started. Prospective students can visit the school and meet other students and instructors and can participate in one free enrichment class on the next to last Tuesday of each term.

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

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


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Summer Streets Free Park Avenue August 3, 10, 17 7AM – 1PM www.nyc.got/dot The Department of Transportation will be celebrating its annual celebration of New York City’s most overlooked public space – its streets -- this August. The DOT will shut down nearly seven miles running between the Brooklyn Bridge Park to Central Park along Park Avenue, providing a healthy space for biking, walking, running, and other activities. There will also be an adventure zone with rock climbing, art installations, a zip line -- all free of charge.

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

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BREAKTHROUGH WEEKEND A NYC detective comedy by Sujewa Ekanayake NYC Theatrical Premiere Run June 12 - 18

RESURRECTION OF SERIOUS ROGERS An action comedy by Angelo Bell June 13, 10:30 PM

WHERE WE STARTED A romantic drama by Chris Hansen NYC Theatrical Premiere Run June 12 - 18

MATHA A drama that takes place during the Sri Lankan civil war By Boodee Keerthisena, June 14, 10 PM

LITTLE FISHES ‘A ďŹ lm about girls in love’ by Alexia Anastasio June 12, 8:30 PM

MILLE SOYA A drama about Sri Lankan immigrants in Italy By Boodee Keerthisena June 15, 6 PM



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QUEENS OF NEW YORK FILM New documentary celebrates Russ & Daughters fish shop BY GABRIELLE ALFIERO

LOWER EAST SIDE When filmmaker Julie Cohen produced a one-hour special for PBS about Jewish life in New York City, she included a segment on iconic ďŹ sh and specialty food shop Russ & Daughters. She interviewed second generation owners Anne Russ Federman and Hattie Russ Gold at their homes in Florida, and ended up with about two hours of footage for the 10-minute segment. She couldn’t leave the rest on the cutting room oor. “The Sturgeon Queens,â€? Cohen’s new documentary about the Lower East Side institution, resulted from the extra footage—and many additional interviews— which will screen on the opening night of the Lower East Side Film Festival on June 12. The shop celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and the ďŹ lm coincidentally aligns with the recent opening of Russ & Daughter’s CafĂŠ, the shop’s new sit-down restaurant on Orchard Street, a few blocks from the East Houston Street storefront. Cohen, whose great-grandparents came to the United States through Ellis Island and settled on the Lower East Side, was attracted to the ubiquity of the Russ story. “Starting with nothing, as very provincial Yiddish speakers and prodding their children and grandchildren to move up in the world and get educated, that is my

Hattie Russ Gold at work at Russ & Daughters. Photo courtesy of the Russ Family

family story as well as the story of so many viewers, both Jews and non-Jews,â€? Cohen said. Running at 52 minutes, “The Sturgeon Queensâ€? tells the tale of patriarch Joel Russ, who started the shop in 1914 and later partnered with his three daughters, who carried on the business. Along with Anne and Hattie, Cohen interviewed Anne’s son Mark Russ Federman and current proprietors (and Joel’s great-grandchildren) Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper, the brains behind the cafĂŠ. The voices of longtime customers narrate the story. Instead of using traditional voice over, Cohen asked six customers, all in their 70s, 80s and 90s, to read the history of the shop they’ve frequented for decades. “I didn’t want this to seem like a historic, PBS, Ken Burns-style sweeping history,â€? Cohen said. “I wanted it to be a little

more homey and personal and fun.� Ben Waxman, or Benny to his friends, is one of the narrators. At 91, he has lived on the Lower East Side his entire life and, like the Russes, ran a family-owned business in the neighborhood. His father opened Haber’s, a supply shop that sold everything from athletic shoes to office furniture, in 1928. Waxman said he gave Anne’s husband Herb a pair of Adidas umpire shoes to ease the aches brought on by long hours at Russ & Daughters. When Herb took his breaks, he walked the ten blocks to Haber’s and “schmoozed.� Waxman’s friendly relationship with the Russ clan continues today. “When I walk into that shop I feel I have a camaraderie with almost everyone there,� he said. “I think I know just about everyone there.� Cohen also cast notable clientele, in-


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cluding actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose parents lived on the Lower East Side. Ginsburg was the ďŹ rst celebrity to agree to the ďŹ lm, which she accepted in a hand-written note. During shooting, Cohen brought the interviewees their favorite Russ & Daughters snacks. For Gyllenhaal, she delivered Nova lox on a pumpernickel bagel. “60 Minutesâ€? correspondent Morley Safer got pickled herring. And it was Scottish salmon for Ginsburg, who sent Cohen another handwritten letter, thanking her for the ďŹ sh. “I was surprised again and again by the amount of almost romantic attachment [customers] have to the store,â€? she said. “People who you wouldn’t really expect like Justice Ginsburg or Maggie Gyllenhaal are basically getting teary when they’re talking about their favorite smoked ďŹ sh.â€?

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Performances Main Stage 73rd Street 1 PM to 5 PM

Linda Miller & The Girls Next Door

CHILDREN’S BLOCK 84th - 85th Streets





Composer and flutist Wendy Luck’s new multimedia work “Aquatic Information” incorporates audio from a recently-found cassette recording of her Russian-Jewish grandmother’s retelling of her escape from the Bolsheviks, along with a recording of her grandfather’s cantorial chanting. Luck’s piece also incorporates video projections and her original compositions. Sunday, June 8 JCC Manhattan Goldman Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium 334 Amsterdam Ave. 5:00 p.m. Tickets $20

Theater company Three Day Hangover, which stages adaptations of classic works in local bars, performs a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night,” presenting the classic play’s love triangles and romantic woes against a modern city backdrop, accompanied by raucous live music by New York City mainstay Rock Star Karaoke NYC. June 6 through June 30 (assorted dates) McGee’s Restaurant and Pub 240 West 55th Street 8:00 p.m. Tickets $15

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

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KIDS BALLET TECH FOUNDATION PRESENTS KIDS DANCE Forty budding dancers between the ages of nine and 14 from Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech School perform both new and repertory numbers, including KYDZNY, a new piece that, on opening night, will be performed with live musical accompaniment by jazz and funk ensemble Raya Brass Band. Feld, a legendary ballet dancer and Broadway performer who also opened the Joyce Theater, choreographed all three works in the show. June 12 through June 15 The Joyce Theater 175 Eighth Ave. Assorted show times Tickets $10 to $39 For tickets, call 212-242-0800

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New York City Department of Transportation Notice of Public Hearing The New York City Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on Wednesday June 11, 2014 at 2:00 P.M., at 55 Water St., 9th Floor Room 945, on the following petitions for revocable consent, all in the Borough of Manhattan: #1 25 West 81st Street LLC to construct, maintain and use fenced-in planted areas on the north sidewalk of W 81st St., between Columbus Ave. and Central Park West. #2 156 West 94th LLC - to continue to maintain and use a fenced-in area, together with planters and trash enclosure, on the south sidewalk of W 94th St., east of Amsterdam Ave. #3 The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York - to construct, maintain and use communications conduits, together with a manhole, under and across W 125th St. at the intersection with 129th St., and under and across Broadway, south of W 130th St. #4 The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York - to construct, maintain and use a conduit under, along and across east side of Broadway at W 132nd St. #5 Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company - to continue to maintain and use a logo, sidewalk lights and

planters, on the south sidewalk of W 46th St., between Sixth and Seventh Aves. #6 Stefanie Ruch and Jonathan J. Ruch - to construct, maintain and use a walled-in area, together with steps, on the north sidewalk of W 87th St., between Columbus Ave. and Central Park West. #7 The New York Times Building Condominium - to construct, maintain and use

conduits, together with a manhole, in the south sidewalk of W 41st St., between Eighth Ave. and Seventh Ave. Interested parties can obtain copies of proposed agreements or request sign-language interpreters (with at least seven days prior notice) at 55 Water St., 9th Fl. SW New York, NY 10041, or by calling (212) 839-6550.


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The city proposed new legislation that would require restaurants with coal or wood-fired pizza ovens to install an air filter designed to cut down on air pollution. The legislation, which Mayor de Blasio supports, was proposed by Queens City Council member Donovan Richards, who also chairs the

In Brief VEGAN FAST FOOD ON AMSTERDAM AVENUE Vegan fast-food restaurant Blossom Du Jour will open on Amsterdam Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets, DNAinfo reported. The new location ushers in the fourth Blossom Du Jour location; the restaurant already has outposts in Chelsea, Midtown West and on Amsterdam Avenue between 67th and 68th Streets. The restaurant will serve vegan wraps, sandwiches, salads and shakes, and will also offer fresh juices and vegan and gluten-free pastries. The space, in the former Area Kids toy and clothes shop, will be small; at 400 square feet, the new Blossom Du Jour will offer 15 seats. Menu items include a seitan philly cheese steak, a vegan meatball sub and seven gluten-free sandwiches, including a beet burger served on gluten-free Pullman bread. Owner Pamela Blackwell expects to open by the end of the month.

NEW TASTE OF THE U.W.S. KICKOFF Employees from Sarabeth’s Bakery served a trio of cookies from the eatery.

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

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

Chef Maria Loi of Loi Restaurant ant created Greek salad rolls for the event, complete plete with olive oil and yogurt sauce on top.

FESTIVALS The 7th annual food fest celebrates local cuisine and benefits the neighborhood BY MEGAN BUNGEROTH

UPPER WEST SIDE Last Thursday, New Taste of the Upper West Side kicked off its annual food festival with Soiree in the Park, an event to raise money for Theodore Roosevelt Park. The event was underwritten by the Rudin family, allowing the entire $150 ticket price to go toward rehabilitating and running the park

that surrounds the American Museum of Natural History on Columbus Avenue between West 77th and West 81st Streets. The event, postponed from its original Tuesday date due to rain, was held outside the museum, to the strains of a classical quartet and the sounds of happy munching on hors d’oeuvres from six Upper West Side restaurants. Wine and prosecco cocktails were served to accompany the savory bites as guests ate and mingled. This was the second year for the Soiree in the Park, which preceded the festival’s Comfort Food Classics event on Friday, and Best of the West on Saturday. New

SOIREE CHEFS Maria Loi (Loi Restaurant) Cesare Casella (Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto) Sarabeth Levine (Sarabeth’s) Matthew Oetting (Caffe Storico) Rodney Mitchell (Calle Ocho) Lala Sharma (Savoury Indian Restaurant & Bar)

Taste of t he Upper West Side is presented by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District, to generate interest in Avrestaurants in the Columbus Av enue area and raise money for local initiatives to benefit the community.

A tuna ceviche dish ffrom Calle C ll Ocho.

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MAY 21 - 27, 2014 The following listings were collected from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website and include the most recent inspection and grade reports listed. We have included every restaurant listed during this time within the zip codes of our neighborhoods. Some reports list numbers with their explanations; these are the number of violation points a restaurant has received. To see more information on restaurant grades, visit www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/services/restaurant-inspection.shtml. Starbucks Coffee

2529 Broadway


Gastronomia Culinaria

53 West 106

Grade Pending (16) Cold food item held above 41Âş F (smoked ďŹ sh and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ÂşF) except during necessary preparation. Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.

Ollies Noodle Shop & Grille

Brother Jimmy’s West

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428 Amsterdam Avenue



588 Amsterdam Avenue


Soldier Mcgee Tavern

480 Amsterdam Avenue


New Kam Lai Chinese Restaurant

514 Amsterdam Avenue



411 Amsterdam Avenue

483 Amsterdam Avenue


845 West End Avenue is the latest apartment building on the Upper West Side to be added to the list of those that bar rentregulated tenants from accessing some amenities. Photo by Daniel Fitzsimmons



349 Amsterdam Avenue



222 West 79 Street

Not Graded Yet (36) Cold food item held above 41Âş F (smoked ďŹ sh and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ÂşF) except during necessary preparation. Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, crosscontaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan. Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred. Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.


311 Amsterdam Avenue


Abraham Joshua Heschel School

30 West End Avenue


La Traviata Pizza

101 West 68 Street

Grade Pending (19) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.


Another Upper West Side building denying rentregulated tenants access to amenities

• Stonehenge Village – West 97th Street • Lincoln Towers – 142 West End Avenue • 845 West End Avenue


UPPER WEST SIDE In another example of high-end buildings giving some low-rate renters short shrift, rent-regulated tenants at 845 West End Avenue recently told the West Side Spirit they do not have access to the building’s fitness center like their market-rate co-op owning counterparts do. Gloria Zicht was born in the building, and after moving around in the years following college returned in the 1960s to her family’s rent-regulated apartment, living there ever since About ďŹ ve years ago many of the build

out. Those that do have protections said they’ve been barred access to amenities that have recently been built, including a ďŹ tness center and a children’s playroom. “It’s in the building, it shouldn’t be something that’s just set aside for condo owners,â€? said Zicht. “You have to have a card or a key or something.â€? Zicht said both she and her daughter, who lives with her, would use the gym if they were allowed to. Zicht showed a reporter down to the basement where, behind a locked door that appeared to open only with

May 15, 2014

May 16, 2014

The local paper for the Upper East Side

UPS tells employees to lie, overcharge customers: suit

U.P.S.’S SECRET MANHATTAN PROBLEM One of the Hagan brothers’ 11 Manhattan UPS stores, now closed.

Grade Pending (26) Hot food item not held at or above 140Âş F. Cold food item held above 41Âş F (smoked ďŹ sh and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ÂşF) except during necessary preparation. Food worker does not use proper utensil to eliminate bare hand contact with food that will not receive adequate additional heat treatment. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred. Not Graded Yet (47) Food not cooked to required minimum temperature. Cold food item held above 41Âş F (smoked ďŹ sh and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ÂşF) except during necessary preparation. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred. Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.

What’s Next, a Bouncer? Rent-Regulated Tenants Excluded From Amenities

Grade Pending (18) Food not cooked to required minimum temperature. Hot food item not held at or above 140Âş F.

2441 Broadway


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Grade Pending (23) Hot food item not held at or above 140Âş F. Cold food item held above 41Âş F (smoked ďŹ sh and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ÂşF) except during necessary preparation. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.

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“ Employees in virtually every Manhattan (UPS


Store) location were so comfortable with the practice of ‌ lying about expected delivery dates, withholding accurate price quotes and overdimensioning boxes to trigger higher retail billable rates, that they would gladly engage in conversations on the topic.� A former UPS franchisee

A former franchisee accuses the shipping giant of routinely gouging customers throughout the city BY KYLE POPE

Last month, when nearly a dozen UPS Stores across the city closed down in a single day, the initial focus was on the customers put out by the shutdown: dozens of people found themselves unable to access their rented mailboxes, while others complained of packages lost in the The UPS Store believes shuffle. On the West Side, a blog surfaced the allegations made against to swap information about the fate of a store on West 57th Street. it and UPS ... to be false. What none of these customers knew at The UPS Store customer service team is doing all we the time, though, was that they had uncan to assure the customers wittingly become part of a much bigger in the Manhattan store area – and at times bizarre – dispute involving affected are taken care of� the franchisee who until the shutdowns


What can Brown screw from you? Two former UPS franchisees accuse the worldwide delivery service of telling employees to lie about the size and weight of packages in order to jack up prices on unsuspecting customers. Brothers Robert and Thomas Hagan, who owned and operated 11 UPS stores in Manhattan, claim in a federal lawsuit that a typical scam was to “add inches to the sides of measured boxes,� as well as an “enhanced declared value,� which allowed clerks to charge customers more. For example, a package with a length, width and depth totaling 26 inches would cost $106.85 to overnight from New York to Pittsburgh, but a 29-inch package would cost $117.19. In some cases, customers were overcharged as much as 400 percent, legal papers allege. “It’s pretty ugly,� said Steve Savva, the Hagans’ attorney. “It seems to be systematic, and the customers have no way of knowing.� The Hagans allege in court filings that The UPS Store, a subsidiary of the publicly traded United Parcel Service, was responsible for violating “the covenant of good faith and fair dealing� by: t 5FMMJOH DVTUPNFST UIBU HSPVOE EFMJWFSZ DPVME OPU CF HVBSBOUFFE BOE XPVME take longer than it actually would, in order to entice them to buy expensive, guaranteed air delivery. t $PODFBMJOH UIF DPTU PG DIFBQFS TIJQQJOH TFSWJDFT t $IBSHJOH DVTUPNFST GVFM TVSDIBSHFT GPS BJS EFMJWFSZ FWFO XIFO QBDLBHFT XFSFO U shipped by plane but by truck. Videotapes offered as evidence show UPS Store employees cheating customers,

UPS, and their right to operate a UPS store was revoked. But, in an effort to clear their name, the Hagans have ďŹ led an extraordinary claim against UPS in Federal Court that lays out, over 200 detailed pages, what they say is a systemic effort by UPS to rip off its Manhattan customers. The Hagans, UPS franchise owners since 2008 whose business grossed $6 million a year at its peak, even brought in a private investigator to secretly document the abuses they say occur at every UPS store in the city. Among their claims: Customers are routinely duped into paying more than necessary for shipping Employees are encouraged to lie about the weight and dimensions of packages to result in a higher bill Customers are told that one method of shipping is the cheapest, when often it is not The Hagans, in their lawsuit, says the deception is so widespread at UPS in

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From Vandals to Artists: Time Rouses More Appreciation for Graffiti

THESE WALLS CAN TALK ART Current exhibits explore NYC streets’ past and present BY GABRIELLE ALFIERO

Last November, one of New York’s most iconic art exhibits was uncermoniously whitewashed. Outdoor art space 5Pointz, a destination in Long Island City where graffiti writers from all over the world came to leave their mark, was covered over with white paint last November at the behest of the building’s owner, Jerry Wolkoff. When the vast walls of colorful graffiti were covered, Long Island City resident Jeffrey Leder took notice. Wolkoff had allowed graffiti writers to legally create work on his property for more than a decade, but now plans to demolish the building and construct residential high-rises after winning legal disputes with the 5Pointz artists. Leder, who operates an art gallery a block away, joined forces with Marie Cecile-Flageul, a member of the 5Pointz community who also manages its press, to curate “Whitewash,� an exhibition responding to the destruction, featuring work by nine artists who once painted at 5Pointz. Included in the exhibit are paintings by Meres One, the longtime curator of 5Pointz as well as prints


Leder about the debut of the exhibit. “It was a celebration 5Pointz of the life of 5Pointz and also showed that there mourning its death.â€? was a need for While “Whitewashâ€? is a di- graffiti culture rect response to the recent as a tourist events at 5Pointz, the Jeffrey destination spot, Leder Gallery is not the only and so therefore local space exploring graf- any gallery or art fiti’s presence in New York institution that City. In February, Museum of can provide people the City of New York opened with their graffiti “City as Canvas,â€? an exhibi- ďŹ x will do so.â€? tion of 1980s graffiti art. City Gregory J. Lore, a non-proďŹ t organiza- Snyder, author tion that preserves and pro- of “Graffiti motes folk and grassroots Lives: Beyond arts movements, opened its the Tag in New new gallery space in April York’s Urban Undergroundâ€? with “Moving Murals,â€? a photographic display of graffiti-covered subway cars shot by photographers Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper during the 1970s and early 1980s. “Graffiti is so emblematic of the way people can be creative in their own environment,â€? said Steve Zeitlin, founding director of City Lore, who noted that, while graffiti still exists in the city, painted train cars are rare. In August, Gothamist reported that a tagged 4 train was spotted in the Bronx, though Zeitlin said it didn’t stay in public view for very long. “They never make it out of the train yard,â€? Zeitlin said. While graffiti is more policed now than in the 1970s and 1980s, street art has become a more accepted public display in urban areas, thanks in no small part to the international celebrity of clandestine British street artist Banksy, who completed a month-long ‘residency’ on New York City’s streets in October. Gregory J. Snyder, a sociologist and professor at Baruch College whose book “Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York’s Urban Undergroundâ€? resulted from a decade of immersive research into graffiti’s subculture, makes a distinction between the two forms. “A lot of what we consider street art was antici

Above, a train mural from the City Lore exhibition. Photo by Henry Chalfant Left, Henry Chalfant and graffiti writer SHARP at the City Lore exhibition opening. Photo by Fernanda Kock

the early 1990s stared deďŹ antly at Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s cleanup efforts. Snyder also acknowledged the open tension between graffiti writers and street artists. “Street artists do not necessarily have to answer for their vandalism the same way that graffiti writers do,â€? he said. “Graffiti is thought to break windows, where street art is just, ‘hey, I’m putting up art.’ So it’s a little bit easier in the public mind to be a street artist than to be a grafďŹ ti writer, and I think both of those subcultures like it the way it is.â€? Abby Ronner, director of the City Lore gallery, echoes Snyder’s sentiments. “They’re totally different aesthetics,â€? Ronner said, noting that the City Lore exhibit explores an era when graffiti was transitioning from pure vandalism to legitimate expression in the art world’s view. Graffiti’s presence in galleries and museums isn’t new, Snyder said, nor is its alignment with ďŹ ne art. Brooklyn Museum exhibited graffiti in 2006 and included some of the same artists as the Museum of the City of New York show which

sent artists rooted in graffiti and street art. Many artists who were part of graffiti’s halcyon days have gone on to professional art careers, including Barry McGee, also known by his tag name Twist, and Steve Powers, known as ESPO, who are now successful studio artists. Still, Ronner notices a recent uptick in public interest. “In New York City, the cost of living is increasing so signiďŹ cantly and quickly, and there’s so much commercial development,â€? said Ronner. “A lot of people feel New York is being lost. The very deďŹ nition of New York and the character of it are lost. People are seeking old New York City culture.â€? Snyder suggests that Banksy’s mainstream success and the current popularity of street art renewed some interest in graffiti art and its culture, though he wonders if the recent events at 5Pointz affected gallery and museum attention. “Curators have a good sense of the moment,â€? said Snyder, who said that, though 5Pointz became a prestigious space for graffiti writers from all over the world it wasn’t necessarily home to

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PREPARE YOUR PETS FOR NATURAL DISASTERS PETS With summer comes hurricane season; make sure your beloved animals have an emergency plan, too NEW YORK With hurricane season starting, doctors are reminding families to keep their pets in mind when making household emergency plans for disasters. “Having an emergency plan for every member of your family, including your pets, is vital before a disaster strikes,” said Dr. Jennifer Welser, chief medical officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners. “Talk with your family veterinarian to create an emergency plan specific to your pet’s needs.” During Hurricane Katrina, it is estimated more than 250,000 pets were separated from their families. That’s one reason out of many to speak with your veterinarian about micro-chipping your pet. Micro-chipping helps ensure a pet can be quickly identified and reunited with his or her family in such situations. Besides the destruction left in their paths, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters like earthquakes can cause lengthy power outages and water shortages. Since veterinarians may also be forced to evacuate, pet parents should make sure to have on hand at least a two-week supply of pet’s medications, food and drinkable water. During a disaster, BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency 24-hour hospitals remain open unless required to evacuate. Here are some additional tips for keeping your pets safe: Create an emergency kit for your pet before a disaster Keep documentation of your pet’s vaccination history in the emergency kit. Have a current photograph of your pet in the kit. Keep a checklist in the kit of

items to pull together when a storm is imminent, including these: • Collar: Make sure your pet’s collar has an identification tag with your contact information. • Leash: Use a leash if you evacuate or bring your pet to a shelter because pets can become easily disoriented if they slip away from you. This is because the scents that pets use to determine where they are and how to get home are often washed or blown away during storms. • Carrier: Have a properly sized pet carrier for each animal handy. Carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand and turn around. • Medications: Have a list of medications and care instructions to bring with you. • Other: Make a list of other items to add at the last minute such as food, bowls, water and cleaning supplies. • Have an evacuation strategy: Have a list including addresses and phone numbers of specialized pet shelters, animal control shelters, veterinary clinics, and friends and relatives out of harm’s way who are potential refuges for your pet during a disaster. Familiarize yourself with the location of each so if you need to evacuate, you can plan your route accordingly.

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Walk pets on leashes until they become re-oriented to the area. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and pets could easily be confused and become lost. Also, downed power lines, debris, snakes and other critters brought in with high water can all pose a threat for animals after a disaster. If your pet is lost during a disaster, contact your local animal control office to find out where lost animals are being housed. Bring along the picture of your pet and information about the microchip.

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

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

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

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

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

Beverly Taki sings in her Carnegie Hall debut this week.

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

can make at Carnegie Hall.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sebastian, Florida Beautiful 55+ manufactured home community. 4.4 miles to the beach, 2 miles to the riverfront district. Homes starting at $39,000. 772-581-0080, www.beach-cove.com.

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