Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market: Shop ‘til You Drop

Roy Sadler | April 5, 2014 in Business | Comments (0)

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hkfmbagWho can visit New York and not want to explore some of the best shopping found anywhere in the world? And where is the “best of the best?” The famous names come easily, such as Fifth Avenue, the Lower East Side’s garment district, the Upper West Side for antiques. But what do you know about one of the “World’s Top Ten Shopping Streets” according to National Geographic? That is, of course, the Flea Market in Hell’s Kitchen.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm, all year long, excited shoppers converge on one of New York’s most fun places to go, the HKFM. The West 25th Street Market is an amazing place to find great bargains; the best antiques anywhere in town will be for sale in The Garage; and for furniture, there is nowhere else that can match the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market.

Come and see for yourself. 112 Wst 25th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. For more information contact 800.780.7330


Don’t Let Pain Get the Best of You

Roy Sadler | March 19, 2014 in Health | Comments (0)

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Harvey Finkelstein MD

Harvey Finkelstein MD runs the Pain Care Medicine of Long Island clinic

Pain management is a specialty in which doctors, such as Harvey Finkelstein MD, use a large variety of techniques, procedures and medications if needed, to help alleviate pain so patients can better cope with their conditions and with their lives.

First it is important to understand whether the source of the pain is considered complex or simple. Such an assessment would be made in a clinic, such as the Pain Care Medicine of Long Island clinic which Dr. Finkelstein heads. One example of a less complex type of pain is when a nerve root becomes irritated, such as the result of a herniated disc causing  pain to radiate down the leg. Treatment can be relatively straightforward in such a case, utilizing physical therapy and epidural steroid injection, for example.

Sometimes, unfortunately even with treatment the pain might not be alleviated. This is the time when the expert skills of the pain management doctor are called into action. There are a wide number and variety of interventions that can be tried which are at the doctor’s disposal, including:

  • Intervention procedures
  • Management with pharmaceuticals
  • Physical therapy
  • Counseling and psychological support
  • Alternative therapies
  • And more

It is important for someone with chronic pain to treat it, because pain can interfere with the ordinary functioning of normal life. People with constant pain will often be relieved of their discomfort with the help of a pain management doctor, his expertise, and the many tools at his disposal.


Harlem’s Restaurant Row Growing Exponentially

Roy Sadler | March 4, 2014 in Restaurants | Comments (0)

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During the past ten years, and especially the last two, restaurants have been popping up like mushrooms along Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 110th and 120th Streets in Harlem. This strip of real estate has been proclaimed recently as the spot to watch as the entire neighborhood begins its inevitable transformation into a gentrified high-rent district.

Yvette Leeper-Bueno, owner of newly opened Vinateria restaurant, commented on the changing feel of the neighborhood.

“My husband Adrian [Bueno] and I have been in the neighborhood for 11 years,” she explains. “And we re-did a brownstone that’s been in the family since the 1980s. My father used to rent the rooms out on a weekly basis, and he would talk about these characters who’d stay there. At that time, the neighborhood was quite downtrodden. There were syringes in the streets, all kinds of crime, drugs, squatters, tons of problems with this specific building. Everything you can imagine.”

Vinateria

Vinateria

The restaurant renaissance began with baby steps with the opening of Melba’s in 2005, and Zoma, a wonderful Eithiopian eatery which opened in 2006. Leeper-Bueno says the real explosion began in 2010.

“One of the first restaurants to be of the new wave of restaurants was 5 and Diamond on 112th and Frederick Douglass,” she explains. “Then Bier International opened, and then it kind of caught like wild fire.”

Since then more restaurants have opened on the trendy street, including Cedric, Lido, a new branch of Levain Bakery, and a bar and cocktails joint, 67 Orange Street. Come visit and become a part of this trendy, up and coming, destination.


The New Museum and Its Special Mandate

Roy Sadler | February 5, 2014 in Art | Comments (0)

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The New Museum

The New Museum

The New Museum was founded 37 years ago by Marcia Tucker, who had served as a curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1967 to 1976.Tucker was inspired to create a new space when she realized how difficult it was for new work by living artists to be absorbed into the conventional exhibition and collection structure of a traditional-style museum.
As a result of that insight the New Museum was born. Tucker “imagined an institution devoted to presenting, studying, and interpreting contemporary art.”

Among the New Museum’s past exhibitions was “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.” This show displayed works of art which were created during the tumultuous 1990s, specifically, during the year 1993. The exhibition was created as a kind of a “time capsule;” “an experiment in collective memory that “attempts to capture a specific moment at the intersection of art, pop culture, and politics.”

The name of the show came from a music album produced by the New York-based rock band Sonic Youth, which was recorded in 1993. The title was meant to signal the complex relationships between mainstream culture and the underground counter-culture which was flourishing at the time. That cross-pollination through cultural barriers and across artistic genres is what came to eventually define the artistic impulses of that time.

NYC:1993 was a journey to the past which became a defining moment in artistic development, leading directly to the artistic milieu of today.


The Native Plant Garden is Lovely Any Time of Year

Roy Sadler | January 5, 2014 in Tourism | Comments (0)

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Native Plant Garden

Native Plant Garden

A relative newcomer in New York City, The Native Plant Garden of the New York Botanical Garden only just opened in the spring of 2013. In actuality, however, there has been a native plant display since the 1930s on the same 3.5 acre site where a newly landscaped and redesigned habitat has been created to better showcase the wide assortment of plants that grow in a variety of habitats throughout the northeastern part of North America.

The garden does more than just display native plant life, but also exhibits a sustainable and environmentally friendly landscape created with local, recycled materials. The centerpiece of the garden is a lovely pool which is fed from recycled storm-water collected on site and filtered naturally by aquatic plants. The buildings and benches in the garden are made from salvaged, recycled, and sustainably harvested materials. The wood for the boardwalks comes from the black locust tree, a native hardwood.

The Native Plant Garden holds within its small secluded paths, shaded woodland, dry open meadow and lush wetlands close to 100,000 plants, heritage oak trees, shrubs, wild flowers, ferns and meadow grasses.

The garden is truly an oasis in the middle of the bustling metropolis of New York. Visitors will no doubt find a few moments of peace and tranquility to reboot their nervous systems before they get back into the crazy pace of life in the Big Apple.

For more information call: 718.817.8700


New York Remembers John Lennon

Roy Sadler | December 3, 2013 in Culture and History | Comments (0)

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono

John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Join Joan Osborne, Marc Cohn, Raul Malo, Grammy Award winner Steve Earle and others at the 33rd Annual Tribute to John Lennon. Lennon was a superstar in his time, changing the way a generation, and beyond, saw music and the world around them.

Hosted at Symphony Space, the tribute is pulled together by the efforts of members of Theatre Within, and experimental theatre workshop. Begun in 1981 by Theatre Within founder Alec Rubin and his student at the time Joe Raiola, who took over organization of the tribute in 2001 when Rubin retired.

Now with full creative control of the Tribute, which has already been around for 20 years, Raiola, as a comedian and Senior Editor at Mad Magazine, had his own vision for the evening. Referring to the fact that he performed a Lennon-themed comedy sketch at each Tribute Raiola said,

“It wasn’t what you’d except from a Lennon Tribute, but it reflected Alec’s vision as an artist and it was very powerful.”

Over the past several years the Tribute has continued to grow in size and prominence. Not only is the venue used to remember and honor Lennon, but serious fund raising is accomplished as well, mostly to bring food to the hungry and build music schools in the Third World.

This year’s Tribute will donate a portion of the take the Spirit Foundation. This non-profit was created in 1978 by John and Yoko as a way to help charities that help the aging population, abused women and children and victims of terrorism and natural disasters.

The 33rd Annual John Lennon Tribute will take place at Symphony Space at 2537 Broadway; at 8pm on December 6, 2013. For more information call: 212-864-5400.


Top Five Fun Family Activities in NYC

Roy Sadler | November 6, 2013 in Tourism | Comments (0)

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Take a tour of one of the world's greatest landmarks. You get a boat ride, too!

Take a tour of one of the world’s greatest landmarks. You get a boat ride, too!

You probably already knew this, but it is nice to have one’s suspicions confirmed- according to NYCTourist, the five “must-do” activities for families in New York are:

•    The American Museum of Natural History: Dinosaurs; giant whales on the ceiling; an awesome sky show at the planetarium. You name it, its inside this amazing building filled with mysteries revealed, little-known creatures and anything else your imagination can, or sometimes cannot come up with.

•    Broadway: Singing, dancing, drama- the Great White Way will light up you and your family’s life like no other experience. Yes, its expensive, but there are ways of saving lots on your tickets, either on the internet or getting tickets at the last moment in Times Square. Don’t miss giving your family memories that will last a lifetime.

•    NY Skyride: Take the elevator up, up, up to the top of the Empire State building and enjoy a 30 minute virtual tour in a simulator which is a one-of-a-kind. Passengers move in synch with the 18-foot high-definition screen while flying above the streets and landmarks of NYC.

•    Statue of Liberty and Skyline Cruise: going to the SOL is like getting two great activities rolled into one. A fun boat ride with the best view of the NYC skyline imaginable; and an exciting and educational tour of one of the greatest landmarks found anywhere in the world. Take the kids, you won’t regret it.

•    NYC Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tours: really get down to the nitty-gritty of what NYC is all about. It’s about the culture, and where better to explore the culture than in the neighborhoods and the unique foods offered. It’s something different and sure to please.


Great Activities to do this Fall: Admission Free!

Roy Sadler | October 8, 2013 in Museums | Comments (0)

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Hispanic Society of America Museum

Hispanic Society of America Museum

Want to explore some of New York’s most fascinating sights without spending a dime? Here is a brief sampling of a much longer list of great things to do without breaking the bank.

•    Hispanic Society of America Museum & Library- Go and see America’s largest collection of Spanish art and more than over 600,000 rare books and manuscripts. An upcoming gallery talk will be presented on October 19, at 11am. Located on Audubon Terrace between 155 and 156 Streets. Call for more information: 212-926-2234.

•    National Museum of the American Indian- This excellent collection of Native American art focuses more on the culture rather than history of America’s indigenous population. In honor of Halloween come celebrate Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead – 2013 on November 2, 2013 at 12 pm. The museum is located on the south side of Bowling Green, in lower Manhattan, adjacent to the northeast corner of Battery Park. Call 212-514-3758 for more information.

•    Sony Wonder Technology Lab- Take the kids to a place they will love, and so will you. Explore 21 exhibit areas and 69 interactive stations found in this 14,000 square foot museum. Sony Wonder Technology Lab is located in the Sony Plaza at 56th Street and Madison Avenue. For more information call (212) 833-8100.


IDT Energy CEO: Energy Conservation Tips from a Fellow New Yorker

Roy Sadler | October 1, 2013 in Health | Comments (0)

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In an exclusive interview with a local NY blog, IDT Energy CEO Geoff Rochwarger shared tips for energy conservation and information about his personal knowledge about the energy industry. IDT Energy supplies both natural gas and electricity to houses and business in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Illinois. As a native New Yorker and someone “in the know” in the energy world, Mr. Rochwarger is able to offer great advice to his fellow New Yorkers.

When asked about projects that IDT Energy is involved in, Mr. Rochwarger explained that they have a number of exciting things happening. As he said, “Energy conservation and protecting our environment is extremely important to all of us. That’s why IDT Energy recently introduced a Green electric supply option that is 100% generated from renewable resources like running water, wind, solar and biomass, and is matched with renewable energy certificates. IDT Energy Green Electric is available in New York and all of the states we serve. In addition, as part of our commitment to contribute to a cleaner environment, I announced our partnership with Clean Vehicle Solutions, LLC in an effort to advance development of Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) and the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in place of traditional liquid fossil fuels in commercial fleet vehicles. It’s cheaper and a much cleaner alternative.”

The IDT Energy CEO explained that IDT Energy was recently recognized as an innovator in the energy sector. They were invited to join the Retail Energy Supply Association, an exclusive organization that works with stakeholders to promote the competitive retail energy market.

IDT Energy also has many philanthropic efforts. As Mr. Rochwarger explained, “Giving back to the communities we serve is a priority. As you know, Hurricane Sandy left her mark on the northeast last year. Many communities suffered terribly as a result of the storm. To support the recovery effort, IDT Energy contributed to the American Red Cross.”

Read more about energy conservation and the tips offered by IDT Energy by enjoying the full interview at http://www.gowanuslounge.com/exclusive-interview-idt-energy-ceo-shares-with-new-yorkers/.


It’s Fashion Week Again at Lincoln Center

Roy Sadler | September 9, 2013 in Fashion | Comments (0)

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Some tempting foot-treats from Fashion Week

Some tempting foot-treats from Fashion Week

Beginning on September 5th and concluding on the 12th, the iconic Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has invaded Lincoln Center and will not end until the fat lady sings. On display will be the up and coming hot items for the spring of 2014. An amazing number of fashion’s favorites, upwards of hundreds of thousands, will converge on Damrosch Park to oogle and ahh during shows and presentations enough to make your heart race and head spin.

Too bad the fashion shows are not open to the public, but never fear, there is plenty else to do for us peons in association with the event. Want to go to some par-ties, presentations and other assorted fashion-related activities? Check it out at PAPER and TimeOut New York.