Enjoy Summer Jazz Concerts Throughout the Summer in New York

Roy Sadler | July 28, 2016 in Entertainment,Night Life | Comments (0)

Tags: , ,

Picture courtesy of  OLGA LEDNICHENKO

Picture courtesy of
OLGA LEDNICHENKO

The place to be for jazz lovers this summer is New York City. With such stars as the Charles McPherson Quintet, Julian Lee, and the Jon Irabagon Quartet, there is something for everyone to love.

On August 2 treat yourself to a fantastic concert with the Jon Irabagon Quartet. Irabagon is the winner of the 2008 Thelonius Monk Saxophone Competition and the New York City Jazz Record’s 2012 Musician of the Year.

Joining him as part of the quartet is Billy Drummond on drums; bassist Yasushi; and pianist Luis Perdomo.

In New York Irabagon is an up and coming performer in the New York music world. He is a member of several ensembles, including “Mostly Other People Do the Killing” and the “Mary Halvorson Quintet.”

The concert is on Tuesday, August 2, at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, will mostly explore the more swinging style of Irabagon, performing pieces from his well-received 2015 album “Behind the Sky.” The venue is Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Broadway and 60th Street, on the fifth floor.


Diverse Works Women Coming Together Again

Roy Sadler | June 22, 2016 in Art | Comments (0)

Tags: , , , , ,

Academy of Art University

Academy of Art University

In 2014 MJ Cunningham, resident of Acme Art in Wilmington, North Carolina, decided it was time to have a show which included some of her most talented women artist friends. As a result of that initiative, the group of women she assembled formed what is known as Diverse Works. They are diverse in style as well as location, coming from as far away as San Francisco’s Academy of Art University.

The first show took place in October of that same year, and was highly acclaimed. The women that formed the original group, who mostly did not know each before, became fast friends, enjoying each others company as well as art. Today, some of the founding artists are no longer connected to the group, but others have joined.

The group is planning an exhibit now, scheduled to open on June 24, with an opening reception, running through August 12, with a closing reception called for July 22.

Here is a brief description of some of the women contributing to the show:

  • MJ Cunningham is a mixed media artist. She has been a resident artist at Acme Art in Wilmington for the past 13 years.
  • Christine Farley is also a mixed media artist. She is working on her masters of fine arts at the Academy of Art University, and is a member of the North Carolina Watercolor Society and Acme Studios.
  • Anne Sinclair is an impressionist painter. She left New York for Wilmington 20 years ago to raise her family of four children. She has a BS in Art and a Maters of Fine Arts from UNCW.

The Best Things in New York Are Free

Roy Sadler | June 10, 2016 in Entertainment | Comments (0)

Tags: , ,

Brooklyn Bridge Park w/ Jane's Carousel. Photo by dumbonyc

Brooklyn Bridge Park w/ Jane’s Carousel. Photo by dumbonyc

New York City is a truly amazing place. One of the most enjoyable activities in the entire city is completely free- Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The park frequently hosts free events to entice a wide range of tastes. There is a spectacular view of the iconic New York City to write home about. There are art installations scattered throughout the beautiful grounds. Kayaks are free to borrow on the weekends. And that is just the beginning.

So let’s just take a look at the week coming up: June 26-July 2:

•    Checkmate 101 is a chess instruction workshop, especially for beginners, designed to take your game to the next level. Sundays at 11am from June 19 to August 7.

•    Wildlife Theater presents the Butterfly Boogie. On Sunday, June 26 from 11am to 1pm the Butterfly Boogie will take participants on a 3,000-mile adventure proving that bugs are the coolest creatures ever. The musical, interactive performance shows children the interdependence of plants and animals and introduces them to the idea of metamorphosis.

•    Summer Reading Storytime features Brooklyn Heights librarians reading stories out loud from the Brooklyn Public Library’s summer reading list. Tuesdays from 10:30am to 11:30am from June 28 to August 9th.

And I almost forgot to mention the fabulous 100-year-old Jane’s Carousel. It is enclosed in glass to protect from the elements and also costs $2 to ride, so technically it isn’t free. But considering all the things you do get for free, including the amazing view, you will probably agree it is two well-spent dollars.

Are you convinced yet? If you are, then be warned that parking is difficult near the park. It is highly encouraged that visitors beyond walking distance take public transportation. Check out the park’s very own website for more information.


May the Fourth Be with You!

Roy Sadler | May 5, 2016 in Entertainment | Comments (0)

Tags: , , , ,

star-wars-1088872_640Don’t be ashamed: We know you love Star Wars and everything the Force can influence, and even sometimes the Dark Side, too. New York has some great ways to celebrate this nerdiest of days.

•    Star Wars and the Power of Costume: The Exhibition at Discovery Square– Talk about cool! Head over to 226 West 44th Street and check out the more than 70 iconic costumes from all seven of the Star Wars films. From the Darth Vader’s super creepy black mask, to that incredibly uncomfortable looking golden junk pile Anthony Daniels as C-3PO was forced to wear, you will certainly be enthralled to see the real things up close and personal.

•    Transport yourself to The Lego Store at 620 Fifth Avenue in Times Square and get a good deal on many Star Wars items offered on sale. Get a free copy of the official LEGO version of the Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens theatrical movie poster, with any Star Wars purchase. Hurry though, the promotions end on May 4.

•    New York Jedi creates real life action with onstage, illuminated combat with lighsabers. Yup, you heard me right. You can even take a course in the skill, and you don’t even have to bring your own lightsaber. Lucky for most of us, they will provide them. Just think, after learning how to wield said saber the force can be with you all year long. Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave.


Keeping Wellness on Your Toes

Roy Sadler | April 9, 2016 in Health | Comments (0)

Tags: , ,

shoes-1031591_1280If wellness is to be taken seriously it has to be holistic. It has to encompass everything in the body from head to toe and then all parts of the spirit/mental wellbeing. Now, there are a lot of activities, classes, stores that cater to some aspect of wellness in the Queens area. There are also places that have a specific focus. For example, the Dry Harbor Nursing Home which caters to the elderly; the Body N Care Spa that focuses on beauty, massage and other such treatments and then there is 24 Hour Fitness which offers a wide variety of programs depending on the client’s particular needs.

But there is a lot that one can do on their own to enhance their wellness. One example is taking good care of the feet. This may be a much over-looked wellness issue, but there are various demographics (such as the elderly, those with diabetes or athletes), that understand just how important this is. And then of course there is the fashion aspect of shoes; wearing just the right pair of shoes at the right time can change one’s overall mood. As Fergie once pointed out:

“I have always loved fashion because it’s a great way to express your mood. And I’m definitely a shoe lover. The right pair of shoes can change the feel of an outfit, and even change how a woman feels about herself. A woman can wear confidence on her feet with a high stiletto, or slip into weekend comfort with a soft ballet flat.”

Located at 45-22 162 Street, Flushing, Queens, Shoe Village has been described as “more than just a shoe store; it’s a destination.” Measuring in 10,000 square feet, this store showcases shoes for all occasions. It is perfect for Queens, and is seen as “diverse as the borough it resides in,” rendering a “shoe for everyone.” Sports, dress shoes, flats, boots, shoes for the outdoors and everything else can be found here.

So don’t forget your feet when you focus on your wellness. Take care of your shoes and you’ll do well. As Marilyn Monroe once said: “give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”


Spring with Shakespeare at Lincoln Center

Roy Sadler | March 5, 2016 in Culture and History,Theater | Comments (0)

Tags: , ,

From now until May 14 Lincoln Center is hosting a wonderful free event: Artists for LPA Share Shakespeare. Taking place at the New York

This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, until another possible life portrait, the Cobbe portrait, was revealed in 2009.

This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, until another possible life portrait, the Cobbe portrait, was revealed in 2009.

Public Library for the Performing Arts, come hear the answers actors, comic, musicians, designers and songwriters give to some intriguing Shakespearean questions, such as: “What is your favorite Shakespeare play or character? Your least favorite? Your favorite actor or production?” In other words, “How did Shakespeare inspire you?”

The event is completely free at 10:30am every day but Sunday. Not tickets needed. When you visit The Library you will see their answers paired with artifacts from the library’s collections.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Plaza Corridor Gallery is right next to Lincoln Center at 65th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.


New York City: Capital of Capitalism

Roy Sadler | February 3, 2016 in Business | Comments (0)

Tags: , , ,

Business in booming in NYC

Business is booming in NYC

Not yet convinced that New York is amazing? What if you were to learn that there are more fast-growing companies lurking in the Big Apple than in any other US city? New York City is home to 204 of 2014 Inc 5000’s best businesses.

You can check out all 204 on your own, but here we will just mention three. Prepare to be thrilled.

1.    Centric Digital was founded in 2009 and ranks 34 with an incredible 6,898 percentage three-year growth rate. CD has 140 employees, and this is what one co-founder, Jason Albanese says was his ‘lightbulb moment.’ “We saw a gap in business services: Traditional large companies that are not in the business of digital were not getting the services they need to become more digital.”

2.    Adore me ranks 49 with three-year revenue growth of an astounding 5,505 percent. Founded by Morgan Hermand-Waiche in 2010, her light bulb moment went like this: “The birthday of my girlfriend was coming up, and I wanted to buy her some lingerie, and I couldn’t find something as nice as I wanted in my budget.”

3.    Tough Mudder was founded in 2009 by Will Dean while he was attending Harvard Business School. This event company has had three-year revenue growth of a very solid 4,737 percent. The company offers: extreme runs through inventive–and curse-inducing—obstacles. Dean began with $8,000 when he graduated Harvard, marketing his first even on Facebook, which inspired 4,500 people to sign up. “We set goals way outside of what we logically can accomplish, and then break all our existing systems to get it done,” says Vice President of branding Alex Patterson.


Brooklyn Flea Winter Wonderland

Roy Sadler | January 4, 2016 in Business | Comments (0)

Tags: , ,

brooklyn-839636_640Just because its winter does not mean there are no flea markets open for your shopping pleasure.

At Industry City enjoy the Winter Flea and Smorgasburg, open every weekend. The market moves indoors all winter in a 50,000 square-foot space in Industry City at 241 37th Street in Williamsburg. You will find over 100 sellers with furniture, housewares, vintage clothing, antiques, jewelry, art, and crafts. Forty vendors have their yummies cooked and packaged foods on sale. Open from 10am to 6pm Saturdays and Sundays.

In Crown Heights head on over to Berg’n at 899 Bergen Street. This is not quite a flea market, but more of a beer and food hall. You will become acquainted with over a dozen taps, 50+bottles and cans, plus food from such beloved vendors as Ed & Bev’s, Lumpia Shack, Mighty Quinn’s BBQ and Samesa. Enjoy Happy Hour Tuesdays through Fridays from 4pm to 7pm. You can even get a private dining room for that special event.

What, you have something to contribute to this great selling adventure. Beginning in April 2016 the ninth season of Brooklyn Flea commences, and you can be part of it. There is an emphasis this year on finding great designers and makers of fashion/clothing, housewares/interiors, functional pieces, and much more. Want to get involved? Go to Brooklyn Flea or contact info@brooklynflea.com.


Roberta’s in Brooklyn is a Different Kind of Eatery

Roy Sadler | December 8, 2015 in Restaurants | Comments (0)

Tags: , , ,

Roberta's Pizza is amazing. Photo by Jason Lam

Roberta’s Pizza is amazing. Photo by Jason Lam

Are you willing to head out to Brooklyn for an eating experience simply not found anywhere else in the Big Apple? Then check out the remarkable, and remarkably different Roberta’s in East Williamsburg/Bushwick.

Known for their exquisite pizza primarily, they have different menus for lunch, brunch, dinner, take out and a list of drinks and wine. Roberta’s prides itself on its fresh, delectable vegetables, often coming from their very own rooftop garden. Steak and pork are on the dinner menu, but the selection of vegetarian specialties is abundant.

The décor is a bit primitive, the crowds can be daunting, and the wait for your fare a bit long. Nevertheless, there is an outdoor beer tent where you can enjoy the wait. There is also something appealing about the nitty-gritty look of the place. It is eccentric, a bit wild, and definitely delicious.

If you decide to give it a try, you can be assured you are in good company. The Clintons have been, Michel Bras, too. The tale is told that Alice Waters helped finance the garden. Now that I’ve mentioned the garden again, how about taking a tour? Roberta’s sometimes has garden workshops for interested green thumbers.

Take the plunge and give it a try. Located at 261 Moore St., Brooklyn, NY 11206, near Bogart Street. For more information call: 718-417-1118.


Marc Lasry: Co-Founder of New York-Based Avenue Capital Group

Roy Sadler | November 13, 2015 in Business | Comments (0)

Tags: ,

Marc Lasry

Marc Lasry

Marc Lasry is the co-founder and chief executive officer of New York-based Avenue Capital Group. A self-made billionaire, Lasry emigrated to the U.S. with his family from Morocco when he was seven years old.

He received a B.A. in history from Clark University, and later a J.D. from New York Law School. After graduating, Lasry served as co-director of the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Department at Cowen & Company. He also served as Director of the Private Debt Department at Smith Vasiliou Management Company.

In 1989, Lasry founded Amroc Investments, a distressed debt brokerage, with his sister Sonia Gardner. The siblings founded Avenue Capital Group in 1995, with an initial investment of $7 million.