Spring with Shakespeare at Lincoln Center

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

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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

February 3, 2016 in Business | Comments (0)

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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

January 4, 2016 in Business | Comments (0)

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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

December 8, 2015 in Restaurants | Comments (0)

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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

November 13, 2015 in Business | Comments (0)

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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.

 


Fuerza Bruta Wayra Will “Blow You Away”

November 5, 2015 in Entertainment | Comments (0)

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Join the over 500, 000 people who have already experienced the ‘brute force’ known as “Fuerza Bruta.” Originally created and performed in Buenos Aires in 2005, by Diqui James, the exuberant show was brought to New York in 2007 and is still running at the Off-Broadway Daryl Roth Theater.

The show has been described as “an energetic spectacle” which features audience interaction with the 16 performers and what is called a “360 degree” experience.

Perhaps less theater and more club, the newest version of Fuerza Bruta is called “Wayra,” or wind. The audience is up and dancing, screaming and hyperventilating at turns, enjoying the incredible aerial displays, water tank dancers, and pulsating, invigorating music.

This is an altogether different kind of show, which will, if nothing else, keep you talking long after the excitement has ended.


Join the Tour de Bronx: Its Free

October 15, 2015 in Entertainment | Comments (0)

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Looking northwest on Bushwick Avenue as Tour de Brooklyn approaches Aberdeen Street on a sunny morning. Photo by Jim.henderson

Looking northwest on Bushwick Avenue as Tour de Brooklyn approaches Aberdeen Street on a sunny morning. Photo by Jim.henderson

With an anticipated participation of 6, 000 biking enthusiasts, the Tour de Bronx is the largest free cycling event in all of New York State. Cyclists can choose between a 40-mile race and a less demanding 25-mile route.

The mission of this event is to raise awareness about the benefits of biking, and is presented by the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. in partnership with Transportation Alternatives. The Bronx Tourism Council is producing the event, with its eye on showcasing the environmentally-friendly pedestrian alternative to carbon-based fueled vehicles.

Participants will need to register and sing a waiver, and is happy to recruit volunteers to help out with registration and marshaling the event.
The rides are scheduled for Sunday, October 25, 2015. Check-in time is 9am. For more information go to the Bronx de Force web site.


Fun in New York with Alice in Wonderland

September 6, 2015 in Entertainment | Comments (0)

rabbit-30751_640Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is celebrating its 150th year, having been published in 1865. It has certainly inspired many film adaptions, theater stagings, translations and more. Now, New York is taking the opportunity to celebrate Lewis Carroll’s work in many ways. Here are a few of them.

Morgan Library and Museum: Here, until October 11th, the museum will be hosting the original manuscript of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” that is usually held at the British Library in London. The exhibit includes rare editions of the book, original letters and drawings.

Grolier Club: At this book society in Manhattan, they will showcase translations of the work. This will run from September 16th until November 21st.

Brooklyn Public Library: At their Central Library branch, there will be dramatic reading of “The Mad Tea Party” which is one of the most memorable chapters of the book. This fun event will take place on September 19th and is part of the “bookend events” for this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival.


New York’s Best Outdoor Art Installations

August 10, 2015 in Art | Comments (0)

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"Labyrinth of Failure" by Kim Navarre from Brooklyn, NY - Labyrinth of Failure by Chris Hackett and Eleanor LovinskyUploaded by McGeddon. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Labyrinth_of_Failure.jpg#/media/File:Labyrinth_of_Failure.jpg

“Labyrinth of Failure” by Kim Navarre from Brooklyn, NY – Labyrinth of Failure by Chris Hackett and Eleanor LovinskyUploaded by McGeddon. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons

Seeing art outdoors is a wonderful experience. When the installation becomes a part of the environment, something is added which is impossible to replicate within the four walls of a building, no matter how innovative that building might be.

Check out some, or all, of these delightful, creative, even wondrous works of art, proudly exhibited in the great outdoors of New York City.

•    Here’s a great excuse to go visit Governor’s IslandThe Interactive Sculpture Garden at the parade grounds.  This delightful playland contains a real, working tree house, lots of shade, and even an artistic mini-golf course. And you get a trip on the ferry, too.
•    On the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art visitors will encounter a huge fish tank containing an eye-popping lava rock which beckons to the various lampreys and tadpole shrimp swimming inside. There is also a rather large boulder of the thing that made Manhattan great; Manhattan schist- the material New York’s skyscrapers, which can be seen in the distance, are made.
•    At Brooklyn Bridge Park, until April 17, 2016, three installations incorporate the view of Manhattan’s skyline into the works. One is a group of mirrors, which literally “mirrors” the skyline seen in the distance; Bright red benches twist and turn in unlikely shapes, encouraging children to join in the fun; and a water sculpture brings welcome relief from the humid heat of a typical New York summer. Stroll through the fountain and notice that wherever you walk within, that is where the water stops gushing.


Go Visit the Levain Bakery:Right Now!

July 8, 2015 in Restaurants | Comments (0)

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What?! You haven’t been to the Levain Bakery yet?! Well lets fix that problem right now. First of all, this bakery has grown its reputation since its founding in 1994 purely on the amazing taste of its products. However, that great taste does not arise from nowhere.

All the baked goods for sale are baked fresh right on site in their Upper West Side headquarters. All ingredients are the freshest and most nutritious possible, and to top it all off, whatever delicious bakery products are left at the end of the day go to help feed those less fortunate. This act of giving has been part of the Levain business plan from its inception.

The shop was founded by two friends, Connie McDonald and Pam Weekes. Although one was in banking and the other in the fashion industry, the two were competitive swimmers. While training together for the Ironman competition, they dreamed of starting a business that could soothe even the hungriest athletes. They took their passion, and swam with it-creating a wonderful bakery that is known worldwide for its artisanal breads and six-ounce incredible chocolate chip cookies.

This is one New York landmark not to be missed. Now that you know: GO!