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Happy Holidays From The Moral High Ground

Happy Holidays From The Moral High Ground

BY MAX BURBANK | At this festive time of year, I find myself wondering just how certain major power players square their moral values with the widely accepted standards embodied in the Christmas classics. Does Mitch McConnell figure Mr. Potter’s big mistake in “It’s a Wonderful Life” was not running for Senate and using raw […]

Holiday Caroling in West Chelsea

Holiday Caroling in West Chelsea

Will there be a nip in the air and snow on the ground, or will the atmosphere outside be as warm as the good vibes generated from those who stroll the sidewalks on the early evening of December 19? There was no way to tell for sure, as we went to press with this listing. […]

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s City Center Engagement Enthralls

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s City Center Engagement Enthralls

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations,” 57 years on, is, well, still a revelation. Performed as part of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2017 season at New York City Center, the piece — created when the choreographer was just 29 — feels as fresh and as relevant as ever, and certainly got […]

Angry Smokin’ Christmas Icons

Angry Smokin’ Christmas Icons

BY MAX BURBANK | (Lights up on SANTA and JESUS seated at dilapidated bar that last saw renovations in 1978. They are both smoking like chimneys. Several empty glasses and bottles indicate they have been there awhile. An elderly bartender gives them the fish-eye while towel-drying a single tumbler far longer than any tumbler needs […]

The Special Blends of La Boîte Find a Niche in Hell’s Kitchen

The Special Blends of La Boîte Find a Niche in Hell’s Kitchen

BY RANIA RICHARDSON | On an industrial stretch of 11th Ave., amidst auto dealerships and body shops, an open door to a small business lets out the captivating smells of a Middle Eastern spice market. Founded in 2009, La Boîte specializes in artisanal spice blends created by founder and owner Lior Lev Sercarz. A classically […]

Present Tense? These Gifts Will Put That in the Past

Present Tense? These Gifts Will Put That in the Past

THE PENN SOUTH CERAMICS STUIDO HOLIDAY SALE | In our modern if somewhat impersonal world of prepaid gift cards, nothing says you truly care quite like a present that’s been made by hand. But what if your clumsy lobster claws aren’t even remotely capable of creating something that special person on your “Nice” list will actually […]

Costumed Fans of Japanese Comics and Cartoons Convene at Anime NYC

Costumed Fans of Japanese Comics and Cartoons Convene at Anime NYC

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | New York has a major Comic Con but, in years past, there was a con just for Japanese comics and cartoons. The old New York Anime Festival was absorbed into the New York Comic Con (NYCC) five years ago, leaving the city’s nerdy Japanophiles without a major con they could claim […]

At Chelsea Market, Pearl River Mart Redefines the Mom-And-Pop Paradigm

At Chelsea Market, Pearl River Mart Redefines the Mom-And-Pop Paradigm

BY REBECCA FIORE | In the center of Pearl River Mart’s newly opened Chelsea Market location is a large bright red round table. It has three tiers, which can be moved about for displaying clothing and other assorted goods. The center can be removed, which transforms the table into a stand and the displays into […]

The ‘Trader Joe’s’ of Optic Wear, with Broadway Flair

The ‘Trader Joe’s’ of Optic Wear, with Broadway Flair

BY ELANA DURE | Greg Freidus went to optician school with the hopes of one day owning an eyewear shop. The native New Yorker graduated and subsequently sought different experiences that allowed him to learn the trade and gain relevant skills. Greg said he worked in “all genres of the field,” including stints with a […]

Long Before Cabaret Law Repeal, ‘Dance Commandos’ Boogied for Justice

Long Before Cabaret Law Repeal, ‘Dance Commandos’ Boogied for Justice

BY REV. JEN | It’s time for a victory dance! After 91 years, New York’s archaic Cabaret Law has been repealed in a 41-to-1 vote. So put on your dancin’ shoes, wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care, head to your favorite watering hole, and shake your booty clean off. (We have […]

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