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REVIEW: "LIBERTY: A MONUMENTAL NEW MUSICAL"

POSTED: 26 Jul 2016 | BY: SILDA WALL SPITZER
The Statue of Liberty, one of New York's most independent figures, has stood watch in New York Harbor for 130 years and welcomed millions of new Americans to our shores. "Liberty:  A Monumental New Musical," is a family-oriented and historically-based off-Broadway production that celebrates this world-renowned icon, and the alchemy of the people who have made our state and country so unique. The show fittingly opened on July 4, and follows the journey of a personified Statue of Liberty, as embodied by teenage actress Abigail Shapiro, who comes to America as a young immigrant. She is determined to stay in her new land... Read More>>

NEW YORK'S COMPLEX AND CAPTIVATING CAPITOL: A NEW DOCUMENTARY

POSTED: 22 Jul 2016 | BY: NEW YORK STATES OF MIND
Image of H.H. Richardson's rendering of the Capitol Building | Credit: Emma Orsino and Joshua Stanley's "The Unhidden Treasure of the Capitol." In the years following the Civil War and its Union victory, the New York State government body burgeoned, and outgrew its then-extant Capitol building. In 1866, the New York State legislature hosted a worldwide competition for the design of a new Capitol. What followed was a complex, protracted and expensive process that involved many different architects to complete the building we know today. Emma Orsino and Joshua Stanley, high school students in Loudonville, N.Y., won a different kind of State-sponsored competition. The New... Read More>>

MEET THE MAKER: TIM JONES OF STISSING DESIGN

POSTED: 21 Jul 2016 | BY: NEW YORK STATES OF MIND
Tim Jones, pictured outside of his Pine Plains, N.Y. studio. | Photo: Judy Sanders. “No rules!” To Tim Jones, this is not a call to chaos; rather it’s permission to unlock one’s own creativity in work and in life. His independent spirit has allowed him to blend his industrial skillset — welding, metalworking and blacksmithing — with his sophisticated aesthetic to design furniture and sculptures that are imprinted with his own special alchemy and crafted in his Stissing Design studio in Pine Plains, N.Y. As Tim told NewYorkMakers.com: “I didn’t go to art or design school, but I guess I... Read More>>

MEET THE MAKERS: MAYA'S JAMS

POSTED: 01 Jun 2016 | BY: MELISSA HART
How sweet it is: The family that makes jam together, sticks together How did a cardiologist, a photographer and a college student with a degree in Buddhist philosophy end up co-launching a food-based business? The story starts five generations earlier in Europe. Romanian-born Irinel Stegaru-MacLaughlin has fond memories of making jam during her childhood in Germany, under the supervision of her cardiologist mother, Dr. Beatrice Stegaru. They cooked using traditional recipes passed down through the women in their family. Irinel eventually would become a photographer by trade, and never thought this family pastime would play a part in her career... Read More>>

CUBA: A CHEESE DESTINATION THROUGHOUT GENERATIONS

POSTED: 03 May 2016 | BY: AMANDA MARIE ROGERS
Wisconsin, move over! New Yorkers are the real cheese heads, with a proud past of dairy baked into our history like brie in an oven-safe crockery. For instance, if you knew there’s a New York town named Cuba (not to be confused with the country), a small village 75 miles southeast of Buffalo, then you’re probably aware of its long-standing reputation as a community built by cheese. According to Janey Levy's "The Erie Canal: A Primary Source History of the Canal That Changed America," during the early days of NYS cheese most of the finished product flowed through the Erie Canal.... Read More>>

TODARO BROS: KEEPING HERITAGE ALIVE THROUGH THE FAMILY BUSINESS

POSTED: 29 Apr 2016 | BY: ERY SHIN
Family-owned companies are an endangered species in New York City, especially amid the chain stores in Manhattan’s Kips Bay neighborhood. One among that persevering breed is Todaro Bros., a gourmet Italian market. Nestled between East 30th and 31st Streets on Second Avenue, the store was established by the Todaros in 1917, and is now run by a member of its third generation, 32-year-old Peter Todaro. Todaros’ customers rely on the store for imported specialties — high-quality produce, meats, cheeses, and hard-to-find Italian bites — and dishes prepared on-site. Taking the Italy-to-table movement a step further, nearly a century after Todaro’s... Read More>>

MEET THE MAKERS: CECILIA FRITTELLI AND RICHARD LOCKWOOD

POSTED: 27 Apr 2016 | BY: CHRISTINE MURPHY
A select few stumble upon their life's calling at a young age. Among that rare breed are New Yorkers Cecilia and Richard, the co-founders, designers and weavers behind the eponymous frittelli & LOCKWOOD. As a child, Cecilia (the "frittelli" in this equation) researched Indonesia for a geography presentation at school. “I saw a picture of a woman at a backstrap loom; it totally fascinated me,” she said, “and so my Dad and I made a rigid heddle [loom] out of popsicle sticks.” It was the humble beginning of a lifelong calling that led her to study art at Skidmore College... Read More>>

MEET THE MAKER: SANDY MAINE OF ADIRONDACK FRAGRANCE & FLAVOR FARM

POSTED: 01 Apr 2016 | BY: CHRISTINE MURPHY
Meet the Maker, in her own words: “It’s always been a dream of mine to somehow tie my farm to my business and so I just thought ‘Well, what is it about the farm? What is it that it’s offering?’ It’s offering fragrances and flavors and it’s in the Adirondacks, so there was my name: Adirondack Fragrance & Flavor Farm.” Most of us encounter turning points in our lives that set us on a new course, but perhaps none so specific as in the story of Sandy Maine, the founder and director Read More>>

MEET THE MAKER: CLAIRE MARIN OF CATSKILL PROVISIONS

POSTED: 31 Dec 2015 | BY: CHRISTINE MURPHY
Meet the Maker, in her own words: “You know, there’s just a freedom about New York that I’ve always felt. I visited many states in the U.S. since I’ve been here, and I just feel that there’s a history here of making history,” says Claire Marin, proprietress of artisanal food company Catskill Provisions. “I think the melting pot that New York really, truly is speaks to some of that strength and that independence that we feel — to have our own ideas and to be able to voice them out.” Born Read More>>

REMEMBERING ELLSWORTH KELLY: A GREAT NEW YORK ARTIST

POSTED: 28 Dec 2015 | BY: CHRISTINE MURPHY
Can a life ever be long enough? When I first met Ellsworth Kelly, the great New York artist, he was 89 years old. The venue? The opening night party of his latest show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In fact, far from being a hackneyed retrospective, the exhibition showcased a relatively unknown chapter of the famously abstract artist's repertoire: his figurative plant drawings. There was much yet to be discovered and celebrated nearly nine decades into his life. A year later, in June 2013, Read More>>

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