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Remembering Ellsworth Kelly: A Great New York Artist

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,

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8 Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

More than 700,000 others pass through Grand Central Terminal each day. Since it opened its doors in 1913, there has always been a palpable magic to this train station. Something about the marble walls, twinkling constellation sky, and perpetual motion create a feeling of expectation — that amidst the momentum of travelers coming and going, something as unexpected as a flash mob might break out. But too often, that magic goes unappreciated. Most commuters traverse the main concourse at breakneck

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The First U.S. Veterans at NYC's Trinity Church

Though today commemorates the WWI Armistice, it's a good time to reflect on all U.S. veterans, dating to our very first. Soldiers' Monument in Lower Manhattan, NYC, commemorates "those brave and good Men who died whilst imprisoned in this City, for their devotion to the cause of AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE." Many of the soldiers held captive by the British are thought to be buried in the churchyard. The memorial is located in the cemetery of Trinity Church, which was established in 1697 by royal charter

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Wildman Steve Brill's Walk on the Wild Side

“Come on over everyone! There’s something you’ve all been itching to learn about!” A wry smile formed on the guide’s face as he proceeded to describe the defining characteristics of poison ivy. Season by season the plant changes: shiny red leaves in the Spring give way to beautiful, but dangerous flowers at the end of May. This plant is one to avoid due to the trademark rash it elicits, but unlike the infamous “leaves of three,” everything else on display during “Wildman” Steve

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Bittersweet: Hella Bitters' Craft Your Own Bitters Kit

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and whether you're drunk in love, planning a pal-entine's day party, or dining for one, everything's a little bit(ter)sweeter with this Queens-made Craft Your Own Bitters Kit. --- Among the many adjectives assigned to New Yorkers, “bitter” may be apt, but so is “spicy.” Hella Bitters, a Brooklyn-based company that manufactures in Queens, infuses new meaning into both descriptors. Founded in 2011 by the so-called “Bitter Boys” — Tobin Ludwig, Eduardo

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Church Owl Beer: (Good) Gluten-Free Ale

In 2013 Taylor Grothe was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, a condition in which the body produces a damaging immune response to gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and malt). After eliminating gluten from her diet, Taylor, a stylish blonde who radiates energy, instantly felt far healthier as her insides healed and, amazingly, her asthma cleared. But something was missing from Taylor’s new life — beer, and the culture that comes with drinking it. Finding the limited gluten-free options

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NYC's Acronyms, Abbreviations and Portmanteaux: A Transplant's Take

Having recently made the move from the relative simplicity of Seattle, WA to the multifaceted, complex world of New York — first upstate at Hamilton College in Clinton and, for the summer, the Big Apple — like other immigrants before me, I have found myself having to learn an entirely new way of life and vocabulary. While it took a little while to learn the names of places in my Central New York home, my mind remains perpetually boggled by the neighborhoods here in New York City. Too often it

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