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GIVING | Through the Looking Glass With Corning

GIVING | Through the Looking Glass With Corning

Corning has a hand in some of the world’s most revolutionary tech innovations (the light bulb, television, space shuttles, smartphones). It also has an ironclad commitment to local communities and individual human rights.

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Eat Like a Local: Spiedies in the Southern Tier

“Most people from out-of-town don’t know what a spiedie is or how to pronounce it,” says Dave Pessagno, event coordinator for the annual Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally, in Binghamton. “A spiedie (pronounced spee-dee) is marinated cubes of [primarily chicken, pork or sirloin] meat put on a metal skewer, then cooked on a grill.” Soaked overnight in a special sauce, the spiedie has come to be the Southern Tier’s regional delicacy. The dish originally known as a spiedo (“spit,” in Italian,

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On The Road with NYSOM: (Sweet) 16 Reasons to Visit NY

We admit — because of this winter’s interminable cold weather — we’ve been counting down the days until April. Despite our New York teams not making it to this year’s Sweet 16 round in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, March still gave us many reasons to celebrate in New York. Between Women’s History Month and the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Manhattan, we also feted two of our favorite iconic New Yorkers: Bill Cunningham turned 85 on the eve of the opening of his Facades exhibit

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12 of the Best Skating Rinks in NY: A New York 'Skate' of Mind!

A trip to a skating rink is like a return to your childhood. Every Monday evening for 13 consecutive years, my friends and I ventured to Central Park’s Wollman Rink (now Trump Rink) to watch the sun fall behind Columbus Circle and the Plaza Hotel lights start to glow at dusk. Central Park South was always snow-trodden. There was calm behind the rink’s soundtrack; it seemed like such a rare thing in this great, loud city. Just this past weekend I revisited Trump for a skate. The rink seems smaller

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The February Issue: Cozying Up to New York

I'm rarely happier than when I wake up on a cold, grey winter weekend morning and realize that I can fall back asleep to the sounds of falling rain, or to the rich quiet produced by a blanket of snowfall. It's oh-so-cozy. And here we are in February, a month defined by chilly temperatures outdoors and warm intimacy indoors brought on by Valentine's Day (or "Gal-entine's Day" for the single female cohorts out there). Of the many ways to snuggle into the final month of winter, our "New York 'Cozy'

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America's First Pilot was a New Yorker

Confident that he could craft any piece of machinery to perfection — be it wheeled or winged — Glenn Hammond Curtiss was an innovator who was correct more often than not. Born in 1878, Mr. Curtiss’ entree to the world of mechanical engineering began in the 1890s while racing bicycles for Hammondsport bike shop owner Jim Smellie. Mr. Curtiss subsequently opened his own bicycle storefront in 1899, succinctly named “Bicycles-G.H. Curtiss.” In this workshop the young businessman designed

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: Monday, Jan. 20

 "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve." - Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. *** Next Monday, Jan. 20 marks the national observance of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Turn this day off into an opportunity to join in the MLK Day of Service movement. New York State has 10 Regional Volunteer Centers (part of the NYS Office of National and Community Service), that have been charged with a three-year plan of developing and expanding a sustainable network of community service agencies

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Counting Down to 2014 in All 12 Regions

How are you bidding 2013 adieu and welcoming 2014? There's no shortage of diverse options in New York State. Here are a few of our favorites in each region. Adirondacks The expanse of Lake George is the perfect setting for a sparkling new year's celebration. Restaurants lining the lake's shores host NYE meals with stunning views, but what better way to enjoy the spectacle than from the water itself? The Lake George Steamboat Company offers three New Year's Cruise options: at dinnertime ($49), at

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Let There Be ... Lights!

Decorated storefronts, candlelight tours, fireworks shows: throughout New York State the holiday season is being celebrated with more than just tree lightings. Here's a look at select events (most of them this weekend) in every region. Adirondacks Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m.: The village of Lake Placid hosts a long-time (though abandoned for many years) tradition: the High Peaks Resort's Yule Log Hunt & Ceremony. First started in 1911, a log of of eight to 14 feet is hidden in the woods, and

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New York's Most Spirited Spirits: THE Graves to Visit

History — iconic and strange, ancient and foreboding — rests quietly all across New York State. In a land rich with legendary artists, comedians, politicians and activists, one can only imagine the centuries' worth of spirited personalities lying below the surface. Armed with Chuck D’Imperio’s "Great Graves of Upstate New York" (available below), and our own “underground” research during our statewide travels, Team NYSOM uncovered (though not quite literally) some of the spookiest

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