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Dr. Maurice Kenny: New York Writers Hall of Fame 2014 Inductee

NYSOM Contributor Ethan Shantie sat down for a conversation with Dr. Maurice Kenny, his former professor at SUNY Potsdam. A Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet, Dr. Kenny is a 2014 inductee into the New York Writers Hall of Fame. -- I had been putting off conducting an interview with Dr. Maurice Kenny when I hit a deer on the way to work one morning. Five a.m. I took it as a sign. Dr. Kenny, or “Kenny,” as I’ve always known him, is in his mid-80s. As grandchildren tend to be, I was worried about

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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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Hopeless Romance: Boldt Castle on Heart Island

As we board Uncle Sam’s ferry, a girl in a wool cap and a collar turned up against the rain tells us the proper way to affix our life jackets. “Don’t worry though,” she says, “this ship isn’t going to sink so enjoy your trip.” And we do. After making our way up to the bow to take pictures, a couple and their son take rapid fire panoramic shots of the vessels cruising by. Our little boat rocks back and forth in the wake of a gigantic black liner that has passed. It’s unclear which

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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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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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NYSOM Girls' 2014 Travel Resolutions

It's an easy trap to establish lofty goals when a new year rolls around, but let's be honest: we're less likely to commit to a kale-only diet than, say, determining to host more dinner parties. The NYSOM Girls are realists, so we've made easy-to-keep resolutions — we're continuing to explore every corner of New York State. Here's the where and why of our 2014 travel itineraries: Christine, Co-Founder and COO: [caption id="attachment_3719" align="aligncenter" width="560"] An aerial view of the

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Bloody Hangover? Bloody Mary.

Rumored to have originated at one of New York City's most classic establishments — The 21 Club — the Bloody Mary has long reigned supreme as the brunch cornerstone and hangover cure-all. Here's a look at how New Yorkers are (or, might we suggest, should be) drinking Bloodys at their local watering holes the morning after New Year's Eve. Cheers to a New York state of mind in 2014! Manhattan’s East Village & Lower East Side neighborhoods feature some of the most exotic and elaborate Bloody

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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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Paranormal Investigators with an Altruistic Motivation

Why is “ghost hunting” an inept term for describing the attempt to capture evidence of spirits? “Because ghosts are already dead. If you’re hunting them, what are you going to kill?” Lana Putnam and her team of researchers are known collectively as PISToLS (Paranormal Investigations St. Lawrence Seaway). On an individual level they prefer to be classified as “investigators” — it’s a more accurate description of the philosophies behind their practice than the Hollywood nomenclature.

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