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Larger Family Apartments Driving the Manhattan Studio Out

The bigger the better. This is the motto that New York City real estate developers seem to be abiding by when planning new residential projects. With new construction driving the housing market and developers targeting the high-end buyer,...Show More Summary

An Educator Samples the PARCC

Today, I'm trying something new. I've gotten myself onto the PARCC sample item site and am going to look at the ELA sample items for high school. This set was updated in March of 2014, so, you know, it's entirely possible they are not...Show More Summary

First Nighter: Joel Drake Johnson's Sly Rasheeda Speaks, Craig muMs Grant's Paradox of the Urban Cliché

Joel Drake Johnson is a sly one. At first, his Rasheeda Speaks -- directed by Cynthia Nixon with her own sly touch in a very impressive directing debut -- looks as if it's going to be a straightforward office comedy. But the play --Show More Summary

Valentine's Day 2015: Walking Around NYC Eating Sweets

If you're anything like me (and I certainly hope you're not), you've got a sweet-tooth that will not quit. And with Valentine's Day fast approaching, you may be scratching your head with stupefaction about what represents a good time...Show More Summary

In Counting the Homeless This Week, Let's Count Youth Who Exchange Sex for Shelter

This week New York City will once again try to count the number of homeless individuals who are not in a shelter as part of the nationally coordinated Point-in-Time (PIT) Count. Admittedly, this is not an easy undertaking. Just try to...Show More Summary

Valentine's Day Date Idea: Dinner and a Movie at the Nighthawk Cinema in Williamsburg

Excerpt from Although I am beginning to assimilate more into the hipster lifestyle of Williamsburg by virtue of living here since early Fall, I was a bit intimidated to walk into a small local theater for fear that...Show More Summary

9 Ways Dating and Working Out Are Similar

I grew up playing soccer, played on a sports team every season in high school and joined a club field hockey team in college. Athleticism has never been an issue for me... until these last few years, when I realized I used to get all of my exercise through playing organized sports. Show More Summary

My Afro-Latina Identity Is a Gift... But I Didn't Always Feel This Way

The first time I was called a "nigger," it was by white Latinos. I was 8 years old. The memory is really painful and defining. Back in the 1970s there wasn't a name for what I was. I was a kid whose mom was a light-skinned Dominican and whose dad was a darker-skinned Jamaican. I was darker than both of them. I did not understand my identity. Show More Summary

15 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

As travelers, we strive to collect more moments than things, but sometimes it's those things we carry with us that make the moments even richer. These 15 Valentine's Day gift ideas are sure to do just that. 1. Bon Appétit The Farm to...Show More Summary

The Hunger Games of Violin at Carnegie Hall: The Story of a Juilliard Violinist Concertmaster's Broken Bow

In any competition there is only one underlying mantra: Winning. We saw this beautifully played out at Carnegie Recital Hall (Weill Hall) last January 11th during the final round of the Violin Competition, called "Getting to Carnegie", in which four top violinists from the best conservatories in the world went on stage. Show More Summary

First Nighter: John Cariani's Love/Sick, Brian Dykstra's Selling Out

Sometimes playwright John Cariani looks at the world -- actually the worlds of love and relationships -- through rose-colored glasses. Just as often he views those worlds through lenses tinted a middling-to-dark-gray or maybe a jaundiced...Show More Summary

Unspeakable Hope

Passion is not friendly. It is arrogant, superbly contemptuous of all that is not itself, and, as the very definition of passion implies the impulse to freedom; it has a mighty intimidating power. It contains a challenge. It contains...Show More Summary

The Best Burgers in the Country, According to Chefs

By: Adam Lapetina When you're assembling a crack team of judges, credentials matter. That's why Chuck Norris presided over that one beauty pageant, and why we looked to our famous chef friends to tell us the best burgers they've ever eaten. Show More Summary

Hope and Struggle

Only in the last few weeks has the temperature in New York City descended to consistently freezing lows, yet I've been numb since last summer. I am contemplating still the murder of Michael Brown. His memory endures because it was not only his death that precipitated this feeling. Show More Summary

Tin Fish Valentine

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I thought I'd explore pairing champagne and tinned fish - no, not caviar -- but overlooked delectables like clams, anchovies, sardines, salmon, and crab with which to celebrate. Nice that Barbara-jo...Show More Summary

Astoria Characters: The Bird Lady

It's a simple task: Carry the seltzer can outside to the trash can. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Lynne with Jiminy Cricket. This is not something that Lynne Enman can do right off the bat. She has to plan it out. She usually takes her power...Show More Summary

John C. Whitehead, Wall Street's Finest

The first time I encountered John Whitehead was on one of my first days at Goldman Sachs, years ago. My analyst class came in at a tumultuous time for Wall Street and Goldman in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, the subsequent federal government bailouts and the 2010 settlement with the SEC. Show More Summary

From Cafeteria Shame To The Spotlight: Filipino Food Makes An Impact

In the latest episode of my docuseries about entrepreneurs in New York, "Maker's Lane," I featured Nicole Ponseca, award-winning restaurateur of two East Village favorites, Jeepney & Maharlika. "The mission has always been to be the ambassador for Filipino food and culture," said Ponseca. Show More Summary

Menswear as New Yorker

Move over, Blue Man Group! New York City has got another spectacular nonstop men-only attraction landing on its West Side shores. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is launching New York Fashion Week: Men's. The long-anticipated...Show More Summary

Delicious Asian Cuisine in NYC for Valentine's Day, Lunar New Year, and Just Because You're Hungry

You don't need a special occasion to eat Asian food. Heck, Sunday nights have been reason enough for Jewish families to go out for Chinese for generations. And when is there NOT a good night to order in sushi or pho? But there are certain days when it behooves you to go out of your way to eat Asian. Show More Summary

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