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POLICE RELEASE VIDEO OF SUV IN FATAL HIT-AND-RUN

West Side Rag - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 23:05
The SUV driver that hit and killed photographer Guler Ubur-Yaaobi on New Year’s Eve at 113th street and Amsterdam Avenue is still
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Chloe the Yogi’s E-book Series for Kids

Morningside News - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 15:07

Lara LandHealthy fitness habits start early! Lara Land knows this, which is why Land Yoga – her 3 1/2 year old Harlem yoga studio – does so much to engage our youngest citizens. The studio offers kids yoga classes twice per week, summer mini-camps, and a variety of themed yoga birthday parties. One year ago, Lara enhanced these programs by establishing Chloe the Yogi – a separate company working within Land Yoga, specifically focused on bringing yoga to kids and families in schools, camps and homes.

Chloe, a loveable character imagined and embodied by Lara, creates an atmosphere where children feel the freedom of self-expression through music, story and movement. Working with Chloe, students  use their bodies to bring stories to life while learning and practicing yoga moves. It was Lara’s background in theater, extensive history teaching and creatively working with youngsters, and Ashtanga Yoga expertise that, combined, created the fertile ground from which Chloe the Yogi was realized.

More recently, Land has taken Chloe to new heights by introducing Chloe the Yogi Goes to the Amusement Park – the first edition of a five E-book series of yoga adventure books for children!

Designed for the iPad, Chloe the Yogi Goes to the Amusement Park is tailored toward children ages 3-7. It was created in response to parents’ expressed interests in  seeing and experiencing what their children are learning in Land Yoga’s increasingly popular children’s classes. The 20 page interactive E-book includes an illustrated story  and mirrors the children’s class experience. It even comes with an original yoga children’s song, for which a video was filmed at Marcus Garvey Park and is soon to be released on Chloe the Yogi’s YouTube channel!

The reviews are in, and parents who have downloaded the app say it is an awesome way to introduce little ones to yoga and reinforce support through stretching, breathing, and role playing. The book not only gets children learning and moving, but gets families in motion together, and offers directions for parents to help their children with poses. You and your kids don’t have to be Land Yoga students to take part in this wonderful, modern-tech yoga experience. At $2.99 per download, it’s certainly affordable and the benefits for child and family are not only fun, but infinite!

CLICK HERE to download this cool app in iTunes for only $2.99 | Visit and subscribe to the YouTube channel HERE | Contact landyoga@gmail.com to invite Chloe the Yogi to your school, camp or kids group for a live reading/demo! | Spread the word!
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Red Fox: Cape Cod in Winter

Out Walking the Dog - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 14:18
When we awoke this morning, we found we had been magically transported to an unfamiliar aerie overlooking Cape Cod Bay.
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UWS HISTORY: A BIZARRE AND DEADLY CHASE IN 1913

West Side Rag - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 21:53
On November 3, 1913, eight steers broke through a gate in stockyards near West 60th street, setting off a wild chase that claimed the life of a night watchman and one of the animals too.
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Holiday Story Unites Businesses & Artists Through Dazzling Window Displays

Morningside News - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 20:50
Detail from Land Yoga with artwork by Tijana Bjelajac. Photo Gregory Routt ©2014.

Detail from Land Yoga with artwork by Tijana Bjelajac. Photo Gregory Routt ©2014.

In the spirit of community and collaboration, several area businesses, organizations and artists pooled their resources  to realize Harlem Holiday Windows – a first annual tourism initiative designed to help make Harlem a major destination for the holidays!

Spearheaded by Jacqueline Orange of Taste Harlem Tours and local curator, Omo Misha, Harlem Holiday Windows brings together in partnership the Harlem Tourism Board, Harlem Park-to-Park and the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance. This unprecedented effort has included holiday window displays at seven commercial locations, connected by an original holiday story – written and narrated by storyteller/actor, Daniel Carlton.

Carlton’s story, The Heart of Harlem, is about an 11 year old boy named Chaz who travels through  Harlem’s history on a magical horse. Each participating retailer represented a different leg of Chaz’s journey, starting with the Great Migration at Seasoned Vegan and ending with present-day Harlem at Cohen’s Fashion Optical on 125th. Stops along the the way included Land Yoga, Lido Harlem, Vinateria, The Cecil and Harlem Shake. These merchants captured the Harlem Renaissance, the Swing Era, the end of WWII and the Harlem Hellfighters, legendary jazz players, the 60s revolution, and the 1970s by displaying paintings, drawings, sculptures, 3D installations and holiday elements contributed by some of our community’s most prolific visual artists.  The story could be heard (narrated by Carlton) at each stop, using a QR code created by Harlem’s Alive.

 Gregory Routt © 2014.

Swing Era legends illustrated at Lido Harlem. Art by Tijana Bjelajac. Photo: Gregory Routt © 2014.

The big idea behind Harlem Holiday Windows is for pedestrians and tourists to visit each site, through self-guided and organized tours, following the story and sharing in Chaz’s Harlem historical adventure. Taste Harlem Tours offered group tours throughout the holiday season.

Launched on a rainy mid-December evening, the Kick-off Ceremony was presented by Friends of Frederick Douglass Circle. The night included a Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Frederick Douglass Circle (110th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard), presentations by partners on the project, and a performance by Young Dreamers Children’s Choir. All were followed by a free guided tour with the storyteller. The merriment continued with hot chocolate at Harlem Shake at the end of a damp, but unseasonably mild and festive night.

Harlem Shake representing the 60s & 70s with a comic strip created by Ese Alexis (l.) & collaged ornaments by Omo Misha (r.)

Harlem Shake representing the 60s & 70s with a comic strip created by Ese Alexis (left)

Harlem Holiday Windows has been sponsored by (HTB) Harlem Tourism Board, (HCDC) Harlem Community Development Corporation, Life Plan Wealth Management Group, New York Ki Energy Wellness Center and Foxworth Realty, curated by Omo Misha and included an all-star line-up of the following visual artists: Christopher Trujillo, Laura Gadson, Tijana Bjelejac, Esé  Alexis and Paula Coleman with Carrie Mae Weems, JaSon Auguste, Dianne Smith, Marivel Mejia, Donna Dove, Jordan Baker-Caldwell, Kenneth Browne and Samuel Murray.

 Gregory Routt ©2014.

Laura Gadson’s angels at Vinateria. Photo: Gregory Routt ©2014.

Sponsors as well as partners, are already planning for next year’s installment, which promises to include more retailers and branch out to an even wider audience. All agree that this is a limitless opportunity to put Harlem squarely on the map as NYC’s go-to neighborhood for holiday excitement!

Harlem Holiday Windows remain on display thru  Monday, January 5th.

 

 

 

 

 

OPENINGS & CLOSINGS: SPICE THAI, PARIS BAGUETTE, NEW WORLD COFFEE, MORE

UWS Openings and Closings - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 12:11
As the new year dawns, we've been hearing about several more Upper West Side openings and closings.
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OPENINGS & CLOSINGS: SPICE THAI, PARIS BAGUETTE, NEW WORLD COFFEE, MORE

West Side Rag - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 12:11
As the new year dawns, we've been hearing about several more Upper West Side openings and closings.
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BOMBASTIC CENTRAL PARK FIREWORKS RANG IN 2015

West Side Rag - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 00:26
Elizabeth Rincon filmed the New Year's fireworks in Central Park, which go off after midnight on January 1. This is from 72nd street and Columbus
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PHOTOGRAPHER KILLED IN HIT-AND-RUN ON AMSTERDAM AVENUE

West Side Rag - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 16:24
A 44-year-old woman was hit by an SUV and killed on Amsterdam Avenue and 113th street Wednesday evening. The woman was crossing Amsterdam
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Happy New Year (We’re Back)

Out Walking the Dog - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 15:47
Happy New Year, dear much-missed readers! We’re posting again for the first time since last spring when we watched a White-throated sparrow dig up the park. Eight months is a long time to go dark, but we needed to focus on other work. We missed our readers, and we want to thank all of you for […]
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THE BIGGEST UPPER WEST SIDE STORIES OF 2014

West Side Rag - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 18:14
There were lots of big stories on the Upper West Side this year, but we've winnowed them down to a few big themes. Here, in no particular order, are some
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A TON OF UPPER WEST SIDE OPENINGS & CLOSINGS, FROM RAMEN, TO DOUGHNUTS, TO AMERICAN AND SUSHI

UWS Openings and Closings - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 22:17
We've got lots of Upper West Side openings and closings to report, from restaurants and cafes to jewelry stores and more. Thanks to everyone who sent in tips.
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A TON OF UPPER WEST SIDE OPENINGS & CLOSINGS, FROM RAMEN, TO DOUGHNUTS, TO AMERICAN AND SUSHI

West Side Rag - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 22:17
We've got lots of Upper West Side openings and closings to report, from restaurants and cafes to jewelry stores and more. Thanks to everyone who sent in tips.
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NEW 10-STORY CONDO PLANNED TO BE BUILT ON TOP OF CURRENT WEST END AVENUE BUILDING

West Side Rag - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 18:27
Developer Kaled Management filed plans to build a new 10-story building on top of a six-story building at 95th street and West End Avenue. The new building, which
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Celebrate New Year with Besame Harlem

Morningside News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 17:49

oseiFor your New Year’s Eve celebration we recommend checking out the new creation of the father and son team Bernardo Rubie and Osei Rubie, which recently opened in mid December. These seasoned businessmen and Harlem residents felt it would be a major benefit for the community to enliven the corner of 124th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, as opposed to finding a location established restaurant corridor on Lenox or Frederick Douglass Avenue. You heard it here first on Morningsider: Adam Clayton Powell is the place to be in 2015….in 2104 we welcomed both Besame and Ponty Bistro Harlem. And there is more to come.

We digressed, back to New Harlem Besamse…The blended Latin Soul menu truly embodies Afro-Latino cuisine and is designed to showcase the most preferred dishes of Latin countries with a touch of soul. New Harlem Besame boasts a flavor-filled including ribs marinated in guava sauce, chicken breast marinated in garlic sauce, its authentic recipe for guacamole, jerk chicken wings and much more that will leave customers salivating. The drink menu will include iconic Latino drinks. New Harlem Besame will also offer a full assortment of tequila to tantalize the palate while patrons engage in the ambiance and enjoy live music.

Located in the exact location of boxing great and businessman Sugar Ray Robinson’s Harlem Renaissance restaurant and bar ‘Sugar Ray’s’, New Harlem Besame honors this legacy through art. Other visually pleasing works include a unique, hand-crafted mahogany wood piece imported from West Africa that makes the restaurant immediately feel like home!

A family of entrepreneurs, restaurateurs and self-taught cooks precedes this father and son team. The father and Grandfather, Denis Rubie, lovingly known as Don Dennis, owned and operated a hotel and restaurants in Costa Rica. This team will continue the legacy of entrepreneurship through the opening of New Harlem Besame Restaurant. Bernard and Osei Rubie have a commitment to the community of Harlem and will seek to provide jobs to long-time residents of the community.

We wish them the best of success and many besames more.

WINTER SUNSET OVER THE UPPER WEST SIDE

West Side Rag - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 20:57
Monday's sunset was no ordinary sunset. Check out the photos below; the top two are by Mark Maas from
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START 2015 OFF RIGHT WITH FREE CLASSES AT THE JCC (SPONSORED)

West Side Rag - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 13:01
The JCC is offering a day of free classes, giveaways and seminars on New Year's Day so prospective members can learn about all the benefits of a membership
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ZABAR’S LAST JEWISH LOX-SLICER APPRECIATES SALMON’S SENSUAL SIDE

West Side Rag - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 10:28
Len Berk, an 84-year-old certified public accountant, fell in love with lox-slicing late in life and is now the last Jewish lox-slicer working at Zabar's.
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