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LISTEN TO THE SEVEN STORIES FROM OUR FIRST STORYTELLING NIGHT

West Side Rag - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 22:33
West Side Rag's first-ever storytelling night was held at Gastronomie 491 on Feb. 28. It featured seven true tales from Upper West Siders about the neighborhood
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PHOTO OP: AN IMPROMPTU SKATING RINK EMERGES IN RIVERSIDE PARK

West Side Rag - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 22:32
There is no skating rink in Riverside Park at West 73rd street, but one suddenly emerged this weekend. Jill Goldstein sent us the photo above
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Finding Dante @ Chashama

Morningside News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 15:04

findingdante.org
Rico Washington and Shino Yanagawa are a documentary team. He is a journalist; she is a photographer. Together, they create projects that will encourage dialogue around issues they deem important. They call their brand of collaboration artivism. And, as their current exhibition shows, they can be extremely spontaneous.
Finding Dante Exhibit
After the Eric Garner verdict and consequent protests in late 2014, Washington was inspired to put together a project that would engage community youth, families and , hopefully, the Mayor and the NYPD. The exhibition is called Finding Dante. It draws from Mayor DeBlasio’s campaign ads, where both the mayor and his son, Dante,  spoke about protecting young Black men from unjust stop-and-frisks. But, the idea for the exhibition was ignited when Washington noticed young men of color, whom resembled Dante, participating in a die-in at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in December. Even though the young men had similar physical traits to Dante, the writer wondered how different their police interactions might’ve been than the mayor’s son – whose security detail would now shield him from many of the encounters faced by these young men. That’s when he and Yanagawa went to work.

Due to the urgency of the matter, Washington and Yanagawa found and interviewed their subjects, developed the text and graphics, and assembled this exhibition with no budget and very little time. In this first installment of Finding Dante, Yanagawa’s rich, biographic images are flanked by Washington’s investigative writings and eye-popping graphics. The photographs feature young New York men with afros – the youngest subject is a preschooler, even named Dante. Text is drawn from interviews with mothers and subjects – all expressing their impressions of the NYPD, growing concerns about police relationships, and even their hair. The exhibition also includes a wall where guests can leave Post-it notes for the NYPD.

Finding Dante exhibition windowOn view at one of chashama’s pop-up gallery spaces, at 1351 Amsterdam Avenue, the exhibition makes a big splash from the street. Washington’s graphics, bearing stylized words and giant afro picks are a real draw in two front windows. Three powerful installations of Yanagawa’s photographed men appear in another large window. Inside, the exhibition seems sparse for the 3000 foot raw space but is, nonetheless, powerful. You can see that it is a promising work in progress.

The artists have been grateful for the opportunity to show Finding Dante in its formative stages, and gauge community interest at chashama. Washington said the exhibit only began to gain traction its final week – garnering recognition from NY1, the metro, and The Amsterdam News in its very last days. In its next life, the artists envision the inclusion of daily dialogue between youth, community groups, schools, neighbors, mentors, the NYPD and even the Mayor. So far, there has been no response to the exhibit from DeBlasio’s office. But, with this project on the rise, Morningsider predicts that will change.

Finding Dante ends Sunday, March 8th at chashama. Visit www.findingdante.org to follow the project and find out where it will pop up next.

chashama supports artists by transforming unused real estate into free and subsidized work and presentation space. Learn more at www.chashama.org

 

NEW APARTMENT TOWERS OBSCURE VIEWS OF THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE

West Side Rag - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 23:58
Mark Elliott sent us the photo above on Saturday of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine peeking out from behind two apartment buildings that are under construction on
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WEEKEND HISTORY: A GIRL’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH SCHRAFFT’S IN THE 1940′S

West Side Rag - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 19:00
For many transported New Yorkers, the memory of corned beef or hot pastrami sandwiches on Jewish rye lingers years after they’ve moved to less ethnically oriented locations.
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THE ULTIMATE FAIRWAY SHOPPING GUIDE: ‘THE STRUGGLE IS REAL’

West Side Rag - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 09:18
Before its citywide takeover, Fairway belonged to the Upper West Side. The O.G. (Original Grocer) of our neighborhood hung its proverbial plaque on 74th and Broadway, and the rest
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HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO GIVE THE CITY FEEDBACK ON THE WEST END AVENUE REDESIGN

West Side Rag - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 18:30
The local community board is asking locals to comment on the redesign of West End Avenue, which was completed last year in an attempt to make that avenue safer.
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IN-HOME CARE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS (SPONSORED)

West Side Rag - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:15
Can the logistics of in-home care be streamlined with technology? Manhattan-based Hakuna aims to simplify organizational tasks such as scheduling, communication, and recording care details.
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SATURDAY: BANK STREET HOSTING 30 AUTHORS FOR GRAND OPENING OF NEW BOOKSTORE

West Side Rag - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:00
Bank Street Bookstore will hold its grand opening on Saturday, with 30 children's book authors stopping by to read, sign books and meet readers. It's an exciting
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SATURDAY: BANK STREET HOSTING 30 AUTHORS FOR GRAND OPENING OF NEW BOOKSTORE

UWS Openings and Closings - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:00
Bank Street Bookstore will hold its grand opening on Saturday, with 30 children's book authors stopping by to read, sign books and meet readers. It's an exciting
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BLOOMINGDALE’S OUTLET TO REPLACE URBAN OUTFITTERS ON 72ND STREET

UWS Openings and Closings - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 00:11
The Urban Outfitters that has been on the corner of 72nd street and Broadway for 15 years will be replaced by a Bloomingdale's off-price outlet this summer.
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BLOOMINGDALE’S OUTLET TO REPLACE URBAN OUTFITTERS ON 72ND STREET

West Side Rag - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 00:11
The Urban Outfitters that has been on the corner of 72nd street and Broadway for 15 years will be replaced by a Bloomingdale's off-price outlet this summer.
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Panic Artists: The Snow Family of 106th Street

Out Walking the Dog - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:21
It’s been a slow year for snowmen. In years past, snowmen popped up all over Riverside Park after every big snow, like mushrooms after a rain. Here are a few examples. A few years ago, a snow person pushed a positively ecstatic snow baby in a swing in one of the Tot Lot playgrounds of Riverside […]
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