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Events Large and Small Honor 20th Anniversary of the Rebbe's Passing - Chabad.org

Lincoln Square News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 23:06

Chabad.org

Events Large and Small Honor 20th Anniversary of the Rebbe's Passing
Chabad.org
Many are expected to attend an all-encompassing symposium on Sunday, June 29, titled “Soul Encounters,” which will take place at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College in New York City. Five individual sessions, musical interludes and ...

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Events Large and Small Honor 20th Anniversary of the Rebbe's Passing - Chabad.org

Lincoln Square News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 23:06

Chabad.org

Events Large and Small Honor 20th Anniversary of the Rebbe's Passing
Chabad.org
Many are expected to attend an all-encompassing symposium on Sunday, June 29, titled “Soul Encounters,” which will take place at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College in New York City. Five individual sessions, musical interludes and ...

Categories: Lincoln Square News, News

UWS HISTORY: A DELICIOUS SIGN EMERGES ON BROADWAY

West Side Rag - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 23:04
A grocery store on Broadway between 103rd and 104th street in front of a subway entrance closed recently, and construction workers stripped off
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WEEKLY NEWS BULLETIN: A ROOFTOP ADDITION, A DOG BIDET, AND A CLANDESTINE BROTHEL

West Side Rag - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 22:37
Below, we've compiled about 20 stories that are relevant to the Upper West Side printed in other publications.
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Upper West Side Tennis Courts Named for Late Author - Wall Street Journal

Upper West Side News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 21:51

Upper West Side Tennis Courts Named for Late Author
Wall Street Journal
The red-clay tennis courts on Manhattan's Upper West Side will be named in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author Oscar Hijuelos, a spokesman for the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation said Saturday. Hijuelos, who wrote the novel ...

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PICNIC MARKET & CAFE CLOSING AS COSTS RISE

UWS Openings and Closings - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 18:04
PicNic Market & Cafe, a restaurant on Broadway between 101st and 102nd streets, is closing after this weekend because of rising rent and other costs.
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PICNIC MARKET & CAFE CLOSING AS COSTS RISE

West Side Rag - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 18:04
PicNic Market & Cafe, a restaurant on Broadway between 101st and 102nd streets, is closing after this weekend because of rising rent and other costs.
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Chicago Independent Bookstore Day Coming July 12 - Chicagoist

Lincoln Square News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 13:13

Chicago Independent Bookstore Day Coming July 12
Chicagoist
... a handful of puzzle pieces from each participating store that will fit together to create an exclusively designed frameable print by Lilli Carré," a Chicago interdisciplinary artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in both The New Yorker and ...

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Events Large and Small Honor the 20th Anniversary of the Rebbe's Passing - Chabad.org

Lincoln Square News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 10:16

Chabad.org

Events Large and Small Honor the 20th Anniversary of the Rebbe's Passing
Chabad.org
Many are expected to attend an all-encompassing symposium on Sunday, June 29, titled “Soul Encounters,” which will take place at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College in New York City. Five individual sessions, musical interludes and ...

Categories: Lincoln Square News, News

Column: China Mogul Takes Manhattan - Valley News

Manhattan Valley News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 00:17

Column: China Mogul Takes Manhattan
Valley News
Earlier in June, Chen had taken out a massive ad in The New York Times — a paper he unsuccessfully tried to buy in January — promising to host a charity luncheon for 1,000 “poor and destitute Americans,” each of whom would receive $300 dollars.

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Harlem Arts Festival Kicks Off for a 3rd Fabulous Year!

Morningside News - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 19:52

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The third annual Harlem Arts Festival kicks off this weekend with performances and art events, highlighting a record number 41 artists, through Sunday, June 29th. Looking to build on the success of the last two years and increase opportunities for local artists and businesses, the multi-disciplinary festival added an opening night event at MIST Harlem, which provides yet another stage for artists to showcase their talents. Fresh and exciting changes to this year’s festival also include a new collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, culminating in a celebration of their Jazz for Young People on Tour: Let Freedom Swing program on the HAF’s main stage; a partnership with Harlem Eats to host the Harlem Food Truck Rally during the festival on Saturday and Sunday, and; introduction of the HAF Card, which gives every visitor a chance to win prizes such as downloadable digital prints and songs by festival artists, HAF apparel, and more. But, the highlight of the Harlem Arts Festival is and will always be the amazing line-up talent,  free to locals and visitors all weekend long!

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The heart of the festival remains at Marcus Garvey Park’s Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, with the visual art of local artists displayed on the HAF Gallery Walk. And, don’t forget to visit Kids Corner where artists and groups, such as The Laundromat Project, El Museo del Barrio and Harlem Grown, will engage children and families in fun, creative activities. Meanwhile, dance and music performances will pour out from two stages, starting at 3pm Saturday and Sunday. All for free, without ever having to leave your backyard!

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“Kids Corner” at the Harlem Arts Festival

“The Harlem Arts Festival is becoming an annual destination for not only local residents, but for people from all over the city,” said Neal Ludevig, Executive Director of the Harlem Arts Festival. “It’s been amazing to watch the festival and the HAF family grow exponentially year after year.”

Festival sponsors this year include: Whole Foods, JetBlue, Healthfirst, Harlem Community Development Corporation, the Herban Farmer’s Market, and KIND Healthy Snacks. Visit HarlemArtsFestival.com for the full  festival schedule and list of performers.

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Getting to Know Harlem Insider, Grace Ali

Morningside News - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 10:28

Earlier this year, The New York Times spent a day with Harlem’s own, Grace Aneiza Ali. The result was a stunning and inspiring Sunday Times profile, delving into the young professional’s personal and public practice. In the days following, a colleague of Ali’s asked her how the New York Times had noticed her, out of 8 million people in the city. Taken aback, she did not answer the question – which was, presumably, rhetorical, and likely, meant to be a compliment – but Morningsider is more than pleased to count the ways. The answers (yes, there are many!) are crystal clear.

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Grace Aneiza Ali. Photo courtesy of World Economic Forum Global Shapers.

1. Ali’s award of the 2014 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship, most assuredly, placed her squarely on the New York Times’ radar. If she wasn’t at the head of the line already, at the start of 2014, when recipients were announced, she shot straight to the top!

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Grace Ali with Thomas Allen Harris, filmmaker from the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion. DDFR.tv, Photo courtesy of Thomas Allen Harris/DDFR

She received the prestigious award in partnership with Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art for the 2015 exhibition, “Guyana Modern,” which will feature a new generation of photographers from Guyana and its major diasporic communities in New York, London and Toronto. A native of Guyana, Ali’s work around the country’s artistic and cultural production has been on-going through publications, press, short films, writing and even her own artwork, for the past two years. The Warhol Fellowship brings this deeply personal exploration together by funding her research and travel to the diasporic points – London, Guyana and Toronto – to meet with photographers, visit the archives and organize the first comprehensive photography exhibit of its kind. Today, Ali is fresh off the plane from London to Harlem – courtesy of Andy Warhol – where she began her research and work on the 2015 project. This exciting travel continues throughout the summer!

2. In 2012, Ms. Ali was invited to join the   World Economic Forum Global Shapers -  a team of young leaders, hand-picked from around the world for their innovative work toward making the world a better place. The New York group engages in high-powered meetings about once per month, to help bring about solutions to some of the world’s most pressing concerns. She was initiated into this distinguished group by accepting the incredible honor of speaking at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2012. There, she delivered a speech about Creative Resilience – addressing the artists’ ability to transform adversities into opportunity. This theme has remained at the heart of Ali’s work as a curator, educator and visual artist.

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Ali’s OF NOTE Magazine – www.ofnotemagazine.org

3. She founded something! Grace Ali is the founder, edit0r and publisher of an award-winning magazine: OF NOTE magazine, launched in 2009, focuses on global artists using the arts as catalysts for social change. The magazine has a growing international audience of more than 6000, employs local freelance writers, and provides a platform for a diverse mix of emerging and established artists doing meaningful, imaginative work. Each issue is thoughtfully themed and highlights ten exceptional artists. The most recent – The Immigrant Issue – additionally posits the concept that immigrant life is art itself.

4. As a new grad of the University of Maryland, College Park (2003), Ali  received the best graduation gift ever: a Fullbright Scholarship!  The Fulbright Program is the flagship educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. government and designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. As a Fulbrighter, Ali traveled to India to study Indian women’s literature, and to dig deeper into her extended heritage. Receiving this internationally recognized award entered her instantly into a diverse community of accomplished individuals; it was grand, and early, recognition of Ali’s exceptional vision and set the stage for her creative and continued academic projects, combining visual and literary arts and activism.

5. Last, but certainly not least, Ali is an adjunct professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at The City College of New York (CUNY). She teaches global literature, from the 20th century to present, and challenges students – through critical analyses, spirited discussion and student-led presentations – to explore personal and contemporary social and political connections with the reading. City College students have been known to repeat her course, by choice. It is no wonder that, after only one year, Ali received the award for Outstanding Faculty of the Year for her productive and innovative approach as an educator.

Grace Ali became best known in the community in her role as Associate Director of Programs at the Dwyer Cultural Center, which she held for two years. More recently, she launched and hosted the “Visually Speaking” series (curated by Terrence Jennings) at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center, which examines the state of photojournalism through the lens of photographers and image-makers. Presently, Harlem is simply home for Ali, and the incubator for her creative industry throughout the city and around the world.

Grace’s family immigrated to the United States when she was fourteen, starting a new life in Washington D.C. She attended University of Maryland, College Park, where she graduated magna cum laude. From there, she made her way to NYU and received her M.A. in Africana Studies.  Ali always knew that her move to New York would land her Uptown. Introduced to Harlem as a girl, through the language of Langston, Baldwin and Zora, she was drawn by the creative spirit of the neighborhood’s past. Once she arrived, she discovered that spirit still vibrant and conducive to her globally-inspired endeavors. “Harlem has always had a history of being open and embracing to the world.” says Ali.  “It’s been incredibly welcoming to everyone, and that’s something to boast about and be proud of.”

Morningsider’s question to Ali’s inquisitive co-worker is simple: “How could the New York Times NOT have noticed?”

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“Ingrid/Zora: In Conversation” 2012. Mixed-media collage by Grace Ali, featured in the H O M E exhibition


Grace Aneiza Ali has visual art on exhibit in the H O M E Exhibition, curated by Omo Misha as part of No Longer Empty’s “If You Build It” – a site-specific art installation staged at Broadway Housing Communities’ (future) Sugar Hill Apartments and Children’s Museum building. Exhibition runs from June 25-August 10, 2014. CLICK HERE to learn more. Visit www.ofnotemagazine.org to read and follow Grace’s work through OF NOTE.

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Art Scene Comes Alive in East Harlem

Morningside News - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 14:04

Geoffreyandcarmenholder 202x300 Art Scene Comes Alive in East HarlemWhile Harlem’s new renaissance has been driven primarily by its culinary scene in Central and West Harlem, there is an interesting new story developing in East Harlem – the fast- growing art scene. On Thursday, June 19, Yellow Brick Loft, located at 1916 Park Avenue, will open a one night only pop-up gallery in the ground floor storefront at the corner of East 130th street, featuring some of the hottest artists working in Harlem. “A Night of Art in East Harlem,” organized by Artists@YellowBrickLoft, will showcase the works of eleven artists who have their studios in the building.

Local talents featured in the show will include former Studio Museum Artist in Residence Cullen Washington; Trinidad-born Geoffrey Holder (remember the 7-UP commercials), whose marriage to Carmen de Lavallade and the iconic chemistry between the two on stage was featured in the documentary film “Carmen and Geoffrey”; and Ernie Bynum, whose works are exhibited in galleries across the country. The artists paint in a variety of styles and media, representing the artistic and cultural diversity of Harlem today.

The pop-up gallery will take place on Thursday, June 19, from 5pm to 9pm. Wine and cheese reception. RSVP to artists@yellowbrickloft.com or call 212-751-4200.

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