East Village Nostalgia

To mark the opening of Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983, the Museum of Art held a party.  Celebrants were decked in 80s style to enjoy the opening of the new exhibition. Set up in the Titus galleries of the museum, it was reminiscent of the Polish church’s basement at St. Marks Place that was held underground too.  With pieces from Keith Haring (a  regular at Club 57), Kenny Scharf and more curator Sophie Cavoulacos has tried to create a representation of a “transitional moment” from the art scene of the time when it evolved from Soho lots to East Village tenements. The event also featured interactive film screenings with participants being “encouraged to yell back at the screen, to interrupt it, to fool around during the screenings.” Read More

New York Awards

Various awards for actions of excellence, charitable actions and generosity have been presented in New York over the last few weeks.  One such accolade – the 2017 Happy Warrior Award – was presented to John K. Castle of Castle Harlan for his philanthropic endeavors in health and education.  It was given to him by The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization which seeks to “bring hope to the neediest children of the Archdiocese of New York, regardless of race, creed or color.” Meanwhile Latham & Watkins Partner, Kevin McDonough, was named Attorney of the Year by the New York Law Journal during a ceremony at the TriBeCa Rooftop.  He received this award for his “tremendous pro bono practice, particularly his role as chief legal counsel to the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice & Incarceration Reform [given the task of] reimaging New York’s approach to incarceration and retooling its criminal justice system.” At this year’s 2017 Ernesto Illy International Coffee Awards, a group of individual coffee producers were recognized at the UN Headquarters in New York City (together with an evening gala at the New York Public Library).  In addition, an award for the “best of the best” was given to coffee producers from the farm of José Abelardo Díaz Enamorado and his wife, Daysi Clemencia Reyes. Costa Rican Juan Carlos Alvarez received the “Coffee Lovers Choice” award, from local New York Food & Wine Festival participating voters. Read More

Annual Pickle Day

It seems like these days there is a “Day” dedicated to everything.  From International chocolate day to Defend the Donut Day, there is also Annual Pickle Day. Well, that’s at least if you’re in the Lower East Side.  Five days ago (October 15), Pickle Day is the world’s largest pickle festival.  On Orchard Street between Delancey (where The Pickle Man was made famous in Crossing Delancey) and Houston Streets, the aim of the festival is to “recreate the original pushcart market that previously positioned the Lower East Side as ‘The Bargain District.’” So for those who want to enjoy “all things pickled” and sample pickled delicacies from over 20 picklers and 30 local eateries, come join the fun and get a hug from the giant talking pickle mascot!   Read More

Stabilis Capital and New York: The Analytical Edge

investmentWhen it comes to investment management firms in New York, it is essential to seek out an established company that has experience working in the region.  Founded in 2010, Stabilis Capital – over the last six years – brought an edge to the management, monitoring, analysis, and structure of market conditions for its clients. Given this, the firm – headed by Salman Khan – has been able to speedily evaluate and build a wide range of complicated transactions as well as respond to unique situations. Using the firm’s competitive analytical edge, Stabilis Capital in New York has managed to implement and complete attractive risk-adjusted investments. With its flexible mandate which can generate high risk-adjusted returns (most often on a senior-secured basis spanning its asset classes), Stabilis Capital offers its clients with fast, efficient, and useful guidance. Stabilis Capital invests in the following six areas: enterprises, individual and pooled loans, performing, sub-performing, non-performing loans, REO assets and securities. Vis-à-vis commercial real estate its work can be categorized into 9 areas: hospitality, industrial/warehouse, multifamily, mixed-use, office, quick service restaurants, retail and student housing, in particular in the New York area. Read More

Landmark District Expansion Under Consideration for the Village

south_village_historic_district There is proposal being considered now by the Landmarks Preservation Commission to expand the area which will be under the protection of the city’s landmarks authority. Under consideration is the area south of Houston Street, west of Sixth Avenue, east of Thompson Street, and north of Watts Street, encompassing 157 buildings. This large area in southern Greenwich Village would extend the two areas which were already approved for protection in 2010 and 2013. If passed, any changes owners wish to make to these landmark buildings will need advanced approval from the city’s Landmarks Protection Commission. The vote to consider the new status took place last week. Anyone wishing to add his or her two cents into the discussion can bring their ideas, displeasure, or support to the committee until November 29. Most of the buildings under consideration for the special status were built prior to World War II. Read More

Oktoberfest Comes to New York in September

oktoberfest-927666_960_720Oktoberfest has become one of New York’s premier fall festivals, celebrating great food, fall foliage, and of course amazing beer. Oktoberfest began in Germany. In 1810, from October 12-17 the celebration was held to honor the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. But why should such a fun tradition be relegated to one small country? The festival quickly spread across Europe and then the world, and has been changing the face of fall in New York in a big way. This year the festival will take place beginning September 17, and ending on October 3. It was moved up from the original October date to the third week in September due to the weather, which turns cold and stormy in October. There will be Oktoberfest celebrations in every New York borough so there is no excuse not to join in. The largest events will be in Central Park on September 17, Munich on the East River on September 23, and Watermark’s Oktoberfest, September 17. Read More

Grab Your Kids and Go to NYC!

[caption id="attachment_494" align="alignright" width="355"]Yankee Stadium. Courtesy of Groupe Canam Yankee Stadium. Courtesy of Groupe Canam[/caption] Taking your kids on a trip to New York City is one of the most fun things you can not only do for them, but for yourselves as well. There is a seemingly endless array of choices for kid-friendly activities that are exciting and enjoyable for the entire spectrum of tastes and abilities. Here is a brief review of the possibilities for what could be the best vacation you have ever had.
  • New York is world renown for “Broadway,” so take them to a show which could not even be on Broadway unless it was fantastically entertaining. Go see a classic like The Lion King or Annie, or even head to an off-Broadway performance for a little cultural challenge.
  • Ah, the mother of all parks: Central Park. This place is awesome. There are miles of country lanes for meandering strolls. A lake for boating, fishing and other activities. Concerts, both free and not free. Biking, baseball, soccer, volleyball, chess and heaven knows what else is available in the park, like a zoo and 21 playgrounds.
  • OMG you haven’t been to the American Museum of Natural History? And even if you have, the displays never get old, especially when there are new exhibits constantly organized to view side by side with the incredible dinosaurs and giant whale which just make that museum like a home to anyone who grew up in the city.
  • Take the kids to a baseball game. There are two great places to go: Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. The pace and feel of a baseball game is a great way to enjoy your family in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, and get some hot dogs for lunch while your there, too.
Some other ideas include a visit to the Statue of Liberty, FAO Schwartz, the New York Aquarium, the New York Hall of Science, the Bronx Zoo, and of course the Empire State Building. You are going to have a blast, and make memories that will last a lifetime.
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Stonewall Inn Becoming Stonewall National Monument

[caption id="attachment_491" align="alignright" width="300"]Stonewall Inn, June 25, 2016. Photo by Rhododendrites Stonewall Inn, June 25, 2016. Photo by Rhododendrites[/caption] June 28, 1969 is the date when the LGBT rose up as a group to fight for their rights. On this date a riot broke out at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. Universally considered the birthplace and time of the modern Gay Rights movement, US President Barack Obama has set aside 7.7 acres in the Village as the country’s first monument to this phenomenon. To be called the Stonewall National Monument, it is the newest addition to the National Park System. This year marks 100 years since the first National Park was established. The announcement was made during the annual Pride celebration that took place in New York City from June 19th to 26th. It is hoped that the monument will be ready by the time the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riot comes around, in June 2019. Read More