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Breakthrough Toys of Tomorrow & Blasts From the Past

Breakthrough Toys of Tomorrow & Blasts From the Past

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | New York is home to lots of fun events at our convention centers, but the annual North American International Toy Fair is off-limits to the general public. Only industry pros and press are allowed to experience its whimsical wonders. We were lucky to have access to this secret toyland during its Feb. […]

A Fine Bromance: Agile Blokes Go For Broke

A Fine Bromance: Agile Blokes Go For Broke

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | When best buds Beren D’Amico, Louis Gift, and Charlie Wheeller graduated from the National Centre for Circus Arts in London a few years back, they were faced with a thorny dilemma. The Barely Methodical Troupe, as they are now known, had the chance to craft a piece to showcase their distinct talents, […]

Children’s Museum Headed to Historic UWS Church

Children’s Museum Headed to Historic UWS Church

BY REBECCA FIORE | The Children’s Museum of Manhattan recently purchased an historic house of worship for its new location, increasing the museum’s current capacity, with plans to open in late 2021, according to a museum representative. The museum, along with Sterling National Bank, bought the 361 Central Park West location, at W. 96th St., for […]

Pot-Stirring ‘Spicy’ Playwrights Don’t Sugarcoat Reality

Pot-Stirring ‘Spicy’ Playwrights Don’t Sugarcoat Reality

BY REBECCA FIORE | Adult themes of compassion, redemption, and solidarity ran through “Stirring the Pot: The Spicy Plays” — 10 short works for the stage written by kids and performed Dec. 8-10 by professional actors, as part of the 52nd Street Project’s Playmaking program. The Playmaking program is the first of many available to kids […]

World Music Enlivens Carnegie Family Program

World Music Enlivens Carnegie Family Program

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | Haitian songstress Emeline Michel will perform a few of her classic hits at Carnegie Hall on Dec. 16 in a special program geared to young children. The singer is performing at “My City, My Song,” a family-oriented show that is part of Carnegie’s Musical Explorers program — an in-class musical education segment […]

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Opens the Holiday Season

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Opens the Holiday Season

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | As has been the case since 1924, New York City’s Holiday Season kicked off early Thanksgiving morning with the annual Macy’s Parade. More than 8,000 participants — accompanied by dozens of balloons and floats — marched the two and a half miles from Central Park West and West 77th St. […]

Just Do Art: The ‘EPIC’ Edition

Just Do Art: The ‘EPIC’ Edition

“YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN” | The run of their show is only four days, but this one’s going to be EPIC — as in, another ambitious project from the EPIC Players Inclusion Company. Back in July, when we last heard from the neuro-inclusive troupe (comprised of artists and technicians both with and without developmental […]

Single Mom Success Story, and Then Some

Single Mom Success Story, and Then Some

BY LENORE SKENAZY | When Emma Johnson was growing up, she was certain of one thing: She would never be a single mom. After all, she’d been raised by one. And while she appreciates her mom’s hard work and how it paid off, the bottom line is, they were broke. Emma didn’t ever want to […]

Disability Pride Parade Promotes Awareness, Ability, Intimacy, Inclusion

Disability Pride Parade Promotes Awareness, Ability, Intimacy, Inclusion

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | The sun dazzled, the mood was jubilant, and, of course, the speakers blasted Beyoncé for the third annual Disability Pride NYC Parade on Sun., July 9. The festivities began in the morning at Union Square Park where Stephanie Wallace, 48, and her friends had gathered to participate in the parade. […]

On March 17, Everybody’s Irish

On March 17, Everybody’s Irish

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Just a few days after late winter snow hobbled New York, a bright sunny day greeted the marchers and enthusiastic crowds that turned out for the March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In a route that runs up Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street, Emerald Society Pipes and […]

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