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Mental Health-Themed Mural Spans Bridge to Spread Message of Hope

Mental Health-Themed Mural Spans Bridge to Spread Message of Hope

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | A vibrant and engaging mural designed to take on the stigma surrounding mental illness is spreading its message — 90 feet long and six feet high — along a once-gloomy pedestrian walkway. Recently installed for permanent view across both sides of the Port Authority bridge on W. 34th St. (btw. […]

‘Unatamed!’ Sings the Praises of Opera’s Wild Side

‘Unatamed!’ Sings the Praises of Opera’s Wild Side

BY TRAV S.D. | No matter what you do in life, you’ve got to start somewhere. If you’re an opera singer, that may not be so easy. The dell’Arte Opera Ensemble hopes to address that. From Aug. 12-27, the company will bring its 15th Annual Summer Festival (this year titled “Untamed!”) to downtown performance behemoth La […]

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Defining Images from Decisive Moments

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Defining Images from Decisive Moments

BY NORMAN BORDEN | Here is India through the eyes of one of the most — maybe the most — influential and revered photographers of the 20th century: Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). The artist himself selected 69 of his favorite images for a 2002 show in Oslo, and now that collection is part of the Rubin […]

Talking Statues Project Has History Asking, ‘Can You Hear Me Now?’

Talking Statues Project Has History Asking, ‘Can You Hear Me Now?’

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | The ubiquitous sound — a cellphone ringtone — rang out in Bryant Park, but the person on the other end would have surprised historians. It was, after all, a call from Gertrude Stein, who passed away over 70 years ago. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t Stein, but rather an actor […]

The Entertainment is as Free as the Air

The Entertainment is as Free as the Air

BY TRAV S.D. | A few weeks ago, one might have been forgiven for predicting that free outdoor productions in New York, in particular those of Shakespeare plays, would soon be heading for the hills. The Public Theater’s controversial Trump-themed production of “Julius Caesar” inflamed passions throughout the entire country. Many theaters received angry letters […]

EPIC Players Act on Inclusion of the ‘Alter-Abled’

EPIC Players Act on Inclusion of the ‘Alter-Abled’

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Guided by a vision whose ambition handily matches the scale of its name, EPIC Players theatre company is comprised of alter-abled actors, designers, and technicians who study, train, and work alongside their “neurotypical” counterparts. This acronym-friendly troupe is so inclusive, EPIC (“Empower. Perform. Include. Create.”) even found a way to embrace […]

Play’s Vision of Integrated Infantry Casts Women Who Saw Combat

Play’s Vision of Integrated Infantry Casts Women Who Saw Combat

“Bullet Catchers” imagines the US Army’s first mixed gender infantry unit, from training to deployment. | Photo courtesy bulletcatcherstheplay.com. BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | It was less than two years ago — December 2015 — that the last barriers barring women from certain combat positions finally fell. Now, the new play “Bullet Catchers” envisions a […]

Money Woes Behind It, Big Apple Circus Back This Fall

Money Woes Behind It, Big Apple Circus Back This Fall

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Big Apple Circus and its performers will fly high once again, with ticket sales now underway for their 40th anniversary revival show starting on October 27. After tumbling through a short bout of bankruptcy late last year, the circus was bought in February by the private equity firm Compass Partners and […]

Hollow Core: Can Secondary Housing Market Rescue Midtown?

Hollow Core: Can Secondary Housing Market Rescue Midtown?

BY ANDREW WARBURTON | It’s no secret that Midtown Manhattan, despite being one of the most sought-after places to live in the United States, if not the world, is home to an abundance of vacant apartments. Last year, Patrick Radden Keefe, staff writer for the New Yorker, cited US Census Bureau statistics showing that one third […]

Up on the Roof, Hell’s Kitchen Stories and Much S’more

Up on the Roof, Hell’s Kitchen Stories and Much S’more

BY REBECCA FIORE | In the summer of 1977, lightning struck an electrical substation on the Hudson River, which tripped two circuit breakers. Then a second bolt of lightning struck and cut two transmission lines. Con Edison tried to fast-start remotely, but it failed since no one was manning the station. A third bolt of […]

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