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Anime NYC Revives a Lost Niche

Anime NYC Revives a Lost Niche

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | New York has a major Comic Con but, in years past there was also a con just for Japanese comics and cartoons. The old New York Anime Festival was absorbed into the New York Comic Con (NYCC) five years ago, leaving the city’s nerdy Japanophiles without a major con they could […]

On NYS Suffrage’s Centennial, Celebrating New Push to Honor Pioneers

On NYS Suffrage’s Centennial, Celebrating New Push to Honor Pioneers

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | On the evening of Nov. 6, just hours after the dedication of a site in Central Park for a planned Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument, supporters of the project held a celebratory reception at the New-York Historical Society on Central Park West and 77th St. […]

Monument to Suffrage Pioneers to Break Central Park ‘Bronze Ceiling’

Monument to Suffrage Pioneers to Break Central Park ‘Bronze Ceiling’

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | The Nov. 6 morning gathering of nearly 150 on the northwest corner of Literary Walk on the Mall in Central Park commemorated a momentous date: the 100-year anniversary of the law that granted women in New York State the right to vote. City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, along with a cadre […]

Sprawling YouTube Space Fosters Content Creation, Free of Charge

Sprawling YouTube Space Fosters Content Creation, Free of Charge

BY RANIA RICHARDSON | High above Chelsea Market, YouTube Space New York is a hive of activity, as video makers working in a variety of genres take advantage of a rare opportunity: free resources. YouTube is a video sharing website that allows users to upload, view, and share content. Along with large companies, independent creators […]

As Demolition Looms, a Race to Preserve 1954 ‘Memory’ Mural

As Demolition Looms, a Race to Preserve 1954 ‘Memory’ Mural

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | Preservationists, City Councilmember Corey Johnson’s office, and a developer are looking to conserve a piece of 1950s New York: Julien Binford’s mural at a former bank on the corner of W. 14th St. and Sixth Ave. Binford’s mural — “A Memory of 14th Street and Sixth Avenue” — graces the […]

Vivian Reed’s Boldly Wide Range

Vivian Reed’s Boldly Wide Range

BY DAVID NOH | In show business, there are no divas held in higher regard than Lena Horne. So, if anyone even entertains the notion of doing a project on her, like, say, Leslie Uggams or Vanessa Williams, they’d better be able to fill her Ferragamos. Such a one is definitely that total bombshell of a […]

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 […]

Once Ex-Gay, Now Activist for Christian Inclusivity

Once Ex-Gay, Now Activist for Christian Inclusivity

BY NATHAN DiCAMILLO | If you tell Alex Haiken that he can’t be gay and Christian, you had better have done your homework. “Because I’ve done mine,” he said. “And I say, ‘Come, let’s talk.’” Haiken likes to talk. He was on the gay student union in college and spoke to classes about what it meant […]

Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Marathoner

Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Marathoner

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Their challenge is the same — but for Gene Byrne, 63, of Hell’s Kitchen and Andrew Leibowitz, 27, of Chelsea, the path they’ve traveled on the road to this weekend’s TCS New York City Marathon is as distinct as the neighborhoods they call home. “I look at myself as a clarion call for […]

In Tragedy’s Wake, Halloween Parade Carries On

In Tragedy’s Wake, Halloween Parade Carries On

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | On a beautifully crisp autumn day, the whimsical and faux-spooky spirit of Halloween was smashed by a horrifying terror attack on a Lower Manhattan bike bath that left eight people dead and at least 11 injured. In a city capable of almost unimaginable resilience, New York straightened its shoulders and […]