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The Runners-Up

The Runners-Up

By Claudie Benjamin Henry Hering, Anton Schaaf, Harriet Whitney Frishmuth, Furio Piccirilli —who were they? Mostly unknown today, these four sculptors, were well-known at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Centuries. All put themselves forward and were the...

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A Spot in the Sun

A Spot in the Sun

By Claudie Benjamin Dean Vogel never expected to fall in love with a dog. But, that happened and it changed his life. Going back about 15 years ago, the longtime Upper West Side resident acquired an 8-week-old Dogue de Bordeaux. He named her Daisy. Even from the...

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Delicious, Customized Broth

Delicious, Customized Broth

  By Claudie Benjamin Chef Marco Canora says his original Brodo was born out of a small window at Hearth, his restaurant on First Avenue. “I sold hot cups of broth to passers-by,” said Chef Canora. Actually, the inspiration arrived much earlier. Chef Canora grew up in...

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Hydrangeas That Take Your Breath Away

Hydrangeas That Take Your Breath Away

By Claudie Benjamin As any gardener, even a window box gardener, knows, gardens take time and care. The deliberately planned artless chaos of an English garden is no exception. Kieran O’Connor, Superintendent of the Astor Court at 205 West 89th Street, explains he’s...

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Hands Over Heart for Expanded Jazz Venue

Hands Over Heart for Expanded Jazz Venue

  By Claudie Benjamin Dr. Herb Goodheart, a retired dermatologist, lives on West 105th Street with his wife Karen. Walking Molly, their cockapoo, Herb passed Smoke at 2751 Broadway recently and saw Paul Stache, co-owner of the music venue standing by a window of the...

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Jake’s Fish Market Remembered by Bobby Santangelo

Jake’s Fish Market Remembered by Bobby Santangelo

By Claudie Benjamin When Bobby Santangelo first came to work at Broadway Farm, it was as an experienced fish man. He was never a fisherman, “I like to keep my feet on dry land.” Born and raised in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens, he says “if someone called...

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Take Out Your Sword and Slice a Croquembouche

Take Out Your Sword and Slice a Croquembouche

By Claudie Benjamin Among many ways in which Zoom has become part of life, it’s now integrated into the daily management of Mille-Feuille, a go-to destination that is French accented in every way. For starters, the Parisian style bakery cafe transports the sweetest...

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Mid-Century Style, Black-List & Dairy Restaurants

Mid-Century Style, Black-List & Dairy Restaurants

By Claudie Benjamin Writer/Cartoonist Ben Katchor produced his thought-provoking and awe-inspiring The Dairy Restaurant, a book of witty illustrations and text in 2020. It's the only book on Dairy restaurants. Read it. It’s timeless. As described in The New York...

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Gentle Eagles

Gentle Eagles

By Claudie Benjamin They don’t quite have the look of doves.  But the four small white marble eagles who stand on the recently restored fountain in the Belnord courtyard look pretty gentle.  Certainly, this is true in comparison with fellow sculpture Eagles and...

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