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Beginners try their Hand at Filling a Canvas

Beginners try their Hand at Filling a Canvas

By Claudie Benjamin Wish I could paint…that longing, not so much to be an artist or live an artist’s life, but to have the experience of putting paint to canvas and making an image to take home, is not that unusual according to Marci Freede, owner of The Paint Place...

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A Patch of Pavement with Unexpected Details

A Patch of Pavement with Unexpected Details

By Claudie Benjamin Belgian entrepreneur Alain Coumont, Founder of the Le Pain Quotidien bakery chain, was certainly among the influencers who made croissants and hearty sourdough loaves vie for the love of bagels among New Yorkers.  Opening in 1997 in NYC, early on,...

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Classic Mom & Pop Deli Draws Regulars

Classic Mom & Pop Deli Draws Regulars

By Claudie Benjamin  “I was born in the building at the southwest corner of 75th Street and Columbus,” says Joe Aguilera owner of Giacomo Deli at 269 West 72nd Street, located just a few blocks from his home.  His parents came from Cuba, to the US to make a better...

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Morning Doorman at Historic Tower

Morning Doorman at Historic Tower

Sammy Radoncic on duty at the Oliver Cromwell By Claudie Benjamin Less flamboyant and far more discreet than the Dakota across the street, the Oliver Cromwell at 12 West 72nd Street, has maintained its dignity throughout the decades.  Sammy Radoncic, the Morning...

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Diamonds, Serpents, Cameos and More

Diamonds, Serpents, Cameos and More

By Claudie Benjamin Lara Kornbluh, owner of Icon Style at 104 West 70th Street, has years of experience and deep knowledge of the wide range of vintage jewelry she sells. That's true also of the carefully curated garments that range from eyeglass frames to shoes.  All...

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