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Lush Roses and Comfortable Old Shoes

Lush Roses and Comfortable Old Shoes

By Claudie Benjamin As President of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, Peg Breen’s professional domain focuses heavily on bricks, mortar, stone, and policy related to conservation, history, and progress.  Flowers provide a perfect balance, offering softness and color...

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Movies that Spoke to His Soul

Movies that Spoke to His Soul

By Claudie Benjamin Dan and Toby Talbot defined what many Upper West Siders enjoyed most about going to the movies for decades.  The couple ran the New Yorker [2409 Broadway, demolished], the Cinema Studio [1931 Broadway, demolished], the (individually landmarked)...

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Every Building Has HIS Story

Every Building Has HIS Story

Interstate 70 crosses nearly the width of the continental US, but it also takes a lesser-known route–from Dayton, Ohio, to West 72nd Street. As a child visiting his granddad, a budding urban explorer Tom Miller investigated the east end of Dayton, a neighborhood...

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The Upper West Side Beat

The Upper West Side Beat

Claudie Benjamin jokes that she’s ‘probably been in every building on the Upper West Side’ and after speaking to her, you are likely to believe it!   Benjamin, whose parents relocated the family here while she was in second grade, was responsible for combing the...

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Smile Starts with Tooth #1

Smile Starts with Tooth #1

By Claudie Benjamin   The time for the first dental visit comes "with a child’s first tooth or by their first birthday," says Dr. Robert Goldsmith. A specialist in pediatric dentistry and owner of West Side Kids Dental, Robert Goldsmith, DMD, has been in practice...

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Refreshing & Beautiful

Refreshing & Beautiful

By Claudie Benjamin When Sam Lin came from Taiwan to New York a little over a decade ago to complete a Master's degree, he felt something was missing.  That something, the treat to enjoy between studying, researching, and writing papers was Bubble Milk Tea. That new...

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Chinese Cuban Restaurant: A Proud Heritage

Chinese Cuban Restaurant: A Proud Heritage

By Claudie Benjamin “Ninety percent of our customers are regulars,” says Richie Lam, Manager of La Dinastia, a Chinese-Latin restaurant at 145 West 72nd Street that his father, Juan Lam opened in 1986.  Earlier it had been Principe restaurant.  Now, it is one of the...

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