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Every Word is Precious at ChatterboxNYC

Every Word is Precious at ChatterboxNYC

By Claudie Benjamin Located at 141 West 72nd Street, ChatterboxNYC was founded by Tricia Brown, Jackie Dolson-Shewchuk and Julie Silberman in 2008.  Since then, they have grown into a vibrant clinic with six speech language pathologists who offer a specialized...

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Japanese Grandmother’s Inspiration

Japanese Grandmother’s Inspiration

By Claudie Benjamin People rave about the rice balls at Shinbashi 72.  The excellence in preparation of the rice - a foundation of Japanese cuisine doesn’t happen by chance.  “My Dad, Takeshi Katayama takes care of the rice starting at 8:30am every morning,” says his...

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Alterations with Finesse and Heart

Alterations with Finesse and Heart

By Claudie Benjamin   There are many folk and fairy tales where the magic lies in transforming simple threads into garments of gold and silver.  Luxury tailoring is the hallmark of Alteration Specialists, a business created in 2014 by two brothers who saw a...

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“Shady Cash”

“Shady Cash”

New York Post Journalist Jennifer Gould digs into the $127 million financing connections of 50 West 66th Street and another midtown development in her article "How Shady Kazakh Cash is Building NYC's Poshest Pads" and even throws at bit of shade at local "NIMBYS" in a...

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Gorgeous Hats & Fine Friendships

Gorgeous Hats & Fine Friendships

By Claudie Benjamin Les beaux chapeaux, les bandeaux en soie, chapéus de feltro, British royal-style fascinators, chapel caps and mantillas -- every culture has its hats and head ornaments.  Some are particularly special.  At Jeannie's Dream, at 60 West 75th...

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Focus on Prayer

Focus on Prayer

By Claudie Benjamin Interested in learning something about the practice of Islam on the Upper West Side?  Curiosity is the key. The Islamic Cultural Center of New York is open to everyone. Three worshipers, among them two of the building’s caretakers and a yellow cab...

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