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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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Community Service Since 1894

Community Service Since 1894

By Claudie Benjamin The National Council of Jewish Women New York (NCJW NY) was founded in 1894.  In the mid-1970s, the organization moved to what is now known as “Council House” at 241 West 72nd Street. A main activity at the building today is Council Lifetime...

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LW is very APPEALing

LW is very APPEALing

          New York is the Big Onion and we are pulling back it's many layers!  After a pause, there is news to share on West 66th Street, and it won't make you cry one tear! The APPELLATE DIVISION COURT has accepted our APPEAL! Contray to...

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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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If Granite Walls Could Speak

If Granite Walls Could Speak

By Claudie Benjamin “If these walls could speak….” Is a phrase that suggests hushed revelations.  In the case of the towered St. Paul the Apostle Church on Columbus Avenue and 60th Street, the stone used for its construction (1875-1885) would tell the story of the...

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