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Gold, Silver, Diamonds: Buy, Sell Repair and Trade

Gold, Silver, Diamonds: Buy, Sell Repair and Trade

By Claudie Benjamin “That’s one of my father’s,” says jeweler Maurice Paredes, as his wife Micaela, shows off the necklace she is wearing.  The gold, Egyptian-inspired piece is dramatic.   “We’re Peruvian, but Leo, my father, thought he should have been born in the...

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Made for the Job

Made for the Job

By Claudie Benjamin Hard to imagine someone more perfectly made for the work of a progressive activist in the NY Legislature than State Assembly Member Richard Gottfried.  First elected in 1970, he will have held this position for 52 years when he retires at the end...

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Assolutamente delizoso!

Assolutamente delizoso!

By Claudie Benjamin Venchi Cioccogelateria's pale green gelato is made from Pistacchio Verde di Bronte (nuts grown in a village on Mount Etna in Sicily).  This is Venchi US CEO Davide Cravero's favorite flavor of gelato.  It is also, he says, "our world-wide...

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Colleague’s Letter to Governor Kathy Hochul

Colleague’s Letter to Governor Kathy Hochul

In Governor Kathy Hochul's recent State of the State address she outlined a number of ideas to solve the affordable housing crisis.  While several ideas have merit and we can fully support them, we are concerned with lifting the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) Cap. What would...

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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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Henna Designs: Some Subtle, Others Flamboyant

Henna Designs: Some Subtle, Others Flamboyant

By Claudie Benjamin A dragon, peacock or band of intricate lace drawn on your hands, arms, small of your back, base of your collarbone.  What’s your pleasure?  Shaira Halani who goes by Saira professionally, has been working as a henna artist and specialist in...

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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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