Dive Bars Where Patrons are Considered Family

Dive Bars Where Patrons are Considered Family

By Claudie Benjamin Just one of many stories Lee Seinfeld has to tell about his four Upper West Side Bars, captures the neighborhood/family environment that attracts patrons month after month and year after year. Chatting while driving with his wife, Mary Ellen, he...
Ice Cream Makes the World a Sweeter Place

Ice Cream Makes the World a Sweeter Place

By Claudie Benjamin Savor a sugar cone filled with a large scoop of Blue Marble Ice Cream. You may not be aware that you’re enjoying a very blue, peanut butter, and marshmallow crème-streaked edible abstraction of the view of the earth from outer space....
Keeping an Awesome Architectural Treasure Intact

Keeping an Awesome Architectural Treasure Intact

By Claudie Benjamin Architect Kevin Bone says grand old buildings “are like aging people who find they need more and a greater variety of health care as time goes by.” Hard to be grander than the Manhasset, a beaux-arts style that takes up the frontage on...
Building Sites with LGBT Connections

Building Sites with LGBT Connections

By Claudie Benjamin They had all been students at Columbia University’s historic preservation program. And, today Jay Shockley, Ken Lustbader, Andrew Dolkart, and Amanda Davis are all notables in the field of historic...
Bringing Imaginative LGBT Books to Press

Bringing Imaginative LGBT Books to Press

By Claudie Benjamin Put on your to-read list FRIGHTEN THE HORSES by Oliver Radclyffe, to be published by Roxane Gay Books/Grove Atlantic sometime next year. Oliver’s agent Malaga Baldi counts this memoir among the finest, most exciting, perceptive...
Power of LGBT Representation

Power of LGBT Representation

By Claudie Benjamin Among the best-known Muppets on Sesame Street were Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Grover, and Elmo. From when she was a very young girl, Amanda Davis loved the world of Jim Henson and his company....