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,”...
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...
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...
Eleanor Roosevelt Statue

Eleanor Roosevelt Statue

Eleanor Roosevelt Statue View of Eleanor Roosevelt Statue from east. Eleanor Roosevelt Statue by Tom Miller Although Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born to a socially prestigious family in 1884, her interests were far removed from the endless teas, dances and dinner...