As Schools Reopen, the Lower Eastside Girls Club Prepares For a Return to Semi-Normality

Thousands of New York City high schoolers returned to in-person classes on March 22, nearly a month after middle schoolers did the same. As classrooms reopen, high school sports are finally resuming this month, and after-school programs that transitioned to online learning last year — or that went dark entirely — are also  reevaluating their … Continue reading As Schools Reopen, the Lower Eastside Girls Club Prepares For a Return to Semi-Normality

Tony Chung Splits Med School With Keeping His Family’s Chinatown Restaurant Alive

Behind every great Asian restaurant are the owner’s children doing their homework nearby, or so the joke goes. Whenever Tony Chung sees those memes in the Facebook group “subtle asian traits,” he can’t help but laugh. He was one of those restaurant children. “There was this corner table, number one, at the restaurant where we … Continue reading Tony Chung Splits Med School With Keeping His Family’s Chinatown Restaurant Alive

The ‘Magician’ Who Makes Art Appear On East Village Walls

Dive bars, vintage boutiques, and locally owned restaurants have long occupied the East Village’s streets, but one feature of the neighborhood stands out – the art up on its walls. A highland cow for the Year of the Ox and two purple faces fashioned into the likeness of Kobe and Gianna are only some of … Continue reading The ‘Magician’ Who Makes Art Appear On East Village Walls

Grab a Socially-Distanced Hammock at This Weekends-Only LES Nanobrewery

When Paolo Tagatac-Chan and Rose Chan took over a former hair salon space in the Two Bridges neighborhood six years ago, they knew of only one other brewery in Manhattan. By the time the husband and wife finally opened their quaint nanobrewery, That Witch Ales You, in October of last year, a few more had … Continue reading Grab a Socially-Distanced Hammock at This Weekends-Only LES Nanobrewery

‘Group Sex’ at Ed. Varie’s New Gallery and 4 More LES Art Shows to See

The COVID era has familiarized us with two unwelcome feelings: anxiety and monotony. A good art show, like dinner with friends, has the power to dispel both. Luckily, around the Lower East Side this April, gallerists have slated a number of wonderfully ambitious and provocative exhibitions, guaranteed to invigorate even the most sluggish-feeling New Yorker. … Continue reading ‘Group Sex’ at Ed. Varie’s New Gallery and 4 More LES Art Shows to See

The Matchmaking Service That Pairs Visionary Designers With Covid Conundrums

Growing up, Fernando Ortiz used to travel from his home in the South Bronx to his parents’ bodega in Harlem. His native borough is bordered by highways that create an urban heat island: the nonstop, circling traffic traps hot, smoggy air in the community. The environment causes health issues for the borough, like asthma and … Continue reading The Matchmaking Service That Pairs Visionary Designers With Covid Conundrums

‘I Can’t Wait to Open Our Doors to Real People’: Crystal Field On the Past and Future of Theater for the New City

“Now, this is gonna be a very long interview,” Crystal Field informs me. She’s spent the past five minutes answering one question. Her black and brown spaniel, Fanny, runs back and forth between us asking for pets.

After an Odd Year, Oddfellows Opens a New Shop

Here’s a scoop: Oddfellows is open again in Williamsburg.  “We’re right on Domino Park this time,” said Andy Mullins. “I’m staring at the Empire State building.” The new shop is a few blocks south of the original, at the intersection of Grand Street and River Street. Like before, patrons can sit by the window and … Continue reading After an Odd Year, Oddfellows Opens a New Shop