Edward Alava – The DOG Store

By Isaiah Negron New York City’s premier dog groomer Edward Alava has redefined what it means to have your dog cared for and pampered, whether you’re a proud “parent” or a celebrity like Blake Lively who brings her beloved Maltipoo Penny. From the age of 16 in his native San Francisco, Alava would drive to…

Sara Mearns – Dancing Outside the Box

By Phil Chan • Produced By Joe Alexander New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Sara Mearns joined the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, to perform “A Dancers Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky.”  The avant-garde work blended music with ballet, live animation, video, puppetry, and circus arts. Born in South Carolina, Mearns began training…

On Fashion & Frugality

By Miriam Silverberg As a comfortably middle-class Baby Boomer with a passion for fashion, I do have to exercise some frugality. Fortunately, this comes naturally to me since I was raised by parents who were children of the Depression and passed on their values to me. This column is a continuing commentary on my efforts…

83 1/2

By Nalini Leilani Chef Will Foden and Wine Director Jean-Luc Le Du recently re-crafted the menu at 83 ½, the farm-to-table Italian gem on the Upper East Side. Owner Vincenzo Mangiafridda’s previous culinary treasure served as the muse for his newest. The idea behind 83 ½ began to ferment in his mind while developing Gino’s…

Guilt-Free Comfort Food?

By Gunjan J. Sewhani Evidence of the health food revolution in New York City is apparent on every block. Organic, vegan, and raw food restaurants are popping up around Manhattan to cater to svelte females clad in Lululemon and male fitness warriors alike. The restaurants boast an alternative lifestyle dedicated to cruelty-free, pesticide-free, antibiotic-free diets;…

Giovanni Rana: A True Taste of Italy

By Anna Ryan Italy, best known for its impeccable pasta dishes, has made its way to New York City.  With fresh, hand-made pasta, Giovanni Rana gives you a true taste of Italy. Not only does the menu capture the essence of Italy, the hand-picked artifacts transported from Italy enhance the Italian experience.  Among these artifacts…

STORIES TO BE SPUN

By Rory Winston Mariinsky Ballet Scheherazade Spinning a yarn as though one’s life depended on it is the subtext of “Scheherazade.” It is also the essence of the Kirov Ballet, the historically-renowned company of tale-spinners, leapers, and contortionists that have put their respective cabrioles, triple tours and jetés entrelacés at the service of this ballet…

Jean Shafiroff: Commitment to Community

By Christopher A. Pape Jean Shafiroff is a philanthropic leader and active volunteer for multiple Southampton and New York City charitable organizations. Her managerial skills, compassion, generosity and enthusiastic dedication are among her strongest traits.  She possesses a unique ability to connect different charitable groups with interested people and resources. In her philanthropic career, Shafiroff…