Posts Tagged ‘Arts and culture’

Little Tragedies Looking for Big Successes

Little Tragedies Looking for Big Successes

BY ZACHARY SNIDERMAN
Pushkin Square in Moscow is one of the busiest intersections in Russia. It is watched over by a statue to its namesake, Alexander Pushkin, the 19th century writer called “The Shakespeare of Russia.”
In New York, he is basically unknown.
This was one of several obstacles for Julian Lowenfeld, the director, composer, and translator of [...]


Political Movement Brews in Queens Café

Political Movement Brews in Queens Café

BY SOMMER SAADI
It’s 2:15 p.m. when Freddy Castiblanco sneaks in a side door at Terraza 7 Train Café in Jackson Heights and joins the meeting of the Movement for Peace in Colombia.

It’s an unusually large crowd — 13 people sit in a makeshift circle on distressed wooden barstools and a faded paisley couch. The turnout inspires Ramon Mejia, one of the movement’s founders in 1999, to catalog names as each person introduces him or herself.


Preparing for the Pulaski Day Parade

Preparing for the Pulaski Day Parade

BY IAN THOMSON
While previous Pulaski Day parades focused on a central theme, this year’s event broke with tradition to commemorate a number of different landmarks. Jennifer Costa, vice-president of the General Pulaski Memorial Parade Committee—the organization that runs the event—explained that the 2009 parade was honoring, among others, the 70th anniversary of the Nazi/Soviet invasion of Poland, the 65th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, and the 20th anniversary of the end of communism in Poland.


A Night of Fashion, Russian Style

A Night of Fashion, Russian Style

BY ZACHARY SNIDERMAN
“A Night of Fashion – Russian Style” featured models, vodka and maxillofacial reconstructive surgery. However, the surgery this fashion-week charity event supported wasn’t for the models; it was for children in Russia.


Coco Bread Brings Jamaica to the North Bronx

Coco Bread Brings Jamaica to the North Bronx

BY BAYAN RAJI

Just as Manhattan is notorious for skyscrapers and apartment buildings that consume the city horizon, the Kingston Tropical Bakery makes the block at 226th and White Plains Road famous for the rich, buttery smell of oven-baked goods.
Jamaican-born John and Jessie Levi opened the Kingston Tropical Bakery about 30 years ago.


Honduran Independence Parade

Honduran Independence Parade

BY VICTOR LI
Audio slideshow from the Honduran independence parade