Author Archives: Nigel

Breakthrough Toys of Tomorrow & Blasts From the Past

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | New York is home to lots of fun events at our convention centers, but the annual North American International Toy Fair is off-limits to the general public. Only industry pros and press are allowed to experience its whimsical wonders. We were lucky to have access to this secret toyland during its Feb. […] Nigel

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Upper East Side High School Grads Win Scholarship, Mentorship Honors

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Three 2018 graduates of Upper East Side high schools have been selected among this year’s Milken Scholars. Caoimhe Boyle, Roy Kim, and Angelo Osofsky were chosen for their academic performance, community service, demonstrated leadership, and ability to persevere in tough situations. In their high schools, the young scholars took the lead on […] Nigel

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Playground Prodigies at PS 129

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Opera education in primary schools? Sounds pretty ambitious, but not in the view of Odelphia Pierre, principal of PS 129 on West 130th St. in Harlem, who appreciates the arts. “They just love it,” she beamed thinking of the third and fourth graders’ embrace of the Playground Operas, a program that has […] Nigel

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Heading Back to School, Youth Demand Gun Law Reform

BY DONNA ACETO | On Sept. 9, the activist group Change the Ref, which aims to give young people the tools they need to create change, held a roving Fashion Week Back to School event to show off a collection of schoolchildren’s apparel, including bullet-proof vests. Highlighting the risks youth today face from gun violence, the […] Nigel

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Heading Back to School, Youth Demand Gun Law Reform

BY DONNA ACETO | On Sept. 9, the activist group Change the Ref, which aims to give young people the tools they need to create change, held a roving Fashion Week Back to School event to show off a collection of schoolchildren’s apparel, including bullet-proof vests. Highlighting the risks youth today face from gun violence, the […] Nigel

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The Spike in Spoke Shops

BY SAM BLEIBERG | Bike shops get us rolling. Whether they’re helping a beginner choose their first bike, keeping a trusty commuter on the road, or just serving as a quick pit stop for flat tires, a good bike shop can make getting around town a much more pleasant experience. What separates a great bike shop […] Nigel

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New Chelsea Mural is a Genius Move

Like a certain theory about relativity, some things just take a little time to fully formulate. Case in point, this mural at W. 21st St. and Eighth Ave., whose evolution passersby have been following for well over a week. On our deadline day, the work-in-progress — in which a spray can-toting Albert Einstein looms large […] Nigel

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Renegades to Role Models: RuPaul’s DragCon Expands its Reach

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | Drag was once on the fringe of society. Gender rebels performed their cutting-edge material in nightclubs and cabarets that most citizens never knew existed. Now drag culture is mainstream enough to warrant an industry convention that fills half of the Jacob Javits Center. The attendees at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC (Sept. 28-30) were […] Nigel

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Public Library Exhibits Stonewall, Whitman in 2019

BY ANDY HUMM | The New York Public Library’s LGBT Collections will be drawn from heavily next year for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. Tony Marx, president of the library, and members of the LGBT Initiative co-chaired by trustee Carey Maloney and Hermes Mallea, hosted a reception for LGBTQ leaders on Sept. 24 in […] Nigel

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