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Harlequinade Where Dance Gestures and Imagination Tell a Story

Echoing through the studios of American Ballet Theater are the words ‘tell’ and ‘say.’ The dancers are performing these actions with their bodies; not their voices. Alexei Ratmansky’s highly conversational ballet premiering on June 4th is giving us a new way to think about ballet.

Harlequinade inspired by an 18th Century theatrical form has the dancers speaking to one another in legible gestures and glances that fit the music as words fit in a song. The dances are full of details and add character to each of the scenes. These ‘gesture dances’ tell the story.

One of the characters, Cassandra Trenary, says the characters really put on a show. Their gestures talk to the audience as the ballet continues. Ratmansky did not invent this ballet, but he did restage a comedy by Marius Petipa that was initially known as Les Millions dArlequin. The original show performed for three decades during the 1900s in St. Petersburg.

Ratmansky is said to have lost his interest in classical ballets as he thought something was missing from them. He wanted to put together a performance created from the vision he thought should be a ballet. He didn’t want to patch together Harlequinade based on his own dreams, so he turned to dance notations kept at Harvard.

At Harvard, he found the notes made by Vladimir Ivanovich which were detailed scores called the Stepanov Notation. These were notations taken by hand as real-time dancers rehearsed. Ratmansky and his wife sat down five years ago with these notes and figured out what exactly they meant. He was delighted and surprised at what he discovered.

The style he saw through these notes inspired his own work. As you watch his Harlequinade, you can see a structured Petipa ballet containing changes in mood, a diverse approach to each scene and stage pictures.

Ratmansky describes the process of reconstructing Harlequinade as putting little bits of dust together to create a picture. It is an act of imagination, not science.

A Unique French Bistro Opens Their Doors To New York

Last week the Bistro Pierre Lapin was opened by Harold Moore in New York’s Greenwich Village. He experienced the greatest successes of his life in this area. His new venture is a French cafe but it is much more casual than the famous New York restaurants. Harold Moore does not understand why the French chefs have allowed French food to be comprised of oysters, steak tartar and steak fritters. He stated that in France these are all specializations not located in any one restaurant. The spirit of Bistro Pierre Lapin is a balance of a classic spirit mixed with creativity.

Harold Moore missed creating French cuisine and made the decision to go back to what was missing in his life. His decision to depart from traditional and elite French cuisine was not entirely personal. He saw the bottom dropping out of the marketplace. He realized the current French restaurants were from another era and not bringing in any new customers. The customers they already had only came a couple times each month. The restaurants were simply not keeping up. For additional details please visit https://www.forbes.com/sites/lauriewerner/2018/05/29/this-is-a-new-downtown-new-york-bistro-that-you-should-know/#4cee898448f3.

Once Harold Moore decided to make the change to new American cuisine he changed the approach to fine dining he had always used in the past. He made his restaurant less expensive and much more approachable. His goal was to create better food that was more easily accessible in New York. He believes this approach will work much better for the average person. He appreciates the West Village but also understands every single customer does not have billions of dollars. This may have been true for the clientele of the more luxurious establishments but he believes the customers will be happier with his concepts.

Harold Moore discovered the cooking of the south in downtown Hudson Square in New York when he opened his restaurant. He found a traditional southern dinner available at Harold’s Meat + Three. The recipes embrace generations of southern cooking yet have a unique twist. It was when he was immersed in this concept he was drawn back to French food. He appreciates the richness of the history and it takes him back in time. He believes history is always present in both Italian and French food.

Actress rented New York City apartment for less than $30 a month for over 60 years

New York City apartments are notoriously pricey. In fact, small units regularly rent for several thousand dollars a month. However, an actress managed to rent a two-bedroom apartment in trendy Greenwich Village for less than $30 a month for over 60 years, according to CNN.

In 1955, Patricia O’Grady moved into the apartment with three friends. The landlord told them that they could rent the place for the bargain price of $16 a month if they also swept the hallways and did some light cleaning.

While her friends eventually moved out, O’Grady stayed in the apartment, pursuing her dream of becoming an actress. Over a five-decade career, she appeared in several Off-Broadway plays and had a few small parts on TV soap operas. She also had an uncredited role in “Taxi Driver.”

O’Grady never made it big, but she made enough to keep her little rent-controlled apartment. In March, she was tragically struck and killed by a car at the age of 84. At the time of her death, her rent was $28.43, not even double what she originally started paying 63 years ago.

O’Grady apparently lucked into the low rent through a likable personality and New York City’s rent-stabilization laws. The previous owner of the building that houses her apartment became such good friends with her that he barely raised her rent over the years. When the current owner of the building, Adam Pomerantz, bought it in 2002, he learned that she was only paying $26.45 a month. Because of New York City’s rent-stabilization laws, he could only raise it to $1.98 per month. However, he also became good friends with her, so he didn’t mind.

Now that O’Grady has passed away, Pomerantz intends to refurbish the apartment, which friends called a “dump with character” in her obituary. The rent will also be raised to around $5,000 a month.

NYC Traffic Lights Malfunction from Faulty Software

Drivers in New York City are always encountering various problems on the roads. There is the obvious high volume of traffic. This can cause massive delays at the bridges and tunnels that people use to get in and out of the city. There is also the issue of trucks double parking in the middle of busy streets so they will be able to make deliveries. This can block traffic and create chaos in the area. Construction is yet another regular headache for drivers in the city.

There is no question that driving in Manhattan on a regular basis can be very stressful. However, the stress level of drivers in the city went up a lot last Saturday morning at 5am. This is when the traffic lights at roughly 600 intersections stopped working as they should. Some of them turned off completely. Other lights began flashing. The problem was the result of a software upgrade that usually takes place on weekends when traffic in New York City is at its lightest. Drivers were warned on local radio stations to stay off the roads until the traffic lights were fixed. There were no accidents reported as a direct result of the traffic lights not working properly.

Police officers were dispatched to the busiest intersections to direct traffic until the software problem could be repaired. The city was very lucky. Local politicians said there could have been dozens of accidents and even fatalities if the traffic lights stopped working during a regular work day. There will be a full review of the software in order to determine exactly what went wrong and prevent it from happening in the future. People who live in some of the areas that had traffic lights malfunctioning said they were very concerned for the safety of motorists.

The problem with the traffic lights was eventually corrected at around 9pm on Saturday. Some of the police officers who were directing traffic said it was a minor miracle that there were no accidents during this crisis. Police will monitor the traffic lights at busy intersections in future weeks while the software upgrade is taking place. This will allow them to immediately start directing traffic if the traffic lights should have more problems. There will be also additional precautions taken by local authorities so that the city can be better prepared for a problem like this if it should happen again.

Discovery to Move to New York City

New York City is the most populated city in the United States and is the home to more corporations than any other major city in the country. While the city is already the home to many different corporations, it appears that one more maybe moving to the city in the next few years. The Discovery Communications company, which is well known for maintaining the Discovery Channel, appears set to move its headquarters from Silver Spring, Maryland to New York City within the next few years (http://deadline.com/2018/01/discovery-plans-to-move-its-global-headquarters-to-new-york-city-in-2019-1202239271/).

The discovery Communications company has been located in the Washington DC suburbs for more than 30 years. Today, the company has more than 1,300 employees that are located across the country. However, the company appears that it will now be consolidating its operations into a more central location. The company is currently under contract to be acquired by Scripps International and plans to move to a new building in New York City by 2019. However, the move to the new city will be contingent on the sale of the company.

This move will be just one of the latest examples of a company that is looking to move to New York City. Over the past few years, many different organizations have seen a benefit in moving into the major city. While it provides a convenient location to hire more talented staff, the city has also started providing a number of different tax incentives to businesses in order to have them move in and stay.

Bus Service In New York City Needs More Attention

The city comptroller’s office released a report stating that the quality of bus service is being neglected.

On any given day, the buses in the five boroughs of New York City carry more than two million people each day—more than the combined numbers of people who use the Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit, PATH and Metro-North. However, despite the fact that a lot more people rely on New York City’s buses, the quality of service is not given first priority.

New York City’s buses have a lot of problems. For example, buses operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority travel at an average speed of 8 miles per hour, which is very slow. Bus service is generally not as reliable as it should be. Many of the routes do not reflect commuting patterns. Where there should be bus service, or more reliable bus service, there is none. Buses operate differently at different times of the day and night. This is bad for commuters who have to use buses during times when bus service isn’t that frequent.

Throughout the past 8 years, the amount of people using buses has declined, especially in Manhattan. People are more likely to choose subways over buses. However, there are many areas throughout the five boroughs where there are no subways nearby, and the most convenient and practical option is to utilize a bus.

Surprisingly, there is more job growth in the boroughs outside of Manhattan, though many of the neighborhoods with the most jobs available have the least bus routes and/or the most unreliable bus routes.

All kinds of people board buses, though the majority of people who use buses tend to be from more vulnerable demographics. For example, people who use buses tend to be old, poor, foreign born and from minority groups. This is one of the reasons why the problems with the buses are not given first priority.

The Second Avenue subway station cost $4.4 billion dollars to build. If this feat could be done, then it is definitely within the realm of possibility for bus service to improve and for new lines to be created.

New York City Might Start Using a Dockless Bike Sharing Program

It is possible that there will be a new bike sharing program in New York City. Department of Transportation officials have looked into various dockless bike sharing systems. They have been asking companies that operate such dockless bike sharing systems how they can use their services in New York City. This is a challenge to Citi Bike, which until now has had a monopoly on the bike sharing program in New York City.

The Department of Transportation has said in a statement that they are indeed looking at various other options for the city’s bike sharing program. However, they said, they are mainly looking at ways they can expand the Citi Bike bike sharing program that they already have.

The company that operates the city’s current bike sharing program is Motivate. Theoretically, Motivate can also develop their own dockless bike sharing program. Motivate does not want any competition from other companies from outside the city. However, the Department of Transportation has been talking to other companies for almost a year while also talking with Motivate in order to find a way to expand the current bike sharing program.

A dockless bike sharing program will offer many benefits that a regular bike sharing program does not have. Residents will be able to find bikes from their smartphone. In addition, the program will not take up the parking space that a regular bike sharing program takes up. However, there are advantages that a dockless bike sharing program does not have. Indeed, cities that have been using a dockless bike sharing program, such as Washington, DC, have faced some problems with their bike sharing program. For example, there is a concern that people will just leave bikes wherever they feel like leaving them.

Huffington Posts Names New York City Most Walkable City in US

Huffington Post has named New York City the best city in the United States to live without a car, although they say that the city is still behind many European cities. Across the nation, young people are driving 25 percent fewer miles while riding 40 percent more miles on public transportation.

Fordham Heights

New York City gets top scores for walkability. Topping the list of most walkable neighborhoods in New York City was Fordham Heights in the Bronx. This neighborhood of 50,000 residents especially receives high scores as most residents can walk to a restaurant or bar within five minutes since the neighborhood has 21 of them.

Bowery

If residents prefer to use public transportation, then they may want to consider living in the Bowery neighborhood of Manhattan. Residents have access to numerous bus routes along with access to Grand Street and Second Avenue subway lines along with nearby access to many other lines.

Lenox Hill

Residents who would rather bike to work may want to consider living in the Lenox Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. This neighborhood has many businesses dedicated to bike storage along with tenants being able to rent bikes from the city’s Citibike program at more than 15 locations.

There are numerous reasons that young people are choosing to live without automobiles. Many are finding that they just do not want the large payments while others are foregoing their automobile as a way to take better care of the earth. The city plans on encouraging residents to continue living without cars by increasing the number of bike lanes along with the number of public transportation options.

New York City Education Department Looking To Diversify Community School District 1

New York City is a highly diverse city, ethnically, socioeconomically and racially. Its public schools are no exception. However, there are different concentrations of races and ethnicities in the school. This is considered to show negative social disparities. Opponents of the current conditions say that racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity strengthens schools and communities.

The New York City Education Department has specifically set its sights on lower Manhattan’s public schools, taking note of how unequal the distributions of people are in those districts. A new policy will be put into place in order to racially and socioeconomically diversify the schools in Community School District 1.

The schools are generally segregated based upon factors such as race and socioeconomic status. For example, in the 2016-2017 school year, the the student body of East Village Community School on East 12th Street was 58% White. Meanwhile the student body at Public School 15 the Robert Clemente School consisted of 4 White children out of 178 children.

People who live in the school district can choose where they want their children to go to school. Parents must send in applications for their chosen schools. In 2016, 40% of parents who sent in kindergarten and prekindergarten applications only listed one choice on their applications. When schools fill up, there are usually lotteries for seats.

According to the New York State Education Department’s new policy, people who meet certain criteria will be given first priority for 67% of the seats in kindergarten and prekindergarten. Children must meet at least one or more of these criteria. Here are the three categories that children must fall into in order to be streamlined into priority seating:

• They must live in temporary housing.
• They qualify for reduced price or free lunch.
• They are learning English.

The other 33% of kindergarten and prekindergarten placings will be given to children who do not fall under any of those categories.

New York City Helps Fast Food Workers to Receive Fair Treatment

New York City is the nation’s largest city and it is also a leading metropolitan area in terms of establishing progressive guidelines. One area that New York City has worked hard to change has to do with the minimum wage rate. Each state can set their own minimum wage rate as long as it doesn’t go below the federal requirement of $7.25.

In 2017, New York had become the first U.S. city to require fast food companies to schedule workers at least 2-weeks in advance and to pay them extra for any changes in the schedule in the event that they arise. This law also requires that fast food restaurants give their employees at least 11 hours off between shifts and that they offer part-time employees additional work before they allow other people to take an open position. While these changes will not take place until later in 2017; they certainly have altered the fast food industry and how they manage and pay their employees.

This piece of legislation is a major breakthrough in the struggle for minimum wage equality and rates. This has been an ongoing issue that has plagued the nation for years. People who work in fast food simply want to make more money to improve their quality of life.

The city of New York is sympathetic toward the plight of fast food workers. If not, the legislation would not be going into effect. In short, this legislation will help to keep people out of poverty and it will also help to ease the city’s funding of people on assistance.

The minimum wage rate in New York City is $13.50 an hour. However, this rate is not very high when you consider the cost of living for that city. However, the rate is competitive enough to help people to keep a basic roof over their heads. New York City is hopeful that this new law regarding restaurant fast food workers will help to make the system better for fast food workers within city limits. More information about these changes are available on Reuters.