Tag Archives: Westchester

Woman to Woman

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In 1984, a gal I knew from Queens, New York, where I grew up, became the first woman to be nominated and run for Vice President of the United States of America. What an honor it was knowing Gerry Ferraro. Thirty-two years later, I watched TV as a neighbor of mine in Chappaqua was nominated […]

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My First Piano

My first piano came with the house that my mother rented, with an option to buy, on Deerfield Road in the Wavecrest section of the Rockaways. The landlord, Mr. Silverstein, insisted that the piano was key to the deal (no pun intended there). It was a George Steck baby grand, which took up half of our […]

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Follow the Fashion

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It’s the year of the woman, or so they tell me. And to prove it, fashion has been elevated to an art at no less an arbiter of taste than The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). Trolling its recent haute couture exhibition, I remembered in a hot flash why I gave up fashion as […]

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A Force of Nature in Peekskill

Twenty five years ago, the City of Peekskill announced a new vision. It would boost its revitalization effort by becoming an artistic outpost. At the time, Peekskill hadn’t yet met Livia Straus who, with her husband Marc, established the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill. Livia, a force of nature herself, proceeded to pepper the Peekskill landscape […]

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Celebrating 50 Years of Cultural Leadership

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In many ways, it’s been all about the people – five decades of forward-thinking arts advocates, civic and business leaders, arts patrons, individual artists, volunteers and arts professionals – coming together to create a one-of-a-kind organization: ArtsWestchester.  It began as a conversation among volunteers in a living room in 1965. Now it is a nationally recognized private arts council, the […]

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Lost at the Movies in Yonkers

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The opportunity to get a good bowl of Matzoh Ball soup in Westchester is diminishing. Pastrami and corn beef mavins like the Mt. Kisco Deli  have disappeared.  Thank heaven there’s still two Epstein’s Delis and a Rye Ridge Deli in the county where the menu includes such Yiddish favorites as brisket with stuffed derma and […]

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The Dream Team

I always admire people who remember where they came from. Take Farooq Kathwari: ArtsWestchester board member, 50th Anniversary Gala Chair, and chair and CEO of Ethan Allen Interiors. He never hesitates to acknowledge his roots. He came here from Kashmir in 1965 and while studying for an NYU degree, began importing native basketry from his homeland. […]

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Summer’s Here – Inside and Outside

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Fifteen artists are showing contemporary landscapes at the ArtsWestchester galleries in our new exhibition, Revisiting Arcadia. Step into the woods or poppy fields at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains where the sun will be shining through the trees through August 29th. Share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Share with Stumblers Tweet about it […]

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