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A half mile from the Hudson River is a decades old music group that harvests relationships with the community at large to create an area rich and bountiful with classical music. Their cornucopia of work has been performed throughout New York City, but their home is the Northwest Bronx, and it is here where di.vi.sion showcases most of its orchestral work. more
The conductor stood in all black before the white-shirted sea of student ensemble percussionists. From the first motion of the director’s fist, the Hearth Room at Lehman College was filled with a frenetic yet carefully balanced and coordinated wave of excited Latin music. As they played, the director stood to the side, his head bent, evaluating the performance of his musicians. more
Marisol Díaz was on hand along with 60 bowlers and a few loungers, Kingsbridge Heights Community Center B-o-w-l-a-t-h-o-n at Bowlerland raises $10,000 on Oct. 17 for general operating funds. … more
The art world can seem like a place far removed from the everyman. As a branch of academia’s ivory tower — with its galleries and shows, exclusive parties and galas — most of the art world stands aloof from the very idea of accessibility. more
In 1974, with no end in sight to the Cold War, the Soviet government erected a 19-story structure in North Riverdale which best reflected what Americans considered to be the “backward” mentality of the Russians: They built the massive structure from the top down. A fence was built. Cameras were installed. more
It’s been two decades since Riverdale Cinema at West 259th Street and Riverdale Avenue closed its doors for good. A generation of moviegoers and aspiring filmmakers were without a venue in this North Riverdale neighborhood, and without a source of art. They once again had to bow to the undisputed ruler of the East Coast art world — Lower Manhattan. more
Yonkers, in the early afternoon, is the sound of landscapers and slowly driven cars. A mere 20-minute walk from the city line, the area seems calm and distant. Yet in one of the large, well-kept houses that line the roads is an artist filled with the excitement and verve that comes from growing up in New York City. That artist is Julia Eisen-Lester. more
Given everything that tends to happen in horror films, a cemetery is perhaps the last place someone would want to be after dark. Yet, on a brisk late autumn night, a group of some 30 people piled into a trolley in the dark of night to traverse through Woodlawn Cemetery. more
Helping an ever-changing community see themselves reflected in a century-old museum is not an easy task. Laura Vookles, curatorial department chair at the Hudson River Museum, wasn’t focused on the ease of that task. She was more concerned about action. more
In the outskirts of Los Angeles, in the shadow of Alhambra, lies an estate called The Huntington. more
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