Good morning. It’s Friday. We’ll look at Mayor Eric Adams’s assault on those outdoor restaurant sheds that have become eyesores. We’ll also meet the artist commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to do an installation around an escalator. Mayor Eric Adams put on a hard hat, grabbed a sledgehammer and took a swing. He connected with a waist-hight wall that easily gave way. It was the kind of Twitter-ready photo op that he relishes. The target was an abandoned restaurant shed on West 32nd Street in Manhattan. The restaurant that put up the shed during the pandemic did not take it down when it closed. The mayor said the city would do the demolition, starting with more than 20 “neglected sheds” like the one he was standing in front of. Adams defended outdoor dining — “it saved 100,000 jobs” in the restaurant industry during the pandemic, he said — and said that it should be a permanent part of city life. “What I want to say, loud and clear, as much as I can … [Read more...] about There Are Good Dining Sheds and Bad Ones, Adams Says
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Learn Korean Tea Ceremony Etiquette With a Tea Master
Genesis House, the Manhattan flagship for the Korean automobile company that last year opened its restaurant Genesis House Restaurant Curated by Onjium, now has a serene tea pavilion in its building where Korean teas — green, red, black, blue, white and herbal — are served and available for purchase. Now, on Saturdays and Sundays there at 1 p.m., a tea master, Ashley Lim, is conducting traditional tea ceremonies for up to six guests. Described as less formal than a Japanese or Chinese routine, it involves learning the etiquette of darye, as the Korean tea ceremony is called, and sampling three teas, with snacks. The sessions will take place every weekend. Tea Experience at Genesis House, $80 per person, Genesis House 40A 10th Avenue (13th Street), 855-444-0836, genesishouse.com . A Lavender Cream Mille Crêpes Cake for Spring Stacking multiple layers of gossamer crêpes has provided the Lady M bakery with a distinctive signature, the mille crêpes cake, a template … [Read more...] about Learn Korean Tea Ceremony Etiquette With a Tea Master
The Migrant Kitchen Expands to Central Park’s Ballfields
Headliner The Migrant Kitchen Central Park When it established its flagship restaurant on the Upper West Side a little more than a year ago, the Migrant Kitchen put an element of the business of hospitality on its marquee — recognizing the cooks, servers and others who are often recent arrivals in the United States. The company, which started with pop-ups and catering pre-Covid and opened locations in Brooklyn and on the Upper East Side, is now bringing its eclectic menu to Central Park. It has moved into what is popularly known as the Ballfields Cafe, a building just north of the Heckscher Ballfields at 65th Street. Dan Dorado, who founded Migrant Kitchen with Nasser Jaber and Jaclinn Tanney, said the kitchen space offered enough muscle for them to serve hummus and sandwiches like a lamb torta, roast turkey with halloumi and avocado, and shawarmas of chicken or cauliflower. They’re also offering a burger, a hot dog and a “corn” dog, a hot dog topped with esquites . Soft … [Read more...] about The Migrant Kitchen Expands to Central Park’s Ballfields
Entrepreneurship Is Alive in N.Y. Public Housing. Will the City Step Up?
Many nights, after a long day of home-schooling two of her children, Tamykah Anthony is standing over the stove, cooking up natural beauty products in her kitchen at Queensbridge Houses, the biggest public housing complex in New York City. Fueled by a lifelong interest in science, she began formally selling the products in 2017, hoping to provide financial stability for her family. Now, after her business, Xanthines All Natural Products, survived the roller coaster of the past two years, Ms. Anthony, 36, is considering looking for factory space. “I know people who sell food that should be in five-star restaurants,” Ms. Anthony said, referring to her neighbors at Queensbridge, in Long Island City. “I know people who can put tiles down. I know hairstylists. But that transition from being really great at something to having a business, there’s a huge gap there.” As New York City officials grapple with how to ensure an equitable economic recovery from the pandemic, a new report this … [Read more...] about Entrepreneurship Is Alive in N.Y. Public Housing. Will the City Step Up?
Leon Ichaso, Whose Films Explored Latino Identity, Dies at 74
Leon Ichaso, a Cuban American filmmaker who in “El Super,” “Crossover Dreams,” “Piñero,” “El Cantante” and other movies examined themes of Latino assimilation and cultural identity, died on Sunday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 74. His sister, the journalist Mari Rodriguez Ichaso, said the cause was a heart attack. Mr. Ichaso, who came to the United States as a teenager, was writing advertising copy and making television commercials in New York in 1977 when he saw an Off Broadway play called “El Super,” written by Ivan Acosta, and decided to try a new career. “I remember he went to see it and said to me, ‘I’m going to make that movie,’” his sister said. He proceeded to do just that, on a shoestring budget. “I paid for the production car,” she added. “My father paid for the catering.” The movie, released in 1979 and directed by Mr. Ichaso and Orlando Jiménez Leal, is about a Cuban man (played by Raimundo Hidalgo-Gato) living in exile in New York who works as … [Read more...] about Leon Ichaso, Whose Films Explored Latino Identity, Dies at 74
To Be Enjoyed in a State of Repose, Preferably Near Water
There’s a scene around the halfway mark of the latest novel by the perennial best seller Elin Hilderbrand, THE FIVE-STAR WEEKEND (Little, Brown, 384 pp., $30) , in which five women engage in a sacred ritual of beach vacations: shopping. The connection between them is the recently widowed Hollis Shaw, who invited four women from different eras of her life (high school, college, minivan life and midlife) to her fabulous Nantucket summer home to celebrate friendship and, ultimately, to help Hollis, the food influencer, move into the next phase of life. Two end up at Mitchell’s Book Corner, where the intimidatingly elegant Gigi wants to buy the sweet try-hard Brooke some smart-girl novels, including one by Maggie O’Farrell, but Brooke is drawn to a novel with a “sky-blue cover” set on Nantucket. (The cover of “The Five-Star Weekend” is sky blue and features a woman in a classy yellow bikini gazing out to sea.) It’s a “beach book,” Brooke notes, exactly what she wants to read while … [Read more...] about To Be Enjoyed in a State of Repose, Preferably Near Water