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Turkish Culture Comes to Times Square

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The festivities started Sept. 27 and continue through Sunday, Oct. 4.   The festival is organized by the Turkish Cultural Center New York and supported by the Turkish-American Business Improvement & Development Council (TABID). All of this diversity makes for the biggest Turkish Festival in the history of the U.S.   Of course, it is all happening […]

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My Favorite Coffee Table Book: India Unveiled

Robert Arnett’s India Unveiled is, for my taste, Coffee Book of the Decade.  Did you know that India is the most populous democracy in the world? It is the second-most populous country anywhere, after China. It is the world’s twelfth largest economy. It is big as well – nearly twice the size of New England. […]

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From the Grand Bazaar to New York’s Grand Central

New York, N.Y.   The biggest Turkish Festival in the history of the U.S. — “Turkish Days in New York” — is now upon us.  It is bringing the Grand Bazaar on the beautiful banks of the Bosporus to our own Grand Central – and out to the streets of our city.  Showcasing the Anatolian civilizations, Turkic and […]

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Jackson Heights Festival: Film & Food Like No Other

Written by Barbara Magnoni, edited by Jim Luce, photos by Marta Magnoni. The Number 7 train was dubbed “The International Express” by Hillary Clinton when she was first lady to call attention to the positive aspects of the diverse immigrant community in New York City. The train, which runs from Flushing, Queens into Manhattan’s Times […]

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The Rubins on “What is Cuban Art?”

New York, N.Y.  Donald and Shelley Rubin are Tibetan art in New York City.  This point is difficult to argue with.  They founded the Rubin Museum of Art (RMA), which opened its doors in October 2004 and is now recognized as the premier museum of Himalayan art in the West.  What is less known is that these two thought […]

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U.N. Birthday Rocks for Its Peacemakers

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One year older than the U.N., at 65, the Secretary General spoke of his mourning – the world’s mourning – for the 11 peacekeepers who died last month in a helicopter crash in Haiti.  Tragically, more than 2,600 U.N. Peacekeepers have died protecting humanity since 1948. In an unprecedented effort, the concert was produced by […]

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Voces y Visiones: Four Decades of El Museo del Barrio’s Permanent Collection

Pepón Osorio. La Cama (The Bed). 1987. The inaugural exhibition, curated by Elvis Fuentes, is called Voces y Visiones: Four Decades Through El Museo’s Permanent Collection. This exhibition takes viewers through a timeline of El Museo’s history in relation to the history of Latin American and Caribbean art in New York, the United States, and […]

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El Museo del Barrio: Fifth Avenue on Fire

New York, N.Y.  Forty years ago, El Museo del Barrio was a dream contained in a single classroom so far north that “sophisticated” Manhattanites would not visit there after dark.  It was founded in 1969 by artist and educator Raphael Montañez Ortiz and a coalition of parents, educators, artists, and activists who noted that mainstream museums largely […]

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