Tag Archives: New York News

Itzhak Perlman to Perform at Lincoln Center to Help Rotary Eradicate Polio

New York, N.Y.  “Polio is only a plane ride away.”  So began my sobering interview with Carol Pandak, Manager of PolioPlus for Rotary International about polio, a crippling and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in Africa and Asia (video).  People in 125 countries had polio in 1985 – today only four.  Good news, no?  But the four […]

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Chatting with UNICEF’s Director Ann Veneman

New York, N.Y.  I met UNICEF‘s executive director Ann M. Veneman recently at Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden’s World Childhood Foundation luncheon at the United Nations.  Ann spoke strongly and compassionately on the appalling conditions of children around the world – especially child victims of sexual abuse and exploitation, which World Childhood Foundation attempts to counter.  Ann […]

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Dr. Judy on Trauma of Disasters – like Haitian Earthquake

Dr. Judy Kuriansky trained local Boy Scouts to be “comforters”in the wake of the earthquake that recently destroyed Haiti. The patients were also grateful that anyone cared to talk to them. These helpers are now recruiting other youth and training them in the techniques they learned from Dr. Kuriansky. Known globally as “Dr. Judy,” she […]

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If It Is Astoria, It Must Be Opa! Forty Years of Greek Cuisine with Perdika Zevlakis

Astoria, N.Y.  Since 1969, the year man walked on the moon, Opa! Souvlaki Restaurant of Astoria, Queens, has been Greek to its core.  It is run by the Greek community’s Elaine Kaufman, Perdika Zevlakis.  Astoria itself has become more diverse in those 40 years, but the legendary Opa! lives on – as if a time capsule for the neighborhood’s new […]

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Wynton Marsalis Awarded French Legion of Honor in NYC

New York, N.Y. Wynton Marsalis received France’s highest distinction last week in New York – the insignia of chevalier of the Legion of Honor, an honor that was first awarded by Napoleon Bonaparte. Sitting literally at his feet during the performance of the Wynton Marsalis Quintet which followed the ceremony, I witnessed why Wynton Marsalis […]

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Korean-American Hahn-Bin Wows Carnegie Hall In Debut

New York, NY. There are few male Asian-American sex symbols.  Violin prodigy Hahn-Bin, studying under Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho, is one of the few. Opening the 49th Young Concert Artist Series in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Susan Wadsworth, Hahn-Bin’s New York debut last week mesmerized the sold-out crowd. Brilliant, audacious, and exuberant, […]

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Indian Legend Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Plays NYC, Thanks Obama

New York, N.Y.   Indian classical musician Ustad Amjad Ali Khanplayed the Indian Consulate of New York last week. He played in the grand ballroom of the former mansion on 64th and Fifth, built in 1903 for Ms. Carrie Astor. Amjad Ali Khan plays the sarod, the most prominent stringed musical instrument used in northern India’s classical […]

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Remembering My Battle Against Fundamentalists

New York, N.Y.   I left Wall Street unexpectedly following an appearance on the Phil Donahue Show in 1985. There, on the Oprah Winfrey Show of its day, Richard Yao and I discussed “religious addiction” – the first time that phrase had ever been mentioned on national television. I explained to Phil the need for an “anonymous” organization to help […]

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U.S. House Passes Emergency Funding Bill for Migrant Care Crisis

Wayfair Accused of Selling Mattresses to Youth “Detention Centers”

U.N.: World Faces ‘Climate Apartheid’ with 120 Million More in Poverty

Australia Rescues Children of Dead Islamic State Fighters

Beyond Skin: Norm Yip Celebrates LGBTQ Pride with Luce Support

Immigrant Defense Project Releases “Know Your Rights With ICE”