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For several years now, Brooklyn-based organist Jared Lamenzo has been researching an 1826 opera performance which was given at the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral where he serves as Music Director and Organist. The 1826 event featured the first Italian opera company to visit the United States, the Garcia Company.  Their mezzo soprano was the 17-year-old Maria Garcia Malibran, soon to become the greatest operatic diva of her time. Lamenzo was fascinated by the...
As innovative startups reinvent life as we know it, how has work style adapted to match a modern, constantly redefined work culture? We chatted with four game-changers in their respective fields whose work clothes amplify their brand and inspire boundless creativity in their business. All photos were taken at The Yard: South Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s newest workspace for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and creatives. Dani Dufresne, Founder & Executive Producer at The Auxiliary Co. The Auxiliary is a production consultancy,...
From color to short cuts, braids and extensions, there is no hairstyle that LaWanda Pierre, up-and-coming hairstylist, cannot do. Originally born in Houston (with a stint in Atlanta in between), Pierre made Brooklyn her home at the age of nine and lived here ever since. Like most young black women in the 90s, she ran to the creamy crack (what some of y’all call a relaxer) from high school up until her early 20s....
62.8 million tourists visited New York City in 2017, marking the eighth consecutive year of record-breaking growth. But what’s a tourist to do after they’ve hit the major spots? Or if they want to avoid the major attractions in the first place? And where should a local start if they want to explore beyond their go-to’s? That's where Behind the Scenes NYC comes in. Ironically, the website cataloguing the city’s hidden gems was founded nearly...

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