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Fighting Super Tall Towers with FRIENDS

Friends of the Upper East Side - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 13:09
UES zoning R10

Upper East Side Zoning | Source: BFJ Planning

Council Member Ben Kallos hosted a panel discussion about fighting superscrapers on Thursday, July 23rd. In addition to remarks from Tara Kelly, executive director at FRIENDS, on the current planning and zoning context of the Upper East Side, the large crowd heard from Margaret Newman of the Municipal Art Society, Emma Marconi Bologna of CIVITAS, Terrence O’Neal of the CB6 Land Use Committee, and Dieter Seelig of Sutton Area Community.

In light of as-of-right development threats, in response to the city’s proposed Zoning for Quality and Affordability text amendment, and in preparation for any future zoning changes to the Upper East Side, it is critical to understand the way the current zoning and land use patterns have already shaped our neighborhood. CB6 Land Use Chair Terrence O’Neal underscored this importance by pointing out the lack of height limits for new buildings in R10 (or equivalent) zoning districts located on Third, Second, First, and York Avenues, highlighted on the map in blue. This is in stark contrast to the 210 foot height limit in place along East 72nd, 79th, 86th, and 96th Streets as well as much of Park Avenue.

FRIENDS has been engaged in planning and zoning issues since our founding in 1982. To address zoning concerns like these, we have commissioned a report by BFJ Planning to focus on ways we can preserve the character of the Upper East  Side and make specific recommendations for the future of our neighborhood. Keep an eye out for the release of our findings this fall.

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Butterfield Spotlight: Bloody Marys

It's summer so think beach parties and picnics and fireworks and lazy summer Sundays.How better than to kick off a slow weekend morning than with a delicious brunch and a refreshing cocktail.  Maybe a mimosa?  or maybe a Bloody Mary!McClure's, better known for it's pickles, makes a fabulous Bloody Mary mix, and this baby has a kick! Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Cambria;} McClure's writes "made with our spicy pickle brine, tomato paste, fresh pressed cucumber juice and other fresh ingredients, our Bloody Mary mix is spicy and undoubtedly McClure's.  Drink is as a vegetable juice cocktail or with your favorite vodka."  Toss in a couple of olives and a celery stick and you're good to go with a drink you and your guests will love.  But yeah, you'd better like spice.  It might be a good idea to pick up some chips or some extra bottles of water from Butterfield when you come by the grab this jar too!Written by Guest Blogger: Yonni Wattenmakerwww.thetrendyvegan.comOn Facebook? "Like" The Trendy VeganOn Twitter? Follow @vegandthecity
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Trainwreck

Upper East Side Theater - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 11:18
    I first saw Amy Schumer on "Last Comic Standing" many years ago. She was pretty funny but she didn't win. That's how I feel about her new movie, pretty funny in spots but not a winner.    In her first starring role, Ms. Schumer plays Amy, an alcoholic, promiscuous single girl in the city, not really looking for love. She is a writer for a tabloid magazine  run by the always wonderful, Tilda Swinton.  I don't think I've ever seen Ms. Swinton in such a loose, contemporary role and she is clearly having a blast as the crude head of the magazine.    The film plays like an anti-romantic comedy with Ms. Schumer in a role reversal of the usual male part.  The first half of the film is a series of encounters that allow Ms. Schumer to sleep around and toss off great one-liners.  When she is assigned to write a story about a sports doctor played by Bill Hader, love hits her when she least expects it. Not knowing how to deal with this new emotion is the basis of the rest of the film.     Mr. Hader is a terrific comedian but having him play the straight man is a complete bore. It may be right for the character but it's disappointing for the audience. The "actor" who steals the movie is LeBron James, playing himself as a close friend of Mr. Hader's. He is a natural and their scenes together are very funny.      There is a subplot involving Amy's sick father, played by Colin Quinn and her sister, played by Brie Larson. Mr. Quinn basically plays himself, making Ms. Larson one of the few truly professional actors in the film and it shows. She has matured into a fine young actress who is always a pleasure to watch. Mike Birbiglia plays her husband and Evan Brinkman plays her stepson, Allister, in a role written for awkward laughs.       There are some funny scenes throughout the overlong film but they are far and few between the awkward moments. Ms. Schumer's character is not likable. The "showstopper" at the finale made me what to scream "enough, make it stop". This is a film that will appeal to a very particular audience. Luckily for Ms, Schumer, she can always fall back on her very funny TV show.
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Summer 2015 Newsletter Available for Download

Friends of the Upper East Side - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 17:25

FUES_SummerNewsletter-1Stay updated on all of the latest FRIENDS news with our Summer 2015 Newsletter! Become a member today to receive our printed newsletter in the mail, guaranteeing the most up-to-date news on the landmarks and historic districts of the Upper East Side. x

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Butterfield Spotlight: Body Fuel Nutritionals

What happens when you get Butterfield Market, the high-end NYC marketplace, and a vegan entrepreneur in one room looking for tasty, healthy, energy-fueling options?  Body Fuel Nutritionals! No gimmicks.  No chalky taste.  No unpronounceable preservatives.  No artificial anything. Just great flavors, quality ingredients, all packed with protein to fuel your busy lifestyle.  At the breakfast table, as a midday snack, or in sync with a grueling workout, Body Fuel Nutritionals is the way health enthusiasts snack, one crunch at a time.  This is us, this is Body Fuel. www.bodyfuelnutritionals.comSo why choose Body Fuel?Fuel is for fitness: Exercise has it's benefits, but all the more so when you fuel your workout with protein to help build strong, lean muscle. Donuts and pizza don't lead to a 6-pack. Unless it's a 6-pack of beer.It’s fun to go nuts: Nuts and seeds aren't just for the birds. They're super high in protein, fiber and the healthy fats your body needs. We love them. We use lots of them. Green is the new black:  It's cool to follow a healthy diet. And animals are cute. Plants are too but you can't pet them. Animal lovers are sexy.We have no secrets: Our products are the real deal. Almonds, cayenne, chia, ginger. No chemicals. No artificial sweeteners or preservatives or phony coloring. We use only pure ingredients that offer great nutritional value. And they taste great.Fuel is for Life: Looking good is awesome. Feeling good is even better. Eating plant based, non-processed food doesn't just taste good, but it's a healthy choice too.What are our products?
Classic Crunch
Classic CrunchHearty and tropical - think granola on steroids.  Classic crunch combines the good nutrition you expect from a filling, yet light breakfast.  The fruits and grains enhance yogurts and desserts.  Be imaginative and add it to your favorite recipes. Fun Fuel Fact: Chia grows natively in South America, and was an important feature in the Aztec and Mayan diets.  They provided such sustainable energy, that "chia" is actually the Mayan word for "strength".  Chia seeds, which look similar to poppy seeds and have little flavor, are versatile, protein-packed nuggets which help to reduce appetite and cravings.  Almost all of their carbs come from fiber and are loaded with anti-oxidants.Ingredients: almonds, cashews, walnuts, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, oats, maple syrup, dried cranberries, raisins, unsweetened coconut. (Vegan, wheat-free, soy-free)
Cayenne Crunch
Cayenne CrunchOur best selling product is sweet and spicy.  The delectable maple syrup combines smoothly with the heat of cayenne. This crunchy and savory food is well suited to be your between meal snack, before and after the gym, or anytime you crave a burst of flavorful energy.Fun Fuel Fact: Cayenne is a well-known digestive aid.  It stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices.  This aids the body's ability to metabolize food and toxins.  Cayenne is a circulatory stimulant that increases the pulse of our lymphatic and digestive rhythms.  By heating the body, the natural process of detoxification is streamlined.  Cayenne also causes us to sweat, another important process of detoxification.Ingredients: sesame sticks, peanuts, cayenne, dried edamame, almonds, cashews, low-sodium soy sauce, maple syrup. (Vegan)
Cocoa Crunch
Cocoa CrunchSweet with a zesty surprise.  Think of Cocoa Crunch as a healthy candy bar without the candy or bar.  Once you open this bag, it will have to be pried from your hands.  Clusters combine non-dairy chocolate, exotic ginger, and energizing nuts and seeds - a taste sensation.  Fun Fuel Fact: Candied ginger isn't only a sweet pick-me-up...it is also a centuries old remedy used to treat nausea, inflammation, and certain cancers.  Known for it's spicy, pungent flavor and aroma, ginger can be eaten raw, used within a recipe, or in a candied form with crystallized sugar syrup  Ingredients: almonds, non-dairy chocolate chips, walnuts, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, oats, dried cranberries, crystalized ginger, cinnamon. (Vegan, wheat-free, soy-free)
Sunflower Crunch
Sunflower CrunchTaste: Earthy, clean, complex.  This product reminds us of a walk in the woods on a clear spring day.  Each bite is a powerhouse that easily melts in your mouth providing a little crunch and a whole lot of protein.      Fun Fuel Fact: Millet is a smart-carb - high fiber, high protein, low sugar, giving you sustained increased energy instead of those surges you get from added sugars.  Millet also offers high antioxidant properties and is gluten-free, making it a perfect addition to most diets.   Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Cambria;} Ingredients: millet, gluten-free steel cut oats, organic maple syrup, Bob's red mill garbanzo bean flour, seeds, unsalted sunflower nut butter, dried cranberries, almonds.  (Vegan, wheat-free, peanut-free, soy-free)Written by Guest Blogger: Yonni Wattenmakerwww.thetrendyvegan.comOn Facebook? "Like" The Trendy VeganOn Twitter? Follow @vegandthecity
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Best Beauty Tip for that Summer Glow

Dr. Leslie Gerstman's Blog - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 11:42

Best Beauty Tip for that Summer GlowWith every beauty article churned out, we know a million and one ways to keep your skin poreless and clean. Oils, masks, serums, moisturizers – the list never ends!

But how do you get that radiant glow?

As time ticks by and we age, the process of cell regeneration starts to slow down. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of your skin, it can leave skin looking rough, dull and dry. To restore that youthful glow you must exfoliate!

Exfoliation removes the layer of dead skin cells that have built up over time and allows fresh new cells to breathe. It’s an easy addition to your beauty routine that can turn your skin into a work of art!

Exfoliation helps prevent acne, it helps remove hyperpigmentation and old acne scars, it helps with product penetration and it also treats dull skin, leaving you glowing and dewy. When done monthly, it rids you of toxins and begins to restore the normal cell turnover rate which keeps your skin fresh and plump!

Two of the best in spa exfoliation methods are the Silkpeel Dermalinfusion treatment and Dermaplanning – two treatments that are both highly effective and feel wonderful!

The Silkpeel treatment silmultaneously infuses serums into your skin as it sloughs off old dead skin cells. These infused serums detoxify and hydrate the fresh young cells below. Dermaplanning exfoliates the epidermis along with any bothersome peach fuzz, leaving behind skin as soft as a baby’s bottom.

In conjunction to these monthly spa treatments, you can also safely exfoliate while at home two to three times a week! A scrub we are currently loving is May Lindstrom’s Clean Dirt. An energizing blend of cleansing clays (like Moroccan rhassoul, cinnamon & turmeric), lifts impurities while a surge of Vitamin C encourages cellular rejuvenation and increased blood flow. If you’ve been looking for the answer to healthy and radiant skin, exfoliation is the answer. Taking good care of your skin is your right – put your best face forward and get that summer glow without the sun!

 

 

The post Best Beauty Tip for that Summer Glow appeared first on Dr. Leslie Gerstman Medical Spa Upper East Side NYC.

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Ant-Man

Upper East Side Theater - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 18:35
       Big things do come in small packages. Marvel Comics continues it's movie domination with it's latest and most unexpected hero, Ant-Man.        The film stars Paul Rudd (an unlikely action hero but as it turns out, the right man for the job) as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Pym, Hank's daughter and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross. Co-starring are Michael Pena, Bobby Cannavale, Wood Harris and the rapper T. I. There are also some familiar cameos and some surprise stars from the Marvel Universe.          Since this is an origin film, the first half is very dialogue heavy with just a few short action sequences to keep you interested in what's to come. Mr. Rudd is not quite his usual snarky self but he is never the less, charming and fun to watch. The real fun is the special effects. The small (no pun intended) visual taste in the beginning really pops in the second half of the film. Clearly the CGI artists had fun with their work as many scenes will have you laughing out loud.          The CGI ants look a bit too metallic but they are quite detailed and fun to watch as Ant-Man leads them into battle. There are many clever action sequences making use of environments you wouldn't expect and one terrific fight with a surprise Marvel hero. Speaking of which, the film references the Marvel universe multiple times and keeps Ant-Man firmly rooted in the same reality. As to what added to the success of "Guardians of The Galaxy", the film doesn't take itself that seriously which is why Mr. Rudd is a perfect choice for the lead.  The self deprecating humor keeps the film lively and things never get too heavy.          Make sure you stay through all the credits as there are two additional scenes once the film ends and they are both significant to the continuity of future Marvel films.
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Me and Earl and The Dying Girl

Upper East Side Theater - Sat, 07/04/2015 - 19:54
     Yes, there is a dying girl but this clever new Indie film tries it's best to present an honest, unmelodramatic portrait of teen angst in a refreshing way. For the most part it succeeds although it does occasionally slip into said melodrama.       Thomas Mann plays the "Me" in the title, a high School senior named Greg who is perfectly at home navigating his final school year staying invisible to the cliques around him. His "friend" is Earl (RJ Cyler), a black teen Greg has known since they were little kids. When Greg's mom learns of Rachel, a girl in Greg's school has been diagnosed with Leukemia, she tells Greg to befriend her, even though he barely knows her. Rachel is played by Olivia Cooke. The film also co-stars Connie Britton, Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon and Jon Bernthal as the various adults.        Greg narrates the story with the plot separated into chapters (like the novel it is based on). The three soon become platonic friends and Greg and Earl entertain Rachel with videos of their home made movies, spoofs of Hollywood greats. These spoofs are some of the funniest scenes in the film.         The story remains upbeat, filled with odd ball humor and avoids, for the most part, the trappings of a typical teen comedy/drama. Greg is a quirky character that takes some time to warm up to but Earl is a likable character from the start. Their relationship with Rachel is interesting from a fresh perspective.        "Me and Earl and The Dying Girl" deserved it's Audience Award at Sundance earlier this year. It is a funny, heartfelt film that will surprise you.
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Inside Out

Upper East Side Theater - Sat, 07/04/2015 - 19:20
       Pixar films have an uncanny knack for entertaining with a strong emotional core, This new film continues that tradition with a story that is smart and deeply heartfelt.  Be warned however, this is not a film for small children. It attempts to deal with basic emotions in a kid friendly anthropomorphic way but the concepts introduced are complex and may not be easily understood.         For older children and adults, it is a very rewarding experience with an excellent message that will tug at your heartstrings. The animation is, of course, brilliantly rendered and the colors and physical comedy will appeal to the little ones ( They just won't grasp what's actually happening and may be frightened during certain scenes).         When eleven year old Riley and her parents move from the comfort of their home in Minnesota to a new home in San Francisco, it triggers a massive reaction of emotions, portrayed by Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), and Anger (Lewis Black).  When Joy and Sadness are separated by the others, Riley goes deeper into a tailspin and it's up to her emotions to all work together to save the day. It's a heady concept (pun intended) and it works brilliantly. An imaginary friend, Bing Bong, voiced by Richard Kind, almost steals the film and helps it reach it's emotional core. As always, the vocal casting is spot on.          As with most Pixar films, "inside Out" can easily be enjoyed by adults with or without children. Writers and co-directors Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen get inside our heads and our hearts.
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Inside Out

Upper East Side Theater - Sat, 07/04/2015 - 19:03
      Pixar films have an uncanny knack for entertaining with a strong emotional core, This new film continues that tradition with a story that is smart and deeply heartfelt.  Be warned however, this is not a film for small children. It attempts to deal with basic emotions in a kid friendly anthropomorphic way but the concepts introduced are complex and may not be easily understood.         For older children and adults, it is a very rewarding experience with an excellent message that will tug at your heartstrings. The animation is, of course, brilliantly rendered and the colors and physical comedy will appeal to the little ones ( They just won't grasp what's actually happening and may be frightened during certain scenes).         When eleven year old Riley and her parents move from the comfort of their home in Minnesota to a new home in San Francisco, it triggers a massive reaction of emotions, portrayed by Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), and Anger (Lewis Black).  When Joy and Sadness are separated by the others, Riley goes deeper into a tailspin and it's up to her emotions to all work together to save the day. It's a heady concept (pun intended) and it works brilliantly. An imaginary friend, Bing Bong, voiced by Richard Kind, almost steals the film and helps it reach it's emotional core. As always, the vocal casting is spot on.          As with most Pixar films, "inside Out" can easily be enjoyed by adults with or without children. Writers and co-directors Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen get inside our heads and our hearts.
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Terminator:Genisys

Upper East Side Theater - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 15:25
            Not a sequel and not quite a reboot, but rather a recharge of the whole series. If you are familiar with the mythology, "Genisys" will blow your mind. If you don't know the story, rent the original before you go or you may have a hard time keeping up.              This is a perfect film for IMAX 3-D as the visual and sound effects will knock you right out of your seat. There are terrific action sequences throughout the film and plenty of surprises that I don't intend to spoil. Needless to say, this installment is a game changer.               Arnold Schwarzenegger is terrific, reprising his role as the original Terminator. It's as if he never left. He can still handle the action and adds a great deal of humor throughout the film. Sarah Connor is played by Emilia Clarke and who better than "the Khaleesi" of "Game of Thrones" to tackle the role. Kyle Reese is played by Jai Courtney in his biggest part to date and he does an admirable job in this major role. John Connor, the other main character in the series is played this time by Jason Clarke, who is becoming the "go to" actor for sci-fi reboots ( see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes).              Credit writers Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis for a script that is familiar and yet, turns the whole Terminator mythology on it's head. It is a very welcome addition to the series.
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ADVOCACY UPDATE: Another Win for Preservation!

Friends of the Upper East Side - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:22

2009Last November the Landmarks Preservation Commission announced a plan to remove nearly 100 buildings from consideration for designation. When a building passes the Commission’s initial review and is found to meet their basic requirements for designation, it is put on their calendar for a public hearing. At the time a building is “calendared,” it receives provisional protections under the New York City Landmarks Law until approved or denied as a landmark. For various reasons, the Commission has built up a backlog of items that were calendared but never designated, some of which have been languishing in limbo for decades.

While FRIENDS recognized the good intentions behind clearing the backlog, we joined many other preservation groups in questioning the transparency of such a broad action. Shortly after the announcement, and following considerable push-back from the public, the LPC agreed to postpone the de-calendaring vote indefinitely so that they could come up with a more judicious way to handle these items. During this time, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer met with a variety of stakeholders with the goal of formulating a “clear, consistent, and transparent designation process.” The result was the Proposed Backlog Action Plan for the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which was released on April 2nd, 2015, cosigned by FRIENDS. As a result, on June 19th, the Wall Street Journal reported that the LPC would indeed hold public hearings on each of the 95 items in the backlog!

There is only one building on the Upper East Side included in the list of items that have been calendared for over 5 years, and that is 412 East 85th Street. The house was built circa 1860 and is a rare example of a wood clapboard building in Yorkville, a remnant from the area’s agrarian past. It is one of a mere seven wood-frame buildings on the Upper East Side, and the only one that is not protected by the Landmarks Law. FRIENDS has been working hard to get the building designated, and with the support of both the owners and Council Member Ben Kallos, we look forward to a public hearing sometime this fall!

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