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Butterfield Spotlight: Apples

Red Apple
Did you know there are 7500 varieties of apples?  Macintosh, macoun, fuji, honeycrisp, granny smith, gala, pink lady…those are just the tip of the iceberg!  There are also 700 apple growers in New York alone, so if you want a weekend activity of apple picking and apple cider you have more options than you probably know what to do with!We all know apple pie is considered just about as American dessert as you can get, but there are boundless ways you can incorporate apples into your diet.  Whole, sliced, schmeared with peanut butter, as a refreshing juice, in cobbler, as a sauce, stewed with raisins, in rugelach…in sausage even.If you’re looking for a warm dish as fall nears, or something new for Rosh Hashanah beyond the slices you serve with honey or in apple cake, here is a recipe for you:You will need:4 large beets, washed, peeled, ends cut off, diced in large pieces1 fennel bulb, no shoots, rinsed and sliced (discard the hard core)2 Macintosh apples, washed, peeled, cored and diced in large pieces1/8 c grapeseed oil1 TBSP dried rosemary½ tsp + 1 tsp kosher salt2 TBSP brown sugar1 ½ TBSP apple cider vinegar1 TBSP non-dairy butterPreheat your oven to 400 degrees.In a medium sized baking dish place the beets, fennel and apples.  Atop them drizzle the oil, rosemary and ½ tsp. salt.  Place the dish in the oven and bake for one hour. (If you prefer your apples be a bit more firm, wait until a half hour of cooking has passed before you put them in to bake with the vegetables.)At the hour mark, stir in the apple cider vinegar, remaining salt and brown sugar, and bake another 5 minutes. 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;} Remove from the over and stir in the butter to finish it off.  Allow the dish to come to room temperature, letting the flavors continue to blend.  Serve with a leafy green salad and, if you choose, a crisp white wine. Written by Guest Blogger: Yonni Wattenmakerwww.thetrendyvegan.comwww.bodyfuelnutritionals.comOn Facebook? "Like" The Trendy VeganOn Twitter? Follow @vegandthecity@BodyFuelNtrlsOn Instagram? Follow @thetrendyvegan
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39 East 67th Street

Friends of the Upper East Side - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:00

39 East 67th Street Upper East Side Historic District

A Beaux-Arts style rowhouse designed by D. & J. Jardine and built in 1876-77 and altered by Ernest Flagg in 1903-04. Application is to construct rooftop and rear yard additions, and excavate the rear yard.


CB8 Hearing: 09/08/15 (front facade approved, rooftop & rear facade disapproved) LPC Hearing: 10/13/15

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New Report “The Upper East Side: A Framework for the Future of Five Neighborhoods” Available for Download

Friends of the Upper East Side - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 10:53

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On October 7th FRIENDS released a neighborhood study which proposes 12 recommendations to preserve the community character, local businesses, affordable housing, and architectural legacy of the five diverse neighborhoods that make up the Upper East Side. Read the report by clicking the thumbnail to the left or learn more here.


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The Martian

Upper East Side Theater - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 18:37
       Director Ridley Scott goes back to space in this film version of the bestselling book, "The Martian". He is very much in his element directing with precision, a faithful recreation of the novel. The film is so realistic, it's like watching a documentary in real time. Even if you have read the book, you will still find yourself holding your breath multiple times during the film.      Mr. Scott brings the realism but star Matt Damon and the rest of the cast bring the entertainment value. Mr. Damon is Oscar caliber as Mark Watney, the astronaut left behind and thought dead during an aborted space mission to Mars. His fellow astronauts are played by Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Kate Mara, Michael Pena and as the mission commander, Jessica Chastain. They spend a great deal of the film off screen returning to Earth, believing Watney is dead. They do, however, play a integral part in the second half.       Back on Earth, the head of NASA is played with much gravitas by Jeff Daniels and various other NASA staff are played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Mackenzie Davis  and Kristen Wiig. It's a strong cast that plays every scene with convincing realism.  The one exception is Ms. Wiig, who I realize is trying to widen her range as an actor, but seems out of place in the serious role of the NASA Media Director.       Of course the film really belongs to Mr. Damon who spends the majority of the film alone and many times dialog free. It is a testament to a great script and his terrific acting that we are fully engaged with his character. The script is infused with much unexpected humor and it's a welcome relief to laugh occasionally during this suspenseful story.        The film is being offered in both 2D and 3D versions. I wouldn't recommend paying the extra fee for the 3-D as it didn't seem to add much to the visuals except make the film seem darker than necessary. I would recommend though, seeing the film on a large screen to appreciate the vastness of space and the replicated Martian landscape.       "The Martian" is first rate entertainment and a great initial launch for the holiday movie season.
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Join FRIENDS to Learn How YOU Can Help Shape the Future of Our Community!

Friends of the Upper East Side - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:49

Watch this short film which celebrates the diversity of the Upper East Side, while also introducing the challenges our neighborhood may face going forward.

The Upper East Side: A Framework for the Future of Five Neighborhoods FRIENDS remains steadfast in its pro-active commitment to preserve the character of the Upper East Side in spite of development pressures stemming from the completion of the Second Avenue Subway, the City Planning Commission’s proposed zoning changes, and existing permissible zoning on the avenues. At this event, we will review the findings of a new, detailed neighborhood study, conducted byBFJ Planning and commissioned by FRIENDS, which identifies the character of our community, and makes policy recommendations that aim to maintain its diversity, livability, and capacity for sensitive growth for future generations. Elected officials (State Senator Liz Krueger and Council Member Benjamin Kallos confirmed) will be on hand to listen to your concerns about how unchecked development could undermine the Upper East Side’s unique sense of place. Wednesday, October 7th 6:30 p.m. Lenox Hill Neighborhood House 331 East 70th Street Free, RSVP required Please click here to register.


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FRIENDS is seeking a new Executive Director

Friends of the Upper East Side - Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:45

Reporting to the President and Board of Directors, the Executive Director leads all preservation and planning advocacy initiatives, including the review of Landmarks Preservation Commission applications and land use policies affecting the Upper East Side. Representing the organization to the public at large, the Executive Director manages relationships with community partners, residents, institutions, government, and the press while also organizing all communications and outreach via print and online publications.

The Executive Director coordinates all fundraising efforts, including, but not limited to, grant applications, membership management, and the annual benefit gala.The Executive Director oversees all programming including special preservation projects, walking tours, symposia, exhibits, and an annual meeting and awards ceremony.

The Executive Director is responsible for day to day management of the organization, including staff, interns, volunteers, and consultants; financial reports and accounting; and general administration.

This position requires a high-energy, motivated person who is extremely knowledgeable about historic preservation and land use policy in New York City. The candidate must have strong communication skills, be comfortable with public speaking, and be able to work with multiple constituencies including public policy makers. An advanced degree in historic preservation or related field is required. The candidate must also have strong administration skills with meticulous attention to detail and a high level of computer proficiency. Experience in fundraising and knowledge of the administrative aspects of running a non-profit is essential.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume in PDF format via e-mail to info@friends-ues.org.

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Black Mass

Upper East Side Theater - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 23:55
   Based on the true story of Boston criminal, James "Whitey" Bulger, this new drama aspires to be in the same league as "Goodfellas" but lacks the energy that director Martin Scorsese infused into that classic. It does, however, star Johnny Depp transformed to look like Bolger but actually looking more like Ray Liotta channeling James Bulger.      Makeup aside, Mr. Depp does disappear into the role and it's one of the best things he's done in years. Unfortunately his co-star Joel Edgerton steals the movie right out from him as Bulger's childhood friend, John Connolly, now a rising star in the FBI. If we are to believe the script as factual, Connolly managed to make Bulger an FBI informant thereby keeping him safe from prosecution, even while he ran a criminal empire out of South Boston. Connelly uses Bulger for his own ambition but convinces himself it's a just and legitimate cause.       Benedict Cumberbatch also co-stars  as Billy Bulger, Jimmy's  brother, a politician who became a Massachusetts senator. Mr. Cumberbatch, while a wonderful actor, seems out of place in the role. Other familiar faces in the film are Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Corey Stoll, Dakota Johnson (who disappears halfway through the film), Julianne Nicholson, Adam Scott and Rory Cockrane. Aside from Mr. Cumberbatch, the rest of the cast does an admirable job as the friends and enemies of Mr. Bulger.          The story is compelling and even though there are many violent scenes, Mr. Depp is magnetic to watch. Director Scott Cooper keeps things moving in a slow and deliberate pace creating a constant state of dread and paranoia. It's a true American crime story of greed and corruption where everyone gets what they deserve.
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12th Annual Ambassador to the Upper East Side Award Dinner a Huge Success

Friends of the Upper East Side - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 12:52

12th Annual Ambassador to the Upper East Side Award Dinner

More than 200 members of New York City’s philanthropic, preservation and civic communities gathered last evening at the Metropolitan Club as FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts (FRIENDS) honored renowned pianist and bandleader Peter Duchin at its twelfth annual award dinner. Proceeds from the event will support FRIENDS as it seeks to preserve the architectural legacy and livability of the Upper East Side, safeguarding the character of the neighborhood and advocating for sound preservation policy in New York City.  The dinner had more than doubled its original fundraising goal, and raised $260,000 for the organization.

Mr. Duchin received the organization’s Ambassador to the Upper East Side Award for embodying the spirit of the Upper East Side. America’s preeminent dance-band leader, he serves as an Honorary Member of the New York State Council on the Arts, Honorary Board Chair of Glimmerglass Opera, and as a Board member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Manhattan School of Music, Dreamyard and Citizen’s Committee of New York City.

“Peter Duchin is a true ambassador who embodies the spirit of the Upper East Side, both festive and serious,” said Franny Eberhart, President of the FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts.  “We are delighted to honor him for his many contributions as a dedicated member of our community, and as a champion of the distinct character of the Upper East Side.”

Philip & Alexandra Howard served as the event Chairs.  Serving as Vice Chairs are O. Kelley & Brenda Anderson, Kent Barwick, Tony Kiser & Lisa Atkin, and William & Katharine Rayner.

The gala took place at the Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street in Manhattan. The evening featured the premiere of a short film celebrating the Upper East Side’s diversity from its little-known immigrant roots to its famed gold coast, highlighting the challenges it will face going forward.

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Butterfield Spotlight: Peaches

Autumn Red Peach
I think it's hard to find someone who doesn't enjoy peaches or nectarines, especially during the warmer weather.  Cold, fresh, crisp and juicy - a perfectly refreshing and healthy snack that's easy to enjoy at home - over yogurt, in salad or just sliced up - or even on the go.Here are two other sweet ways to enjoy peaches or nectarines, which you can find at Butterfield Market, along with most of these other ingredients:SangriaYou will need:1 bottle Spanish white wine1 bottle club soda2 shots brandy1 shot peach Schnaps1 lemon, sliced,1 lime, sliced1/2 nectarine, thinly sliced1/2 granny smith apple, thinly sliced1/2 c raspberriesMix all together and chill for 3-4 hours before serving.  Place a nectarine slice, some apple and a couple of raspberries into each glass, and then mix the sangria will again before adding the liquid atop the fruit.  Keep the lemon and lime in the pitcher...the other fruit can be eaten as you go.Peach-Blueberry Cobbler:You will need:7 ripe peaches, rinsed, pitted and diced1 pint blueberries, rinsed1 TBSP non-dairy butter1 c brown sugar1 c quick cooking oats3/4 c seeds and nuts (I recommend sunflower seeds, walnuts and pecans)Preheat the oven to 350 degreesIn a non-stick or ceramic baking dish add your diced peaches and blueberries.Into a large ziplog bag, pour the butter, sugar, oats, seeds and/or nuts.  Seal the bag and, using your fingers, squeeze the mixture together from the outside of the bag until the butter is well combined.  Then shake it around, Shake 'n Bake style, and pour over the fruit.Bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 so the oats don't burn. 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;} Serve hot plain or topped with your favorite ice cream.Written by Guest Blogger: Yonni Wattenmakerwww.thetrendyvegan.comwww.bodyfuelnutritionals.comOn Facebook? "Like" The Trendy VeganOn Twitter? Follow @vegandthecity@BodyFuelNtrlsOn Instagram? Follow @thetrendyvegan
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Upper East Side Theater - Sun, 09/27/2015 - 13:09
    Based on the true story of an ill fated expedition to Mount Everest in 1996, this new film is best seen in IMAX 3D to be appreciated. The screen play is based on the Book "Left For Dead" by Beck Weathers but the story has been told before in the book  and the film "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer.      Mr. Krakauer's first hand account of the tragedy that left nine people dead was an absorbing read that gave the reader insight into many of the real life people on the mountain. This new film is focused more on a few characters in the drama, primarily Rob Hall, played by Jason Clarke, Doug Hansen, played by John Hawkes, and Beck Weathers, played by Josh Brolin. There are many other recognizable stars in the film including Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Worthington, Michael Kelly (as Jon Krakauer), Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, and Robin Wright.      Most of the actors are just fodder for the mountain or the women left behind to anguish over their men.  The real star of this film is the cinematography and special effects that literally immerse the viewer into the film, especially in IMAX 3-D.  You literally feel like you are on the mountain with danger at every turn.       There is not much thought given to character development and with the exception I made earlier, we don't know much about these people or what drives them. The story itself is simplistic.  People climb up to reach the summit and then climb down. What happens along the way makes for an harrowing adventure but an unfortunately tragic story as well.
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Butterfield Spotlight: Corn

It is the perfect season for corn, or how we traditionally think of enjoying it in America.  During summer, at a barbecue, made on the grill or cut off the cob into a cold, crisp salad.  For a twist on grilling some, and to “kick it up a notch” as Emeril would say, clean each ear of corn and spread butter (dairy or vegan) on the kernels.  Then sprinkle Old Bay seasoning atop the butter, using more or less as you prefer, and wrap in silver foil.  Cook that right on your grill, in the foil, until tender.Grits are another way to enjoy your corn.  Simply put, grits are a Southern staple made from boiling coarsely ground corn kernels in water or milk.  As the weather cools, this is a low fat, healthy way to start your morning, and you can top it with some salt and pepper to taste, or some maple syrup if you prefer something sweeter.Polenta is a third option.  This traditional Italian dish is a paste or dough made from cornmeal that can then either be fried or baked.  Since this is usually for lunch or dinner, it can be topped with marinara sauce, sautéed onions  and mushrooms, or you can bake cheese (dairy or not) right on top.  It can be eaten as a side dish or, with enough accompaniments, as a hearty entrée.To make an authentic recipe, courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis, bring 6 cups of water to boil in a heavy large saucepan.  Add 2 teaspoons of salt.  Gradually whisk in the cornmeal.  Reduce the heat to low and cook until the mixture thickens and the cornmeal is tender, stirring often, about 15 minutes.  Turn off the heat.  Add 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter (vegan substitutes can be used) and stir until melted. 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;} As always, Butterfield Market has all of these items and more and if you don’t feel like cooking, they’ll take care of that for you!Written by Guest Blogger: Yonni Wattenmakerwww.thetrendyvegan.comwww.bodyfuelnutritionals.comOn Facebook? "Like" The Trendy VeganOn Twitter? Follow @vegandthecity@BodyFuelNtrlsOn Instagram? Follow @thetrendyvegan
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Upper East Side Theater - Sun, 09/20/2015 - 00:35
      Summer is over and the serious fall films are starting to emerge. This new crime thriller from director,  Denis Villeneuve, will satisfy fans of "Traffic" and the TV show, "The Bridge". The story centers on our government's involvement with the Mexican drug cartel.      The film stars Emily Blunt as Kate, an idealistic FBI agent who is recruited into a mysterious unit led by Matt, played by Josh Brolin, working off the grid to find a Mexican crime boss. It's a bit confusing at first, especially when Alejandro, played by Benicio Del Toro makes his appearance. The confusion, however, is clearly deliberate as we see the story unfold through Kate's eyes and it's easy to understand how the lines blur and everything is not as it seems. Ms. Blunt is excellent but her character is underdeveloped, acting more as our window into this violent world, more than anything else. Far more interesting characters are Matt and Alejandro, especially as motives become clearer.       There are some riveting sequences as well as quiet moments but the film propels itself towards a climax we don't expect, yet fully understand as the credits role. There are many violent scenes and yet, Mr. Villeneuve shakes us with violence that takes place off screen as well. The cinematography is by Roger Deakins, and he makes great use of the desert scenery and a particularly tense sequence shot through the lens of night goggles. The musical score is haunting and serves to keep the audience unnerved throughout the film.        It lacks the scope of "Traffic" but it's an authentic and suspenseful drama that exposes the ambiguity and grey lines that sometimes have to be crossed for the greater good. There are no easy answers when the wolves at the door end up everywhere.
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