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The Connection

Upper East Side Theater - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 00:48
        Fans of the 1971 film, "The French Connection" will not want to miss this French perspective of the same time period. Writer/director Cedric Jimenez faithfully recreates the drug traffic years during the 70's when most of the Heroin in the U.S. was being smuggled in from France. The film overlaps the same investigation that the American film portrayed so well. The disclaimer at the starts reads "loosely based on real events".        Jean Dujardin stars as Magistrate Pierre Michel who led the charge against the drug lords and in particular, Gaetan "Tany" Zampa, played by Gilles Lellouche. Both Mr. Dujardin and Mr. Lellouche are terrific in their respective roles. They only have a few scenes together but they are filled with machismo tension.         The film is a gritty, old fashioned police procedural with an authentic feel. There is nothing like the amazing chase scene in the American film since events don't transpire exactly the same way but the story itself holds your attention. There are enough drugs, corruption, gun play and illegal activity that, if you are a fan, may remind you of "The Wire".       It's a wonder that  French filmmakers didn't make this film sooner but thankfully Mr. Jimenez has brought the story to life and closed the circle on an infamous period in history.
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This Week's Specials! Beginning Tuesday 5/26

Happy Memorial Day! Here's this week's specials beginning Tuesday 5/26. We are closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Have a great weekend everybody!
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The Clouds of Sils Maria

Upper East Side Theater - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 13:21
     An intense  character study of women, art, celebrity and aging. This drama was a hit at Cannes. It features strong performances from it's three leads, Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chole Grace Moritz. Ms. Binoche, in particular, is mesmerizing as the aging star grappling with  her latest role.  Ms. Stewart gives her finest performance to date as Ms. Binoche's  harried personal assistant and confidant  (she won the French Oscar for supporting actress).     The story borrows elements from "All About Eve" when Ms. Binoche's character is asked to  play the older woman against the younger role she played 20 years earlier. Ms. Grace Moritz is the actress cast as the younger woman in a battle of wills against her aging boss.        It's a play within a film. Art imitating life, imitating art and can be terribly confusing at times, especially in the many scenes when Ms. Binoche and Ms. Stewart run lines that blend into their reality. It's a dialog heavy film that ruminates about life on many levels. Don't expect a linear A to B story. Writer/director Oliver Assasyas has no interest in a straight line. He figuratively drops you into this world for a two hour voyeuristic journey and then it's over. The story meanders going nowhere. Even when a major character literally disappears late in the film, no explanation is given.        The scenery of Sils Maria, Switzerland is breathtaking.  The clouds of the title form an unusual formation through the valley known as "the Snake" and it's the metaphor of the film.  It's beautiful to watch but eventually evaporates.
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Mad Max:Fury Road

Upper East Side Theater - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 13:32
      Writer director George Miller continues the story of Mad Max, the character he created in 1979 with Mel Gibson. The new film stars Tom Hardy as Max and it is an over the top visual masterpiece. However, as good as it is visually, the story is paper thin and only co-star Charlize Theron does anything close to real acting.         Less a reboot and more of a continuation, "Fury Road" takes place in the same desert landscape as "The Road Warrior"  and like that film is basically a two hour chase scene. Ms. Theron plays Furiosa, a warrior woman more than capable of handling herself in the male dominated world. When she "kidnaps" five women used for breeding purposes, the evil despot, Immortan Joe sets out with his army of albino maniacs to kill her and bring back the missing women. Reluctant at first, Max ends up helping her escape.            That's the story in a nutshell. Aside from Furiosa and some other warrior women who show up later, all the women in the film are either used for breeding or for harvesting their milk. It's pretty misogynistic but I suppose Ms. Theron's character more than equalizes things.  The title character really plays co-star to Furiosa. Mr. Hardy doesn't even have much dialog. Max is just a device to keep the action moving. Ms. Theron easily steals the picture.             The real star, however, is the non-stop action. Nicholas Hoult plays Nuxx, the albino that starts out with Max as his human blood bag. He starts things in motion from the very beginning and the action never lets up. The violence, mayhem and road rage are an assault on the senses but actually a lot of fun in a very cartoonish sense.  It is far removed from any reality and quite a blast to watch. Just when the redundancy starts to bother you, Mr. Miller throws up another ridiculous stunt that amps up the wow factor.                If you are a fan of the series, you certainly won't be disappointed but this is definitely not a film for everyone.
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Advocacy Update: Federal Court Dismisses Lawsuit

Friends of the Upper East Side - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 15:52

C&S Poster

Nearly a year to the date of the denial of the hardship application, on May 21, 2015, the Federal court dismissed the owner’s lawsuit for “failure to state a cause of action for a substantive due process violation.” However, we still await a decision from the State Supreme Court and have no real indication of when that might come. We do expect the owner will continue to appeal to the highest levels, so our continued work on this issue is essential.



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Butterfield Spotlight: Tea Time

As an admitted coffee addict, it is hard for me to break the habit and switch to tea.  When I do, I usually choose green. In restaurants or coffee shops, it is the most readily available, and still has plenty of caffeine.  There are so many delicious types of tea though, that when I do get out of my comfort zone, I find so many delicious and soothing options.  Lemon verbena is one, apple cinnamon another, and rooibos passion, a third favorite.  At Butterfield Market you can buy gourmet teas, and even get some fresh brewed iced options like ginger peach and pomegranate green.Another option is for you to mix and match and create your own at home, using fresh herbs and fruits you can find at Butterfield.If you buy a metal tea strainer, or the tea sleeves they sell, you can get really creative and lose the worry of getting any debris in your mouth when you take a sip!Peel and grate some fresh ginger, and steep it in your hot water with some lemon and a touch of your favorite sweetener.Steep any kind of mint, I prefer peppermint, with the zest of some orange and lime.Try combining strawberries or raspberries with rosemary and thyme.Anise has a wonderful licorice-like flavor, and aids in digestion at the same time. 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;} Next time you visit the marketplace, see what strikes you.  If you don't like what you make the first time, go back and try something new the next!Written by Guest Blogger: Yonni Wattenmakerwww.thetrendyvegan.comOn Facebook? "Like" The Trendy VeganOn Twitter? Follow @vegandthecity
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Exporting Preservation: NYC to Tbilisi

Friends of the Upper East Side - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:11


Exporting Preservation: NYC to Tbilisi

This year, New York City is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Law and all the benefits it has provided to our city. Our law, and the advocacy community that supports it, has served as a model for municipalities around the country, and indeed around the world.

It is in this context that the US State Department invited Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and Tara Kelly, executive director of Friends of the Upper East Side, to the Republic of Georgia to share best practices in cultural heritage preservation and advocacy. Each spent a week last fall lecturing to various audiences from high school students to members Parliament about how to save and celebrate 1,500 years of history in Tbilisi.

Join us on May 28th as they recount their experiences “exporting” preservation from New York City to the Caucasus. Architect and executive director of the American Friends of Georgia, Lena Kiladze will introduce a brief chronicle of the city, and conservation consultant Mary Kay Judy will discuss early preservation initiatives in the post-Soviet era. It is sure to be a fascinating program!

Thursday, May 28th The General Society Library 20 West 44th Street

Doors open at 6:00pm Presentation at 6:30pm Reception to follow


This program is hosted in partnership with the New York Landmarks Conservancy.


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Butterfield Spotlight: Spring Salads

If spring is here, that means summer is soon to follow ~ playing outdoors, weekends at the beach, running on the boardwalk, picnics in the park.  All of the things we New Yorkers crave while snow is on the ground (which this year seemed to be forever.)The warmer it gets, and the fewer layers we wear, many of us revisit those new year resolutions, or just are extra sure to adhere to our normally healthy lifestyle.Thankfully, Butterfield Marketmakes it easy for us with their many options to choose from.
Citrus Salads
If you like oranges, try their Citrus Salad.  Fresh sliced oranges, candied walnuts and dried cranberries are served a top mixed greens.If you are looking for something with a little more protein, try the quinoa and roasted tofu salad with cucumber, tomato and corn over mixed greens.If you want a salad that's got some more veggie variety, try the lentil and squash salad with roasted carrots, celery, roasted yellow squash, zucchini and raw kale. 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;} Of course, there are plenty of other options already packed to go or in the prepared foods case.  Stop in to the Market today and see what's right for you. Written by Guest Blogger: Yonni Wattenmakerwww.thetrendyvegan.comOn Facebook? "Like" The Trendy VeganOn Twitter? Follow @vegandthecity
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The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Upper East Side Theater - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 19:53
    If you enjoyed the first film, then by all means run to your closest theater and revel in all things Avengers. If you had no interest in the first one or you are completely in the dark when comes to Marvel mythology,  then you are walking into the wrong theater.     Age of Ultron picks up just where the first film left off and even had a prologue on last week's "Agents of Shield" TV show. A very clever tie-in, indeed. The film starts loud, never lets up and is an absolute assault on the senses (especially in Imax 3D). Of course if you are a fan, it's just what you want as the characters come to life, perfectly sprung from their comic book pages.  The returning stars slip into their characters  easily and James Spader is the perfect choice as the voice of Ultron.     Writer/director Joss Whedon is the most powerful Avenger of all, charged with overseeing the continuous growth of this mighty franchise.  While he does mess with true Marvel mythology to better serve the story (this purist was indeed bothered by Ultron's film origin), he still knows how to satisfy his audience with plenty of action, great one-liners, cameos galore, and evenly split screen time for all our heroes (even Hawkeye).  When your villain is a cold blooded robot, Mr. Whedon feels it's necessary to include warm-hearted subplots but they slow things down and don't really add anything to characters we already know so well.      The big finale, while exciting enough, is a rehash of the first film substituting killer robots for an invading alien army but it's forgiven since this is ultimately just another chapter in a very long story. More familiar characters from the books are also introduced to broaden the Avengers universe and yes, further promise of Thanos awaits.
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Think You Know the Upper East Side? Prove It at our Yorkville Urban History Hunt!

Friends of the Upper East Side - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:53




Saturday, May 9th 1:00 p.m.

In partnership with the Go Game, FRIENDS is offering a high-tech urban adventure, sending teams on a mission to discover the remnants of Yorkville’s history! x Groups will engage with the built environment and compete against other teams while discovering how immigrants lived on the Upper East Side more than a century ago. Earn points as you explore the ins and outs of German Broadway, track down the best apple strudel IN THE WORLD, and stumble upon a wooden farmhouse hidden in the middle of our busy city! x From neighborhood novices to Yorkville experts, we’ve got trivia and challenges for everyone. Gather your own team of players, or we can pair you up at the starting line. After two hours of play on the streets, teams will report back to a secret location for prizes and a celebratory reception. x This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration required. All ages are welcome. x For more information and to register, please click here.
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