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13th Street Repertory Company

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One Saturday afternoon, my husband and I knocked on the door and then entered what appeared to be someone's living room. Sitting in the corner with a blanket tucked around her, watching a football game was 96 year old, Edith O'Hara, who warmly welcomed us in. First, she walked us across the room to see the small theater where she has been involved in staging productions for four decades and then invited us to sit down so that she could share her story with us. Edith has been living on the third floor of this brownstone since she purchased it in 1972. It is considered to be one of the city’s oldest brownstones - built around 1780 - and was possibly even a stop on the Underground Railroad. Edith went on to tell us that she was born in a small logging town in northern Idaho, and spent her elementary education in a one-room school house. It wasn't until seventh grade, when she attended a larger school in town that she was exposed to the theater. From her first moment on stage, playing George Washington in a school play, Edith knew that she was meant to have a life in the world of theater. Years later, after college, she married and came east to live in Warren, PA where she raised three children (who each went on to acclaim in the theater and music world) and began a summer theater company in a barn. Many years later, she brought the play "Touch" to Manhattan and "got hooked" with this city. She decided then that she had to have a theater of her own. When she saw an ad for the 13th Street theater, she grabbed it, and as she says, "the rest is history." These days Edith is still following her passion, offering opportunities for actors, directors, writers, and technicians to hone their craft and foster their own love of the stage. A taste of New York theater history can be found here by getting tickets to the longest running play on off-off Broadway, LINE, which Edith has housed for almost forty years in her well-loved theater.

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Walker Hotel Greenwich Village

When we first visited the Walker Hotel, it was known as the Jade. The 1920's speakeasy theme became obvious to us immediately as we entered the hotel and walked through the lobby, but it was quite fun to see that it was carried through to the guest rooms with their antique-looking rotary telephones by the side of the bed. The comment from the young people with me that day was that it immediately reminded them of "Boardwalk Empire. " This pleased the woman showing us around tremendously. Built from the ground up - the land was a vacant lot when Gemini Hospitality bought it in the early 2010s - the goal for the hotel is for guests to feel welcomed from the moment they step inside. There is a warm and embracing atmosphere with a fireplace and library as the focal points. We appreciated that the collection of books on the shelves will be by well-known favorite authors who once lived in the vicinity. This boutique hotel has 113 rooms on eighteen floors. We had the pleasure of previewing some of them all the way up. Besides the standard queen being perfectly lovely with all of the amenities one would need, it also sports an amazing view - with no obstructions. From the north, we could see the Empire State Building, and from the South we looked downtown to the Freedom Towers. Just spectacular. We certainly applaud the concept of the hotel, which is to introduce guests to the wonderful places, people and atmosphere that surrounds 13th Street. Rather than encouraging visitors to leave the area to explore the popular tourist spots around the city, they are providing guests with lists of things to do right in Greenwich Village and Union Square. A philosophy that matches ours completely. In 2016, the Jade became the Walker Hotel Greenwich Village. We were happy to hear that it is still spearheaded by the same management.

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Peridance Capezio Center

Peridance Capezio Center is a mecca for dance in NYC, fostering the arts in the local and international dance communities, for over 30 years. Peridance offers multiple platforms for dancers and non-dancers alike, including more than 250 weekly open classes, a Professional Training Programs, an F-1 Visa Program for International Students, and The School at Peridance - a comprehensive children and teen program. Their adult open classes are offered in all styles and levels, from Absolute Beginner to Advanced. Peridance Capezio Center is also home to the professional dance company, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and its affiliated Peridance Youth Ensemble. In conjunction with their renowned faculty and partners (Capezio, Djoniba Dance Centre, Limón Dance Company, Baila Society, and Dance Informa), Peridance has gained an international reputation for the programs it offers. The Center is housed in a beautiful landmark building featuring six spacious studios, The Salvatore Capezio Theater, the Peridance Coffee Shop, and the Capezio dance-wear Boutique. One afternoon, I had the privilege of stopping by the Peridance Capezio Center to observe their students training. I witnessed the explosive athleticism and technical discipline at play in Shannon Gillen’s Advanced Contemporary class, as students tested the strength of their bodies in an array of conditioning and floor exercises. Later, in the large upstairs Studio 1, bathed in the sun’s rays from the skylights above, I watched as dancers chasséd and pirouetted across the room in Breton Tyner-Bryan’s Advanced-Intermediate Ballet class. I would not be surprised to find any one of these talented performers on stage someday.