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In the Kitchen with Nicole Russell, creator of Last Dragon Pizza

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Previously published in The Wave. “Push the dough out from the center, roll it lightly and don’t get too close to the edges,” Nicole instructed. “Can you believe I’m Italian and have never made pizza dough before! I’m so embarrassed” I admitted. “I’m Jamaican and I’ve never cooked oxtail, so don’t worry about it,” Nicole responded with a laugh. The conversation flowed naturally. I felt like I’d been in the kitchen with Nicole Russell for years. Nicole is the creator of Last Dragon Pizza in Arverne. We’ve been meaning to […]

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Young Local Artists Brighten Up Beach 91st St. Community Garden

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As a child, I naturally gravitated towards art. I always loved putting the pencil to paper, making collages, making a mess and using bright colors to paint my Barbie dolls!  As a teenager, my passion for art continued. Instead of sitting in the cafeteria with my friends on a free period, I’d go to Ms. Carrion’s room, my art teacher, to continue working on my class projects. I’m not creating art now so much and I miss it. Last summer I volunteered to seasonally update the Beach 91st Street Community […]

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I’m SHREDDING

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Previously published in The Wave. I used to be a star athlete. Think Al Bundy’s high school  football “legacy” except mine was lacrosse and field hockey. It was my senior year and our team made it all the way to the NY State Championships in lacrosse. We traveled to Albany for the final game. Our opponents were steam-rolling mammoths.Their coach sent a revolving door of relievers in every 6 minutes. Our team was built on stamina. We were conditioned to run faster and sprint to no end. Four of us […]

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the tree goes in the ground!

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Over the summer I wrote a column about the development and design of my front garden. The wholesaler I was working with charged by the truckload, so the price would be the same whether it was half full or packed. This was a great opportunity to get hold of a tree, preferable one native to the area that would provide food for the birds and animal life. After consulting with plant whisperer and good buddy Walter Meyer* of Local Office Landscape Architecture, we decided to go with a serviceberry (Amelanchier […]

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Santa’s Coming to Town!

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Rockaway native, Jager James telling Santa his wishes for Christmas! Photo Credit: Beth Perkins Meet Santa and his elves this Saturday through December at the following locations! Bungalow Bar – Saturday Dec 2 – 11:30AM-3:30PM RBCA Tree Lighting in Front 0f the Library – Saturday Dec 9 – 2PM-3PM Rockaway Wish at Belle Harbor Yacht Club – Sunday Dec 10 – 1PM-4PM (There Usually Are Free Fun Things To Do For Kids At This Event) Shots with Santa at Seawolf (Brooklyn) – Saturday Dec. 16 – Time TBD Christmas Pop […]

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This Friday – Ye Mighty Wave @ Epstein’s

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This Friday Ye Mighty Wave is playing at  Epstein’s (88-02 Rockaway Beach St Far Rockaway, NY 11693)! We’ve had a nice quiet spell here in Rockaway so I’m ready for a loud night of live music. I hope to see you there!    

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Through the Threshold of Zingara Vintage

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Previously published in The Wave. I walked in Zingara Vintage the other day and my eye was drawn to a sparkling multicolored sequined blouse from the 80’s. The wide sleeves were shaped like the wings of a butterfly. An image of my Grandmother Pauline flashed in my head and I had a comforting feeling. Many items at Zingara Vintage remind me of my Grandma’s closet, filled with all its treasures. She had a wonderfully impactful, eclectic style– gold costume jewelry, lace shawls, retro sunglasses, big brimmed hats, long beautiful dresses.  […]

I’m pledging #zerowaste

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I was working on a menu design in my home office when I heard a truck pull up outside. Being nosey and easily distracted, I peeked out the window. It was a white truck and behind it was a sanitation car. The back gate of the trailer rolled up and two men started unpackaging dozens of brown bins. Finally, our composting starter kits were here!! I grabbed my phone and ran outside, immediately instagramming a picture, tagging @nycsanitation. I’ve been eager to participate in the NYC Organics Program. The purpose […]

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Got’em!

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Living in Rockaway means sharing our space with our feline friends. I didn’t make a conscious decision to get involved with cat rescue and fostering, It happened out of necessity. It all started with a tuxedo cat named Obama. Rumor on the block has it  that people moved out across the street about 4 years ago and left him behind. He made himself at home when our house was under renovation. We were residing, so there were plenty of openings for him to get inside. He’s a good cat and […]

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Poseidon’s Parade 2017

Oh… I have such a great idea for a costume for the parade this year I had to sign up. And I’m going solo (unless you want to join me?)! There’s still time to register! And of course if you’re not marching, you must watch all the theatrics this Saturday noon-4pm. It starts at Beach 105. Here’s some photos from a few years back to get you  in the spirit! Photo via Facebook / Poseidon’s Parade 2017  

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