Category: Profiles and Interviews With Interesting New Yorkers

Interviews and profiles of New Yorkers who make the city an interesting and exciting place to live and visit. We find chefs, entertainers, writers, dancers, artists, musicians and let all of them share their incredible work and stories.

Jawea: Delicious Frozen Desserts

Why is soul food great?  Because it is made with love.  It is the same reason your mom’s chicken soup cures your cold and why your Grandmother’s meatballs are without comparison.  The thought and care that goes into creating these dishes is what make them special.  And this care can be seen in products that are developed and sold throughout the city.

Jerry Middleton: Working With Wood

Look beyond Wall Street and Midtown’s financial firms, Madison Avenue ad agencies and Silicon Alley in the FlatIron District.  Instead look around at the thousands of individuals and smaller companies who make our bread, artisanal pickles, jewelry, hats and any other number of items we give as gifts or use in our daily lives.

There are all manner of interesting professions and niche industries in the city and I was fortunate to be able to speak with Jerry Middleton owner and operator of Wood Essentials, a company that specializes in making wood medicine cabinets.

Lady Long Long: Multi-talented Asian Performer Taking The US By Storm

She can sing, dance, act, paint and even write. What else can China native Lady Long Long do? Coming from an artistic family Lady Long Long was raised to appreciate and master the arts. At first she needed to travel to Europe and learn proper English as many Chinese families do. She spent time in England, France, Germany and Holland. She had a culture shock in Europe. Yet she made the best of it.

Mob Comedy “Good Friday”

Even though it has been a bit quiet on the “street” and on the screen with the mob that doesn’t mean the subject is dead. Just when you thought that was true a certain Long Island director resurrects it with a good dose of comedy. Award winning director / producer Sal Rinella is on the verge of completing his film affectionately titled “Good Friday”. He has been in the entertainment business for over twenty years.

Joe Gawalis: Producer and Director Growing with Each Take

“It was an amazing experience, interning for a small company that works with public access television allows you to really get hands on experience in television production. I was the one operating the cameras, setting up the lighting, helping with the editing and learning how a production is formed from concept to distribution. Being a part of each of those stages taught me the fundamentals that still help me to this day.” Joe Gawalis

Mezzobit: Working in a World of Big Data

By Elissa Gilbert Information wants to be free, the saying goes, and sharing online happens automatically many times. Sometimes that sharing is unintentional or undesirable. For businesses, customer information is usually tightly held—but on websites, that control is lost. Every website has third party “tags” embedded in pages […]

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