Broadway Theatres To Dim Lights In Memory Of Harlem Fave Hinton Battle

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By HWM Partner The Broadway community honors the memory of Hinton Battle, the three-time Tony Award®-winning actor regarded as one of Broadway’s leading versatile and trailblazing actors, dancers, and singers. Mr. Battle passed away on January 30, 2024, at the age of 67. The Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of the Shubert, Marquis,…

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Yankee Stadium Is The Most Instagrammed Sporting Arena In The US, According To New Study

Yankees or Mets–it’s one of New York City’s biggest debates. But what can’t be debated is this–according to a new study, Yankee Stadium is the most Instagrammed sporting arena in the US.

Yankee Stadium has been home to the legendary New York Yankees since the 1920s. The original Yankee Stadium opened in 1923 and was the home to 26 World Series Championships before closing in 2008. The new 46,537-capacity Yankee Stadium was then opened in 2009.

According to Ballparks of Baseball, the Yankees financed a $1.6 billion project and the City of New York spent $220 million for infrastructure and other improvements on the stadium and the surrounding area.

It’s been called the most iconic and recognizable sports stadium in the world–and this study proves it!

Photo of Yankee Stadium, the most Instagrammed sporting arena in the US
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Experts at onlinecasinos.com ranked every sports stadium in the US based on the number of Instagram posts featuring each arena’s hashtag, and Yankee Stadium took the top spot!

The Yankees home base raked in an impressive 658,427 Instagram posts, 18,331 more posts than runner-up Dodger Stadium.

Yankee Stadium isn’t the only NY-based most Instagrammed sporting arena that made the list, however–Flushing’s Citi Field came in 6th place, with 458,304 Instagram posts.

Some of our friends’ hometown stadiums made the list as well, including Dodger Stadium in LA, Wrigley Field and Soldier Field in Chicago, Fenway Park in Boston, and Petco Park in San Diego.

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Mastering Video Recording With Virtual Backgrounds: A Comprehensive Guide

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In today’s digital age, video content has become an essential tool for communication, entertainment, and storytelling. With the rise of remote work and virtual meetings, the demand for high-quality video recordings has surged. One way to enhance the visual appeal of your videos is by incorporating virtual backgrounds. Whether you’re looking to add professionalism to…

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Here’s The Bear’s Jeremy Allen White’s Favorite Brooklyn Restaurant

NYC restaurants are no strangers to acclaim from celebrities. From Sopranos star Michael Imperioli to the late Anthony Bourdain, we love learning about where some of our favorite stars love to eat.

In a 2022 interview with late-night host Seth Meyers, Jeremy Allen White put viewers on to one of his favorite restaurants in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Jeremy Allen White is the star of FX’s latest cultural phenomenon, The Bear, a dramedy that follows a highly skilled Michelin-Starred chef who moved back to his hometown in Chicago to take over the family sandwich shop after the death of his brother. The show pulls you into what it’s like to be in a fast-paced kitchen, and it’s almost impossible not to grab onto the lingo you hear and the culinary skills shown.

During the interview, Meyers asks Allen White if people have started to use kitchen terms with him like “hey Chef” yet, to which Jeremy jokingly responds, “Yes, Chef.”

He goes on to recall a funny interaction that happened the last time he visited the Ridgewood staple, Rolo’s.

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I have this restaurant I love to go to in my neighborhood here in New York called Rolo’s; if you guys are in the neighborhood, go check it out. I go there all the time so they know me a little bit, but three days after the show came out I went there… everybody [said] ‘Chef… yes Chef‘. And it’s so nice because we connected with the back-of-house and the industry in a way that I think the show seems real to them…”

In February 2021, Rolo’s opened in Ridgewood, Brooklyn, as a grocery store, then later in April as a full-service restaurant. Since then, Rolo’s has gone up the ranks as one of NYC’s hottest reservations to get month after month.

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Their wood-fired polenta bread is a crowd favorite across social media, and their steaks receive nothing but rave reviews, but Rolo’s crowning glory is their two-sheet lasagna verde bolognese. It’s almost impossible to go on TikTok these days and not come across it!

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Sponsored Love: Unveiling The Style Phenomenon Of Supreme New York 

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Supreme New York, a brand inseparable from urban style and streetwear culture, has scratched its imprint as a worldwide fashion peculiarity. From its modest starting points to turning into a streetwear goliath, the excursion of Preeminent is basically as convincing as the dress it produces. Supreme, an eminent streetwear brand, has secured itself as a…

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Struggling to stop illegal cannabis stores, New York governor asks online sites to hide them

NEW YORK (AP) — After failing to wipe illegal cannabis dispensaries off the map, New York is asking online sites to hide them.

Since the state legalized marijuana in 2021, unlicensed pot shops have proliferated across New York City, with limited pushback from authorities. On Tuesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul called on online map and social media companies to stop listing them.

“If you type in ‘cannabis dispensaries’ in Google Maps or Yelp, you’ll get a long list of unlicensed illegal vendors,” Hochul, a Democrat, said Tuesday, speaking to reporters alongside some of the owners of licensed, legal weed stores that make up a tiny minority of the cannabis shops in New York City.

In a statement, Yelp said the company believes “consumers have a First Amendment right to read and write about all businesses, even if unlicensed.”

“Allowing users to contribute and see information … about unlicensed businesses serves the public interest and provides a resource for regulators to determine whether any particular business has appropriate licenses,” the statement read.

Legal marijuana shops in New York pay a vice tax, purchase from local farms, and submit to quality control testing to ensure their products aren’t laced with other drugs and aren’t stronger or weaker than their label says.

But so far, fewer than 80 cannabis licensed stores have opened around the state, where strict eligibility requirements and lawsuits have contributed to slowing the rollout. Meanwhile, it’s common for a single neighborhood in New York City to have a dozen illegal ones.

Hochul vowed to crack down eight months ago, but has failed to make noticeable progress.

Aiming to avoid an echo of prohibition-era criminalization of drug sales, New York state’s marijuana legalization doesn’t include severe criminal punishment for illegal sales and doesn’t allow most law enforcement agencies to enforce pot laws.

Legislation that Hochul signed last May gave the state powers for inspections, seizures, fines that can reach $20,000 a day and, in some cases, close shops and go after landlords.

But the governor on Wednesday said she has since learned that it wasn’t enough. She said the fines aren’t high enough to deter people, and noted the appeals process takes many months, allowing shops to continue raking in tax-free profits off unlicensed products that are less expensive because they can be purchased out of state.

New York City itself has tried to stem the tide by going after landlords, but Mayor Eric Adams has been imploring Albany to grant the city more power to respond.

Hochul has asked the Democrat-controlled state Legislature to pass new legislation to grant more enforcement authority to city agencies, increase fines, and give law enforcement permission to shut down illegal stores before the appeals process plays out.

In the meantime, Hochul is asking tech companies “to not be posting the sites that are illegal and ensure that they’re posting the legal shops.”

Local cannabis entrepreneur Osbert Orduña said Google Maps keeps delisting his legal shops, one in New Jersey, and another in Queens, New York. He said he’s never had trouble with his listings on Yelp, though he’d like the site to delist illegal operators as well.

“Four times, Google has taken us down off of their platform for ‘violating their terms of service.’ We’ve done nothing other than have our store hours and our basic business information listed,” he said.

Google didn’t immediately respond to a query about Orduña’s specific circumstances, but noted in a statement responding to Hochul’s comments that it does remove listings for closed venues.

“If we can confirm that a business has closed for any reason – including license issues – we’ll reflect that it’s closed in the listing. We also prohibit cannabis ads in New York and remove them upon detection, often before they ever run,” the statement read.

Orduña said he also wants his illegal competitors, some of whom he knows personally, to be closed down. He says they tell him he’s playing a “sucker’s game.” But as a former Marine, he likes to do things by the book and even plans on expanding to open another store in Queens next week.

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The Riverside Church honors Harry Belafonte with celebration of life service

The Riverside Church is hosting a public memorial service honoring the life fo late singer, actor, and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte on what would have been his 97th birthday.

The “Celebration of Life” service is scheduled for Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m. at the church, located at 490 Riverside Drive in Harlem.

“The celebration is set to honor the impactful life of Harry Belafonte, recognizing his pivotal role in shaping history,” Riverside said in a statement. “From providing crucial funding for the civil rights movement to achieving unprecedented success as the first artist to sell a million-copy album, Belafonte’s contributions are unparalleled.”

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Open to the public, the service will consist of tributes, musical performances, and messages paying homage to Belafonte’s legacy. The event will be livestreamed on Roland S. Martin’s YouTube channel and the Black Star Network app. Click here for more information.

A Harlem native, Belafonte died of congestive heart failure on April 25, 2023 at age 96.

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