What is Jem?

 After walking by Jem a number of times, I had to satisfy my curiosity. When I walked, I saw aisles and aisles of colorful fabric from the ceiling to the ground. I loved the environment. Jem is not your typical fabric store.  Jem is owned and operated by a brother-sister team, Michelle Zahabian, who is 24 years old, and her brother David. Their father was the owner of Fabric Warehouse across the street. After his passing a year ago, Michelle and her brother opened JEM, continuing their family tradition and a downtown staple. Located at 355 Broadway in NYC.

When I asked Michelle to describe their first year and half in business, she said it has been ” a lot of mini-miracles along the way”. Support NYC small business.

PARK HERE: Free NYC Indoor Pop Up Park @Mulberry Street

 Welcome to the sunny and 73-degree world of Park Here, an indoor alternative to Central Park in January & February, where you’ll relax on the grass during the day, and dine with a movie night on the lawn. It’s open and free now. Let’s take a walk in the park and meet the owner/curator behind the Openhouse’s 5,000 sq ft Park Here, where the grass is fake but the warmth and people’s response is real. The trees are plastic foliage stapled to wooden trunks. The sunlight emanates from light boxes designed to treat seasonal affective disorder. The birds chirp through a sound system.  In addition, there is yoga sessions daily along with movie and dinner parties at night. The park occupies the Openhouse Gallery through the end of January (maybe longer) and is open to the public every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit their site http://www.openhousegallery.org/  Look out for five-course picnic baskets by the likes of Daniel BouludThe Little Owl, The Fat Radish and Nobu. Also, fireworks. Read more: http://www.urbandaddy.com/nyc/leisure/12319/Park_Here_An_Indoor_Park_in_the_Dead_of_Winter_New_York_City_NYC_Destination#ixzz1BPbzRR8M

A Claire Mike: Singer/Model on Volunteering, Art & Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

As a Singer/Songwriter, Aisha has worked with John Legend, Luther Vandross, Mos Def, Talib Kwali, Dead Prez, Carly Simon, Good Charlotte, and the Marley Family to name a few. However, I was drawn to the Volunteering she is doing at Bed-Stuy’s Restoration Corporation’s Center for Arts & Culture. I filmed her at the Eyewitness: Beautiful Black Brooklyn 1960’s-1980 exhibition. She shared her story, sang and I interviewed 1 of the photographers, Randolph “Randy” Waterman.

The Anonymous Collective: A New York City Art Scene

(Closed Summer 2010) Collective Hardware, housed in a rundown building between Broome and Delancey streets that used to be Weiss Hardware, has nothing to do with wrenches. Instead, its a five-floor party-studio-gallery-music space filled with a never-ending parade of pretty people, downtown artists and hangers-I can give an unknown artist an opportunity to show in a place that consistently attracts tastemakers and patrons of the arts, says Stuart Braunstein, a self-proclaimed urban instigator and deejay who launched the space with his business partner, Rony Rivellini, in 2007.

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