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From Cincinnati to New York — Remembering 9/11



This article was originally written shortly after the events of 9/11.

I was born in Youngstown Ohio, primarily raised in Cincinnati and flourished as a writer and editor in New York City. When the World Trade Center was hit by terrorists using commercial jets, I was in Cincinnati dealing with the aftermath of my father’s death.

Two hours after the attack. At 9 a.m. on Sept. 11, I see a part of my world destroyed on Good Morning America, when I watch the second airliner hit one building of the World Trade Center.

I have an office in Tribeca, downtown Manhattan, less than 20 blocks away. I have friends who work down by the World Trade Center. Some business associates have offices near the building.

Since I’ve been in Cincinnati dealing with my dad’s funeral, I’m there as I normally would have been. What’s happening downtown seemed all the more unreal.

I get on the phone. I don’t know what else to do. Is photographer Roger Wong, my office mate, running down the street to take pictures when that plane crashed? I can’t get through to his cell.

I call Nick Giordano at the Digital Evolution office on Fulton Street, six blocks away from the base of the World Trade Center. I got him on the phone. “Are you alright,” I ask.

“You can’t believe it,” Nick says. “I was standing out there when the second plane hit. I could feel the pressure of the explosion hit me. It was like nothing you could ever believe. I don’t know what to do — stay in the office or go out on the street.”

Ironically, the worst part of it all is that I want to be back in New York, to help, to work, to save people — and to mourn. 

What feeling of impotence I feel. It’s what everyone must be feeling.

I slowly find out that friends and business associates are safe. Roger leaves word that he’s OK.

But I have no idea when I’ll find out about others in the days to come. What will I find when I return?

The following day. Though my roots are in Cincinnati, my life for the last 20 years has been in New York. But New York is no longer the place I left it a week ago. Life in the city has been irrevocably changed in the most disastrous way possible.

When the World Trade Center buildings were attacked and destroyed, I was here handling the details of a death. Now I have a massive scenario of death to return to. I have no respite either way.

As soon as I saw the disaster unfold, I began making calls. I mostly got answering machines and urgently left messages asking if everyone was alright.

I reached my friend Rob Hambrecht, a fellow dweller of my Upper East Side apartment building, another transplanted Cincinnatian. Both of us have been through a lot over the years in order to maintain our foothold in Manhattan.

“I can see hundreds of people walking north on Third Avenue,” he reports. “It’s like a total exodus here.”

We don’t want to stay on the phone — by now word is out throughout the world and calls and emails are flowing in. He wants to give blood, and I want to keep the phone open for callbacks.

My friend Vicki calls. She got her kids from school.

I get a hold of an ex-girlfriend who lives in the West Village near Hudson with a solid view of the WTC. “I saw the building collapse while I was getting my daughter from her school,” she says. “It seemed like it happened in slow motion. It was unbelievable.”

I feel trapped here in Cincinnati, numb and pained, impotent, disconnected to my life in the city at the center of the cultural and economical life of the planet.

Should I be on a bus on the way home to see first-hand what’s happened to my city? I can’t even begin to consider where I can go. All I can do is stare and try not to look into the future.

Three days later. I’m watching ABC’s Connie Chung interviewing Howard Lutnick, the CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald. The company is the top exchange for the world’s bond markets and had its headquarters in the WTC.

Lutnick is crying about the loss of his 700 employees, including his brother, and how he escaped death himself. He is crying about how he can’t kiss his kids without thinking about those who died. He wants to go to work to do something, and then he thinks of all the funerals he’ll attend and breaks out crying.

His staff at other Cantor Fitzgerald locations decide to open back up, even against his vote otherwise. They want to maintain life as it’s been.

But life is no longer as it was. Throughout the world, people have set up memorials. The networks are broadcasting around the clock commercial-free.

People wave the flag everywhere and continue to make the same mistakes as they struggle to establish new rules of accountability to prevent this again.

But the destruction of the World Trade Center has already happened. So many unanswered questions arise as a result. And the most obvious one is how will we change our lives afterwards? Will we recognize who the enemy really is — not just someone who prays to Allah or has a Middle Eastern name? There are people with such names who are Christian, Animist or even Eastern Orthodox.

Five days later. I get an email alerting me to the following transcript of remarks by preacher Jerry Falwell on Pat Robertson’s The 700 Club: “The ACLU’s got to take a lot of blame for this. And I know that I’ll hear from them about this. But throwing God or successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this, because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad.

“I really believe that the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen.’ “

What does Falwell have to say about a good, Christian, right-wing boy like Tim McVeigh? Where are the calls making slurs about the white separatists and other right-wing groups who support equally heinous acts against the United States? We lash out against phantoms such as Osama bin Laden and Sadaam Hussein but tolerate the Falwells and Robertsons who express equally sick fundamentalist religious views.

Word has it that Bin Laden and his associates profited on the tragedy by buying short on shares of reinsurance companies who would have to pay off on all the damages. And we rushed to open the New York Stock Exchange.

My friend Bruce calls. He says that everybody feels different, that there’s some kind of movement afoot, that the world has been changed irrevocably. I’ve had days of constant television exposure, but it’s not the same as being there able to play my part in the change of life and culture.

“Maybe this will force a shift from a culture of money to a culture of life,” I say.

I’m off to see the world premiere of Charles Coleman’s Streetscape by Paavo Jarvi’s Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. It’s based on Coleman’s meditations on life in the city of New York.

The opening section captures the energy of the streets alive with people — horns and strings incessantly interact with percussion swinging with a syncopation not dissimilar to Jazz — and then comes crashing to a halt. A bridge section provides a quiet expressed melancholy, resolved with the next section that surges back up to reflect the energetic life of the city.

This soaring rendition staged by such a fine orchestra seems like a fitting wrap on such a week of anguish. Maybe going out tonight provides more than a simple diversion. In the city where I was raised, I’ve just heard a soundtrack for restoring life in the city I now call my home.


The Glorious Corner



G.H. Harding

FAMILY’S A BITCH-THE END OF SUCCESSION — Sunday’s finale of Succession (HBO) was a mixed bag. I’ll be honest: At first I thought the finale was totally underwhelming, but after some additional thought and reading some other excellent reviews, I’ve come to the point where I now believe it was, pure and simple, how it had to end.

Greg didn’t win the crown; Tom did, but only as a puppet master for the notorious Swede Alec Matsson. One terrific take on the show said that there were never really any heroes; just a family fighting for control and only really fighting with each other.
If you followed this season closely, you knew full well that none of the siblings could really do anything near what Logan Roy did. In the episode where he chastised them all by proclaiming you are not serious people- you – it should have immediately tipped you off that an outsider, yes Tom, would get the crown.
Roman melted down at the funeral; Shiv changed sides so often you never really knew where her loyalties lay and Kendall had him own set of issues. Also, the fact that he killed someone in Season 1 came into play again.
Creator Jesse Armstrong wrote this one (With Open Eyes) and it was as strong, while being a bit confusing, as everything he’s done. Truth be told, he was right to end it now as some of the themes kept repeating. Sure Brian Cox was not in the last few, but his presence still loomed large. Face it, none of the siblings could have done what he did.
Funnily enough, in the next-to-final scene with the three siblings, Kendall said that his father told him years ago, at The Candy Kitchen, that he would inherit the whole shebang. The Candy Kitchen does exits in Bridgehampton, New York and actually is a fine, fine establishment. I bet they’ll be packed this week!
The last scene of he show was a dejected Kendall wandering near the water with Logan’s bodyguard Colin. I wondered, as did many others, whether he’d off himself. He didn’t.
Is there room for a sequel or spin-off? Of course. Tom is the prefect puppet master for Matsson. There definitely is more intrigue to come. Brilliant writing and acting. I can’t see any of the actors ever equaling what they did on this show. Bravo!
SHORT TAKES — Talk about promotion! Q1043’s latest one involves a golden shovel! Sounds like something out of Willy Wonka! … Micky Dolenz jets off to London today for the weekend’s James Burtonevent with Van Morrison; John Oates; Brian May; and more. We’ll have details next column … Eric Clapton’s London-tribute for the recently departed Jeff Beck was just excellent.

Joss Stone

None more so than Joss Stone on “I Put A Spell On You.” What a voice. I’m amazed she’s not bigger; very Janis Joplin.

Gary Clark

Also, Gary Clark delivered a blistering, amazing performance on Stevie Wonder’s “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers.” No question that he’s the next guitar-wizard. Here they both are: and  …

The Flash

I watched all 9 seasons of the CW’s The Flash and the first 5 were pretty terrific. The remaining ones got poorer and poorer as the original cast disappeared one by one. Grant Gustin, The Flash, was there the whole time, but their finale last week was terribly confusing – save for a song by Tony Award winner Jesse L. Martin (for Rent) – a key member of the original cast. The last two seasons had a myriad of costumed villains, some from the comic, some not, but just wildly messed up. The CW was sold to Nexstar last year and big changes are in their future. Sad … and, CNN is reporting that Universal Music is close to snapping up the rights to the Queen-catalog for $1 billion-plus. Good for them.


Disney had it previously, but Queen’s music is more popular than ever before. It’s a real shame Freddie is not her to share in it. If you wondered the record for the biggest previously was for Bruce Springsteen’s catalog at $500 million.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — William Schill; Crimshaw; Joel Diamond; Katherine Clarke; Terry Jastrow; Anthony Pomes; Barry Fisch; Mark Bego; Dave Sholin; Les Bider; Lush Ice; Steve Walter; Peter Abraham; Jack Cunningham; Randy Alexander; Howard Bloom; Ken Dashow; Norena Barbella; Angela Tarantino; and BELLA!
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Tribeca Festival Set to Thrill with Roxstar Entertainment with Cinema Center



Roxstar Entertainment, who’s executive team has produced dozens of red-carpet premiere events for top selections at the Tribeca Film Festival, will be bringing their newest hospitality platform, the Cinema Center to New York City after successful launches at Sundance and SxSw.

For Tribeca, the schedule of high-profile red carpet premiere parties will be held across multiple New York City restaurant and nightlife destinations including Bar Feroce at the Moxy Chelsea, Serafina Upper West 77th Street, and Common Ground NYC for a selection of the top films in competition at the Festival including: “eric larue” directed by Michael Shannon and starring Judy Greer, Alexander Skarsgård, Alison Pill, Tracy Letts, and Paul Sparks; IFC celebration for “Suitable Flesh” + “The Perpetrator” with Heather Graham, Barbara Crampton, Johnathan Schaech, Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Reeder, and Kiah McKirnan; Sony Pictures Classics celebration for “TheMiracle Club” with Director, Thaddeus O’Sullivan and cast Laura Linney, Maggie Smith, Kathy Bates, Agnes O’Casey, Stephen Rea; Sony Music celebration for “Let The Canary Sing” with Director, Alison Ellwood and music icon Cyndi Lauper and other special guests; as well as Sony Pictures Classics celebrating “SHORTCOMINGS” with Director, Randall Park and cast Justin H. Min, Sherry Cola, Ally Maki, Debby Ryan, Tavi Gevinson, Sonoya Mizuno, Jacob Batalon, and Timothy Simons.

“Roxstar Entertainment is pleased to continue to support independent filmmakers and distributors especially in its mission to get movie fans back into their true intended viewing medium, the movie theaters.  We are so grateful to be able to work with likeminded companies to sponsor and support the events and help drive the promotion and celebration for the films, filmmakers, and respective casts,” says David Manning, Roxstar Entertainment’s Executive Producer of the Cinema Center.”

Each venue will be serving VIP guests with its special brand of service, atmosphere, and culinary delights.  Libations will be provided by the Cinema Center ‘s generous sponsor partners.  The all-important wine services for the program will be provided courtesy of Sommsation, a trusted wine experience brand and direct-to-consumer marketplace bringing together independent wineries and sommeliers who curate access to limited production wines.  On-site, Sommsation will provide guests with a tasting experience.  Sommsation invites wine enthusiasts to explore their online shop of exceptional and one-of-a-kind wine offerings that ship directly to your door.

Sponsors include: Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Italy’s premium lager, will be serving its award-winning lager as well as Peroni Nastro Azzurro 0.0%— a premium non-alcoholic lager.

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Galit Ventura-Rozen Hosts Enlightening Dinner in New York City



On May 18, Galit Ventura-Rozen hosted a lovely and enlightening dinner in New York City. Trendsetters and influencers gathered in Manhattan at The Flying Cock for an evening of enrichment and mindful conversation. Her passion and energy during the evening made her mission clear. Her inspirational and motivating energy was felt throughout the room.

The globally recognized public speaker and award-winning entrepreneur was on site to discuss her book The Successful Woman’s Mindset. Guests at the event eagerly listened to her advice and recommendations. Whether by using lessons from her book or from her motivating lessons, she is known for helping raise the productivity of others.

She began her successful career as a commercial real estate broker where she has sold over $700 million in commercial property in Las Vegas over the past 25+ years. After enjoying a very lucrative career as a real estate expert, She began to experience sleepless nights with racing thoughts. As a then working single mother of three, she wanted to find a way to support women, and returned to college at the age of 37. She earned a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University and graduated with honors. Galit began a one-woman mission to empower, inspire and motivate others to believe in themselves.

Here is to women making a positive difference in the world today.

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Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Kim Cattrall Scheduled for Tribeca Festival 2023 Audio Storytelling



The 2023 Tribeca Festival, presented by OKX, has announced its audio storytelling lineup, including 18 world premieres from independent and established narrative audio creators and 11 “Live-from-Tribeca” events. This year’s Festival, which takes place June 7-18, will highlight its audio storytelling selection from June 12-16, connecting creators and listeners in-person at Tribeca.

The lineup includes 11 “Live-from-Tribeca” events, from exclusive conversations with audio creators to live tapings of hit shows, such as an audio artists panel hosted by Avery Trufelman (Articles of Interest, 99% Invisible); a live taping of Crooked Media’s Pod Save America with guest co-host Alex Wagner; a 25th anniversary rewatch event of Will & Grace followed by a live taping of SmartLess Media’s Just Jack & Will featuring Sean Hayes and Eric McCormack; a live taping of Selected Shorts with New York Times Bestselling author Roxane Gay; a live taping of New York Times Audio’s Modern Love with Kim Cattrall; and a live taping of Sonic Union’s Perreo 101 followed by a musical performance by Cuban artists Yotuel and Beatriz Luengo.

Additionally, the 2023 Audio Storytelling program showcases 16 official selections, including eight from independent creators and eight from established creators–evenly divided between fiction and narrative nonfiction series. World premieres from independent audio creators include the fiction series The Fabulists and These Were Humans, as well as the narrative nonfiction series Abridged and Magic on a Winter’s Night. World premieres from established creators include The Unmarked Graveyard: Stories from Hart Island (Radio Diaries and Radiotopia from PRX), Free from Desire (Paradiso), The Very Worst Thing That Could Possibly Happen (Wolf at the Door Studios), and Dreamtown: The Story of Adelanto (Crooked Media). Official selections will be previewed at the Emerging Audio Artists Panel hosted by a special guest and the Established Audio Artists Panel hosted by Avery Trufelman, and available the following day at and @TribecaAudio.

Audible is the audio entertainment sponsor of the 2023 Tribeca Festival. It celebrates the Tribeca creative community and showcases bold creators who develop innovative, cinematic audio entertainment.

The Tribeca Festival is curated by Festival Director and VP of Programming Cara Cusumano, Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer; VP of Programming Sharon Badal and VP of Shorts Programming Ben Thompson; Senior Programmers Liza Domnitz, Faridah Gbadamosi, and Jarod Neece; Programmers José F. Rodriguez, Casey Baron, Jason Gutierrez, and Jonathan Penner; VP of Games and Immersive Casey Baltes and Immersive Curator Ana Brzezińska; Curator of Audio Storytelling Davy Gardner; Music Programmer Vincent Cassous; EVP of Artist Relations Nancy Lefkowitz and VP of Artist Relations Meredith Mohr; and Chief Content Officer Paula Weinstein, along with a team of associate programmers.

The full audio storytelling lineup is detailed below. For more updates on programming follow @TribecaAudio on Twitter and @Tribeca and #Tribeca2023 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Purchase passes for the 2023 Tribeca Festival at


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Natasha Bedingfield Thrills at Frederick Anderson’s Nebula Fashion Show



We love the nightlife!

 Frederick Anderson Resort 2024 Fashion Show Featuring Natasha Bedingfield at Nebula in New York, NY on May 24, 2023. (Photo by David Warren /Sipa​ USA)

The thrill of old-school New York City energy came out swinging in a glorious way last week during Frederick Anderson’s 2024 Resort collection presentation.

 Frederick Anderson Resort 2024 Fashion Show Featuring Natasha Bedingfield at Nebula in New York, NY on May 24, 2023 with Nicole Miller and Mayor Eric Adams. (Photo by David Warren /Sipa​ USA)

On May 24, pop sensation Natasha Bedingfield opened up the beautiful runway at the fantastic hotspot Nebula in Midtown Manhattan. Wearing a bold crochet dress by the designer, the music matched her luxurious look and set the tone for an electric night.

Frederick Anderson and Natasha Bedingfield at Frederick Anderson Resort 2024 Fashion Show Featuring Natasha Bedingfield at Nebula in New York, NY on May 24, 2023. (Photo by David Warren /Sipa​USA)

The 33-look collection was seen by a chic and notable group of uptown clients and downtown personalities including Mayor Eric Adams, Nebula owner Richie Romero, Nicole Miller, Peter Som, Young Paris, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin and Janna Bullock amongst well-heeled crowd.


Photos by David Warren


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