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Meet The Former and Present Residents of Manhattan Plaza: Arnold Wilkerson



Buddy Valastro, Arnold Wilkerson, Joe Ariel after Little Pie Company wins the competition during the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival.

Arnold Wilkerson is an actor and the creator and owner of the Little Pie Company located in Manhattan Plaza.

Arnold Wilkerson, Gilbert Lewis and Denzel Washington in  a production of “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men” 1979 Players State Theater in Florida

Orginally from California, Wilkerson attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. After graduation,he moved to New York City, making his Off-Broadway debut as Hud in the original production of James Rado and Gerome Ragni’s Hair at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater in October 1967. He made his Broadway debut in 1968 as Arnold in the original production of John Sebastian’s Jimmy Shine, sharing the stage with Dustin Hoffman and Rue McClanahan. In 1969 came Jon Swan’s Fireworks at the Village South Theatre. That same year he appeared in the original production of Ronald Ribman’s The Most Beautiful Fish with Eileen Dietz which was commissioned by New York Television Theatre for broadcast on PBS.

Alex bradford, Arnold Wilkerson, Bobby Hill, Hope Clark and seated Micki Grant.

In 1971, Wilkerson appeared in the world premiere of Micki Grant’s Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope at the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. He continued with the production when it moved to Broadway the following year. 

In 1974, he played the role of Jimmy in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

After Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, Wilkerson’s acting career went through a slump and he worked largely as a waiter. In 1983 he, along with business partner Michael Deraney, founded the Little Pie Company.

Arnold Wilkerson in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

T2C: When did you first move into Manhattan Plaza and how did you get into the building?

Arnold Wilkerson: I started out as an actor and qualified in that category. I moved here in 1983 when the building was considered a white elephant. The neighborhood was run down and nobody wanted to live here until Mayor Lindsey decided the actors needed nice dwellings.

T2C: What are your fondest memories of living in the plaza?

Arnold Wilkerson: The support system and a great appreciation for the community they were establishing. I was able to start my business from my apartment thanks to Rodney and Richard.

T2C: Where you there during the AIDS crisis? Tell us about that time.

Arnold Wilkerson: Yes indeed, Rodney and Richard found a way to set up a foundation to care for patients. I had the privilege to be on that board. Now as a result of that board it has been converted and designed to help elderly patients.

T2C: You created The Little Pie Company. How did that come about?

Arnold Wilkerson: I was working as a waiter in a restaurant and I was at the point where I decided I needed to make a change in my life. The other waiters and I use to make five – course meals for each other. Nobody liked my cooking, but they liked my deserts. 

T2C: What have been the biggest changes to the neighborhood and your business?

Arnold Wilkerson: Having been in this neighborhood since the beginning. Through community support, I was able to star my business. Actually because of the restaurant Curtain Up. The night I brought in my pies Liza Minelli, Bobby Short and Chita Rivera all had some. They told Robert Nahas the owner that my pies should be on the menu regularly, as they thought I had something really great going on. This helped popularize his restaurant.

I was also working at Maxwell Plum’s. I would give slices of my pies to my favorite customers. One night Babara Costikyan, from New York Magazine had one. She wrote an article called “Buy, Buy This American Pie.” when she wrote this my phone ran off the hook. I was baking from my neighbors apartments (3 to be exact), as I could only do four pies at a time in mine. My waiter friends would deliver the groceries and the pies. Rodney told me he knew I was smuggling pies, but he let me slide in order to create this life for myself.

T2C: What does living in the building allowed you to accomplish?

Arnold Wilkerson: It understood that artists are creative people, no matter what part of the arts it is. There is such a large support group.This building allows you to expand and grow.

T2C: How does living in the building make you feel?

Arnold Wilkerson: Manhattan Plaza continues to allow me to be creative. Self-expression is realized. It is supportive and it stills remains.

T2C: What would you change from your time living in Manhattan Plaza?

Arnold Wilkerson: There isn’t anything because this has been a perfect structure for me. To have a business five minutes from where I live, allows me to be an entrepreneur. I have been very fortunate.

T2C: What is your fondest memory of New york?

Arnold Wilkerson: Making the decision to do what I am doing. I decided that as an actor, if I wasn’t where I wanted to be by a certain age, I would change careers. Timing is everything. I became enlightened while watching Phil Donahue. He stated there was a time in America where you could write the word taxi on your car and you had a instant business. People did that. I took that a sign to cut through the red tape. The fact you could do this encouraged me to make pies. I was soon selling to Curtain-Up, Maxwell Plum, Dean and Deluca, The Empire Diner and on and on. I outgrow my apartment and Richard and Rodney offered me a space downstairs. The problem was I had no money. I met Jane Stanicki who worked for the Bowery Bank. When we met, she was surprised when we met. She thought a Jewish kid would arrive with a name like Arnold. She got me a loan. I am indebted to all these people for what they entrusted me with. It was quite a journey, but I made the commitment and needed to stand by it. I paid back all the loans. 

T2C: What would you like us to know that we haven’t asked you?

Arnold Wilkerson: That lots of business come and go in this city. We have, by the grace of God, been able to be here for 30 years. That makes me to continue to work hard. The trust and support has continued. 

The documentary Miracle on 42nd Street, is available on Amazon and will soon be available to stream. 

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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I Took a Trip on a Train …. 



And not just any train, but one of two cars from the original 20th Century Limited, the World’s Most Famous Train. It was truly a step back in time sitting in the newly and lovingly restored Hickory Creek car, which once transported the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra to Hollywood.   

We departed from the magnificent Moynihan Train Hall after enjoying a mid-morning nosh in the exclusive lounge and then walked a red carpet to our car. (The notion of a red carpet actually originated with the 20th Century Ltd.) There were two cars remaining from the original, and both were cozy and comfortable. Once settled, refreshments were offered, and we began the journey up the Hudson River to Albany. I don’t believe it unfair to say that most of us take the Hudson River for granted—it’s there, separating us from New Jersey. But not long after we left the familiar territory of Manhattan, we began to see the river from a different perspective. Sometimes it’s wide, other times not so much, with small islands popping up. There was enough green on the trees to be a pleasant break from the grey of the city, and congenial fellow passengers for pleasant conversation. Before we knew it, lunch was served, and quite an excellent one too, given that it came from the tiniest kitchen I’ve even seen. A beet salad with pecans, Beef Bourguignon, and finally a lovely slice of cheesecake with raspberry sauce was beyond my expectation. 

Throughout the trip, our jovial host, Lou, dropped in to assure everyone’s comfort and to give us a bit of history on the train. Music from the era was just discernable and added to the time-travelling mood.    

A stop in Albany midway through the journey enabled the train to turn around to take us back and to give us all a chance to stretch our legs and see a bit of the state capital. The sun was descending as we passed the familiar sites of West Point and Tappan Zee Bridge, and before long we were back, refreshed and rejuvenated. Beverages and nibbles were served, just as they surely were when Marilyn and other luminaries traversed the country heading for Hollywood.     

Every effort was made by the staff to make this trip memorable for all of us. The afternoon offerings included lovely canapes with a tulip crafted from a tomato and chives—you must see it to believe it!   

And this experience can be yours, brought about by the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ.!  Check them out at and to see the many ways you can enjoy this luxurious experience. This was a day trip, but overnight trips to and from Chicago are also available. It was a spa day for the mind and spirit! 

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Hamptons Fashion Week Keeps Getting Hauter So Save The Date



Hamptons Fashion Week®, is the premier fashion event in the Hamptons! On July 26th-27th, 2024, join us at the luxurious Summer Series and an unforgettable experience. With over multiple designer shows, runways, luxury brands and exhibitor spaces during Hamptons Super Saturday®, Hamptons Swim Week® with a range of exciting activations, this is the must-attend event of the year.

At Hamptons Fashion Week®, leading fashion designers, entertainment, and productions are all under one roof, creating a truly immersive and transformative experience. You’ll have the opportunity to rub shoulders with industry professionals, fashion designers, models, and more, all while experiencing the latest trends in fashion.

From panel discussions and product demonstrations to social events such as industry mixers, after parties, lifestyle events and more! Guests will have access to exclusive, on-site hospitality, unmatched insider extras, and more, making this a truly coveted invitation.

Reserve your access now to receive one of fashion’s most coveted invites and be a part of the best touring fashion hampton experience of the year. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of the transformation of the fashion industry. Join us at Hamptons Swim Week® presented by Hamptons Fashion Week® Summer Series and Experience 2024!

Hamptons Fashion Week announced that it will feature Alice & Olivia and Michelle Farmer as their award recipients at Hampton’s Fashion Week Retail Of The Year Award Show on July 26th VIP Reception. Event coverage will be brought to you by E! News!, Bella Magazine, Dans Paper,, Vogue  and other major influencers! There will also be a swim Week Runway Showcase by Johnny Was

This year, Celebrity, Hollywood Stylist & Designer Phillip Bloch will be receiving the Style Icon of The Year Award , July 27th during the program and show 6pm-10pm
Shop our latest brands at theHamptons Fashion Week Online Marketplace!
You need tickets so click here. Security will be super tight for this event. So if you don’t have a ticket there is no entrance.

VIP Tickets $500 include:

Swag Bag-Valued at $500{One Per Person]


Access to ALL 3 Events!

July 26th, 6=10pm, Vip Launch Party-Drinks , Bites & Entertainment. The cocktail reception is from 6pm to 8:30pm 

July 27th, Drinks, Bites , Entertainment plus Hamptons Fashion Week Fashion Show Debut in Westhampton. The cocktail reception is from 6pm to 8:30p and After Party.Double check on the List below

VIP Restaurant Sponsors:

Justin Chop Shop

Rouge Kitchens

The Cottage On The Hamlet



Mill Road Seafood

Fruit King

North Fork Chocolate Company

Honest Plate Chef Nicolas

Mary’s Pizza And Pasta

Tonino’s Pizza

Buoy One

Jerri’s Cakery & Confections

Daphne’s Westhampton Beach

Insatiable Eats

Vern Restaurant And Bar

VIP Spirit Sponsors

William Grant And Sons

Votto Vines Importing

Hamptons Wine Shoppe


British Ginger T

Monkey In Pardise

Elbuhl Mezcal

Twin Stills Moonshine

Blue Nextar

Penelope Bourbon

Westhampton Beach Brewing

Twin Stills Moonshine

Fort Hamilton Distillery

Kleos Mastiha Spirits

Beau Joie Rose Champange

Cantera Negra Tequila

Bay Gin

Twisted Cow Distillery

Series 19 Wheat Vodka

Series 19 Rye Vodka

Series 19 Jalapeno Vodka

Dune Drifter Agave Spirit

Spy Ring Rum Raisin




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A Toast to a Sparkling Fourth of July



Fourth of July is just around the corner. Get ready to get your red, white and rosé on with these excellent selections. Your holiday will simply sparkle with these spectacular sip selections.

For a perfect start to your holiday luncheon and to kick off the holiday in a refreshing way try Mingle Mocktails Sparkling Raspberry Rosé.

This is a sparkling rosé in a pretty can option suitable for anyone whether you drink alcohol or not. We adore the bright bubbles that fizz out delicious notes of raspberry. Crisp and dry, it hits your senses perfectly and lingers with just a hint of sweetness on an end note. It is a wonderful drink to have as you start to talk to guests arriving for a wonderful day of holiday festivities.

For a sophisticated sip that will make you blush with wonderful joy try Minuty Prestige Rosé.

Minuty Prestige wines have been showcasing the terroirs of Provence for over 25 years. Subtle finesse comes with this crystal-clear cuvée with a delicate nose. This cuvée was born over 25 years ago out of Jean-Etienne and François Matton’s desire to offer a wide audience of Provence rosé lovers a wine combining aromatic expression and lightness on the palate with a thorough mastery of Provence’s terroirs.

We adore this breathtaking selection that delicately hits your senses with a smooth balance that bears a hint of bright reflection to add to your day. A perfect choice for the sun set before the fireworks.

For the perfect drink to have with the holiday bbq and when the fireworks pop in the sky try Cloudy Bay 2023 Sauvignon Blanc.

The color reflects perfectly with the fireworks illuminating over you as you sip on this gorgeous wine that speaks to you in grand voice with notes of juicy citrus.  Your pairing with your festive meal will be matched by the capricious and grateful attitude for all the party guests that surround you. We love the way it helps you see the night in a whole new beautiful way.

Here is to your own magical Fourth of July holiday with these incredible sips.


Cover art by Alondra Olivas on Unsplash

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A Toast to Your Health – Refreshing and Healthy Summer Beverages



Summer is sizzling and we looking to cool off in a healthy and refreshing way. These are our favorite ways to feel healthy and well this season. Glow up and enjoy!

fairlife Nutrition Plan

fairlife Nutrition Plan is designed for on-the go and packed with delicious nutrition to elevate your wellness routine. The 30g of protein per bottle give you the nutritious boost you need and the drinks is available in delicious vanilla and chocolate offerings.

Core Power

Core Power is a wonderful ready-to-drink protein shakes provide high-quality protein, electrolytes, and nutrients that fight post-workout fatigue and work to repair, rebuild and maintain muscle to help you power to your next workout.

Costa Iced Coffee Lattes

Costa Iced Coffee Lattes are perfectly crafted for your busy day.  A convenient, on-the-go format showcases three delicious flavors of Mocha, Caramel and Signature Blend. Each features real cane sugar, dairy milk and 85mg of caffeine from 100% Arabica beans. The fabulous blend are each 150 calories or less, and up to 40% less sugar than most other brands on the market. You will get your perfect summer kick out of this delightful drink.


PWR LIFT​ is an incredibly delicious electrolyte-rich flavored protein water drink, infused with 10g whey protein and B vitamins to help give your body the recovery, strength and hydration it needs with ​no sugar.  Available in four delicious, fruit-forward flavors, Berry Strawberry, Lemon Lime, Blueberry Pomegranate and Orange Mango, PWR LIFT was built to help you refuel the right way.

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Jennifer Lopez Makes Summer Epic with Delola



Delola has officially made ready-to-enjoy cocktails sips for the best summer ever!

Founded by Jennifer Lopez, the expansion of THE HOUSE OF DELOLA showcases a new Light Margarita Cocktail that will blow you away. Every sip in this collection sparkles with delicious joy!

Delola’s master mixologist, Lynnette Marrero, collaborated with Jennifer to craft the new Light Margarita, alongside the three original expressions, Vodka-based Bella Berry Cocktail, Tequila-based Paloma Rosa Cocktail, and Amaro-based L’Orange Spritz.

Delola Light Margarita is a lower in calorie twist on the classic Margarita cocktail, crafted with premium tequila and triple citrus. Delola as an easy, natural, lower calorie option for those who enjoy full-flavored cocktails. Delola Light Margarita is only 125 calories per serving and was recently awarded the coveted Gold Medal at the San Francisco Ready To Drink Competition.

“By introducing Delola to the world, we wanted to provide world-class cocktails without all of the calories and effort. The Delola Light Margarita is fresh and delicious with premium tequila and triple citrus notes. I think it’s the perfect ready-to-enjoy version of the most popular cocktail,” stated Lopez.


“The launch of Delola Light Margarita follows all the positive feedback we’ve received for our three initial cocktails. People today are more aware of the quality and ingredients in their drinks, and the fact that we’ve crafted mixology-level cocktails using natural ingredients is clearly resonating with consumers,” Lynnette reflected.

Delola Light Margarita is sold in a uniquely embossed glass bottle and will be available in 750ml  and 375ml sizes. Like all Delola Cocktails, is available in grocery and fine wine and spirit retailers, restaurants, and hotels nationally.

For more info on how to make you summer sparkle visit HERE.


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