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When Should You Start Planning Your Estate?



No one likes to think about passing away, especially when they’ve just gotten married to the love of their life or welcomed a new addition to the family. But these are actually the perfect time to consider your loved ones’ well-being and how to look after them after you pass on. Estate planning isn’t something anyone looks forward to, but taking care of it early on in life brings a much-needed peace of mind.

When is the right time to write a will? although most people wait until they’re married or become parents, it’s a good idea to think about it as soon as you’re a legal adult. Anyone who is 18 and up has personal finances, healthcare and expenses that need to be addressed in the event of their passing. For those with a family of their own, a will protects your loved ones and ensures that they receive everything you want them to have following your death.

Who Should Be Included in a Will?

Anyone you intend to leave money, property or possessions to should be listed as a beneficiary on your will. This includes your parents, siblings, spouse and children. Close friends and other relatives may also be included. You can create and edit a will easily for as low as $39 a month with a good estate planning website. The entire process is easy and takes far less time than attempting to do it alone. Just provide your information and the system will handle all the details.

What Should Be Included in an Estate Plan?

All of the things you’re responsible for now will need to be tended to after you die. Who will get your car or take care of your debt? Who gets your personal belongings, access to your bank accounts and finances after you die, and how should they manage them? These questions and more are resolved with a good estate planner.

Bank Accounts and Savings

Your money should be left to those you trust, and any unspent savings should be distributed according to your wishes. To ensure that this is done, a will can specify who they want to manage the funds (executor) and who should receive them (beneficiaries).

Property and Possessions

Your home, car and other possessions should be handled how you wish. You may decide to transfer property to a loved one, or you could request that it is sold and specify how the profit should be distributed.


If your pets outlive you, then it’s crucial you specify who they belong to after your passing. It’s also beneficial to specify a primary and secondary caretaker to ensure that there will always be someone available to look after your animals.

How Often Should You Update Your Will?

It’s best to plan your estate in as much detail as possible, then update it every five to eight years. This ensures there will be no confusion or discrepancies after you pass. If you marry, divorce, have children or grandchildren, you should always update your estate plan to ensure that the appropriate parties are included or excluded according to your wishes.

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:


This Weekend Life Sized Sculptures Arrive in Soho To Bring Art Back!



Art Comes Back To Soho This Memorial Day Weekend! From May 27-30, at 382 West Broadway between Spring & Broome Streets world renowned Italian artist Sergio Furnari ,brings three of his life-size art sculptures The Rose, The Lunchtime Atop A Skyscraper & The 1987 Air Stream, inside for a tour.
Sergio has hopes to keep his art on display on West Broadway through the end of Summer 2023, to encourage people to come back downtown.
The Reburished 1987 Airstream Iconic Travel Trailer, The 11 Life-Sized Lunchtime Atop A Skyscraper Iron Workers Sculpture Weighing Over 1,000 Pounds and  His latest 12-Foot White Rose Sculpture Made Out of Resin and Aluminium.
Sergio Furnari, was born in Caltigirone, Sicily, and began sweeping floors in the Caltigirone Sculpting Foundry. After coming to America, at age 18, he was struck by the photograph, “Lunchtime Atop A Skyscraper”.
He began his tribute to Iron Workers honoring their work of the men who built Manhattan’s Skyscrapers.  He finished the life-sized sculpture in 2001, (before 9/11) influenced by the famous photo, “Lunchtime On A Skyscraper” from 1932.
The sculpture took on new meaning, when Iron Workers began the clean up of Ground Zero and began the re-building of Manhattan’s Skycrapers.
Sergio brought the Life Size Sculpture on the actual Iron Beam with 11 workers, each man weighing 100lbs.  He invited the workers to sit on the beam next to the sculpture to take photos on their break after working down at Ground Zero.  He gave the miniature version of the sculpture  to thank many of the workers, and even served lunch to them.
Sergio’s hope is to have the 1,100 lb statue bronzed, so it will last forever and be put in a park or somewhere downtown to make sure the legacy of the Iron Workers lives on.
Sergio has driven his sculpture to various locations all over New York City and across the Country, where millions of people have taken a photograph of his sculpture.
He has miniatures of the sculpture for sale, so people all over the world can enjoy the memories.
Please visit the website, to see video and photos of the sculptures, and his other works of art at and on Instagram @sergiofurnariart
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Celebrating Street Dance and 50 Years of Hip-Hop Wednesdays in July



Arts Brookfield partners with Works & Process for a series of four free performances at Manhattan West celebrating street dance and the 50th anniversary of hip-hop featuring The Missing Element with The Beatbox House, LayeRhythm, Ladies of Hip-Hop, KR3TS dancers with DJ FrancoTh3Artist, and Ephrat Asherie Dance’s UNDERSCORED culminating in a dance party led by DJ Bravo LaFortune! Manhattan West is a new destination for food, culture, retail, and hospitality, located steps away from Moynihan Train Hall and Madison Square Garden on the new West Side. For more information, visit

Sept. 26, 2020-NY, NY Kaatsbaan Summer Festival performance by Ephrat Asherie/Omari Wiles – Les Ballets Afrik as part of the Guggenheim’s Works and Process Program Photographer- Robert Altman Post-production- Robert Altman

The pieces presented were commissioned by Works & Process to marry performing arts traditions created in the cypher (an open performance circle) prevalent in hip-hop and street dance with the Guggenheim Museum’s renowned circular rotunda space. Originally conceptualized in-the-round, this series therefore adapts naturally to the performance circle on Manhattan West Plaza. Each Wednesday night will spotlight a different artistic group and feature beatboxing, breaking, flexn, krumping, live bands, DJ sets, and MCs. On the final night, the performance morphs into a full-blown dance party with fabled DJ Bravo LaFortune and other club legends. All are encouraged to gather round.

Sept. 26, 2020-NY, NY Kaatsbaan Summer Festival performance by Ephrat Asherie/Omari Wiles – Les Ballets Afrik as part of the Guggenheim’s Works and Process Program Photographer- Robert Altman Post-production- Robert Altman

The Missing Element, featuring The Beatbox House
KR3TS dancers open with DJ FrancoTh3Artist
July 5: sets at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm
See what happens when traditions that are accustomed to battling each other on the stage, come together and collaborate. A genre-fusing performance of beatbox and street dance, The Missing Element will feature world champion musicians from The Beatbox House in collaboration with dance expert in the styles of break dancing, flexn, krump, and more. Connecting generations, the dancers of KR3TS, a pre-professional dance program that has launched the careers of top street dancers will open the evening; The Missing Element’s co-creator, Anthony “Invertebrate” Rodriguez is an alumni of KR3TS. DJ FrancoTh3Artist provides the beats between sets.
July 12 at 6pm
Join this game-based performance celebrating the vibrancy of street and club dance culture. A live band takes its cues from freestyling street dancers, while MCs gather inspiration sourced from the audience. (
Ladies of Hip-Hop
KR3TS dancers open with DJ FrancoTh3Artist
July 19: sets at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm
Celebrate the strength, power, and diversity of women in Hip-Hop with this all-female intergenerational dance collective that centers around feminist narratives examining the intersections of gender, race, and resistance. Observe the origins of street and club dance culture, including freestyle dance, cyphers, and call and response. All woven together with one-of-a-kind choreopoems. ( Connecting generations, the dancers of KR3TS will open the evening; many members of Ladies of Hip-Hop trained with KR3TS early on in their careers. DJ FrancoTh3Artist provides the beats between sets.
Ephrat Asherie Dance: UNDERSCORED highlights with NYC club legends and DJ set by Bravo LaFortune on his Birthday
July 26 at 6pm
Experience UNDERSCORED, a multi-faceted project rooted in the intergenerational stories and memories of NYC underground club heads. The exhilarating journey will culminate in a dance party with DJ set by Bravo LaFortune on his birthday. ( &
385 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Between 31st & 33rd Streets)
Championing the creative process from studio-to-stage, Works & Process, is an independent performing arts organization that supports artists from both the world’s largest organizations and from underrecognized performing arts cultures by providing rare, sequenced and fully-funded creative residency, commissioning, and iterative presenting support.
Blending artist discussions and performance highlights, each program provides unprecedented behind the scenes access to support our goal of broadening representation and fostering greater understanding and appreciation of the performing arts.
Works & Process celebrates New York artists and street and social dance with programs at the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, with the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, and SummerStage. LaunchPAD “Process as Destination” partnerships with 12 residency centers across New York State amplify our support for artistic process.
Arts Brookfield supports innovation in music, dance, theater, film, and visual art by pushing boundaries to create unique works of art and cultural experiences presented for free. Thriving for over three decades, the program gathers communities around creativity by animating Brookfield Properties’ public spaces, including Manhattan West and Brookfield Place New York.
Manhattan West is New York City’s newest dynamic destination for food, culture, retail, hospitality and the modern workplace by Brookfield Properties. Spanning eight acres, Manhattan West is located in the center of Manhattan’s new West Side, steps away from Moynihan Hall, Madison Square Garden and The High Line, with seamless access to the theater district, entertainment district, Chelsea art galleries, Meatpacking District and more. Home to diverse world-class office space, Pendry Manhattan West, luxury residences at The Eugene, experiential retail amenities, and unparalleled culinary concepts surrounding a landscaped, two-acre public plaza enlivened with immersive art and entertainment programming by Arts Brookfield, Manhattan West incorporates the best of Brookfield’s global placemaking portfolio to create a new district that has something for everyone. Visit for further information.
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You Are At The Stuttering Association for the Young Benefit honoring Wayne Brady, John Hendrickson, Mariska Hargitay & Peter Hermann and JOANN



SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young ( will host its 21st Annual Benefit Gala, live and in person, on Monday, May 22, 2023. The evening will begin at 6:00 PM at The Edison Ballroom in New York City (240 West 47th Street). It will feature a performance starring the evening’s host Kelli O’Hara, and Brandon Victor Dixon, as well as the young people of SAY, along with dinner and a live auction. This year’s honorees will include award-winning entertainer Wayne Brady, journalist & author John Hendrickson, as well as Mariska Hargitay & Peter Hermann who will be inducted into the SAY: Hall Of Fame, and the Fabric & Craft Store Chain JOANN will be awarded the Budd Mayer Advocay Award.

Mariska Hargitay.Photos by Mikiodo courtesy of SAY-17

Recent recipients of honors from the organization include BBDO, Thomas Kail, Joe Moglia, Kelli O’Hara, Jay Badame & Linda D’Alessandro, Marcia & Bill Withers, and George Springer.

Executive Director Noah Cornman, Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay.Photos by Mikiodo courtesy of SAY-17

The Gala performance, written & directed by SAY’s Founder, Taro Alexander, co-written and with Musical Direction by Everett Bradley, will feature Kelli O’Hara, Brandon Victor Dixon, and the young people of SAY in an inspiring, original piece. SAY’s Executive Director Noah Cornman shared, “We are so excited to bring the SAY Gala to The Edison Ballroom, and to be able to celebrate our incredible Honorees this year alongside the inspiring kids of SAY! The evening will be a beautiful, star-studded celebration of the powerful voices of young people who stutter.”

John Hendrickson Photos by Mikiodo courtesy of SAY-17

SAY’s 21st Annual Benefit Gala will honor:

John Hendrickson and his wife Liz Rawson Photos by Mikiodo courtesy of SAY-17

Budd Mayer Advocacy Award recipient JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores. Founded in 1943 as a single retail store, today, JOANN is the nation’s leading fabric and craft specialty retailer. Their retail stores and website feature a variety of competitively priced merchandise used in sewing, crafting, and home decorating projects, including fabric, notions, crafts, frames, paper crafting supplies, artificial floral, finished seasonal, and home decor items. JOANN operates approximately 850 stores in 49 states. JOANN has partnered with SAY over the past couple of years, advocating for the stuttering community and providing donated supplies and services for our programs, helping kids who stutter bring their creative visions to bold, beautiful life!

Kelli OHara Photos by Mikiodo courtesy of SAY-17

Wayne Brady (SAY: Hero Award) Multiple Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated Wayne Brady has made his mark on stage and screen as an actor, producer, singer, dancer, songwriter, and television personality. A true multi-hyphenate, Brady’s career path and personal life journey have helped him see the world in a unique way. His aspirations have always gone beyond solely starring in various entertainment projects, and under his Makin’ It Up Productions banner, he’s set out to create new content across different platforms that showcase innovation and inclusivity in a fun and powerful ways.

Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay.with their children August Miklos Friedrich, Andrew Nicolas and Amaya Josephine. Photos by Mikiodo courtesy of SAY-17

Mariska Hargitay & Peter Hermann (SAY: Hall of Fame Inductees) Mariska Hargitay is an award-winning actress, director, producer, and philanthropist. She has played the role of Captain Olivia Benson on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” since 1999, which earned her an Emmy and Golden Globe award. In 2004, she founded the Joyful Heart Foundation, which is devoted to domestic violence and child abuse survivors. Mariska’s husband, Peter Hermann, is an actor, producer, and writer who recently starred as Charles Brooks in “Younger.” Mariska & Peter have been long-time champions of SAY and the young people we serve, advocating for and supporting the community in all ways, always.

Everett Bradley Photos by Mikiodo courtesy of SAY-17

John Hendrickson (SAY: Hero Award) John is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Life on Delay: Making Peace With a Stutter, a reported memoir that grew out of his Atlantic feature “What Joe Biden Can’t Bring Himself to Say,” which was read by more than 2 million people and named one of the best stories of 2019 by Longform. John has spoken about stuttering, politics, and journalism on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, and at colleges and universities across the country. Before joining The Atlantic, he wrote and edited for Rolling Stone, Esquire, and The Denver Post.

Everett Bradley and the kids of SAY Photos by Mikiodo courtesy of SAY-17

Proceeds from the 21st Annual Benefit Gala will help SAY provide vital programming for kids and teens who stutter, including Camp SAY, Camp SAY Across the USA, Speech Therapy, Confident Voices, and Washington DC-based, SAY: DC. SAY Vice President Travis Robertson said “The funds raised by our Annual Gala help keep SAY’s programming available to every child who stutters, regardless of financial constraints. That is SAY’s essential and important legacy, and the need is compelling.”

Cast of Freestyle Love-Supreme.Photos by Mikiodo courtesy of SAY-17

SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides support, advocacy, and life-changing experiences for young people who stutter, ages 3-25. For over 20 years, SAY has offered comprehensive and innovative programs that address the physical, social, and emotional impacts of stuttering. Through summer camp, regional day camps, speech therapy, and creative arts programming, SAY builds a community of acceptance, friendship, and encouragement where young people who stutter can develop the confidence and communication skills they need to thrive. To date, no child has ever been turned away due to a family’s inability to pay.

Everett Bradley and the SAY orchestra Photos by Mikiodo courtesy of SAY-17

Kelli Ohara, Everett Bradley and Taro Alexander with the kids of-SAY Photos by Mikiodo courtesy of SAY-17

Kelli OHara and SAY founder Taro Alexandef, Photos by Mikiodo courtesy of SAY-17

Kelli OHara and SAY teens Photos by Mikiodo courtesy of SAY-17

Kelli OHara, Keon Lee Zane Aguirre, Leena Robertson and Brandon Victor Dixon Photos by Mikiodo courtesy of SAY-17


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Movie LIne-Up at Bryant Park



Paramount+ Movie Nights at Bryant Park returns June 2023, every Monday night throughout the summer. The movies are free and the gravel opens at 4:00pm. The Lawn opens at 5:00pm for blankets and picnicking. Films begin at sunset (typically between 8pm and 9pm). Hester Street Fair hosts food vendors on the Fountain Terrace with drink and delicious snack and meal options. All packages, bags, briefcases, backpacks, etc. subject to inspection.

Here is the line-up:

  • June 13 – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • June 20 – Creed II
  • June 27 – Hairspray (2007)
  • July 4 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
  • July 11 – Wayne’s World 2
  • July 18 – Scream 2
  • July 25 – Beverly Hills Cop II
  • Aug 1 – Star Trek VIII: First Contact
  • Aug 8 – Grease 2
  • Aug 15 – The Godfather Part II
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Fleet Week Starts May 24-30



Fleet Week first started in 1982, this week is a week-long celebration that invites the world to enjoy various events held to honor the US Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. This year’s 35th annual NYC Fleet Week will take place from May 24 through May 30.

During the week, multiple ships and thousands of sea service members are set to visit the five boroughs offering everything from public ship visitations to a variety of military demonstrations.

Here is what happening:

Wednesday, May 24

  • Fort Hamilton 11-Gun Salute to the Ships of Fleet Week: 6:30 am – 6:45 am
  • Parade of Ships: 7:45 am – 11:00 am
  • Sea Services at Miller Field in Staten Island: 10:00 am – noon
  • Fleet Week New York Iconic Military Photo in Times Square: 5:00 pm
  • USMC Band & USMC Silent Drill Platoon Performance in Times Square: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 25

  • General Public Ship Tours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Fleet Week Freedom Run: 9:45 am – 11:00 am
  • Navy Dive Tank in Times Square: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Lincoln Park USMC Aviation Event: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Friday, May 26

  • General Public Ship Tours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Navy Dive Tank in Times Square: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Reenlistment and Promotion Ceremony at 9/11 Memorial Plaza: 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Navy Ceremonial Guard to Perform in Times Square: 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Navy Band North East Concert: 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm

Saturday, May 27

  • General Public Ship Tours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Navy Dive Tank in Times Square: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • The Sea Services in Eisenhower Park: 10:00 am – 2:30:00 pm
  • USCG Band Performs at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: 11:00 am – noon
  • USCG Search and Rescue Demonstration at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: 10:00 am – 2:30:00 pm
  • Navy Band Northeast Woodwind Quintet Performance: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • USMC and USN Band Concert: 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm

Sunday, May 28

  • General Public Ship Tours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Forest Hill Memorial Parade: 11:00 am
  • Maspeth Memorial Day Parade: 11:00 am
  • Fleet Week at Liberty State Park: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Point Citizens Memorial Day Parade: 2:00 pm
  • Village of Hastings on the Hudson Memorial Day Parade: 2:00 pm
  • USMC and USN Band Concert: 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Monday, May 29

  • General Public Ship Tours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Crestwood Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 9:00 am
  • Bayville Memorial Day Parade: 10:00 am
  • Intrepid Memorial Day Commemoration: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Day Observance: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • American Legion Inwood Memorial Day Parade: 10:30 am
  • Pelham Memorial Day Parade: 11:00 am
  • Village of Dobbs Memorial Day Parade: 11:00 am
  • U.S. Marine Corps League Det 246 Staten Island Memorial Day Parade: 11:00 am
  • Village of Irvington Memorial Day Parade: 11:00 am
  • Annual Staten Island Memorial Day Parade: 11:00 am
  • Ridgewood/Glendale Memorial Day Parade: 11:00 am
  • United Military Veterans of Kings County Memorial Day Parade: 11:00 am
  • American Legion Post 156 Memorial Day Parade: 2:00 pm
  • U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration: 2:00 – 2:30 pm
  • USN Band and USMC Band Concert at Bryant Park Upper Terrace: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, May 30

  • Ships depart: TBD
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