The Manhattan Sideways Podcast

The Manhattan Sideways Podcast


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The Manhattan Sideways Podcast aims to create a platform to share the stories of the small businesses on the side streets of Manhattan. What motivated the business owners to open their businesses, and then to learn the ups and downs of their environments? What makes these businesses unique? We are not only documenting the owners' remarkable personal stories, but also their advice to current and aspiring business owners.

The podcast is a product of Manhattan Sideways, a documentary project begun in 2011 with the goal of supporting the small businesses across Manhattan's original grid -- from 1st to 155th street, East River to the Hudson. After six years, we now have over 10,000 businesses represented on our website, sideways.nyc, with write-ups and more than 40,000 gorgeous photos. The founder, Betsy Polivy, and her team hope that while listening to the Sideways Podcast you will be inspired to set out on your own adventure of walking the side streets, and, if you find yourself in New York, that in your explorations you will seek out some of the Manhattan Sideways Podcast businesses. You'll be glad you did.

Episode 32: Seren Morey, Jody Bretnall and Art Guerra, Guerra Paint and Pigment Corporation


In this episode, Ellie interviews Seren, Jody and Art, owners of Guerra Paint and Pigment Corporation in New York's East Village. Art shares stories about the more chaotic years of the neighborhood, Jody and Seren talk about their "origin story", and all together they explain some of the science and business behind pigment and color -- and why it all matters.

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Episode 31: Judith Lowry, Naomi Hample, and Adina Cohen, Argosy Bookstore


In this episode, Ellie speaks with the three sisters — Judith Lowry, Naomi Hample, and Adina Cohen — behind the Argosy Bookstore. They discuss Argosy's foundation in their father's deep love of books, and tell many stories about their adventures in the business … all while laying bare the sisterly elasticity that defines the “rubber band” of their relationship to each other.

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Episode 30: Alan Heron, The Hunterian


In this episode, Ellie speaks with Alan Heron, bartender and co-owner of The Hunterian Bar on East 70th Street. They discuss Alan's move to the U.S., how the bar-scene is changing (and Alan's hopes for his own space), and whether or not to offer an open bar at a wedding in the Scottish highlands.

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Episode 29: Lorcan Otway, 80 St. Mark's (William Barnacle Tavern, Theatre 80, and the Museum of the American Gangster)


On this episode, Ellie speaks to Lorcan Otway of William Barnacle Tavern, Theatre 80, and the Museum of the American Gangster -- all of which are connected and housed in the historic buildings at 80 St. Mark's. Lorcan discusses the "mobbed-up" past of the building as well as its deeper origins in New Amsterdam, and then goes on to share his perspectives on how New York is changing today and the role he hopes to play in the city's evolution. And -- of course -- Lorcan's story wouldn't be complete without an introduction to the building's resident ghost, Gia.

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Episode 28: Dimitri Gatanas, Urban Garden Center


In this episode, Ellie and Betsy speak with Dimitri Gatanas of Urban Garden Center. Dimitri discusses his Greek roots, tells of uprooting an 18 foot tree, and talks about what it means to be an “urban” business, along with how UGC strives to be a positive part of its Harlem community.

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Episode 27: Suzanne Newman, Suzanne Couture Millinery


On this episode, Ellie speaks with Suzanne Newman, owner of Suzanne Couture Millinery. Suzanne tells us about her design process, as well as the ways she's seen New York change, and how she sold her car to work in the fashion industry. Suzanne's charm (and beautiful accent) is sure to brighten up your day!

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Episode 26: Kate Coyne and Ann Hohenhaus, The Animal Medical Center


On this week's episode, Ellie interviews Kate Coyne, CEO, and Ann Hohenhaus, Veterinarian, at the Animal Medical Center. Kate describes her journey into the medical field and why she loves working at AMC, a nonprofit clinic started in 1910. Having previously worked in human hospital management, Kate reflects on the similarities and differences between animal and human care, and makes an argument for the value of ensuring access to good animal care. Later, Ann offers tips on minimizing your pets' hospital anxiety and considers the ways that animal care has changed over time.

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Episode 25: Kelly Jaime, The Sweet Shop NYC


In this episode, Ellie and Betsy speak with Kelly Jaime of The Sweet Shop. They chat about the Upper East Side, running a business as a family, chocolate production, and the Ronald McDonald house -- among many other things. Be sure to have a bag of candy nearby for this one.

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Episode 24: Matt Fox and Enrique Crame III, Fine and Dandy


On this episode, Ellie speaks with Matt and Enrique, co-owners of men's accessory and vintage shop Fine and Dandy. They chat about starting online, moving into pop ups, and the decision to open a brick and mortar. The episode also delves into how the fashion industry has changed, as well as how New York as a whole has evolved -- while some things don't seem to change at all.

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Episode 23: Bella Meyer, Fleurs Bella


Welcome to season two! On this episode, Ellie speaks with Bella Meyer, owner and creative director of floral studio Fleurs Bella, and granddaughter of artist Marc Chagall. They speak about bringing color to New York, the magic of moss, and, of course, Marc Chagall.

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Introduction to Season Two


Welcome to season two of the Manhattan Sideways Podcast! Here's a sneak peek of what's in store.

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Episode 22: Jill Herlands


On this episode, Ellie sits down with jewelry artist Jill Herlands to speak about her eponymous brand, Jill Herlands. They speak about the importance of finding and acknowledging passion, balancing brand aesthetic with collaboration, the role of social media in today's business world, and much more. We hope that listening to Jill will brighten your day as much as it did ours!

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Episode 21: Laura Maioglio, Barbetta


In this episode, Ellie speaks with Laura Maioglio, owner of the esteemed Northern Italian Restaurant Barbetta, and her head waitor, Eduardo. They cover a variety of topics, including Laura's renovation of the restaurant in the style of historic Piemonte, The Rolling Stones, the evolution of New York and of the restaurant world, and dogs on stage at Carnegie Hall. Barbetta celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006, and is the oldest restaurant in New York still owned by its original founding family.

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Episode 20: Nic Faitos, Starbright Floral Design


In this episode Ellie sits down with Nic, owner of Starbright Floral Design, to talk about the mood boosting properties of flowers, the process of growing a business, overnight tulip-planes, and how, coming from Wall Street, Nic "redeemed himself and became a florist."

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Episode 19: Paul and Justin Schweitzer, Gramercy Typewriter Company


On this episode, Ellie sits down on location in the storefront of Gramercy Typewriter Company to chat with father and son partners Paul and Justin "Jay" Schweitzer. They speak about carrying the business across multiple generations of their family, and also offer some clues as to why typewriters have remained popular despite technological development, and how the company has grown with or stood fast against such technological changes.

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Episode 18: Ken Wampler, The Alpha Workshops


In this episode, Ellie sits down with Ken Wampler, founder of The Alpha Workshops. They speak about running a non-profit, the HIV crisis, the New York design industry, and what it means to be an artist.

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Episode 17: David Segal, David Segal Violins, LTD.


In this episode, we sat down with David Segal, owner of David Segal Violins, to talk about classical music, making and repairing instruments, and David's adorable grandson.

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Episode 16: Mike Spitz, Mr. Throwback


Ellie and Mike talk about vintage sportwear, pretzel-nuggets, buying vs. browsing, and collaboration in the East Village - and they make a quick shout out to the real MVP: Mike's barber.

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Episode 15: Marta Elena Rodriguez, Skin Laser Studios


In this episode, Ellie speaks to Marta, owner of Skin Laser Studios. They chat about beauty standards, the Cuban revolution, finding the perfect skin care products for your skin, and much more.

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Episode 14: Eduardo ("Edward") and Mary ("Maria") Silva, Maz Mezcal


Eduardo and Mary Silva have been married for 48 years, and have lived and worked on the Upper West Side almost as long. In this episode, Ellie speaks with this husband and wife team about the success of their restaurant - despite notable setbacks - and why they love what they do alongside loving each other.

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Episode 13: Zach Chasky, Midtown Lumber


In this episode, Zach and Ellie "lumber" through a huge chunk of topics: work-life balance, the value (or non-value) of a college education, the importance of emotional supporters, bring-your-kid-to-work days, and much, much more.

Despite some technical issues with the microphones, we hope you will enjoy what Zach had to share with us. We appreciate your understanding!

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Episode 12: Claude-Noelle Toly and William Nuckel, Le Fanion


In this episode, we speak with the co-owners of Le Fanion about sourcing, street parties, the evolution of the West Village, how to maintain a successful partnership, and how to sell the Picasso family broken pottery for a dollar.

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Episode 11: Saeed Pourkay, Taste of Persia


In this episode, we sit down with Saeed Pourkay owner of Taste of Persia - a name you may recognize from the Union Square Christmas market, where Saeed has had a booth for the last seven years. Ellie and Saeed chat about his background in print-graphics, his childhood in Iran, his year round location on 18th street and, of course, his food.

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Episode 10: Dave Ortiz, Our/New York Vodka


This episode focuses on Dave Ortiz, who runs Our/New York Vodka, the New York branch of the global Our/Vodka franchise. Ellie and Dave talk about branding, pranks, graffiti, "Old New York", and how his past experiences as an entrepreneur have affected his work with Our/New York Vodka.

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Episode 9: Amanda Gagnon and Mike Riz, Amanda Gagnon Dog Training and Salon Riz


In this episode, we chatted with Mike and Amanda, owners of Salon Riz and Amanda Gagnon Dog Training, and husband and wife duo. You'll learn about the Upper West Side, anthrozoology, community care, immigration, what to do if you own a shy dog, and -- maybe inspired by how much these two learn from and respect each other -- how to be just a little bit more like the lovely Mike and Amanda.

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Episode 8: Alex Harsley, The 4th Street Photo Gallery (special guest Kendra Krueger)


In this episode, there's almost nothing that Alex, Ellie, and Kendra don't talk about. Alex was born in the south and moved to New York as a young person in the middle of the 20th century, where he ultimately found his niche in the Lower East Side. Alex's photography strikes at the core of what it is to be human, especially in New York - so what makes it all possible?

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Episode 7: Rebecca Schweiger, The Art Studio NY


In this episode, Ellie and Rebecca discuss the physical and emotional benefits of art making, and explore Rebecca's journey as owner of The Art Studio NY. Originally started in Rebecca's bedroom, The Art Studio NY now offers the highest rated art classes in Manhattan.

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Episode 6: Guy Vaknin, Beyond Sushi


In this episode Guy Vaknin, founder of Beyond Sushi, discusses some of his tips for success in the restaurant business, veganism, Shark Tank, sustainability, expansion, and the absolute importance of caring about what you do.

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Episode 5: Bill Rhodes, See's Candies


In this episode, we spoke with Bill Rhodes, the one and only New York City purveyor of the characteristically West Coast-brand See's Candies. We chat about Bill's love of New York and his roots in the Midwest, See's expansion east, the evolution of the West Village, and, of course, chocolate.

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Episode 4: Pauline Sokol Nakios, Lilla P Clothing


In this episode, we sat down with Pauline Sokol Nakios, founder of Lilla P Clothing. We discuss how she got started and what it's like being an international company, sourcing choices, lifestyle -- and that little hole that shows up in your t-shirts right around the belly button.

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Episode 3: Sal Scognamillo, Patsy's Italian Restaurant


In this episode we meet Sal Scognamillo, current owner, chef, and grandson of the original owners of Patsy's Italian Restaurant. We speak with Sal about Frank Sinatra, the Yankees, Brett Eldredge, classic Italian food, Ben Stiller, and what it's like to own a family business. We are also paid a surprise visit by sportscaster, writer, and Yankees community advisor Ray Negron.

Visit Patsy's at 236 West 56th street.

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Episode 2: Grandma Dawn, Grandma's Place Toy and Book Store


In this episode, we sit down with Grandma Dawn of Grandma's Place. Dawn shares stories about education, community, business, and gentrification in Harlem.

Visit Grandma's Place at 84 West 120th street, or shop online at grandmasplaceinharlem.com

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Episode 1: Will and Julie Horowitz, Ducks Eatery


In this episode, we speak with Will and Julie Horowitz, the brother-sister team behind Ducks Eatery. We discuss everything from pingpong to climate change, and chat about the Horowitz's new book "Salt Smoke Time: Homesteading and Heritage Techniques for the Modern Kitchen."

Visit Ducks in the East Village at 351 East 12th street.

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Episode 0: Introducing the Sideways Podcast


In this mini episode, we give you a taste of what the Sideways Podcast is about and who we are at Manhattan Sideways. Nice to meet you!

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