Jon Kalish

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High-Tech Maker Spaces: Helping Little Startups Make It Big

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Inventing a new product is hard if you can't afford to build a prototype. Enter maker spaces, workshops boasting shared high-tech tools. Entrepreneurs love them, and big backers are taking notice.


Century-Old Jewish Mural Was Hidden For Decades In Vermont

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

In the late 1800s, Jewish immigrants brought the Eastern European tradition of synagogue murals to Burlington. Now one such mural, painted in 1910, is being restored.


A Brief Tour Of The Alimentary Canal, From Spit To You Know What

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

If you didn't know that spit makes a great spot remover or where prison inmates smuggle cellphones, author Mary Roach can fill you in. There's more than digestion going on down there.


Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter Dies At 76

Monday, April 21, 2014

The former fierce middleweight prizefighter became an international symbol after he was convicted twice for a 1966 triple murder. Carter's conviction was eventually overturned by a federal judge.


Classical Pranksters Don't Just Play Music: They Play With It

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Collective Cadenza — CDZA for short — is a loose-knit group of musicians in New York that makes videos. Sounds pretty ordinary, right? But what sets CDZA apart is that these conservatory-trained musicians don't just play music in front of a camera: They play with it, often turning familiar pieces ...


Catching Up With A Pioneer Of The DIY Movement

Thursday, August 29, 2013

If you’ve ever dreamed of being self-sufficient — living off the grid, in a home you built yourself — meet Lloyd Kahn.

He’s an advocate of building your own shelter. His 1973 book, Shelter, is considered one of the seminal works in do-it-yourself building ...


Bread And Puppet Marks 50 Years Of Paper Mache And Protest

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bread and Puppet Theater has been a familiar presence at political demonstrations since the anti-war protests of the 1960s. Its giant puppets and raucous brass band also marched against wars in Central America, Afghanistan and Iraq. In 1982, Bread and Puppet led a parade in New York that, according to ...


Beloved Yiddish Singer Adrienne Cooper Mourned by Colleagues

Friday, December 30, 2011

On Sunday, December 25, 2011, the Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper passed away in a Manhattan hospital after battling cancer. She was 65. A memorial for Cooper will be held at the Ans...

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Chelsea Record Collector Creates Eclectic Christmas Mixtape

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

If you’re one of those people who say, “Bah, Humbug!” when you hear yet another version of “Silent Night” on the store muzak systems, give a listen to the eclectic holiday mixtape that Chelsea resident Bill Adler has been doing for close to 30 years.

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Photo Essay | A Floating Flophouse in the Rockaways

Saturday, July 09, 2011

For $50, guests can spend a night aboard a makeshift flotilla in the Rockaways known as the Boggsville Boatel — a group of five abandoned boats tied together on a dock in an inlet off Jamaica Bay. But the maritime accommodations aren't for everyone.

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"Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish" Makes Big Screen Debut

Friday, January 14, 2011

The film "Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish," which stars first-time actors who left theirclose-knit Chasidic communities in Brooklyn, debuts at the New York Jewish Film Festival on Sunday at Lincoln Center.

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Theater Named After Playwright August Wilson

Monday, October 17, 2005

Last night Broadway's Virginia Theater was named after playwright August Wilson, who passed away two weeks ago at the age of 60. It is the first theater on the Great White Way to be named after an African-American. Jon Kalish reports.

REPORTER: The rededication ceremony included ...


Orthodox Folk

Saturday, May 03, 2003

A 38 year-old orthodox rabbi in upstate Monsey has been performing his original folk-rock compositions in an East Village nightclub. Jon Kalish has a report on the artist know as Rav Shmuel.


On Guard! NY Boasts Great Fencer

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

One of the greatest American fencers, it turns out, is from the New York area. Peter Westbrook won a bronze medal in sabre fencing at the 1984 Olympics in Atlanta. He fenced competitively into his 40's, which is unheard of in the sport. Westbrook is ...


Now Playing: Old Timey Music

Saturday, January 18, 2003

Portland Oregon is the unlikely center of old-timey, jug-band music. The city just wrapped up its the fourth annual Old-Time Music Gathering and the people who came out to out to hear and play early gospel, country, and folk weren’t the nineteen-sixties holdovers you'd expect. Some have blue hair ...

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Urban Fish Farm

Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Inner City Oceans is an aquaculture company started by a scientist and a lawyer in The Bronx. It operates a fish farm in the basement of an industrial building in the South Bronx, just a stone's throw from the East River. The company raisies tilapia, ...


Best Violins in America

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Sam Zygmontowicz is considered by many to be one of the best violin makers in America. The 45 year-old Brooklyn craftsman makes instruments in a loft off Flatbush Avenue. Jon Kalish visited his workshop and prepared this report.


Orthodox Jews & Organ Transplants

Tuesday, March 26, 2002

When an Orthodox Jewish man in Brooklyn with failing kidneys appealed for a kidney donor in religious newspapers, he got what by all accounts was an extraordinary number of responses, including one that saved his life. Jon Kalish reports.