Radio On The Real. Alison Stewart.

We were really psyched to welcome the talented radio & television broadcast journalist Alison Stewart to the show this week. Although she has won major awards and plaudits for her news coverage at CBS, ABC, MSNBC and NPR, you may have first spent time with Alison back in the early 90’s on MTV (as we did) where she actually made it cool for young people to care about politics again with the Choose or Lose campaign. 

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Portrait of Alison Stewart by Craig LaCourt for On the Real. www.craiglacourt.com.

Most recently, Alison has added author to her impressive resume with the publication of a remarkable new must-read book called First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School. We found Alison to be funny, unafraid to tell it like it is and an unsurprisingly fantastic conversationalist– this is one chat you absolutely do not want to miss. (Don’t forget you can download it to listen on the go at iTunes)

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We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Radio On The Real. Jeff Lewonczyk.

This week on the show we sat down with local playwright, director, actor and illustrator Jeff Lewonczyk. Jeff started enthusiastically writing and acting in full-scale plays at an age when most kids still have nap time, and he’s never looked back. Imaginative and prolific with a passion for creating and telling stories, Jeff’s been involved with the creation or production of over 75 different original plays over the years through his own production company Piper McKenzie as well as WIlliamsburg stalwart, The Brick.

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Portrait of Jeff Lewonczyk by Craig LaCourt for On the Real. www.craiglacourt.com.

We had a ball chewing the fat with Jeff about the creative mojo of Peter Sellers’ Casino Royale, why Broadway is an anathema but a spectacular flop like Spiderman Turn Off The Dark a revelation, the reason you shouldn’t call off-off Broadway “indie theater” and the ultimately surprising thing that will continue to keep community-based theater here (and elsewhere) both alive and vital.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Radio On The Real. Jack Howard-Potter.

You won’t want to miss our recent talk with talented steel sculptor, Jack (Jake) Howard-Potter. Jake grew up on the Upper East Side and although he clocked some time in Colorado and Albany, at the end of the day, this town serves as both his inspiration and workshop.

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Portrait of Jack Howard-Potter by Craig LaCourt for On the Real. www.craiglacourt.com.

Jake’s relentless passion for his work has led him on collaborative journeys with engineers, a retired steel worker and a boom lift or two. Most of his work is huge and displayed in public venues such as parks and installations in Georgia, Vermont, Michigan and The Great State of Texas. As we get into it, Jack Howard-Potter talks about the inspiration of the human anatomy and bending cold steel into the dance-inspired statues that make his incredibly heavy works seem visually light, fluid and airy.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Radio On The Real. Edi Frauneder.

We sat down recently to chat with Austrian expat and culinary wunderkind, Eduard Frauneder. Edi is one of the world’s youngest Michelin Starred chefs and over the past few years has completely taken the Manhattan food scene by storm.

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Portrait of Edi Frauneder by Craig LaCourt for On the Real. www.craiglacourt.com.

He and his partner Wolfgang Ban have two smash restaurants (Seasonal, uptown’s elegant tribute to Germanic flavors and downtown’s rustic Austrian tavern, Edi & the Wolf) and most recently, a cocktail bar called The Third Man. Edi may have been born in Austria, but he is every inch a New Yorker: frank, funny and totally unafraid to share his perspectives on great food, running restaurants and what life is like behind the line.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Radio On The Real. Fiona Byrne.

Transplanted from Dublin to New York almost a decade ago, Fiona Byrne has evolved from a mainstream print journalist from Us Weekly, The New York Times and New York Magazine into a modern day multi-media trend-spotter and tastemaker for all things downtown.

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Portrait of Fiona Byrne by Craig LaCourt for On the Real. www.craiglacourt.com.

Currently, she’s editor-in-chief of the online fashion, lifestyle and culture destination, The Byrne Notice. We had a lot of fun chatting with Fiona about wearing scrubs, the constitution of a trend, the future of the glossy printed page and the best places to paint Manhattan’s skyline. Just when we thought it was a wrap, she shared some choice words for the boardroom suits running the “everyday deals” at Whole Foods. Consider yourself on notice, lads.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Radio On The Real. Travis Harrison.

In this episode of RADIO ON THE REAL, we sit down with drummer, producer and co-founder of Serious Business Records and Music Studio, Travis Harrison.

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Portrait of Travis Harrison by Craig LaCourt for On the Real. www.craiglacourt.com.

Travis is a musician first who started his micro-indie label in a little pink shack in Sayville, Long Island as a way to get the music he and his friends were making out there to the masses. Straight-talking and no bullshit, Travis raps with us about the crowds on Broadway, what it takes to make it in the music business, the state of rock in New York City and the names of bands he’s been a member of…DoubleDong, The Unsacred Hearts, The Homosexuals and DraculaZombieUSA just to name a few. Be sure to check out Travis’ episodes of Serious Business on BTR for live performances and often hilarious, anything-goes chats with the talented musicians making music from behind the doors of his Nolita recording studio.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Radio On The Real. Rayya Elias.

Every New Yorker has a story to tell, but naturally some are more colorful than others. In our latest podcast, we sit down for a stunningly technicolor chat with local filmmaker and musician, Rayya Elias.

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Portrait of Rayya Elias by Craig LaCourt for On the Real. www.craiglacourt.com.

Addiction. Violence. Homelessness. Rock n’ Roll. All amidst the backdrop of a fog of burned-out buildings and graffiti that was Manhattan in the 1980’s. We found Rayya’s unique story totally riveting and trust us when we say that she’s bold and fearless because she’s literally been to the brink and back. About to be on tour with an amazing memoir, “Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair and Post-Punk from the Middle East to the Lower East Side”, this self-professed art rocker, ex-junkie, glamour butch lesbian has got some serious shit to share with you and it’s a conversation you don’t want to miss. Don’t forget you can also download it from iTunes for free to listen on the go.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Radio On The Real. Mark Robbins.

We recently sat down to shoot the breeze with New York City native son and current Executive Director of the International Center of Photography, Mark Robbins. Mark’s career as an artist and educator has been nothing short of extraordinary. He’s served as the first Curator of Architecture at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus (1993-1999), Director of Design for the National Endowment for the Arts (1999-2002) under both Clinton and Bush, and most recently Dean of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University. Mark Robbins is also author of the book “Households,” which uses photography to examine the ways in which people inhabit their environments. Unsurprisingly, we found Mark to be an insightful and erudite storyteller, able to conjure up incredible imagery of growing up with a post-Robert Moses Soho as his playground, illustrate why nostalgia sucks and go in deep on why the unexpected is a city’s greatest friend.

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About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Radio On The Real. Rachel Antonoff.

Last week, we had the opportunity to sit down with one of the brightest and most refreshing darlings of the fashion world out there today or any day…the one, the only, the fantastically hilarious and as-of-last-Monday-morning heavily cornrowed, Rachel Antonoff. This lady rocks. She’s not afraid to call it as she sees it, reveal a secret or two about her brother Jack when he was 15, give us all some tips on how to manage our phones while walking and her feelings on New Yorkers and their relationships with ambulances rushing their patients to the hospital.

Photo by Daniel Silbert. http://www.danielsilbert.com/

On a personal note from the Greg part of this duo, my wife Lesa has handled public relations for G.H. Bass & Co. for the last five or so years. Several seasons ago, just prior to Fashion Week she got a call. “Hello. This is So and So from Rachel Antonoff and she would like to use Bass shoes in her upcoming show which is set to be a murder mystery mock-up at the Lafayette House on such and such a date.” Rachel’s company being relatively new, my wife had no idea who Rachel Antonoff was and brushed it off. But that person (who was actually Rachel herself!) kept calling. And, something about her “sweet determination” charmed my wife to the point that, as Lesa describes it, she’d “do absolutely anything for the girl.” After several highly entertaining email exchanges they decided to get together for coffee. If you’ve ever had the privilege of meeting Ms. Antonoff, you know that she’s one of those rare individuals for whom one basically feels love at first sight, so naturally Lesa was drawn to her creativity, charm and character. Long story short, Rachel got the shoes for her show and ended up collaborating with Bass women’s designer Anita Da Silva on a capsule collection with Bass called Bass Loves Rachel Antonoff (now entering its fifth season). Thanks to Ms. Antonoff’s tenacity and drive we scored a great friend and the fashion world scored some killer new kicks.

Thanks to Daniel Silbert for the charming portrait of Rachel. There are many many more fantastic shots at www.danielsilbert.com.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Radio On The Real. St. John Frizell.

More often than not, we find that change can be the most profound at the local level. Whether New York City or Laredo, it’s typically the actions of a concerned few who live in and love their towns that define the collective future for that place. This is why we were excited to sit down with St. John Frizell last week. St. John makes a seriously mean cocktail, but he’s also the owner of Red Hook mainstay, Fort Defiance. Aptly named, Fort Defiance began life as a widely enjoyed café/bar/restaurant on Van Brunt Street, but in the devastation following Hurricane Sandy, it became something even bigger…a leader and champion of the Restore Red Hook movement. A fantastic storyteller with a great life story, St. John gets real with us about the restaurant business, why the Third Place matters, and the bright future of Red Hook.

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Thanks to portrait photographer Craig LaCourt for the iconic photo of St John!

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.