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Thursday, October 22 • 11:20am - 11:30am
Manhattan Sideways: Exploring the Stories Behind the Storefronts

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For centuries, Manhattan’s side streets have been home to a rich tapestry of small businesses, each uniquely special and woven together to bring character to neighborhoods. Betsy Bober Polivy, the founder of Manhattan Sideways, tirelessly walks and bikes the side streets of New York, discovering these businesses and sharing their fascinating stories. She has watched cherished shops struggle with rising rent prices and celebrated those that have managed to hold on. Hear about life on the side streets, the ebb and flow of the businesses opening and closing, and the individual, heart-warming stories of the owners so central to New York’s unmistakable flavor and flare.

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Betsy Bober Polivy

Founder, Manhattan Sideways
Betsy Bober Polivy is a former retail shop owner and the creator of Manhattan Sideways—a website dedicated to small businesses that explores the treasures of the side streets. For the past four years, she has been walking from the East River to the Hudson—one street at a time, beginning on 1st—documenting each and every shop, boutique, restaurant, bar, garden, hotel, museum and so much more. With beautiful photography... Read More →

Thursday October 22, 2015 11:20am - 11:30am
The TimesCenter