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Founder of; a NYC based Music Journalist and blogger. Adventuring into the Metal Scene of the Big Apple nightly.

NY NOW Owner Acquires Bulletin

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The Press Release:
Emerald Holding, Inc. (NYSE; EEX), the owner and organizer of NY NOW®, the wholesale market for retail where brands, buyers, and designers gather to connect and discover, today announced the acquisition of Bulletin Inc, a wholesale marketplace connecting over 3,000 independent brands with over 26,000+ retailers.

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All Bulletin employees will join Emerald as part of the acquisition, including co-founders Alana Branston and Ali Kriegsman. The co-founders will remain committed to and lead the future growth and success of both Bulletin and NY NOW, with Branston moving into an expanded role of Group Vice President, Gift & Home and Kriegsman moving into the role of Vice President, Strategy, Gift & Home.
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The New York Coffee Festival Announces Triumphant Return

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The Press Releases:
The New York Coffee Festival, New York City’s flagship coffee event, is celebrating its return to the City That Never Sleeps for the first time since 2019. The event will be taking over the Metropolitan Pavilion from October 7th-9th, bringing together the best that New York has to offer in coffee, food, cocktails, live music, art, and more. For more information, please visit:

Coffee beginners and aficionados alike can look forward to unlimited tastings and presentations from over 100 of the most exciting and innovative exhibitors in coffee, tea & more, including: Slayer Espresso Machines, Nguyen Coffee Roasters, Raaka Chocolate, Parlor Coffee, Oatly, Blank Street, Bodum, Rishi Tea, and so many more. The three-day festival will also feature The Lab program with an exciting line-up of interactive demonstrations, educational workshops, talks and tastings, The Coffee Music Project featuring the best acts from NYC and beyond, and The Coffee Art Project showcasing the creativity and talents of emerging and established artists. Other highlights include:
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Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Back On Surf and Stillwell Avenues

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After a couple of years of being held in different places based on the Coronavirus pandemic the time-honored Nathan’s hot dog eating contest was back on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenue’s in Coney Island. 2020 found the event going virtual and last year it was at the nearby baseball stadium but there is truly nothing like having this out on the street in front of the very first Nathan’s restaurant. As expected there were thousands in attendance and the heat of the day was about 85 degrees but sadly I would not be out there in the mix and instead was tuning in again from the household. Truth be told, despite my going to some concerts and conventions I’m not 100% there yet with a crowd like this one that is heaped on top of each other with barely an inch to breathe. I think the media gets placed in a special area of their own but having never looked into the whole thing I was not certain. The rallying was mostly behind the current and continued men’s champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut but there were a few notable contenders looking to unseat him. For the women, Miki Sudo was returning and looking to claim the belt back from last year’s champion Michelle Lesco. I am happy to report that both Chestnut and Sudo won their side of the competition.

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Broadway Announces Optional Mask Policy for the Month of July

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The Press Release:
The Broadway League announced today that the owners and operators of all 41 Broadway theatres in New York City will adopt a “mask optional” policy for the month of July. Audience members are still encouraged to wear masks in theatres.

Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League said, “Millions of people enjoyed the unique magic of Broadway by watching the 75th Tony Award Ceremony recently. Millions more have experienced Broadway LIVE in theatres in New York City and throughout the U.S., since we reopened last fall. We’re thrilled to welcome even more of our passionate fans back to Broadway in the exciting 22-23 season that has just begun.”
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Tribeca Festival Announces 2022 Audience Winners

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The Press Release:
Tribeca Festival in association with presenting partner OKX announces the Audience Award winners for the 21st annual Festival, with Ellie Foumbi’s feature directorial debut, Our Father, The Devil which was part of the Indeed Juneteenth programming. The Tribeca Festival Audience Awards follow the previously-announced 2022 Jury Awards. Audience Award winners for the 21st-anniversary edition of the Tribeca Festival also include online premieres that were a part of Tribeca At Home, Tribeca’s virtual festival.

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The full list of Audience Award winners can be found below.
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