If you’ve been a regular reader of Radius, you know that we are ardent supporters of public art in all its myriad forms. One type we tend to overlook, perhaps because it is relatively static, is the statue. Newark began commissioning these works during its industrial heyday more than a century ago…and continues to do so. Just last October, in fact, a bronze statue of Rosa Parks was unveiled in the county government complex, which depicts her seated on a bus with the words You must never be fearful of what you are doing when it is right. We sent Chris Farling out to stalk Newark’s most important statues, and the result is the photo essay Put On a Pedestal (71). Did he snap a picture of your favorite? Did he miss one you love? Let us know!
Robert Piper is a Chicago-based writer who contributes regularly to Origin Magazine, a publication familiar to Whole Foods shoppers. He handled our cover Q&A with actor Ray Liotta, who was born in Newark and grew up down the road in Union. When Robert isn’t tracking down celebrity interviews, he teaches and writes about meditation. Not surprisingly, he got right inside Ray’s head, dispensing with the usual show biz chatter and exploring the essence of his character—as well as the complex characters Liotta portrays. This spring, Robert also takes a swing at boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard for Thrive Magazine.
If it seems Andy Clurfeld was everywhere at once for this issue, well, that’s because she was. She tore through the menu at Casa Vasca, Newark’s old-guard restaurant for Brick City Basque on page 15. Next it was a foray into New York City for a party at the Mandarin Oriental honoring Frank Sinatra’s 100th anniversary. Her story, A Century of Sinatra on page 48, takes readers inside the exclusive WBGO bash, at which the “other” Chairman of the Board—WBGO’s Stephen Ifshin—was honored and the late Cephas Bowles was remembered in a stirring tribute by his Syracue University classmate, Bob Costas. Finally, Andy and ace photographer Daryl Stone headed out to Valley Shepherd Creamery in Morris County for the Circumference photo essay entitled Nothing Short of Bliss, on page 94. They timed their visit to the popular cheesemaking destination to coincide with the shearing of the sheep—one of the Garden State’s quintessential family adventures.
Andy was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist in Public Service for her work exposing flaws, injustices and abuses in New Jersey’s property tax system. She also has published in-depth reporting on a range of topics, including criminal street gangs, agriculture, politics and the environment. Long a food critic, she has written columns for the Asbury Park Press on restaurants, wine and the local food chain, and her work has been featured in such magazines as Saveur, Gourmet and Town & Country, as well as on magazine Web sites and TV and radio broadcasts. In addition to her writing and editing duties at Radius, the longtime member of the James Beard Restaurant & Chef Awards Committee is a specialist in artisan wines and currently is Wine Director at Buy-Rite Corporation, implementing educational programs, coordinating special events and developing artisan wine sections for select stores.
Penn Station commuters who use the Gateway Concourse have been increasingly aware of the creative types mixing in with the briefcase-toting regulars. Leigh Sorensen sheds some light on this mystery in Gateway II Beautiful on page 66. She profiles the new studio complex in Gateway II, which is poised to accelerate the art scene in Brick City. An accomplished painter and journalist, Leigh is uniquely suited to write this story. Her writing résumé includes Business Week, The New York Times, New York Magazine and New Jersey Monthly. Leigh actually wears a third hat—she is a busy landscape designer whose creations have been published in numerous magazines and books. Leigh’s paintings will be in a show at the Beauregard Gallery (Rumson) this coming fall.