The Biz Brothers

As soon as Dan and Shaun Dougherty sit down, they start reminiscing. The brothers come from a large family — they are two of nine — so there were few times when they were growing up that everyone gathered at one table. It’s still a rarity to see the two together even though they are business partners. Their farm-to-table New American Cuisine restaurant, Crescent Grill, has been open for a year and a half, and it keeps them too busy to socialize. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Crescent Grill opened in the summer of 2013. Now that they’re chatting, though,…

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The Tree Santa

Up against the snow-white fence, there’s a pile of Christmas trees, trussed up like Thanksgiving turkeys. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Harry started NYCtrees.com last season. In the opposite corner of the mini-backyard, there’s a box full of table-top trees, their tender emerald needles reaching toward the holiday sky. They are hemmed in by stacks and stacks of evergreens everywhere, everywhere, everywhere. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling NYCtrees.com is based on 21st Street. Standing in the center of this forest of Fraser firs is Harry DeLucia, iPhone glued to his ear. It’s only the second …

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The Man in Transition

There’s nothing ordinary about Clay Nelms‘ story. So don’t let the stereotypical musical-style synopsis fool you: Small-town boy with big-city dreams comes to New York because he’s gotta sing and dance. Photo by Nancy …

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