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The Providence Postcard Project: Love letters to a city

Missives
The Big Blue Bug is here.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 01, 2012

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At StyleWeek: Mops, Marie Claire, and the Mayor

Scenes
Techno music is thumping through L'Apogee, the bar at the top of the Providence Biltmore.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 25, 2012

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A throwback to the bombshell

Pretty Pictures
"Is this really my life?" LuLu Locks asks. "I'm waking up this morning to go play Barbie dress-up with grown women?"
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 18, 2012

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Staring down Whitey Bulger

Mobsters
Jon Land's latest thriller begins in a South Boston basement where a man named John McIntyre has been handcuffed to a chair, slammed in the head with a chair leg, and strangled with a length of sailing rope.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 11, 2012

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The piano man lands on Point Street

Music Dept.
When Point Street Dueling Pianos opens its doors in the coming weeks, some patrons will recognize the bare brick walls and angled windows as the former home of the Hi-Hat — the respected, if slightly under-attended, jazz club that closed earlier this year.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 14, 2011

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Geoffrey Wolff and the ‘pee-wee metropolis’

English Dept.
Jeffrey Eugenides entered a select club last month when he published his novel, The Marriage Plot . His ticket for admission was a sentence on page 9 that began, "Providence was a corrupt town, crime ridden and mob-controlled . . . ."
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 01, 2011



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Carl and Keith Johnson are spreading the ghostly gospel

Supernatural sleuths
Rhode Island's Ghost Rush — the books, the TV shows, the tours — often seems built to squeeze a little money out of a haunted economy.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 26, 2011

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The ugly side of Providence’s 375th birthday

Histories
I do not envy the person assigned with reducing 375 years of Providence history to four words.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 12, 2011

Pizza paradise

Hungry? You've come to the right place
Friends don't let friends order Domino's.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 27, 2011

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The best places to lace 'em up

Run for it!
Rhode Island was founded by a man on the run, so it's no surprise the state has become a runner's paradise.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 27, 2011

Providence's pianos play happily, thanks to a tuner

The 88s
You might not know David Cutler, but you know his work. If you've played a piano in Providence over the last 15 years — from the dusty upright in Hudson Street Market to a posh baby-grand on the East Side — it's likely the city's go-to piano technician was there before you, tweaking the strings to make "Rocket Man" and "Für Elise" sound just right.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 25, 2009



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One hundred years of rackin' 'em up on Smith Street

City history
When Gustavo Costanzo purchased pool and liquor licenses from the city of Providence in 1909, first-class stamps sold for two cents and 46 stars adorned the US flag.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 11, 2009

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Toilet talk

The new world of going green in the bathroom
Bathroom math used to be simple: Number 1 or Number 2. That was it.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  January 09, 2009

Nightwatch

Providence gripped by funk shortage
Who's got the funk?
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 29, 2008

A behind-the-scenes look at those big-deal auctions

Up For Bid
After the auction began, Vincent, a collector with his eye on a Fernand Leger print, offered his thoughts.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  December 10, 2008

Spare Us the Early Onslaught of Christmas!!

Rant
On the night of Saturday, November 1, I went to a house party in the Fox Point section of Providence. Standing in the beer line, flanked by Cruella DeVille and Catwoman, I was both confused and underdressed.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  November 12, 2008



A hidden gem: RISD’s Nature Lab

Roving Eye
Spend a few minutes browsing RISD’s repository for shells, seeds, skins, and skeletons and you’ll see why — dead or alive — the Nature Lab is one of Providence’s most stimulating settings.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 29, 2008

Kennedy Plaza shows fresh signs of life

Citywatch
For a long time, Kennedy Plaza in Providence was in the news for all the wrong reasons.  
By: PHILIP EIL  |  October 02, 2008

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The quick and the dead: Underground in Providence

Grave-gawkers
It’s been a rough year for cemetery buffs.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  September 17, 2008
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