- Arnie Kolodner
Think of Arnie Kolodner as a magician and actor rolled into one. Kolodner and his (lovely) assistant, Alice Bergmann, stage fully costumed magic shows that take classic children’s stories—Cinderella, Robin Hood, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz—and add interactive tricks (including the crowd-pleasing floating-table and disappearing-lady routines). New to the lineup is a wizard-school adaptation, à la Harry Potter. Donald Trump, Katie Couric, Kevin Kline, and Harvey Weinstein have all hired Kolodner to perform at their children’s birthdays. Be prepared to pay top dollar ($650 for a one-hour show), and check on availability well in advance.
From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).