Holiday Getaways

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By Hillary Latos

As we approach the holiday season, New Yorkers have a tendency to flee the city with vacations on their mind that incorporate the 3 Rs- rest, relaxation, and revelry.   Whether you are longing for a sunny beach or golf or just a change of scenery here’s a couple of easy holiday getaways for the family that make it easy to avoid the hassle of holiday travel.

Caribbean Delights

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By Hillary Latos & Jennifer Pelaez

Amsterdam Manor

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort situated across from one of Aruba’s most beautiful and top rated beaches, Eagle Beach, is a perfect destination for a romantic and relaxing holiday. This family-owned, Dutch Colonial-style hotel prides itself on its friendly staff, attention to detail, and warm hospitable ambiance .Laze under the waterfall at the fresh water pool or sunbathe on the pristine white sands and calm waters, ideal for swimming and snorkeling. For those looking to explore, take a short drive to downtown Oranjestad or a visit to the neighboring Palm Beach area, offering various dining opportunities, shops and casinos.

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Fast Times with Melissa Lee

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By Christopher A. Pape  |  Photography by Andrew Walker/Getty Images

Her combination of brains, beauty and charm has made her a leading figure in the financial news business. Her ability to gauge the subtle changes in the financial markets has made her a trusted source for analysis that is accurate and hard-hitting. Her ethnicity, Chinese-American, has made her a heroine to young boys (and especially) girls of the same background.  Her name, of course, is Melissa Lee. And she is the anchor of Fast Money, one of the most successful programs on the award-winning CNBC.

A Time to Spaaah

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By Hillary Latos

In my opinion, anytime is a good time to spa. Who doesn’t want to be pampered and feel like royalty. Now with the change of seasons, there isn’t a better time to get hydrated, rejuvenated, and emerge a healthier, hydrated, and better person. Whether it’s a day spa in the city or a weekend spa getaway further afield, here are some of the premiere destination spas to prepare for the holidays.

Thanksgivukkah – Lenox, Where Entertaining is @

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By Isaiah Negron

For the first time since 1888, Thanksgiving and the Jewish tradition of Hanukkah will share the same date, November 25, 2013. This will not happen again for another 79,000 years. Thanksgiving, first named a United States holiday in 1863, and Hanukkah, dating back to 165 BC Jerusalem, are two unique celebrations representing generations of history, culture and pride. To commemorate this once in a lifetime moment, Lenox, America’s foremost tabletop and giftware brand along with their entertaining expert and celebrity event planner Andrea Correale have joined forces. Together, they have created a festive table that celebrates both events simultaneously. Since 1889, Lenox has brought families and friends together for countless occasions. Here, Andrea and Lenox, “Where Entertaining is @,” bring these two holidays together on one dazzling table.

B & Co: A Fusion of Fashion and Food

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By W. A. Muller

Rarely do the stars align as they have for B & Co., a new three-floor southern Mediterranean restaurant, lounge and social club in the coveted Plaza Square area of New York City, uniting hospitality impresario Max Burgio’s sophisticated European-style of entertaining, manager Anthony Guinehut’s restaurant industry experience & Italian architect and designer Marcello Pozzi’s elegant modern aesthetic.

Shea – The Prince of Christmas

By Isaiah Negron Grammy-balloted singer and songwriter Shea Arender, a.k.a. Shea, began singing from the tender age of seven years old in New Orleans. His first on-stage performance was at twelve when he sang in a rock tribute show. “My first time performing, I sang some oldies from Ricky Nelson and Elvis,” he remembers. “I…

HOT 97: TALENT AT FEVER PITCH

By Rory Winston

A hotbed for talent, a hothouse for urban sounds, Hot 97 is the temperature and temperament of NY. There you have it: one last overcooked shout-out about just ‘how cool Hot can get’. But I’ve slung my last slogan and swung my last hyperbole.

Admittedly, it’s hard to avoid catchphrases while attempting to describe a contemporary rhythmic FM station – especially one that has retained integrity of vision without having sacrificed commercial viability.