Archive for June, 2014

THE INDELIBLE DEL

Del Close Marathon; Improv Theater International Event in NYC

By Rory Winston Although you may have heard the legendary skull allegory, few people today working outside the field of comedy are familiar with the name Del P. Close. Yes, he’s the guy who on his deathbed bequeathed his skull to be used as a credited prop in the Goodman Theater’s upcoming rendition of Hamlet. […]


A Force of Nature: Alix Astir Reigns as NYC’s Rose Queen

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By Lucy Dotson Photos by Michael Loccisano for Getty Images 2 am, Chelsea. A taxi grinds to a halt, circled in streetlight. Alix Astir, the strikingly beautiful CEO of Trellis Fine Florals, steps out, her signature moto jacket draped across slim shoulders. She’s here to buy flowers, a morning ritual, and one she insists on […]


Feast between the Lines

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By Rory Winston “I had not understood Parisians until crossing the Pont-Neuf’, wrote Benjamin Franklin. Of course, he failed to mention that to really understand Pont-Neuf would demand an understanding of four hundred years of cultural history. As for trying to understand Les Bouquinistes, the little French restaurant draped alongside the Pont Neuf, well, I […]


The New Brooklyn

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By W.A. Muller Surrounded by magnificent brownstones along tree-lined streets, Brooklyn is about to welcome a new ground-up condominium to Carroll Gardens, one of the borough’s most treasured neighborhoods. Designed to fit contextually with its surroundings, 345 Carroll Street will introduce a new level of service and amenities to this charming neighborhood.


STELLA TOWER COMES TO MARKET

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Ву W.A. Muller Real estate developers JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group, in partnership with Starwood Capital Group, the visionary team behind the exceptionally successful Walker Tower luxury conversion project in Chelsea, are once again bringing a Ralph Walker architectural masterpiece to the residential market.


MANHATTAN’S FIRST MODULAR RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

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By W.A. Muller The Stack, New York City’s first modular multi-story housing development, has opened its doors to renters. The seven-story prefabricated steel and concrete development consists of 28 studios, one, two-and three-bedroom homes.


The Adeline Launches in Flourishing Harlem

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By W.A. Muller The Adeline is a stunning new condominium development located in the burgeoning heart of Central Harlem at 23 West 116 Street. The 12-story, 83-unit condominium generously pairs one- to four-bedroom luxurious residences with traditional touches, high-end finishes and a full-service amenity package.


Lincoln Square Has It All

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By Linette Semino Associate Broker The Corcoran Group linette.semino@corcoran.com onsidered the gateway to the Upper West Side, the neighborhood of Lincoln Square begins at Columbus Circle and cuts off at 72nd Street, stretching from Central Park West to the Hudson River.


A Tale of Two Restaurants

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By Lisa Loverro When you think classic New York City Steakhouse, you think Peter Lugers. But when the owners of Benjamin Steakhouse left the iconic steakhouse for midtown Manhattan they had big plans to create a truly memorable dining experience in the heart of the Big Apple.


Salinas’ Sublime Spanish

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By John Meyer Salinas is fast becoming the go to place for an intimate date and delicious tapas. With its dimly lit interior, tables that are tucked away and a staff that is knowledgeable and friendly, it’s a tough seat to snag. It is no wonder then, that my guests and I thoroughly enjoyed our […]


Not Too Cool for School

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By Lisa Loverro Don’t be surprised if you think you have the wrong address when your taxi arrives at 146 Essex Street. The street level mock pawnshop adorned with vintage guitars and other musical nostalgia is merely a gimmicky entrance for the surprising opulence that awaits you beyond the storefront’s back door.


Bringing The Middle East to NYC

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By Spencer Bistricer There are plenty of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurants in the city, and to be honest, the food they serve is often pretty bland: dull hummus, limp tabbouleh, and flatbread that tastes like it came off a supermarket shelf sometime last week. Ilili, in contrast, specializes in Lebanese cuisine and offers the […]


A Downtown Homerun

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By W.A. Muller Tao Downtown is all about spectacle, located beneath the Maritime Hotel. Spanning an entire city block (approximately 22,000 square feet), TAO Downtown is the latest import to bring a touch of Las Vegas spectacle to New York City from its owners including Rich Wolf, Marc Packer, Jason Strauss and Noah Teppenberg.


What a Catch!

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By Lisa Loverro The BLT restaurant group has long been a favorite with New Yorkers and all their brands, BLT Steak, BLT Prime and BLT Fish, have enjoyed a huge success. We recently visited BLT Fish on West 17th street to see what’s new and happening in this long-standing establishment.


The Siren Song of French Cuisine

By Lisa Loverro It’s hard to stay abreast of all the restaurant openings (and closings) in New York City but when a former chef from Le Cirque, Craig Hopson, opens a new establishment you can’t help but sit up and take notice. He’s teamed up with Frank Roberts, the former manager from the Rose Bar […]


Vive La France (Quelle Horreur!)

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By Christopher A. Pape As much as it pains me to admit, French cuisine sits at the summit of dining; so beloved a food culture the French have, that most countries emulate their technique, and flavors – even their raison d’être is influenced by the French (I’m happy to report that as an Italian we […]


Mount to Mount Resuscitation

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By Rory Winston Apex, summit, zenith… it’s difficult to avoid allusions to altitude when referring to outstanding events. Whether it’s the ‘highpoint’ of a journey or the ‘peak’ of one’s career, excellence is something that hangs perpetually overhead. We scale grand heights, live with our heads in the clouds, and – after a lifetime of […]


A Sleeper Hit

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By Rory Winston Without warning, the baritone voice had gone off in my head: “From the People who brought you Cannes Jury Prize winner, Queen Margot, and the Academy Award winner A Man and a Woman, comes an all new rollicking adventure for cinephiles and travelers alike: Sebastopol 123. With a cast of thousands, this […]


Bubbles Set in Stone

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By Rory Winston “Come meet me in the sky”, sings Lily Allen in her recent hit single Air Balloon – an escapist anthem that asks us to enter an alternate universe in which ‘monkeys run off from zoos’ and ‘ceilings turn into floors’. Reveling in a host of exotic images, the song entreats us to […]


Nell’s Bells

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By Rory Winston ‘Luxurious?’ Not in that typically gauche way. ‘Opulent?’ –Wrong track; nothing vainglorious. ‘Posh?’ Well, for a five star hotel with the finest design and amenities it’s actually more friendly than snobby. Elite…? Yes, certainly; but not in that trying-hard-to-make-an-impression kind of way – nothing parvenu about it.


A History of Hedonism

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By Rory Winston Ensconced within a muted realm of marble busts and ivory floors, one can still hear the faint sound of muffled tittering and languid sighs. Perhaps, Philippe the First is at it again – still wandering down a nearby corridor in a lady’s dress while watching Antoine Coypel redecorate his palace; or, perhaps, […]


Wynn Wonderland

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By Norah Bradford Wynn Las Vegas, a sixty four acre resort in Las Vegas, is known for luxury and distinctiveness in all the small details that make guests’ stays memorable. It is among the world’s most luxurious resorts. Built on the site of the Desert Inn (where Liberace, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Cher, Barry Manilow […]


Understated Chic at the Sofitel Los Angeles

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By Hillary Latos At the intersection of Los Angeles’ most fashionable neighborhoods- West Hollywood and Beverly Hills sits the Sofitel LA that embodies the chic spirit of France in the middle of Los Angeles. Upon entering the sleek lobby you’re immediately enveloped in the French vibe of the décor.


Unparalleled Comfort and Elegance

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By Norah Bradford London’s Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is a luxury hotel in the beautiful Knightsbridge neighborhood overlooking Hyde Park. Widely renowned as one of the world’s most celebrated hotels, it features world-class accommodations, extremely knowledgeable concierge staff, and extraordinary dining.


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