Scrumptious Stories

By Rory Winston “The taste is in my mouth a little,” responded Abraham Lincoln in 1860 regarding his intentions to run for President. The comment was made shortly after he gave a speech at Cooper Union. Few are aware, however, that the most likely sensation still lingering on the esteemed candidate’s palate was the afterglow…

Use, Muse & Amuse

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By Rory Winston

‘Temple of the muses’ – so sacred, so much grandeur, all that pressure attached to a single word: ‘museum.’ The fact that many are inspired to quote the etymology of the institution, and spend hours raptly invoking the atypical way in which they experience these renowned bastions of culture means there are way too few actually attending.

It is something one associates to foreign countries, something one sets aside a special time of the year to do. It is, for many, an intellectual obligation, a cultural necessity, a way in which to properly pay one’s respects to those who have contributed to our world; it is, in short, a visit to the cemetery.

Note: there is no such thing as a special ‘museum mood.’ There are as many different museums as there are emotional states. And, as sacrilegious as it may sound, museums are downright entertaining. They are there as much for our amusement as for our education.

Jim Kaplove & Jessica Morgan – Innovative Real Estate Team

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By Isaiah Negron

It is said that when living in New York City, you are always looking for either a job, a partner or a place to live. Though the first two can be more elusive to even the savviest New Yorkers, finding a home you love can not only be easy, but it can be exhilarating as well. Jim Kaplove and Jessica Morgan, Team Kaplove Morgan of Halstead Property, bring an inventive attitude to real estate, giving clients that thrill of finding a new place to call home. “A home represents the kind of life you want to live,” says Jessica. “And given its cost, a home and the value it gains represents, in a very concrete way, the life you will be able to live.” The duo has become a formidable force in the real estate realm.

Will 2014 Be the Year of the Bitcoin?

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By Dr. Jo Webber, Founder and CEO of Oink

Let’s start from the beginning – what is a Bitcoin? Bitcoin is an open source, peer-to-peer payment network and digital currency introduced in 2009. Okay, so that’s clear! Probably the easiest way to understand it is to look at a recent deal. In December, a Florida man purchased a slightly used Tesla car using 91.4 Bitcoins. One day later, the dealership successfully cashed out 91.4 bitcoins using BitPay, an electronic payment processing system, in exchange for more than $100,000, which was what the customer had agreed to pay for the car.

Restaurant Roundup

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By Hillary Latos & Rory Winston

From hearty Italian to the exotic tastes of Southeast Asia to haute Japanese, the New York culinary scene has been abuzz with new restaurant openings to satisfy savvy gourmands. We are sure that there is something here for everyone – from the delightfully authentic Rasa to the sinfully delicious Harlow, we have highlighted noteworthy openings and neighborhood favorites to get you through the long winter season. Use this as your guide and you won’t be disappointed.

What Does Google Know About Me?

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By Thomas F. La Vecchia, MBA

It’s safe to say that most of us use search engines such as Google as the go-to when in search of general information, answers, products, venues and countless other things. But what if someone is searching you? If you can find everything you need on Google, it has to be asked, can someone find anything they need to know about you?

Greenwich Project’s Nick Boccio & Chef Carmine Di Giovanni

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By Isaiah Negron

From the age of 16, Carmine Di Giovanni dreamed of becoming a chef.  He cultivated his love for the culinary arts and honed his cooking skills in the kitchen of a neighborhood restaurant in Staten Island, peeling carrots and prepping dishes. After graduating from the New York Restaurant School at age 20, Carmine developed his own signature style techniques that landed him in some of New York City’s top kitchens. He became the Chef de Cuisine at Picholine and the Executive Chef at David Burke Townhouse.  Di Giovanni is now the Executive Chef and a partner of Greenwich Project on West 8th Street. “I cook what I like to serve, not necessarily what I want to eat,” laughs Carmine. “I like mixing different tastes together.” He works with hospitality entrepreneur Nick Boccio who opened Mulberry Project four years ago, creating a speakeasy-style cocktail retreat in New York City’s Little Italy after transitioning out of the trenches of Wall Street where he worked at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. Boccio also worked with Bergdorf Goodman, B.R. Guest and 13th Street Entertainment. In April 2013, Boccio opened Greenwich Project with a new American menu created by Di Giovanni. greenwichprojectnyc.com