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Lost and Found: La Tour’s Madrid Exhibition

The works of Georges de la Tour (1593 – 1652) will be on display at Madrid’s Museo del Prado in a new exhibition. Of his 40 surviving paintings, 31 will showcase the progression of the artist with his use of realist treatment of figures and refined religious scenes.

While the French artist was a celebrated in his day, he was forgotten by the art world till an art historian Hermon Voss rediscovered his work. With only four of his paintings being dated and 18 signed, many of La Tour’s works were credited to other artists such as Zurbaran, Ribera and Velazquez.

"The Fortune Teller"

“The Fortune Teller”

The Prado exhibition, which features many pieces on loan from international institutions such as Paris’s Musée du Louvre, California’s J. Paul Getty museum and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, offers a chronological survey of La Tour’s career. He gained considerable fame when the Duke of Lorraine bought some of his works between 1623 and 1624. In 1639 he went to Paris where he was named Painter to the King. In addition to the governor of Lorraine, Richelieu, the architect Le Nôtre and Louis XIII were customers.

In his early career La Tour painted biblical and religious figures with humble appearances as can be seen in the Albi “Apostle” series, four of which are on show in Madrid. At this time he also depicted ragged beggars as in the work “The Pea Eaters.” The exhibition also features “The Money Lender”, which is more refined in character and the artist’s first-known nocturnal scene, which became more prevalent towards the end of his career, almost always lit by candle, with limited range in colors.

Hurdy-Gurdy Player with a Dog"

Hurdy-Gurdy Player with a Dog”

Later works on display in Madrid include “The Penitent Saint Jerome” or “The Cardsharps,” which, along with “The Fortune Teller,” are considered essential works by the artist.

The Georges de La Tour exhibition is on display at the Museo del Prado till June 12, 2016. For more information, click here.

New York Fashion Week: Runway Beauty

As the first of the classic fashion weeks (not counting haute couture of course), the runways of New York have provided some bold makeup looks. Brands unveiled their Autumn/ Winter 2016 collections to the fashion elite (and the world via Instagram and Twitter) and many designers provided interesting visual treats.

Makeup for Altuzarra (Left) and Tadashi Shoji

Altuzarra (Left) and Tadashi Shoji

For Fenty x Puma, Rihanna’s debut show sent models down the ramp with Goth style looks. Contrasting whited-out, slicked back roots and rich black lips for a dramatic pout stole the crown for boldest of the lot. Other designers such as Altuzarra, Tommy Hilfiger and Tadashi Shoji chose to focus on the eyes. Altuzarra paired rosy lips with abstract spiky liner that ran under and over the lids. Using bright gold glitter on the lids, Hilfiger channelled fun festivity while Shoji chose a sultrier look with gold toned smoky eyes with a bronze base.

Makeup for J.Crew (left) and Tommy Hilfiger

J.Crew (left) and Tommy Hilfiger

At J. Crew the look was cleaner and pulled together, featuring a deep pink lip that stood out against a luminescent base, with brows filled in and neatened up to keep the effect sleek. Tory Burch took a similar approach, opting for a neutral but opaque lip offset by bold brows and a low ponytail with a strict center parting, while Victoria Beckham channelled the same vibe, opting for a matte base and using a dab of color at the inner corner of the models’ eyes to open them up.

Makeup for Tory Burch (left) and Victoria Beckham

Tory Burch (left) and Victoria Beckham

Meanwhile makeup was off the menu at Alexander Wang, where the models’ faces looked freshly scrubbed, save for a hint of burnished golden shadow rubbed around the eye sockets. Brows were bleached and bangs cut high to emphasize the quirky look.

Makeup for Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein Rule NYC

New York Fashion Week came to a splendid finish with chic and cool designs by Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, before twisting into an elaborate Gothic dream fantasy as Marc Jacobs dealt the final blow. With the end of the event, the fashion world shifts its attention to London where Alexander McQueen makes its return on the runway.

Ralph Lauren created a playful tri-partite collection. Initial associations called to mind Oxford academics, Holmes-ian detectives and headmistresses, as opening looks featured tweed trousers, button-down cardigans, fishermen’s sweaters and double breasted blazers. But this 1970s nostalgia, or a style “effortless and sophisticated in languid menswear” gave way to what Lauren described as “the bold spirit of a cool rocker imbued with a modern romanticism”. Somber olive greens, greys and beiges segued into glimmering black, and later explosions of shiny blues and golds. It somehow bloomed as a mixture of cowboy and pirate queen. By the final transformation, the whole lineup had changed into dignified ballroom and red-carpet attire items featuring a pleated red slip dress and a satin green fishtail number, finishing with a Mikado evening dress of gold. Lauren melded glamorous masculinity with delicate femininity in a startling display.

Ralph Lauren NYFW16

The typically unfussy Calvin Klein, on the other hand, went with less of a linear narrative than usual while still preserving his status as a pioneer of contemporary urban fashion. Notable to the designs were fur collars (faux, so animal-lovers can rest easy, as seen below), shiny blacks and belts, different check patterns of plaid, and animal print in white and yellow. There was a contrast between the minimalistic and the showy as sleeker designs were placed next to ornamentations of said furs, oversized tribal pendant necklaces, and large jewels sewn on the front of silk dresses. All this was due to the vision of Brazilian creative director Francisco Costa.

Calvin Klein NYFW Faux Fur

Marc Jacobs’s collection stood for the most eclectic marriage of design elements. A quick scan would give the general idea of ‘Goth’, but the designer aimed to live up to an ideal of having “each girl, a show unto herself”. Even well-known shock dresser Lady Gaga was just one among many others. Some designs spoke like the swirling inks of an Aubrey Beardsley drawing. Others spoke like the madcap designs of Tim Burton. Some spoke in Victorian formalism, others spoke punk, and still others spoke court-jester, with somewhat impressive shoes (standouts in the whole collection really). Many of the outfits were oversized, like Gaga’s herself, which was a greyish-black coat with huge fur patches on the sleeve. Black feathers bloomed; some had lace; or even a leather jacket… Yes, even I’m grasping hard for a way to characterize exactly what kind of magic went on. It all finished off with a regal checkered fur cape worn by the eternally-pouting Queen Goth – Molly Bair.

Marc Jacobs NYFW16 Group

Even so, the show has to move on. After London, the fashion world will shift to Milan, and then Paris. Still, these three rest their laurels on this victorious display for now.

Tory Burch: Fall/Winter ’16 Live Stream

Live from New York, it’s not Saturday Night. In fact, it’s the latest collection by Tory Burch. Our friends at L’Officiel Singapore have been so kind as to invite our readers to view the Tory Burch Fall/Winter ’16 Live Stream. Tune in at 10pm (Singapore)/ 9am (New York) for the show, at L’Officiel’s site.

Immaculate: Jason Wu at New York Fashion Week

Jason Wu, the Canadian-Taiwanese designer who rose to fame by dressing Michelle Obama, unveiled his Fall/Winter 2016 collection, ‘Immaculate’, at a New York fashion show on Friday. Wu was juggling between this and preparing for a later show, as art director of womenswear at Hugo Boss. His show occurred before the highlight of the night: Rihanna’s highly anticipated collection for the Puma sports line.

“The idea is about these immaculately dressed women. I want to address the idea of the wardrobe and thinking about what she wants and what she covets”

Wu wants to return to the start of things: Beauty, and Functionality. He expressed his desire to make “just beautiful clothes that fill her wardrobe” while stating that “it’s not about a seasonal trend particularly”.

“She wants things that can stand the test of time,” the designer commented.

The Wu woman of this Winter & Fall: elegant and sexy, yet comfortable and sophisticated – avoiding the pitfall of being merely a ‘one-season wonder’. Lofty goals but Wu has a strong track-record. He dazzled the world when he revealed Mrs. Obama in pure white for her husband’s inaugural ball back in 2009.

“I think she wants quality, and she wants to be sexy and feminine and sophisticated, but she wants that refinement” Wu said, to outline his principles.

Those are quite a few quotes from Wu for sure but rest assured, the collection spoke for itself. We are just being slightly verbose because we only have one picture to illustrate from the AFP. A round-necked navy blue dress, impeccably cut; black lace paired with a long leather coat; another black dress with plunging décolletage, rounded off with a blue fur collar. All in all, a relatively muted array others have compared to a ‘grungier’ and darker kind of style.

Even between juggling two shows, Wu seemed relaxed after the unveiling of ‘Immaculate’. As for the secret of how he managed, this was his very down-to-earth answer: “Working with really good people, I think that’s ultimately what’s very important, and being very organized.”

The Titanic: A New Beginning

All Aboard the Titanic II! No, you are not in 1912 and no we have not let the Monday blues get to us. We are in fact talking about the Titanic replica that Australian billionaire Clive Palmer is creating.

Back in 2012, Palmer had announced his plans to recreate the Belfast liner that sank on its maiden voyage across the North Atlantic Ocean, and set sail this year. However, the plans have now been pushed back to 2018. A little over a century after the Titanic began its journey the replica will mirror the ship —with a few modifications. To meet modern maritime safety regulations, the vessel will measure 4 m wider and the hull will be welded, not riveted, reported The Belfast Telegraph.

When complete, the Titanic II will measure 270 m long, 53 m high, and weigh 56,000 tons. Like its predecessor, the Titanic II will have three cabin classes. The ship will span nine floors and be able to carry 2,400 passengers. Other features will include Turkish baths, a swimming pool and gymnasium. As far as we know, Kate and Leo are not scheduled to be on it.

As an aside, it is important to note that as far as cruise liners go, this one is far from the largest, with gross tonnage these days clocking in at above 100,000. The largest such ship in the world, Allure of the Seas, has 2,700 staterooms, for example, and weighs in at an incredible 225,282 tonnes. For the truly curious out there who may wonder if this is a coal-powered ship, given that the original boiler uptakes will be recreated, in fact it is diesel-powered. Four diesel engines power three azimuth thrusters and two bow thrusters.

Instead of Southampton to New York, however, the ship’s maiden voyage will be between Jiangsu, China, where it’s being built, to Dubai. This story remains a work in progress as rumors continue to swirl around Palmer and the health of his businesses but we are tracking it closely. The key question remains, if the project is actually completed, would you book passage?

Repetto shoes

Ballet brand Repetto coming to New York

Repetto shoes

French ballet brand , known for its high-end ballet flats, will be opening its first American stand-alone boutique in New York come fall.

Set to open in Manhattan’s ‘French Quarter’ near Laduree and Bonpoint in SoHo, the brand’s first freestanding store will span 2,350 square feet.

To coincide with the New York opening, the brand will also launch its new Opera line in the fall, the label’s first full collection of high-heeled shoes.

Consisting of a dozen models, the heeled collection will range from €450 to €950 ($438 to $1,040 USD) and will first debut at Colette in Paris November 2 before rolling out worldwide.

Repetto has about a hundred freestanding stores around the world. Plans are already afoot to open a second location in the US.

The Manhattan skyline

New generation of skinny skyscrapers alters NY skyline

The Manhattan skyline

A new generation of New York skyscrapers, some taller than the Empire State building, are altering the world’s most famous skyline.

And it’s not just the masonry that’s soaring to new heights. The prices have also gone stratospheric: three apartments sold recently for more than $100 million a piece.

Half a dozen buildings are planned or under construction in Central Park south, affording views across the park. Others are concentrated around Madison Square Park, or still further south.

“There really is a new type in skyscraper history that is just beginning to appear,” said Carol Willis, historian, founder, director and curator of The Skyscraper Museum.

They “will proliferate in the next five to 10 years and really change the character of the Manhattan skyline,” she added.

The buildings are between 50 and 90 storeys high. Their architects are sometimes international celebrities. Those who buy are multi-millionaires from across the world who consider a “trophy apartment” in the sky an investment or chic pied a terre.

skinny skyscrapers

0ne57 at 157 West 57th Street, known as Billionaires Row just south of Central Park, is one of the prime examples.

Completed in 2014, it stands at 1,000 feet (306 meters) tall, has 75 storeys and 92 apartments in the clouds.

It was fleetingly the highest residential building in New York until it was dethroned by the nearly finished 432 Park, an ultra-thin cuboid of 104 apartments at 1,396 feet.

It is higher than the Empire State Building, minus its antenna — 1,250 feet without, 1,454 feet with.

one57

Another is 217 West 57th Street projected to rise to 1,500 feet and 111 West 57th Street, due for completion in 2018, will be particularly slender at 1,428 feet, and at its widest, 60 feet (18.28 meters) by 80 feet (24.38 meters).

Several other projects have already been approved around Central Park, according to the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), the author of a report called the Accidental Skyline.

But it’s not as much the height, which has always defined New York, but the delicacy of the buildings that is striking.

This is explained by the cost of land and New York zoning regulations, which since 1961 have restricted the square feet of land on which property can be built, but not how high.

Developers can buy “air rights” from neighboring, smaller buildings, allowing them to build higher and afford their clients unrestricted views.

217 West 57th Street

Panoramic views come with hefty price tags so air rights are increasingly expensive in a frenetic New York real estate market.

But these skinny towers, made possible by progress in technology and building materials, in particular on how to withstand strong winds, don’t make everyone happy.

The first ones to be built have already cast long shadows over Central Park, sports grounds, the zoo and a children’s carousel, according to MAS.

“We believe that public access to light, air and green space cannot be sacrified,” it said in the report, which has studied in minute detail the shadows expected to be cast.

“Protecting these qualities is critical to the economic health of New York City and the well being of New Yorkers,” it said.

107 West 57th Street

MAS says nearly all the skyscrapers are built without proper public review, so there is no assessment of their impact.

The zoning regulations, dating back 50 years, are out of date, she says and calls for a re-look at urban planning.

According to Willis, these ultra-slender towers will remain unique to New York given their eye watering cost.

“Until the market in New York was able to achieve $3,000 per square foot for construction, you didn’t have any of those towers, because the high price of construction was not repaid in the high selling price,” she said.

 

Diner en Blanc New York

New York’s fifth “Diner en blanc” draws 5,000 riverside

Diner en Blanc New York

Some 5,000 foodies gathered late Tuesday on the banks of the Hudson River in New York for the fifth edition of the Dinner in White.

Organizers of the pop-up picnic where attendees dress to the nines entirely in white chose the huge Pier 26 structure this time in the hip Tribeca neighborhood.

In accordance with tradition, organizers kept the location secret until the last minute. Participants, all signed up ahead of time, brought their own food, along with tables, chairs, dishes, a white tablecloth, roses and hydrangeas — all white, of course.

The uber-trendy picnic had a waiting list of 35,000 people who never made it to the event.

Under an open sky in blistering heat of 91 degrees Fahrenheit (33 Celsius), the crowd by kicked off the evening twirling their white napkins.

In retro style, men and women dressed with extravagant hats, mantillas, feathers and lace dresses.

Guests delighted in their picnic contributions — sushi, garden salads, salmon, deli meats, cheese and red fruit accompanied by champagne or wine provided by the organizers.

For those who are not avid cooks, American chef Todd English provided several options, including garlic and rosemary lamb, chicken Milanese with arugula and poached salmon with wild mushrooms and zucchini slivers.

The yearly tradition dates back to an event 27 years ago in Paris at which organizers invited guests to all wear white so they could be easily spotted in a park.

This year, about 70 cities in more than 35 countries have or will see a Diner en blanc, from Paris to Johnannesburg and from Montreal to Tokyo.

About a hundred cities are on the waiting list, according to organizers.

Last year, the New York event took place at Nelson Rockefeller Park in southern Manhattan with a beautiful view on the Hudson.

In 2013, white chairs and tables were set at Bryant Park, a year after the event took place at the Lincoln Center. For its first edition in 2011, 1,200 people met in Battery Park.

The Dead Rabbit in New York named world’s best bar

Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry

Irish-American tavern The Dead Rabbit, where cocktails hearken “the golden age of American drinking” when the streets of New York were overrun by riotous Irish gangs, has been named the world’s best bar at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans over the weekend.

Since opening in 2013, the accolades have been pouring in fast and furious for the Water Street bar in New York, where cocktails like Scarlet Lady and Gold Digger — developed after meticulously researching 19th century recipes — allow tipplers to time travel via combinations of Irish whiskey, bitters, sherry and bitters.

The Dead Rabbit

Helmed by a pair of Irish men, Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, the bar is divided into two spaces: the Taproom, an informal pub on the ground floor that serves craft beer, bottled punch and whiskey; and the Parlor, where mixologists tell the story of 19th century clergyman and reformer Lewis Pease through a narrative of 64 different cocktails.

Because at The Dead Rabbit, recipes are developed to center around a story and protagonist, not just a combination of ingredients.

The Dead Rabbit bar

The same could be said of The Artesian at The Langham hotel in London, which was named best international cocktail bar at Tales of the Cocktail.

Like the Dead Rabbit, drinks menus change seasonally under new themes. Earlier this month, The Artesian launched “Surrealism,” a menu inspired by Salvador Dali’s “Les Diners de Gala” in which cocktails are served in giant copper ant structures; lit aflame; and spritzed with perfume.

Artesian

For instance, ‘Heaven is for Sinners’ is a fermented drink made with Zacapa 23, Furikake, pineapple, mango, tonka and Saison and is served  in hot, molten stone to represent volcanoes in Guatemala.

Winners are voted on by a panel of 100 international experts.

Winners from the 9th edition of Tales of the Cocktail:

World’s Best Cocktail Menu: Dead Rabbit, New York
World’s Best Bar: Dead Rabbit, New York
Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient: Amaro di Angostura
Best International Bar Team: 28 Hong Kong Street, Singapore
International Bartender of the Year: Ryan Chetiyawardana, London
Best International Cocktail Bar: The Artesian, London
Best International Hotel Bar: Beaufort Bar, The Savoy, London
Best International Restaurant Bar: Blind Pig at Social Eating House, London
Best New International Cocktail Bar: Dandelyan, London

Vivienne Westwood NYC Boutique Rendering

Vivienne Westwood setting up shop in New York

Vivienne Westwood NYC Boutique Rendering

There’s good news for American fans of Vivienne Westwood: the house has announced the opening of its first flagship boutique in New York.

The new location, set to open in the fall, will offer the brand’s ready-to-wear lines Gold Label, Red Label, Anglomania and MAN, as well as all accessory lines, alongside a bridal and Gold Label Capsule collection eveningwear salon dedicated to showcasing and fitting demi-couture gowns.

The space will stock a special selection of original Worlds End collection pieces, otherwise only available from Westwood’s London boutique.

Spanning six stories of a French Beaux-Arts building, Vivienne Westwood New York will be the brand’s largest retail location to date. Located in the heart of Manhattan on East 55th Street, the pre-war townhouse will feature a new design concept combining modern and classic elements with Vivienne Westwood’s unique British style. New York will mark Westwood’s third retail location in the US, following Los Angeles and Honolulu.

Long considered a symbol of the British avant-garde, Vivienne Westwood is one of the last independent global fashion companies in the world.

Anne-Sophie Pic,

French chefs on the New York dining scene

Anne-Sophie Pic, the only female French chef to achieve a three-star Michelin rating, plans to open a new restaurant in New York in 2015.

Anne-Sophie Pic,

She is far from the first French chef to pursue the American dream in the Big Apple, and many of her predecessors have seen their efforts pay off in star ratings and high praise from critics. Here is a round-up of some of the top French chefs on the New York gastronomy scene.

Daniel Boulud

daniel boulud

Though the latest Michelin New York guide took away his restaurant’s third star, earned in 2009, Boulud remains among the leading representatives of French cuisine in the city. In addition to coordinating the cuisine at his flagship restaurant, Daniel, he owns 7 other establishments in New York, including Café Boulud and Epicerie Boulud, an eat-in and take-out market.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Jean-Georges Vongerichten

The Alsatian chef oversees a true gastronomic empire, including no less than 11 eateries in New York. The most prestigious among them, Jean-Georges, boasts a three-star Michelin rating.

Eric Ripert

Eric Ripert

Another three-star restaurant in the Michelin guide is the Bernardin, headed by Ripert. A native of Antibes, the chef cut his teeth at the famous Parisian restaurant La Tour d’Argent and has worked with Joël Robuchon, among others.

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Alain Ducasse

French chef Alain Ducasse

In New York, the “godfather of French gastronomy” owns the Benoit, a sister restaurant to the Parisian eatery of the same name. The menu offers high-end French bistrot cuisine.

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Laurent Tourondel

Chef Laurent Tourondel

Named Restaurateur of the Year by Bon Appétit magazine in October 2007, Tourondel heads up four eateries in New York, including the Brasserie Ruhlmann on Rockefeller Plaza.

Gabriel Kreuther

Gabriel Kreuther

A native of Alsace, Kreuther was the lead chef at The Modern, listed with two stars in the Michelin guide, before leaving at the start of this year. According to Ny.eater.com, he will soon open a new restaurant in the Big Apple near Bryant Park.

Dinner in White NYC

Dinner in White tradition sparkles again in New York

Dinner in White NYC

With the setting sun glittering on the Hudson, nearly 5,000 people turned out Monday for the fourth edition of “Dinner in White”, dressed to the nines.

In what amounts to a flashmob sunset picnic, diners get details of the event with virtually no notice, and turn up all in white — even bringing chairs.

This year, the surprise locale was Nelson Rockefeller Park, in Manhattan, with its enviable river view. As it is every year, the location was kept secret until minutes before organizers announced it.

Guests turned out with tables, chairs, tableware — all in white. The tradition dates back to an original event 26 years ago in Paris at which the organizer invited guests to all wear white so they would be easily spotted in a park.

The weather was more than cooperative. The music was more than a soupcon French, with tunes from Edith Piaf, to Michel Fugain and Joe Dassin. Guests often get a little whimsical in their dress, with massive hats, masks, feathers and the odd huge string of pearls.

This year, there was sushi, charcuterie, salads, salmon, a cheese plate and champagne before dancing. “It is a challenge to organize but it is worth it,” said a radiant Sandy Safi, co-founder of Diner en blanc international.

At midnight, the park must return to its original state. Guests even collect their own trash and cart it off.

Boutique hotel London NYC

The London NYC’s Runway Package Returns!

Boutique hotel London NYC

Boutique hotel the London NYC has launched a ‘Runway Package’ that aims to put guests in the thick of things, with the heady experience of pulsing flashbulbs, shoulder-rubbing with some of the most beautiful people in the world, and champagne clinking.

Included in the package are two tickets to a runway show at the New York Fashion Week, a night’s stay in the “London Suite”, a manicure by butter London’s Katie Jane Hughes and champagne cocktails at the bar.

Guests can choose from shows like Trina Turk, Libertine, Lela Rose and Milly. Rates start at $2,999. For more info visit thelondonnyc.com.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York runs September 4 to 11.

New York Plaza Hotel

The Plaza Hotel Has Its Own Monopoly Game!

New York Plaza Hotel

For hotel lovers and loyal guests with fond, sentimental memories tied to the New York institution, The Plaza Hotel has created a Monopoly-inspired game aptly called Plaza-opoly.

Instead of Atlantic Avenue and Park Place, players try to acquire properties like The Champagne Bar, The Fitzgerald Suite or The Grand Ballroom.

Another cool feature of the game are the “Now and Then” cards which tell players of the historic moments and locations of the hotel.

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plaza-opoly

If you draw a “Now” card, you can advance to the Palm Court for afternoon tea. If you draw a “Then” card, you could be sent to the Terrace room where Marilyn Monroe once broke a shoulder strap.

Perhaps one of the most fun details: Instead of going to jail, unruly players will be sent to hotel security.

Grand Ballroom

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The Plaza first opened its doors in 1907, and it’s currently the only hotel in New York City designated a National Historic Landmark.

Rupert Murdoch to Buy $57 Million Manhattan Penthouse

Billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch has snapped up four floors of a Madison Square Park condominium tower in Manhattan for $57.3 million.

Manhattan condo building One Madison

The 82-year old tycoon’s apartment is actually a combination of a triplex penthouse, which originally was on the market for $50 million, and the 57th-floor unit below, which was asking $16.5 million.

The penthouse has five bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, and a spiral staircase with views of the World Trade Center site and the Hudson River.

Manhattan Triplex penthouse

The purchase comes just months after the divorce of Murdoch and his wife Wendy Deng Murdoch, who is retaining their Fifth Avenue penthouse as per the divorce deal.

One Madison, a 60-unit tower being developed by Related, is located at the southeast corner of Madison Square Park, with an entrance on 22nd Street.

One madison  triplex penthouse

Residents of One Madison will receive exclusive special services by trained staff as well as access to amenities such as a screening room, a parlor, a dining area, a spa, a yoga room, a fitness center and a children’s playroom.

One Madison

Upper East Side townhouse

Qatar Government to Buy $100 Million Building

The state of Qatar has agreed to purchase a townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for approximately $100 million.

Upper East Side townhouse

Qatar has signed a contract to buy the townhouse at 19 E. 64th St., a 20,500-square-foot property owned by the Wildenstein family, and plans to use the space as its New York consulate.

“This is the perfect choice for our consulate, given its location, size, layout and infrastructure,” Ahmed Yousef Al-Rumaihi, the consul general, said.

The sellers were the Wildenstein family of international art dealers, which used the buildings as its headquarters and art gallery.

The deal, if it closes in April as is reportedly expected, would be the most expensive residential transaction that New York has ever seen.

That designation is currently held by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who paid Citigroup Inc. $88 million in 2011 for a 6,744-square-foot penthouse for his daughter at 15 Central Park West in Manhattan.

Walker Tower

Chelsea penthouse sells for $50.9 million

A full-floor penthouse at the top of Walker Tower, a newly converted luxury condominium in Chelsea, sold for more than $50 million, setting a new record for the most expensive home ever sold in Downtown Manhattan.

Walker Tower

The 5,955-square-foot, five-bedroom apartment takes up the entire 24th floor of Walker Tower, an Art Deco office building converted to condos.

The luxury apartment has a private south-facing terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows on all four sides, allowing views of the Statue of Liberty, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. The unit also has nearly 13-foot-high coffered ceilings and three wood-burning fireplaces.

Walker Tower Penthouse

Walker Tower was originally designed by architect Ralph Walker and converted into 47 luxury apartments by JDS Development Group.

tropical bus shelter

Florida beaches come to the streets of New York

A tropical bus shelter has been installed in New York City in an attempt to entice chilly commuters to sunny Florida.

tropical bus shelter

Featuring seats designed to look like sun loungers, the heated bus shelter is located outside the city’s landmark Grand Central Station and is part of a Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) “The beach looks good on you” initiative to promote tourism in Southern Florida.

On January 28 the campaign will spread to Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall, transforming the space into a tropical oasis complete with palm trees, live music, beach cabanas and huge ‘beach cams’ streaming live images of the Sunshine State’s stretches of sandy coastline.

On January 29 the oasis will move to John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 5, where it will stay until the following Monday.

tropical bus shelter NYC

The campaign also includes a “Beach-on-Wheels” truck, cruising the streets of New York, filled with the sand of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s beaches and free beach-themed pedi-cab rickshaw rides around the city on January 28.

After the NYC event, the promotional tour will travel to Chicago on February 19, to Washington D.C. on March 18, and to São Paulo, Brazil, on April 29.

New York Palace lobby

Martin Katz Jewel Suite at New York Palace Hotel

In lieu of a complimentary fruit basket or bottle of bubbly, a luxury hotel in New York City is giving away diamond rings with your reservation. The catch? A one-night’s stay costs $25,000.

New York Palace lobby

Guests of The New York Palace’s Jewel Suite, designed by jeweler to the stars Martin Katz, stay in a 5,000-square foot, three-level apartment bedecked in gemstones and rich, plush fabrics on the building’s 53rd floor.

New York Palace room

The suite, complete with its own private roof-top deck and garden with an elevated spa, offers an unparalleled view of the NYC skyline.

New York Palace suite dining room

Guests of the Martin Katz Jewel Suite are treated to exclusive amenities including a complimentary, original Martin Katz Diamond Microband Ring, valued at $2,500, a rare private consultation with Katz himself, champagne, white roses, Michel Richard white chocolate diamond truffles, a Maybach house car service, and Maître d’étage service to fulfill guest’s every whim.

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