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Hotel Rates in New York City skyrocket ahead of NYE

New York may be officially the most popular place in the US to spend New Year, but travelers will still be paying through the nose for the privilege. Staying in the Big Apple in 2012 will cost revelers up to 700 percent more than normal, price comparison site NewYorkHotels.org said this week. On average, the … Continued

One57 to be NYC’s Tallest Residential Tower

One57, the ultra-luxury condo tower that’s under construction on West 57th Street, is being billed as the tallest residential tower in New York City. Thirteen condos in the building are listed with asking prices of $42 million or more, and two high-floor duplexes are priced at $98.5 million. The 90-story glass tower will feature 95 … Continued

$100,000 Bill On The Streets of NYC

Artist John Baldessari has plastered a fake $100,000 bill on a billboard next to Manhattan’s High Line elevated park, on 10th Avenue at West 18th Street. $100,000 bills actually exist. They were printed during the Great Depression but never publicly circulated.

Chanel Iman Unveils Million Dollar DKNY Fragrance

Model Chanel Iman unveiled what has been dubbed the world’s first million-dollar fragrance bottle in New York on December 5. The 21-year-old was accompanied by bodyguards to present a specially designed version of the latest fragrance Golden Delicious at DKNY’s New York flagship store. Inspired by the New York skyline and designed by jeweler Martin … Continued

Vacheron Constantin Opens First Ever U.S. Boutique

Watchmaker Vacheron Constantin has opened its 28th boutique—and its first-ever in the United States—on New York’s Madison Avenue. The new outpost will join Vacheron Constantin’s existing boutiques in other cosmopolitan capitals like Moscow, Shanghai, Dubai and Geneva. Ideally situated on the corner of 64th Street and Madison Avenue, in a historic building reminiscent of a … Continued

Gwyneth Paltrow Is the New Face of Coach

Gwyneth Paltrow, an award-winning actress, singer, author and style icon, will be the star of the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 fashion advertising campaign. The campaign, which was shot by Peter Lindbergh on a Manhattahn rooftop, will be featured in Asia and Europe, including France, Spain, the U.K., Portugal, and China. “I grew up in New … Continued

The New York City 2012 Michelin Guide Unleashed

The Michelin New York Guide for 2012 is out and the inspectors have spoken, crowning two more restaurants with their top culinary honor, bumping up the star power for another two, and demoting another. After languishing for years with one star, Eleven Madison Park steered by chef Daniel Humm has vaulted to the top to … Continued

New York Marriott Marquis undergoes renovation

Following its 25th anniversary last year, Marriott Hotels & Resorts has unveiled the newly renovated New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. A focus of the major upgrade is the brand’s reinvented lobby, including two signature restaurants and lounges. The makeover includes the hotel’s nearly 2,000 guest rooms and a brand-new, high-tech ballroom and will … Continued

Mulberry opens first US flagship store in New York

Mulberry has opened its largest and third retail location in New York and for the first time will offer its entire collection in-store in the United States. Mulberry’s third New York location, and its second in the SoHo district, is on Spring Street. The new location is 5,000 square feet and opened Sept. 6. The … Continued

The most expensive shops in the U.S.

Bundle did a little research project into the most expensive shops in the United States – that is, the stores that have the largest receipts on average. Oscar de la Renta in NYC that holds the title, with their average customer leaving the shop spending around $3,217. This isn’t atypical considering dresses in his ready … Continued

Marriott to build New York’s tallest hotel

Global hotel chain Marriott, which operates 3,600 hotels around the world, has announced plans to build the tallest hotel in New York City. The brand plans to build a new 68-story skyscraper on Manhattan’s 54th Street to house two hotels under the brands Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn. The tower will be designed by … Continued

Kiehl’s spa now open

Cult beauty brand Kiehl’s launched its first-ever spa in New York, the city where it all began 160 years ago, on Wednesday. Fans of the label will be able to enjoy treatments performed exclusively with its products in a two-story locale at 157 East 64th Street on the Upper East Side. The ground floor hosts … Continued

Kiehl’s to open first own spa

Hip spa chains like Bliss are in for some serious competition: Kiehl’s is about to launch its first-ever spa in New York, the city where it all began 160 years ago. From mid-July, fans of the label will be able to enjoy treatments performed exclusively with its products in a two-story locale at 157 East … Continued

The world’s most expensive retail rents

As a shopping destination, Hong Kong has over the past decade charted a course towards the very high-end in brands — and it seems retailers are now paying a very expensive price for the trend. With a 46 percent rise in rents, quarter on quarter, Hong Kong is now second only to New York in … Continued

Ladurée to open in New York City

Famous, luxury Parisian patisserie Maison Ladurée has announced plans to set up its first US outpost in New York this summer. The opulent boutique — known for its pastel-colored, feather-light macarons and elegant tea houses across Paris — will open a boutique on Madison Avenue in July. In a city where the cupcake continues to … Continued

Most Expensive Hot Dog in the World

What was created as a novelty item last year has now been added to a popular New York restaurant menu permanently. The ‘Serendipity Foot Long Haute Dog’ was admitted into the Guinness World Records last year for being the most expensive hot dog in the world, at $69. Months after its creation, Serendipity 3, has … Continued

Morgans Hotel Group Unveil the Mondrian SoHo

Mondrian SoHo, Morgans Hotel Group’s third Mondrian and debut hotel property in downtown Manhattan, officially opened this week. Morgans selected Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, the visionary behind the re-imagined Mondrian Los Angeles, to create Mondrian SoHo in collaboration with the company’s renowned in-house design team. Noriega-Ortiz’s design for the hotel draws inspiration from Jean Coucteau’s 1946 romantic … Continued

Don’t just eat dinner — wear it

If you really loved your meal at one New York restaurant, you can now walk out with the skin of the animal you ate. Marlow & Sons, an eaterie in the city’s trendy Williamsburg neighborhood, wants clients to be able to remember their meals forever by purchasing items such as bags made from the hide … Continued