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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

Boutique hotel proposed for JFK airport

A top-end boutique hotel could soon be built in a vacant terminal at New York’s busy JFK airport, according to the Wall Street Journal. The TWA Flight Center at JFK International, which has been closed since 2001, is being touted by its owners as the potential centrepiece for a “small, high-end hotel”. The building, designed … Continued

NY’s storied Chelsea Hotel hits market

New York‘s storied Chelsea Hotel, the classic haunt of artists and hell-raising performers, is for sale and, perhaps, so is its soul. The 12-floor building with the neon sign “Hotel Chelsea” is a landmark in Manhattan thanks to its long list of famous residents. Playwright Arthur Miller and singers Janis Joplin and Patti Smith were … Continued

Cruising predicted to grow in 2011

As three of the world’s newest cruise liners just steamed into New York harbour, the organization representing the world’s cruise lines is expecting a record 2011. New Yorkers were treated to a fireworks display to celebrate the simultaneous visit of Cunard‘s Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth to the city. It is only … Continued

Swarovski’s Cinema Spot Video

Swarovski has enlisted multimedia artist Bruno Aveillan to make a cinema spot with them that would conjure Swarovski’s more than 115 year heritage on the big screen. The video shows a Swarovski model ambling across a crystalline dreamscape and interacting with the brand’s products. From now through February, the cinema spot will be airing for … Continued

Google buys New York office building for $1.9 Billion

Google said Wednesday that it had purchased an 18-story building in New York to house its more than 2,000-strong workforce in the city. Google did not announce a purchase price for the building at 111 Eighth Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood but the New York Post put the cost at 1.77 billion dollars. The newspaper … Continued

Louis Vuitton S/S 2011 ft Scott Campbell [video]

Louis Vuitton introduces the first step of the video diptyque dedicated to the men’s Spring/Summer 2011 collections. This season is embodied by the artist and tatooist Scott Campbell, who collaborated on the runway collection presented in June 2010 in Paris. The clip invites you to follow Scott Campbell in his New York creative universe before … Continued

Peninsula Hotels Introduces Mini Coopers

The Peninsula New York and The Peninsula Chicago have unveiled two customised MINI Cooper S Clubman vehicles. Guests who book a suite at each hotel will have free access to a MINI for up to three hours per day during their stay. Each car is specially fitted with a tailor-made rooftop box providing extra cargo … Continued

The wonderful World of Ralph Lauren in 4D!

Last night the much anticipated Ralph Lauren 4D events took place in London and New York, celebrating 10 years of being on the web. Larger-than-life models, Polo players four stories tall, and iconic accessories such as the Ricky Bag, ties and belts all appeared to wrap the length of the building. The installation also gave … Continued

You’re Invited to See Ralph Lauren in 4D

In honor of the tenth anniversary of its US e-commerce site and to toast the recent launch of its UK version, Ralph Lauren is staging one-of-a-kind public 4D fashion spectacles tonight (November 10) at its new Madison Avenue location in New York and its Bond Street flagship in London. The sensory experience will involve ambient … Continued

New York tops 2011’s best cities

Lonely Planet has named its top cities to visit in 2011, picking New York as the best place in the world to be next year. The list, compiled as part of the publisher’s Best in Travel 2011 guide, puts the Moroccan city of Tangier in second place and Tel Aviv in third. New Zealand capital … Continued

Adriana Lima models $2 million bra in New York

Adriana Lima has debuted the US$2 million diamond-encrusted bra she will wear at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show during an instore appearance. Designed in collaboration with Italian jeweller Damiani, and containing more than 3,000 jewels, the piece took six craftsmen 1,500 hours of work to complete. Adriana needed a security team just for her bra … Continued

Michelin Guide New York City 2011

With 57 restaurants winning stars in this year’s Michelin guide, New York comes in only at fifth place in world rankings, but is the hands-down number one for culinary diversity. The 2011 New York guide, which precedes all the other city surveys due this year, sees the Big Apple with 10 two-star restaurants, up four … Continued

Louis Vuitton City Guide 2011 – New York

Directed by Romain Chassaing in promotion of Louis Vuiton’s NYC Guide for 2011, the brand attempt to solve the mystery of New York’s Big Apple title. Louis Vuitton New-York City Guide 2011 Edition will be available on October 15th.

Statue of Liberty’s Nose Up for Auction

A copper chunk of nose, crafted to fit Lady Liberty’s face during her 1980s restoration, will be auctioned next month. “It’s the tip of the nose with the area around the nostrils. It doesn’t sound like it would be, but it’s fairly attractive looking,” said Arlan Ettinger, president of Guernsey’s Auction House. President Arlan Ettinger … Continued

New York’s 15 Penn Plaza approved

City authorities on Wednesday approved plans to build a 67-floor skyscraper near New York City’s tallest structure, the Empire State Building, over objections from owners of the iconic landmark. The full city council overwhelmingly approved the project in a 47-1 vote. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already voiced support for the building. The new skyscraper, currently … Continued