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Kiehls spa

Kiehl’s to open first own spa

Kiehls 1851 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 64th Street on the Upper East Side.

The ground floor will host a conventional Kiehl’s store, while the spa called 1851 — alluding to the brand’s founding year — will occupy the second floor.
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Louis Vuitton The Landmark Hong Kong

The world’s most expensive retail rents

Louis Vuitton The Landmark Hong Kong

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 terms of what tenants pay for retail locations across the city.

Hong Kong last year surpassed Sydney as the second-most expensive city in the world, with the average cost being paid now hitting US$1,687 per square foot per year according to global commercial property company CB Richard Ellis.
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Ladurée to open in New York City

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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 reign as the frosted, portable dessert snack of choice for New Yorkers and tourists alike, the French house is hoping to take a bite out of the market and start a new trend.

Oone that appeals to the well-heeled Manhattanite who dines on fine china, drinks tea with her pinky held aloft and swoons at dainty, fairytale pastries.
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the most expensive hot dog

Most Expensive Hot Dog in the World

the most expensive hot dog

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 now put the luxurious ‘haute’ dog on their menu for the deep-pocketed, hot dog aficionado.

The foot-long hot dog (30 cm) is made from pure beef, grilled in white truffle oil, sandwiched in a pretzel bun from Germany, and toasted with white truffle butter.
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Morgans Hotel Group Unveil the Mondrian SoHo

Mondrian soho hotel bedroom

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 French fantasy film “La Belle et la Bête.”
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Marlow and Sons

Don’t just eat dinner — wear it

Marlow and Sons

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 of cows and other animals served up from the kitchen.

“We want something people could enjoy beyond their dinner,” Kate Huling, wife of the owner, told AFP. “They come in, they eat, they leave and usually think of something else. So the bags really preserve and honor that animal.”
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JFK Airport TWA Flight Center

Boutique hotel proposed for JFK airport

JFK Airport TWA Flight Center

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 by Eero Saarinen, is built in a striking shape reminiscent of bird wings and is considered both a historic and architectural landmark.
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Chelsea Hotel New York

NY’s storied Chelsea Hotel hits market

Chelsea Hotel New York

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 among those living there. Poet Dylan Thomas died there, as did Nancy, the girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious.
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Cunard cruise ships New York Harbor

Cruising predicted to grow in 2011

Cunard cruise ships New York Harbor

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 the second time in history that Cunard’s fleet has been in the same place at the same time.
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swarovski movie

Swarovski’s Cinema Spot Video

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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 all to admire on the Swarovski billboards at Times Square and Rockefeller Center in New York.

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Google buys New York office building for $1.9 Billion

google building

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 said the final price, including transfer taxes and assorted other fees, could be 1.9 billion dollars.
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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 leaving to a mysterious destination to be revealed very soon…
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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 space, a mini-fridge offering complimentary refreshments, and an iPhone.
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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 the illusion that images were extending beyond the building and floating out into space toward the audience, complete with music.
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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 sound and even a mist of Ralph Lauren fragrance as the facade of its two flagships light up with projected images of giant models and polo players towering over the crowds at four stories tall.

The public art shows will illuminate the evening sky and give audiences the impression that the virtual models are gliding towards them.
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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 Wellington took fourth place spot, with the book saying that the innovative and inspiring city might just be the ‘Best Little Capital in the World’.
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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 costs $2 million with its incredible 142 carats of white diamonds, topazes and sapphires.
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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 from last year, and an unchanged five with the maximum of three stars.

Three French eateries keep their places in the highest ratings: Jean Georges, Daniel, and Le Bernardin, as do the Japanese Masa, and California chef Thomas Keller’s Per Se.
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