Takashimaya to Close Fifth Avenue Store

Japanese retailer Takashimaya plans to close its New York flagship this June, according to Crainsnewyork.com. Located at 693 Fifth Ave., between East 54th and East 55th streets, the store has been at the building, which the company owns and plans to sell, since 1993. The multi-level store has shopping in categories including women’s and men’s … Continued

NYC tops list of America’s most expensive cities

New York City‘s got fashionable Fifth Avenue, trendy Tribeca and an oasis in Central Park. To enjoy those perks, residents pay up. The Big Apple topped a new list of America’s most expensive cities, with a measured cost of living surpassing that of Houston, Boston and Washington, D.C. Making $123,000 a year would buy you … Continued

World hotel prices plummeted in 2009

Hotel prices fell by an average of 14 percent globally in 2009, according to figures released March 2 by Hotels.com. Around the world, hotel prices now cost four percent less than they did in 2004, says the most recent edition of the firm’s Hotel Price Index (HPI). Every continent posted a drop in prices, with … Continued

European luxury invades NY’s Madison Ave

For the man who has everything except that perfect alligator skin jacket, he need only visit Hermes’ newly opened boutique on Madison Avenue in New York, where the snappy garment sells for 158,000 dollars.

Hermes Opens Store Just for Men

While other stores are closing, Hermès will open its first store entirely dedicated to men’s ready-to-wear, accessories and art of living on Wednesday. Located at 690 Madison Avenue in New York, “Hermès Man on Madison” will stand directly across the street from the U.S. flagship store. The 2,450 square foot store is the first Hermès … Continued

Picasso painting damaged at New York museum‎

A woman who was taking an art class at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has accidentally fallen into a $130million Picasso painting and damaged it. The painting called The Actor sustained a vertical tear of about six inches (15cm) in the lower right-hand corner. The woman was attending an adult education class last week … Continued

70-Year-Old Lobster Deserves Freedom

This 11 pound, 70-year old lobster is currently available for purchase at New York’s Oceana restaurant for $275. Oceana purchased the 11-pound crustacean earlier this week after customers complained that the restaurant’s lobsters weren’t big enough. (Because lobsters’ age can be determined by weight, the Oceana owners believe the 11 pound crustacean, nicknamed “Peter,” is … Continued

Financial troubles ground NYC helicopter shuttle

Scheduled helicopter service between two heliports in Manhattan and two major airports that serve New York City abruptly shut down on Friday. U.S. Helicopter, which started up 3 ½ years ago, provided the first shuttle service since the 1980s from Manhattan to a commercial airport. It was charging as much as $159 each way for … Continued

BA launches luxury service to New York

British Airways will launch a luxury, all-business class transatlantic service today featuring flat beds and the latest communications technology. The twice-daily service between London City Airport and New York offers 32 seats in specially configured Airbus A318 aircraft. Return fares will start at £1,901 and passengers will be able to send emails and texts and … Continued

Musician Hahn-Bin leaves $500k violin in cab

South Korean-born violin virtuoso Hahn-Bin accidently left his $500,000 18th century Giovanni Francesco Pressenda violin in the back of a New York City cab. It was only after the exhausted fiddler had taken a shower in his Chinatown apartment that he realized what had happened. City taxi officials say a GPS device in the cab … Continued

Brooklyn’s Most Expensive Apartment

A striking triplex penthouse apartment in a clock tower overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and New York Harbor has gone on the market for $25 million. The Dumbo building was built by a cardboard box manufacturer and renovated by Dumbo developer David Walentas. The main floor of the sleek modern apartment is dominated by four working … Continued

Burberry Lights Up The New York Skyline

The Manhattan skyline will lose a bit of New York and gain a touch of London in coming months. Getting ready to light up the New York skyline, a fifty foot Burberry sign is installed on the roof of the new Burberry Americas headquarters at 444 Madison Avenue. The sign will be illuminated on 28 … Continued

Prince Harry Coming To America

Prince Harry will be making his first-ever formal visit to the United States later this month to participate in the second annual Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic, taking place on Saturday, May 30th. The Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic will coincide with the 400th anniversary of New York and opening day of the Governors Island … Continued

Armani on 5th Avenue

The Armani 5th Avenue store in New York City, designed by Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas Architects, opened last week. The central feature of the 4-storey store is a sculptural steel staircase.

Diamond Dog New York: jewelry line for pet lovers

I know there are alot of pet lovers on here. Check out this new high end jewelry line for pet lovers: Diamond Dog New York. Diamond Dog New York is a Collection featuring exquisitely designed charms, rings, earrings and chains set in 18k white gold and matte yellow gold. Encrusted with micro-pave’ White, Brown and … Continued

Armani’s 5th Avenue Store Grand Opening Celebration

Last night was the opening of the new Armani megastore on New York’s Fifth Avenue. Designed by Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, the 4,000-square-metre with the sinuous and futuristic spiral staircase in cream-coloured cement, had already been called by the Mayor Bloomberg as “Guggenheim Two”. ”This is not just a great architectural masterpiece but … Continued

Halston Fall 2009 Video Presentation

In the spirit of saving money, Halston presented its fall 2009 collection in a music video instead of on the runway. The video stars Dree Hemingway, a ballerina and granddaughter of the writer Ernest Hemingway, running through a city, wearing a yellow Halston dress and heels, and passing by other Halston-wearing women. The change in … Continued

Prada gets ‘Iconoclast’ makeover

Four of the world’s leading fashion editors are putting their signatures on the visual identity of Prada stores in New York, London, Milan, and Paris for the upcoming fashion season. Following the order of the fashion week season, W Magazine’s Alex White will start the project with the New York Broadway store. Love’s Katie Grand … Continued

Steve Vigar Designs Chess Set

Steve Vigar has designed a unique chess set. The topic of this handmade chess set is connected with the designer’s life-long love of architecture and fascination with classic building design. Three cities are beautifully represented: San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. The pieces feature skylines and residential architectural styles crafted from exotic woods which are … Continued