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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 named 15 Penn Plaza and designed by the architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, will go up two blocks from the Empire State building and across the street from Penn Station, a major bus and rail hub.
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The W New York Downtown Opens

W Hotels officially opened the W New York Downtown August 18, a towering structure just steps away from the planned Freedom Tower on Ground Zero.

The 58 floor tower features 217 guest rooms in the new hotel and more in private condos, both offering views of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Hudson River and Battery Park.

Starwood says that the interior has been designed around the creative notion of a “ripple effect”, featuring a light installation by UK artist Bruce Munro which features 1,260 hanging lights capable of changing color to create glowing waves of energy.
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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s Luxurious Living

Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban have splashed out $10million on a luxurious Manhattan penthouse apartment, into which they can drive their car.

Kidman and Urban’s new pad in Chelsea comes with an ‘en suite Sky Garage’, a car elevator that will let them take their limo all the way up to the 6th floor.

The building, which has stunning Hudson River views, is the first in New York City to get the feature, the Dailymail reports.
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The Chatwal New York Makes A Grand Entrance

American-Indian entrepreneur Sant Singh Chatwal has opened the first hotel in a new chain of luxury properties he hopes will become a global brand.

The Chatwal New York opened August 8 in a landmark 1905 building designed by Stanford White in New York City and is the only member of the Leading Hotels of the World in the Manhattan theater district.

The new property has been designed by Thierry Despont to offer “contemporary luxuries and ultra-modern technology” in a 1930s Deco design environment.
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NYC hotel to introduce Porsche fleet for guests

Guests at New York’s Gansevoort Hotels will soon be able to enjoy the city from the back of a Porsche, thanks to an agreement between the hotel and the luxury car maker.

Both of Gansevoort’s New York properties — The Gansevoort Hotel and The Gansevoort Park Avenue South — are to offer free in-town car service and airport transfers in a fleet of Porsche vehicles.

From August 15,the trendy NYC hotels will squire you around town in the roomy 2011 Porsche Panamera 4S.
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New York Has the Most Millionaires

New York had 667,200 millionaires in 2009, a whopping 18.7% increase from the year before, according to a study released by the consulting firm Capgemini.

The French consulting firm, calculated the number of individuals with a net worth of over $1 million, excluding real estate, in the 10 largest metropolitan areas in the United States.

The results provide further indication that the nation’s wealthy have recovered more swiftly than the nation’s less-well-off.
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New York hotel offers dog teepees

New York’s luxury Essex House hotel is to launch amenities for dogs, its owner Jumeirah confirmed July 28.

It plans to launch a five-star “canine turndown service” for its four-legged guests in partnership with Amy Kizer, who founded dog accessory line Wagwear.

Among the products will be a Wagwear dog bed or Tee Pee Hound Lounge, a dog-sized tent with a fleece-lined bed to keep pampered pooches comfortable during their stay.
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InterContinental Times Square opens in New York

InterContinental opened its much-anticipated New York property in the heart of Manhattan July 12, the latest in a string of high-profile openings for the city.

The firm says that along with being the largest new-build hotel to open in the city since 2002, the 607-room InterContinental is also one of the most environmentally responsible hotels in the city.

It will be the largest new hotel in the city to receive the LEED green building certification from the US Green Building Council.
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Ferrari Store Opens in New York

The Ferrari Store of New York has officially opened its doors, unveiling a retail space offering an array of branded apparel and lifestyle products.

The 200 square metres space is dedicated to the Ferrari Store, sitting next to the Ferrari Showroom.

The New York store is the 37th store worldwide to open. It is situated on the corner of Park Avenue and 55th Street, with windows on Park Avenue.
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New York City launches new marketing campaign

New York City has launched a new global campaign to persuade people to visit as it tries to hit its ambitious annual visitor target of 50 million by 2012.

The city, which is the most popular tourist destination in the United States, unveiled its “See More. Be More. This is New York City” campaign last week, which will run in countries around the world.

By focusing on all five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island), the campaign is expected to further broaden the appeal of lesser-known areas such as Brooklyn.
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Wall Street sign sells for $116.5K at auction

A porcelain sign that once marked the intersection of Wall and Broad streets fetched $116,500 at Christie’s in Manhattan yesterday.

The seller, Kevin Lessin, bought the vintage sign about 25 years ago from a dealer liquidating the estate of a collector of New York memorabilia.

The sign consists of two enamel plaques set crosswise, with Broad above Wall in white letters on a cobalt-blue background.
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Ground Zero hotel opens — but is it too soon?

The new hotel next to the site of the former World Trade Center in NYC officially opened June 9, although guests won’t have much of a view for a few years.

The World Center Hotel is located on the southern edge of the World Trade Centre rectangle and offers views of the new One World Trade Center, which is currently under construction and expected to be completed in 2013.

The hotel offers five types of guest rooms, a private restaurant and club on the 20th floor, instant check-in, free wifi and a host of “green” innovations such as eco-friendly showerheads and room occupancy sensors.
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Trump SoHo New York Set to Open April 9

The Trump SoHo New York is set to open April 9, signaling the Trump group’s determination to continue building a name for itself with ultra-luxury travelers.

The collection, run by Donald Trump and three of his children, currently boasts just four properties in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and Waikiki.

The Trump SoHo, a 46-storey, 391-room glass tower in the center of downtown Manhattan, may be the most impressive property in the portfolio so far.

And the group isn’t finished yet ! Later this year, it will open a new property in Panama, before expanding into Canada in 2011.
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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 clothing, jewelry, home decor and gifts and also has a floral boutique and spa.
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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 the same standard of living as someone who makes $50,000 in Houston, Texas, according to the New York Daily News.
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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 Latin America the worst affected — a fall of 21 percent year on year.

Asia fell by 16 percent, North America by 14 percent and Europe by 13 percent.

Moscow, formerly the world’s most expensive city for hotels, posted the largest fall, with a staggering 41 percent wiped off the average price of a room.
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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 boutique in the world that is dedicated to men only.
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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 when she lost her balance and fell against The Actor, damaging the lower right corner.
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