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Google buys New York office building for $1.9 Billion

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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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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 told The Associated Press that the 2-foot-long copper casting is one of the four castings that were made.
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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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