Tag Archives: New York

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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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 approximately 70 years old).
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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 an eight-minute trip between one of the heliports in Manhattan and Kennedy International or Newark Liberty International Airports
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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 use the internet while aboard.
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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 led to the quick return of the instrument to the Korean violinist on Monday.
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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 clocks housed in four 14-foot-high round windows.
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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 May – The day declared as the official Burberry Day in New York City by Mayor Bloomberg.
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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 season.

Event proceeds will benefit American Friends of Sentebale, a U.S.-based charity that supports at-risk children in Lesotho, Africa.
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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 Black Diamonds, hand-cut Black Onyx and Sparkling Pink, Blue and Yellow Sapphires, make Diamond Dog New York a fine jewelry line that is exceptionally beautiful and tasteful. Via: Momist

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 is also a vote of confidence in the future of New York as a fashion capital,” Bloomberg added at the opening.

This new Armani store held an exclusive party to celebrate the opening of Armani’s latest piece of Manhattan real estate.

A host of celebrities were present at the event included Leonardo DiCaprio, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Josh Hartnett, Milla Jovovich, Molly Sims, Ricky Martin, celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, Victoria Beckham, and a pregnant Mira Sorvino.

Armani created a “capsule collection” that will be available only in the Fifth Avenue, and some lucky celebs already wore it last night.

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