Tag Archives: New York

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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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 format was not due to economic strain, Bonnie Takhar, CEO of Halston maintained — “It was something we were planning since September, before the world fell apart.”

But it has worked out with the economy in mind: “A lot of people’s budgets will be cut and many won’t be traveling to see the shows, and this is a way to be inclusive.”

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 will then apply her vision to London’s Bond Street location.
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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 laser cut and then put together by hand

Pieces can be made in either light or dark woods, and clients often choose to pit different cities against each other.

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Lufthansa Unveils Premium Lounge at JFK Airport

Lufthansa has officially unveiled its new lounge at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The facility encompasses nearly 16,000 square feet, about twice the size of the airline’s original.

JFK lounge, and features three levels, each dedicated to one of Lufthansa’s premium passenger segments – Business Class, Senator and First Class/HON Circle.

You can also get into the new lounge if you’re a Frequent Traveler (35,000 miles a year) on any Star Alliance carrier : )
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New Fragrance Bond. No 9 Brooklyn

Bond No. 9 is a New York based fragrance house best known for creating fragrances that pay homage to New York City and its neighborhoods.

Bond No. 9 – named after its flagship boutique at 9 Bond Street in NoHo – was the brainchild of French perfume expert, Laurice Rahme, a resident of New York for 25 years.

I love the new, “controversial” Bond No. 9 Booklyn bottle though (Apparently some folks object to the idea of Brooklyn being represented by graffiti).
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LE BOOK New York 2009 by Stephen Sprouse

LE BOOK – the international reference for the creative industry – announces the release of its New York 2009 edition, art by fashion “punk glamor god and design icon Stephen Sprouse (1953-2004).

In what seems to be the “Year of Sprouse”, the publication celebrates his life with a three-volume reference featuring rare snapshots and sketches while showcasing the designer’s work including album covers, sets and multi-media installations while dressing the likes of Madonna, Courtney Love, and Mick Jagger.

Stephen Sprouse personified the downtown club scene in NYC in the 80’s as well as clothing another fashion icon, Vogue’s Polly Mellon. Sprouse was close friends with his muse Debbie Harry and Andy Warhol.
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Trump SoHo New York To Open Fall 2009

Downtown New York will greet its first ultra-luxury high-rise hotel when Trump SoHo New York opens in Fall 2009.

Located at 246 Spring Street in the heart of the fashionable SoHo district, the dramatic, 46-story, 400-room glass tower neighbors numerous art galleries and chic boutiques.

Eleven spectacular penthouse suites crown the top three floors of Trump SoHo New York, including the largest suite on the East Coast, measuring 10,045 square feet.

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Giorgio Armani on Fifth Avenue

Giorgio Armani has unveiled his vision for his latest store: « Massive » can’t even begin to describe the 43,000 square-foot space that will house all of the designer’s collections – from the mainline Emporio Armani and Giorgio Armani ranges to Armani Casa and Armani Jeans.

Set along New York’s trend setting Fifth Avenue, the space, which formerly housed Hugo Boss, will give its customers a “total experience” that will include an in –house restaurant.

Armani himself was actively involved in the design, which was realised by architects Doriana and Massimilano Fukas – the creative minds behind the brand’s Chater House and Ginza Tower concept stores in Hong Kong and Tokyo respectively.
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Green Dreams on Madison Square: New York

New Yorkers are used to living amongst huge skyscrapers around Madison Square Park but they have probably never seen anything like this.

For his first New York building, Daniel Libeskind has proposed a 900+ foot, 54-story glass condo with dripping sky gardens. Libeskind’s creation would swoop up next to, and past, the 700-foot Met Life tower.

Initial designs show a glass-curtained tube with cutaways spiraling up and around the façade to reveal segments of terraced verdure, like cultivated patches on the side of a steep alpine slope.
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Calvin Klein DollHouse, New York

Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus of Ramus-Ella Architects (REX) created the holiday attraction of the Calvin Klein store on 5th Avenue in New York.

It is a miniature four-storey dwelling complete with a landscaped rooftop. It is a miniature but it is not tiny. It weighs 1,000 pounds and is suspended in the air from steel hangers

The installation was created with Calvin Klein’s consumer image in mind. The stylish installation covers 4 complete floors, with a landscaped rooftop, and was constructed of acrylic sheet, steel, and stretch Spandex.
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56 Leonard Street by Herzog & de Meuron: the video

Back in September we featured 56 Leonard by Herzog & de Meuron that will have a great impact in the skyline of New York.

Now, we have this amazing video, created as a marketing tool for the building, by Tronic Studios.

The video reveals some portions of the structure of this building, such as beams that distribute the vertical charges of this particular typology.

New York The Magnum Edition

Here’s your chance to show just how much you heart New York : Magnum is launching a new Edition of the book “New York” published by Gloria that includes agelatin silver print by Leonard Freed (estate stamped).There are only 25 of them available worldwide.

The book hosts 1500 images, 756 pages, weighs 12 kg (26 pounds) and is housed in case designed to look like a skyscraper.

The book features the most iconic images of New York by some of the most respected photographers of our times .Included among the 28 featured Magnum photographers are Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton, Patrick Demarchelier and David Baily, exhibiting some of the most iconic images of New York alongside chapters written by such literary talents like EB White, Tom Wolfe, Anthony DeCurtis and Ric Burns, among others.

The book has thirty three chapters covering every aspect of the New York story, including history, architecture, design, art, fashion, music, film, television, dance, sport and 9/11. Chapters have been written by the cream of New York literary talent including Ric Burns, Anthony DeCurtis, Don DeLillo, Paul Goldberger, David Halberstam, Pete Hamill, Michael Kantor, David Remnick, James Sanders, Gay Talese, John Updike, EB White, Colson Whitehead and Tom Wolfe.

The Magnum edition also includes a 11×14 gelatin silver print by Leonard Freed, estate stamped – whichmeans that each print is authenticated by the Estate as being made from the original negative and approved in quality to be to the photographers standards. The actual stamp is a blind embossed stamp that is made on the bottom right margin of each print. Leonard Freed was of the league of photographers who never editioned their work. He never sold tremendous amounts of prints and never had exclusive gallery representation , making this book a true collectible.

The book will be launched on 5 Nov with an event at National Arts Club in New York. To reserve a copy email [email protected] . The price is $4,000.