Winter Philanthropy Events

The holiday season is always jam-packed with presents to buy and people to please. Amidst the hectic and busy time, New York City finds itself buzzing with the overwhelming desire to give back. The upcoming month offers many opportunities to do so with events such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Better Together Gala and the United Nations Development Programme’s A Night for Change. With evenings of fun and philanthropy galore, it will be easy to remember the cause closest to your heart this holiday season.

NBCF’s Better Together Gala

Sunday, December 4th from 2-6PM 
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Join the National Breast Cancer Foundation in debuting its first annual Better Together Gala at Pier A Harbor House in Battery Park. The evening will include three highly anticipated fashion shows and a silent auction, as well as hand-crafted cocktails and decadent hors d’ouevres. The night’s proceeds will go toward raising awareness for breast cancer, offering support for patients and survivors, and funding programs for detection, education, and support services.

UNDP’s A Night for Change

Monday, December 5th at 6:30PM 
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The United Nations Development Programme is celebrating 50 years of fighting inequality and working to end poverty across the world. The Inaugural Global Goals Gala will be an interactive evening featuring celebrity advocates, global partners, a benefit auction, and musical performances by Bob Weir and other notable artists.

Common Threads: Honoring Refugees Through Style + Voice

Wednesday, December 14th 

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Common Threads is a one-of-a-kind event taking place at the Rubin Museum of Art on December 14th. It seeks to unite artists, activists and philanthropists, and share the stories of refugees around the world. The event will tell refugees’ stories through fashion and art, and promises to be a visually striking, emotional evening.

The Gold Gala

Friday, January 27th

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The Gold Gala is an annual star-studded event benefiting cancer charity Kids Need More. The gala takes place at Coral House on January 27th. Attendees can look forward to live music from the Mystic, as well as runway models showcasing Kimberly Towers Runway Couture. There will be cocktails, dinner and a live auction. A portion of the funds raised will go to help George Oliphant, of the hit show George to the Rescue, renovate an RV to visit kids with cancer.

Weekend News | Bed and Breakfast Getaways

With long work days and the constant buzzing that comes with living in NYC, many long for a weekend escape. These days, a luxurious bed and breakfast is just the thing. Enjoy delicious food, incredible scenery and fresh air — all without having to get on a plane to make it happen. Try one of these nearby bed and breakfast spots for the perfect weekend getaway.

1. The Bedford Post in Bedford, NY

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This luxurious country inn has only eight rooms, most with a working fireplace to maximize the cozy ambience. Located in leafy West Chester County, The Bedford Post features a yoga studio and two onsite restaurants: The Barn, a more casual spot for breakfast and lunch, and Campagna, a fine dining destination for Italian delights.

2. Glenmere Mansion in Chester, NY

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Once a Gilded Age hideaway, Glenmere Mansion has 18 contemporary rooms nestled in a historic building and exquisite gardens. Guests have access to outdoor activities in the Hudson Valley but may choose to luxuriate in the onsite spa instead. Onsite dining includes a cozy tavern, fine restaurant rooms and personal room service.

3. The Homestead Inn in Greenwich, CT

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This gracious country mansion is all white shingles and green acres. Each chamber and suite has a unique decor chosen by the owners to be timeless, not trendy. The Homestead Inn’s restaurant is chef Thomas Henkelmann’s personal masterpiece, allowing him to showcase his French culinary training.

4. The Tower Cottage in Point Pleasant, NJ

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The Tower Cottage is the epitome of a Victorian seaside retreat located in Point Pleasant’s historic district. The building is reminiscent of a lighthouse, and the inn pampers guests with complimentary robes and slippers, gas fireplaces and a full gourmet breakfast each morning.

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut offer lovely bed and breakfast spots to escape from the stresses of city life any time. Book a trip that’s just a few hours away by car to rejuvenate whenever the mood strikes.

Holiday Gift Guide

What to buy for the person who has everything? Holiday gift giving can feel like a minefield, but there’s no need succumb to the pressure. Instead of worrying about sweater sizes or food allergies, buying a lovely item for the home is sure to please any design enthusiast—and highlight the giver’s good taste as well.

For a lovely selection of tasteful, useful gifts for the home, try these top five online retailers. With a few clicks and a bit of thought, holiday shopping has never been easier.

1. ABC Home 

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With a flair for global design and luxe materials, accessories from ABC Home will add a sophisticated touch to an urban loft. Velvet throw pillows, blown-glass vases and unique zodiac ornaments are excellent choices for holiday gifts. Their selection works well for those who love to travel and bring an eclectic assortment of goods into the home.

2. Williams-Sonoma

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Cookware and gourmet food stuffs made Williams-Sonoma famous, but they also have a lovely selection of home goods. In particular, table linens, monogrammed bath towels and plush faux-fur throws make thoughtful gifts. For serious cooks, consider a useful gadget or special serving dish.

3. West Elm

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Although best known for their livable modern furniture and clean design, West Elm also offers a wide range of home decor items that make wonderful holiday gifts. Decorative mirrors with jewel-encrusted frames or modern wall clocks are outside-the-box choices for artistic gifts.

4. Restoration Hardware

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It’s easy to see why Restoration Hardware is a go-to source for masculine urban decorating. In addition to historically accurate hardware and lighting fixtures, they also offer high-quality bar accessories and stylish versions of classic board games for the man who has it all and just wants to relax.

5. CB2

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CB2 is Crate and Barrel’s modern home design offshoot, and they have a stunning collection of holiday decorations that skip the kitsch and go straight for sleek. Modern metallic wreaths, disco-ball snowmen and asteroid ornaments in 1950s mod colors are just some of the choices in their winkingly festive holiday shop.

For many lovers of art and design, there’s no better gift than something that adds a touch of beauty and excellent design to their urban home. Choose from a carefully curated selection of gifts for a foolproof gift-giving season. 

Food News | The Top Five Restaurants to Close Out 2016

New Year’s Eve is a special night full memories of the year gone by and the promise of a fresh start on the horizon. No where in the world rings in the new year like New York, but Times Square isn’t the only place to celebrate.

For a more intimate celebration complete with an incredible meal and a great bottle of wine, book a table for one of these restaurants’ special celebrations. 
In the City That Never Sleeps, staying up until midnight to say hello to 2017 has never been easier — especially with a fine meal from one of the city’s best restaurants.

1. Aureole

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Located mere steps from the Times Square ball drop, Aureole is making the most of their location by hosting a Black and Gold New Year’s Eve Gala. Lobster with caviar, black truffle tortellini and a decadent ball-drop themed dessert are on the five-course menu. Reservations are required; book online.

2. The Garden at The Four Seasons

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Enjoy a swank Roaring 20s soiree at TY Bar with a table that includes a bottle of Cristal, caviar service and assorted canapes and petits fours. Reserve tickets by phoning (844) 760-6347 or by email.

3. James Beard House

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Chef Rob Nelson will cook up a Southern New Year’s Eve feast at the James Beard House. Highlights from the extensive menu include fig champagne cocktails, applewood-smoked GrassRoots pork belly and a midnight Champagne toast. Call (212) 627-2308 for reservations or book online.

4. Robert

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A sleek location near the Museum of Art and design makes Robert a fine choice for a romantic New Year’s Eve dinner. The early seating offers a three-course prix fixe menu while the later seating provides four courses. The menu consists of seasonal specialties; the wine list includes no fewer than four types of Champagne. Reserve a table online.

5. Charlie Palmer at The Knick

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For views of Times Square on the big night, Charlie Palmer at The Knick can’t be beat. The first seating menu features an appetizer, two courses and dessert; the second seating menu features the same meal with the additional of two more decadent courses. New Year’s reservations are not accepted online; call (212) 204-4983 to book a table.

Health and Wellness | The Five Best New York Spas for Escaping the Cold

When winter sets in, cold weather can lead to muscle tension and overheated buildings can leave skin dry and fatigued. Add to that the seasonal blues that come from a distinct lack of daylight, and it’s enough to make anyone want to hide away until spring. Luckily, New York City is full of luxurious spas for a much-needed pick-me-up during the winter months. These five locations are perfect for some personal pampering.

1. Aire Ancient Baths

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Thermal baths in pools of different temperatures are reminiscent of life in Ancient Rome. At Aire Ancient Baths, massage, aromatherapy and a not-to-be-missed red wine bath hearken back to a decadent, European experience. Aire is all about body work for total relaxation and rejuvenation.

2. Shibui Spa

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“Our Philosophy is one of balance – balance between the traditional and the modern between nature and city.” Located in The Greenwich Hotel, Shibui Spa offers clients an escape from the concrete jungle and offers an array of massages and skin treatments. Enjoy a Traditional Chinese Reflexology massage or a Healing Birch massage that focuses on softening skin and clearing the mind.

3. Great Jones Spa

A devoted crowd of fashionistas makes Great Jones Spa a sought-after getaway for all things beauty, including facials, mani-pedis, waxing and an array of skin treatments aimed at producing a healthy glow. Massage and Reiki are also on offer, and a detoxifying juice bar rounds out the experience.

4. Ohm Spa and Lounge

Ohm Spa and Lounge is consistently rated New York’s best and it’s easy to see why. Export massage therapists focus on personalized service, and the array of facials and additional beauty services is staggering. The Fifth Avenue location makes it a great location to book a spa party to share the experience.

5. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental

The five-star hotel offers appropriately luxurious spa service as well. The Spa at the Mandarin has everything to warm up on a cold winter day: private treatment rooms, steam showers, a yoga suite with a soaking tub and fireplace and an amethyst crystal steam room. Add a full slate of massage and beauty treatments, and visitors may never leave.

Architecture News | International High Rise Award

Every two years, the City of Frankfurt, in conjunction with the German Architecture Museum, awards the International Highrise Award. Winners are chosen based on the structure’s exemplary sustainability, external shape, and internal spatial and social qualities.

 What the Award Signifies

This prestigious award recognizes outstanding innovation in design and building technology, integration into the urban landscape, and functionality, sustainability and cost-effectiveness in the construction of tall buildings. It is unique because it acknowledges the collaboration between architects and developers that can result in outstanding modern buildings. It awards projects that are architectural achievements and also enhance the lives of the people in and around them.

2016 Award – VIA 57 West

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The International Highrise Award has been bestowed seven times since 2004, and this year, New York’s residential high-rise VIA 57 West was the honored recipient.

This unusual “courtscraper,” envisioned by the architectural firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and built by The Durst Organization, faced many site challenges.

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The site, in Hell’s Kitchen, is bound on four sides by problematic constraints:

  • To the west, the site is separated from the Hudson River by a multilane highway.
  • To the north, there’s a historical electricity plant.
  • To the south, a newly built waste-sorting center creates noise and odors.
  • To the east stands a conventional 130-meter-high residential tower, and its view of the Hudson River could not be obstructed.

The architects responded with a building that rises from three low corners to one high point, transitioning between the low-rise structures in the south and the high-rises in the north. Their solution to preserving the view of the nearby tower was to incorporate a courtyard that also brings afternoon sun deep into the building and extends the greenery of the adjacent Hudson River Park.

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When presenting the award, architecture critic and curator Bart Lootsma described the foundational basis of BIG’s design this way: “The quality of the projects by Bjarke Ingels and BIG in large part does not stem from the way they look, but rather from how they are created and what they achieve.” The defining achievement of VIA 57 West is its unparalleled blending of a stunning high-density building with human elements that encourage interaction between residents and passersby.

New York History | The New Year’s Eve Ball

All the world watches the festivities in Times Square to count down to the start of the new year. It’s one moment where everyone stops to check the time, but why is a lighted ball the designated timekeeper? The history of the New Year’s Eve celebration and the Times Square ball drop is a fascinating one, and the journey begins well before electricity lit up the city that never sleeps.

Timekeeping With a Ball Drop

The idea of dropping a ball as a marker of time actually began as a way to help ship captains set their clocks for their long journeys away from land, clocks and church bells. In England, a Royal Navy captain decided to drop a large red ball from the top of a mast in the harbor, thinking that all nearby ships could set their timepieces by observing it. It worked and became a valuable asset to sailors around the world in the 1830s.

The Times Square Ball Drop

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Though New Yorkers began celebrating New Year’s Eve in the newly christened Times Square in 1904, the first ball wasn’t dropped to mark the occasion until 1907. The first illuminated ball, made of iron and wood, was a substitute for fireworks, which the city banned due to fire concerns. Its 100 25-watt lightbulbs were a glittering look at an electrifying future, and a tradition took root.

The New Year’s Eve Ball Through the Years

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The original 1907 ball was replaced with a lighter model in 1920. This version eliminated the wood in favor of all wrought iron. The ball shed even more weight in 1955, when the first aluminum ball was dropped. In the 1980s, that aluminum ball was given a stem and red lights to look like the Big Apple. In the 1990s, the ball was given several makeovers with colored lights and rhinestones, but the aluminum ball was finally retired in 1998.
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In the year 2000, Waterford Crystal and Phillips Electric paired up to design a crystal-encrusted ball to ring in the new millennium. Since then, the ball has been redesigned to use efficient LED lighting in a range of colors and designs.
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Though the size, structure and look of the ball has changed, one thing has not: All eyes are on Times Square each Dec. 31, and New Yorkers show the world how to throw a truly spectacular celebration.

Architecture | Three Iconic Architects That Have Changed New York City

Living in New York City among some of the tallest skyscrapers can make a person feel small. It’s easy to forget that among these man-made canyons lies some of the most creative architecture in the world. Three architects in particular have designed buildings in New York that add a dash of modern flair and organic interest to the cityscape.

1. Frank Lloyd Wright

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Frank Lloyd Wright began his career in Chicago and the Midwest, where he designed homes in the Prairie style, which celebrated indigenous American materials and worked to tie architecture into the landscape rather than to European traditions. As he aged, his work became increasingly experimental.
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The capstone building of Wright’s career is the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum right here in Manhattan. Wright died before the completion of this modern wonder, a rising spiral gallery in which guests are treated to a building as beautiful as the artwork it holds. The privately owned Crimson Beech house is the only residence of Wright’s design built in New York City; it’s interior is not open to the public, but it can be viewed from the street on Staten Island.

2. Frank Gehry

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Born in Toronto in 1929, Los Angeles-based architect Frank Gehry is perhaps the most famous living designer. He dropped out Harvard and moved to Southern California, where he designed homes in an increasingly radical Deconstructivist style. His buildings are known for demolishing architectural norms, such as right angles and straight lines, preferring instead to challenge the notion that form must follow function.
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Gehry’s highly imaginative style can be seen all over Manhattan, most notably in the Issey Miyake flagship store, where the interior features Gehry’s signature shiny, undulating metallic panels. Gehry’s first skyscraper also resides in NYC at 8 Spruce St., where its wavering lines rise up from the street like smoke along its 76 stories.

3. David Childs

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It’s hard to find an architect who’s more of a real New Yorker than David Childs. Though he was born in Princeton, N.J., in 1941, he spent most of his formative years in Bedford Village, N.Y. Today, he lives on the Upper West Side. As the chairman emeritus of the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, he has overseen many prominent buildings in New York, including the arrivals terminal at JFK and several buildings in Times Square.

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It’s impossible to miss his biggest stamp on New York City, though: the Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center. This shining beacon — complete with a spire that rises to a symbolic 1,776 feet — is one of the most recognizable buildings in New York.

Event News | Top Five Things to Do in NYC This November

While many will argue Fall is when New York is at its best, November offers an exciting transition to Winter and the Holiday season. November events begin with a running start – The New York City Marathon will bring approximately 50,000 runners to the NYC Streets and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade never fails to deliver some of the most amazing floats and entertainment. We have picked our top five November events to enjoy this month. 

1. NYC Marathon

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With a route encompassing all five boroughs, the New York City Marathon has the distinction of being the largest on earth, and approximately 50,000 runners take on the 26.2-mile course annually. This year, the NYC Marathon will be on Sunday, November 6th. Runners will set off from the starting point approaching the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Staten Island between 9 and 11 a.m. As many as 2 million spectators line the route, so arrive early to get a good spot, and consider hanging out at the finish line in Central Park to see the runners finish.

2. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Besides turkey carving and football watching, there’s no Thanksgiving activity more traditional than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s been happening annually since 1924, and the best way to see it is live in Manhattan. The parade route starts at Central Park West and ends at Macy’s on Herald Square. Arrive before the start time of 9 a.m. on November 24th to get a good spot, and get ready to be mesmerized by the massive balloons and multicolored floats.

3. Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a musical stage show featuring performances from the world-famous Radio City Rockettes. This family-friendly show was written by Doug Wright and Mark Waldrop, and it’s been going strong since 1933. As always, the Rockettes will be strutting their stuff at the Radio City Music Hall on Sixth Avenue. This year, shows are happening November 11th through January 2nd, so there are ample opportunities to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

4. Union Square Holiday Market

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The Union Square Holiday Market is one of the world’s largest holiday markets, and it’s open November 17th through December 24th in 2016, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. The market is located on the southern side of Union Square Park, and it’s the perfect place to pick up quirky souvenirs, artisanal gifts or a bite to eat. There are more than 100 booths to visit, so come by anytime between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sundays.

5. Ice Skating in Rockefeller Center

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Featured in blockbuster movies and prime-time TV shows such as “Elf” and “30 Rock,” ice skating at Rockefeller Center is the quintessential holiday activity in NYC. The rink opened on October 8th to celebrate its 80th anniversary. No winter in New York is complete without visiting, so grab some skates and glide across the rink while enjoying amazing views of the city and world-famous Rockefeller Christmas tree.

Neighborhood Spotlight | Brooklyn Heights

Located just a stone’s throw from bustling Manhattan, Brooklyn Heights is known for its peaceful, tree-lined streets, its stunning historic brick buildings and its extensive green space marvel, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Quiet, beautiful and chock-full of amenities, Brooklyn Heights is one of the most luxurious and in-demand neighborhoods in New York.

Real Estate in Brooklyn Heights

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Running from Atlantic Avenue over to Old Fulton Street, and from Court Street to the East River, Brooklyn Heights is surrounded by historic districts and features the traditional brownstone homes for which the area is so famous.
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According to the New York Times, the median household income in Brooklyn Heights is one of the highest in the entire Brooklyn area, topping out at $166,346.
More people now head to Brooklyn Heights to enjoy the quiet, peaceful pace of life the neighborhood offers, and the community is clearly growing. Two hotels have recently been constructed in the area, and renovation of historic homes is happening throughout. Regardless of its growth, Brooklyn Heights still features many protections over the area’s historic districts, which limit much of the new development in the neighborhood.
While historic homes purchases are possible, Brooklyn Heights hasn’t seen as much of a real estate boom as other parts of New York.
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Last year, plans were announced for the construction of two large residential buildings at Pier 6, adjacent to Brooklyn Bridge Park. While the construction of the buildings has been afflicted by controversy and lawsuits, development does continue; four other residential buildings are currently in proposal or development phases, as it stands today.
While finding new construction in this area is not as easy as it is in other areas of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights offers a healthy selection of co-ops, condominiums, homes and rentals for new residents.

Amenities in Brooklyn Heights

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In addition to historic charm, Brooklyn Heights also offers its fair share of amenities. Residents of the area can enjoy a leisurely stroll to the area’s six piers, where activities like kayaking are common. The waterfront also offers dozens of shopping and dining opportunities, along with plenty of outdoor cafes in which to enjoy a beautiful Brooklyn spring day with a view of the Manhattan skyline.