The fashion elite will once again descend upon New York from February 9th through 16th. Our strategic collaboration with Luxury Attaché allows access to a Fashion Week package, offering VIP transportation, private fittings, exclusive events and more.
Should you prefer to attend a la carte, here are a few shows that we are most excited about:
February 9th: Katie Gallagher | 6:00pm
Rag & Bone | 8:00pm
February 10th: Calvin Klein | 10:00am
Nicole Miller | 6:00pm
February 11th: Alexander Wang | 9:00pm
February 12th: Victoria Beckham | 10:00am
Public School | 11:00am
February 13th: Oscar de la Renta | 6:30pm
February 14th: Rodarte | 12:00pm
Monique Lhuillier | 7:00pm
Vivienne Tam | 12:00pm
Ralph Lauren | 7:00pm
Don’t miss out on the best of NYC dining during Restaurant Week, which lasts until February 10th. During this bi-annual event, the city’s most sought after restaurants offer exclusive three-course menus at affordable prices. Here are a few of our favorite Restaurant Week dining locations.
Le Coq Rico 30 East 20th Street
New to Restaurant Week, Le Coq Rico serves modern French cuisine while paying homage to the wild birds of the Northeast. Chef and owner Antoine Westermann takes pride in serving the highest quality heritage-breed chicken, turkey, duck and squab. Try the sublime Brune Landaise Chicken with the Deviled “Eggz” to start; you will not be disappointed. For more information click here
Lueca 111 North 12th Street
NoHo Hospitality Group’s chef Andrew Carmellini has stepped up the game with Leuca, a rustic-chic, Southern Italian dining destination located on the lower level of the William Vale Hotel. Start with the smoked beets and follow up with the lamb sausage, or enjoy the delicious wood-fired pizzas to complete your meal. Ranked as one of the best new restaurants to come onto the scene last year, Leuca is not an opportunity to pass up. For more information click here
Scarpetta 355 West 14th Street
What better time to revisit one of New York City’s dining staples than Restaurant Week? The signature concept of LDV Hospitality, Scarpetta serves sophisticated Italian in elegant surrounds. Try their delicious branzino or stick with their unbelievable spaghetti, a New York City classic. At Scarpetta, you simply can’t go wrong. For more information click here
Bar Primi 325 Bowery
You’ll find handmade pastas and daily seasonal specials on the menu at this casual, hip pasta shop. The creation of Andrew Carmellini and Salvatore Lamboglia, Bar Primi serves a deliciously creamy burrata cremosa and a must-have short rib ravioli with sugo rosa sauce. Be sure to check out Bar Primi’s extensive wine list. For more information click here
Fung Tu 22 Orchard Street
Chef Jonathan Wu has taken New American cuisine and put a traditional Chinese twist on it. At Fung Tu, Wu takes the ever-evolving local tastes, customs and culture of Chinese food and incorporates them to his seasonally changing menu. Start off with the crispy pork belly egg rolls and then try the Chow Fun with chorizo. The fusion of New American and Chinese cuisine has never been so delicious. For more information click here
With the debut of the New Year, Broadway is revving up for a busy season where we’ll be sure to see a lot of the Tony front runners vying for the coveted Best Play/Musical Award. This season, gear up to see powerhouse performers and classic revivals take the stage. Take a look at the top five shows we are most excited for in early 2017.
The Present Opening January 8 | Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett makes her Broadway debut in this adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play Platonov. The Present made its world premiere (with Blanchett at the helm) in 2016 at the Sydney Theatre Company to critical acclaim. Fun-fact: this production features actors all making their Broadway debut. The Present is set in post-Perestroika in the 1990s, where the widow, Anna Petrovna (Blanchett) is celebrating her birthday in an old country house. Platonov (AACTA Award winner Richard Ruxburgh) is in attendance with his wife, students and friends. Although everyone looks comfortable, unfinished business and regrets come boiling to the surface.
Sunset Boulevard Opening February 9 | Palace Theatre
The curtain is set to rise on faded silent film actress Norma Desmond once more, and better yet, heavily awarded Glenn Close (three Tony’s, six Oscar’s, and three Emmy’s) is set to reprise her role. With music by the incomparable Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sunset Boulevard is sure to be a masterpiece. Norma Desmond lives in a fantasy world with dreams of the spotlight again. When she meets struggling screenwriter Joe Gillis (Michael Xavier), she persuades him to work on her “masterpiece,” that is set to bring her back in front of the camera. Her delusions have dramatic consequences. You will not want to miss this revival!
The Glass Menagerie Opening March 9 | Belasco Theatre
Although this Tennessee Williams classic has been revived seven times previously (most recently in 2013), we are very excited for this new iteration. Starring the incomparable Sally Field, Broadway veteran Joe Mantello, and newcomers Madison Ferris and Finn Wittrock, this show is set to impress. The Glass Menagerie tells the story of a family crammed into a small apartment from the perspective of Tom, the older brother, as he recalls a night when a gentleman caller visited his sister and changed the Wingfield family forever.
Miss Saigon Opening March 23 | Broadway Theatre
One of the longest running musicals in Broadway history (ten years!) makes its epic return. With music by Les Miserables composer and lyricist (Schonberg & Boubil), the epic score will be performed by a similar cast who got remarkable reviews in London. Miss Saigon is based on the Puccini opera Madame Butterfly about a Vietnamese girl who is abandoned by an American GI during the Vietnam War and the beautifully tragic love-triangle that ensues in a war-torn country.
Amelie Opening April 4 | Walter Kerr Theatre
Tony nominee Phillipa Soo of Hamilton fame returns to Broadway as a shy, young waitress as she ventures through her version of gay Paree. Based on the whimsical French language masterpiece of the same name, we can’t wait to see how visionary director Pam MacKinnon creates this fantastical Paris. Amelie made its world premiere at the Berkeley Repertory in the Fall of 2015 and is currently playing at the Ahmanson in Los Angeles before gracing us with all of its glory.
2017 presents us with a fresh start and a new chance to give back, and there is never a time when philanthropy is more necessary than now. This new year, celebrate your contributions at one of New York City’s most fabulous philanthropic events. We’ve curated a list of the top five events that promise a fun time for a great cause.
2017 YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Awards Gala January 12, 2017 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund is a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education of the fashion arts and business by granting scholarships to talented students and facilitating internships, mentorships, and career programs. The 2017 Gala will include a cocktail hour at the Marriott Marquis followed by awards honoring influencers and tastemakers. Click here for more information
amFAR New York Gala February 8, 2017 | 6:30pm
As the official kick off event for New York Fashion Week, the annual amFAR New York Gala is just as star studded as it is charitable. Join some of the biggest names in entertainment, fashion, art, and AIDS advocacy at Cipriani Wall Street to honor Scarlett Johansson, raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and raise funds to end it. This gala has raised over $17 million to date and is considered one of the most essential philanthropic events in NYC. Click here for more information
Bronx Museum Spring Gala and Auction – AIM Beyond February 27, 2017 | 6:30pm
The Bronx Museum provides free public programs, free admission, internationally recognized exhibitions, and arts education programs to over 16,000 Bronx youth each year. On February 27th, celebrate the best of NYC culture, bid on covetable artworks and dine on delectable cuisine from Union Square Events at the Conrad Hotel to support the esteemed Bronx Museum. Click here for more information
NYC Hope Gala March 11, 2017 | 7:00pm
Join the cause to conquer childhood cancer by attending the 2017 NYC Hope Gala. Now in its ninth year, the Hope Gala raises funds and awareness in support of the Four Diamonds Fund to end childhood cancer. On March 11th, enjoy a lovely evening at Gotham Hall and give back to an organization where all funds benefit childhood cancer patients and their families in need of financial aid, medical assistance, and emotional support. Click here for more information
2017 Valentine Gala February 14, 2017 | 6:30pm
This glitzy gala at the iconic Plaza Hotel benefits a cause that is near and dear to all New Yorker’s hearts. For over 137 years, The Bowery Mission has served a crucial role in providing food, shelter, clothing and medical care to New York’s neediest. Over the past 18 years, the Valentine Gala has raised over $18,000,000 and thus made possible the support and rehabilitation of countless New Yorkers in need. At the 2017 Valentine Gala, enjoy dinner, dancing, and special musical performances. Click here for more information
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
There’s nothing like autumn in New York — the weather is generally as perfect as it can get. If you’re looking for an excuse to be outside this time of year, spending the day picking apples at a farm near New York City is a great idea — there are a number quaint apple farms within a short drive of the area. We’ve narrowed down the list to five farms worth escaping the city for.
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard
Located in North Salem, NY, about an hour from NYC, Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard is the place to go for apple picking between Labor Day and Halloween. If you just want to pick apples, you can buy a large bag for $30 on any weekday and fill it with McIntosh apples you pluck from the orchard. Weekends here are busier thanks to the weekly Fall Festival, which costs $5 per person and offers hayrides, pony rides and bounce houses, as well as apples and pumpkins ripe for the picking.
Stuart’s Fruit Farm
This is another apple farm about an hour from NYC — it sits in Granite Springs, NY. At Stuart’s Fruit Farm, you can pick different types of apples, including Gala, McIntosh, Cameo and other varieties. A large bag for apple picking costs $25.
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
An hour north of NYC in Yorktown Heights, NY, you’ll find Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm. This farm boasts many apple types, including Gala, McIntosh, Baldwin, Cortland and Red Delicious — depending on the week you go. Prices vary due to a few factors, but they’re often close to $2 per pound, and there’s no admission fee to enter the farm.
An hour south of NYC is Battleview Orchards in Freehold, NJ. This is where you can pick apples — including McIntosh, Jonathan, Honey Crisp, Cortland and Jonamac varieties — for $1.40 per pound, cash only. You can also enjoy hayrides on the weekends here.
This farm is about 45 minutes away from NYC and offers apple picking every day of the week. At Demarest Farms, you can choose from over a dozen types of apples. Admission is $5 per person and includes a petting zoo, hayride and playground area. The cost to buy a bag for the apples you pick is $9.
So, even if you live in the city, you’re never more than an hour away from a beautiful orchard with a peaceful, country feel. Make one of these your favorite farm for apple picking near NYC.
Fall in New York City provides plenty of options for a night out. As fashion week fizzles out towards the end of the month, a light is shed on the city’s philanthropy events. The months to come offer events that hit close to the city’s heart such as City Harvest Bid Against Hunger to world wide causes like building schools in Africa. Whether you choose to get active at the 39th Avon Walk for Breast Cancer or taste food from over 70 NYC chefs for City Harvest, this fall season makes it easy to give back.
1. AFTD Hope Rising Gala
Thursday, September 29th at 6pm
The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration is the leading nonprofit working to help and cure people affected by FTD, the most common form of dementia for people under 60. This years gala is in honor of David Zaslav, President & Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Communications and will feature Tony Award Winner Kelli O’Hara.
The 22nd annual Bid Against Hunger promises to be an exceptional culinary experience, featuring tastings from over 70 of the city’s restaurants and chefs. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on exclusive, one-of-a-kind items in the live and silent auctions.
Join the 207,000 that have already conquered 39.2 miles of terrain with the goal of taking down breast cancer. The Walk to End Breast Cancer has raised $550,000,000 thus far to fund research, awareness, education and support for families currently battling breast cancer. The New York City chapter will travel through the Upper West and East Sides, Downtown and across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Based right here, in NYC the 14+ Foundation is a non-profit whose mission is to develop, build and operate schools and orphanages in rural African communities. Join the cause at 199 Bowery on October 6th for it’s annual cocktail benefit.
The annual Angel Ball for cancer research, known for its live entertainment and celebrity participants, honors individuals who have made significant humanitarian and philanthropic contributions in support of cancer research. Last years ball hosted by Alicia Quarles raised $3.6M for cancer research.
Broadway is always filled with the brightest lights and the biggest stars, and whether you’re a native New Yorker or just visiting for now, you’re going to want to see a Broadway show while you’re in the city. Whether you get your tickets from the box office, from a friend or from TKTS (the best kept secret in New York City), here are the five can’t-miss shows that you must see on Broadway this fall.
Disney has a good history with taking its films to the stage, and the screen-to-stage adaptation of “Aladdin” is no exception. Following in the footsteps of “The Lion King,” the five-time-Tony-nominated musical adaptation of “Aladdin” can now be seen at the New Amsterdam Theatre.
How could we leave out this show that’s taken the world by storm? If you can actually get tickets to the show, it’s well worth checking out. The hip-hop take on American history leaves audiences delighted every night. You can catch “Hamilton” at the Richard Rodgers
3. ‘ The Humans ‘
Winner of four Tony Awards, Stephen Karam’s “The Humans” tells the story of a Pennsylvania family uprooted to Manhattan for Thanksgiving. As the story unfolds, this relatable and flawed family is brought together by arguments and remarks.
3. ‘ Waitress ‘
Nominated for four Tony awards including best musical “Waitress” tells the story of Jenna, who longs to escape the small southern town she resides in. When the opportunity to be part of a pie making contest arises with a life-changing cash prize Jenna realizes this may be her shot to turn her life around.
4. ‘ Wicked ‘
An oldie but still a goodie, “Wicked”is fun for fans of “The Wizard of Oz.” In its original incarnation, it turned Idina Menzel (aka Adele Nazeem, if you ask John Travolta) into a superstar, and we can only hope that the show will do the same for this generation of performers. You can check out “Wicked” at the Gershwin Theatre.
5. ‘ The Book Of Mormon ‘
“Book Of Mormon” made it’s mark on Broadway in 2011 and since then has received a plethora of nominations and awards. An unfolding adventure of two boys who set out to preach The Book Of Mormon quickly learn the true meaning of friendship and what their religion ultimately means to them.
Summer is the perfect time for art lovers of all stripes to converge on the Miami metropolis. Each year, aesthetes from around the world descend on South Florida to take in the latest shows and socialize with the art world’s doyens and darlings. These five unmissable exhibits awaiting you this summer prove that there’s so much more to the Miami scene than Art Basel.
Geometry in Motion
This new series from mixed media artist and Rio de Janeiro native Heloisa Botelho is currently widening eyes at the O Cinema Wynwood. On display until August 21, Botelho’s Art Deco-influenced collages are a visual treat, intermingling hazy geometric shapes and colors that have been transferred onto the canvas via charcoal drawing.
Kenton Parker’s new exhibition at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood shows off “intimately-scaled life-sized structures,” like treehouses, flower shops and quilts, that celebrate friendship, childhood, escapism and memory. Visitors can interact with the artifacts and create handmade greeting cards that will be shared with future visitors to the gallery. Until August 21.
Richard Haden curates this group exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, featuring dozens of South Florida artists who critique the multiple interlocking forces that serve as instruments of oppression in today’s society, including racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia. Until August 14, you can view works like Mariette Pathy Allen’s photo series about transgender Cubans in Havana and Rosa Naday Garmendia’s “Rituals of Commemoration,” a brick wall inscribed with the names of black Americans whose deaths have drawn protests in recent years.
Puerto Rican filmmaker and artist Beatriz Santiago Muñoz explores the postcolonial Caribbean with this collection of videos, sculptures, photos, and sound art at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Basing her work in questions about topics as disparate as anthropology, religion, politics, philosophy, and the environment, Santiago Muñoz uses local actors and regional history to film her intimate, enigmatic stories. The show runs through November 13.
Of course, a review of the city’s contemporary art scene this summer wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Four new shows are all on display through October: Laura Lima’s massive braids of nylon rope hanging from the museum’s support beams; Renaud Jerez’s eerie sculptures made from industrial materials that evoke a ruinous future; Ida Applebroog’s “Mercy Hospital” series of drawings, created while recuperating in a mental institution; and a retrospective of New Zealand artist Susan Te Kahurangi King showing the evolution of her bold, cartoonish drawings.