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May 9, 2013
BRIGHT FUTURE INTERNATIONAL AT THE BEACON THEATER
....promoting all types of creativity and doing a lot of wonderful work for children who need it so I’m happy to be a part of it” Lowe said. Catherine Giudici, his fiancée, helped him with the emcee duties.
Other celebrities in attendance included Wilmer Valderrama, from, That '70s Show, who summed it up like this: “It’s not every day you get to enjoy something as special as what we are about to witness. Today is a celebration of inspiring and planting that seed in these kids and they’ll be inspired to be something more than what they believed they could be.” Also in attendance was Kesha Nichols from Basketball Wives.
The attendees were treated to a wonderful showcase of talent both present and future. Some of the highlighted performers were Gonzalo Garcia and
Megan Fairchild who dance for The New York City Ballet, Katherine Crockett who dances with the
Martha Graham Dance Academy, Veronika Part, Cory Sterns and Xiomara Reyes from
American Ballet Theater, Pianist Jeewon Park, Argentinian dancers Martin and Facundo Lombard
who brought down the house with their freestyle moves, and The Young Peoples Choir.
All this could not be possible without the vision and support of Bright Future International, and its
founder and chairman, Mr. Anthony Melikhov, who was in attendance for this great event. .
Last night’s event will help to cement a strong New York presence for Mr. Melikhov and his
wonderful organization in addition to existing partnerships with NYC organizations Move This World
and Brighton Ballet Theatre.
March 11, 2013
MICHAEL KORS IS GOING MEGA
The Kors brand is expanding its empire in SoHo. Mr. Kors has signed a lease for a 15.000 square space at 520 Broadway that previously house Club Monaco. It is said to be the largest Michael Kors store in the world.
Born Karl Anderson Jr. on Long Island to Joan Hamburger, a former model, and her first husband, a college student, he got to pick his own name when his mother remarried Bill Kors. He chose Michael Davis Kors.
Mr. Kors showed inclination to the Fashion Trade from early on, and as a teenager began designing and selling clothing out of his parent’s basement, which he called “Iron Butterfly” according to Wikipedia.
The very successful Michael Kors, became even more of a household name when he served as
judge in Heidi Klum’s “Project Runway” The very likeable Mr. Kors served as the professional
standard on that Emmy Nominated Show. Project Runway aired in Bravo for five years before
moving to Lifetime. On December 18 2012 it was announced that Mr. Kors would be leaving
Project Runway, to be replaced by fellow designer Zac Posen.
On the movie “The Devil Wears Prada” (which I loved and was partially filmed in SoHo), Mr. Kors is
referenced when Meryl Streep’s character, Miranda Priestly tells her personal assistant (Emily
Blunt) that she will be attending Michael Kors party. Of course you all know that
Miranda Priestly is a thinly veiled take on 'Vogue' magazine, and its editor Anna Wintour.
Yes, the stock may not be doing all that great today, but what does Wall Street know about
The new flagship store will carry women’s accessories, watches, shoes, jewelry, eyewear and
fragrances, women’s ready-to-wear merchandise and a much bigger men’s line.
So there you have it Dear Fashionistas. Long Island kid makes good in New York.
January 20, 2013
WOULD YOU BUY THIS BUILDING FOR $65.000 DOLLARS?
Minimalist’s studio nearing end of major renovation
For a Minimalist artist, Donald Judd’s presence in Soho is far from minimal.Many in the art world know that Judd’s former home and studio at 101 Spring St. is about to reopen in June. But few know that Judd’s footprint in Soho is more expansive than this.
Well, it at least extends a little beyond Spring St. As befits a major artist, there is a kind of small corridor in Soho devoted to Judd.How so?
One of the main conservators and fabricators of Judd’s work, Peter Ballantine, resides three blocks away on Greene St. in a redbrick Federal-style building.....“I used to say my place is so close to Judd, you could walk there in the rain without an umbrella,” said Ballantine.
Ballantine bought his building on Greene St. in 1973, while Judd had purchased his building five years prior.
Judd had lived in a rental apartment on E. 19th St. but wanted more space. He laid out $65,000 for a five-story building on the northeast corner of Spring and Mercer Sts. in 1968. He purchased it on the strength of the success of a Whitney Museum retrospective of his work that year.
He was drawn to the building because of its scale and natural light, Julie Finch, Judd’s former wife, told The Villager.
The Judd Foundation, which was founded in 1996 by Judd’s last will and testament, will have its offices in the basement and subbasement of 101 Spring St.
The first floor will have uses such as a temporary exhibition space.
The second floor is the kitchen, where meals were enjoyed with artists such as Carl Andre, John
Chamberlain, Larry Bell, Dan Flavin and Robert Irwin, and musicians such as Philip Glass.
“We were always wining and dining our friends,” said Finch.
The third floor was Judd’s studio, which had originally been on the ground floor, which he moved
for reasons that included wanting more privacy. The fourth floor at 101 Spring St. was a very
seldom-used dining room with a pine floor and ceiling that run like parallel planes. The fifth-floor
loft space was for bedroom areas.
“Don spent a lot of time thinking about where everything should go and what it should look like,”
said the artist’s son, Flavin Judd.
Back in the late 1960s, Soho lacked certain amenities.
“I had to go all the way to Eighth St. to buy fresh dill and blueberry muffins,” said Finch. She recalled
making these trips while pregnant with their daughter, Rainer, and pushing along Flavin in a stroller.
Rainer Judd is now a filmmaker, who has completed a short film called “Remember Back,
Remember When” about her parent’s divorce as seen from the point of view of the two children.
A meticulously restored cast-iron facade at 101 Spring St. was revealed when decade-long
scaffolding came down this year. The project architect on the renovation is the firm Architecture
Research Office. Under ARO’s leadership, Walter B. Melvin Architects has overseen the exterior
restoration and Robert Silman & Associates has been the structural engineers.
Thanks to Gary Shapiro.
Read more at:
July 25, 2012
Is Miley Cyrus staking out men’s fashion shows for her future hubby, Liam Hemsworth? Sources say the “Hannah Montana” star was in New York doing reconnaissance for fiancé and “The Hunger Games” hunk Hemsworth at SoHo fashion trade show Project New York on Monday because he’s interested in entering the fashion game. “Liam’s looking to get his start in the business, and may be thinking of launching a label of his own,” said a source after Cyrus was spotted scouting labels and later hitting a SoHo Grand Grand party for Leith Testoni and Jonathan Yeo’s line Zanerobe. (Hemsworth, meanwhile, was busy shooting “Paranoia” with
with Amber Heard, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford in Philadelphia.)
Amid constant buzz that Cyrus and Hemsworth’s wedding could happen imminently, spies added
that Cyrus didn’t seem in any rush to settle down Monday. She was later spotted dancing the night
away with a table of friends at the Dream Downtown Hotel’s PH-D and Electric Room hot spots.
Cyrus and Hemsworth got engaged May 31, and Cyrus caused a flurry of rumors she’d get hitched
late last month by tweeting, “Can’t wait for next week! It’ll be filled with happiness.”
But the wedding plans are still in the works.
Lair NYC is known to those-in-the-know as a chic SoHo
restaurant/lounge with an upbeat vibe and a hip, trendy crowd. With its Parisian inspired décor and ancient cave murals, it was the perfect setting for Lifestyle + Charity Magazine’s StayClassy Nomination Celebration Party. Founded by sisters Rachael and Elena Baxter, Lifestyle + Charity (L+C) Magazine promotes philanthropic lifestyles and experiences through inspired beauty, entertainment, fashion, fitness, food, travel, and events - generating a lifestyle in which people are encouraged to pursue their dreams and help others at the same time.
Every year, StayClassy recognizes the greatest charitable charitable efforts worldwide with an
award and this year L+C is in the running having been nominated as an East Regional Finalist for
Philanthropic Business of the Year. L+C team members, their guests, magazine readers and
supporters enjoyed complimentary sangria and drink specials, mingled with old friends, networked
and celebrated the nomination of this prestigious award. This is truly what #liveinspired means.
As a contributor for the magazine, I think I can speak for everyone when I give a big shout-out and
thank you to Lair for their generous hospitality and support! We invite you to check us out at
lifestyleandcharity.com so you can see for yourself what we are all about.
While on the website, don’t miss our summer issue which covers everything from conscious culture
to relationship advice to summer make-up tips.
And, if you are feeling inspired, please vote for us at www.stayclassy.org/classy-awards/vote.
Stay Classy and Live Inspired!
July 18, 2012
Madoff trustee places liens on four homes
bought by Ponzi schemer's kin
Bernie Madoff’s bankruptcy trustee has placed liens on four swanky homes bought by the fraudster’s offspring — including the SoHo loft where Madoff’s elder son hung himself on the second anniversary of his disgraced dad’s arrest.
The “lis penden” notices warn potential buyers that trustee Irving Picard has a claim to the properties pending resolution of a $255 million suit against Madoff’s family members.
Picard has alleged that the Madoffs used Bernie’s crooked investment firm as a “family piggy bank” to finance their lavish lifestyles of pricey homes, cars and boats.
According to PropertyShark.com, the Securities Investor Protection Corp. — which is represented by Picard — filed liens against the late Mark Madoff’s $6
million apartment at 583 Broadway and Andrew Madoff’s $4.3 million apartment at 433 E. 74th St.
Mom Ruth Madoff “purported to loan” Mark more than $5.5. million to buy his place in 2005, while
Bernie purportedly loaned Andrew more than $4.4 million for his purchase in 2008 — but none of t
he money was ever repaid, according to Picard’s suit.
Liens were also filed against homes the brothers bought in tony Greenwich, Conn., Bloomberg
Lawyer Stephen Shimshak, who represents Andrew Madoff and is executor of Mark Madoff’s
estate, didn’t return requests for comment.
April 22nd, 2012
SOHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROCKS THE SUNSHINE!
...red carpet was the festival’s first movie premiere screenings which included a short film titled Ostrander by director Tim Chaffee and a feature film/documentary titled Genius on Hold by Director Gregory Marquette.
In its third year, the SIFFNYC is committed to exhibiting domestic and international films focusing on dynamic, visionary cinema that creates extraordinary experiences. The festival proudly carries the “Made in NY” logo from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Television and Broadcasting, a vehicle to help the economy of the city, enhancing the festival’s sense of pride while boosting filmmaking and tourism in the Big Apple.
Read Jeffrey Gurian great blog
March 13th, 2012
JULLIAN JAMES AT SWAY LOUNGE SOHO FOR MUSICIANS ON CALL
.Recording artist Jullian James performed at Sway Lounge for a great cause. The evening benefited Musicians on Call, an organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in health care facilities.
Nestled in SoHo on Spring Street, Sway Lounge set the mood for the evening with its mysterious entrance and sexy Moroccan decor including domed ceilings, tiled walls and candle lit interior. As guests mingled and enjoyed complimentary MEDEA cocktails, cameras from the Style Network lit up the room, capturing scenes for an up and coming reality television series following the lives of Adrienne Bailon and Julissa Bermudez. Bermudez watched Jullian perform at a private table with her boyfriend, pro-football player Larry Johnson.
I sat down with Jullian for a little one-on-one before the show. I had to know what inspires such a
deep, soulful, young man. He proudly said, “Life inspires me.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Each day alive is a new adventure, and I could tell from meeting him that he is definitely someone
that lives life to the fullest.
Jullian, who volunteers for the charity Musicians on Call (MOC), said it was his publicist that first
brought the organization to his attention and he felt it was a perfect fit for him. “There is no better
feeling in the world than lifting the spirit of a child” he said. I could instantly picture a once energetic
child, now bedridden by his illness sitting in his hospital bed as his eyes light up while Jullian
personally serenades him with upbeat music.
Once the young crooner took stage, his smooth bluesy voice filled the air with a blend of pop, R&B
and cabaret style music. He sang a five-song set from his upcoming album, “From My Integrated
Soul” including his new single “My Sweet Radio.” The crowd was engaged sipping cocktails and
enjoying the music as fans in front of the stage danced and sang along.
The Musicians On Call organization gives a big dose of the healing power of music by delivering live,
in-room performances to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their beds. Since 1999,
volunteer musicians have performed for over 275,000 patients and their families in New York,
Philadelphia, Nashville, Miami, Washington DC and (soon) Los Angeles.
Go to www.musiciansoncall.org to learn more about the organization and the variety of programs it
offers, as well as information on how you can volunteer.
February 22, 2012
KATE MIDDLETON DANCER COUSIN BRINGING HER BURLESQUE ACT TO SOHO
Katrina Darling, the 21-year-old, model and dancer cousin of British Royal Kate Middleton will make her first stateside appearance at SoHo nightclub W.I.P. on March 13.
W.i.P., (for Work in Progress) is an art-slathered club that opened last month in the basement beneath Greenhouse, is a venture between Barry Mullineaux, who runs Greenhouse, and an arts outfit called Collective Hardware.
Darling is a second cousin, once removed, to Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and only learned throughthe British press she was a distant relative of Prince William’s wife.
New Yorkers may be curious to see if Darling’s bottom is as shapely as the world-famous royal rump of her kin Pippa Middleton, Kate’s sister.
She’ll perform her trademark saucy “God Save the Queen” routine during W.I.P.’s Tuesday night
Dropout party run by Lyle Derek and Noah Valentyn.
Darling told Page Six she expects her show to meet New York’s rigorous risqué standards. “New
York is a lot more out there than the UK scene,” she said. “London sticks more to the traditional
burlesque side of things, whereas New York really pushes the envelope.”
Darling, who’s also a model and working on a lingerie line, has been performing since she was 18.
She said, “I take my clothes off, but I don’t give away anything that should be kept for someone else.”
While much attention has gone to her burlesque career, Darling has worked at Barclays for a year,
in private-wealth management. “They know that I do this on the side,” she said. “Everybody is
really supportive. The English know how to laugh at themselves a bit more.”
New York Post/Page six
January 5, 2012
JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT SHOPPING TRIP TO DIGS
Jennifer Love Hewitt did some post holiday shopping damage while visiting the Big Apple with her family this this week. Looking fit and fashionable, Jen, who is starring AND co-producing in The Client List, an upcoming new TV series on Lifetime, set to premiere in March, stoppe into DIGS new downtown flagship store in SoHo for some much needed retail therapy.
The star spent hours combing DIGS racks and trying on some amazing
one-of-a-kind pieces including, a trench coat with faux leather trim and sleeves ($295), a navy cape with ruffled.neck and hem ($250), black crop leather jacket with stretch knit sleeves ($275), oversized Parisian cashmere beret and many more items. Before leaving, the gracious
actress gushed „DIGS is my new favorite store ˆ anytime I wear something from DIGS, I feel unique
and special since you can only get it at their two Manhattan locations or online at
DISGMODA.com - its a true hidden gem!
Manhattan Events Examiner
October 11, 2011
An evening of dessert delights turned into a fabulous affair after Sandra Lee, the star of the Food Network, noticed her boyfriend Governor Andrew Cuomo at the New York City Wine and Food Festival. Governor Cuomo had made a surprise appearance. The first girlfriend, Sandra Lee, who hosted the Godiva Chocolatier “SWEET” event, quickly dashed over over to the Governor and, beaming with excitement, gave him a big hug, and proudly introduced him to several guests. According to the New York Post article on the Godiva Dessert event, a spyquoted that Sandra Lee “was overheard saying that every Christmas her brother gives her a box of chocolates that she eats in bed. The governor knows not to bother her or touch her chocolates.” Well, all was certainly sweet on Friday night,
September 30, especially the treat of finding Gov. Cuomo in attendance at the trendy party space
July 13, 2011
"Ivanka Trump Leaving Madison Avenue for SoHo"
The famous expectant mother, who might be giving birth this week according to some reliable sources, has decided to sub-lease her Madison Avenue store to jeweler Aaron Basha, who reportedly beat out perfumery Bond No. 9 for the digs, according to the New York Post, seeing here in this photo by (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
The 109 Mercer Street space at 3,100-square-foot duplex, is certainly way bigger than her 1,100-square-foot space at 685 Madison Ave. between East 61st and 62nd street Madison Avenue space, so shwill have plenty of space to bring her high end jewelry line.
"We feel downtown is more simpático with the energy of the brand," Trump told the Post. "We will be able to have events there and work with some of our
existing partners and clients."
We want to welcome Ivanka and her new baby to SoHo and we want to wish all the best to her
and her growing family. Her Madison Avenue store will close at the end of the month. The new
store — with a reported asking rent of $395,000 a year — is slated to open in the fall.
Ivanka Trump, is married to New York Observer owner and real estate scion Jared Kushner
June 10, 2011
"Create the Life You Live"
On Tuesday, June 7, the makers of Edge Shave Gel introduced the world to the first man to receive his personal “edge” – Pratt student Anthony Morton, whose original piece titled “Create the Life You Live” was unveiled on a vast, high-profile wallscape on Prince and Mulberry Streets in NYC’s SoHo district. He is the first recipient in a new “Edge of Greatness” campaign, and his work was celebrated with a reception featuring media, influencers, friends and family at the popular SoHo restaurant Delicastessen.
Anthony was discovered through his online social media channels, and was later approached by Edge to create the piece. As a respected member of the local NYC art community, he also does a project outside of
school mentoring local teens at the Jay Street Courthouse who have been arrested for, ironically,
vandalism and graffiti. He helps to channel their energies and artistic vision into more productive
works of art.
Throughout the night, attendees referenced their experience at their event and reaction to Anthony’s
work using #EdgeofGreatness and tweeting to @EdgeShaveZone, hoping to see
their messages pop up on the live feed which was prominently displayed at the venue.
April 29, 2011
Natalie Portman in SoHo stroll!
She's kept her due date a secret, but a very pregnant Natalie Portman looks close to debuting her latest production in SoHo.
Sporting sensible sneakers, a comfy frock and sunglasses, the "Black Swan" stunner was taking her dog, Whiz, on a quiet stroll in the neighborhood.
Portman, who met choreographer fiancé and daddy-to-be Benjamin Millepied on the "Swan" set, has said only that the baby is due this summer.
The couple managed to keep their romance quiet until Portman went public with her pregnancy in December and said she was."indescribably happy."
In January, accepting her Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Drama, a radiant Portman
gave a special nod to her beau. "Thank you to Benjamin, who is helping me continue this
creation of creating more life," the 29-year-old actress said.
Portman has said she is enjoying a fairly easy pregnancy. "I feel great, relaxed and happy,"
she told "Access Hollywood." "I'm very, very lucky. It's been really uneventful."
She recently said her latest movie, "Thor," was a welcome change from working on the intense
"Swan." "We got nice, long breaks, and I got to read in my trailer, which was very comfortable,"
she told The Sun. "I could eat whenever I wanted and train whenever I felt like it."
By JEANE MacINTOSH for the New York Post
PPNY / GSNY / Splash News
April 18, 2011
Keeping things Kosher in SoHo
...Lindsay Lohan and her pals will have a new place to hang after Kaballah class. Two young financiers have just signed a lease at 323 West Broadway to open a "hip, young"
kosher restaurant in SoHo.
London-born Harry Stimler, of the private equity firm Phoenix SWF Fund, and his partner Menachem Senderowicz, a partner withGardiner Ebers, just signed a lease for about 4000 square feet over two floors."It's a novel concept,"
a source said. "Usually, Kosher restaurants are boring, with mediocre food and decor. We want to do something different -- fun, hip, young and dynamic -- to attract an audience that had no interest in kosher food before."
Lindsey who may have been hand picked by Victoria Gotti to play her, passed over Sienna Miller
and Blake Lively for the role in the $75 million Dollar Movie.
The film, directed by Nick Cassavetes, will tell the story of Gotti, the American mobster who
became boss of the Gambino crime family and the relationship with his son, John Gotti Jr., who
himself rose to head the Gambinos and sold the rights to his life story for the film.
By JENNIFER GOULD KEIL and By Daily Mail Reporter.
Picture by AP
March 11, 2011
Mike Myers Man of Mystery Marries Mate Mysteriously!
...and funny character in Mike Myers repertoire.
He is internationally known for his fantastic and extremely funny portrayal of the main character in the franchise "Austin Powers", and the Shrek franchises, where he lends his voice to the character “Shrek”.
This is Mike Myers second marriage as he was married to writer/actress Robin Ruzan for twelve years.
Mike Myers characters are so loved by the general population even the Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who protested against "The Love Guru" for its lampooning Hinduism, congratulated him and wished him well in his new “vivah” or marriage.
Mike Myers and Kelly Tisdale, who was once linked romantically to musician Moby, have been dating since shortly after Myers split from wife number one.
February 10, 2011
Making Music in SoHo
. . how he's growing as a producer and as an artist, for me, on another level, it's enjoyable."
The post also reported that Gwyneth Paltrow arrived solo at Lure Fishbar the other night, but after a brief wait was joined by her friends her friends Jay-Z and Beyoncé for dinner.
Photographers were disappointed when the Lure staff closed the curtains to keep them from taking pictures.Lure Fishbar is located right across the street from the Mercer Hotel where Kanye West and Jay-Z are making music.
And of course as has been reported, cutting age designer Alexander Wang will be opening his new store on the corner of Grand and Mercer street as early as mid March! The store is sure to add a new level of luxury to
the downtown district.
Reports confirm the location will be at 103 Grand Street, which used to house Yohi Yamamoto.
Describing his new place, Wang says, “It’s the perfect, iconic location, and there is a massive
amount of windows.”
What do actress Meg Ryan, and Thierry Henry have in common?
What could they possibly have in common. Thierry Henry is a French soccer player who’s managed to win most of the international soccer competitions including the World Cup. He is now signed to the New York Red Bull. And we all know what a talented actress Meg Ryan is. Too bad that she had way too much plastic surgery which really has affected her career as of late. They both will be neighbors enjoying the downtown scene here in SoHoThe building has everything that I wish my building had.
It features a swimming pool, a gym with a steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and a private bar and lounge. Not too shabby. I am happy if my shower works!
Soccer Player Thierry Henry just used some of that Red Bull money to purchase a triplex apt that includes a bamboo grove and an interior courtyard. He now has a place to put the 1998 World Cup trophy that he won when he
was part of the French soccer team. He was also in the team that won the 2000 European
So who needs Hollywood. There are more superstars per square foot in SoHo, than anywhere
else in the world.
We are over the top about Lady GaGa. Really
First of all let me congratulate Lady GaGa for her awards, and for her continued success.
We love her songs, and her music is not what this is about.
But we have been feeling somewhat ambivalent about Lady GaGa’s over the top costumes for some time, and the “Meat” costume really crystallized our thoughts.
“It’s gross” Time to move on.
Just the thought of handling raw meat is unnerving. For her to wear this costume to receive her award and to wear this monstrosity for an extended period of time has to be unsanitary to say the least. Not to mention the theater’s seat. Yikes!
The meat dress's designer, Franc Fernandez...did not confirm if this was actually meat or material made out to look like meat, so we can only hope that eventually we will find out that indeed is was some type of material. We can always hope.
But Lady GaGa was not the only fashion catastrophe of the night. The light at Cher’s house must have been out when she got dressed because that outfit was just something that you just don’t go out in.
Cher wore a barely-there outfit reminiscent of the bodysuit from the "If I Could Turn Back Time"
video, shot in 1989. I am going to be nice to you and not post a picture.
So we can’t wait for next year when the costumes will probably be made of human feces.
Oh wait, I am going to ruin the surprise!
Photos: VMA Photos
September 11, 2010
SoHo Fashion Night Out a huge success!
Fashionistas of all shape and sizes showed up in their stilettos to the second annual Fashion Night Out in SoHo and literally took over the night.
Broadway turned into a long parking lot as beefy bodyguards were waiting for their assigned limousines carrying their precious famous cargo. And of course who can forget the tacky Barbi and Ken display of human mannequins at the side of the street.
Hot supermodels Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes and Chanel Iman were on hand at Victoria’s Secret SoHo in NYC signing copies of their photos from the September issue of Vogue.
Piperlime sure took advantage of the situation by opening their first physical store to coincide with
this event, and having stylist to the starts Rachel Zoe and some Project runway contestants like
Jason Troisi adding to the excitement. Whitney Port will be visiting that same store later this week.
The new renovated Channel store hosted Sarah Jessica Parker, who of course made the
obligatory poses as she entered the store. And the man himself Karl Lagerfeld who was celebrating
his birthday. SoHo is always exciting, but Fashion Night Out is something that every Fashionista
must experience. All in all this was a huge success which can only get better next year.
“Mr Obama The Fashionista?”
SoHo, the fashionista playground, the thriving NYC neighborhood, welcomes President Obama!
Yes, Houston St was lined up with officers and spectators, patiently but anxiously awaiting for President Obama to drive down the street in his bulletproof, jet- black limousine. Definitely a fancy car it was, the best for the best. NYPD Motorcycles, cars and even a helicopter surround our president because caution is always undertaken, even in our
beautiful and peaceful neighborhood of SoHo.
And then we see him! .....Well for a split second. Well....not even the president, just the limousine
slowly passing by. But for many it is as close as we will ever get to the 44th president, and we have
to appreciate every little glance we get! Because President Obama attended Anna Wintour’s
Fundraiser in the Village, massive traffic was created in NYC, but for the president we can endure
a day of traffic! Right?
At a dinner prior to heading to Wintour's Village home, in the high-end restaurant the Four Seasons,
Obama was side by side to some fashionista royalty, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg,
Calvin Klein, Harvery Weinstein Tory Burch. Our President was Chitchatting from table to table
about various topics, politics (no surprise) to fashion. Wow! We never knew Obama was so stylish,
mentioning his favorite suit designer from Chicago in the conversation. But one thing that might or
might not surprise us all is that President Obama dined...alone, in a private room alongside with his
two aids! I guess he didn’t want anyone seeing him chow down that steak, broccoli and potatoes.
It’s okay Mr. President, we all eat!
One thing we know for sure is that we love when our President comes to visit our city, so
President Obama SoHo invites you once again, don’t make us wait to long!
June 12, 2010
TAYE DIGGS TAKES SOHO
Known for its beauty and trend setting, the streets of SoHo were taken over illegally by a group of about 14 loud and boisterous motorcycles on Sunday afternoon.
Who were these bikers? They were the posse that was going around with Taye Diggs yesterday. The corner of West Broadway and Grand St. was where this motorcycle group decided to set up shop and take over the SoHo Sunday afternoon scene. It took place just outside the world-renown French restaurant, Felix, where Mr. Diggs decided to grab a
quick lunch. This is not out of the ordinary since Felix is known for drawing hip crowds which
sometimes include major celebrities. The posse that Taye Diggs brought with him did not announce
their performance and it came as a total and welcome surprise to anyone who happened to be in the
area. Perhaps best know for his role in the Broadway musical Rent and the popular movie, How
Stella Got Her Groove Back, Diggs set up quite the juxtaposition at the usually serene and beautiful
corner. Usual SoHo on a warm and bright Sunday afternoon: Tourists, shoppers, mimosas, muted
dresses, trendy bicycles, and bustling bars and restaurants. It is one of the few times and places
where hipsters, yuppies, tourists, and old-timers coincide. As gorgeous young women toted little
shopping bags and rode around on fixed gear bikes in their tiny-trendy dresses, this fashionable
version of the Hells Angels revved their engines and popped wheelies all, by the way, not wearing
Somehow they were able to display their biking prowess without the aide of police barricades or
police presence of any kind. Traffic came to a standstill in the already congested area and bicyclists
were forced to wait until the performance was through until they could ride through the area.
While it may have caused only a slight inconvenience to pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists alike,
SoHo’s version of motocross seemed to be a tremendous attention grabber. Tourists and native
inhabitants alike lined the street to take pictures or just observe this rarely seen New York event.
Most of the crowd seemed to enjoy the bonus treat of this obscure stunt.
Thanks to the posse of bikers that Taye Diggs provided those who had the time on the lazy June
Sunday afternoon were treated to a real “Only in New York,” moment.
THURSDAY, MAY 4th, 2010
Just outside SoHo
MAY 24, 2010
The Legacy of Collective Hardware
By Steve Lewis:
The demise, departure, destruction—er, padlocking—of Collective Hardware has resulted in name-calling, accusations, innuendo, bold face lies and controversy. In other words: Same as it ever was. If only this place had collected this much hype in its last few months, they wouldn’t be hocking the hardware now. The closing of Collective Hardware has been volatile, thanks to the aforementioned poor journalism from the mouths of babes who just don’t understand nightlife, try as they might. My emails, Facebook, and cell phone are a battleground of “he saids, she saids” with some “never-evers”
thrown in for good—or bad—measure. I doubt the full story of the venue’s downfall will ever come
out and, if it does, it will never be believed.
It is hard to summarize a concept as big as Collective. Looking back I guess it’s easy to throw
stones and point fingers, but maybe it’s enough to say “they tried.” In a world where acceptance
has replaced exceptional, Collective said “go fuck yourself.” They were never polite in their
ambitions; they preferred to go through walls rather than around them.
They’d often smash a hole when the door would have done nicely. Sometimes things became
unreasonable, not logical, extremely dysfunctional and chaotic and, at times, unacceptable.
I think therein lies the glory: at its worst it was at its best. All the negatives may have actually been
requirements. It was artistic anarchy.
THURSDAY, MARCH 4th, 2010
Location: Apple Store SOHO
the TV show “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” The format of the event was an interview between Jimmy and Questlove, which turned out to be a heartfelt conversation , yet light and very funny . Their questions were so simple and unexpected, but somehow revealed more than you could imagine! The audience was completely enthralled in every word they shared. It felt like we were all hanging out at Jimmy’s house in the den (yes, all 350 of us), kicking back with some brewskis and talking about life.
The main outcome of this event was the bond that Jimmy and Questlove have.
As most of you know, Questlove is the drummer from the Grammy award winning band,
The Roots. As of this past year The Roots are the in house
band for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Even though we don’t see it on air, these two guys have
formed a really close friendship. They didn’t come out and say “we’re close”; it was the interaction
that revealed the respect and genuine care they have for one another.
In the midst of their questions for one another, we learned that Jimmy used to stand in front of his
mirror as a kid for 4 hours at a time practicing impersonations. He did a killer Bill Cosby for us! Oh,
and when Questlove was born, a psychologist told his mom he was going to be an explorer and do
great things. When he started setting up drum sets with the furniture at the age of 3, his Mom just let
him “explore”, and thank goodness she did! Here’s a question for you…if these talented guys were
not in their current line of work, what would they be doing? One said they would be a photographer,
the other a postman. I’ll leave the profession matching up to you.
When you’re in the neighborhood, stop into the Apple SoHo store, it’s an experience in itself.
They are always hosting great events that are completely FREE. Check out the calendar on their
website for the events calendar.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2010
Location: Peter Lik Gallery, 419 W.Broadway
Once a month, the Peter Lik gallery in Soho invites the public for an evening of wine, cheese, and of course, breathtaking and brilliant photography. Peter Lik is known as the most important landscape photographer alive. As you step into the gallery, the mood is relaxed and inviting; you’ll enjoy soft music in the background as you slowly walk through the maze like hallways. I say slowly, because I uncontrollably stopped at every photograph I saw, and simply stared..with amazement. His work is surreal; you have to see it with your own eyes to believe it. I was trying to guess where every photo was taken, but it’s impossible, I challenge you! Lik spends his life traveling
the world, visiting places most humans have never seen. He will spend up to 4 hours just waiting in
one spot, for that magical shot. Visit the Peter Lik gallery in Soho so you can experience his
extraordinary work. The wine and cheese are amazing too, enjoy!
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009
"Skinny Jeans, with Skinny Genes"
I know that you, like myself (and millions of other fashion lovers) are a big fan of skinny jeans. It's a known fact that when you put on a great pair of skinnies, you look and feel like a superstar. It's also a fact that after a few hours of wearing them, Gravity sets in, and they begin to droop, bunch and ride up. This has always been the annoying trade-off associated with the Skinny Jean,
But things are about to change....
Popular denim brand, Red Engine decided it was time to fight science with science. They made it their mission to stop gravity in it's tracks, by creating a stylish
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moment you put them on, to the moment you take them off.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2009
The Wild Horses of Sable Island
Amidst the chaos of New York City, Roberto Dutesco's photo gallery is a sanctuary, reminding viewers of the beauty of nature, untouched by man. 'The Wild Horses of Sable Island' exhibit opened in 2006 and is one of the longest running exhibits of a single artist. The photographer and filmmaker's own journey began years earlier, in 1994. Dutesco discovered Sable Island, the site of over 500 shipwrecks, by chance, while watching late-night television. He has been working on the project for the past 15 years and he says, "the project has always had its own mind." It is as though the gallery exists as a
magnet and people come from all places and paths of life to experience the energy in the space.
Dutesco says: " My wish has always been to inspire people with my photographs. I believe in beauty,
and the aesthetics of the energy that is attached to all things. Nature is incredible if you stop and
observe it. I hope that the energy in some of my photographs will linger with the viewer and inspire them
further – in a positive way." The philosophy of each photo is to feel transported to the island itself, however,
Sable Island is a place most of us will never be able
to visit. 'In a world where everything is just a plane ride away," says Dutesco, "people pay more
attention when something is off limits."
The life-sized images of untamed equines transcend barriers of language and religion and lends
itself city-dwellers, suburbanites and tourists alike. Aside from dogs, says Peter Tunney, the gallery's
curator, the horse is an animal that is adored by everyone. Viewers often feel an insurgence of
emotion and energy expressed by the photographs of wild horses and patrons sometimes find
themselves shedding tears while stopping to admire a photograph. Most do not know why they
express the emotion that they are feeling, perhaps, offers Dutesco, "people pick up on what the the
Sable horses have - no predators, no fear, no worries."
The gallery is definetly a welcome destination to rejuvinate the mind and spirit and while you're in
the neighborhood, be sure to check out other great galleries in Soho!
The Wild Horses of Sable Island
Visit the Gallery at
13 Crosby Street
TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2009
John Lennon In SoHo
When one thinks about John Lennon and his legacy, you can’t help but recall his indomitable NYC presence in the late 70’s; and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in SoHo is looking to celebrate his life here in the city he loved. The exhibition, created especially for the Annex location by Yoko Ono and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame VP Jim Henke, features sartorial treasures (Lennon’s famous New York City shirt), previously unseen papers with hand-written lyrics, and the green card Lennon fought so hard for among other Lennon artifacts. Ono was present at the launch party this past May,
and truly this one of a kind exhibit would not be possible without her collaboration.
A portion of all ticket sales will be given to Lennon and Ono’s Spirit Foundations to help further their
already considerable philanthropic efforts. The exhibit is on-going, with later hours in true rock
and roll fashion.
To learn more about the show,
MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2009
Guess? Flagship Reopens in Soho
You may have noticed that the main drag of Soho seemed a bit empty as of late. Guess?’s flagship between prince and spring had shuttered its doors with no fanfare, and with the Marciano store opening down the block, many thought that was the end of the shop. But not so! Guess? is back baby.Turns out the twelve-year old store was simply in need of a makeover. Guess? execs consider this store to be the launching pad for their company-wide shift to focusing more on denim and less on tight, satin party dresses.
Which in our book, is a good thing.
Judging by the pictures, the design is a drastic overhaul from the South Beach bound shininess
of the last store incarnation. The denim, priced in the mid-tier range from $108-$148, certainly
seems to have a stronger presence on the sales floor now, and things in general just a look a bit
more down-town and Soho appropriate.
The store is open to the public now (as of the July 4th weekend), but Guess?, being a savvy brand,
is feteing the event with actress Michelle Trachtenberg on July 22nd. The launch will double as an
Oxfam benefit, so you can feel a bit socially conscious while sipping champagne.
Visit Guess? at:
Phone: (212) 226-9545
MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009
No Purchase Necessary
While strolling around my favorite neighborhood I stumbled upon this amazing store, SICIS. I’m sure most of you have just walked by it and decided that it looked to elaborate and expensive to even walk into, but do not let it fool you. As you climb the stairs through this 3-story building each floor is more spectacular then the next. It’s filled with various designed mosaics including these three dimensional pieces like the mannequin pictured above. These pieces of art fill the apartments of the rich, but for someone like myself it’s a treat to walk through the showroom like it is an art gallery; no purchase necessary.
Come check it out, it’s located on
470 Broome Street @ Greene Street.
You can also visit there website at
THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009
The British chain store, Topshop has come to SOHO!
On April 2nd, Topshop had their grand opening and it was a mad house! Kate Moss came out to say hello before letting people inside to see her new line. She looked beautiful in jeans, a bright green top and a leather jacket. This will be her 9th collection for Topshop. There were people lined up around blocks waiting to get in. Obviously the people who shop at Topshop have top fashion sense because everyone on line was waiting nonchalantly, dressed in the edgiest of fashions.
The Topshop employees were walking around wearing Union Jack scarves around their necks,
and tan fedoras. They were handing out free snacks and refreshments along with gift cards
ranging from $5.00 to $500.00 !!
Sorry, time to squeeze my way through the crowd and take advantage of all the great deals!
See you around SOHO NYC !!
TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2009
SohoDesign pre-launch party at Delicatessen!
On March 25th, hundreds of people came to Delicatessen, a trendy restaurant in the Soho, Nolita border, to celebrate the pre-launching of SohoDesign Magazine.
Businesses from all over Soho came to the event as well as many other parts of New York. Many attendees where able to score a Gift Bag that was given out, with tons of amazing coupons inside. These coupons were contibuted by many of the stores in the area.
These photos were taken by Chris London from Manhattan Society and are really amazing.
Click this link to see more pictures !!
SohoDesign Magazine will be the next big thing in Soho, and will include among other things
a map of the area with all of the stores listed. It was a great crowd, and everyone bonded and
networked until all hours of the morning.
The party never stopped, and neither will our events!!!
Our next event will be a second pre-launching party together with a fantastic fashion show in the
Hamptons, so we are looking forward to another amazing time!
Stay tuned for more news
TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009
SohoDesign photo shoot in Soho !
The publisher of SohoDesign magazine John A. White, flew in from Miami on March 24th to host the pre-launching of his magazine at the trendy restaurant Delicatessen, on the corner of Lafayette and Prince St, right in the border of SoHo and Nolita.
While in town, he directed an amazing photo with the photographer from South Africa Simon Hare.
The model was the gorgeous Anastasiya Petrova. and she wore Mario Moya the up and coming designer from the SoHo area.
Campaniello, the upscale italian furniture store on Greene Street was used as a photo location
as well as various other locations in Soho. The day was jam packed with limos, thanks to
BestLimoNYC, makeup artists, and event planning, all in beautiful SoHo, NYC.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008
New York Fashion Week, Parties and Events in Soho.
Fashion Week, which sadly came to a close on Friday. Celebrities, designers, photographers and more came together at the tents at Bryant Park and made me realize once again why I love this city! It truly is the fashion capitol of the world! Many of the after parties were held right here in SoHo, the neighborhood where nightlife meets fashion. Bloomingdales SoHo was host to the Style 360 party, hosted by Nigel Barker and Elle.com on Monday evening. On Tuesday, September 9th SoHo was filled with celebrities attending various after parties including: the Y-3 SoHo store launch party, the Prada party,
Vivienne Tam Party at 40 Mercer, and Heidi Kum hosted an event at Bloomingdales SoHo
for Jordache. The following day the Subversive Jewelry Spring 2009 Collection was held at
Kisan SoHo on Greene Street. Overall, fashion week previewed some excellent designs for
Spring 2009 and we are excited that SoHo was host to many of the exclusive parties and events!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2008
NEW NIKE STORE IN SOHO
On Wednesday night Nike closed down Mercer Street in SoHo to throw quite a bash for their new store opening! This event was invitation only and featured a stage and special performances. Now we know SoHo is known for its fashion, of course, including the many high-end shoe stores selling the ever so dangerous stilettos (those cobblestone SoHo streets are quite a challenge). However, recently we have seen a great deal of new sneaker stores opening in the area.
This Nike store will offer a new service, Bespoke, which will offer an appointment service
allowing customers to work directly with designers in creating their own customized kicks!
The store will officially open on Thursday, at 21 Mercer Street.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2008
ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME IN SOHO!
Get ready rock fans, Bloomberg announced today that a Rock N Roll hall of fame annex will open on Mercer Street. Set to open in November, it will feature some great artists and memorabilia such as Bruce Springsteen's 1957 Chevy, (which Bloomberg sat in for some candid shots on Wednesday)!
Bloomberg stood along music idols Billy Joel and Clive Davis as well as officials from the Hall of fame to announce the planned opening of the Hall.
Bloomberg stated "This is where Ed Sullivan met the Beatles, where Lou Reed took a walk
on the wild side." That's right, it's about time we pay tribute to the Rock N Roll side of SoHo!
Well, in the midst of being a bit depressed summer is approaching its closure I must say
we now have a reason to look forward for November!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2008
No.. It's not a new Iphone..
Apple presents THE JONAS BROTHERS!
The scene outside of the Apple Store appeared as if they were releasing a new Iphone on Tuesday. However, we were a bi concerned since it consisted primarily of teeny bopper girls (I understand today's youth is in with technology but come on, I don't even have an Iphone yet!)
I love the Apple store and am a huge fan of all things Apple, but I don't know if I will ever understand the people who camp out for days just to be the first to get a new piece of technology.
Relief came when we found out the line wrapping around the entire block was for
the Jonas Brothers, who were performing live at the Apple Store! Although I am not familiar
with any of their songs, I totally respect and understand camping out for a music performance.
So, cheers to the Jonas Brothers and I hope the show was well worth the wait for all of the followers!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2008
MARY-KATE OLSEN ON CROSBY STREET
Right outside of our lovely office at Housing Works Bookstore Café, we had a
celebrity sighting this week! Mary Kate Olsen, in the midst of her scandal with the feds,
was just taking a stroll on Crosby Street in SoHo. Speaking of Crosby Street
(one of our favorites in SoHo) we’ve seen a lot of filming action this summer taking place
on Crosby! Everything from fashion shoots, commercials and major motion pictures,
so keep your eye out you will definitely be seeing more of SoHo on the big screen!
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2008
Belenky Brothers Store Opening in SoHo!
We attended the Opening Event on July 29th for Belenky Brothers, who just opened their new store at 91 Grand Street in SoHo, and let us tell you it was one grand event! The event was celebrating the store opening and the American Jewelry Design Councils twentieth anniversary and exhibition of their exclusive museum collection.
This exhibition kicks off a month long presentation with a select group of jewels from the ighly regarded Museum Collection featured in "Brilliance!" a magnificent new art book by Cindy Edelstein & Frank Stankus.
Before its incarnation as a trendy locale, SoHo was known as the Cast Iron District because of the many buildings incorporating cast iron architectural elements.
In October 1962, the City Club of New York published a report on the city's underutilized commercial areas. It was called The Wastelands of New York City, and characterized SoHo as an enormous commercial slum.