New York’s Underground Art Museum

If you spend most of your time getting around New York by walking, Uber or house car, it’s entirely possible to miss out on seeing the MTA Underground Art Museum, an Ali Baba-on-steroids-sized treasure trove. 

New York’s MTA, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, not only operates most of the public transportation options in the boroughs, it contracts with artists to create site-specific works for its stations.

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Think you’re being watched? In this case, you would be right. Three hundred different eyes await at the Oculus installation

New York City’s first official subway system opened in Manhattan on October 27, 1904. By the early 80’s, the city teetered on bankruptcy, its public transportation system the poster child for urban decay. That began to change with an injection of $18 billion for subway rehabilitation and the creation of MTA Arts & Design – a visionary move during a difficult time – to oversee the creation and installation of permanent artworks throughout the New York City transit system, Metro-North RailroadLong Island Rail Road and the bridges and tunnels of the five boroughs.

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Roy Lichtenstein’s 42nd Street mural at Times Square

From the beginning, the aesthetics of New York’s subway system were intended to be as important as the functional:

The juxtaposition of the words “art” and “underground” may seem anomalous, but in New York City the two have gone hand in hand ever since the earliest days of the subway system. William Barclay Parsons, chief engineer for the fledgling undertaking, insisted that the construction documents specify that the stations be designed, constructed, and maintained with a view to the beauty of their appearance, as well as to their efficiency.

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A close up of the Oculus mosaic/map of the world beneath the World Trade Center

In 1995, there were 48 new permanent artworks. Today, there are more than 300 by world-famous, mid-career and emerging artists including Chuck Close, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Faith Ringgold, Robert Kushner and Maya Lin. The MTA Arts & Design also commissions art, projects and events under five other umbrellas: music, poetry, graphic posters, digital art and photography.

At any given time there can be 50 artistic works underway, making the MTA one of the largest commissioners of public art in the world.

The new art works are sited amongst the original, historic installations – the iconic name plaques created in white glass tiles, brickwork, terra cotta and tesserae, used to differentiate each station in the system.

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Each new piece is site-specific, fine tuned to the needs of its environment, determined in consultation with station architects and designers, reflective of the neighbourhood – its culture, history, diversity and built landmarks – and a link between passengers and unique places and spaces. Some projects are realized in partnership with a local institution, such as the American Museum of Natural History and Yankee Stadium.

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Part of Tom Otterness’s “Life Underground” Bronze sculptures throughout the 14th St/8th Ave station

For MTA artists, architects and designers, the exposure is unparalleled: more than eight million pair of eyeballs view their works every day. For riders, the regular and the occasional, it’s an opportunity to elevate the everyday through the richness of treasures hidden in plain sight.

Recommendations for Viewing the MTA Art Installations

  • For the best chance of catching the artworks, especially in large or complex stations, read ahead here and here and make note of the lines/platforms where they can be found. 
  • Go it alone if you can’t find a suitable treasure-hunting partner.  In some stations there can be a crowd enjoying the pieces/environment making it a pop-up social hub, a great place to meet like-minded people. 
  • Ride at off-peak hours for more freedom to ogle without interrupting commuter flow.

All project descriptions are quoted from the MTA Arts & Design website. More information can be found on the MTA Arts & Design website.

Select MTA projects near the Langham Place, New York

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SAMM KUNCE
Under Bryant Park, 2002
Glass, stone, and marble mosaic walls in passageway between 42nd Street and 5th Avenue stations
One of the largest artworks in the MTA system runs under 42nd Street along the corridor connecting the B, D, F, V lines with the 7 train. Above the site is the Main Library and Bryant Park, which are reflected in the artwork below. On the walls of the tunnel we see rock outcroppings, tree roots, pipes, animal burrows, and literary quotations. The artist based the project on the idea of systems.

34th Street-Herald Square
CHRISTOPHER JANNEY
Reach New York, An Urban Musical Instrument, 1996
A green painted rectangular structure is suspended from the subway platform and engages travelers with its ability to produce sounds. Travelers place their hands in front of the box-like apparatus on the subway platform and a burst of musical notes are released on the opposite side, playing to the person on the other side. 

Grand Central Terminal
ELLEN DRISCOLL
As Above, So Below, 1998
Glass, bronze, and mosaic in Grand Central North passageway
The historic ceiling in the main concourse at Grand Central Terminal reveals the night sky with golden stars that form the constellations. Grand Central becomes a metaphor for our connection with the wider world beyond New York City and As Above, So Below takes the viewer around the world to the night sky above five different continents, representing myths, civilization, heavens, and the underworld. 

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ROBERTO JUAREZ
A Field of Wild Flowers, 1997
Mixed-media on walls of Station Master’s Office
Roberto Juarez creates a place of refreshment and repose with his lush garden landscape, designed to appear as though it were seen through the windows of a slow-moving train. The work is one of the more fragile pieces in the system, executed in a multi-media collage that he describes as: “…consisting of layers of gesso, under-painting, urethane, and varnish, I also utilize natural materials – rice paper and a dusting of peat moss – to give my work added texture, strength, and beauty.

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DONALD LIPSKI
Sirshasana, 1998
Aluminum and polyester resin sculpture with crystals in ceiling at 43rd Street in Grand Central Market
In Sirshasana, a sculptural chandelier in the shape of a golden-rooted olive tree is suspended above the street-level entrance to the Grand Central Market. With branches that span twenty-five feet and 5,000 brilliant crystal pendants, the tree dominates the area, bringing the feel of an outdoor market.

Select MTA projects near The Mark

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Second Avenue Subway
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Second Avenue Subway provides three new stations at 96th, 86th and 72nd Streets, and new entrances to the existing Lexington Av/63 Street Station. Each station features monumental public artwork by four renowned contemporary artists commissioned by MTA Arts & Design, collectively the most expansive permanent public art installation in New York history.

NYCT Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street Station. 
JEAN SHIN
Elevated, 2016 
Ceramic tile, glass mosaic, and laminated glass. Fabricated by Frank Giorgini Handmade Tiles, Miotto Mosaic Art Studio, and Tom Patti Design.
Jean Shin used archival photographs of the 2nd and 3rd Avenue Elevated train to create compositions in ceramic tile, glass mosaic, and laminated glass. The imagery is manipulated and re-configured with each station level having its own focus, palette and material.

NYCT Second Avenue – 86th Street Station.
CHUCK CLOSE
Subway Portraits, 2016 
Ceramic tile, glass and ceramic mosaic. Fabricated by Magnolia Editions and Mosaika Art & Design
Chuck Close created twelve large-scale portraits for 86th Street that are based on the artist’s painstakingly detailed photo-based portrait paintings. His various painting techniques have been interpreted in ten works as mosaic, and in two as ceramic tile. Ten of the artworks measure close to nine feet high. The people portrayed represent the variety of individuals that pass though the MTA system, and are chiefly cultural figures that have frequently been subjects in his artistic career spanning over half a century, including Philip Glass, Zhang Huan, Kara Walker, Alex Katz, Cecily Brown, Cindy Sherman, and Lou Reed, as well as two distinct self-portraits.

NYCT Second Avenue – 96th Street Station
SARAH SZE
Blueprint for a Landscape, 2016
Porcelain tile. Fabricated by Sarah Sze Studio, Alcalagres & Estudio Cerámico.
Sarah Sze’s artwork at 96th Street profoundly impacts the station, as her imagery is applied directly on over 4300 unique porcelain wall tiles, spanning approximately 14,000 square feet. The designs feature familiar objects – sheets of paper, scaffolding, birds, trees, and foliage – caught up in a whirlwind velocity that picks up speed and intensity as the composition unfolds throughout the station with references to energy fields and wind patterns. Each entrance features a different shade of blue and a blueprint-style vector line design, a visual theme that is integrated with the architecture, creating one of the most dynamic stations in the MTA system.

NYCT Second Avenue – 72nd Street Station
VIC MUNIZ
Perfect Strangers, 2016   
Glass mosaic and laminated glass. Fabricated by Franz Mayer of Munich.
Vik Muniz photographed more than three dozen “characters” who represent the unique and quirky kinds of people one encounters on the subway. These photographs have been recreated in mosaic and installed throughout the mezzanine and entrance areas, populating the station with colorful New Yorkers of all stripes. With the generous expanse of the mezzanine concourse, the figures humanize the space and provide bursts of color and visual interest, providing an opportunity for playful discovery while moving through the station. The main station entrance features a laminated glass canopy at street level depicting a flock of birds, bringing art and nature to the busy street.

Select MTA projects near Trump Soho New York

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Canal Street
BING LEE
Empress Voyage 2.22.1794, 1998
Ceramic tiles and mosaic banding on platform walls and connecting passageway
Bing Lee’s Empress Voyage commemorates the pioneering expedition of the American merchant ship, Empress of China, which in 1794 returned to New York harbor filled with silk, tea, and porcelain (commonly called china, due to its origin). Through the artist’s lighthearted use of Chinese-derived icons, the tiles illustrate aspects of the then-new trade with Asia and celebrates today’s Chinatown. 

Prince Street
JANET ZWEIG AND EDWARD DEL ROSARIO
Carrying On, 2004
Steel, marble, and slate frieze on platform walls
Carrying On is composed of almost two hundred silhouettes of people hauling “stuff” with them as they walk the city streets. The artist team worked from photographs of individuals moving around the city and in and out of the subway. According to the artists, the title of Carrying On can be read in a variety of ways. “People on the streets of New York are almost always carrying something, sometimes something huge and outlandish. After the 9/11 tragedy, New Yorkers felt that they must carry on with their lives. Finally, New Yorkers are notoriously opinionated and lively; they really do ‘carry on.'” 

Houston Street
DEBORAH BROWN
Platform Diving, 1994
Glass mosaic on platform walls
Brown’s seven glass mosaics are given a whimsical quality, as the artist creates aquatic creatures that act like humans as they wait for the train to arrive at their underwater station. “I wanted to explore the analogy between subway travel and the movement of our fellow creatures through their natural environment,” Brown says. “Underwater creatures navigate a complex spatial array of undersea passageways, much as we maneuver through our own manmade systems. I thought it would be provocative to portray them in a part of our world most closely resembling their own, but involved in activities familiar to us.”

Fulton Center
JAMES CARPENTER DESIGN ASSOCIATES, GRIMSHAW ARCHITECTS, ARUP
Sky Reflector-Net, 2014
Perforated optical-aluminum panels; stainless steel cables and fittings
Sky Reflector-Net is an integrated artwork by James Carpenter Design Associates, Grimshaw Architects and ARUP, designed specifically for the Fulton Center. The monumental sculpture embraces light and air, creating a distinctive focal point within Lower Manhattan’s urban fabric.

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Suspended within the atrium’s conical form, Sky Reflector-Net is composed of 112 tensioned cables, 224 high-strength rods and nearly 10,000 stainless steel components. Attached to the soaring cable-net are 952 perforated optical aluminum panels that distribute year-round daylight and bring the sky down into the lower levels of the Center. The artwork combines beauty and function, reduces energy consumption by 30 percent and powerfully connects the 300,000 daily transit users with a sense of daylight that will be constantly changing.

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A Night at the Knickerbocker NYC

When you sink into a couch on the rooftop of Manhattan’s The Knickerbocker Hotel, you could be forgiven for forgetting you’re in Times Square, sitting at the crossroads of the world. Up on the rooftop, everything unwanted is left below – the common chaos, the crowds and the noise; here, there is a sense of being in another world – floating above it all – offering a perfectly plausible explanation for how it earned its name: St. Cloud.

It’s impossible to talk about The Knickerbocker – the Knick, for short – in the present without talking about its past. Built as a luxury hotel in 1906 by wealthy industrialist John Jacob Astor IV, it was the playground of the rich and famous. Nicknamed the 42nd Street Country Club, it was a cornerstone of the “cocktail trail” and arguably the most popular hotel in New York. It boasted a stellar list of patrons, including writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, tenor Enrico Caruso and scion John D. Rockefeller

But the great hotel lasted just 14 years, having been dealt two striking blows: Astor died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 and prohibition was signed into law in 1920, sending the high life underground. Developers refurbished the property into office space and so it sat for more than 90 years, until 2014’s transformative return to a remarkable luxury hotel.

The Knickerbocker’s preserved and landmarked Beaux-Arts exterior belies a thoroughly modern heart, one that promises a sanctuary in the center of the city. It seamlessly blends a need for the private with a desire for the social.

The Rooms

The Knick offers a generous variety of room and suite configurations, with views that take advantage of its unique siting. Tribute Suites, located on the hotel’s top floors, honor the artists and moguls who once frequented the hotel. They combine classic New York glamour with the very best in design, technology, and amenities, each featuring a plush King-size bed and a spacious living area. 

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The gorgeous Parrish Suite

The Food & Drink

Acclaimed Master Chef, Charlie Palmer, is the powerhouse behind the Knick’s food and beverage program. Palmer has collaborated with the hotel to ensure a sophisticated level of taste across all menus, which feature his progressive American cooking style.

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Legend has it that martinis were invented at The Knickerbocker

The hotel features a number of exceptional dining venues: Charlie Palmer at The Knick serves breakfast, a table d’hote power lunch, weekend brunch and dinner at its 4th floor restaurant; shareable small plates are offered in its restaurant lounge; mornings begin with a gourmet grab-and-go breakfast from Jake’s @ The Knick, located on the main floor under a magnificent barrel-baulted ceiling; and cocktails and a seasonal menu are available at St. Cloud from 4:00pm to midnight.

Adjacent to the hotel, at Palmer’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Aureole, hotel guests enjoy priority access and preferential treatment. 

A Night at The Knickerbocker NYC
Master Chef, Charlie Palmer, and his team

The Social

The lounge at Charlie Palmer at The Knick offers live jazz (blues, latin, gypsy and modern), weekday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Monday through Friday from 6pm-9pm.

St. Cloud presents local NYC instrumentalists and DJs on Tuesdays from 8pm-10pm and Thursdays from 5pm-10pm. Other events include Full Moon parties, a celebration of Chinese New Year (January 28th) and, of course, the best New Years Eve party in the city, with a direct view to the dropping of the ball.

Club Macanudo, an Upper East Side icon, has partnered with the Knick to create an in-house cigar lounge located within St. Cloud. An educational as well as a social experience, it provides tasting notes and detailed descriptions of the cigar menu and makes recommendations on seasonal food and drink pairings.

And social at St. Cloud doesn’t have to mean just organized events. As the most popular place in the hotel, there are always opportunities for casual conversations and chance meetings, not always easy in a city like New York.

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Live jazz at Charlie Palmer at the Knick
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Front and center, New Years Eve at St. Cloud
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A Night at St. Cloud

The Amenities

Yoga: Payal Parekh, one of New York’s most celebrated yoga and meditation authorities, offers guests a variety of options including one-on-one yoga sessions and team building mindfulness activities.

Fitness: Former NBS superstar Larry Johnson brings his star power to the Knick overseeing the hotel’s weekly fitness program including equipment selection, interdisciplinary workouts and even the gym’s curated music playlists.

Styling/Salon: Guests of the Knick can book exclusive on-site appointments with celebrity stylist Ted Gibson, including hair care, styling and make-up application.  His makeup products are also available for purchase at an in-room beauty bar.

A Night at The Knickerbocker NYC
Skating at Bryant Park
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Inside the magnificent Grand Central Station

The Location

Get outside and walk. Every New York neighborhood – each block of every neighborhood – is a world unto itself. Nearby Bryant Park offers winter skating and a seasonal market, summer movies and the Hester Street food market, the iconic main branch of the NY public library is a stone’s throw from the hotel and Grand Central Terminal offers grand architecture, public art, secret corners, food, shopping and entertainment, and, best of all, four lines to take you anywhere you want to go in New York.

Standing at the entrance to The Knickerbocker, on the southeast corner of 42nd Street overlooking Times Square, the city is, literally, at your feet.    

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New York City Restaurant Week 2017

23 January 2017 to 10 February 2017

New York City Restaurant Week happens twice a year: mid-winter and mid-summer. For foodies, it’s a huge perk of visiting the city during low season, which is also the best time to catch the lowest rates on New York’s luxury hotels. It’s a celebration of fine dining with more than 350 participating restaurants throughout the boroughs, many Michelin-starred favorites.

Expect to pay 30 – 50% off of regular menu prices.

Participating restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe menus specially priced for lunch and/or dinner on Monday through Friday, with optional Sundays at the discretion of the establishment. Beverages, gratuities and taxes are not included. Diners should expect a selection of at least three appetizers and entrees and a minimum of two desserts. In addition, some restaurants may offer drink specials or other options for an additional price.

The list of participating restaurants and reservations will be available beginning January 9th. The NYC Restaurant Week Dining Guide will be available in participating restaurants and major hotels throughout the city approximately one week prior to program launch. Due to demand, restaurant reservations are recommended but the same menu/prices are offered to all guests, including walk-ins.

According to Viewing NYC, there were 10 Michelin-starred restaurants that participated in the Summer 2016 version of NYC Restaurant Week. These powerhouses included: Ai Fiori (Italian, Midtown); Andanada (Spanish, Upper West Side); Aureole (New American, Times Square); and The Breslin (Gastropub, Flatiron). 

Click here for the complete Michelin guide to New York City restaurants.  

Mid-winter may seem like an unlikely choice for a trip to New York. But combine Restaurant Week with great prices on Magellan’s selection of the finest luxury hotels and the height of the theater and cultural season and there’s no finer way to take advantage of the city.

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A Stay at the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

The first thing you’re likely to notice about the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is that it’s quiet in the way that those who value their privacy appreciate quiet. Set on a residential street, tucked behind a canopy of palms, it feels less like a hotel and more like a private residence.

The second thing you’ll notice is that it’s an all-suite hotel, offering incomparable layouts and more than enough room for alone-time and entertaining guests.

And, of course, it’s impossible to miss the high-touch service that begins with your personal doorman and unhurried welcome. There are very good reasons why L’Ermitage has been the rare recipient of both the Forbes 5 Star and AAA Five Diamonds award since 2001.

A Stay at the Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills

The Suites

A $50 million renovation in late 2015 reconfigured spaces and created a new look of modern luxury throughout the hotel. The interplay between earth tones, textures and color creates a tranquil and timeless setting for a memorable stay. 

The Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills offers a choice of Studio Suites or Residential Suites.

At 650 to 700 sq ft, Studios are available with one or two bedroom layouts, each complete with custom-designed furniture, a grand seating and lounge area, a sophisticated runway-like dressing room, curated artwork, fresh seasonal flowers and more. Private walkout balconies enjoy views of the Beverly Hills skyline, tree-lined avenues and gardens. And it keeps getting better.

Ranging from 1,200 to 4,400 sq ft., one-bedroom Residential Suites offer additional space and opportunities for in-room entertaining, including an additional powder room, a modern kitchenette and separate living space with dining area that accommodates four to six guests. Some suites offer a personal theater experience.

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The Presidential Suite, at 3,700 sq ft, offers a full-sized chef’s kitchen, a 12-seat formal dining room, seven balconies with views of the Hollywood Hills and the option for a connecting suite. All in, it adds up to an exquisite 4,400 sq. ft. of living and entertainment space. Butler services can be arranged with an external provider and the personal services of L’Ermitage’s Executive Chef, Olivier Quignon, may be engaged, subject to availability.

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Food, Drink and Celebration at Avec Nous

Avec Nous is a contemporary take on the classic French bistro and is the domain of celebrated Chef Olivier, formerly of Bar Boulud and Restaurant Daniel in New York City. As the name suggests (Avec Nous is French for “With Us”), Chef Olivier invites guests to drink, dine and celebrate together.

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The restaurant is described as having “a hip St. Tropez vibe,” influenced by the Mediterranean lifestyle and cuisine of Spain and Italy. Ingredients are locally-sourced and seasonally-served. A pair of fun surprises include a vintage champagne cart that is wheeled from table to table enabling guests to try regional champagnes by the glass or the bottle, and a Sugarfina candy cart offering sweets fit for adults. For holiday guests of L’Ermitage, a gorgeous three-course table d’hote will be served on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. 

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The daily cocktail hour (4:00pm until 7:00pm) offers a selection of small plates, wines by the glass and specialty cocktails such as Oyster Martinis in three flavors: Bloody Mary, Habanero Pepper and Cucumber/Lime. Mondays are Social Wine Aficionado Nights, with 50% off all bottles of wine and champagne from 4:00pm until closing.

In-House Services and Local Sights

As tempting as it may be to never leave your room, the spa, or the rooftop pool that is an oasis of repose, you will want to (eventually) explore the neighborhood.

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Twenty-four hour concierge service is available to assist guests prior to arrival and throughout their stay. With more than 20 years of experience with L’Ermitage, concierges Christine and Dana are intimately familiar with the area and are a keystone of the hotel’s unequivocal commitment to superior client service. They provide recommendations, arrange personal shoppers and childcare, assist with last minute requirements and arrange all manner of special requests, such as a personal trainer for your workout at the 8th floor gym or a run around town.

Located just outside the Beverly Hills triangle, L’Ermitage is only minutes from Rodeo Drive, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Wallis Annenberg Theater for the Performing Arts, the Beverly Hills Farmers Market and other entertainment venues. You can walk – or better yet – take the house car, a pearl-white Maserati, which can be booked for travel within a two mile radius of the hotel. 

When it really, really comes time to leave the bubble of happiness that is the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, you may think to yourself: It was just like being home. Only better.

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Magellan Events Listing: Fashion Fabulous

Visiting a Magellan partner hotel and looking for something interesting to do? Here is a select listing of events taking place across our cities.

Events are presented in chronological order.

New York City 

Anna Wintour Costume Center @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Masterworks: UnPacking Fashion
18 November 2016 – 15 February 2017
Fashion provocateurs Viktor & Rolf pose the question: Is fashion art or is art fashion? The 60 iconic pieces in the exhibition represent the best of the best of fashion from the early 18th century through the 21st: exquisite craftsmanship, design, materials and ideas. Each are snapshots of the political, social and economic moment in time in which they were created. 

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Fashion Week – London & NYC

London

London Fashion Week
17 – 21 February

London Fashion Week Festival
23 – 26 February, 2017

New York City

New York Fashion Week
09  – 17 February – Women’s
30 January – 02 February – Men’s

New York City

The Big Flea & Antiques Market 
21 – 22 January, 2017
Lexington Avenue Armory, 68 Lexington Ave
The Big Flea bills itself as the largest antique flea market in Manhattan. Their one-of-a-kind finds include vintage clothing and estate jewelry as well as fine art, furniture and collectibles.

Los Angeles

FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) Museum & Gallery
The FIDM Museum and Library collects, preserves, and interprets fashion objects and support materials of outstanding design merit while fostering student and public engagement. The collection includes more than 15,000 pieces covering 200 years of fashion history, with a focus on women’s fashion and accessories. The museum is free and only open only during exhibitions. Behind-the-scenes Curator Tours can be made in advance by calling 213-623-5821 x3367.

San Francisco

ICEFDT 2017 – The 19th International Conference on Eco Fashion Design and Technology
27 – 28 April 2017
Interested in the stories and technologies behind the clothes you wear? Want to make more enviro-friendly choices? ICEFDT 2017 will bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Eco Fashion Design and Technology. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field.

Miami

The Original Miami Antique Show & Jewelry History Series

Jewelry History Series 

08 – 09 February 2017
The Jewelry History Series @ The Original Miami Beach Antique Show is an educational conference centered around the history of jewelry during select time periods. This event is open to anyone with an interest in learning about the history of antique jewelry!

Antique Show (includes jewelry)

10 – 13 February, 2017
The Original Miami Beach Antique Show will be held at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center in 2017. As the world’s largest indoor antique show, it presents nearly 1,000 recognized dealers from 28 countries for four days only. Attendees can explore collections from Renaissance to Art Deco eras including fine art, American and European silver, antique jewelry, 17th-19th century furniture, porcelain and more

NYC Shopping Bonus!

New York Magazine offers an online calendar listing sales on all brands and types of merchandise by month. Click here to see complete listings for winter sales in November and December 2016 including MaxMara, Vera Wang, Liz Lange, Nicole Farhi and even Vivienne Westwood.

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Racing Miami

There are a number of enticing options for motorsports racing in the Miami area. If you want to watch the action, there’s the upcoming Race of Champions at Marlins Park and the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But if you prefer doing rather than spectating, you can always take to the track yourself behind the wheel of a high-performance automobile. And how fun would that be? Continue reading Racing Miami

NYC Pairings: The Sporting

City Pairings offer thematic itineraries, seasonally adjusted, that answer the six core questions of travel: Where should I stay? What should I do? What should I see? Where should I eat? What should I drink? and What should I buy?

NYC Pairings: The Sporting is for those who love all things professional sports.

A Place to Stay:

The New York EDITION
5 Madison Ave.
Housed in the 1909 Met Life Building skyscraper, this luxury hotel is located across from Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District. Most of its guest rooms and suites offer outstanding park, city and/or Empire State Building views.  Its central location provides easy access to uptown, downtown and the east and west villages. For sports fans, it is less than 15 minutes by taxi or 20 minutes on foot to Madison Square Garden and less than 20 minutes by subway and under 10 minutes by taxi to the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. Fine dining, entertainment options and some of the city’s finest architecture is at your feet.

Something to Do:

Already have a favorite sport or sports team?  Click on the individual website to find schedules and ticket info to begin your trip planning.

NY Rangers
Madison Square Garden
For schedule & tickets

NY Islanders
Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn
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NY Knicks
Madison Square Garden
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Brooklyn Nets
Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn
For schedule & tickets

Big Ten Super Saturday – College Hoops & Hockey
28 January 2017
Madison Square Garden
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New York Jets
Met Life Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
For schedule & tickets

New York Mets
Citi Field, Queens
For schedule & tickets

New York Yankees
Yankee Stadium
For schedule & tickets

Something to See:

Who Shot Sports?: A Photographic History 1843 to the Present @ the Brooklyn Museum until 08 January 2017

From the website: The installation is guest curated by distinguished photographic historian Gail Buckland, and highlights sport photographers and their place in the history of photography, not merely sports history. Featuring more than 200 photographs Buckland has chosen for their aesthetic, cultural, and historical significance, the exhibition includes images of many different sports from nations around the globe.

Madison Square Garden All-Access Tour (daily)

From the website: Explore exclusive VIP areas of the state-of-the-art arena and commemorate over 130 years of legendary Garden history. Discover the spectacular Chase Bridges, get the inside scoop on all your favorite players when you explore the Knicks and Rangers locker rooms, and view the arena like never before.

Tours of MetLife Stadium (Meadowlands Complex), NJ

From the website: Unlike any other NFL facility, MetLife Stadium is home to two NFL franchises, the New York Jets and New York Giants. In addition, MetLife Stadium continues to host world class concerts, college football, International soccer and many other timeless events…Your guided tour will visit some of our premium spaces, such as the Commissioners Club, Coaches Club and our luxury suites, as well as taking a walk on the field where some of your favorite athletes play each week

In addition, the Giants have built the Legacy Club which contains the team’s Super Bowl trophies, jerseys of its best-known players and artifacts from its long history. The club is located on the main concourse and is free and open free to all fans on game days.

NY Yankees Stadium Tour (Daily, with a few exceptions)

From the website: During the offseason, Yankee Stadium tours are held almost daily at the ballpark from 11:00 a.m. – 1:40 p.m. with tours leaving every 20 or 40 minutes in that time span. Bilingual (Spanish/English) tours may be available. Please call the Tours Department at 646-977-8687 to check availability. At times when tours sell out, other time slots may become available. Keep in mind, the time on the ticket is the time of the tour.

Tour during the off-season: New York Yankees Museum, Monument Park, Press Box and the Warning Track/Legends Outdoor Seating

NY Yankees Hands on History: (seasonal)

From the website: Hands On History offers an unprecedented opportunity for guests to touch historic Yankees artifacts. Participants connect with Yankees history through game-used bats, jerseys, baseballs, World Series rings and more from Yankees legends, past and present. The program takes place within the New York Yankees Museum presented by Bank of America. Each session begins approximately 90 minutes before gates open to the public for a game. The pregame experience is led by our knowledgeable Museum Curator, who shares entertaining stories while guests hold baseball’s most treasured artifacts. All guests enjoy a detailed tour of the Museum’s rotating exhibits. Photography is welcomed and encouraged during the program.

Something to Drink:

Tavern on 51 @ the Lotte New York Palace
24 E. 51st
The Tavern on 51 is a sophisticated, old school (in a good way) bar inside The Lotte New York Palace Hotel. Not only does it offer an array of vintage and specialty cocktails and a good beer list, it is an oasis of calm within the hyper-activity of midtown. A very civilized alternative to the classic sports bar.

The Gold Bar @ The New York Edition
5 Madison Avenue

From the website: With mahogany walls, carved plaster ceilings, original herringbone floors and hundreds of pieces of photography hung in gilt frames, there is no better place for a pre or post-dinner cocktail than the Gold Bar. Guests can sip craft cocktails under the 3-foot fiberglass globe chandelier designed by Eric Schmitt, which is suspended over the intimate horseshoe shaped bar made entirely of 24k gold leaf. The billiards room, adjacent to the Gold Bar is a bonus.

The classic billiards room is adjacent to the bar. 

Feiles Bar & Restaurant
131 W. 33rd
Less than a block from Madison Square Garden, Feiles Bar and Restaurant makes a good pre-and post-game destination. It is the official home of Formula One racing in the city and the largest F1 meetup in the world. It is also home to the New York Rangers and New York Knicks and offers the full Major League Baseball package in season.

Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant
18 W. 33rd
Foley’s is a combination pub/museum. Its memorabilia collections are the big draw.

From the website: Foley’s has one of the most extensive and unusual public displays of sports memorabilia in America, including 3,000 baseballs, 500+ bobbleheads, game-used equipment, signed jerseys, World Series rings, stadium seats, and other items.

Stan’s Sports Bar (Seasonal – during Yankees games & special events)

From the website: If you’re the the type of person who has been to the Cask N Flagon on your way to Fenway or stopped at Murphy’s Bleachers after leaving Wrigley, then Stan’s is the bar for you at Yankee Stadium…[It] is the anchor of the 161st Street Business District, underneath the famous elevated 4 train and across from the footprint of where “the real house that Ruth Built” stood.

Somewhere to Eat:

The Clocktower @The New York Edition
5 Madison Avenue
Located on the second floor of the New York Edition hotel, this gastronomic gem is under the direction of Executive Chef Jason Atherton and offers a restaurant menu of updated classics and contemporary British fare. Guests can enjoy all-day dining in a series of three rooms, each with its own unique theme, before capping off the meal in the billiards room or at the aptly named Gold Bar. A chic take on a supper club

11 Madison Park – Michelin***
Contemporary Cuisine
With three Michelin stars, Chef Daniel Humm’s 11 Madison Park isn’t the kind of place you drop in to and hope to get seated: You’ll want to plan ahead. The restaurant offers prix-fixe seasonal tasting menus in a drop-dead gorgeous space. Just a stone’s throw from the New York Edition Hotel.

Hill Country Chicken – a Michelin Bib Gourmand Selection
1123 Broadway
American Cuisine
Chicken, chicken, chicken and chicken. Its prepared two ways – the classic and Mama El’s, skinless and cracker-crusted – and served with sides like creamy mashed potatoes and grilled corn salad, 12 kinds of homemade pie and milkshakes. Good food doesn’t have to be fussy or exclusive.

Something to Buy:

Most bricks and mortar collectible shops have gone the way of the dodo and are exclusively doing business online. Here is one notable exception:

Brigandi Coins & Collectibles, 60 W. 44th St.

Since 1959, the Nation’s preeminent dealer of rare, high-quality and authentic collectibles.

Their collection of rare memorabilia includes a Babe Ruth-signed baseball and a 1934 NY Yankees signed baseball (Ruth & Gehrig)

A Selection of Online Shops/Auctions:

Sotheby’s

Heritage Auctions

The New York Times Store
Includes a substantial collection of signed memorabilia, focussed on baseball

Cooperstown Collection of Vintage Jerseys;

NY Yankees Books: Online or at the Yankee Clubhouse Shops around the city

Book: Who Shot Sports? A Photographic Historic 1843 to the Present by Gail Buckland
Available at the Brooklyn Museum and online.

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With soundproof windows and a quiet Murray Hill location, The Roger New York is a calm retreat in the midst of one of the world’s busiest cities. The Roger New York has a classic New York feel mixed with a residential vibe. This boutique property has an eco-friendly attitude and offers beautiful, terraced guestrooms that boast impressive Empire State Building views. These landscaped terraces provide an ideal spot for guests to relax with a glass of wine in the evening and enjoy the city views.

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NYC Pairings: The Creative

City Pairings offer thematic itineraries, seasonally adjusted, that answer the six core questions of travel: Where should I stay? What should I do? What should I see? Where should I eat? What should I drink? and What should I buy?

NYC Pairings: The Creative is a New York City pairing for those who love all things arts and culture.

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