Happy Holidays NYC

FAMERS, it is my sincere hope that you all had a happy, healthy and blessed holiday.  The after Christmas sales are in effect, and the kids are home on vacation.  I received a special gift on Christmas evening; a parking ticket (thanks NYPD).   

New York City is magical during the holidays – the window displays, Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park and Central Park only add to the holiday appeal.  I suggest everyone take an afternoon to take in the city during the holidays.

Christmas also marks the end of the year, but this year also marks the end of the decade.  As the final days of 2009 draw to a close, I will post F.A.M.E. NYC’s Top 2009.  I am also going to take my own suggestion and spend an afternoon in the city to take in the holiday décor.

Please stay tuned.

All American Creation

“Born in the USA,” would definitely be the phrase used to describe An American Art and Craft Collective, held at Grown and Sewn, located at 184 Duane Street in Tribeca.  Inside this store is a perfect weaving of art and fashion. 

Figures

Bruce Springsteen’s classic song brought attention to the disenfranchised in America in the 1980s – those dealing with the repercussions of the Vietnam War, joblessness and a struggling economy.  In the wake of the Great Recession, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and issues with our environment, there is no greater time to have a merged exhibition like An American Art and Craft Collective, especially since we are on the verge of a new decade.

Purvis Young

An American Art and Craft Collective brings together the works of urban visual griot Purvis Young and the Grown and Sewn collection. Grown and Sewn Dry Goods Collection is an innovative approach to casual fashion.  The collection’s signature product is the “Kax” and takes the best elements from the khaki and jean. 

The Kax is 100% cotton and is washed, baked and finished.  Every aspect of Grown and Sewn is American made down from the cotton used in the clothing to the rivets sewn on the Kaxs.  All the manufacturing of this product is made in the USA, with almost every region of the country contributing to bring Grown and Sewn to the masses.  This clothing line makes a powerful statement toward fixing what ails our society by offering a product that is environmentally friendly and provides jobs to Americans. 

Up in Arms against the System, c. 1987

The work of Purvis Young is provided by Skot Foreman Fine Art.  Purvis is a self-taught artist out of Overtown, Miami, Florida.  In his work he reuses squiggly lines and eyes to display the underbelly of American society, individuals caught in the system of poverty, incarceration and street life.  His pieces are full of rage, passion and reality that shine a spotlight on topics that most people would rather not focus on. 

Angel Baby Crib, c.1991

Purvis used the debris of Overtown, old cribs and pieces of wood, to create a body of work that tells a specific story, a somber story, that is nonetheless part of the American experience.  What is more disturbing to me is the thought that without artists like Purvis Young, this story would not be heard. 

Although I have viewed Purvis’ work before, seeing it in this setting was like witnessing it for the first time.  Purvis’s work is layered in such a way that upon each viewing a new facet is discovered.  The store’s décor also added a special element to his work.  There are huge bales of cotton cleverly placed through out the store; the tables are hand crafted with antique figurines and an old sewing table.  These raw components help to accentuate the coarse quality of Purvis’ work. 

Eyes, c. 1992

An American Art and Craft Collective will be on display until January 15, 2010 and is a marriage about what is best about American culture at a time when America needs it most.  After braving the blistering wind to get to Tribeca, I was electrified by what I saw and warmed with a renewed sense of hope.

Photos of Purvis Young’s artwork courtesy of Skot Forman Fine Art and Purvis Young.com

NYC On DVD

While stuck in bed with a cold, it becomes rather difficult to tell any tales of the Big Apple and the people that thrive in it, hence the reason why there were no posts last week.  But a clever mind is always at work.  While sipping tea and Campbell’s chicken noodle soup and taking the occasional dosage of Nyquil, I was able to view NYC via television.  When shut in the house with a cold, there is no greater time to break out the old DVD collection. 

Since I was unable to experience New York City first hand, I did the next best thing, I watched movies about it.  While eating a bowl of ice cream or two (to soothe my sore throat, of course), I riffled through my vast DVD collection and came up with my list for the best NYC movies.  These movies were chosen because they used Manhattan as another character.  Part of the movie’s success is because it is set in New York City and the movie may not have worked if the location was elsewhere.  Also these films used NYC landmarks in ingenious ways. 

10.   It Could Happen to You – This feel good tale about a cop and a waitress is sure to pull on anyone’s heartstrings.  Really, isn’t wonderful to think that a person might offer half of their potential lottery earnings in lieu of a tip?  It is as unbelievable as unicorns in Central Park, but that is the reason why it is so endearing.    My favorite scene in the movie is when Charlie Lang and Yvonne Biasi, played by Nicholas Cage and Bridget Fonda, take the neighborhood kids to Yankee Stadium. They run through the house that Ruth built, chew wads of gum like it was tobacco and received a picture of themselves catching a fly ball.  I’m an adult and I would pay to have an outing as cool as that one.  The movie also captures wonderful views of the Plaza Hotel as both Charlie and Yvonne check in there to recuperate from their deteriorating relationships and discover their love for each other.  When the instant millionaires lose everything, New Yorkers band together to help them out and shows that the true beauty of New York is not in its landscapes, but in its resiliency.

9.     42nd Street – This musical is set during Depression era Manhattan and has seen many incarnations on Broadway.  I believe the reason why this musical has endured is because it is a play about one of the most magical places in the world, Broadway.  42nd Street takes the viewer through a stage production from soup to nuts and provides a few great numbers along the way.  My favorite songs are “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and of course “42nd Street”, which I sang in the school chorus as a child. Like I said, I grew up in a household where musicals ruled. 

8.     On the Town – What would a movie list about New York be without Frank Sinatra?  This musical, based on a Broadway play, also stars the incomparable Gene Kelly, one of the best dancers/choreographers that ever lived.  The movies highlights the Manhattan of the 40s as three sailors, played by Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Jules Munshin, go tracing around the streets of New York looking for love on a temporary pass.  The Museum of Natural History, Empire State Building, Carnegie Hall and Coney Island are all shown in their heyday.  On the Town is one of the best musicals to come out of the MGM hit factory, the dancing is incredible, and the songs are infectious.  It is a wonderful movie about a wonderful town.

7.     The Mirror Has Two Faces – Unless you look like new mom Gisele Bündchen or Naomi Campbell, I’m quite sure that you have felt like an ugly duckling every once in while.  Also if you have siblings I’m sure you have experienced your share of sibling rivalry.  This delightful romantic comedy explores body issues, sibling rivalry, dating insecurity and relationships between parents and children – best of all these issues are shrewdly explored through an adult point of view.  Starring Barbara Streisand, Jeff Bridges and the immortal Lauren Bacall, The Mirror Has Two Faces shows how two Columbia professors, both scorned by love, try to take love out of the equation only to realize they are a perfect match.  Only in New York can jadedness turn into romance.  Also, the film shows great shots of Tavern on the Green and Central Park in spring.  

6.    Die Hard:  With a Vengeance – NYC is a place of constant action, after all it has been dubbed as “the city that never sleeps.”  Die Hard: With a Vengeance certainly serves up a lot of action all over Manhattan.  Starting on the streets of Harlem the movie takes us all over the city and underneath with heart stopping explosions, mind bending riddles and a heist of the Federal Reserve.  Reprising his role as NYPD officer John McClane, Bruce Willis throws a monkey wrench in the plans of another Gruber brother.  Simon Peter Gruber, brilliantly played by Jeremy Irons, uses McClane, sending him and all of the NYPD on wild goose chases all over city only to clear downtown of cops so he could rob the Federal Reserve.  Along for the ride is Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Zeus Carver, the sidekick for this edition of the Die Hard franchise.  His loudly pitched banter with McClane helps to keep the pace of the movie.  I’m a girl that loves a little action in her life and Die Hard: With a Vengeance provides it in spades.

5.    Home Alone 2:  Lost in New York  – New York is named in the title; it had to be on the list.  Home Alone and Home Alone 2 are two of my favorite Christmas movies.  Set in NYC at Christmas time, Home Alone 2 is a fabulous showcase of the city during the holidays.  As Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, battles with the “Sticky Bandits”, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, he also learns lessons about the spirit of giving and friendship.  The co-star of this holiday comedy is definitely New York City as the Plaza Hotel, Carnegie Hall, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and more are showcased.  The film also shows the awe-inspiring beauty of Rockefeller Center at Christmas. 

4.    Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist Where’s Fluffy? is the theme for this New York City movie as Nick and Norah, played by Michael Cera and Kat Dennings, and their friends chase the band Where’s Fluffy? all over the city to witness an impromptu concert.  Along the way the “bridge and tunnel” teens realize they not only like the same types of music, they also like each other.  While on their quest to find the elusive band, they discover love as the movie showcases different bars on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  A poignant moment is shared between the two at one of the most famous musical landmarks in New York City, Electric Lady Studios.  The charm of this movie for me is that it showcases a typical Friday night in the city for a teenager trying to play an adult and reminds me of when I used to bar hop at that age.  Now, I legally bar hop.

3.     25th Hour – Everyone wishes for more hours during the day, especially if it is the day before you start a prison sentence.  It is certainly the case for Monty Brogan, played by Edward Norton, as he takes the viewer through his last day as free man which is full of reflection, regret, suspicion and anger.  Directed by Brooklynite Spike Lee, 25th Hour also captures the somber of mood of New York City directly after the 9/11 attacks.  Monty is a microcosmic reflection of the city.  I love how Spike captures Monty’s lost mood through shots of the countless posters of the missing that were everywhere during that time and Tribute of Light at the World Trade Center site – blue shadows of what was once there. Another aspect Spike showcases in the film is NYC nightlife, an integral part of the culture of New York.  Although I get a serious knot in my stomach every time I watch this film, the main reason why I love it is because it shows the resiliency of New York City at a time when the world was watching to see if this city would remain on its knees.  Monty faces the most difficult time in his life without running, although his father offers to help him go on the lam, and the viewer knows at the end that whatever happens in the future Monty will survive and so will New York City.

2.     The Thomas Crown Affair  – Like Thomas Crown, played by Pierce Brosnan, I also love the Met.  My favorite place to go in the Met is the Temple Of Dendur, but unlike Thomas Crown, I don’t have the moxie or money to steal it.  Simmering, sexy and stylish, The Thomas Crown Affair is an adequate remake of the Steve McQueen classic.  As insurance investigator and vixen Catherine Banning, played by Rene Russo, chases Crown all over the city and the Caribbean to catch her man she gets more than what she bargained for as the cat becomes mouse in a game of love.  Besides the fashion Rene Russo wears and the storyline, I would watch this movie time and again just to see the Met.

1.   Sex and the City:  The Movie – New York City has always been the true star of this franchise and no other television series pays homage to New York City they way Sex and the City did.  The movie merely picks up where the series left off.   Four years after the series ended the ladies who made cosmopolitans cosmopolitan come together for more tales of heartbreak, love, romance and of course sex.  Like the series, Sex and the City: The Movie is a love letter to anyone that loves NYC, fashion and the HBO Series.  Highlighting the New York Public Library, Bryant Park during Fashion Week and the Meatpacking District, New York City lives up to its role as the silent star of the movie; I can’t wait for the sequel.

Stimulating Simulation

Sergey Dikovsky ANSWER (2008) Oil on canvas

December in New York City guarantees three things – hordes of people at Rockefeller Center, a steady drop in the temperature and the occasional cold.  While fears of the H1N1 virus have the whole country in the grips of fear contemplating whether to get a flu shot, I am waging my own battle with the common cold.  Since the topsy-turvy weather and my cold have kept me indoors this week, I unfortunately was unable to go to any galleries, parties or shows.  Then I remembered, thanks to Jessica Porter I have a gallery right at my fingertips.

Jessica Porter

In 2006, Jessica launched Raandesk Gallery with an accompanying live exhibition in Chelsea.   Raandesk Gallery is an alternative to viewing art in a traditional venue allowing anyone with access to the internet the chance to broaden their visual horizons and expose potential art buyers to an experience that is less stodgy than the traditional gallery visit.

Jessica has always dreamed of owning a gallery.  The dream was present when she attended the University of Delaware where she studied Art History and French Language & Literature with the intent of becoming an international corporate curator.  A dwindling market prompted Jessica to become a consultant for an international fine arts shipper.  She also attended at the University of Maryland and received her Juris Doctorate in 2001.   Throughout her various career paths, Jessica never abandoned her original dream and in 2005 she began to turn her dreams into a virtual reality.

Raandesk Gallery currently represents over 30 artists and their work is only a click of a mouse away.  Along with the virtual gallery, Raandesk conducts several live exhibitions in venues throughout the city including Vino Vino and Gallery Bar.  In fact, my first introduction to Raandesk Gallery and Jessica Porter was at Gallery Bar.   From our first meeting I could tell that Jessica is passionate about what she does as well as the artists her gallery represents, which is always a good thing for an artist. 

Laura Salierno MARCH 3:42 PM (2005) C print, shot on 645, 220 Fuji film, printed on Fuji crystal archive paper with a luster finish

ART2Gift, Raandesk Gallery’s latest exhibition, can be found at 16 W. 23rd Street and online.  ART2Gift is a multi-medium marketplace that allows consumers to buy cotemporary art at extremely affordable prices ranging from $35 to $500.  The exhibition will be on display until January 2010.  So if you’re stumped for ideas for Christmas this year, a piece of art might be the way to go.  Whether you are viewing the work in person or online Raandesk Gallery always delivers the opportunity to dive headfirst into the world of contemporary art, stuffy nose and all.

To learn more about Raandesk Gallery, their artists and art rental program please visit www.raandeskgallery.com

Photos courtesy of Raandesk Gallery

 

B. Productions Grown and Sexy

Bill Marpet

The sun gives off a luminous glow as I step out of a taxi in front of 583 Park Avenue.  As I watch the doormen stand patiently outside the venue waiting for guests and the fashion elite to arrive, I notice Bill Marpet walking down the street.  He is dressed in a blue suit with white New Balance sneakers; his salt and pepper hair is pulled back in the classic ponytail that he has become known for.  The mantra for the day is comfortable chic.  Bill escorts me through the doors.  The hall inside of 583 Park Avenue is breathtaking.  An enormous chandelier hangs from center of the ceiling.  The green and white décor, Chaenomaeles trees, and white chairs exude a resort feel. The u-shaped runway is barren, but soon their will be a cadre of young women stomping in their heels, sporting luscious creations from Oscar De La Renta’s Resort collection. 

Bill working behind the scenes.

Once inside Bill begins checking on last minute details with B Productions assistant director J.D. Moll.  He discusses capturing the models as they walk with the crew downstairs, then it is up to the control area in the balcony where Bill will remain until the end of the show.  Everyone appears calm, but inside they know the stakes are high.  So much is riding on the next fifteen minutes, there is no room for error and nothing can be repeated.  After the show is over Bill leaves quietly through the door, the next step is to edit the film that was shot.  

That was my official introduction to Bill Marpet and B Productions last year; however I had a long standing relationship with this niche company that I was unaware of.  Some might say the Bill Marpet is the Keyser Söze of fashion; most models work with him and don’t know it. Bill doesn’t have a face as recognizable as Tracey Reese, Donna Karen or Ralph Lauren, but if you have watched Full Frontal Fashion then you have seen his work. 

Bill Marpet and Michael Kors

He and his team are the magicians behind the scenes ensuring that the designer’s runway shows are shot and edited for presentation to the masses.  B Productions videotapes over 300 runway shows yearly.  These videos have been shown on various channels including NBC, CBS, Fox and Oxygen.  For a man that devotes a huge portion of his working year to taping runway shows, fashion was not an industry Bill envisioned for his career path.  “I was a freelance camera man when I started out,” Bill comments about the creation of B. Productions, “I started getting hired to shoot things, not just fashion, but news magazines.  Then I started getting busy beyond what I could do.  I started hiring other cameramen to fill in, and that’s when I started the company.”

B. Productions was created in 1983 with a crew of two people.  It has now grown into a full scale production company hiring freelance crew to accommodate the demands of Fashion Week.  “In the beginning,” Bill says, “it was mostly fashion clients, and it was mostly the bigger names. Early clients were Calvin Klein, Bill Blass, [and] Anne Klein.” 

Bill Marpet and Carolina Herrera

From these early clients B Productions and Bill Marpet created a place to call their own within the fashion industry. “Designers didn’t have a record on video of their collections, Bill says, “they had their own shops within stores like Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman and they wanted video that they could show there.  They wanted their own vision translated into video.  Gradually it just kind off steamrolled and kept going; I got selected more than me picking [clients] out.  When I first started my business we were doing around fifteen percent fashion, after a few years it grew into about eighty percent fashion and I kind off fell into this niche.” 

This niche is the cornerstone of B Productions, but this company isn’t only known for fashion.   Besides fashion B Productions shoots image pieces and corporate videos, news releases, commercials and documentaries.  Their hard work has garnered Bill and B Productions many accolades such as a CEBA and New York Emmy.

I’m sure for Bill Marpet and the members of B. Productions, 1983 must seems light years away. Generally when a model turns 26 he or she begins to think of other career options, but the appeal for B. Production’s services has only increased. When the tents were raised for the 2010 spring collections at Bryant Park B Productions videotaped over 100 shows and events, they also hit the internet taping a block of webisodes for WWD.com.  The titans of 7th Avenue still look to B. Productions to produce video that shows the artistry and sexiness of the fashion industry, sometimes getting old isn’t a bad thing.    

  Photos courtesy of J.D. Moll of B. Productions

Moscow Invades the Eastside

One of my mom’s favorite movies is Dr. Zhivago.  As a little girl I would crawl up under her and we would watch Omar Sharif steal Julie Christie’s heart while my dad watched sheep jumping over fences.  Over the years the movie grew on me just as my affinity for Russian culture.  

As much as I do like Russian culture and food I had never tried authentic Russian cuisine until recently.  On East 20th Street is a quaint Russian restaurant named Mari Vanna.  The restaurant is named for a mythical woman, who welcomed diners into her home with open arms, feeding them traditional Russian food on her best china and linens and the restaurant certainly lives up to the legend.

Upon stepping inside I felt as if I had been whisked away from Manhattan and dropped into a home in Moscow where Yuri was waiting to recite one of his bittersweet “Lara” poems.  The décor, courtesy of designer Vera Tatarinova, is a Russian enthusiast’s dream filled with crystal bowls, picture frames, fine china, porcelain dolls, coasters, glasses and other precious collectibles.  The cozy furnishings and friendly staff made me feel like I was visiting my comrades instead of going out to eat. 

 For appetizers I had Soleniya, homemade pickled vegetables, and homemade blinis with red caviar sour cream, diced red onion and crumbled egg yolk.  I also had the opportunity to finally taste borsch with pampushka a soup consisting of beets, broth, beef, cabbage, carrots and potatoes.  It is served with sour cream and is beyond delicious.  Note to self:  winter is around the corner, stock up on borsch.  The only beef stroganoff I had tasted until recently was made by Stouffer’s, but after sampling the real McCoy, I could never go back to pseudo stroganoff again.  The beef was tender, the sauce delectable and my mouth was watering for more.

Another great feature of Mari Vanna is vodka.  The restaurant offers a diverse selection of house-infused vodkas.  My favorite was the beet flavored vodka.  The beet’s essence complimented the vodka well and masked some of the harshness.  Talk about a way to get your vegetables, if V8 tasted like that I would buy stock in the company. 

Mari Vanna is an unexpected surprise for any New Yorker that enters their doors.  Even if they may not have been exposed to traditional Russian cuisine before, I have no doubt they will walk out a fan.  The prices are fair and it is worth it.  There is no better dining experience then when the atmosphere, décor and food combine in symbiotic harmony and create a wonderful dining experience.  Nostrovia!

Jenny On Her Ass

 

Ok, I missed the Jenny from BX aka Jenny from da block aka J-Lo aka Jennifer Lopez performance and just saw this 40 year-old-woman bust her ass via YouTube.  With a hint of laughter I say this, Ms. Lo what were you thinking?  I’m sorry I had to laugh, but I would laugh at anyone that slips on their bum celebrities included. 

Don’t get me wrong, I am almost 40 (and I still get it in on the dance floor) so it is not about age here, but she hasn’t been putting it enough dance time outside of rehearsals for this performance to try that type of stunt on national television. 

I also understand that she is not necessarily on the top of the Diva heap and has to deal with the Ga Ga’s and Bey’s of the entertainment world; still I say tisk tisk Jenny.  Save stunts like that for tour so you can have more time to practice. 

What made the fall even worse is that she came on stage through the audience in a black silk boxer’s robe with Will Smith ala Ali chants of “The champ is here,” and Michael Buffer screaming “LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!”  It appeared that she was ready to knock out all these R&B and pop bitches and the only chick that landed on their ass was J-LO, so shameful.  I hadn’t cringe that hard since I saw old footage of Ali getting knocked down by Frasier at the Garden.  So did the champ really show up?

Of course she did!  The Bronx Bomber came to show her stuff and prove that a women in her 40’s can have a body that rivals any of these Gen Y bombshells, fall on her ass, get up fighting and still sashay into the audience as if nothing happened.  And as a fellow Leo she followed our astrological sign’s creed:  Go big or go home.  Yeah, she went big and it didn’t work this time, but I can guarantee that next time it will.  It is just the Leo way.  No worries Jennifer, your ass has always been the butt of J-Lo jokes (no pun intended) Sunday evening will serve as no exception.

Meat Anyone?

Sometimes when I look around at the city I can hardly recognize it.  Really, this city has seen more facelifts than Zsa Zsa Gabor.  One upgrade in particular that still makes me shake my head in amazement is the Meatpacking District. 

When I was a girl the Meatpacking District was known for large slaughterhouses, tranny hookers, the Mafia, drugs and sex clubs.  The vices in the meatpacking district almost overshadowed the meat and was one of the best places to find sin in New York City, outside Times Square of course.

Now Gansevoort Market is a far cry from the days when transsexual prostitute skulked around corners and the mafia ruled the slaughterhouses with an iron, Black Hand.  The Meatpacking District is one of the chicest areas in the city with restaurants, bars and clubs that play host to the fierce and fabulous as well as some of the best designer boutiques.  Some feel that the Meatpacking District has become too chic for real New Yorkers and is nothing more than a tourist haven like Times Square.  Maybe they are right, but something I learned from the tragedy of 911 is that you don’t take any part of this city for granted.  So without further adieu, here are my choices for the best that the Meatpacking District has to offer.

DINING

RdV                                 RDV Image

409 W. 13th Street New York, NY 10014    

212-675-3300

After stepping down a dimly lit stairway, you arrive in a sexy subterranean chill zone.  RdV takes elegance underground with its plush Baroque style furniture and potted banana trees that add a tropical feel.  The candlelit private dining room is a hideaway within a hideaway and provides its diners with an intimate experience.  The cuisine definitely lives up to the opulent French setting.  I recommend Foie Gras Terrine for an appetizer and Truffled Chicken or Pan Seared Wild Stripped Bass for a main course.  RdV holds 150 guests and is the perfect lounge to drink and dine when planning a grown and sexy gathering with friends.

Bagatelle                       Bagatelle%20Interior                       

409 W 13th St, New York 10014

212-675-2400

Above ground designer David Graziano, designer of RDV, created a posh French bistro.  Bagatelle has been dubbed the place to eat for the rich and trendy and is also known for their brunch.  I recommend Dimanche – Poule-au-Pot and the Potato Puree.  And if you are going to the Caribbean check out Bagatelle’s sister restaurant in Turks and Caicos.  Great food + great atmosphere = a complete dining experience.

 PARTY

Cielo                        ceilo                      

18 Little West 12th Street New York, NY 10014
212 242-8537

Besides the great décor, which resembles a log cabin, the sunken dance floor, and outdoor back yard that has heated lamps in the winter, this club plays host to some of the legends of dance music.  Francois K., Marques Wyatt, Jojo Flores, Junior Vasquez, and Roger Sanchez have all spinned in their DJ booth.  Louie Vega and Kevin Hedge hold their Roots party every week on Wednesday.  Cielo is an absolute must for anyone who seriously loves dance music.

Kiss & Fly                              Temple Perimeter View in Purple Light

409 W. 13th Street New York, NY 10014

212-255-1933

With the opening of Kiss and Fly lavishness has been brought back to NYC nightlife.  This club caters to the sophisticated and fabulous.  Kiss & Fly is Dom Perignon’s flagship club in the United States. Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld designed a mural for the club that is the backdrop to the $18,000 bottles of Dom Perignon that are on display and on the wine list.  Kiss & Fly also boasts 28 VIP areas with their own “private” dance floor that is raised behind the table.  Fire acts, aerial shows, stilted performances, fire throwers turn this nightclub experience into an extravaganza.

STAY 

Hotel Gansevoort             hotel-gansevoort_3

18 9th Avenue New York, NY 10014

212-206-6700

Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you have to stay at home, the Hotel Gansevoort offers awe-inspiring 360 degree panoramic views of New York City and is the only luxury, full service resort in the Meatpacking District.  Hotel Gansevoort offers an elegant get away to its patrons.  The hotel has 187 guestrooms and 23 suites.  The rooms are lavish, but with a minimalist aesthetic. The duplex penthouse houses a Jacuzzi and fireplace.  Hotel Gansevoort also has 45-foot heated outdoor rooftop pool with underwater lights and music everyday as well as a swanky rooftop loft and spa. Designer David Graziano also places his stamp on the Hotel Gansevoort making the hotel the fourth business in the Meatpacking District that has been touched by his chic  style.  Upon walking out of the Hotel Gansevoort, be prepared to take on the cobbled-stone splendor of the new Meatpacking District.

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome To F.A.M.E NYC

F.A.M.E NYCWelcome to F.A.M.E NYC!

F.A.M.E NYC is an acronym for fashion, arts, music and entertainment and centers on one of the Meccas for all these industries, New York City.

“I love New York” is not just a slogan for us at F.A.M.E NYC.  We comment on the New York City we are privileged to witness everyday, and all the elements that makes New York City one of the greatest cities on Earth.

This online publication  is dedicated to New York fashion, arts, music and entertainment and is for any lover of NYC.

Included in the fashion segments will be models, designers, retailers, etc. that have locations in NYC as well as Fashion Week.

Our arts segments will include NY based artists, galleries, performance artists as well as Broadway and off Broadway.

Our music and entertainment segments will also come from a New York state of mind with special dedication given to NYC nightlife and dining.

We hope you will all come on this journey with us as we share with you our version of F.A.M.E in NYC and those who are on a quest for it.  There are a million stories in Big Apple, these are ours.

Enjoy!