Thursday, June 10, 2010

It's time for Playful Learning - The must-stop educational shop opens in Sag Harbor

It's time for Playful Learning - The must-stop educational shop opens in Sag Harbor
June 10, 2010

Calling all Hamptonites—have plans yet for this Saturday (June 12, 2010)? Bring the kids and kick off the weekend at the Grand Opening of Playful Learning, the ultimate educational one-stop-shop and toy store. Browse through the handpicked selection of toys, art supplies, interesting books and more while your children take part in educational crafts and munch on organic snacks! Learn about Playful Learning’s engaging Summer Workshops—it’s not too late to register for sessions including, Keeping A Writer’s Notebook, Word Play, Explorations in Art, and Parents Workshop: Playful Learning Experiences.

Playful Learning is an extension of the Parents’ Choice Award-winning website PlayfulLearning.net. Following the mantra “Experience. Discover. Grow.”, Mariah Bruehl created the website to share useful and interesting information with families regarding the growth and development of their children—based on her years of experience as an educator, teacher and mother. The website is designed to help families with planning and preparing for playful learning experiences, allowing users to collaborate and learn from each other—look out for Bruehl’s upcoming book Playful Learning, expected for publication in Summer 2011. Playful Learning was created to become another valuable resource for children and parents, in addition to the website, as well as a place to spend quality time together. By carrying favorite children’s books, games, toys, writing materials and scientific tools, Mariah’s goal is to provide products that are a good match between a child’s stage of development and current interests. Welcome to Playful Learning, a Sag Harbor stop, where families can enhance children’s explorations, interests, imaginations and passions.

PLAYFUL LEARNING
78 Main Street #14
Sag Harbor, New York 11963
T: 631-889-4406
www.playfullearning.net

Monday, June 7, 2010

Oso Restaurant at Southampton Inn - The Hamptons hotspot serves up a fresh twist on local fare

Oso Restaurant at Southampton Inn - The Hamptons hotspot serves up a fresh twist on local fare
June 7, 2010

What better way to enjoy the East End’s farm fresh ingredients and local seafood than al fresco by Southampton Inn’s new pool? This summer, indulge in OSO At Southampton Inn for a taste of classic Hamptons hospitality.

OSO’s Executive Chef Bryan Naylor delights foodies with a creative take on Modern American fare served poolside, as well as under the summer sky in the courtyard or inside the intimately decorated dining room. Signature-dishes offer diners an innovative twist on local favorites, including Lobster Café au Lait (Cognac Foam, lobster ‘swizzle stick’) and Chioga Beet Carpaccio (local arugula, Catapano Farms goat cheese, citrus mist, almond oil). Sipping cocktails in the courtyard? Try the sweet White Grape Mojito (10 Cane, mint, grape, lime, simple syrup) or the refreshing Pacific (Crop Cucumber Vodka, dry saki).

Whether a guest at the Inn or not, visit OSO and start your morning with a refreshing breakfast, featuring local farm fresh ingredients, freshly squeezed juices, and baked goods, prepared on-premise in the Inn’s new state-of-the-art kitchen. On sunny summer afternoons, the library is a perfect spot to relax and sip iced tea.

Chef Naylor prides himself on crafting menus with an elegant, refined palate infused with the casual allure of the Hamptons.

About Southampton Inn: An idyllic East End escape for bustling city-dwellers, the Southampton Inn is nestled on more-than-five acres of manicured lawns and lushly landscaped grounds. The perfect Hamptons home-away-from-home for any traveler, Southampton Inn is steps away from designer boutiques, quaint and fine dining, art galleries, parks and museums, and just over a mile from Coopers Beach. A local landmark, the casual-chic, Tudor-style Inn is home to ninety recently-renovated guestrooms, each individually decorated to reflect the effortlessly stylish allure of the Hamptons.

OSO at Southampton Inn
91 Hill Street
Southampton, NY 11968
T: 631-283-1166
www.southamptoninn.com/dining

Sunday, June 6, 2010

New York Post: Page Six: Happy landings

Page Six in The New York Post ran the following article today;
June 6, 2010

Blue Star Jets isn't just a name in the "Wall Street" sequel but a real company. Founders Todd Rome and Ricky Sitomer were inspired by the 1987 original -- in which Charlie Sheen's character becomes an exec of Blue Star Airlines.

Then Blue Star was written into "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" after a chance meeting at the Waverly Inn between director Oliver Stone and publicist Norah Lawlor, who told him it was now a real company.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Lawrence Herbert - The King of Color

Lawrence Herbert - The King of Color

Lawrence Herbert is the founder of Pantone, Inc., the world’s premier color standards company and color authority. As the creative force behind the development of color systems that have set the standard for global communication of color in a number of industries – printing, publishing, packaging, graphic arts, paint, plastics, coatings, computer, film, video, textiles, and fashion – Herbert’s life and work are explored in the book, The King of Color, written by Herbert with Linda Mead, co-author of bestselling-book, You’ve Earned It, Don’t Lose It with Suze Orman, and her own Investing With Giants.

As discussed in The King of Color, Herbert’s success in the printing industry was never part of his life plan. In 1956, out of the US Army for two years where he completed military service in the Korean War, Herbert had hopes of attending medical schools and was in search of a job that could fund such educational pursuits.

Holding a BA from Hofstra University, Herbert eventually walked into the New York City offices of Pantone Press in hopes of landing a position. At Pantone Press, Herbert not only found the job he sought, but also an education in printing, color dynamics and business insight, which soon developed into an idea that would revolutionize the world of color. As time passed at Pantone Press, Herbert noticed that color matching in the print industry was often fickle and unreliable. Print clients that requested one color, often times received the wrong variation. After a while, Herbert took it upon himself to change such inconsistency through the development of a system that would result in predictable printed colors at all times, anywhere in the world. Proving himself a skilled, determined worker and true visionary, Herbert abandoned his plans for medical school and eventually purchased Pantone Press in 1962, one year before developing a revolutionary color standards system.

The result? The Pantone Matching System. As The King of Color details, The Pantone Matching System took the world by storm, becoming the basis upon which he and his family would soon develop similar systems for plastic, fabric, electronics, paint and so forth, and consult with branding companies in creating their palettes.

Today, Pantone oversees its multinational company from an 80,000 square foot facility in New Jersey with branches around the globe, including locations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong, China, Japan and India.

Herbert’s successes have garnered him the Hall of Fame Award from the New Jersey Advertising Hall of Fame and Gold Medal from Britain’s Institute of Printing. In 1995, the Association of the Graphic Arts presented Herbert with the prestigious “Power of Printing” Award. In 2001, Herbert received the Platinum Corporate Legend Award from Pratt Institute. Herbert has received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the university. In 1996, Hofstra University also inaugurated the Lawrence Herbert Distinguished Professorship Chair in his honor. Herbert serves on the Boards of the New York City Ballet and the American Film Institute and is a substantial supporter of many cultural institutions and health charities. He has received the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations Ellis Island Gold Medal of Honor and was appointed to the City of New York Cultural Advisory Board by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and to the New York State Council on the Arts by former New York Governor George Pataki. Most recently, Herbert has been named a Corporate Honoree by the School of American Ballet.

The King of Color
Written by Lawrence Herbert with Linda Mead
$24.95 USD Product No. DBR105

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Insider's Guide: What's Hot for the Hamptons in 2010

The Insider's Guide: What's Hot for the Hamptons in 2010
June 1, 2010

The summer season has arrived which means New Yorkers are switching gears and slowing their pace in anticipation of enjoying sunny days by the beach. Not sure where to stay, where to eat or what events to attend? Not to worry—here is your insider’s guide to everything you need to know about the Hamptons and more. From the best restaurant to grab a bite en route to the East End (or on your way home!) and the hottest hotel for your weekend jaunt, to the best of the exclusive fashion scene and the premier Hamptons social event—start planning for a summer to remember.

On Your Way to the Hamptons... Or on Your Way Back

CHEF GREGORY BAUMEL’S THE STONE TURTLE RESTAURANT
o Offering guests an unparalleled culinary experience, Executive Chef Gregory Baumel shares his imaginative take on Eclectic cuisine – everyday food with a twist – crafted with the season’s freshest ingredients, many of which are organic and locally sourced.
o A playful sense of whimsy and fun has returned to fine dining, as guests step inside The Stone Turtle Restaurant, they are greeted by a brightly colored décor, met with exposed brick and wood embodies the eatery’s casual elegance and charm.
o Stone Turtle’s Small Plates are ideal for those seeking a quick bite on the road and include Screaming Oysters (Freshly Shucked East Coast Oysters lightly poached in a sauce of Sake, Oyster Sauce, Chilis and Cilantro served with Crostini). Thirsty? Try the Hare of the Turtle (Bacardi® Superior Rum, club soda, mint leaves, jalapeno, lime, sugar, topped with Cotton Candy garnish), or the Stone Turtle Beer Sampler, which includes four 5oz. draft beers from the eatery’s twelve-beer selection. For those with a sweet tooth be sure to indulge with a selection or two from the Chocolate and Nothing But Chocolate Dessert Menu— the decadent, all-chocolate menu offers playful signature sweet treats such as The Dirty Ashtray and Chocolate Jalapeno “Chipwich Sandwich.”
o If you can’t make the stop, Executive Chef Gregory Baumel also makes “House Calls” upon request, personally crafting and creating a special menu based upon his client’s tastes and wishes.
4160 Austin Blvd.
Island Park, NY 11558
T: 516-431-6570
www.thestoneturtlerestaurant.com

WHERE TO STAY:

MONTAUK: PANORAMIC VIEW RESORT; RESIDENCES
o RESORT:
• A renowned Hamptons destination for over fifty years, this magnificent property encompasses 10+ oceanfront acres on 1,000-feet of sandy white beach. Every guestroom, suite and beach cottage overlooks a spectacular seascape. Resort amenities include: a pool complete with private lounges and cabanas affording spectacular ocean views, exclusive, quiet beach with personal attendants, fitness center, business center, concierge, porter and daily maid services, plush king-sized beds, fully-equipped kitchenette, television, phone, heat and air conditioning. All rental units – efficiency studios as well as one-and-two-bedroom units – feature picturesque windows that highlight the stunning view, as well as a private terrace or balcony.
o RESIDENCES:
• A true East End getaway for bustling New Yorkers, the Panoramic View Residences offer luxury living at its best— your full-service doorman building on the ocean. The perfect second home and seaside escape, the property’s year-round staff ensures that every need is met, from a fully-stocked refrigerator to the delivery of mail or dry cleaning. The Panoramic View promises residents the ultimate rest and relaxation experience. Amenities include poolside cabanas, fitness center, concierge service, porters, beach and pool attendants, on-site housekeeping, on-call massage therapists and fitness trainers. The Panoramic View Residences offer heavenly oceanfront living with none of the hassles associated with oceanfront home ownership. Boasting breathtaking ocean views, the Panoramic Residences range in size and price to suit your specific needs; featured are one-to-five bedroom units, from 1,200-square-feet to 4,500-square-feet, available from under $2 million to $6 million.
272 Old Montauk Highway
Montauk, NY‎ 11954
T: 631-668-3000
www.panoramicview.com

AMAGANSETT: SEA CREST ON THE OCEAN RESORT; RESIDENCES
o RESORT:
• Sea Crest on the Ocean offers exclusive seaside units, spanning 8.3 acres, nestled between Montauk and Amagansett. With 74 units – comprised of studios, one, two and three-bedroom fully equipped units – Sea Crest on the Ocean is the perfect site for a luxurious resort escape. Having recently completed an extensive renovation, guests are invited to indulge in the many luxurious Sea Crest Amenities—an outdoor heated swimming pool, private tennis courts, children’s play area, daily housekeeping service, picnic and barbecue areas. Enjoy the private beach with chairs, umbrella and towel services.
o RESIDENCES:
• For those who want to call Sea Crest home, units are also available for ownership—ideal for all ages, from young families who are looking to spend affordable yet memorable summers with their kids to retired couples looking to enjoy quiet time on the ocean. Distinctive Management eliminates the worries and stress of owning a second home. As a complete property management company, all home maintenance is taken care of. Monthly billing and expenses are a snap with the One Bill System. A residence at Sea Crest can even be acquired fully decorated and furnished—perfect for those busy buyers who aren’t looking commit to a big home decorating project.
2166 Montauk Highway
Amagansett, NY 11930
T: 631-267-3159
www.seacrestontheocean.com

SOUTHAMPTON: SOUTHAMPTON INN A local landmark and idyllic East End escape for bustling city-dwellers, the casual-chic, Tudor-style Southampton Inn is home to ninety recently-renovated guestrooms, each individually decorated to reflect the effortlessly stylish allure of the Hamptons.
o The perfect Hamptons home-away-from-home for any traveler, Southampton Inn is steps away from designer boutiques, quaint and fine dining, art galleries, parks and museums, and just over a mile from renowned Coopers Beach. In addition to its ninety guestrooms, the Southampton Inn’s 5.5-acre campus includes a conference center, OSO Restaurant and 71 Hill Street— the premier office complex in Southampton Village.
o Amenities include: outdoor heated fifty-foot pool and adjacent al fresco dining; all-weather tennis court; Gilchrist & Soames toiletries; complimentary shuttle service to Coopers Beach throughout the season; and library with fireplace, just to name a few. In addition, for a true getaway, a collection of exciting excursions can be arranged through the Southampton Inn Concierge Service.
91 Hill Street
Southampton, NY‎ 11968
T: 631-283-6500
www.southamptoninn.com


WHERE TO DINE…

OSO AT SOUTHAMPTON INN
o Classic Hamptons hospitality meets the modern palate at OSO At Southampton Inn— throughout the Hamptons summer season, OSO delights foodies with a creative take on Modern American fare served poolside, al fresco in the courtyard or inside in the intimately decorated dining room.
o In addition, Southampton Inn guests are awoken by a refreshing breakfast, featuring local farm fresh ingredients, freshly squeezed juices, and baked goods, prepared on-premise in the Inn’s new state-of-the-art kitchen. During summer afternoons, iced tea or lemonade are complimentary in the library; throughout the fall, winter and spring month, guests are treated to coffee, tea, juice and pastries in the library.
91 Hill Street
Southampton, NY‎ 11968
T: 631-283-1166
www.southamptoninn.com

T-BAR AT SAVANNA’S
o T-Bar at Savanna’s is well-known for its celeb scene, frequented by a long list of VIP patrons including Star Jones, Howard Stern, Beth Ostrosky Stern, FOX’s Rosanna Scotto, and Real Housewives of New York City’s Ramona and Mario Singer.
o The restaurant boasts an extensive wine list, wide selection of Cognac, Bourbon, and Single Malt Scotch. Signature dishes include the Yellowfin Tuna Tartar (Soy, Ginger and Sesame Seeds), Crispy Long Island Duck (with Sweet Potatoes and Apricot Glaze) and the Spaghetti “Chitarra” (Veal Meatballs, Marzano Sauce, and Basil).
o A favorite of the Hamptons’ society circuit, T-Bar at Savanna’s is led by famed restaurateur Tony Fortuna, of T-Bar NYC, and Arthur Backal. Offering guests innovative Contemporary American cuisine in a warm and inviting ambiance, the romantic outdoor terrace and rose garden make it the quintessential location for evening cocktails on those warm summer evenings.
268 Elm Street
Southampton, NY 11968
T: 631- 283-0202
www.savannassouthampton.com

WHAT TO WEAR…

BIBA – Open now through Labor Day
o This sexy boutique has been a favorite of celebrity shoppers including Christie Brinkley, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Felicity Huffman, Kim Porter and Beth Ostrosky Stern.
o Owner Barbara Blatt handpicks all of Biba’s hot lines. Biba has returned to its chic Southampton location this summer, showcasing the best of her exclusively-selected designs.
o Attention East End fashionistas! Barbara has designed and launched her own collection of chic summer-ready dresses, tops and tunics, featuring stylish designer-inspired prints and silhouettes. The Biba Collection will be sure to make a splash this season amongst the Hamptons’ stylistas. In addition to the its namesake collection, Biba’s pick for this summer’s must-have item is the dress, featuring collections from Unaluna, Gypsy 05, Minnie Rose Cashmeres, as well as this season’s hottest shoes, sandals and designer denim.
o This summer Biba promises to provide a one-stop shopping experience, with clothing and accessories from fashion’s ‘best kept secrets’ that will keep you looking summertime chic, from head-to-toe. In addition, Biba has also opened a second location in Palm Beach, which is open year round.
40 Hill Street
Southampton, NY 11968
T:631-259-2762


AMRITA SINGH JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES Since its launch in January 2003, Amrita Singh Jewelry & Accessories have garnered the admiration and devotion of fashion industry-insiders, Hollywood starlets – such as Anne Hathaway, Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Lopez – and the everyday woman.
o Amrita Singh’s Designer Jewelry fuses Old World aesthetics with New World fashion, resulting in exceptional and distinctive wearable works of art. The Contemporary Collection has recently added other accessories, such as Handbags, Sandals and Hair accessories, and is available online and at several top American retailers, such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Intermix, Holt Renfrew, as well as various other boutiques and stores throughout the country. The Fine Jewelry Collection is available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.
o This summer, Amrita Singh Jewelry & Accessories is set to take part in the hotly-anticipated charity shopping event, Super Saturday 13, benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Nova’s Ark Project.
www.amritasingh.com

WHO TO KNOW…

CELEBRITY EVENT PLANNER, RANEE BARTOLACCI-MEIR OF INSIGNIA PRODUCTIONS
o Spanning the Hamptons to New York City to Los Angeles, the go-to Celebrity Event Planner for the most exciting, exclusive fêtes is Owner of Insignia Productions, Ranee Bartolacci-Meir. From the theme, food, décor, music and venue, Ranee adds a personalized, distinctively stylish touch.
o With her Insignia Productions team, Ranee manages each event from beginning-to-end— attending each meeting, ensuring that the chosen theme is carried throughout all aspects of the event and each component is meticulously planned, absolute focus is placed on even the smallest of details. Ranee’s uniquely hands-on approach allows her insight into each client’s personality, resulting in events that are is carefully-crafted according to the client’s wishes, tastes and style.
o A luxury full-service event-planning firm, Insignia Productions specializes in intricate and inspired design, customized planning and the logistical production of all event types and sizes. Recently, Insignia Productions organized and produced a pre-Oscar’s lunch with legendary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino to celebrate his eight-time Academy Award-nominated film, Inglourious Basterds. Ranee’s past events have ranged from the traditional – a classic New York City wedding, held at the Plaza Hotel with entertainment by Kool & the Gang – to the trendsetting – including an Asian-fusion wedding at L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall (featured in Bridal Guide Magazine), a fragrance launch-themed thirteen-year-old birthday, and chilly ice-themed soirée, complete with ice bar and décor.
www.insigniaproductions.com
T: 917-703-8829

2010 HAMPTONS EVENTS…

MERCEDES-BENZ POLO CHALLENGE 2010 AT BLUE STAR JETS FIELD – July 24, 2010 – August 28, 2010
o Once again, the Bridgehampton Polo Club (www.bhpolo.com) will host the coveted Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge at Blue Star Jets Field. This summer’s matches promise to be some of the most exciting in the sport of polo. The sport’s greatest athletes will compete for one of polo’s most treasured prizes. Returning as well will be some of the East End’s most high-profile and influential audience of VIPs, celebrities and media. This year’s sponsors include Swagg (Qualcomm), Ralph Lauren, Vita Coco, Crumbs Cupcakes and Bakery, Financial Times, Susan Foster Jewelry, Borghese Cosmetics, Hamptons Magazine and Pop Chips.
o Headed by event organizers, Strategic Group, the season commenced Saturday, July 24th and will continue for six consecutive Saturdays, ending August 28th. Matches will take place from 4PM to 6PM.
o The VIP tent will host an invitation-only cocktail reception for exclusive guests each Saturday afternoon during the tournament.
849 Hayground Road
Bridgehampton, NY 11976

Friday, May 21, 2010

A celebration of learning - New York City rallies behind the McCarton Foundation

A celebration of learning - New York City rallies behind the McCarton Foundation
May 21, 2010


With Cipriani Wall Street as the dazzling backdrop, guests enjoyed an evening of bellinis and fine dining at the Ninth Annual Celebration of Learning, in support of Founder Cece McCarton and her namesake cause, The McCarton Foundation. The event, hosted by NBC Dateline’s Chris Hansen celebrated the Foundation’s progress in educating children with autism. The gala honored Shawn A. Rubin, Managing Director of Wealth Management at The Abacus Group of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, with the support of gala co-chairs Michelle Russell—who is also being honored at the Artrageous Gala Dinner and Art Auction on May 24th—and Neil Johnson, Sandra and Eric Ripert and Jill and David Robbins.

Cece McCarton made the exciting announcement that in September 2010, The McCarton School is opening an Upper School by educator Peter Gerhardt, for ages 13-18, keeping the promise that students will be taken care of throughout the continuation of their education. The entire room stood in an emotional standing ovation, showing a passionate appreciation for the teachers of The McCarton School on stage.

About The McCarton Foundation: The McCarton Foundation is dedicated to educating children with autism and development disabilities. Founded in 2002, The McCarton Foundation has actively supported the development of three key initiatives. The McCarton School, which provides a model program for educating children with autism and has more than doubled its enrollment since 2002; The McCarton Center for Research, creates, implements, and reports on applied research studies in autism and education; and The McCarton Training Institute, which is a training and consultation source for practitioners, caregivers and families. For more information, please visit www.mccartonfoundation.org.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Southampton Inn - Retreat to a Hamptons hideaway

Southampton Inn - Retreat to a Hamptons hideaway
May 20, 2010

The Hamptons have long been known for star power, as the exclusive East End enclave is a playground for the rich and famous. Hot Hamptons hotel, Southampton Inn, has already begun to play host A-listers, as stars Kate Hudson, John Krasinski and Ginnifer Goodwin have been spotted there shooting scenes for the hotly-anticipated chick-flick Something Borrowed.

An idyllic escape for bustling city-dwellers, the Southampton Inn is nestled on more-than-five acres of lushly landscaped grounds. The perfect Hamptons home-away-from-home for any traveler, Southampton Inn is steps away from designer boutiques, quaint and fine dining, art galleries, parks and museums, and just over a mile from renowned Coopers Beach. A local landmark, the casual-chic, Tudor-style Inn is home to ninety recently-renovated guestrooms, each individually decorated to reflect the effortlessly stylish allure of the Hamptons. Summer pool membership is also available for non-guests.

In addition to its ninety guestrooms, the Southampton Inn’s 5.5-acre campus includes a conference center, OSO Restaurant and 71 Hill Street— the premier office complex in Southampton Village. Boasting 20,000-square-feet, the property houses a high-end construction company, financial services company, travel agency, spa and fine dining, as well as the area’s only local public radio station.

Hungry? Guests need not go far for a bite—classic Hamptons hospitality meets the modern palate at OSO At Southampton Inn. Start your morning with refreshing breakfast, featuring local farm fresh ingredients, freshly squeezed juices, and baked goods, prepared on-premise in the Inn’s new state-of-the-art kitchen. Throughout the Hamptons summer season, OSO delights foodies with a creative take on Modern American fare for lunch and dinner. Diners can indulge in such dishes as Local Clams (Crispy pork belly, Southampton Publick House Grand Cru broth), Lobster Tacos (Sriracha pepper, avocado, lime marinated lobster, roasted corn) and Chioga Beet Carpaccio (local arugula, Catapano Farms goat cheese, citrus mist, almond oil) poolside, al fresco in the courtyard and inside in the intimately-decorated dining room. During summer afternoons, guests can enjoy refreshing juices, iced tea or lemonade in the library; throughout the fall, winter and spring months, guests are treated to coffee, tea, juice and pastries in the library.

Also, Southampton Inn is perfect for any Hamptonite planning a special summer event. The ideal East End venue for a ‘Hamptons wedding,’ private social gathering or charity fête, as well as corporate meetings and conferences, Southampton Inn can play host to a number of events with a 6,000-square-feet of flexible indoor meeting space, 2,300-square-foot ballroom, seven meeting spaces of various sizes and dimensions, lushly landscaped outdoor courtyard, tented or open air events for up-to-500 people on the lawn, and private indoor and outdoor cocktail hours and receptions are all available to accommodate any type of event. OSO on-site catering is also available for all occasions; custom-crafted menus can be exclusively created by Chef Bryan Naylor, who prides himself on crafting menus with an elegant, refined palate infused with the casual allure of the Hamptons.

Southampton Inn
91 Hill Street
Southampton, NY 11968
www.southamptoninn.com

Blue Star Jets - Returning to the Silver Screen in Cannes

Blue Star Jets - Returning to the Silver Screen in Cannes
May 20, 2010

Blue Star Jets—more than just a name in a film, but a real life private jet brokerage company. No coincidence, after all the company’s founders Todd Rome and Ricky Sitomer did title the company based on the business central to the cult classic movie, Wall Street. In the 1987 film, Michael Douglas stars as corporate raider Gordon Gekko who is seeking control of airline, Blue Star. Rome says the name Blue Star was chosen because, "In an era where private jet travel became accessible to the world's business and jetset elite, Blue Star Jets was the obvious name to choose in homage to Wall Street.

Now, twenty-three years later, Oliver Stone premiered the star-studded sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps at the Cannes Film Festival, where Blue Star made its big screen comeback during a scene where Charlie Sheen’s character (Bud Fox), returns to tell Gekko (Douglas) that his private aircraft business is booming. The film’s other hefty cameos? Look out for big names 'The Sage of Omaha' Warren Buffett, Economist Nouriel Roubini and Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter. Widely anticipated to be a blockbuster the movie hits theatres September 24, 2010. (www.wallstreetmoneyneversleeps.com)

About Blue Star Jets: As one of the world’s largest private aircraft charter broker, Blue Star Jets offers an unparalleled level of personalized service. As their motto states, ANY JET, ANY TIME, ANY PLACE™, Blue Star Jets grants clients freedom from the financial constraints of fractional jet ownership; the savings of paying only for trips taken; and the flexibility to choose the best aircraft according to a trip’s specific budget requirement. Most recently, Blue Star Jets has introduced the world’s first online social networking site for travelers seeking to fly privately, while minimizing costs— the ShareAJet Exchange. As the first site of its kind, the ShareAJet Exchange introduces travelers to flying privately together, helping clients connect with other flyers planning trips to similar destinations and arrange to share flights aboard a specific private aircraft. As Blue Star Jets grants travelers unmatched access to the private aviation industry through its centralization of the charter business, eliminating the need for fractional jet ownership, the ShareAJet Exchange will once again lower the barrier of entry for travelers into the marketplace as it brings down the costs of private aviation for travelers by up-to-fifty percent.

As an idea which arose from business executives, Mr. Todd Rome and Mr. Ricky Sitomer, frustrated with the lack of service and high costs of flying privately, Blue Star Jets has revolutionized the private aviation charter business through centralization of a fractured marketplace. By creating a network of charter companies, Blue Star Jets has access to over 4,000 aircraft worldwide, ranging from helicopters to Boeing business jets. Its staff of aviation specialists solicits competitive bids on each flight request, passing the savings to their clients. Blue Star Jets’ aviation specialists are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Since 2005, the New York-based Luxury Institute has named Blue Star Jets the “Most Prestigious Private Jet Services Brands.” For more information, please visit www.bluestarjets.com.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Stone Turtle Restaurant - A delicious detour on your way to the Hamptons

The Stone Turtle Restaurant - A delicious detour on your way to the Hamptons
May 18 2010
The Stone Turtle Restaurant opened its doors with an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, returning a playful sense of whimsy and fun to fine dining. The perfect halfway point from New York City to The Hamptons—The Stone Turtle is set to be the must-stop eatery for New Yorkers and Hamptonites during their weekend road trips.

As guests step inside, they are greeted by a brightly colored décor – brought to life with light and olive shades of green – met with exposed brick and wood embodies the casual elegance and charm of The Stone Turtle. Sunlight streams through the floor-to-ceiling windows that line an entire wall of the restaurant, shining light onto the one-of-kind graffiti mural that stands opposite, while classic rock, blended with Motown tunes and iconic Frank Sinatra sounds, bring together the lively atmosphere.

Offering guests an unparalleled culinary experience, Executive Chef Gregory Baumel shares his imaginative take on Eclectic cuisine – everyday food with a twist – crafted with the season’s freshest ingredients, many of which are organic and locally sourced. Signature favorites include Tatsoi, Shiitake and Duck Egg Salad (A Soft Poached Egg tops Baby Spinach-like Greens, Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms and Shaved Red Onion with a Warm Bacon Balsamic Vinaigrette), Green Tea Poached Wild Alaskan Salmon (Sesame Grilled Asparagus, Wasabi Cous Cous and Soy Mustard Glaze) and Four Cheese and Wild Boar Sausage Lasagna (Mozzarella, Ricotta, Parmesan & Romano Cheese baked with Lasagna Noodles, housemade Tomato Sauce and 100% Organic Free-Range Wild Board Sausage from Broken Arrow Ranch, Texas).
Stone Turtle’s Small Plates are ideal for those seeking lighter fare and include Screaming Oysters (Freshly Shucked East Coast Oysters lightly poached in a sauce of Sake, Oyster Sauce, Chilis and Cilantro served with Crostini) and Tuna Tartini (Sashimi quality Tuna tossed with Ponzu and Chili Peppers served with Avocado and Homemade Waffle Chips).

Thirsty? Try the Hare of the Turtle (Bacardi® Superior Rum, club soda, mint leaves, jalapeno, lime, sugar, topped with Cotton Candy garnish), one of Stone Turtle’s tempting original cocktails, or the Stone Turtle Beer Sampler, which includes four 5oz. draft beers from the eatery’s twelve-beer selection that includes Dogfish Head IPA 60 min, Monty Python Holy Grail Ale, BluePoint Blueberry, and Six Points Sweet Action. With an array of imaginative menu items, the Grand Tasting Menu offers undecided diners seven delectable courses of the Chef’s careful choosing— twenty-four hours notice and a six-person-minimum result in an unforgettable culinary event. No time to stop? Executive Chef Gregory Baumel also makes “House Calls” upon request, personally crafting and creating a special menu based upon his client’s tastes and wishes.

Getting a late start on the weekend? Weekend Brunch at Stone Turtle evokes the restaurant’s original culinary interpretation and light-hearted sense of humor with such tongue-in-cheek dishes as The Amsterdam (Hash Sampler of Corned Beef Hash, House Smoked Salmon and Caper Hash and Confit of Duck with Sweet Potato Hash with two Poached Eggs and Sauce Bernaise) and Green Eggs-N-Ham (Poached Eggs with Roast Serrano Ham, Tomatilla Avocado Salsa & Blue Corn Tortillas). For those with a sweet tooth be sure to indulge with a selection or two from the Chocolate and Nothing But Chocolate Dessert Menu— the decadent, all-chocolate menu offers playful signature sweet treats such as The Dirty Ashtray and Chocolate Jalapeno “Chipwich Sandwich.”

At once festive and casual, an original culinary take on Eclectic cuisine is served under the backdrop of the colorfully chic interior, as The Stone Turtle boasts a truly unparalleled fine dining experience.

The Stone Turtle Restaurant
4160 Austin Boulevard
Island Park, NY 11558
www.thestoneturtlerestaurant.com

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Discover Oriel - A new kind of wine company

Discover Oriel - A new kind of wine company
May 12, 2010

Oriel wines have made a lasting impression in the wine industry. Big names from singer Usher to actress Teri Hatcher are among the who’s-who following of these handmade wines from around the globe.

Oriel sets themselves apart with highly-rated wines—receiving praise from Food & Wine Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator and Gourmet Magazine—at affordable prices. While wine prices are normally driven by overheads and marketing fees rather than the cost of grapes and production, Oriel can offer a $25 bottle of wine for $15, or a $45 bottle of wine for $25. Don’t be fooled by the reasonable prices—from Petrus to Penfold’s Grange, Oriel wines are made by some of the world’s most celebrated winemakers.

Oriel wines are handmade in miniscule quantities, following the theory that making a great wine is like making great food—to make a little with the very best ingredients is possible, to make a lot is not. Perfecting the wines a few barrels at a time, Oriel wines express the distinct characters of the unique vineyards they come from—including vineyards of Germany, France, New Zealand, Italy and Spain. Indulge in a bottle and transport yourself to the other side of the globe.

Oriel Wines
www.orielwines.com
1-877-77-ORIEL

Thursday, May 6, 2010

April Showers bring May flowers... and the return of MODA Outdoors

April Showers bring May flowers... and the return of MODA Outdoors
May 1, 2010

New York City’s iconic Flatotel is home to the sophisticated, Italian and Mediterranean inspired restaurant, MODA. Sophisticated design meets modern Italian cuisine in a warmly lit space, accented with flickering candles and gorgeous floral creations. Open year-round, MODA, Italian for style, offers a sophisticated and refined, yet warm and welcoming dining experience.

The perfect eatery for the quintessential New York City dining experience, MODA is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; MODA is also the ideal place for a pre-or-post-theatre bite, featuring prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. Offering an inventive twist on classic Italian and Mediterranean fare, each of MODA’s dishes is crafted with only the season’s finest ingredients.

This month, Flatotel is opening the doors and welcoming the return of MODA Outdoors. A true urban escape, MODA Outdoors is perfect for sipping cocktails and alfresco dining, as well as special events up-to-500 people. Seasonal outdoor dining is offered May through October at MODA Outdoors, complete with a stunning 30-foot-glass-ceiling that crafts a one-of-kind ambiance. Dine while overlooking the heart of New York City—try specialty dishes such as the Fra Diavolo, Angel hair Pasta with Shrimp and Spicy Marinara, the Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon, Grilled Salmon, Butternut Squash and Orange Fennel, or indulge in specialty drinks such as the MODA Wave, Beefeater Gin, Island Blue Pucker and Orange Juice and the Coconut Mojito, Coconut Rum, Lime and Mint leaves.

ABOUT FLATOTEL: Located in the heart of New York City, Flatotel fuses modern style with luxurious comfort. Boasting some of the largest guestrooms and suites in Manhattan, this four-star-hotel offers an intimate feel with apartment size accommodations. Designed based on concepts by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright – the hearth as the heart and soul of a house – a guestroom at Flatotel draws its spirit from the bed, a custom-designed piece that becomes the central element of the room. The 272 guestrooms and suites include deluxe guestrooms, junior suites, one, two and three-bedroom suites, as well as penthouse tower suites that are up to 2,400-square-feet complete with balconies. For more information on MODA and Flatotel, please visit www.FLATOTEL.com.

Sea Crest on the Ocean Resort & Residences - Sunny Hamptons Weekends by the Beach await you

Sea Crest on the Ocean Resort & Residences - Sunny Hamptons Weekends by the Beach await you
May 6, 2010

Wiggle your toes into the beautiful white sandy beach of Sea Crest on the Ocean Resort. Shouldn’t the search for your Hamptons destination be as stress-free as your vacation there? A sister property of Distinctive Management Company’s flagship luxury development, the Panoramic View Resort & Residences, Sea Crest on the Ocean offers exclusive seaside units, spanning 8.3 acres, nestled between Montauk and Amagansett. With 74 units – comprised of studios, one, two and three-bedroom fully equipped units – Sea Crest on the Ocean is the perfect site for a luxurious resort escape.

Indulge yourself in the Sea Crest Amenities—an outdoor heated swimming pool, private tennis courts, children’s play area, daily housekeeping service, picnic and barbecue areas. Enjoy the private beach with chair, umbrella and towel services. Having recently completed an extensive renovation, the stunning Sea Crest Resort has made it just that much sweeter to wake up by the sea.

For those who want to call Sea Crest home, units are also available for ownership—ideal for all ages, from young families who are looking to spend affordable yet memorable summers with their kids to retired couples looking to enjoy quiet time on the ocean. Distinctive Management eliminates the worries and stress of owning a second home. As a complete property management company, all home maintenance is taken care of. Monthly billing and expenses are a snap with the One Bill System. A residence at Sea Crest on the Ocean can even be acquired fully decorated and furnished—perfect for those busy buyers who aren’t looking commit to a big home decorating project.

Sea Crest on the Ocean
2166 Montauk Highway
Amagansett, NY
T: (631) 267-3159
www.seacrestontheocean.com

About Distinctive Management LLC: As the preeminent management company for exclusive, luxury properties in the Hamptons, Distinctive Management, LLC boasts an unparalleled expertise in the high-end real estate development and management market, which includes hotels, resorts, cooperatives, condominiums, private estates and commercial properties. For more information, please visit www.distinctiveventures.com.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Amiya Prasad, M.D., Cosmetic Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon offers Artistic insights for your unique beauty

Amiya Prasad, M.D., Cosmetic Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon offers Artistic insights for your unique beauty
April 30, 2010

For over fifteen years, Amiya Prasad, M.D. has been a pioneer the field of Cosmetic Surgery in New York City. Dr. Amiya Prasad has performed countless facial cosmetic procedures— widely known for his innovative approach to eyelid rejuvenation and facelifting surgery, Dr. Prasad’s work is highly regarded for its natural results. In addition, Dr. Prasad has developed techniques that are well-suited to modern lifestyles, balancing artistry and individualized design with minimal risk, maximum gain and quick recovery.

Dr. Prasad leads his practice with a personal philosophy: Every face has a character, which changes with age, creating the appearance of looking tired or lacking energy. “I believe in restoring the key youthful elements of the face while maintaining the person’s character. To match how they look on the outside with how they feel on the inside.”

With offices in New York City’s Upper East Side and Garden City, Long Island, NY, Dr. Prasad performs natural, Quick Recovery procedures in his state-of-the-art Joint Commission-approved operating facilities. A graduate of The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, Dr. Prasad received his specialty training by top Cosmetic Surgeons associated with The University of Texas in Houston and Galveston, as well as The Baylor College of Medicine. As a fellow of the prestigious American Society of Oculofacial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Prasad holds board certification in Ocular Surgery as well as Fellowship Certification in Oculofacial Plastic Surgery. He is also a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Prasad's work has been featured on network television and cable news programs as well as several leading magazines and websites. An advocate for his field in Cosmetic Surgery, he has additionally published a number of well-received articles in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, Dr. Prasad instructs future surgeons at several institutions including State University of New York, Downstate Medical School where he is an Assistant Professor, as well as Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Winthrop University Hospital and Nassau University Medical Center. This year, Dr. Prasad will make his debut as an author with his upcoming book, “The Fine Art of Looking Younger.” For further details, please visit.

Office Locations: New York City Garden City
61 East 66th Street 901 Stewart Avenue, Suite 206
New York City Garden City, NY
Tel: (212) 265-8877 Tel: (516) 742-5636

Thursday, April 29, 2010

N.C. Heikin's Kimjongilia builds on acclaim from Sundance & New York, winning One World Best Human Rights Documentary Film Award

N.C. Heikin's Kimjongilia builds on acclaim from Sundance & New York, winning One World Best Human Rights Documentary Film Award
April 29, 2010
Recently, the 2010 One World Festival Brussels, in partnership with The Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN) , unanimously awarded Best Film of 2010 to Kimjongilia by filmmaker N.C. Heikin. Following its screening at the European Parliament, Kimjongilia was awarded the prestigious honor, crediting its artistic quality and compelling, powerful message about the human rights abuses in North Korea. The prize was presented by HRDN jurors during the closing ceremony of the festival at the Czech Permanent Representation.

Juror Catherine Absalom, of The International Federation of Human Rights said, “This elegantly beautiful film is an anguished cry for help which cannot be ignored. Emotion overwhelms the viewer in the face of trying testimonies from the rare exiles of the world's most isolated and hermetic state, and the most devoid of human rights. ‘Listen to us’, demands a survivor of these terrible, secretive camps. I have only one response ‘YES’.”

HRDN brought together a jury of specialists to choose the prize winner among this year’s entries in Brussels. HRDN since 2009, has been involved in the Brussels film screenings and ensuing debates of the One World Festival. Founded by former Czech president Václav Havel, The One World Festival in Prague, is where Kimjongilia was screened to packed houses. This fourth Belgian festival, under the prestigious patronage of European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek, has given the public an opportunity to discover a selection of eighteen documentaries from the Prague festival treating the subjects of human rights violations, denial of political rights and impunity that prevail in different parts of the world.

ABOUT KIMJONGILIA: Kimjongilia The Flower of Kim Jong Il (Lorber Films) is the first film to fully expose the humanitarian crisis of North Korea. The film reveals the extraordinary stories told by survivors of North Korea’s vast prison camps, devastating famine, and every kind of oppression. Filmmaker N.C. Heikin provides a historical backdrop to North Korea’s situation and examines why defectors fled, gives accounts of their harrowing escapes, and reveals the dangers they face in China, hunted by both Chinese and North Korean police. The refugees come from every walk of life, from child concentration camp inmates to an elite concert pianist. Their stories, however, all speak to repression and the breaking of body-and-soul. These humble heroes are inspiring, for despite their unimaginable suffering, they continue to hold out hope for a better future. For further information, please visit www.kimjongiliathemovie.com, or the Facebook fan page.

ABOUT N.C. HEIKIN: A student of dance and theatre at Sarah Lawrence College, N.C. Heikin began working at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club upon graduation. There, Heikin created the title role in La Mama’s renowned production, Carmilla as well as a series of interdisciplinary performance pieces, shown in New York City and at theatre festivals around the world. Her performance background is exhibited in the manner in which she has crafted this innovative documentary. Heikin made her film directing debut in 2004 with her prizewinning narrative short, mañana, which debuted on Indiepix in May 2008. Kimjongilia, her first documentary, received a grant from the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and was invited to the Sundance Story & Edit Lab in June 2008. It premiered at Sundance 2009 and has since played in festivals around the world, including the Sarasota Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Docuwest, Hamburg Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, and South Korea’s Pusan International Film Festival.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Taking the lead in shaping the Industry's next decade: Serenity Zen Beverage™ Revolutionizes the consumer beverage market

Taking the lead in shaping the Industry's next decade: Serenity Zen Beverage™ Revolutionizes the consumer beverage market
April 28, 2010

Over the past decade we’ve all been inundated with high-calorie soft drinks, brash, over-the-top cans of energy drinks and promises of power boosts only to be followed with sugar crashes. This next decade welcomes a new revolution on the other end of the spectrum: relaxation beverages.

Relaxation drinks are the latest craze to grab the nation’s attention. Cheaper than a day at the spa, but just as soothing, Serenity Zen Beverage™ is your relaxation must-have— a product of Next Generation Beverage, LLC, Serenity™ is one of the industry’s first-ever relaxation beverages. Serenity Zen Beverage™ promises to quash feelings of tension and stress and transport you to that relaxing getaway you’ve been dreaming about…

So, attention bustling soccer moms, stressed-out college kids, and overworked 9-to-5ers! Sip your way to tranquility—an innovative blend of vitamins, natural flavors and extracts and a relaxing and tranquil formula, Serenity™ grants your wish to relax and unwind with a sweet vanilla taste and zero calories, sugar and carbohydrates.

Whether you are in need of a comforting cap to a long day’s work, calmed nerves before a flight or just a sweet start to that long-awaited vacation, Serenity™ is your sweet taste of calm. You may still have that 8:00AM meeting tomorrow, but for now, you have 8.4fl.oz. of Zen.


ABOUT NEXT GENERATION BEVERAGE, LLC: Stirring up the beverage industry with groundbreaking products and innovative marketing, Next Generation Beverage, LLC is the brainchild of a team who are eager to revolutionize the soft drink industry with products including Sin Vitality Drink™, Sin-Free Vitality Drink™ and one of the first of its kind, Serenity Zen Beverage™. Next Generation Beverage, LLC concocts and packages beverages that are original, unique blends of energy and relaxing drinks, setting itself apart from others in the marketplace. Unlike a number of its competitors within the beverage industry that originate overseas, Next Generation Beverage, LLC products are all domestically-produced in the U.S.A. Recently, teaming up with Canada Dry Bottling Co. of NY, Next Generation Beverage LLC is now introducing top-selling relaxation beverage Serenity in the New York City and Long Island markets. For store locations and further details, please visit www.drinkserenity.com, www.drinkinsin.com and www.nextgenerationbeverage.com.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Welcome to New York City's Flatotel - Redefining Luxury and Embracing Intimacy

Welcome to New York City's Flatotel - Redefining Luxury and Embracing Intimacy
April 26, 2010

Indulge in your new home-away-from-home—located in the heart of New York City, the inviting Flatotel blends chic, modern style with luxurious comfort for a traveler’s dream hotel experience. Boasting some of the largest guestrooms and suites in Manhattan, this four-star-hotel offers a cozy, intimate feel with apartment size accommodations. The design of the hotel, inspired by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s concepts – the hearth as the heart and soul of a house – a guestroom at Flatotel draws its spirit from the bed, a custom-designed piece that becomes the central element of the room.

Flatotel’s matchless New York location and stunning interior has made it a household name in the entertainment industry. The hotel has played host and been the backdrop to a long list of TV’s hottest shows—including America’s Next Top Model, Project Runway, Models of the Runway, Top Chef, and Making the Band.

Flatotel boasts 272 guestrooms and suites, which include deluxe guestrooms, junior suites, one, two and three-bedroom suites, as well as penthouse tower suites that are up to 2,400-square-feet complete with balconies. All rooms and suites have luxuriously spacious bathrooms, some featuring oversized bathrooms and soaking tubs.

Guests need not look far for a delectable dining experience. At Flatotel’s Moda Restaurant, food is to wine what fashion is to style— sophisticated design meets modern Italian cuisine in a warmly lit space, accented with flickering candles and gorgeous floral creations. Moda is open year round and serves breakfast lunch and dinner. Seasonal outdoor dining is offered May through October at Moda Outdoors, complete with a stunning 30-foot-glass-ceiling that crafts a one-of-kind ambiance, day or night. A true urban escape, Moda Outdoors is perfect for sipping cocktails and alfresco dining, as well as special events up-to-400 people.

For meetings and events, Flatotel offers a state-of-the-art conference center for meetings, conferences and special events for up-to-200 visitors. A calming interior design, coupled with features such as video teleconferencing, surround sound audio, high-speed internet connection and custom lighting to make every event a success. An outdoor function space covered with a dramatic 30 ft. glass ceiling is also available for groups as large as 400, a truly distinctive difference among the ordinary spaces available in New York City—perfect for red carpet events, fashion shows, and product launches.

Flatotel offers a number of distinctive on-site services including concierge, one-day laundry and dry cleaning service, currency exchange, and in-suite spa services. On-site valet parking is available for overnight guests. In addition, numerous public transportation options are available for Flatotel guests; car rentals, taxis and airport shuttle services can also be arranged with the concierge.

FLATOTEL
132 West 52nd Street
New York, New York 10019
T: 212-887-9400
F: 212-887-9775
www.FLATOTEL.com
reservations@flatotel.com

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Made in New York - The JBFCS Honors Russell Simmons, John A Herrmann and David F. Everett

Made in New York - The JBFCS Honors Russell Simmons, John A Herrmann and David F. Everett
April 22, 2010

The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services honored Russell Simmons, David F. Everett and John A Herrmann at the Annual Spring Benefit, Made in New York—A-listers seen showing their support throughout the evening included, model Katie Rost (arriving with honoree date, Simmons), Ralph Lauren model Chris Collins, Rabbi Marc Schneier, and socialites Jean Shafiroff, Ann Rapp and Sharon Bush. Emceed by WNBC Anchor DeMarco Morgan, the special event was held at New York City’s Guastavino’s and featured a cocktail reception and seated dinner with proceeds benefitting JBFCS’ 175 community-based programs, residential facilities, and day-treatment centers that annually serve over 65,000 New Yorkers-in-need of all faiths, races and cultures.

Addressing the evening’s guests, Executive Vice President & CEO, Paul Levine expressed,
“Tonight’s event was a success on so many levels. We raised over $800,000 to support our work, we introduced the agency to a whole new audience of supporters— and we celebrated the outcomes of our work by featuring a number of former and current clients who have overcome their not-insignificant struggles with our help. Many of them have gone on to great things. That is what this agency is all about: helping people put their lives back together and succeeding despite the odds. I am extremely proud of what we do.”

Guests ended the evening with exclusive goody bags, featuring must-haves from Advanced Derma Laser Tech Inc., Aestelance, Alcone, Alley O’ Designer Gourmet, Amoy Couture Hair, Amrita Singh Jewelry & Accessories, BookSwim, CAPE COD Potato Chips, CBS, Clarins, Dashing Diva, Amiya Prasad, M.D., e.l.f., Essie, Equinox, Hillside Organic Candy, KISS, Madame Paulette, Panoramic View Resort & Residences, Popchips, Pure Yoga, Rene Furterer, Serenity Zen Beverage™, Solstice Sunglass Boutique, Soul Cycle, Tate’s Bake Shop, Tela, The Sports Club/LA, Time Out New York, Vitafusion, and Vita Coco.

ABOUT JBFCS: JBFCS has been a trailblazer in treating social problems for more than a century. Today, JBFCS is one of the nation’s largest and most respected nonprofit mental health and social service agencies— every night, over 1,000 individuals call a JBFCS residence home. The work of JBFCS is built upon a network of over 2,200 professionals, including social workers, licensed psychologists, and psychiatrists, as well as a cadre of clinical support personnel in continuing day treatment and residential treatment centers, and a corps of over 2,200 dedicated volunteers. JBFCS provides a comprehensive network of mental health and social services to promote well-being, resilience and self-sufficiency for individuals and families in need in the New York metropolitan area. As leaders in the field of human services, JBFCS mission is clear— 175 social service programs. 1 mission. To get help to those who need it. For further information, please visit.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Beauty bash unleashes the secret! Advanced Derma Laser Tech inc. celebrates 10 years and the Celebrity world's secret weapon

Beauty bash unleashes the secret! Advanced Derma Laser Tech inc. celebrates 10 years and the Celebrity world's secret weapon
April 13, 2010

Celebrity Hair Removal Expert Jennifer Kandemir for Advanced Derma Laser Tech Inc. is celebrating ten years of providing the most professional and confidential, groundbreaking treatments to some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Her undisclosed list of clientele ranges from A-list actors and Broadway performers to swimsuit models and professional swimmers—all of whom are looking for the leading treatments in laser hair removal with the highest regard for their privacy. Jennifer takes confidentiality seriously and treats all clients with the same personalized attention and discretion—which is why she is a prominent name in the discrete world of celebrity laser hair removal.

In celebration of the premier hair removal center’s 10th Anniversary, Advanced Derma Laser Tech Inc. partnered with Latisse®, the revolutionary beauty treatment used to grow eyelashes, held a Beauty Bash. Guests mingled amongst bellinis and chocolate-covered strawberries, while experiencing the latest techniques in facial and body hair removal.

Individualized attention and service sets Advanced Derma Laser Tech Inc. apart from the competition — upon a client’s first visit, he/she is greeted with a one-on-one consultation. The chicly-decorated space boasts an elegantly clean aesthetic, providing a tranquil atmosphere that sets clients at ease from the moment they step inside. Advanced Derma Laser Tech. Inc. employs two state-of-the-art types of laser hair removal technology – the Cutera Nd: YAG and the Alexandrite by Candela Gentle Laser – according to skin color/type. For further information, please visit.

ABOUT JENNIFER KANDEMIR: Inspired by a personal mission to rid the negative self-images of unwanted body hair from others, Jennifer transforms the lives of her clients through her work. A New York beauty industry veteran, she had long felt victim to the issue of unwanted body hair, negatively impacting her self-image and causing her to feel uncomfortable in her own skin. After undergoing laser hair removal treatment, Jennifer decided that she would learn to complete the laser hair removal procedure herself and began to take classes. At her three-month mark, Jennifer was gifted with a laser hair removal machine and she has never looked back since!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Panoramic View Resort and Residences - Montauk's exclusive new enclave

Panoramic View Resort and Residences - Montauk's exclusive new enclave
April 12, 2010
Welcome home to your doorman/concierge building on the ocean—the weather is warming up, which means the Hamptons season is just around the corner!

Distinctive Management, LLC presents a true East End getaway for bustling New Yorkers, the Panoramic View Residences—presenting the most exclusive, exceptionally-priced homes directly on the beach in the town of East Hampton. A renowned destination for over fifty years, the new luxury oceanfront villas are available for purchase at the Panoramic View. The perfect second home and seaside escape, this magnificent property encompasses over ten oceanfront acres across 1,000 feet of sandy white beach. Waking up to a breathtaking seaside view in the mornings, residents may have to remind themselves that they are in New York’s Montauk, not a Caribbean isle. Absolute attention to detail and luxury styling are incorporated into each and every aspect of construction. The Panoramic View Residences range in size and price to suit your needs; featured are one through five bedroom units, from 1,200-square-feet to 6,500-square-feet, available from under $2 million to $10 million.

Redefining luxury, the property’s year-round staff ensures that every need is met, from a fully-stocked refrigerator to the delivery of mail or dry cleaning. The Panoramic View promises residents the ultimate rest and relaxation experience. Amenities include poolside cabanas, fitness center, concierge service, porters, beach and pool attendants, on-site housekeeping, on-call massage therapists and fitness trainers. The Panoramic View Residences offer heavenly oceanfront living with none of the hassles associated with oceanfront home ownership. For more information, please visit.

About Distinctive Management LLC: The preeminent management company for exclusive, luxury properties in the Hamptons, Distinctive Management, LLC boasts an unparalleled expertise in high-end real estate management, including hotel resorts, cooperatives, condominiums, private estates and commercial properties. For more information, please visit.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

BANGLE BANGLE! - Jewelry designer Amrita Singh brings the Glitz to Tinseltown

BANGLE BANGLE! - Jewelry designer Amrita Singh brings the Glitz to Tinseltown
April 8, 2010

Jewelry designer Amrita Singh won the hearts of the fashion and celebrity worlds in 2003 with the launch of Amrita Singh Jewelry. Her unique blend of Old and New worlds into exuberant, artistic pieces of fashion jewelry and accessories have earned her a huge A-list following—the likes of Anne Hathaway, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Faith Hill and Jessica Lange have donned her designs.

A connoisseur of art, Amrita believes in creating jewelry that incorporates the best elements of modern and classic designs. Studying the intricacies of Indian art through travel and extensive independent work, Amrita draws upon the designs of India and the Mughal dynasty to create artisanal Indian Jewelry and accessories. Her passion is evident in the development of both her lines—contemporary jewelry and fine jewelry collections.
One of Amrita’s contemporary jewelry collections, Bangle Bangle is the collection that made Amrita Singh Jewelry a buzzword in the fashion and design circles. The Bangle Bangle Collection combines art and fashion to create a dynamic look for any woman. Featuring an array of materials, styles and sizes, the collection ranges from sterling silver and designer costume jewelry pieces to intricate silk designs and fine enamel work. Featured in top magazines such as Women’s Wear Daily, InStyle, Glamour, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue—Amrita Singh’s Bangle Bangle line has drawn the attention of women, celebrities and the fashion world alike.

Amrita Singh designs are available online and at top U.S. stores including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Intermix, Macy’s and Holt Renfrew—the Fine Jewelry Collection is available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman.

ABOUT AMRITA SINGH: Trained by the best in the field, Amrita Singh graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and also completed the prestigious two year executive training program at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. Though jewelry-making began as an “accidental love,” it grew into a unique and compelling “passion,” according to Amrita. Her design interests are global, reflecting the city that she inhabits and works in: urban, culturally diverse, and infused with artistic inspiration.

Amrita Singh Jewelry and Accessories
580 Broadway, Suite 1109
New York, NY 10012
T: 212-869-3434
F: 212-840-6135

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

With the opening of Bhojan vegetarian restaurant Shiva K. Natarajan, Owner & Executive Chef, changes the face of New York's little India

With the opening of Bhojan vegetarian restaurant Shiva K. Natarajan, Owner & Executive Chef, changes the face of New York's little India
April 7, 2010
Now with the recently-opened Bhojan Vegetarian Restaurant, restaurateur Shiva K. Natarajan has done it again. Having opened a number of the most innovative and highly-reviewed Indian restaurants along the East Coast—including Dhaba, Chola and Tadka in New York City—he is now offering diners a refreshing take on Indian dining with the new vegetarian eatery.

The farthest thing from your average curry house, Shiva’s restaurants offer imaginative yet authentic menus. His restaurants stand out from Little India’s restaurant row neighbors because of a clear insight and vision behind his restaurant concepts. For instance, Dhaba offers a unique list of British-influenced curries, rarely offered at New York City Indian restaurants, while Bhojan boasts an all vegetarian and kosher menu featuring cuisine from Northern and Western India. Dishes such as the Thalis on Bhojan’s menu and the homemade Makkai ki Rotti on the Dhaba menu are the reasons behind Shiva’s success—he has the ability to offer new guests an authentic Indian dining experience while transporting Indian guests back to fond childhood memories.

The restaurant’s inspired interior design and walk-in friendly concepts such as Bhojan’s Sweet Shop have transformed Little India. Shiva’s restaurants attract both hip, young diners walking by on a Friday night as well as Indian guests who look forward to a homecooked meal, forever changing the face of Restaurant Row—a neighborhood known for its on-the-go dining options that is now, due largely in part to Shiva’s vision, a must-try NYC culinary hotspot.

BHOJAN
102 Lexington Avenue (between 27th & 28th Streets), New York City

ABOUT SHIVA K. NATARAJAN: Restaurateur and Executive Chef, Shiva Natarajan, is a veteran to the East Coast gourmet industry having opened eight highly-regarded restaurants; Dhaba, Chola and Tadka in New York City, Chola, Malabar Hill and Bombay Bar & Grill in Connecticut, Jaipore Royal Indian Cuisine in Brewster New York and Bombay at the Black Swan Inn in Lee, Massachusetts. Born and raised in Calcutta, Shiva fell in love with the art of cuisine by spending countless hours in the kitchen with his family, developing what would become his life-long passion for food. After completing his high school education in Bombay, he left India to pursue his MBA at Pace University in New York City. After traveling throughout India, experiencing many different cuisine styles of his native country, Shiva transported his expertise of Indian cuisine to the restaurant industry of New York City.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Dynamic Philanthropist takes the helm: JBFCS welcomes Tony Mann as new Board President

Dynamic Philanthropist takes the helm: JBFCS welcomes Tony Mann as new Board President

Tony Mann has taken office as Board President at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS)— an honor that recognizes Mann’s twenty years of exceptional service to the agency. “Giving of oneself is more than a responsibility; it is a privilege,” says Mann. “Getting involved in something larger than myself, such as JBFCS, has taught me the importance of our accomplishments—both big and small. It is our collective impact in the city that counts and we do this by taking small steps. This has inspired me to work even harder.”

JBFCS provides a comprehensive network of mental health and social services to promote well-being, resilience and self-sufficiency for individuals and families in need in the New York metropolitan area. As leaders in the field of human services, the organization proudly serves people of all faiths, races and cultures. Today, JBFCS serves over 65,000 New Yorkers annually through a comprehensive range of 175 community-based programs, residential facilities, and day-treatment centers. With the single largest number of clinic licenses held by one agency, at any given moment, 6,200 New Yorkers are receiving treatment through the JBFCS network of clinics. For further details, please visit www.jbfcs.org.

In addition to his many years of service on the JBFCS Board of Trustees, Mann also served as chairman of Kaplan House, an urban residential facility for twenty-five adolescent males that provides an extensive independent-living skills program and therapeutic and support services. Last year, he launched the JBFCS Hudson Valley Ride, an annual bike ride fundraiser for JBFCS programs and services. The 2009 ride exceeded its first year goal of $250,000 to attain over $425,000. This year’s ride is July 18th with a $500,000 goal. (For more information).

“My vision for the future of JBFCS hinges on our practicing the highest levels of integrity and professionalism in serving families and communities,” said Tony Mann. “As we adapt to these uncertain times, we must remain optimistic as well as vigilant in serving the needs of a diverse population…and having a Board that reflects that diversity.”

A resident of Greenwich, CT, Mann is President of E-J Electric Installation Co., a 110-year-old electrical contracting firm in Long Island City, NY. E-J’s projects range from stadiums, water treatment and power plants to office buildings, transit facilities, schools and theatres. Notable projects under Tony Mann’s leadership include: Yankee Stadium, New York Times Headquarters, Bank of America – Mission Critical, 11 Times Square, Astoria Power & Poletti 500 MW Power Plants, WTC Path Station, Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History, JetBlue JFK Terminal, USTA National Tennis Center, Madame Tussaud’s, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, United Nations, and the Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Research Center.

The Launch of Fund Art Now - Bringing Together the Global Art Community

The Launch of Fund Art Now - Bringing Together the Global Art Community
April 3, 2010

Fêting the launch of the newly-formed not-for-profit, Fund Art Now (F.A.N.), a who’s-who of New York City’s art community came together for an evening of art and music at the chic art space, Collective Hardware. Founder of F.A.N. David Zelikovsky kicked off the ten-day celebration of art, with a mission to instill a new Renaissance within the global Arts community and change worldwide consciousness. The night highlighted provocative works by several artists, including Zach Hyman – rumored to be the latest love interest on the MTV Show, The City for star Roxy Olin – as well as Anton S. Kandinsky and Brian Reed, and showcased Ulysses’ latest “animated art” endeavor, along with musical performances. Also in attendance was owner of the Chair and the Maiden Gallery, John Dabu. The F.A.N. launch event began its fundraising efforts for future projects.

Other events during the celebration include, the Nouveau Haiti Night, benefitting the New York City Haiti Relief Fund, the debut of Soul Mafia’s newest album and a performance by Ms. Annie Brazil. The evening’s sponsors include: Ace of Spades, Armand de Brignac Champagne, Steinway & Sons, The Global Syndicate, Diamond Club International, TR Luxury, Next Generation Beverage LLC, Barbados Tourist Authority, The Crane Resort, New York Historical Society, Heart-4-Haiti, One Heart For Haiti and Luxe Event.

ABOUT F.A.N.: With a mission to instill a Renaissance within the Arts community and change global consciousness, F.A.N. draws upon all types of Artists and Artisans across the globe and will create projects – such as the building of its foundation, brick-by-brick, through a joint effort – drawing international interest toward a focused goal. F.A.N.’s purpose is to create a public congregation in which common goals and interests can be developed in a performance and gallery space where improvisation and collaboration are encouraged— a space where All are welcome; the ultimate goal will be to fulfill Van Gogh's elusive lifelong desire for community among artists, a collaboration of dreams.

Art projects selected for sponsorship will be chosen based upon their appeal to the base of human nature, where religion and politics are given secondary status, and their perceived effective nature on a global stage with accessibility to the international public— making a simple statement simply. Breaking down barriers that education and socio-economic factors have established over the centuries, accessibility to the masses is of utmost importance to F.A.N.'s mission.

Through such globally-accessible artwork, F.A.N. hopes to instill a global dialogue that will ultimately alter the manner in which humanity thinks and expresses themselves, changing the basic ideas of value and so forth. As important as the air we breathe, and the water we drink, art, in all of its various incarnations, needs to be embodied by All.
For additional information, please visit www.fundartnow.org. To become a F.A.N. volunteer or donate.

Meet Thelonious "T.J" Johnson - Actor, Model, and Trainer to the Stars

Meet Thelonious "T.J" Johnson - Actor, Model, and Trainer to the Stars
April 2nd, 2010

Thelonious Johnson, better known as T.J., embodies a matchless triple threat, as an actor, model and fitness expert with such elite clients as CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Named one of 2008’s Most Eligible Bachelors by Extra, T.J. has established himself in many arenas, proving to be a sought-after actor while helping individuals reach peak levels of fitness.

T.J.’s career boasts a wide range of highlights. As a model, he has been featured in leading publications such as Vogue Italia, Details, and scored the cover of Maximum Fitness. He was also featured in a nationally syndicated commercial for Old Spice Hair & Body Wash. His acting highlights include roles on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, One Life to Live, and All My Children. Most recently, he has become the face of Capcom Viral Video for popular video game, Bionic Commando.

T.J.’s affinity for fine arts stems from his childhood— his father, a jazz musician, and mother, an artist, emphasized the importance of art throughout T.J.’s upbringing, even naming their son after famed American jazz pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk. Upon college graduation, T.J. focused his efforts on acting, while maintaining a level of physical activity that met his life-long fitness interests.

Thelonious introduces a new approach to fitness training— as he has shared on leading television program Extra, T.J. stresses the importance of preserving the body, and practices the belief that each individual should treat their unique form as a temple. Customizing training sessions to fit the needs and goals of each individual client, T.J. provides full-body workouts that target problem areas to achieve results. Results-driven, T.J. organizes total, comprehensive training sessions that positively affect the client’s physical form, while helping to instate healthier, happier lifestyle choices into his/her everyday life.

Thelonious organizes comprehensive training sessions that positively affect the client’s physical form, while helping to instate healthier, happier lifestyle choices into everyday life. T.J., being an adrenaline-junkie with interests such as snowboarding and extreme sports, offers workouts that embody his own interests. For thrill-seekers in search of an action and adventure-driven workout, he offers extreme outdoor training, providing sessions that feature mountain-biking, hiking, “tough man” workouts and boot camps.

For more information on T.J.’s fitness tips and motivation.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Welcome to Catskill Farms: The low-key celebrity hangout

Welcome to Catskill Farms: The low-key celebrity hangout
March 31, 2010

As a classic symbol of a simple, traditional and romantic way of life, designer and builder Charles Petersheim has re-envisioned the “old American house.” Providing picture-perfect countryside escapes from bustling New York City, Petersheim has singlehandedly transformed the architectural landscape of Upstate New York, while accruing a diverse celebrity and media clientele including Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist of The Strokes; David Cross, Comedian, Actor, and Author; Gavin McInnes, founder of Vice Magazine; Rob Christofaro, Founder of fashion line ALife Limited Street Wear; Leah McSweeney, Founder of fashion line Married to the Mob; Benoist Drut, Founder of Mid-Century French Antiques, Maison Gerard; and David Loud, Broadway Composer. A-list neighbors include Michelle Williams, Jennifer Lopez, Mark Ruffalo and Joan Osborne.

As a designer and builder of traditional homes with modern amenities, Catskill Farms has reinvigorated the architectural landscape of Sullivan County real estate. Over the past four years, Catskill Farms has designed, built and sold in excess of 40 new/old homes in Sullivan County, becoming the leading designer and builder of Upstate New York getaways. Providing a serene escape for those residing in bustling New York City, the Catskill Farms clientele base is largely composed of city residents ranging in ages thirty-two to forty-four years old. From young musicians, actors and comedians, to fashion entrepreneurs, alternative magazine publishers and lawyers, an extensive array of urban professionals have come to Catskill Farms in search of scenic homes, allowing for this small real estate company to outperform many larger firms during a challenging time for the property development industry.

Catskill Farms revisits the history of the area with our construction of country cottages and farmhouses — that are inspired by the traditional building styles. With new home construction eliminating any old home worries, residents have the best of both worlds— early American architecture, wide plank floors, fireplaces, painted salvaged wood ceilings, wrap-around porches, not to mention whole-house audio, security systems, and modern kitchens. Capturing the charm, beauty and character of the early 1900s. Catskill Farms eliminates all of the hassle and maintenance issues related to an old house.

Good homes have a soul, and Catskill Farms strives to ensure its homes provide not only sound and stylish construction, but also a sense of history— homes are constructed with authentic turn-of-the-century regional architecture as the basis of the design. Fireplaces, wide plank floors, shaker-style cabinets, and huge porches are installed as well.

In addition, Catskill Farms wants everyone to be able to afford a countryside escape, hence their brand new mini-cottages series. Priced from $225k to $400k, these homes feature two bedrooms, as well as a spacious floor plan and lots of open interior space. The sizeable basements continually amaze Catskill Farms’ space-starved clients.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Plan your A-Lister Fete with Insignia Productions

Plan your A-Lister Fete with Insignia Productions
March 25, 2010

Guestlists, themes, food, décor, music, venue— with so many countless details that go into planning an event, it’s no wonder that so many people seek outside help when planning their special occasions…which is where Insignia Productions steps in.


A luxury full-service event-planning firm, Insignia Productions specializes in intricate and inspired design, customized planning and the logistical production of all event types and sizes – from professional meetings and conferences to weddings and birthday bashes – based in New York City, the Hamptons and Los Angeles. Client specific, Insignia Productions works to fulfill the individualized needs of its clientele. Insignia Productions Owner, Ranee Bartolacci-Meir builds a personal relationship with every client, making certain that he/she is granted the necessary level of attention, which derives from a boutique firm. With her team, Ranee manages each event from beginning-to-end— attending each meeting, ensuring that the chosen theme is carried throughout all aspects of the event and each component is meticulously planned, absolute focus is placed on even the smallest of details. Ranee’s uniquely hands-on approach allows her insight into each client’s personality, resulting in events that are is carefully-crafted according to the client’s wishes, tastes and style. With an extensive background in New York City’s event-planning industry, Ranee established Insignia Productions in 2008, inspired by her passion for working one-on-one with clients, helping to celebrate milestones and create memories.

Insignia Productions offers three levels of service to its clientele to fit individual needs— Full Service (includes vendor suggestions, contract negotiations, production timeline, and the coordination of logistics the day of the event. From start-to-finish, each and every detail of the affair is planned and executed by Insignia Productions); A La Carte (perfect for the client who has planned much of the event on his/her own, but requires assistance with remaining vendors and details of the occasion); Day of Assistance (timeline construction and logistic coordination— includes one meeting prior to the day of event, logistical coordination and one Insignia Productions team member on-site for the day of the event).

Past Insignia Productions events have ranged from the traditional – a classic New York City wedding, held at the Plaza Hotel with entertainment by Kool & the Gang – to the trendsetting – including an Asian-fusion wedding at L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall (featured in Bridal Guide Magazine), a fragrance launch-themed thirteen-year-old birthday, and chilly ice-themed soirée, complete with ice bar and décor. Recently, Insignia Productions organized and produced a pre-Oscar’s lunch with legendary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino to celebrate his eight-time Academy Award-nominated film, Inglorious Basterds.

For further information, please visit www.insigniaproductions.com.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ambassador John L. Loeb jr. to Deliver "Beyond Tolerance" at the 41st Annual Herbert H. Lehman Memorial Lecture

Ambassador John L. Loeb jr. to Deliver "Beyond Tolerance" at the 41st Annual Herbert H. Lehman Memorial Lecture
March 24, 2010

The selection of Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. to present the Herbert H. Lehman Memorial Lecture on March 25 marks the first time a descendant of the Lehman family has been invited to address this event. Lehman College has the tradition of inviting well-known speakers for the annual event and past speakers have included Israel’s Abba Eban, Kitty Carlisle Hart, chairman of the New York State Council of the Arts until her death in 2007, former U.S. Senators George McGovern, Daniel Moynihan, Albert Gore Sr. and George J Mitchell, and noted historian Arthur M. Schlesinger. Ambassador Loeb, who represented the United States in Denmark from 1981-1983 is the founder of the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom. He will address the 41st Annual Herbert H. Lehman memorial event on the subject of tolerance.

Herbert H. Lehman, for whom the Memorial Lecture is named, was the son of one of three founders of the original investment bank, Lehman Brothers, where he worked for 30 years. He later served both as governor of New York State and as a U.S. senator, having a clear passion for business, politics, and philanthropy. A veteran of World War I, during the Second World War he was the first director of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) created by President Franklin Roosevelt, which provided aid to the population of the Allied nations. The work of UNRRA involved the shipment of some 18 million tons of clothing, shoes and bedding to war ravaged countries. Following the war in 1946, Lehman College in the Bronx, an arm of the City University of New York became the temporary headquarters of the United Nations with early U.N. Security Council meetings held in the college gymnasium.

Herbert H. Lehman was not afraid to stand up and speak out against political injustices of the day. In the early 1950s, he was one of the earliest opponents of Senator Joseph McCarthy and his ideologically motivated hearings of individuals suspected of communist leanings.

For former US Ambassador to Denmark, John L. Loeb Jr. the opportunity to speak on a subject of deep personal passion, “Beyond Tolerance” is not only a privilege but also a deeply satisfying personal event for he shares his ancestor’s passion for speaking out on issues of religious freedom. Ambassador Loeb has recently produced a book about the contribution of early Jewish families to the United States and is championing educational projects regarding George Washington’s early efforts to establish religious freedom in this country.

The Lecture will be held on Thursday March 25, 2010 at 11:00am in the Monroe and Rose Lovinger Theatre at Lehman College.

For further information, please visit.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Filmaker N.C. Heikin's Critically Acclaimed Kimjongilia Opens in New York City

FILMMAKER N.C. HEIKIN’S CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED KIMJONGILIA OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY

Kimjongilia is a haunting look at the reality inside the most secretive country in the world. Told from the perspectives of North Korean refugees who shine light on the atrocities taking place in their homeland, and juxtaposed with clips from North Korea's mass propaganda machine that has indoctrinated citizens to worship the North Korean leadership, Kimjongilia is a film that shocks, enlightens and stays with you. –Laura Ling, journalist, held captive in North Korea over five months in 2009.

KIMJONGILIA, The Flower of Kim Jong Il (Lorber Films), is the first film to fully expose the humanitarian crisis of North Korea, examining the mass illusion possible under totalitarianism and the human rights abuses required to maintain that illusion.

North Korea is governed by a totalitarian regime that has controlled all information entering and leaving the country for the sixty years since the conflict with South Korea. A cult of personality surrounds its two leaders: Kim Il-Sung (“Great Leader”), and his son, Kim Jong-Il (“Dear Leader”). For Kim Jong Il’s 46th birthday, a hybrid red begonia named kimjongilia was created, symbolizing wisdom, love, justice, and peace. The film draws its title from the rarefied flower and reveals the extraordinary stories told by survivors of North Korea’s vast prison camps, devastating famine, and every kind of oppression. Filmmaker N.C. Heikin provides a historical backdrop to North Korea’s situation in her deeply moving documentary that examines why defectors fled, gives accounts of their harrowing escapes, and reveals the dangers they face in China, hunted by both Chinese and North Korean police. The refugees, who were interviewed in South Korea, where they now live, come from every walk of life, from child concentration camp inmates to an elite concert pianist. Their stories, however, all speak to repression and the breaking of body-and-soul. In essence, these humble heroes are inspiring, for despite their unimaginable suffering, they continue to hold out hope for a better future. For further information on Kimjongilia, please visit here, or the Facebook Fan page here. For film times and tickets, please visit www.cinemavillage.com.


ABOUT N.C. HEIKIN: A student of dance and theatre at Sarah Lawrence College, N.C. Heikin began working at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club upon graduation, with Wilford Leach and Andrei Serban, among others. There, Heikin created the title role in La Mama’s renowned production, Carmilla as well as a series of interdisciplinary performance pieces, shown in New York City and at theatre festivals around the world. Her performance background is exhibited in the manner in which she has crafted this innovative documentary. In 1986, Heikin began screenwriting with commissions from Paramount and Disney and has since done movies for television and episodic work. Heikin made her film directing debut in 2004, with her prizewinning narrative short, mañana, which debuted on Indiepix in May 2008. Kimjongilia is her first documentary. It received a grant from the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and was invited to the Sundance Story & Edit Lab in June 2008. It premiered at Sundance 2009 and has since played in festivals around the world, including the Sarasota Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Docuwest, Hamburg Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, and South Korea’s Pusan International Film Festival.