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New York City Ballet: A NYC Dance Experience For Everyone

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We know that New York City Ballet is not a behind the scenes secret, but it’s surely one of the cultural spots that just have to be on your list. Plus, it’s surely a NYC dance experience.

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Look closely into this first picture (above)! Yes, it’s a ballet piece by the New York City Ballet!

As they beautifully describe themselves:

“We are one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with a roster of spectacular dancers and an unparalleled repertory. We believe that choreographic exploration is what sustains the Company and the art form itself.”

It all started in 1920 in Boston, at the age of 12, when Lincoln Kirstein’s love for classical dance emerged after watching Anna Pavlova perform.

As an adult, he was very fond of the contemporary choreographer, George Balanchine. While in London, in the year of 1933, they had a chance to meet and in no time Kirstein invited Balanchine to join him in concretizing a lifetime dream.

Following Balanchine’s suggestion, in 1934, they first opened the School of American Ballet. They ventured through the creation of four enterprises: the American Ballet Company, Ballet Caravan, American Ballet Caravan and lastly, Ballet Society.

Finally, the Ballet was founded in 1948 as a resident company.

It quickly became world-renowned for its athletic and contemporary style. But, it was only in April of 1964 that the theatre’s door opened to the public.

Today, the company is hosted inside the now called David H. Koch Theater. A beautiful $30 million space, designed by Philip Johnson.

They are the biggest dance organization in America, with over 90 extraordinary dancers and running performances during 23 weeks throughout the year.

“George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein shaped the history of 20th-century dance. Under the direction of Peter Martins, New York City Ballet remains dedicated to the preservation of Balanchine’s ideals.”

Check their website for the full schedule. It’s an amazing one, by the way!

Also, take a look at their annual Special Events. They are focused on benefit events to not only raise money for the Company, but to offer everyone involved, priceless experiences.

Let us know if you need help organizing any group requests for you and your family, or your company.

Location: 20 Lincoln Center

www.nycballet.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paul Kolnik for the New York City Ballet 
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Paul Kasmin Gallery: Modern And contemporary Art Gallery In NYC

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Paul Kasmin Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in NYC that represents several generations of internationally recognized painters, sculptors, photographers and filmmakers.

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As we mentioned before, we love art! Paul Kasmin Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in NYC, is another spot to add to your cultural list while your in NYC. If you’re a local and have never been there, you’re definitely missing out on some pretty cool works!

To start, the gallery first opened in the neighborhood of Soho, in the year of 1989.

“We have developed a program in which the work of historic Modernist and Post-War artists is in constant dialogue with that of mid-career and established contemporary artists.”

They represent some fantastic artists like: Deborah Kass, Roxy Paine, Walton Ford and a few other powerful names.

Currently, with three addresses in the neighborhood of Chelsea, in Manhattan, they were part of Frieze New York. As the best galleries around, Paul Kasmin has been part of other renowned fairs like the Miami and Hong Kong Art Basel, TEFAF and ADAA.

These are the upcoming exhibitions at the Gallery:

1. Kenneth Noland: UNBALANCED on view at 515 W. 27th Street from January 28 – February 27, 2016.

2. Jules Olitski: Plexiglas, 1986, at 293 10th Avenue, from January 28 – February 27, 2016.

3. Lost Downtown, the gallery’s first solo exhibition by acclaimed photographer Peter Hujar which will be on view at 297 Tenth Avenue from January 28 to February 27, 2016.

Also, be sure to check their website to stay up to date with what’s happening there! They always have some unique and exclusive exhibitions.

Many of our reader are big fans of the contemporary art world.

With that in mind, and if you identify yourself with these guys, you might enjoy Martha Graham. Born in Pennsylvania, she was NYC’s modern dance queen that lived from 1894 – 1991. Plus, there are other countless fantastic contemporary art gallery in NYC too!

In addition, we have fantastic expert art guides to curate for you a customized cultural tour that you’ll certainly love! Tours can be in groups of 10-12 people max, but also we’re able to offer private ones if it’s what you desire! You name it, we do it!

If you’re coming to New York for a corporate event and need assistance to organize all a work/meeting sessions and leisure activities, our Corporate Service experts can help.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm

Locations:
293 10th Avenue
297 10th Avenue
515 West 27th Street

www.paulkasmingallery.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Legendary Beacon Theatre: An Upper West Side Rock Room

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New York City offers an entire universe of theatrical experiences and shows that certainly overwhelm not only visitors, but locals. We love some of the more remote spots in the city and the legendary Beacon Theatre is one of them.

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As they explain, The Beacon Theatre: has become a venerable rock room for generations of New Yorkers and an intimate setting for unforgettable concerts and events“.

Countless greatest names in music have performed there, including the Rolling Stones, Queen, The Allman Brothers Band, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, James Taylor, Paul Simon and many others. EvenHis Holiness the Dalai Lama has once lectured a class in their space!

A quite impressive list, right?

A little history about the place:

Herbert Lubin and Roxy Rothafel, were the brains and visions behind it all and initially named it Roxy Midway Theatre. Throughout the years where they were constructing the place, Lubin fell into a financial crises, leaving the project half way.

Warner Theatres jumped in and opened the venue on the Christmas Eve of 1929 as Warner’s Beacon Theatre.  With almost 3,000 seats, the project was lead by Walter W. Ahlschlager, the architect responsible for its art deco styling.

During its early years it showcased a theatrical genre called vaudeville and was also a destination for movie lovers.

Half a century later, in 1979, it became one of the venues listed as national landmark, under the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2006 they became part of the MSG Entertainment group. Then, in early 2009 they experiences an important restoration, making it even more attractive.

In 2012, the renowned Billboard Magazine – extremely important in its industry – voted The Beacon, for a second consecutive year, as number 3 in its category: “Top Grossing Venue”.

Today, the Legendary Beacon Theatre remains as one of the best venues in the city for live performances and other experiences! Maybe a little touristy, but hey, cultural spots have to be shared!

Do you enjoy these cultural experiences? You might also enjoy visiting the Cherry Lane Theatre, the longest off-broadway theatre.

We know people have doubts regarding what to do while in New York, so let our experts help you organize your trip!

If you’re organizing a huge corporate group coming into the city, or even a smaller team, contact us for more information on our Corporate Services.

Location: 2124 Broadway

www.msg.com/beacon-theatre


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Scott Gries/Getty Images
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

What Lies Beyond Our Cosmic Horizon? Visit Dark Universe!

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The new Hayden Planetarium Space show, “Dark Universe”, starts 100 million light years away from Earth. Come on this journey with us!

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Practically everyone has heard about the American Museum of National History, specially after that blockbuster movie called A Night at the Museum, featuring Ben Stiller. That not a novelty at all, crowded with tourists, but it’s surely a to-go place. You won’t be able to escape that.

But, what many people don’t remember is that the Hayden Planetarium is there too! And come on, who doesn’t love a planetarium experience, right? Kids, adults, elderly ones…we all love it!

Dark Universe” is a fantastic travel into the Universe, where you will learn and discover more about its history, structure and even what is our part in it all. Plus, you’ll see what new studies are discovering and countless mysteries still to be uncovered.

And still, you’ll understand more about Edwin Hubble’s fantastic discoveries and fly back to the Big Bang! Imagine getting a glimpse of how IT all started?! Oh man, really, this is just so cool!

So, be prepared to see: stunningly detailed scenes based on authentic scientific data—including a NASA probe’s breathtaking plunge into Jupiter’s atmosphere and novel visualizations of unobservable dark matter. Dark Universe explores this new age of cosmic discovery and reveals the mysteries that have been brought to light so far.”

Below, Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, curator in the Department of Astrophysics, explains:

“Many people don’t know that the museum is also a major research institute. Included in our Astrophysics research program is work directly related to the topic of show – taking data from the Hubble telescope and using it to identify a distant supernovae and from that to help measure the properties of dark energy. This space show is not just about what the Universe is, but how we measure.”

We are sure you’ll have a fantastic and enlightening time there, so enjoy!

If you get hungry, you can go to the Mediterranean restaurant, Hummus Place just a few blocks away. For the vegans, Peacefood it also a quick walk from the museum.

But, if you’re still in the mood for more history, head down to Chelsea to The Rubin Museum to explore a bit about  Himalayas, India and the Tibetan arts.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: Every half hour, 10:30am – 4pm | except on Wednesdays, when first show begins at 11am
Saturday – Sunday: Every half hour, 10:30am – 5pm

Location: Central Park West at 79th Street

www.amnh.org


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*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

NYC Snow Monsters Intervention By Peter Regli

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In front of one of our most famous buildings in the Flatiron Plaza, Peter Regli exhibited a beautiful installment. The Snow Monsters intervention showed 12 amazing marble snowmen experiencing the several stages of melting.

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The Snow Monsters intervention presented by Dominique Lévy Gallery showcased during the month of March.
 
It’s was a fantastic and creative work! It amused not only visitors, but all New Yorkers that passed by the Plaza area. They became part of the beautiful scene in front of our famous Flatiron building, on 23rd Street.
 
This installment was part of a series called “Reality Hacking“, created by the Swiss-born artist Peter Regli. This series already add up to over 300 interventions around the globe. A remarkable number, for sure!
This one marks “his first large-scale sculptural intervention in New York City”.
 
These marbles sculptures were fabricated by the Hánhs – a Vietnamese family. Some of the most renowned Buddhist sculptures seen in temples are their art works.
 
Peter Regli is well-known for his public interventions around the world – a work that started back in 1996. We adore his disruptive, uncommon art works and how they interact with by-passers and the urban settings.
 
He explains:
I chose the snowman because of its Buddha-like nature. They appear briefly in the world, bring joy and evoke memories of childhood. Then, disappear again, melting away without complaint.
Lastly, we all know that New York City is one of the art capitals on this planet. So, if you’re all about culture and art experiences, let our experts cater the best places and events for you!
 
We have done projects with companies that bring clients to New York City and urge to impress. Let our Corporate Services experts organize the most memorable experiences for you! You’ll will impress!

Location: 23rd Street with 5th Avenue

www.levygorvy.com


Photo Credit: Rob Ceos, aka @ceos_downbeat
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

How about some Italian Modern Art by Giorgio Morandi

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We attended the official opening of a unique exhibition with the work of the famous 20th century Italian printer, Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964).

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If you’ve never heard of Giorgio Morandi, it’s ok, but you most likely have seen his work. We are going to tell you a little about the Modern Art by Giorgio Morandi.

He was born in Bologia, Italy. Morandi focused his entire career painting still life objects like vases, pots, bowls, extending into flowers and landscape. You might also see a hand full of self portraits too.

His art work is very simplistic, the earthy tones. This surely made him a visionary of the Minimalism that started post World War II, around the 1960’s and 70’s. He paints (and repaints), several times these objects, paying close attention to the light aspects.

“The exhibition focuses on the artist’s rarely seen works from the 1930s—the decade when Morandi reached full artistic maturity and developed his distinctive pictorial language.”

There are over 50 paintings, etchings and drawings being featured at the Center for Italian Modern Art, a nonprofit organization located on Broome Street.

During his life, he drew over 130 etchings and painted over 1,300 oil paintings. Surely a remarkable number.

These fascinating art works have not been seen in the U.S. for over half a century and are definitely a must-see!

Tickets can be bought online, through their website – they cost a symbolic $10.

If you love are and want to explore New York’s art world, our art experts are able to talk you on the best tours around the city, and upstate too. Let us know what you like, and we’ll be happy to arrange it all for you!

On the other hand, if you are a company and would like to arrange a cultural-art experience for your clients, or your team, let us know what you’re looking for.

Hours: Friday’s and Saturday’s at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm

Location: 421 Broome Street, 4th Floor

www.italianmodernart.org


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*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

The Hole NYC Gallery Is A Collaboration Across the Arts

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The Hole NYC gallery features contemporary art and is located in the small neighborhood of NoHo. They represent emerging artists, so be sure to see some unique art works.

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The Hole NYC was founded in 2010 by Kathy Grayson, the curator. She says that their goal is to “fill a hole in the downtown community”.

In their almost 4000 sq. ft. Bowery space, they present monthly solo exhibitions, as well as other group shows.

Their portfolio is fantastic, since they have showcased over 200 artists from all over the globe. They currently represent over 15 names from the US and a few from other countries.

Curious to know a few of these 15+ names? Well, you’ll find works by Holton Rower (the portrait of Lina Zoo in our photo gallery above shows his work), Adam Parker Smith, Kembra Pfahler, Vanessa Prager, Misaki Kawai and Eric Yahnker.

They usually have two simultaneous exhibitions live with not only emerging artists, but more established ones too.

“In between exhibitions we host events and special projects that cater to other emerging and creative industries, and compliment their philosophy of collaboration across the arts. Plus, we support collaboration and the downtown artist community.”

Be sure to check with website to see the 2 current exhibitions and their upcoming ones! And, they have some pretty cool products on their online store too!

When you’re in New York, the best way to optimize your time, is to explore the neighborhood you’re in, instead of keep jumping around the city.

While your around in NoHo, you can grab lunch at the famous and trendy Café Gitane – just a few blocks South! If you want to get a dinner reservation at one of the most secret Japanese restaurants, see how you can we can help you!

And last, if you are looking for a private art tour to explore the NYC gallery world, we’ll introduce you to our fantastic, trendy art guide. Contact our experts to see how our Art Tours work!

For companies, we organize unique tours and experiences too.

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 12pm – 7pm, and by appointment

Location: 312 Bowery

http://theholenyc.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of The Hole NYC and babesatthemuseum.com (portrait picture)
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

The Creative Young Brazilian Community In NYC

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We contributed during 1 year for Glamour Brazil. This post was about the creative young Brazilian community in NYC.

See the original Portuguese version and below, the English version:

New York is known for many things. The food, the corporate madness, the great Broadway and Off Broadway shows, the incredible fashion world and uncontrollable consumption of tourists and New Yorkers.

The beauty of Central Park and the fantastic art world are unquestionable. Lastly, it’s also know an “incubator” for new, upcoming talents.

We share with you the story of some young folks that are making a difference here. Others are just starting out their promising career and they sure have an incredible work worth following.

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The Brazilian with clear Italian descent (beginning by his name), Maximiliano Poglia, also known as Max, is a designer and lives in New York since 2009. Max has worked with the renowned and always crowded restaurant Buvette, that we love.

He has created a line of exclusive products for the Bedford Post – a charming hotel in Bedford – part of the Relais & Chateaux group. And, has collaborated with various New York brands like TheBKCircus, a man’s fashion brand.

Today he has launched his own product collection with stylish leather handbags. His handmade knives that are not made of stainless steel purposely to allow the product to age. Plus, the soft unique fleece blankets have no artificial coloring and beautiful leather details.

You can find his products at stores like 3×1 in Soho, Modern Anthology in Dumbo, the Gentry in Williamsburg, the Warm in Nolita, The Space NYC, in Bushwick and a few other places around town!

www.poglia.co


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The Brazilian Johnsons

Berklee College of Music College, in Boston, is known for having huge music alumni stars like Diana Krall, Quincy Jones, John Mayer, Esperanza Spalding, Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford (both from Aerosmith), among many others!

A band named The Brazilian Johnsons was created by five Brazilians who studied together at Berklee and now live in Brooklyn, obviously. Michel Nasrallah, the vocalist and guitarist, André Vasconcelos rocks on the guitar, Bruno Esrubilsky hits the drums, Apoena Frota plays the bass and João Nogueira on the keyboard. All fantastic musicians!

Michel tells us that their – classic rock’n’roll – was inspired by bands like Rolling Stones, Beatles, Queen, Led Zepplin, Cold Chisel, Lynyrd Skynryd, AC / DC, just to list a few.

In December 2013 they released their first CD called “Howdy Duty” and made its debut with an exclusive show at Piano’s, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

The songs are amazing, with a very particular style, exclusive copyrights lyrics that speak of obstacles. It talks about difficulties encountered at the beginning of their careers. Also, they describe the challenges of being new in New York, numerous teachings, the experience of broken hearts and simply how life may be surprising.

The songs are for sale on iTunes! Here is the music video of one of their most successful songs:


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Alessio Romano

This an Italian artist has several “gifts”. He’s a drummer, musical producer, audio engineer and also photographer. With all these different talents, Alessio Romano decided to open his own studio in Brooklyn in the beginning of 2014, called Studio42. There he can work with music, video and photography.

I’m personally a huge fan of his photography work. With spontaneous images and a perfect light, his pictures definitely surprise viewers with all the captured details and his critical eye!

www.studio42brooklyn.com


Culture & Music Tali Ratzon and the Grind

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Last, but definitely not least, with an Israeli and American descent, the singer Tali Ratzon! She arrived in New York in 2009 chasing a dream!

A common story to hear in New York…

Tali says she’s “just a girl with a guitar,” but her music certainly does make everyone want to dance! She sings pop music, mixed with funk and bringing influences from Latin rhythms and reggae music, i.e. World Pop.

One of the songs I enjoy the most and sing by heart is “About to Pop”.

Take a look at her the music video:

So, you all have to agree, this guys are really going some awesome work around here, right!?


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Max Poglia, Roberto Vietri, Alessio Romano and Alison Luntz
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

FIT DUMBO Tour: Fun Course That Will Open Your Mind

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If you haven’t been to DUMBO – Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass – or haven’t been going regularly, you are missing out on one of the most important hot spots for art, furnishing, food and culture trends. Try the FIT DUMBO Tour!

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You all have probably noticed by now that we’re all about hidden and unique spots. Plus, we are huge fans of everything related to food and culture. That said, this is surely a tour we recommend: the FIT DUMBO Tour!

Dumbo is a small neighborhood located in Brooklyn, right below the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s on the water front and has a fabulous view of Manhattan’s skyline.

In addition, the emerging art and culture scene is very fantastic and attracts a huge number of people through out the year that go to experience unique activities and events.

This is what to expect:

Nestled between two bridges and flanked by the illustrious Brooklyn Navy Yard, this re-emerging Brooklyn neighborhood has become a critical destination for fashion professionals and exudes a culture and atmosphere all its own.

The programs introduces you to boutiques, beauty spots, art galleries, lifestyle brand stores, and sources for great food, all in a architectural setting with fabulous view of the Eastside skyline. This one is named “DUMBO: Brooklyn’s Latest Hipster Haven“.

After a brief introduction at FIT, attendees travel by subway to DUMBO. No same-day registration.”

It costs $45/person. Food and subway cost not included in course fee. Seminar Leader: Trina Morris, publicist, Style Root PR.

While in the neighborhood, you might want to explore a bit!

Be sure to pass by Burr0w to recharge with a coffee and a delicious pastry. If you want to shop for locally source products, go to Foragers! Their selection is literally impressive and it will be hard not want to buy it all.

And lastly, learn with a photography expert how to get the best shots!

For private and custom-made fashion tours, or even corporate experiences focused on trend research and technical visits, contact our experts. We also offer a fantastic Personal Shopper & Styling service for visitor and New Yorkers!

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