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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013

One of the world’s leading fashion events, the inimitable Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 returns to beautiful Miami Beach from July 19-23, 2012. Expect five days of fashion shows, parties, gorgeous beach beauties, and more.

With plenty of hot sun and miles of sand, Miami Beach is the ideal locale to feature a first look at next year’s swimwear collections. Check out the hottest swimwear for 2013 from some of the biggest swimwear designers in the world: White Sands Australia, Aqua di Lara, BCBG Swimwear, Crystal Jin and dozens more.

Once you’ve taken in the fashion shows, head to nearby Lincoln Road, the area’s best shopping district. A star-studded event like this could only happen in incredible Miami Beach―where sun, fun and fashion all come together.

Our Hotel Experts recommend:

The National, Delano, and SLS

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May 16-19, 2012Presented by Whole Foods Market

The fifth annual New Taste of the Upper West Side has inked in exciting additions to its roster of returning crowd pleasers. For the past five years the event has celebrated the Upper West Side’s lively community and exceptional culinary culture. For three nights in May, the New Taste of the Upper West Side will showcase top chefs and restaurants for a spectacular line-up of festivities.

Vegetables at Dovetail kicks off things on Wednesday, May 16th with a five-course vegetarian tasting dinner. Chefs John Fraser, Missy Robbins, Bill Telepan, Ed Brown, and Christina Tosi create a five-course all-vegetarian dinner. Net proceeds will help support the Greenhouse Classroom project at the I.S. 44 School. The Greenhouse Classroom will educate students about science, while growing organic hydroponic vegetables. Vegetables at Dovetail: Wednesday, May 16th 2012 6:30 Cocktails; 7 p.m. Dinner $195 per person. Dovetail Restaurant 103 W 77th Street.

Festivities resume on Friday May 18th, with the much anticipated return of crowd favorite, Comfort Classics, held under the Grand Tent on Columbus Avenue between W 76th and W 77th Street. Hosted by Travel Channel’s duo Adam Richman and Andrew Zimmern, this high-octane fête will feature 35 chefs crafting postmodern bites inspired by old school dishes. Wine and spirits provided by Southern Wine & Spirits. Comfort Classics: Friday, May 18th, 2012 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. $95 per person.

Saturday night, May 19th wraps up the weekend with Best of the West and a star-studded VIP Reception honoring legendary New York food critic, Gael Greene. With more than 40 of New York’s top chefs, wine and spirits, and live music, this is a must-taste event.VIPtickets grant you access to the culinary stars. Modern Mixologist, Tony Abou-Ganim highlights proceedings with his signature cocktails. Proceeds will benefit the Columbus Avenue BID’s Streetscape Beautification Project and City meals-on-Wheels. Best of the West: Saturday, May 19th, 2012VIP, $200 per person beginning at 6:00 p.m. General Admission $125 per person from 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Fifth Annual 2012 Whole Foods Market’s New Taste of the Upper West Side are on sale now. For more information, call (212) 721-5048.

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Trump International New York is the pinnacle of modern luxury, combining beautiful accommodations with intuitive service. Located near Lincoln Center and Fifth Avenue shopping, the 5 star Trump enjoys the best of east and west. Steps from their front door are the natural splendor of Central Park and the man-made treasure that is the Time Warner Center. This 5 star hotel is only a few short blocks away from the festivities.

The chic, candle-lit lobby with soaring ceilings and geometric black and white patterns tiled on the floor gives the first impression of a fun, modern boutique hotel that is The Empire Hotel. Animal print throw pillows nestle onto oversized curved couches, inviting guests to linger and share a drink or a bit of gossip. Located on 63rd at Broadway on the Upper West Side, The Empire Hotel is moments from Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle, as well as occupying an enviable location near Central Park.

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Be the wonderful child you know you are and treat your mom to a memorable Mother’s Day in Manhattan. There may be no better place in the world to mark a special occasion, or to make any occasion special. As usual Manhattan offers a full store of goodies for Mother’s Day celebrants.

A Mother’s Day Brunch is a must and so is Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien (119 West 56th Street), named “Best Breakfast” in New York. Choose from zany waffles, breakfast pizzas and the Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata.

World Yacht sets sail on Mother’s Day with cruises for the whole family. Choose from a brunch cruise with buffet or a dinner cruise with a four-course meal and dancing. Cruises depart from Pier 81 (West 41st Street and Hudson River) and include a close-up look at the Statue of Liberty. Availability limited.

Visit your favorite Manhattan department stores and help Mom find the perfect pair of shoes. Buy her a bauble at Tiffany’s (37 Wall Street), or browse a few flea markets for bargains. Explore New York. Spend an afternoon strolling through one of its iconic neighborhoods. Do Soho, and stop for a hand massage at Sabon (93 Spring Street). Hit Tribeca and discover historic townhouses, cobblestone streets, and lunch nooks Mom will love. A horse and carriage ride through Central Park never disappoints. Or check out a few art galleries in Chelsea.

If Mom’s a real culture buff, plan a museum-hopping spree. Stop at The Museum of Modern Art to view contemporary art, or visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for photography, tapestries, and carefully preserved artifacts from all over the world. Mom will recognize notable 20th Century artworks at the Whitney Museum, and the dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History.

With Manhattan’s many splendid restaurant choices you’d be remiss not to treat Mom to a fine dinner. Many New York restaurants offer special prix fixe menus and deals for Mother’s Day. But if you want to pull out all stops reserve a table at Jean Georges, the brilliant restaurant at Trump International Hotel & Tower (1 Central Park West). Expect the highest quality ingredients and bold dishes for an unforgettable dining experience.

And don’t forget a little sweet. No one deserves it more than Mom. Café Lalo (201 West 83rd Street), not your typical sweet shop, boasts a dazzling array of cakes and pies, brownies, cookies, tarts, fondue, mousse, shakes and smoothies, Italian ice cream, biscotti, traditional pastries and specialty dessert dishes. The exposed brick walls and atmospheric jazz make it nice.

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Mandarin Oriental New York is ideally located on Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center. Central Park is across the street, and Broadway theaters are blocks away. Shopping on Madison and Fifth is only as far as a casual stroll along the park. Mom will enjoy their 5 star Spa at Mandarin, or have an unforgettable dish at Asiate.

From its dazzling lobby replete with enormous chandeliers to its grand staircase and soaring 55-storey tower, The New York Palace is the epitome of Manhattan opulence. The historic Villard Mansion houses the public spaces of the hotel, while the modern glass tower behind it contains the more contemporary guestrooms. Mom will enjoy a royal treatment at their spa, including custom facials and body treatments, or will enjoy modern American cuisine at the 2 Michelin-starred GILT Restaurant & Bar.

The Surrey New York has been redefining Upper East Side elegance. Whimsical touches like marble “rugs” tiled into the floor and snippets of poetry scrawled across cushions enhance the feeling that The Surrey New York is somewhere special. With an enviable address on 76th at Madison, The Surrey New York is a few minutes from Gracie Mansion and famed Museum Mile. Home to celebrated treasure troves like the Guggenheim, the Frick Collection, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, guests will have a plethora of choices when staying at The Surrey New York.

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May 8-13, 2012

Royal Alexandra Theatre

It’s hard to believe that more than thirty years have passed since Kathleen Turner scalded the big screen in her film debut, Body Heat. In it she introduced a rare brand of physicality and sexual allure that became her trademark over the years. Now that she has inevitably, though gracefully, aged Ms. Turner continues to evolve as a performer. While still a marvelously physical actress, she brings a well-earned thoughtfulness and intensity to her stage performances that have justifiably riveted audiences. Turner is in Toronto for a six-day run of the play High, in which she plays a foul-mouthed recovering alcoholic nun, a performance nothing short of a tour de force.

Two-time Golden Globe winner, Academy Award and Tony Award nominee, Kathleen Turner has previously delighted theatre audiences in such productions as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Now, Turner brings what may be her most compelling performance to Toronto’s acclaimed Royal Alexandra Theatre. Critics have raved about her sandpapery, sarcastic turn as Sister Jamison Connolly, a counsellor at a drug rehab centre. She handles the adult themes and strong language of the play with a blend of sharply edged humour and compassion.

When Sister Jamison Connolly agrees to sponsor a 19-year-old drug user in an effort to help him combat his addiction, her own faith is tested. Struggling between her role as a rehabilitation counsellor and a woman of religious conviction, she begins to question her belief that people can find the courage to change. High explores the universal themes of truth, forgiveness, redemption and human fallibility. In a recent interview Turner admits she was naive about addiction before she got involved with the play. “I don’t think I realized the extent of addiction in our countries — how many people are affected by it.”

A masterpiece of beaux-arts architecture, the historic Royal Alexandra is the oldest continuously operating theatre in North America. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King Street West Toronto, ON, M5V1H9 (416) 872-1212

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One of the newest five star additions to Toronto’s luxury hotel scene, The Ritz-Carlton Toronto is a departure from the old-world style that many associate with the Ritz-Carlton name. In the heart of the Entertainment District, the Royal Alexandra Theatre is only a few steps away.

Experience the Hyatt Regency Toronto whether for business or pleasure. This 4 star property features cutting edge décor, clean lines, and all the amenities the modern traveler desires. Located in the beating heart of downtown, Hyatt Regency Toronto is adjacent to the Theater District and near the Convention Center. Guests will find themselves within walking distance of over 150 restaurants and lounges.

The highly acclaimed InterContinental Hotel Toronto boasts a roster of awards, from winning the World’s Leading Hotel Brand 2011 to maintaining the AAA Four Diamond Restaurant Award in their Azure Restaurant since 2004.

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May 5, 2012

Radio City Music Hall NY

Radio City Music Hall welcomes Canadian singer-songwriter Feist to the Great Stage on Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m. with Special Guest: Timber Timbre. This show is in support of her latest album, Metals, which topped many ‘Best of 2011’ lists including Pitchfork, Spin, Rolling Stone and was chosen as the #1 Album of 2011 in the New York Times.

She wrote the new album during autumn 2010, in a tiny garage behind her house, after a year away from the spotlight—a ten-year spotlight. Grammy nominations, six Juno wins, the Shortlist Music Prize, Sesame Street, Saturday Night Live, an album with Beck, a back-and-forth with Stephen Colbert and so on. Then she just stopped.


When Feist was ready to make music again, she had rethought her role. “I really wanted to turn up again,” she says, referring to her early days as a guitarist in punk and rock bands. While the lyrics she has crafted often have a melancholic undercurrent, the arrangements, in which Feist shows off her fretwork, have a skyward lilt.

In January 2011, her longtime collaborators Chilly Gonzales and Mocky arrived in Toronto to arrange the 12 songs that would become her fourth studio album, Metals. The trio spent a frigid month rehearsing the songs, then decamped for California’s rugged Big Sur coastline to record them.

These new songs, of heartache, solitude and grace, are subtle and sophisticated. Feist is no longer just the charming and lightweight “1234” girl. She’s all grown up, maybe wiser, but nevertheless in superb form. She twangs her electric guitar into delicate, unresolved melodies, with horns and voices bending and bruising its beauty.

Timber Timbre, a Canadian folk music project known for swampy blues, features Mika Posen, Simon Trottier and Taylor Kirk.

1260 6th Avenue New York, NY 10020, (212) 247-4777

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From the outside, The Peninsula New York is the quintessential New York hotel; a 1905 Beaux Arts masterpiece whose history spans more than a century. At first, the interior is just what one would imagine; elaborate floral arrangements, high ceilings, and striking architecture. However, guests are in for a surprise when they visit the peaceful sun-lit pool, the chic Salon de Ning, or the unparalleled fitness center. It is also a short walk away from Radio City Music Hall.

With theaters and the flashy, fast-paced Times Square only moments from their door, The Chatwal New York is in the action without being immediately on top of it. Proximity to the shops on Madison and Fifth Avenues invites guests to indulge in a shopping spree before heading out to see Feist rock it out on stage. Enjoy a complimentary upgrade on us for stays between July 1 and August 31, 2012.

Be Inspired by The Muse. Those seeking a unique, inspired stay in Manhattan will love the quirky, stylish scene at The Muse Hotel NYC. This eclectic 4 star boutique hotel is located in the heart of the Theater District on 46th between 6th and 7th, very near to Times Square. Theatrical surroundings are reflected in the hotel’s sense of fun and whimsy, just like Feist!

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May 4-7, 2012

From May 4-7, 2012, in Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan, Frieze New York presents the most forward-thinking galleries from around the globe. Over 170 of the most exciting contemporary art galleries in the world will be showcased. Visitors will not only be treated to work by over 1,000 of the world’s leading artists, but will also enjoy the curatorial programme offerings: Frieze Projects, the fair’s artists’ commissions, and Frieze Talks, a series of debates, panel discussions and keynote lectures.

The eight artists who will participate in Frieze Projects New York are: John Ahearn, Uri Aran, Latifa Echakhch, Joel Kyack, Rick Moody, Virginia Overton, Tim Rollins and K.O.S. and Ulla von Brandenburg. The Frieze Projects program is realized annually at Frieze New York. This year Cecilia Alemani curates.

The majority of the commissioned projects are situated outdoors and are located throughout Randall’s Island. Artists have been invited to react to the exceptional environment of Frieze New York and to create special projects that respond to the island’s unique geography. Forming a temporary pop-up village, the commissioned artworks will provide punctuation points to the island, activating vital sites or remote locations and will provide a navigational tool for visitors to the fair and its environment.

At turns participatory, irreverent and idyllic, this year’s Frieze Projects will transform Randall’s Island into a fantasy world, presenting newly commissioned artworks by international artists. The artists commissioned by Frieze Projects will use the unique site to realize ambitious ideas.

Designed by New York-based SO-IL Architects, Frieze New York will be housed in a bespoke structure and located in a unique setting of Randall’s Island Park, overlooking the East River. Dedicated Frieze ferry and bus services are included in the admission price. Frieze New York will take place 4 – 7 May 2012. Tickets to Frieze New York are only available online.

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The Surrey New York has been redefining Upper East Side elegance. Whimsical touches like marble “rugs” tiled into the floor and snippets of poetry scrawled across cushions enhance the feeling that The Surrey New York is somewhere special. Art enthusiasts will appreciate The Surrey’s décor and design, from photographs featuring Kate Moss to contrasting antiques with spray painted details. A true mesh of modern world and classic luxury.

Upon arrival in the striking black and white lobby, guests know they are in for an unexpected treat. The Mark is filled with  details art lovers will appreciate. From cow print couches at the Bar Mark, to art deco metallic details in the lobby. Also not far from the Frieze Art Show, the Mark is also  is within walking distance of some of the world’s most celebrated museums. The Frick, the Guggenheim and the Whitney are steps away, with the picturesque living beauty of Central Park moments from their door.

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Thursday May 3, 2012

Oscar Hammerstein Ballroom

Over five hundred wines, spirits and beers from around the world to tantalize the palate! No, that’s no misprint. That’s what Toast of the Town’s annual gala boasts in what may be New York City’s finest wine-tasting event. Make no mistake, this isn’t just another wine-tasting: it’s a taste experience. In addition to a global range of beverages, this Wine Enthusiast-sponsored event promises you a direct and harmonious experience of superb drink in combination with inspired and fitting food, music, and setting choices. If you have an appetite for the beautiful things in life look no further.

Thirty-five of the city’s best restaurants will prepare signature dishes to accompany the featured wines. Culinary creations from the area’s top chefs will be paired with intriguing wines selected by master sommeliers. Music will be provided by the Jonny Hirsch Band, led by one of New York City’s most scintillating saxophonists. As for the setting, what could be more elegant than The Oscar Hammerstein Ballroom, a monument of aesthetic grandeur? Toast of the Town offers a veritable feast for the senses.

Sip, socialize and delight your palate with beautiful wines from every corner of the world. Wine as a cultural ambassador? What a lovely thought: from Marlborough, New Zealand to Montalcino, Italy, a delicious trip around the world. And you don’t need a passport (just your guest pass). For a evening of sumptuous wines, spirits, music, and the tastiest gourmet food the city has to offer take in Talk of the Town, a Wonderland for oenophiles and foodies.

VIP Tasting: 6-7 p.m.+ Admission to the Grand Tasting.VIPTickets include early entrance to the event, exclusive access to hundreds of reserve wines, one-on-wine talks with the wine makers and interaction with the restaurateurs.

GRAND Tasting: 7-10 p.m.

Oscar Hammerstein Ballroom 311 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001 | To order tickets call 888-695-0888, or for info call 800-847-5947.


Like wine? The nearby Eventi hotel offers a complimentary wine reception each night from 5pm until 7pm. This 4.5 star Kimpton Hotel has all the features one would expect; soothing spa, fabulous fitness center, bustling bar. However, Eventi is also home to FoodParc, a unique concept in hotel dining that is garnering rave reviews.

The St. Regis Hotel New York is known for its opulence as well as it’s prestigious wine library at Adour, the hotel’s AAA Four Diamond Restaurant Award, maintained since 2008. From Waterford crystal chandeliers in all rooms to a sumptuous marble-clad lobby, Regis New York is the epitome of beauty, luxury, and the best that money can buy. This dedication to excellence has resulted in St. Regis NY being recognized with the Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond awards for 14 consecutive years.

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