In a bit of a strange move, Delta has a pop-up shop coming to a store near you. They have recently converted a cast-iron building on West Broadway and Broome Street into a mini-airport for a three week promotion they are conducted. The company wants to show off their $1.4 billion Terminal 4 that will open on May 24 at JFK, and they are created a simulation of the terminal in SoHo.
As Gail Grimmett, Delta’s senior vice president in New York explains about the new terminal, “We have a Shake Shack and Blue Smoke plus two entries from Marcus Samuelsson. Our lounges are equipped with showers and full media offering. Travelers will want for nothing.”
The replica terminal opened on Wednesday at 11 am. It’s being dubbed “T4X” and it will have all of the amenities of the real JFK portal. As an extra perk, visitors can enjoy a $4 lunch box served on a conveyor belt that will stimulate baggage pick-up.
Grimmett explained why they created the replica, “We wanted to give New Yorkers something they can touch.”
Wednesday night there was a gala bash with football stars Victor Cruz and Justin Tuck. T4X then became open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am until 3 pm until May 22.
If you have time this week, there are few things happening in New York that are more exciting than the Spring Show NYC. Taking place right now at the Park Avenue Armory, this show includes over 50 of the finest international exhibitors today.
Gail Shields-Miller of Shields & Co. Interiors recently had the opportunity to check out three exhibitors in their own environments before the show. She relished in the romantic and lovely look of the Tiffany Studio pieces on sale at Lillian Nassau. Owned by Arlie Sulka, Lillian Nassau sells unique Louis Comfort Tiffany pieces. She described her visit as she wrote on her blog, “The list goes on with several pieces of studio furniture from such notables as George Nakashima, Phil Powell, Wendell Castle and Paul Evans. I fell in love with an out of this world leather love seat by Fritz Henningsen that I wanted to scoop right off the floor and into my apartment. AND then there was a Viennese wood and glass vitrine of uncertain artistic origin that definitely needed a home with one of my clients.”
Phoenix Ancient Art
As part of her tour, Shields-Miller visited Phoenix Ancient Art, owned by brothers Hicham Aboutaam and Ali Aboutam. They feature precious antiques from 5000 BC until about 14 AD. As she described her visit, “The gallery is a pristine environment of stunning dark bronze metal clad walls elegantly complimenting the stone floors, all very effective for displaying the select pieces on display and conjuring up the sense of ancient times long gone by. You immediately can ascertain that this is a no nonsense place and that we are going to be delving into a discussion about precious irreplaceable artifacts from ancient civilizations.”
Rare lacquered cabinet on silver gilt stand, circa 1690 at Carlton Hobbs.
Finally, she visited the Carlton Hobbs, which felt like entering a small museum in France. As she explained, “Carlton Hobbs occupies a rarefied strata in the antiques business, and primarily seeks out furniture and art which belonged originally to royal families and aristocrats or famous architects of that period in history.”
Should you have the time, I would definitely run (not walk!) to enjoy Lillian Nassau, Phoenix Ancient Art, Carlton Hobbs and many others at the Spring Show NYC right now.
SoHo is abuzz with the arrival of the Japanese-based brand Pas de Calais. Their American flagship store has just arrived on the corner of Wooster and Broome, marking the brand’s first international location.
The retail space is bathed in white, representing the Japanese minimalistic look they are trying to achieve, while also mixing in some Gallic romance. At the recent opening, the brand’s designer Yukari Suda and president Tsukasa Kobayashi were joined by Alexa Chung. As Chung told Style.com, “I like French things and Japanese things, so a hybrid is pretty much my dream. It’s so simple, and I love the tomboyish way they’ve styled the outfits. Everything’s very loose and easy to wear.”
Pas de Calais is located at 482 Broome Street and is certainly worth a browse.
If you love leather, you should definitely check out Mitch Alfus‘ pop-up shop at 91 Grand Street in SoHo. The owner of the Libra Leathers store and the self-appointed “Leather King” has a client list that includes Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan. He made over $50 million selling leather last year.
As Alfus told WWD, “I live and breathe leather.”
The pop-up will offer you the chance to own a pair of leather pants (for the low price of $495-$695), leather poufs, python chairs, white kangaroo fur, and even a $20,000 king size coyote bedspread. The store will only be there for six weeks…so go and enjoy now!
picture by WWD
If you’re in the market for a place in SoHo, New York, you just might want to check out Jon Bon Jovi’s pad. Purchased by the famous rock star in 2007, his SoHo duplex is now on the market for $42 million.
It’s located at 158 Mercer Street and is 7452 square feet of pure bliss. It includes five bedrooms and 5.5 baths. As The Corcoran Group’s Deborah Grubman site said, “The journey begins when you step off the elevator into the lower-level foyer.”
There is a modern chef’s kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows and 360 degree views of SoHo and beyond. As part of the for-sale listing it says, “This one-of-a-kind apartment is for the discerning buyer who can appreciate fine craftsmanship and all the modern conveniences.”
Bon Jovi was said to have purchased the home for $24 million.
If you’re one of those people who just doesn’t want to travel without her dog – you’re in luck. The Soho Grand not only welcomes guests with their pooches, but they are now creating an outdoor area especially for dogs. As explained in Luxury Travel Magazine,
“This deluxe lifestyle will be reflected in the beautiful design of the space, which will have an old Soho charm to it, incorporating the wall of St. Alphonsus Liguori Church into the landscape, which stood long before the Soho Grand. Cherry trees, boxwoods and ornamental kale will provide foliage for a verdant and natural environment, while overhead string lights, bespoke benches and fire hydrants will be a witty reminder to visitors that they are in one of the chicest establishments of the world’s most cosmopolitan city.”
Watch for this addition in May and enjoy taking your dog to New York with you. Now, if only they would let them into the Broadway shows…
Every April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue. This is to commemorate the United Nations-Sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. Light It Up Blue is an amazing global initiative that starts off Autism Awareness Month and helps to build awareness about autism around the world. And New York is certainly going to be part of this event! Autism Speaks, supported by so many including John Castle of Castle Harlan, works tirelessly to make this event a success.
If you’re in the New York area on April 2, you’ll see many ways to get involved. You can actually purchase Autism Speaks blue light bulbs from your local Home Depot and blue LED lanterns from Coleman.com. Many shops around New York will have Light It Up Blue merchandise and people are encouraged to wear blue clothing to work that day.
Every person’s efforts allow Autism Speaks to get the word out about autism awareness. Certainly, the assistance of people like John Castle of Castle Harlan and of so many others allows this event to be the success that it is every year.