High Court Opening Early 2017 for Your Wellness Needs

5 Aug

stones-1372677_960_720So this is a nice addition to the area. High Court is going to be opening in early 2017 and will be a wellness center where you can get a manicure, enjoy a wellness talk or go to a yoga class. The space is going to be designed by Gradient Architecture and Bower and, as they describe in a press release, will enable “individuals to realign, expand their thinking, and connect with likeminded others.”

For those who just couldn’t wait for next year – there was a pop-up house from July 13-16 in Tribeca where people were able to give this idea a try. There was meditation, yoga, workshops, art installations and more. 200 memberships were available for the pop-up.

Get ready to relax and be groomed!

A Kale Eating Contest

8 Jul

kale-233127_960_720This isn’t happening in SoHo, but it’s happening in New York and it’s too good to pass up.

While Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest is hard to rival – the Taste of Buffalo contest is attempting to come as a close second. But don’t expect to down a bunch of hot dogs here. This is a kale contest, through and through. The Kale Yeah! is being advertised as “the world’s healthiest eating championship” and the contest will take place on July 9th. Competitors need to get their green palette ready and will have eight minutes to eat as much kale as they can on the steps of Buffalo City Hall. The winner will actually take home $2000!

Here is what one of the advertisements for the event said (we kid you not): “For the first time in human history, the world’s greatest eaters will test themselves against the ALMIGHTY KALE—the leafy green vegetable that has captured the hearts and minds of both the culinary set and those for whom their body is a temple.This battle of man vs woman vs kale promises to be the healthiest eating contest in the history of the world. All eyes will be on Buffalo, NY, this coming July 9th to see how Major League Eaters tackle this new and unique food type for the first time in sanctioned competition.”



Rajeev Chilaka Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Academy of Art University

26 Jun


 Academy of Art University building, South of Market neighborhood, San Francisco. Photo by Caroline Culler

Academy of Art University building, South of Market neighborhood, San Francisco. Photo by Caroline Culler.

Rajeev Chilaka, founder of Animation TV Pvt. Ltd., was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Chilaka said he was pleased with the honor, and described the success he has achieved which led to the recognition bestowed by the Academy of Art University.

Chilaka explained that, “there weren’t many Indian cartoons that catered to the Indian audience below the age of 14 years, so we decided to come up with an ideal character that could teach good values to children.”

That character is of course “Chhota Bheem,” who was launched in 2008 and has become one of the most popular animated series in India. It is watched by 40 million children every week, but its appeal includes adults as well. The series receives among the highest consistent television ratings throughout India.

Chilaka says that he owes much of his success to the education he received at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He adds that Walt Disney was an inspiration for him. Chilaka even traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, where Disney used to work and live.

After graduating from the Academy of Art University, Chilaka returned to India in the year 2000 to follow his dream of working in animation. Currently his studio has over 400 animators and a franchise business consisting of 25 Green Gold retail stores all over India.

Don’t Miss the Ace & Jig Pop-Up Shop

18 Jun

We love our pop-up shops, and the latest one does not disappoint. Ace & Jig is a great label, run by two friends with Brooklyn roots. It includes crisscross patterns and bold prints and can be found in places like Barneys – but also at Bird. Now, and this is the first time they are doing so, you can enjoy their pop-up shop.

They are enjoying a four day stay (and only four days!) at 44 Mercer Street starting with a party that took place on Thursday, June 16th. It was open Friday as well, and you can still enjoy it today or Sunday. Designers Jenna Willson and Cary Vaughan invite you to come and enjoy.


Pirch Arrives in SoHo

25 May

bathroom-1336165_960_720Whether you are renovating your home or just love looking at home redecorating showrooms, Pirch has arrived in SoHo. And what an arrival. With its opening on May 21, Pirch allows all of us to dream about home renovations and to drool away an afternoon. As you arrive, they offer you a free coffee and the chance to browse, browse, browse.

You can try out the appliances on display and you can use the iPad they offer with the geolocation that will guide you as you shop so that you can price out products. There are two test kitchens here with chef-led cooking classes on weekends! During the week, chefs will also be demonstrating delicious things that you can do with the appliances they have on sale.

There are dozens of shower heads and steam showers that you can test out. Wow.

Kickboxer Revival Ready for Action

18 May

If you loved Jean-Claude Van Damm in his original roles, then you’ll love this remake. Stuntman and martial artist Alain Moussi has starred in the remake of Van Damm’s 1989 cult classic, Kickboxer.

The original film in 1989 was directed by Mark DiSalle and starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dennis Alexio.

Stuntman and martial artist Alain Moussi have starred in the remake of the 1989 cult classic, which starred Jean-Claude Van Damm and kickboxing champion Dennis Alexio. The new version, with executive producers O’Shea, Jeff Bowler and Nat McCormick, was directed by Stephen Fung. Alain Moussi, as the new lead, brought his star qualities to the screen. As Producer Ted Field of Radar Pictures explained, “Alain is a star and will be an amazing leading man. Like Vin [Diesel] in Riddick, Alain will make this movie very special, and this Kickboxer will be the start of an amazing franchise.”

Kickboxer tells the story of David and Kurt Sloan, who come from a fighting dynasty. David is lured to Hong Kong to fight but dies there and his brother arrives to seek revenge. As O’Shea said, “We have a visionary director, a strong Hollywood producer, great cast and an action-packed script based on a well-known property. What more can you ask for?”

Your One-Stop Cheese Shop

10 May

If you love French cheeses or you just love the idea of something new, then set your sights on the French Cheese Board. They are coming to 41 Spring Street and bringing their cheeses along with them. Unlike the regular cheese shop, however, this space is going to feature cheese eating accessories, a cheese art gallery, a kitchen and even an educational space. And of course you’ll be privy to cheese samples and cheeses that you can purchase and devour.

They plan to have more than 1200 types of French cheeses. Only a few more days – they open on May 19.




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