There’s nothing new under the sun. History repeats itself. Cliché’ Cliché Cliché. It seems more often than ever what’s deemed something new and fresh is often a recycled idea from a previous generation glossed over. I’ve always admired visionaries whose creations not only continue to stand apart from the successions of inspiration but continue to evolve from their monumental points of fame. Where am I going with all of this? Well, this week I ventured down to Tribeca to visit the art gallery, Bortolami, and experienced a trifecta of timeless creativity from Barbara Kasten. A well-respected octogenarian, Barbara has been pushing the envelope of space since the early 1970’s.Read More
There is no reality in hospitality without people to create the interaction. Of course, beautiful spaces and well-curated scenes are part of it, but ultimately it’s the people you engage with that make the difference in your experience. The entire staff ofPublic was lovely. However, two specific moments during my visit created a lasting memory for me.
Upon entering Public, I was initially Trade by the tiers of Dahlias bursting with a vibrant warm fall pallet. The faint aroma ofCinnamon Projects Incense is noticeable only after crossing the threshold. Front and center was a brass bicycle, custom and handcrafted, making me think twice about the bike I keep in my flat. Hector Perez, Trade’s boutique manager was extremely welcoming. Casually chic with black and gold frames, Hector gave the type of greeting where you know he’s not just sales clerk, but genuinely friendly.Read More
James Perse - California Dreamer
This week I’ve been inspired by warm, luxurious minimalism and mixing unexpected textures. The first person that came to mind when planning my visit to Public was James Perse. Why? He’s a master at creating every day, comfortable clothing that’s not too fussy and incredibly luxe. Comfortable? Absolutely. Frumpy? Impossible.
What I most appreciate about James Perse is the way he uses architectural inspiration to make his signature clean lines from plush, soft fabric. It’s almost as if he took a page from Luis Barragán’s handbook when designing his clothes. I’m a man about town, and while I love a well-tailored suit, I often prefer to wear things that can keep up with my pace of riding the waves of my day-to-day. It’s hard to find men’s clothing with the structure and softness of Perse.Read More
Anyone who knows me understands my affinity to Ian Schrager and his vision over his career. I’ve enjoyed being his hotels around the world over the years and was anticipating experiencing his newest project, Public Hotel. Overlooking Sara Delano Roosevelt Park, the hotel pairs the gritty characteristics you’d expect from the Lower East Side of Manhattan with a luxe gloss only Mr. Schrager can deliver.Read More
One of my favorite places in New York City, hands down, is the Four Seasons Hotel. It’s known all over the world for delivering the best service and accommodations you’ll find. It was no surprise that after speaking with their Concierge, Clancy O’Connor, the magic only the Four Seasons offers comes from the collaboration of experience and the creative thinking of their team. If you’re as lucky as I was when talking with him, Clancy may even sing a freestyle melody right on the spot. It’s one of the added talents he discovered while studying at Juilliard. If anything, you’ll surely be glad to read the insight Clancy gives in delivering a charmed New York experience.Read More
Franziska Maeder – Hotel Concierge at The Beekman Hotel
This week I took a venture down to one of the most historic downtown neighborhoods in New York City to spend time talking to Franziska Maeder of the Beekman Hotel. The Beekman is one of the most amazing restorations you’ll ever see in the city. It is the ultimate display of time traveling between spaces. I knew Franziska, affectionately known as Ziska, would be a joy to chat with. Ziska personifies what loving life is really all about. She starts her mornings with meditations and finds daily inspiration through the power of love, music, and traveling. She’s not afraid of enjoying the best pasta and loves the color red as much as she does children. Ziska shared some gems as to why she is one name that you should definitely remember!
What would you say is a secret to your formula of bringing the magic that comes with your role? If I were a visitor in NYC, why would I call Ziska first?
To be honest the magic is to be able to read the people that you have in front of you. Regardless of what kind of connection you have on a personal level you know exactly how to make them happy and that’s why we are “magicians”. I am able to provide the guests with options they haven’t even thought about. Not just because of the inside information I have, but also from the information I’ve gained after living here for so long.Read More
Whenever traveling to a new city, regardless of whether I’m staying at a luxury hotel with an upscale concierge or not, I always make a point to call the best concierge in the city. It doesn’t matter if I’m a guest in their hotel or not, I always ask for recommendations. I’ve yet to be steered wrong as they are always on point.
Hotels have a number of ways to make the most of your stay and most have some form of an app to help you prepare everything before you even arrive. However, there’s something to be said about knowing the lay of the land with the intention of making the most of your trip that personal touch that only a concierge can deliver.
I took some time to chat with Waldo Hernandez of the Carlyle Hotel in New York City. He is one of my favorite concierges in the city and even contributes weekly recommendations to the hotel’s Instagram account @thecarlyle. I was lucky enough even to charm him into sharing one of his secrets to the magic he’s known to deliver for his guests.Read More
It wouldn’t be right for me to spotlight the best of New York and leave out the place that for so many years I’ve called home. Good food hardly stops at the NYC borders, especially when it comes to great burgers. I’ve put together my own Top Ten List of The Best Burgers in Connecticut. Each of these gems has something special to offer and with their twist on taking a classic American meal to the grill.Read More
Today you’re more likely to hear someone ask you about who you’re “following” before asking about what you’re passionate about. I use social media all the time, so there are no stones for glass in my hands here. I feel that authenticity is our strongest asset in defining ourselves, and there’s something to be said about using social media to share what you really do love in the world. It’s so easy for us to share our stories with each other, and my favorite storyteller is the ever popular artist, Rachel Ryle.
Rachel not only taught herself how to draw, but has explored and shared her creative process rooted in growth, love, and the art of experience. Her collection of heartwarming stop-motion animations are not only encouraging but oh so special to me. There’s a little magic in every piece of her art that I just can’t get enough of. I’m a fan, and certainly not alone since she has over 1 million followers! If you aren’t already, I encourage you to take a few seconds and let her make you smile. I think Rachel Ryle is a gem that personifies her tagline, “Make Something & Grow.”Read More
Recently returning from my own excursion throughout the Mediterranean earlier this summer, I took time to reconnect with my favorite things the region is most famous for: The sun, the beach, amazing food, moments that make you laugh from the gut and experiencing life with the people I cherish the most. If you didn’t see my live feeds or stories during this time, you missed me sharing some pretty spectacular events. I risked my life traveling to a local’s secret beach in Corfu, shared some of the most delectable Turkish treats, sailed the Mediterranean shores to reach the crystal waters in Croatia and did my best to document as much of it as possible. It was necessary to change the lens from my day to day life and really immerse myself in a different type of living.Read More