January 24, 2014

In this Edition:


Weekly Snapshot - Your Personal Health Concierge

As the icy month of January passes by, we are one month into our New Year's resolutions - don't let the weather affect your quest for complete wellness. Healthy living is still on our minds and I hope you will continue to follow through on your goals during every month of the year to make this your best one yet!

This week's Special Feature includes wellness spots in the city, as well as products and resources to refresh your mind and body.    

Visit other recent snapshots for more new year tips and tricks:
Relaxing & Rejuvenating Retreats... In & Out of the City


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 GeneralGeneral Events...    
January 27 to February 1  
Time Warner Cable Studios Event
TWC Studios (441 West 14th Street) will transform three floors of their massive landmark space into a living television set.  The best of TV, music, and sports come together for a once in a lifetime entertainment experience. Sign up online for free tickets.


CulturalCultural Pursuits...    

January 24 
The Little Prince:  A New York Story 

At the Morgan Library & Museum (225 Madison Avenue); this is a story that I know is familiar to so many of us. Twenty-five manuscript pages will be on hand to view, along with personal letters and photographs from Saint-Exup�ry's collection. Through April.


January 24 through February 2 
Winter Antiques Show

This 60th year celebration showcases the most prestigious antiques in the country at the Park Avenue Armory (at 67th Street & Park Avenue).  Truly the best of the best.

January 24   Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video
At the Guggenheim Museum (1071 Fifth Avenue), Carrie's exhibit focuses on work, age, gender, and class.

January 25 to February 1  Master Drawings in New York
Head to the Upper East Side to view works from the United States, France and the United Kingdom from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.

Through January 26 
Metro Show 
At the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street), both historic and contemporary arts and design paintings, furniture, drawings, photographs and sculptures.

January 27
  TOYS FROM THE BLAZE Cocktail Soiree & Meet the Artist
From 6-9pm at A Private Studio (6 West 24th Street), 2nd Floor - a solo exhibit by actress/artist Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni.
RSVP to 212 - 255- 8125 or coralina@coralina.net.  
January 29 
Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris

The iconic photographs of 19th century Paris photographer, Charles Marville, will showcase at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 5th Avenue). Through May 4th.
Through February 9  T.J. Wilcox: In the Air

This breathtaking panoramic film installation ends on the 9th.   There's still time to see this spectacular exhibit at the Whitney Museum (945 Madison Avenue).

Through February 23
The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution

One of my favorite museums, the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library (170 Central Park West), is showcasing the Armory Show at 100, 100 masterworks from the 1913 Armory Show that powerfully impacted American audiences.


CurtainCurtain Up...    

January 26  54 Below  

One of my favorite musical venues in the city is featuring both Sondheim Unplugged and Simply Streisand - a tribute to Barbra Streisand on the same evening.


Through June 12  American Songbook

At various locations within Lincoln Center's venues.Outstanding artists... all in intimate settings.


NYC Winter Ballet
The Winter Season has begun! Visit the website for complete calendar and to purchase tickets.

Through February 2  The Night Alive
Atlantic Theater - 336 West 20th Street

Extended by popular demand, Connor McPherson's new play vividly depicts the humanity found in the most unlikely situations. 

Through February 6  Broadway Week
Two for one tickets to must see shows. Visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Bridges of Madison County   

Schoenfield - 236 West 45th Street

Tony Award Nominee Kelli O'Hara stars in a romantic play that focuses on the roads we travel, the roads we open, and the bridges we dare to cross.



Outside Mullingar    

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre  

261 West 47th Street
Opens January 23rd.  A favorite performer of mine, De
bra Messing, stars in this Manhattan Theatre Club play by John Patrick Shanley, set in  

rural Ireland.  If you enjoyed Doubt and Moonstruck as much as I did, you'll be highly entertained by Ms. Messing's performance as she convinces the audience that it's never too late to take a chance on love!  Through March 16th.  


Visit last week's snapshot for more favorites in theater.   


FoodFor the Foodie...
Flatiron District
All three restaurants below are new on the scene and serve the freshest fare in the centrally located district of Flatiron.

ABC Cocina

38 East 19th Street (Park Ave & Broadway) 

Another five-star experience from Michelin star chef, Jean George.  Sister restaurant to ABC Kitchen,  ABC Cocina is more causal and easier to score a reservation.  Home grown food at its finest. Latin American cuisine featuring an array of tapas and small plates.  Tacos and empanadas are two of my favorite specialties.



34 East 20th Street (Park Ave & Broadway)

American cuisine in a rustic and intimate atmosphere. Sit at the bar, a communal table, or in their dining area in the back.   You'll be greeted by Deb, the owner, whose passion for her new establishment is seen throughout.   Excellent cuisine and service. Market fresh fare and local seasonal cuisine. The Tuscan Kale salad and butternut squash were superb, as well as the freshly made ricotta.  I'll be going back for dinner and plan to try one of their signature cocktails... a Candied Ginger Old Fashioned.



Il Mulino Trattoria

36 East 20th Street (Park Ave & Broadway)

A casual spinoff of their Greenwich Village flagship restaurant, Il Mulino offers farm fresh Italian cuisine. Favorites are ricotta meatballs, orecchiette pasta, and make sure to try their fresh mozzarella that is served daily.   Although the cuisine is consistent with their sister properties,  Il Mulino Trattoria is more affordable and easier to secure a reservation!


Special Wellness Feature...   
NYC Wellness Spots Feature 

Why is it so important to drink water?
A few facts on H2O:
The human brain is approximately 70% water. 

The lungs are approximately 90% water.
Muscle tissue has approximately 75% water by weight. Overall, the human body is approximately 60% water.


Much water is lost through metabolism, exercise, temperature regulation, and digestion. Needless to say, it is essential for your health to stay hydrated. According to Livestrong, here are 4 steps to increase your water consumption:

  1. Add visual appeal to your beverage. Purchase a bring colorful thermos or mug.
  2. Freeze fruit and put into your water. Oranges, lemon, grapes, strawberries can add flavor and an interesting look.
  3. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies. 20% of water consumption comes from food. Tomatoes are close to 90% water.
  4. Drink beverages other than water. Nonfat milk, vegetable juice, tea... Avoid sugary beverages, soda, alcohol, and too much caffeine.


Whether you're looking for cold pressed juices, organic greens, or just some wholesome products... maintain a healthy lifestyle with my favorite wellness spots around the city.


ABC Carpet & Home

880 Broadway (at E 19th St)

Visit their Beauty & Wellness department; Plus check out Alternative Apparel, launched last year at the store.  



Online Store

Order special green juice packs and vitamins online.



Be Well with Arielle

This healthy lifestyle brand, a favorite of mine, was created by Arielle Fierman and is dedicated to inspire you to love and take care of your body via eco-chic jeWELLry and healthy, mouth-watering recipes.


BluePrint Cleanse

Online store delivers juices right to your door. 


D'Vida Health Bar

11 Madison Avenue (at 24th St)

357 West 49th Street (8th & 9th Ave)

One-stop shop for all your healthy on-the-go nutrition... shakes, yogurts, baked goods etc.



David Kirsch Wellness Co.

Madison Square Club - 210 Fifth Avenue (at 26th St)

Visit the wellness center in the Flatiron district, with a juice bar, fitness center, private training... "A safe, private, elegant getaway where you can rest your mind and work your butt off."


Juice Generation

Multiple Locations

Juices, soups, and bakery serving healthy snacks.


The Juice Press 

Multiple Locations

Healthy juices, sandwiches, salads and treats. 


Kaffe 1668

275 Greenwich Street (Murray & Warren St)

401 Greenwich Street (Beach & Hubert St)

They have their own line of juices, healthy sandwiches, and salads.   



Norma Kamali's Wellness Cafe�

11 West 56th Street (5th & 6th Ave)

Norma Kamali Describes a Day From Morning 'til Night:




  1. A day free of processed foods, preferably organic.
  2. Natural & organic personal products and cosmetics.
  3. Non-toxic/green cleaning products.
  4. Do Tai Chi, Meditation, or any exercise that involves balance, strength, endurance, and will provide good circulation to body and mind.
  5. Pet a dog, get a massage, sing a song, laugh out loud.

Organic Avenue

Multiple Locations throughout the city; try the "LOVE* Deep Cleanse..."


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