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Get Ready For Miami Winter Music Conference

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During the week of March 21-30th, music's finest DJ's and their fans from around the world will flood the Miami Beach area to take part in the 2014 Winter Music Conference (WMC). The Shelborne Beach Resort's club Shine will host some of the most sought after events this year. The beautiful beach resort will kickoff the conference with the annual Shelter NYC party, featuring internationally acclaimed DJ Timmy Regisford, on March 21st from 9-5am. On Thursday, popular DJ's David Morales, Quentin Harris and Frankie Knuckles will play ... Read More

Pedestrian Spaces Bring Istanbul to Life

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A wall of faces engulf me as I enter the heart of istanbul's Beyoglu area, whose street Istiklal Caddisi is the pedestrian artery of the city. Istanbul, a city known for its rich and layered history, has been designated the 2010 European Union Capital of Culture. The crowded streets, the sweet aroma of hookah smoke wafting in the air, the crackle of backgammon dice hitting the board, little children with rusty scales telling your weight for a few coins, and  bright red trams ... Read More

Colorful LED Lighting on The Helmsley Building

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The Helmsley building at 230 Park Avenue has a wonderful LED lighting scheme. The dramatic lights on the building are able to produce millions of colors, giving the entire facade of the building a dramatic presence. The lights will follow special programming for holidays and events, and  the Helmsley Building, long known as the pearl of Park Avenue, is looking cooler than ever. Read More

Umbrellas With Style

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People shopping for a unique gift might find themselves amazed by these umbrellas being sold at UmbrellasWithStyle.com. If utilitarian objects could ever put a smile on peoples faces it would be these beautiful umbrellas. These incredible umbrellas are designed by a personal friend of mine, Christopher Petsos, who has been a textile and product designer in New York City for over 15 years. Based on his photography and original illustrations, the images on the umbrellas include flowers, animals, insects and other wonders of the ... Read More

Shift Into Play Mode With Interactive Jewelry From Kinekt Design

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There's a men's ring from Kinekt Design that's both stylish and playful. It's comprised of six micro cogs that spin. Designed by Glen Liberman, this unique ring is sleek and industrial. The ring is comfortable, lightweight and made of stainless steel. It makes the perfect gift for the masculine man who still enjoys a little bit of bling. To find out more about the gear ring and other products by the company, visit www.kinektdesign.com Read More

Wooden Watches That Go Against the Grain

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Fashion lovers looking for unique and eco-friendly accessories will be surprised by these beautiful wooden watches, created by Canadian company Tense. Founded in 1971, Tense produces the pieces using high-quality materials with the nature-lover in mind. Many of the watches come in two-tone colors that compliment every skin tone and some styles feature minimalistic digital displays that contrast beautifully against the natural wood bracelets. To learn more about the Tense brand and their watch collection visit the online shop at  www.tensewatch.com // < ... Read More

Luxury High-Top Sneakers by Lanvin

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Lanvin is one of the oldest couture houses in Paris and is firmly securing its place in the urban market with superior sneaker designs that have been worn by the likes of Pharrell Williams and Lenny Kravitz, to name a few. For the fall 2012 season, the designers at Lanvin have recently unveiled a high-top sneaker. Made of high quality materials, the sneaker's contrasting textures are extremely appealing, featuring an intricate mesh fabric combined with an exterior accented with leather. The sides have ... Read More

Experience The Enchantment And Sparkle Of Paris In Spring

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Paris is an amazing city filled with attractions and wonderful sights that delight the eyes. It is also one of the most visited travel destinations in the world, with a record 33 million foreign visitors in 2012. In the Spring, when the weather is pleasant and flowers are in full bloom, the city really comes alive... My latest video captures the life and spirit of the Paris, a beautiful city rich in culture and diversity. You can check out more of my travel ... Read More

Get New York Vision with MTA Sunglasses by Ray Ban

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Back by popular demand, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and the company Ray Ban have recently re-released a pair of sunglasses which feature an accurate representation of the New York City subway map. The map has been featured on just about every product imaginable, from aprons to mouse pads, but having it featured on the frames of sunglasses give the design a refreshing new twist. The Metro Wayfarer Sunglasses, which are apart of a special collectors series from Ray Ban, are a fun item and something both ... Read More

Outstanding Sandals from OluKai

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Olukai is an innovative footwear company selling uniquely crafted sandals for men and women. The first thing you'll notice is their exquisite style, but their appeal goes beyond the aesthetic. The sandals are bio-mechanically constructed to fit the contours of the feet and provide a high level of comfort. The company uses high quality materials such as water resistant leathers and rugged outer souls made from recycled rubber. A great deal of attention has been given to the design of the sandals, featuring ... Read More

International Gem Tower Adds Sparkle to Diamond District

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The trend of constructing boxy glass buildings is a bore, but there is one building going up in Manhattan whose design is made more interesting by the way the glass is faceted like a gem. It is appropriate, since the building will eventually be the home of various jewelry retailers in the heart of the Diamond District. Designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill, The International Gem Tower features angled glass panels that create a pattern of depth and reflection. The new high rise will ... Read More

Mykonos Jet Set

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The little island with the big attitude As the summer in northern countries draws to a close, there's still plenty of time for jet-setters to get some great beach time...heading to the Mediterranean in September means the resort towns are still enjoying great weather, but the crowds of Europeans on summer holiday have headed back to their cities. For sizzling summer fun, Mykonos is in a league of its own. The sun splashed little Greek island attracts people from all over the world for it's ... Read More

Game changing laptop opens a world of possibilities for African children

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Back in January 2005, an initiative to create inexpensive laptops that would be used in third world countries was spearheaded by MIT professor, Nicholas Negroponte. He founded the organization called OLPC which is a collaboration between academia and the computer industry whose goal was to design a laptop that would be inexpensive, rugged, solar powered, and capable of connecting wirelessly to the Internet. They dubbed the revolutionary new laptop "XO" . The OLPC's non-profit mission is to use the XO as a ... Read More

Indian Holi Festival Colors Turtle Bay

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On the first day of Spring, a celebration of Holi (the Indian festival of colors) took place in New York City in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The event, held annually in New York City, is a chance for the Indian people to share their cultural traditions and customs. Holi traditionally takes place when the monsoons end, as a joyous celebration of a good harvest and the coming of light. The New York celebration reflected many of the same customs that surround the occasion ... Read More

Riding the International Express Train

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The 7 train is one of the most cosmopolitan trains in the country. The famous train line has been dubbed the 'International Express' because it has six miles of elevated tracks which pass through some of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Queens. I got a chance to interact with many kinds of people and explore several different neighborhoods such as Jackson Heights, Flushing and Long Island City. Afterwards, I felt like I had traveled around the world. The seven train is a ... Read More

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Shines Anew

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Istanbul...the name conjures images of an exotic eastern metropolis. This city sizzles with modern flair but has roots stretching deep into a glorious past. Istanbul has been named the European Capital of Culture For 2010. Restoration is almost complete on one of Istanbul's most famous cultural attractions, the Hagia Sophia. It's a world treasure, one of the oldest and biggest churches in Christendom. In fact, it was the largest enclosed space until Saint Peters in Rome was completed centuries later. No longer a church ... Read More

Ghosts of Andy Warhol’s Circle Come Alive at MoMA

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It may come as a surprise to many people that Andy Warhol, widely recognized for his iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell's soup paintings, also explored the medium of black and white film. Screen tests that he shot during the 1960's can now be seen at an exhibit called "Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures" at the Modern Museum of Art (MoMA). The most interesting part of the exhibit is the main room, which features twelve 7' by 9' moving portraits projected on silver ... Read More

Bold New Tower Stirs the Pot in Hell’s Kitchen

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In a time when most real estate developers in New York City are cutting costs to increase short-term profits, there is a small but growing movement towards creating urban spaces that are more livable and environmentally friendly. The design for a new residential building, called West 57th, has caused quite a bit of controversy because of the way it would seamlessly merge European and American styles of architecture into something truly unique. From the northeast it looks like a sharp and steep ... Read More

Life’s a Beach in Rhodes, Greece

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The Island of Rhodes, located in the southeastern Aegean Sea, is a beautiful and peaceful place to escape during the holidays. There is sunshine all year round, plenty of inexpensive places to eat and friendly people everywhere. I spent most of my time floating around the crystal blue waters with my inflatable raft and eating delicious food. One of my favorite beaches was in the city of Lindos, where there are picturesque views of the acropolis and white washed houses that are ... Read More

Seed Cathedral Thrills World Expo

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This week the World Expo is taking place in Shanghai, China. Its a razzle dazzle exposition of culture, technology, and commerce. With 70 million visitors, 50 organizations, and state leaders from around the world expected to attend, it will be the largest World Expo in history. China has spent $58 billion, more than twice as much than it did on the Olympic Games, in an effort to raise the global profile of the event and strengthen ties with other countries. Despite current ... Read More

Spain Invests in the Future with New High Speed Trains

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Despite current economic woes, Spain is fearlessly moving toward the future by investing $130 billion in high-speed trains. The Alta Velocidad Española or AVE --which means "bird" in Spanish has reduced travel times by nearly three-fold. According to officials, Spain plans to have the high-speed train system networked throughout the entire country by 2020, rivaling high-speed train systems in China and France. Spain is hoping that its investment in high-speed trains over the next decade will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions over the long ... Read More

Revolutionary New Water Fountains Causing A Splash

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As part of ongoing renovations at Lincoln Center, a new water fountain has been installed in the center of the main plaza. This is no ordinary water fountain. As it runs through its cycle, the water rises higher and higher, increasingly becoming more dramatic. It looks like a beautifully choreographed dance. The water is illuminated with colors of blue, red and purple, and a marble seating area surrounds the fountain. On a hot day, it promises to be a great place to sit ... Read More

Martin Jetpack Takes Travel to New Heights

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It's always exciting when technological advances give people the ability to travel in new ways. I'm extremely excited after learning about the world's first commercial jet pack, which is powered by dual propellers that could elevate users high into the air. The jet pack was invented by New Zealander Glenn Martin and unveiled last July.  The device is 5 feet in length by 5 1/2 feet in width and weighs about 250 pounds. One of the biggest concerns, of course, is safety. The ... Read More

Steps to a Better Times Square

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Times Square has been dubbed "the crossroads of the world" and popular folklore suggests that if you stand in Times Square long enough the whole world will pass you by. In recent years, the cultural hub and world icon had become so popular that the sidewalks were too crowded and there was an overall lack of space for pedestrians. Taking a cue from many European cities, Traffic Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan plans to reclaim various areas of New York from cars for pedestrian use. ... Read More

Greeks to Brits: Give Us Back Our Marbles

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The new Acropolis museum was completed in 2008 and it has been open to the public since June of 2009. Greece had been planning this opening since the Olympic games of 2004, but due to archeological discoveries on the site which required careful attention, the museum opening had been delayed. The museum was designed by Bernard Tschumi, an internationally acclaimed architect who resides in New York City. It's a vast improvement over the facility that was previously displaying some of the Acropolis artifacts. ... Read More

Open House New York

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The exciting annual event Open House New York is taking place this weekend, October 10th and 11th. Hundreds of notable buildings across the city open their doors, allowing people to enter places that are normally closed to the public. This is a chance to see such beautiful spaces as the lobby of the Chrysler building or the Grand Lodge of Masons on 23rd street, along with hundreds of other architectural masterpieces. This event is modeled after similar events that take place in cities such ... Read More

Dutch Art on a Rediscovered Island

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Dutch Art on a Rediscovered Island This is the last weekend to experience the new island festival. It's taking place on Governor's Island, which is located smack in the middle of the New York harbor. The festival is part of the celebration called NY400, which commemorates the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage from Amsterdam to New York harbor. Not long after Hudson's historic voyage, in 1624, the first settlers from Holland landed right here, on what was then known as Noten Eylant, the ... Read More

Shimmering Vision of the Future Rises in Manhattan

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Acclaimed architect Frank Gehry has designed a spectacular new skyscraper that's currently rising in downtown Manhattan.  Located near the Brooklyn Bridge just south of Pace University, it's been named the Beekman Tower and will be Frank Gehry's tallest project to date. Topping off at 76 floors, it will surpass the Trump World Tower to become the tallest residential building in New York City. Unlike many of Ghery's projects done in a deconstructivist style, this tower follows the stepped back form of traditional new ... Read More

“The Class”: Step Inside a French High School

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Last night I watched the film 'Entre Les Murs', directed by Laurent Cantet. This is a side of France most Americans have never seen. It takes place in the classroom of a rough Paris High School, a world apart from the chic areas of central Paris where tourists spend most of their time. In the class of dedicated teacher Mr. Marin, social tension between different cultures unfolds through quick dialogue. The students are from places such as China, Morocco, Mali and Tunisia. The teacher ... Read More

See the Stars at Grand Central Terminal

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Traveling is always exciting, but especially in a place like New York City, where inspiration pours out of practically every corner. One of the destinations you must check out is Grand Central Terminal, through which thousands of people from all over the world pass each day. Built in the 1903, Grand Central Terminal has more international visitors than any other New York historical landmark. Although I'm usually anxious to get home after a long days work, I recently decided to take a moment ... Read More

Living the High Line

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June 8th marked the official opening of the High Line and since then the park has had over 100,000 visitors. The High Line gives tourists a chance to explore the city without the intrusion of cars. The view is especially spectacular for photographers who have a passion for capturing new perspectives of New York City. The elevated tracks were originally built in the 1930's by the New York City Railroad company and were a part of the West Side Line. The railroad tracks ... Read More

Interview with Kim Seifert: Talking Music in the Virtual Realm

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While exploring the virtual realm, I had the opportunity to interview celebrated singer Kim Seifert and ask her a few questions about the 3d social networking site called 'Second Life' and if it has expanded the possibilities of who is likely to attain fame and success in the music industry. Kim also discussed the thought-process she had while choosing the physical appearance of her avatar and the advantages that come with being a celebrity in the virtual world versus one in the real ... Read More

Uganda: A View from the Field

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I love Uganda. It's a beautiful country with fantastic natural scenery and some of the friendliest people on earth! Ugandans are intriguing people who are very dedicated to their country. Their ability to work together toward a common goal and move on from a history of military tyranny, tribal animosity and politicians gone mad on power is inspiring and admirable. Despite the horrors of the past, Ugandans have weathered the storm remarkably well. You will not meet a sullen, bitter or cowed ... Read More

Documentarian Fearlessly Follows Alexander The Great

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After watching 'In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great' hosted by British documentarian Michael Wood, I have been inspired to continue traveling around the world and venturing off into far away lands. Even though I had heard of Alexander the Great before I had never known the magnitude of his endeavors. Michael takes you on a journey from Egypt, Greece, Afghanistan and India, looking at old maps, ancient landmarks, and other interesting scenes and sites where Alexander the Great left his mark ... Read More