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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

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

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

Berlin’s Edgy Appeal

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This dynamic city, with its avant garde music and art scene, is a magnet for celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp, who have made Berlin their home away from home. Many fashion designers, graphic artists, and musicians have also chosen Berlin as the place to showcase their work. This cross-pollination of creative types has made Berlin a truly international and cosmopolitan city. For travelers seeking a dose of history and culture, Berlin will deliver. The vibrant scene that's ... 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

Snow Covered Central Park

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Despite the cold, New York City has not had much snow lately. Yesterday there was a blizzard, and the rare opportunity to shoot a snow covered Central Park finally presented itself. In the early morning after the blizzard, the snow was still perfectly pure. Central Park was not yet full of people, and the soft morning light made the whole scene mystical. It felt like entering some otherworldly realm. Everything from the trees to the bridges was covered in fresh white snow. The Angel ... 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

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

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

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

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

“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

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