Lee Daniels reflects on his film, Precious at the Montage in Beverly HIlls.
Lee Daniels’s PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL “PUSH” BY SAPPHIRE is a vibrant, honest and resoundingly hopeful film about the human capacity to grow and overcome.
Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She’s pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother (Mo’Nique), a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write.
Italian designer Giorgio Armani is bringing a unique dining experience to Manhattan with Armani / Ristorante 5th Avenue (717 Fifth Avenue at 56th Street, 212.207.1902). The restaurant will be located on the top floor of his first U.S. concept store, Armani / 5th Avenue. Lorenzo Viani, of Ristorante Lorenzo in the seaside town of Forte dei Marmi in northern Tuscany, and his team have crafted a menu that translates the distinctive Armani philosophy into
authentically Italian cuisine, blending both innovation and tradition.
With an emphasis on fresh flavors and balance, Armani / Ristorante 5th Avenue offers both á la carte and vegetarian, fish and meat tasting menus. Viani, known in Italy for his inspired seafood preparations, brings that passion to such dishes as Penne con Calamaretti e Granchio (Penne Pasta Prepared in a Light Fresh Tomato Sauce with Baby Calamaretti and King Crab) and Branzino Selvaggio al Forno con Patate e Coriandoli di Verdure (Oven-Baked Wild Sea Bass with Potatoes and Vegetable Confetti).
For over eighty years, New York’s defining cultural moments have taken place at Russian Tea Room. Ever since members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant in 1927, it has been a second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite—an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and businessmen planned their next deals and feted their friends’ latest Carnegie Hall performances. The lively tradition and legacy of the Russian Tea Room is alive and well!
The ultimate in creamy decadence, the Golden Opulence Sundae at Serendipity 3 lavishes you with some of the finest things in life. At the astounding price of $1,000 per sundae, this treat holds the record as the Guiness Book of World Record's most expensive sundae. No doubt, if you order this, you will impress all those around.
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destinationluxury**** - Under the leadership of the Sirio and Egidiana Maccioni, the legendary restaurant entertains and attends to patrons with its hallmark service and exciting atmosphere as it has done for over thirty celebrated years.
Le Cirque has always been a place where the worlds of food, fashion, art and culture converge, said Maccioni, who has wined and dined high society in NY for nearly half a century. We are excited to once again welcome our friends and customers as we move from one of its newest landmarks.
The 16,000 sq foot restaurant, designed by Adam Tihany and architect Costas Kondylis, features a main dining room, a separate bar area and private event mezzanine suspended above the bar. The 27 food-high semi-circular main dining room with polished ebony panels and a giant abstract big top light shade comfortably seats 95 people. The all glass bar, which appears and disappears like a magic circus box, serves as a commanding architectural element anchoring the 65 seat bar area and balances the custom designed 27 foot steel and glass wine tower.
150 E 58th St
destinationluxury**** - Living Baccarat style is like the awakening of the senses or being an accomplice to objects that have a true spirit. A Baccarat piece is much more than just an object: it secures a rare emotion and crystallizes a sensation of happiness and an awareness of perfection! Light is both mysterious and fascinating when it scintillates on the Harcourt glass facets, reflects on black crystal, sparkles on ruby red, haloes a precious gem or shimmers from a chandelier or a light pendant.
Where does the Baccarat crystals luster come from? The air blown into the glass, the fire, telluric elements and love! Nothing has changed, or very little, since the creation of the house of Baccarat: endowed with an immemorial savoir-faire, the highly skilled glassblowers give birth to a crystal that the artists, creators and designers metamorphose so brilliantly. They are the magicians of light and the instigators of the most beautiful play on artifice.
Although Baccarat crystal is synonymous with eternity it is reborn every time the collection has been put into the hands of the most modern designers. Audacious or humorous and eternally desirable shapes that are subtle variations of the companys iconic pieces or esthetic symbols: this voyage from the past to the present illustrates Baccarats ambition to write in sparkling letters a lifestyle for today and tomorrow without compromising its heritage.
Endowed with glassworks, still located on the original site in Lorraine, its archives and precious historical heritage, the most prestigious crystal glasswork factory in the world is a fabulous source of inspiration to its collaborators and all the aesthetes in search of something exceptional.
625 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022-1814
(212) 826-4100 (less info)
The epitome of luxury is offered through the Exclusive Charter Service (ECS). Based in Long Island at the MacArthur airport, ECS specializes in catering to jet setters and world travelers. The editorial video featured above was shot on the prestigious G550 which is best known for its ability to be in the air for an impressive 14 hoursa trip from New York to Dubai. If you need to charter a plane with only a few hours notice, ECS can arrange everything for you from ground transportation to private jet service and ensure that you reach your destination without a second wasted. ECS can also charter yachts, jets, helicopters and car services.
A Megu dining experience is fresh, powerful and captivating. Inspiration flows throughout the dimly lit space as you see an interior filled with fantastic scenery. When you enter the restaurant, you see a wall of backlit columns that resemble stacked chess pieces. The colors red and white mimic the Japanese flag. As you stroll through the hallway of bright light, you enter the fashionable red lounge.
Del Posto is the ultimate expression of what an Italian restaurant should be. Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali represent a convergence of different styles and experiences. The restaurant concept generated at Del Posto can best be described as trans-generational: an expression of the evolution of cuisines, menus, service and ambiance that have characterized the history of the Italian dining experience in this country.
Del Posto creates the highest quality dining experience in what is one of the greatest indoor spaces in New York City. Without projecting stilted formality, Del Posto creates an ambiance filled with warmth buoyancy and lightheartedness of the Italian spirit.
Though this boutique hotel is located in the heart of mid-town, it brings a sleek downtown contemporary vibe to the Manhattan scene. In the main lobby, you will see black and white fashion photographs from another era that hang on the walls. One of the images has 5 models posing seductively in a tiled showerall the photographs add to the ultramodern elements of the hotel.
After you pass the main checkin, you enter the ultra-stylish and hip lobby. Furniture is rounded, minimalist and bring a sensual yet sophisticated look to the space. Staggered spaceship-like vases hang from the walls holding velvet colored flowers. Pristine marble floors add decadence to the clean modernist design. The tan walls are bare but a heavenly light falls from the sky creating an ethereal ambiance. destinationluxury****
75 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
NEW YORK (January 11, 2010) Andaz Wall Street, the only hotel situated on Wall Street, will set a new tone of style and optimism in Lower Manhattan when it officially opens on February 1, 2010. Andaz, Hyatts newest brand, is devoted to providing simplified, spot-on service and indulgent amenities for its guests. Following the successful debuts of Andaz Liverpool Street in London and Andaz West Hollywood in California, opening Andaz Wall Street is the first step in the brands expansion into New York. A second New York hotel, Andaz 5th Avenue, is slated to open later this year and Andaz San Diego will open on February 1, 2010, in the hotel currently known as the Ivy Hotel.
NEW YORK, NY The Hôtel Plaza Athénée, New York, an independent luxury boutique hotel renowned for its sophisticated elegance and impeccable personalized service, announces the completion of a multi-million dollar refurbishment project.