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    Win Your Wedding in NYC

    Have an amazing wedding proposal? If the answer is YES then you could win your dream wedding in NYC. Share with us your proposal story and you could win a complete wedding package, which includes everything but the city hall ceremony itself! In 500 words or less, we want to hear about your wedding proposal story. From proposals on Mount Everest to a cross word puzzle “will you marry me?” there is no proposal too big or too small to be considered. Contest ends March 31, 2014. To enter please visit http://a.pgtb.me/L0bMXn

    02-20-2014 15:46,

    CATEGORIES: Blog Category, INTERESTS, Neighborhoods, Special Offers, TRIBECA, NYC


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    Fashion for Autism

    Amidst the busy downtown Tribeca scene, Duane Street Hotel is taking the time to promote social awareness in New York City through its collaboration with socially responsible fashion website Cultures of Love, CONSCIOUS Magazine and Spectrum Designs Foundation. Together, these innovators have created a fashion program that provides charitable donations to autism-focused organizations along with a New York City travel guide which identifies businesses in Tribeca that give back to the community. When you stay at our downtown boutique Tribeca hotel you can help create a socially conscious future.

    T-shirts $25 // Totes $30

    Through Duane Street Hotel’s Fashion For Autism program Duane Street Hotel is offering exclusive limited-edition t-shirts and tote bags (pictured below) which are available for purchase in all 43 of Duane Street Hotel’s newly renovated rooms. The t-shirts and tote bags, designed by Cultures of Love and Design Industry 5, feature iconic Tribeca and NYC images and are printed by Spectrum Designs Foundation, a Long Island-based non-profit apparel company that is the first industry organization to fully engage individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and similar disabilities in all aspects of production. The apparel is eco-friendly, fair trade, and printed in the United States.

    To complement the fashion initiative, the socially conscious New York City travel guide provides Duane Street Hotel guests with exclusive special offers, discounts and promotions to local socially responsible businesses. These promotions include an organic conditioning treatment with Hale Salon, fair trade coffee with Bikini Bar Organic Café, eco shopping at Grow NYC, all American brews with Manhattan Proper and an NYC art experience at ONE Art Space.

    For every bottle of Evian purchased in our guest rooms we donate $1 to the autism charity of choice which this quarter is Spectrum Designs Foundation.  And our socially conscious efforts don’t stop there-through our Change for Change program guests place their loose change in an envelope located in their guest room and these funds are donated towards the autism charity of choice, Spectrum Designs Foundation.

    11-21-2013 16:09,

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    New York Fashion Week at Duane Street Hotel

    Duane Street Hotel hosted its third bi-annual Blogger’s Lounge sponsored by Z!NK Magazine and Evian from September 6-8 which provided writers with a space to work, hold meetings and attend presentations during New York Fashion Week.  This September’s line-up included talks from industry insiders, such as beauty expert Lora Condon, who was featured on Dr. Oz; Lauren Ruicci, founder of the megawatt accessories brand Laruicci; fashion photographer Maxim Bashchenko and an onsite braid bar by NYC-based Arrojo Salon. The 2nd floor of the hotel was a dedicated designer showcase featuring Carolina Amato, Cultures of Love, Elena Schimming and Alisha Trimble. The festivities closed with a finale party where attendees were treated to a presentation by famed costume designer Ami Goodheart. For pictures and video from the event check out our facebook page.

    09-27-2013 15:26,

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    Aqua Cycling

    Sure everyone’s tried spinning but few have tried aqua spinning.  To experience aqua spinning check out AQUA  a high-end boutique fitness club located in the heart of TriBeCa, which offers aqua cycling classes in a unique and peaceful environment. Here are the top 10 reasons to give underwater cycling a try

    1) You burn up to 800 calories per 45 minute session

    2) Aqua cycling has been shown to effectively burn cellulite

    3) Actively enhances blood flow

    4) Impact free on joints

    5) No post workout soreness

    6) No stress = better sleep

    7)  Improves cardiovascular endurance

    8)  Increases breathing capacity

    9)  Promotes flexibility and recovery

    10) Europeans love it (enough said.)

     

    To learn more visit http://www.aquastudiony.com/

     

     

    “Water Drop 1” © Gaz Haywood used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

    08-01-2013 13:45,

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    Cronuts are the New Cupcakes

    The Cronut is a craze that’s swept the US and has left many asking the fundamental question of “what is a Cronut exactly?”.  A Cronut is a term trademarked by New York based pastry Chef Dominique Ansel owner of the Dominique Ansel bakery based in Soho. The Cronut is a hybrid of a croissant and a donut and was first unveiled on May 10, 2013. Word spread like wildfire that this new culinary craze was divine and there soon grew a black market for cronuts (as evidence by those reselling Cronuts on craigslist for prices often as high as $100 each).  “Cronut” clones are popping up around the country and we’re convinced that this has single handedly replaced the aging cupcake trend. So go ahead…see for yourself and tell us does a cronut really taste like (as one rave review put it) “a taste of heaven”?

    Dominique Ansel Bakery

    189 Spring St  New York, NY 10012

    (212) 219-2773

     

    To learn more about cronuts visit dominiqueansel.com

    Follow Chef Dominique Ansel on twitter @DominiqueAnsel

    08-01-2013 13:39,

    CATEGORIES: Blog Category, Food & Wine, Neighborhoods, TRIBECA, NYC


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    One World Trade Center

    One World Trade Center is officially the tallest building in the Western hemisphere.  A 408 foot spire tops the building, which now stretches to 1,776 feet, a testament to the strength and hope of all Americans and New Yorkers after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. The towering height (1,776 ft) is also a symbolic nod to the year America declared its independence. One World Trade Center is scheduled to open in 2014.

    “May 1, 2013 World Trade Center NYC ” ©Squirrel83  used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

    05-10-2013 15:35,

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    Tribeca Film Festival Insider Film Review:Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution

    Evie Phillips,Duane Street Hotel’s Tribeca Film Festival insider, Beauty Editor of LIVID Magazine and Founder of Cultures of Love, was selected to cover the Tribeca Film Festival on behalf of the hotel. To learn more about her experience visit the Duane Street Hotel on facebook.

    The well known documentary editor and producer Alex Meillier takes a stab at directing in this great story of love and revolution. For those of you not versed in Indonesian history for a 16 year period East Timor endured a civil war with their hero Xanana Gusmão behind bars. A man so well loved and connected that he continued a clandestine mission while imprisoned.

    Journalists were filled with so much terror they buried their equipment in graves. Australian documentarian Kristy Sword went into the war stricken country to expose what was occurring in the country. While working to research and unravel what would soon be war, love and a better sense of peace Kristy not only uncovers a passion for a new democracy in the country but also a love for an imprisoned man who will  soon become the country’s future Prime Minister.

    Evoked, inspired and motivated by the justice of this film I was very pleased with the ending.  It reminds me that “first world problems” are jaded by a distasteful erosion of what unfortunately are for many lifelong problems in other nations.  With a new appreciation for life and true love this film exudes all forms of raw emotion.

    (Photo Credit   Instagram: taydigital)

    -Evie Phillips

    04-26-2013 18:24,

    CATEGORIES: Blog Category, TRIBECA, NYC


    Tribeca Film Festival Insider Film Review: Bending Steel

    Evie Phillips,Duane Street Hotel’s Tribeca Film Festival insider, Beauty Editor of LIVID Magazine and Founder of Cultures of Love, was selected to cover the Tribeca Film Festival on behalf of the hotel. To learn more about her experience visit the Duane Street Hotel on facebook.

    Director Dave Carrol’s documentary on an entertainment pastime resurrected by a group of “strongmen” led to all-encompassing emotions triggering drama, laughter and tears. Following 43 year old Chris “Wonder” Scheock through his journey of a childhood dream leading to self-discovery and the supernatural strength of bending steel.

    You cannot help but fall in love with Chris’s witty dry humor, his supporting characters his, back story and struggles of growth from a self-proclaimed  “isolated man”.  Not to mention there is some family drama mixed in that allows for one to understand and relate to a desire to feel support from your loved ones, but an unmet need in that area does not always lead to defeat.

    Described as the “Opie Taylor of bending steel” a quarter inch goal holds him back from feeling accomplished in his rather unusual profession. He explains and embodies, “what a small man can do with a solid mind.” This film is an example that all you have to do is keep on keeping on. Your dreams can become a reality with the right thought process.

    A fabulous film with qualities that you can take home with you leaves you with a desire to seek out the nearst “strongman” amusement near you.   ”I found a hole to fit into without any gaps….there were things in my life that we’re problems, now those are just challenges,” Chris “Wonder” Scheock.

    Need a pick me up to counteract your feelings of inadequacy?  Then this is the film to light that fire of determination back up. I was personally inspired by Chris’s bravery and given a new ambition towards my own dreams. Encore! A must see.

    Image credit:”The Human Blockhead” ©edenpictures used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

     

    -Evie Phillips (Beauty Editor of Livid Magazine)

    04-24-2013 14:50,

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    Tribeca Film Festival Insider Film Review: The Director

    Evie Phillips,Duane Street Hotel’s Tribeca Film Festival insider, Beauty Editor of LIVID Magazine and Founder of Cultures of Love, was selected to cover the Tribeca Film Festival on behalf of the hotel. To learn more about her experience visit the Duane Street Hotel on facebook.

    Director Christina Voros and Producer James Franco did a splendid job of depicting a behind the scenes look into the life of Creative Director of the House of Gucci, Frida Giannini. This chronological and impressive cinematic view of Frida’s journey through her days and the fashion of her genius, coupled with a historic back log of Gucci as an iconic and international couture powerhouse giveway to a compelling and fascinating story line.

    Frida’s personal experiences lead to the birthing of a colorful chapter for the Gucci brand and a fresh chapter in the designer’s life.  What seems to be unconscious is the inspirational tone that is set in how the designer’s life experiences shape the wearable art and the storytelling of the brand. This fashionable dream is still pretentious in nature (rightfully so) and in fantasy of what we all know to be true of the industry. Yet Frida’s attitude towards what her life is and what it should be is balanced, not wacky or unsettled.

    With the countenance of family and humbleness, which is often lacking from similar fashion documentaries, the viewer is compelled to relate without intimidation.  Frida shares her upbringing and hardships she encountered along the way as well as major milestone career accomplishments.  The story ties in passion for the fashion industry, grounded by roots of reality mixed with the enlightenment of the future.

    By taking a life inventory Frida supports the case that how you speak to your surroundings and respond in your work should come with a refreshed fervor for life and your passions. A love for fashion, respect for history, for life and the appreciation that should come with living a full life partnered with this exclusive inside view into the alluring world of fashion makes for not only great film but solid advice for living as well.

     

    -Evie Phillips (Beauty Editor of Livid Magazine)

    04-22-2013 19:00,

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    Meet Our Tribeca Film Festival Insider

    Meet Evie, Duane Street Hotel’s Tribeca Film Festival  Insider.  The hotel selected Evie Phillips, beauty editor of Livid Magazine, from an open call for festival insiders.  Evie will post reviews and videos of her experiences on Duane Street Hotel’s blog and social media pages from April 19-21.  Between screenings and festival events Evie will recharge from the comfort of her Duane Street Hotel guestroom.   Evie is also an entrepreneur! Learn more about her business, Cultures of Love, a socially conscious e-commerce site selling apparel, accessories, art and beauty products that are socially responsible.  UPDATE: View Evie’s experience (and the new suites) at Duane Street Hotel here: Tribeca Film Festival 

    To follow her coverage visit Duane Street Hotel on Facebook.

    04-18-2013 17:38,

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