Just released, A-list violinist JOSHUA BELL featured on Living the Classical Life! Watch this beautifully filmed interview with host and pianist Zsolt Bognár in Bell's New York loft.
I absolutely love New York. Every time I have the chance to go, I do! While I'm based in Philadelphia, NYC is just a day trip away and due to my management role at the Golandsky Institute and for other clients, I'm often doing business in the city. I primarily conduct meetings in the Meatpacking District. And just like I did for my recent London business trip, I'm recommending five fabulous restaurants/bars in New York.
The Standard - Located in the Meatpacking District, this hotel has the famous Boom Boom Room on the 18th floor, overlooking uptown and downtown with views of both the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. Famous for Gossip Girl scenes, GQ parties, and the recent Solange/Jay Z outburst (elevator), this is my quintessential New York! Often there's live jazz in the evenings after 5:30 PM. There's also a roof terrace, open less regularly, that will surely inspire anyone with breathtaking views over the Hudson River and Financial District.
Soho House - Also located in the Meatpacking District, this "British import" is fabulous to see and be seen. The Dutch supermodel and my friend from London, Valerie van der Graaf, met me here for a quick lunch after her magazine signing of the 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
Vine et Fleurs - Located in Soho, I actually first heard of this lovely bar/coffee shop/restaurant from I AM GALLA, a men's fashion blogger/stylist. It's a perfect place to sip prosecco on a sunny day, even though there's limited outdoor seating.
ABC Kitchen - Very close to Union Square, celebrity stylist Brad Goreski recommended this and so naturally I had to try it. I'm now a HUGE fan and try to go as often as possible. The split pea soup is perfection.
The Margaux at the Marlton Hotel - This is where the fashion world does big business deals. Supposedly the "restaurant of choice" in the fashion world changes every so often, but it's now the Marlton Hotel and its restaurant, the Margaux, according to the New York Times. My recent visit somewhat attested to this when I saw a big deal going down with one of America's beautiful model boys, his agent, and magazine editors.
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It’s been two years since I was in London gallivanting with so many forward-thinking arts managers while completing my Master of Arts degree in cultural policy at City University. My return this September to the shockingly creative city of London was much needed. Besides business meetings as per usual, I was able to check out other parts of the city I hadn’t experienced. If you haven’t been here yet, do check out some of these cool spots I just visited!
Aqua Shard (This bar/restaurant is in the largest skyscraper in London, the Shard.)
Vertigo 42 Champagne Bar (Take the elevator to the top of Tower 42 and you’ll find a little bar overlooking the city. Fabulous for a champagne rendezvous with friends!)
Madison (This restaurant lounge has a roof terrace overlooking the legendary St. Paul’s Cathedral.)
Frederick’s (Located in Islington, near Angel tube station. I got octopus!)
Monmouth Coffee (Located in Borough Market, probably the best “market” I’ve ever seen.)
The Pudding Bar (Located in Soho, this space is great for desserts after dinner, or skip dinner and just have wine and chocolates!)
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Located around the Olympic Stadium and Westfield Mall, there's lovely parks and cafes to relax.)
Gordon Ramsay Plane Food (Located in Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5, this is PERFECT before flying back to New York. Far better than any of the other boring airport restaurants.)
Today, I'm very proud to announce the release of Steinway artist Caroline Oltmanns' new album, Venezia e Napoli. Available worldwide on Amazon and Spotify, it's Ms. Oltmanns' fifth album release to-date on the Filia Mundi label. I do hope you take the chance to listen to her beautiful artistry. Read the news release here.
I'm thrilled to see this episode has finally launched!! "Team Zsolt" (Bognár) worked very hard in producing it, but it was well worth the wait. Yuja Wang's intimate and sincere portrayal of a classical musician's life will leave listeners enamored. I know was. It's first being exclusively previewed on Norman Lebrecht's blog, Slipped Disc, but will be on YouTube very soon. This is Episode 14 of the interview film series, Living the Classical Life, produced by Elyria Pictures in New York. Enjoy!