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ArtsConnection Hosts 2024 Benefit

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In the heart of Chelsea, amidst the vibrant pulse of New York City, the IAC Building stood as a beacon of creativity on June 5th, 2024. ArtsConnection, a stalwart nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of New York City public school students through the arts, hosted its annual Benefit – the Art is the Heart of Life Festival. And what a celebration it was!

Under the skilled guidance of WABC Anchor Sandra Bookman, guests numbering close to 200 gathered to support a cause that resonates deeply with the soul of the city. With the collective effort of attendees, nearly $1 million was raised, a testament to the unwavering commitment to providing arts education in-school, afterschool, and within the wider community.

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Philanthropist and coverstar Jean Shafiroff was celebrated at Fivestory in Palm Beach.  The reception featured the creations of Jewelry designer Anna Zuckerman and benefitted the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF), a leading international organization dedicated to eradicating cancer.  Attendees were treated to light champagne, prosecco and rose wine in addition to hors d’oeuvres while they shopped to support the Foundation’s cancer research programs such as the International Network on Aging and Cancer and the Women’s Cancer Research Program.

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Actress, Philanthropist, and Author Leesa Rowland celebrated her recent Park cover, hosted by fashion designer Marc Bouwer at newly opened Populares restaurant in New York City, owned by Marcus Andrews. The feature, covering several pages of the latest issue of her photographed at home with an insightful interview about the multi-verse of Leesa’s interests.

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A Night at Populares NYC

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Alphabet City has a new watering hole, full of signature cocktails, delicious Mexican fare, and artistic flair. Populares NYC has been open for less than 90 days and has already become a neighborhood favorite. We wandered by on a rainy Monday night and found the place jumping, filled with happy bar flies and diners enjoying the jovial atmosphere. The bar area is flooded with ambient lighting which compliments the beautiful imported tiles on the bar itself.  The tiles came from Mexico adding to the authenticity, an intentional homage to the homeland of Populares’ cuisine. The windows are adorned with a railing of various cacti, adding a homey touch.

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Where to Brunch: Allure Restaurant and Lounge in NYC

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Allure Restaurant and Lounge emerges as a beacon of sophistication and gastronomic delight. Nestled in the vibrant landscape of NYC, this establishment has quickly become a hotspot for those seeking an elevated dining experience that seamlessly fuses modern elegance with culinary excellence. From the moment you step through the doors of Allure, you are transported into a world of refined luxury. The ambiance is a harmonious blend of contemporary chic and classic opulence. The interior design, characterized by sleek lines and plush furnishings, exudes an air of sophistication, creating an inviting space that is both stylish and comfortable. The soft lighting adds to the intimate atmosphere, making it an ideal setting for a romantic dinner, a celebratory gathering, or a business rendezvous.

Allure’s menu is a carefully curated masterpiece, featuring a fusion of international flavors that cater to diverse palates. A few friends and I stopped on a Sunday morning for a brunch experience. The brunch menu consists of items like Pastries,  French Toast, Croque Monsieur, Korean Chicken Sandwich, and Steak and Eggs, to name a few.

I love good libations and my personal go-to is an Old Fashioned. This sophisticated cocktail never disappoints. You should always stick to what you know, especially in new environments. In true nature, I opted for the Smoked Old Fashioned. Designed with Pistachio Infused Angels Envy Bourbon, Maple Syrup Aged in Bourbon Barrel, Angostura Bitters, and Woodford Spiced Cherry Bitters. Fashioned with a Dehydrated Orange Wheel and Brandied Cherries. It was a great top-off to my dining experience and made for quite an impressive presentation (@xojohn on Instagram). The cocktail will run you a hefty $26 but it’s worth the experience and presentation.

Allure Restaurant and Lounge in NYC is a testament to the city’s dynamic culinary scene, offering an experience that transcends the ordinary. With its exquisite ambiance, culinary delights, and impeccable service, Allure has carved a niche for itself in the hearts of food connoisseurs and those seeking an unforgettable dining experience in the city that never sleeps.

Allure is located inside the Hotel Belleclaire, for more information, visit allureloungenyc.com.

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New York City’s iconic Empire Steak House added a new jewel to its crown with the grand opening of its third location in Midtown Manhattan, hosted by the Sinanaj brothers – Jeff, Russ, and Jack. The glittering event on Wednesday, October 25th, was attended by over 100 special guests, including the Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams. The location at The Pearl Hotel, 233 W. 49th Street, was chosen as the stage for this grand celebration.
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Whiskey JYPSI Is Now Available

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Outsiders Spirits has made an exciting debut with their premiere release, Whiskey JYPSI, which is now available. Co-founded by the dynamic duo of Eric Church and entrepreneur Raj Alva, this best-in-class spirit is a contemporary interpretation of the “JYPSI Spirit,” embodying the adventurous and deeper-seeking side in all of us.
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The Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) once again took center stage in the fight against Lyme and tick-borne diseases during their annual GLA Global Gala, held at the elegant Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. This spectacular event brought together a star-studded cast of celebrities, influential business leaders, and renowned scientists, all rallying to raise awareness and funds for the critical cause of Lyme disease research.
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